Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Saab 9-5 estate?
The 9-5's reliability record makes fairly depressing reading, according to figures provided by Warranty Direct, especially when you consider that Saab is supposed to be a prestige brand. Our reliability survey found the 9-5 to be one of the most troublesome cars you can buy, so spend some time on finding a good one.
The electrics cause the biggest number of problems, so play with all the switches and make sure everything works properly before you hand over any cash. Also, check the service history for any signs of past problems. Suspension faults are the second-biggest area of complaint, so check for irregular squeaks from underneath, and uneven tyre wear.
If something does go wrong, however, your repair bills should be slightly cheaper than average.