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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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43 reader reviews for Saab 9-5 Saloon.
  • 2.3t SE 4dr

    Robert Ampstead Date: 08/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is extremely comfortable, being very quiet and with a soft ride. Seats are the best ever. Plenty of power even with auto box. No turbo lag. Plenty of room in front and rear. Climate control is superb as is audio system. However, not very economical and service costs are very high even with an independant. Tyres are eaten for a pastime. After about 60k miles faults start to show and these are expensive to have repaired. Also, depreciation is horrendous.

  • 2.2 TiD Linear 4dr

    Richard Boud Date: 07/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    This is the second 9-5 I have owned. Both estates, the first was a used 2 litre turbo, the second a new 2.2 diesel. In general,we've been very happy with the cars (I used to own an Alfa 156, so the only way is up!). However, I've just had a 72,000 mile service and ******* ****! £431 for a standard service with no additional work!!! I've spoken to a colleague with an S class Merc and he doesn't pay this much.

    Ride is good for such a big car, interior space is great in the front and the boot, reliability average. In 72,000 miles I've had the valve on the turbo stick twice - fixed under warranty - and the heated seats have never worked properly, despite being "fixed" three times. Disappointingly the rust which is appearing around the wing mirrors (on a 2.5 year old car???) is not covered under the anti-corrosion warranty. Also, there seems to be a problem with the boot locking mechanism which occasionally engages when the boot is open so it's impossible to close. After half an hour or so it resets itself, but this can be very frustrating.

    It's not a German exec (ride, noise, build quality aren't up there), despite what some of the other reviews say on this site, but then I didn't pay those sorts of prices - this was a bargain to buy new. However, the costs of servicing it will definitely make me look elsewhere next time.

    Oh, and the trim around the headlights on the new model looks ridiculous. Also, why only a 1.9 diesel in the new range?

  • 2.3 HOT Aero 4dr

    paul barradell , essex . Date: 30/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have recently purchased a 95 Aero (250bhp) and must say that so far I don't regret the decision. It is certainly a step up from my previous BMW 3-series SE tourer.

    Driving is a pleasure and the performance awesome. The car is very comfortable and long trips just seem to flash by. Mpg for a car this size is pretty good as well.

    As a family car it has few equals, with lots of space for the family and a large boot, something that BMW could learn from.

    My only gripes so far are minor. There needs to be more storage space around the driver for sunglasses etc, and the single slot cd is a tad mean on this top of the range model. I am still getting used to the ignition key position!

    I await with interest the first service but cannot believe it will be much worse that the BMW main dealer prices I previously paid.

    Here is one Saab convert and I am already looking forward to the new model when it previews, hopefully, next year.

  • 2.3t SE 4dr

    Bryn Jones , Staffs . Date: 01/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this 04-plate/2003 model with 80,000 miles on the clock and with a full service history.

    It has now done 123,000 miles, in which time the digital radio/info display is barely legible, it has had a new cylinder-head gasket, replacement turbocharger and throttle control.

    Within first 5000 miles, the air-conditioning failed on one side due to a green piece of plastic the size of half a clothes peg breaking. It cost £1100 and complete strip-out to fix.

    For straight-line, long-distance travel , the car is great, but don't buy one unless you own a Saab garage or have bottomless pockets.

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