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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.
  • 2.0t Vector 4dr

    Stuart Linnitt Date: 27/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 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've now owned two 95's, both purchased second hand direct from SAAB, one an 02 then an 04 plate.

    The car drives adequatley but in comparrison to more modern offerings - lacks fineese, especially when negotiating tight bends in wet conditions. The latest car - has had numerous minor faults including a dash speaker cover that refuses to stay in position, paint peel at the jet wash and a cruising speed judder that SAAB seem unable to rectify.

    My main gripe (as a high milleage user), is the cost of running; fuel, parts and servicing - my last bill topped £450 and I now seldom see greater than 29 mpg. Having looked at the new car I see very little difference and whilst I like the brand individuality and performance - I'd rather spend the anticipated 10k depreciation on something more usefull.

  • 2.2 TiD Linear 4dr

    IAN FORSTER Date: 25/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is good on the motorways and returns around 44mpg; around town, it manages 37mpg.

    It's a shame it's not a hatchback, though, because you are very resticted as to what you can carry.

    Having driven the car from nearly new I have found continuous problems with the engine management light and have now become quite an expert at driving the car in 'limp home mode'. I reckon thc car in its 110,000 miles has done 25,000 miles in this mode, and despite a number of visits to the garage, the service department seems unable to correct it for more than a few miles.

    At 60,000 miles, I had a new clutch, and eventually at 95,000 miles, I decided to take out the Saab extended warranty level three - this pricey piece of paper seems to be just that. First of all the turbo failed - guess what, it's not covered. Second, some suspension parts went - they're not covered either. Then the engine management light went on again, and, you've guessed it, that's not covered, because they can't decide which code of the seven codes to choose from!

    Anyway it comes out of the garage soon, so I'm hoping to win the lottery in order to pay the bill, which will be around £1000 plus courtesy car.

    Guess what - I won't be buying next time!

  • 2.3 HOT Aero 4dr

    wayne jenkins Date: 07/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 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 couldn't disagree more with the glowing reviews. The 9-5 Aero is horrendously expensive to own and run. Main dealer pricing is ludicrous - my friend's 911 is cheaper to service!

    Talking of which, it's a Saab enthusiast's favourite piece of nonsense to brag about 911-beating performance. In the real world, the handling is poor and the chassis can't cope with the power - it's just too old and compromised. The Aero has vague steering and really struggles to hold a line or hit an apex. In the wet, the TCS never gets a rest.

    Reliability is dreadful - if you need proof, just check out the known problems with turbos, SIDs, rear dampers, throttle bodies and gearbox problems (normally reverse). My car has needed new dampers, DI pack (ignition), two gearbox rebuilds, a new throttle body, catalytic converter, turbo, SID (info display)... the list is endless.

    For a 'left-field' choice or for company drivers they may appeal, but not if you pay for your own motoring. The first and last Saab I will ever own.

  • 2.0t SE 4dr

    Jolyon Meredith , east Sussex . Date: 11/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    Let's not write too many sparkling reviews of the 9-5, eh? We wouldn't want word of its excellence getting out to the country's BMW and Mercedes buyers, otherwise we'd have to kiss goodbye to its esoteric exclusivity. Like most 9-5 owners, I love the Saab's eclectic looks and purpose. I own an old 1998 version which I bought for commuting, and it's the nicest-looking car in my road, despite only costing me £3000.

    Here's a thing, though: my 9-5 needed a new engine two weeks after I bought it. I learned that there are a number of inherent problems with the older models, including oil leaks, malfunctioning crankshaft ventilation and the ubiquitous turbo trouble, which can cause your engine to die if left unchecked. I bought a 2002 engine, and all the problems went away. Newer ones are supposed to be bulletproof.

    One other predictable disadvantage is that you will need to sell your gold fillings to pay for Saab main dealer servicing. But 9-5 running costs are competitive for its class. It's a great car for barreling down the motorway, and it's so much cooler than a Beamer.

    Inside, the charcoal leather is lovely, the dashboard is classy, and the trim is comparable with any of the German makes. Handling is happily acceptable for such a big, heavy car, and the engine is thoroughly capable - it akes a tasty noise too. I'd definitely buy another 9-5, but it appears that this one has no intention of ever wearing out now it's got a new motor.

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