Used Saab 9-5 1997 - 2010 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)
  • Saab 9-5 (97 - 10)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Saab 9-5 saloon?

Although far from the most reliable car of all time, the Saab 9-5 was certainly built well enough in terms of its body strength. Even with its aged underpinnings, it gained a full five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2003, and there are no reports of any areas on the body that are vulnerable to rust.

Sadly, the interior isn’t quite so tough. Wear and tear can really show, and items such as the green-backlit LED display become difficult to read with age (and are expensive to replace).