Fine drive, excellent fuel economy, superb seats (I have had major back operations) and long-distance ability. (02 reg 2.2 TiD linear estate.)
Reliability not good (power steering failure, clutch problems, radio problems, steering column noise/vibration). Dealer servicing costs are totally out of this world. The 54,000mile service cost me over £780 (they said the car needed new front pads and discs, I have NEVER had discs on any other car I have driven in my life, cost in excess of £350!) The dealer labour charges were £75 an hour!
Depreciation is poor. I probably would NOT buy another; looking at Focus C-Max 2.0TDI Zetec as a replacement.
Very happy with the car - 10,000 miles with no problems of any sort Unbelievably comfortable for long (over 400 miles) runs Would like the door pockets to accept A4 books/maps
This is the third Saab we have owned, and fully lives up to expectations, having completed 122,000 miles in five years and providing a high standard of comfort, convenience and performance.
On the face of it, a four-speed auto 'box is not "up with the competition" but the flat torque curve of the V6 engine is ideally suited to this transmission and makes more ratios unnecessary even for spirited exploitation of the performance available. Even the existing sport mode makes little difference and I rarely use it. Cruise control works well, but the traction control seems less effective than I had hoped.
Reliability since new has been excellent and, for a high-performance car, fuel economy has been acceptable with an overall average of 26.6mpg since new - mostly on rural main roads but with occasional long distance motorway trips and a minimum of city driving. No doubt a greater proportion of city driving would have yielded another story!
The only expensive problem has been loss of parts of the climate-control display when warm, but I believe this is a common issue with 99/2000 models.
This is my second Saab 9-5. My first was a petrol saloon, this is the 2.2 Vector Diesel Estate.
I came back to Saab after a brief spell with a Mercedes 220 CDI diesel. The Saab feels better built in every way and is much more roomy as well as being more comfortable.
The Saab is not as agile as the Merc, which was very fast for a diesel and returned slightly beter fuel economy. However, the Saab is a much more spacious car and the seats are simply the best I have ever sat in, in any car (and I have had a few).
I will not be moving away from SAAB again. It's a truly fabulous car, totally underrated in my opinion and much less commonplace than its German peers.
It would be nice to have six gears like the Mercedes, which gives the better fuel consumption, but all of the other benefits of the Saab far outweigh this single benefit of the Merc.
I would also add that the Saab dealer, Nidd Vale motors at Harrogate was excellent to deal with.
All in all, it's a great package - in my opinion unbeatable - and which is a comment that I am getting from many other people who own fairly prestige cars - they are amazed at the comfort and what you get for your money.
I would recommend the estate version, which I think rides slightly better than the saloon, and enjoys the benefit of a caverous loading area.
I have owned Mercs and BM's but this is my favourite.
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