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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.
  • 2.3 HOT Aero 5dr

    Harley Johnson Date: 30/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Why won’t Saab wise up about the inherent reliability issues associated with these cars? No other vehicle in this class seems to present its owners with so many woes.

    I've had two and I reckon I've had more problems with them than with all my other cars put together in over 30 years of driving. Most problems were corrected under warranty, but the extent of warranty work meant they spent more time in the garage than on the road.

    Faults included failing gearboxes and clutch, noisy suspension and faulty suspension components, rainwater leaking into rear passenger compartment (no solution found), failing headlight wipers and parking sensors, leaking bonnet stays, air conditioning pumping out heat on cold settings, and loads of other niggles including incessant, but apparently 'normal', moaning noises from the air-conditioning and power steering.

    I also experienced an abrupt engine cut-out without explanation. After restarting, the management system put the car into a 'low power' setting which had to be reset by the garage. Sadly they couldn't find the reason why this happened, which was disappointing in itself.

    I’d say this: if you don't rely on your car (or unless you can afford one as a second car), buy one and have bucket loads of fun. But if dependability is important to you, and you don’t mind being a regular visitor at your local dealer, go and buy something else until Saab tell us that they’ve finally learnt the meaning of the words 'inherently unreliable'.

  • 2.0t SE 5dr

    Robert Jefferson Date: 25/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the Saab on the basis of the marque's reputation for reliability. Don't be as fooled as I was: the reputation is ill-deserved if my car was anything to go by. By 65k miles, the car was going wrong every other week and with serious faults too - it was off the road for about a third of the time. If Saab could fix the reliability, the car was otherwise fine - quiet, comfortable and reasonably economical for a big turbo 2.3 litre automatic - I averaged about 28-30mpg. But that's only when it was actually running. My recommendation: avoid.

  • 2.3 HOT Aero 5dr

    Paul Harris , Kent . Date: 27/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The real parts of the original 9-5 are great - the cheap parts made of cream cheese that GM have added to the car over the last few years are a joke. Even now my car is out of warranty they were unable to cure the same old problems that existed from day one.

    The sat-nav system and radios - a five-year-old school kid could have planned this better.

    The seats - after a few months they begin to move as you drive, sliding forward when you brake and backwards when going up hill - this is because of a design fault. There is a cure if your dealer knows about it

    There is loads more - rattles, really noisy suspension... the lists are ernormous. That's why I will never buy a GM car again - maybe I would if they sold Saab to a real car manufacturer who is interested in its customers and not just box-shifting! Buyer beware!

  • 2.3 HOT Aero 5dr

    Noor Ali , Worcestershire . Date: 20/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my third 9-5 - I've had a 2.0t and 2.3t before. I do high mileages and change them every four years. After 8 years of Saabs I'm still impressed with their long distance comfort and general durability.

    My current Aero is the best of the breed - and I extensively test drove a wide range of competitors (5 series, A6, Touareg etc etc) as I originally felt it was time for a change. However, the latest updates have made significant improvements to cabin, handling and performance that still make the Saab a compelling package for me. Road testers may gripe about torque steer, but in the real world the car is devastatingly quick and capable - but also a lovely vehicle to "tool" around in with the family.

    It's expensive to run, with front tyres living a short but exciting life and fuel consumption prodigious if you use the performance. Still, nothing's perfect and I look forward to every trip, no matter how short.

    My dealer is also brilliant - makes the whole ownership experience that little bit nicer.

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