What used Saab 9-5 saloon will I get for my budget?
It’s probably a reflection of both the car’s rarity and the keenness of Saab enthusiasts that prices for the 9-5 are relatively buoyant.
Even the cheapest version will cost you around £7000. Meanwhile, a well-equipped 2010 2.0-litre TiD diesel with an automatic gearbox could be as much as £9000. A 2011 2.0-litre TTiD diesel with four-wheel drive and lots of options will set you back more than £12,000.
How much does it cost to run a Saab 9-5 saloon?
The 9-5’s frugal diesel engines are a big help to its running costs case. The 2.0-litre TiD 158bhp unit has an official fuel economy figure of 60mpg and CO2 emissions (depending on the version) as low as 125g/km, so road tax costs are reasonable.
The more powerful 187bhp diesel’s 159g/km and 47mpg are also just about acceptable, but the 2.0-litre petrol’s 34mpg and 189g/km tip it over into 'too expensive' territory – for most, anyway.
The most concerning potential costs relate to parts and servicing. Theoretically, EU regulations are supposed to ensure that parts are provided for cars from companies that have gone bust, but they will still be occasionally more difficult to track down, and there will be no main dealer backup for servicing and maintenance.
There are, however, many very good independent Saab experts around, so tracking one of them down should be your priority.
It’s also worth pointing out that the diesel particulate filter (DPF) for the 2.0-litre engines will clog up if the car isn’t driven sufficiently long distances. Regular motorway runs should be enough to heat it up and clear it out, but a more serious blockage may require a DPF replacement.