I write this review after only owning a brand new 07-plate for a few months, so overall running costs I cannot comment on. I was looking to get a family saloon that would last a few years, and Saab has a reputation for going and going.
I test-drove many cars, but the 9-5 had everything I wanted. I went for the Linear Sport as it offered the best trim level for value for money. I topped it up with full leather upholstery, heated seats all round, folding mirrors, rain-sensitive wipers and dimming mirrors. The cream leather comes with a dark walnut dash, which finishes it off a treat.
The driving is superb. I have gone from UK to Germany in total comfort. OK, the drive is not as sporty as its rivals, but you would go for the Aero for that. I wanted quality motoring at a resonable price, and that's what you get with this model.
I am getting nearly 600 miles to a tank of fuel. The carbon dioxide emission are low, and I pay only £165 a year road tax. I found the pick-up to be one of the best I have experienced for a diesel car. You would have to pay so much more to get the specification you do on these cars with anyone else.
Would I have another one? I wouldn't want to get rid of this one yet, to be honest! My advice is to read the reviews, but don't take everything as read. Test-drive it and see for yourself if it is the car for you. You might be pleasently surprised.
I recently purchased a 95 Aero Hot auto (250bhp), a fully loaded car with all the toys i.e. sat-nav etc as a pre–registered vehicle with only 10 miles on the clock and must say that that I regret the decision. Within the first month of ownership, the battery failed so I had to call the AA.
The paintwork started to blister on the nearside roof gutter within one week of ownership; this was resolved ASAP by the dealer. Now within 9 months of ownership and 2700 miles on the clock, both roof gutters paintwork is cracking and flaking. This is a common known fault and is referred to body flex, which is common on the Aero models - basically the roof gutters sealant paintwork is cracking.
I took it back to the dealers; they said it was a special warranty claim. Saab UK rejected the claim and they stated that they required an on-site check by their on-site inspectors. Basically they gave me the run-around and after numerous calls to customer services and e-mails I got so frustrated with the attitude and arrogance that I decided to get rid of the car. The depreciation was horrendous - I lost £8000 when I sold the car.
The moral of my story is don’t believe the hype and ever buy this marque - it is a waste of money and you will regret it. Pay the extra money on a BMW or Audi.
Here is one person that will ever in his life time buy a SAAB again you have been warned.
To get to the point, this car was a real disappointment. I covered around 1200 miles during a few weeks and I could not wait to give it back. Saab basis its image on its aviation background. If this car was an airline it would be Easyjet.
The general exterior styling is reasonable, however as soon as you get inside things go downhill at a rapid rate. Interior plastics are cheap and tacky and the half-leather is thin looks like plastic.
Controls are clear and easy to use but again the quality of the switchgear is very disappointing. The 1.9 diesel engine is very poor; to say it was agricultural would be an understatement. When matched with the automatic gearbox it lacks the refinement of lesser rivals. The carbon dioxide emissions (199g/km) and poor fuel economy (average 34mpg on mixed motorway/suburban) are very disappointing for a modern diesel.
With the sports suspension, the drive is quite reasonable in town and on the twisty A-roads, however venture onto the motorway and you better pack your ear plugs. Given that this car has a list price of £27,000 I can think of many cheaper and more capable vehicles.
I bought my Saab 9-5 Se with 100k on the clock and full Saab service history.The interior is comfy and well spaced out but hte switchgear is cheap and sounds like it us going to fall off.The drive of the car is not very quick poor front weel drive understeer and not a patch on any BMW i have driven even a 20 year old one!.I put it in for a service at a specialist and it came out with a £500 bill! Then a week after the engine management light came on took it back informed the throttle body gone, they reset it and told me to give it a go 10 miles later light on again so i purchased a recon one Fitted cost £350, and that lasted 100 miles before the light came on a gain!Then the clutch master cyl went another £170! So to sum it up i wouldnt touch another one with a barge pole, they have an old man image which judging by the drive is about right. Dont Buy One you will regret it!
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