I have owned this car for about two and a half years. I bought it secondhand from a dealer when it was 3 years old. The only thing that has gone wrong with it was the sat nav touch screen which was replaced under warranty. The dealer was, and is friendly and helpful. Having bought a problematic Saab from an independent dealer many years ago, I would definitely recommend buying from a main dealer. The car is very fast, very comfortable and very practical. Under acceleration from rest, the front tyres struggle to deal with all the power which does mean that the car has to be driven carefully but this is the only real design problem. For such a big powerful car, an average of 30mpg out of town is perfectly acceptable- around town the mpg is pretty poor but that is what can be expected. Good value and well worth considering but probably best to buy the next model down in power as you will never use all of the 250bhp on offer.
I have owned 2 previous Saab cars and am trying to stay loyal to the marque. The first, a 1999 2.0lpt SE saloon was faultless all of it's life. The next a 93 Aero blew up its auto gearbox at 22,000 and was off the raod for 6 weeks awaiting a replacement! Whilst it was waiting I went back to the 95 and decided on the 1.9 TDI Sport Estate. It is a great car with lots of factory fitted goodies that would cost a fortune from a German manufacturer. The big issue is reliability right now. It has decided to eat dual mass flywheels! It had a replacement at 29,000 miles in November and wrecked the gearbox which had to be re-built along with a replacement clutch. By January it had eaten the new flywheel and the gearbox was going downhill again. There seems to be a big problem with jerky throttle response at low speeds which is really annoying and I think damages the flywheels. Saab have been excellent about it and have agreed to replace the whole drive train to try to get rid of the jerkiness and put it back to good health. It regularly averages 45 mpg and has topped 50 at times on gentle 70mph motorway runs. Comfort is superb.
Saab PLEASE just sort out the reliability issues that have seemed to come about since you entered the GM stable.
I was a bit reserved in buying a Saab after reading a few reviews, but plunged in due to the massive discounts on offer. I have not regretted my choice for one moment. My previous car was a BMW 525, and this drives equally as well. There is a real solid, safe feel to this car. The engine, the 1.9 turbo diesel is excellent, and you get a real feeling of acceleration, even though it is a heavy car. All the equipment works perfectly: the speed control is spot on. The children love it in the back with loads of room and comfortable seats. I have only driven a couple of thousand miles, so cannot comment on servicing costs, but under new regulations, you can of course take your car to your trusted local garage with his much lower hourly rates, and you maintain your manufacturer's warranty as long as you use genuine Saab parts. Overall consumption on A roads is 44mpg, and instantaneous reading at motorway cruising sppeds is 51mpg. This car is brilliant. Don't be put off by the top gear yobbos who decry a General Motors Vectra derivative. I thouroughly recommend it.
I have owned this from new having previously had a '99 Saab 93. The estate now has 62000 on the clock and is a regular fixture on the tarmac outside the local dealer - in the last 12 months alone new turbocharger (£900), new wiring for rear park assist, new wiring for some fault with halogen front lamps. Gets through front tyres pretty quickly and I have mever got more than 30mpg out of it. I know this is not good but I still love this car - it's great to drive, a real load lugger and the seats and cabin are fantastic for long journeys with the kids in the back. Having a real struggle to decide whether to replace with another Saab (my 4th - I have a 93 convertible now too), or change Marque completely.
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