everybody moaning about main dealer servicing costs.!why.have any of you had a look to see what the like of b.m.w charge.find a specialist saab garage if you wany to protect your warranty or a good back street firm if you dont.all cars develop faults by the way,not just saabs.i,ve had 2 9-5,s,2 volvos,a couple of british things.1 french, and a mitsubishi legnum(300bhp,twin turbo,v6 estate)and the saabs are the best by far closely followed by volvo.spend money on the oil and be light on the right foot and you,ll be well pleased with one.
Very disappointed with the vehicle and Saab, I would no longer recommend them as my husband has for years.
We bought a 6 month old Saab estate in Aug 2007 and it spent more time in the garage than being driven. It had a new engine valve a new gear box new head gasket seal, the park assist failed, the headlights switched on and off and it rolled as much as 6 feet backwards whilst in forward gear ( it was an automatic). Saab would not help so we had to push the garage to exchange but they gave us no help so we had to sort it ourselves. Thought it was just a friday afternoon job so replaced it with the same model. The heater has failed and the gear box is nearly as bad as on the first car.
We are extremely depressed about how bad Saabs have become (driven them for years) and by the fact that Saab don't care. We believe they are very overpriced.
They are plasticy inside and apparently the guide brochure is incorrect. We have been informed that the alloys will not allow weight in the car as a 15 stone driver has damaged the alloys with too much weight. (We have this in writing)
I have owned many Saabs before but my one year old 9-5 tops the list. Previously I had a BMW 5 series estate, and before that an Audi A6 estate, both great cars but I do prefer my Saab 9-5. The seats are unbelievably comfy soaking up motorway miles with ease. Acceleration is brilliant making overtaking safe, and the 1.9 TiD unit is quite economical for a large car. The dash layout is extremely logical, and with plenty of legroom in the front and the back, its a great car for the occasional business trips.
No problems to date, however slight rattle in passenger door side, which was sorted by the Saab main dealers in a hour, just turned out the speaker housing was loose.
My advise is buy one, they are great value cars, nothing too flash, but gives plenty of power. May replace it with another in a couple years time, maybe go for the 2.3 Aero though.
Love the looks of the car and drives well but for reliability this is the worst new car I have ever owned and have belatedly decided that it has to go and the sooner the better. With a few hundred miles on the clock the first engine warning light showed....the helpful Saab dealer suggested I call the AA. The seondtime a warning light showed i called the AA first.They were helpful (no sarcasm intended) but said they lacked the appropriate diagnostic equipment. Lost count of the times the warning lights showed until the problem was resolved. Since then...clutch went,turbo needed replacing,sensor needed replacing,unexplained loss of power in wet conditions on motorway....latest is oil pressure warning light at low revs. Would I buy another Saab.....Never Again !
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