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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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49 reader reviews for Saab 9-5 Estate.
  • 2.3t Linear Sport 5dr

    Thomas Harding Date: 09/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The main reason I rate this car so highly is simply the value you get for the money. This is the third 9-5 I have owned. The first two were in Austria. On my return to the UK, I could find nothing to match it for value and quality, including Mercedes, BMW, Audi. To me, Saab remains a true driver's car combining comfort, performance, safety and elegance.

    This model may have been around now for a few years, but it takes a lot of beating. By the way, having owned two previously, I was able to buy my new from Austria one totally on the internet and by e-mail, and got a very good discount. Also very impressed with the Saab dealers. Only 1300 miles under my belt so far, but enjoying being back in a Saab.

  • 2.0t SE 5dr

    John Dawson Date: 06/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My car has been absolutely dreadful - it just keeps going wrong and costing big money.

    Performance and handling are quite poor and running costs are astronomical. This car is a massive disappointment and I would not recommend them. The dealer was also unhelpful. My advice: don't bother.

  • 2.2 TiD Vector 5dr

    Nick Mason , North Yorks . Date: 04/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is narrower than the two V70 previously driven, each to 100,000 miles. With an average miles covered per year 40,000, time will test this car. The equipment level choosen was the Vector specification, it is a good balance of available extra's.

    The cabin is well put together, the silver coloured dash surround is easier on the eye than some wood or plastic facias. Seats are narrow but comfortable. Novel key position takes getting used to,and restricts the storage pace available.

    The design is showing its age with few places to store the pens, coins and drinks etc necessary for long journeys. Ergonomically difficult to fault, cruise control could be better placed. Rear cover over storage area can be easily broken if not folded correctly.

    The bonnet does not have a facility like the boot to avoid dirty hands when closing. Interior space is adequate for five adults, with rear leg room greater than some of its rivals. Adjustments good on front seats, without greatly affecting those in the rear. The ride is good, not too firm nor too soft. Large pillars affect precision parking.

    Lock and number of turns of the wheel make parking possible in tight spots possible. Good lights help night driving and the Night Panel takes the strain away from the eyes on long journeys at night. Running cost within budget, though non Europ IV diesel not that efficient for company car drivers. Would consider buying another.

  • 2.3t SE 5dr

    Alan Wyatt Date: 27/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It is a good car to drive apart from traction in the wet. The gearing is high to get the economy but this makes for a quiet ride.

    The car tows my caravan without problems and can keep up with the traffic. The fuel economy is good.

    The interior is comfortable and the load space cavernous, especially with the rear seats folded down. Lack of storage places for small items. The stereo system is excellent, but get the seven speaker option.

    Reliability? My turbo has been replaced, as has the ignition cartridge. The head gasket has an oil leak, the same place as the 2.3 engine in my old 9000. The multi Vee belt had to be changed after an idler pulley seized, the others were worn also.

    Now the gearbox is playing up, blocking the change from third to second only.

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