Avoid the auto's if you live in town, 16mpg is not unusual (mid to late 30's on motorways though). Manual boxes make more sense but don't expect slick gearchanges if you rush the box. Huge boot space is great but limited opening area makes larger loads awkward. Supremely comfortable cabin area means long trips are easy and you arrive ache free and relaxed. Find a decent indy for servicing needs, if you insist on OE Saab parts you don't affect the warranty on newer cars. Lots of little foibles and quirks can be cured for nothing by getting advice from Saab forums such as SaabCentral.
What can I say, this is an awesome car for relatively small outlay.
I funded with company cash allowance and some of my own money to buy the AERO 02 Reg Auto in Cosmic Blue.
The ride is solid and a very good motorway cruiser - and I would know, being a rep and driving 40K miles pa. You really do feel like you are in the cabin of a fighter jet. Overtakng is effortless thanks to the 250bhp and that sport button, just be careful in the wet!
The leather heated seats are very comfortable, plenty of room for 3 adults in the rear and what an enourmous boot with split folding seats. I think the legroom is more than the 5 series for same year.
You have to forget fuel economy and enjoy the awesome acceleration for the 1st month and live with 280 miles on full tank. However, after a while commonsense prevails and due to the long motorway runs I always managed to achieve between 420 and 450 miles on a full tank.
The BMW 5 Series definately has more appeal and superior handling, but will need at least another £4/5K to match the equipment level with this AERO.
Here's the downside: servicing costs are very high so stay clear of the franchised dealers. There are plenty of Saab specialists out there.
The throttle body failed at 78K miles and cost over £700 to replace.
I simply ran of money to fund the servicing as I had to service 2 to 3 times a year due to the high mileage. If I had enough money I would buy this again.
I bought my Saab 9-5 Aero earlier this year with only 40,000 miles on the clock, and it has been a revelation. Not only does it look very good but it has performance to match its looks. It is also very comfortable and well designed, and has plenty of room.
Before I bought it, I was thinking of a buying a BMW 5 Series, but I'm glad I chose the Saab. Performance-wise, it would put most BMWs, Audis or hot hatches to shame.
It glides along the road when you are cruising, but when you want to move it, it can be blisteringly fast, and at mid-speed it will simply leave other cars in its wake. However sometimes it can accelerate a bit too quickly, and I'm glad the traction control sometimes kicks in when you need it.
Although the Aero is not the most economical car in the world, it is not at all bad if you avoid using the turbo too much. It's also very comfortable to drive and to be a passenger in, and is very functional with plenty of room in the boot for shopping trips and weekend breaks.
The seats are also top notch and it has some nice gadgets - I especialy like the climate control and the drink holder. I've had mine for 10 months now and have had no problems other than having a front light bulp replaced. I'm a total convert to the Aero and when I eventualy trade it in it will be for a newer model.
Bad experience over five years from new. So much failure. Complete front kerbside light unit shot out while motorway driving, only the wiring preventing it smashing through another car - but it badly dented and scratched my wing. Vibration at speeds above 80mph. Whine from transmission. Strong pull to the left which has never been rectified. No storage for driver to stow away stuff (added a holder which I glued to the dashboard).
Most of all, the display panel fragmented as soon as guarantee exhausted. Can't read information, especially with warnings, can't tell time, fuel consumption. Was quoted £500 to repair and told this often happened. No, no, no, give this a miss. Worse than any East Euopean experimental car.
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