This car is three months old and has had two trips to the dealer to have engine management problems rectified. Without doubt, it is the worst car I have ever owned. Build quality is poor.
I may have been spoilt by Lexus for the last seven years, but I am amazed that cars are still getting into showrooms with this much wrong. I really thought that sort of thing finished with the bad old days of Leyland in the 1970s.
Thank goodness I have only leased it for two years! Don't buy this car.
This is a brilliant car for a high mileage user. I have done over 60,000 miles in two-and-a-half years and I have had no breakdowns or problems.
I never fail to get over 40mpg and the seats are superb - far better than any German car and on a par with the Volvo S80 and Jaguar S-type, which were my previous two cars.
There is loads of space and it is wearing very well, despite its hard life. Only the noise of the diesel at idle and around town are more than I like. However, once on the motorway, you cannot tell it's a diesel, except that you don't notice hills.
I drive a 2001 Saab Aero SportWagon (estate). It is a wonderful car. Please feel free to read my review on the following San Francisco Chronicle website:
My 9-5 Aero Estate is coming up to three years old, and is my 5th Saab (all in the 9000/9-5 range). Apart from going through expensive tyres at the most astonishing rate, it has been fine, and has that quirky Saab individualism that always makes one happy to be a little different.
Also, of course, it has sensational acceleration providing that you work out how to keep it just below the point at which all the TC bells start ringing. And its comfortable on long journeys etc etc, but I'm afraid I'm not replacing like for like this time.
Why not? Well, two things really. One is that this is now a design which has been showing its age for some time. The latest facelift is (I know, it may just be me) is hideous, and the whole machine needs rethinking from the ground up, and I gather that this is some time away.
The second reason, and the absolute clincher for me, is the appearance of the Jaguar XF. Good looks, sensational cabin, great drive, and my order went in a couple of weeks ago. I'll be - a bit - sorry to say goodbye to Saab, at least for the time being, but believe me, the 9-5 isn't in the same league as the XF.
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