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Saab 9-5 Wagon

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  • dskidski Posts: 414
    There's really not enough information to answer wether or not your pads held up long enough.

    I realize your comparing the life with other experiences but... did you drive those cars more on the Highway... and the Saab more in local traffic? Have your driving patterns changed at all? Is there someone else driving the Saab who didn't drive the Audi or the reverse? There would have to be much more information I would think but.. 20+K is not extreme by any means and the cost was not out of line either.

    I drive a new Montero for Work and mostly Highway. The dealer was amazed that I went 54K before needing new pads. He claimed most owners of these are on their 3rd set by that time. Driving patterns are the key factor.

    In your situation, I wouldn't say you got "Ripped Off" even if all things are equal and it turned out that Saab pads don't last as long as Audi. Most parts on the Saab do in fact last longer than Audi parts. Brakes are one of the cheaper components to compare. Don't take that wrong either, I love Audi's too. I've had two Audi's and three Saabs.

    Good Luck
    Drew
  • I know this may be a silly or repetitive question but I'll ask it anyway...which wagon is the better buy- Saab, Benz or Audi. I'm not including the Beemer b/c the cargo space is soo small I will not consider it in my search. I am leaning towards the 9-5 Arc Wagon but want to get objective advice. The Yahoo message boards are slim pickings on this topic so any feedback is welcome. And, why do Saabs have a low resale value?
  • bmwjoebmwjoe Posts: 136
    I believe the Saab is the biggest. we have had ours for 2 years and the whole family loves it. My only regret is that I don't get to drive it more.

    Drive Safe,

    Joe
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Which Audi are you comparing? If it's the A4, you'll find it's space as lacking as the BMW. These are all nice choices though. Also, as nice as the C-Class is I think that one will be smaller as well and if Front Wheel Drive is important to you the Mercedes will be out of the running.

    For the money, it's hard to beat the Saab. The resale predictions may be reported lower but remember those are based on Sticker price. You'll do MUCH better than Sticker on the Saab.

    Our 2002 Wagon is our second 9-5. We had the first year 9-5, tested out several competitors for it's replacement but just couldn't pass on the Saab. No regrets here, we love ours.

    Good Luck
    Drew
  • manamalmanamal Posts: 434
    I had a '01 9-5 Wagon (SE V6). That model has been updated in '02 and renamed the ARC. However, it is basically the same car (with ESP and 5 spd. auto). The car was great. I use past tense because I was broadsided by a cadillac doing about 60 MPH, and walked away from the accident.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    is now available in Edmunds' New Vehicle Pricing Guide. Look for a direct link to this guide in the Helpful Links on the left side of the page. Happy motoring!


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  • tomekktomekk Posts: 310
    Is this a good deal on Aero (manual, no package) wagon lease (36 months, 15K miles/year):

    1. down: $4K, $418/mo net, $439.01 w/taxes
    or
    2. down: $5K, $390/mo net, $418.00 w/taxes

    That's in Boston, MA.

    Thanks,
    Tomek
  • We purchased a '01 9-5 Aero in December 2000. The car is not even two years old, but has already had the following replaced -- DCI, Water Pump, info display, catalytic converter and several other parts. Most recently the car makes a "clunk" on start up. Has anyone else had trouble with the 00 Aero Wagon, or do I just have a lemon on my hands?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Check out Edmunds' Road Test Follow Up: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon. And let us know what you think.

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    Thanks for your comments!

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  • grumbgrumb Posts: 21
    Good review on the wagon, but why does Edmunds hate the sedan so much? --The Chrysler 300 is better...come on
  • I purchased my 2002 9-5 Aero Sportswagon at the end of February, 2002. Fortunately for me, my area did not receive any further significant snowfalls that winter. Now, entering this winter driving season, the car has 6,000 miles on the original tires and I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice on the need of snow tires for this car. Are they suggested, despite being a front wheel drive car? Being 17" wheels, the major tire stores (Tire Rack and Tires.Com) offer conflicting advice as to size. One says 16" wheels are fine, the other says that 17" are required due to the need for brake clearance.

    I'm at a loss on this important issue since my area, the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania, sees its fair share of snow each year.

    Btw....I love this car. No problems to speak of at all so far.

    Thanks in advance.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    I don't have an answer to your question but I do have a suggestion.

    Check with your Saab dealer about any Specials Deals on a winter tire package. I don't have an Aero so it's not a big issue for me but our dealer does offer a program that is very competitive with extra service. They provide Snow tires on a Steel rim and they store whatever set your not using for you at no extra charge.

    It's certainly worth a phone call. Also, I'm sure you already know but if you are doing this yourself, don't forget to use a Torque Wrench when mounting your wheels. Some people don't realize the damage that not setting equal and proper torque specs can do.

    Good Luck
    Drew
  • rob999rob999 Posts: 233
    Saab and Ronal (OEM wheel maker) both offer snow tire packages that include alloy wheels. Both are competitive in price, and both recommend using 15" or 16" wheels as winter substitutes for the 17" Aero wheels, due to potholes and other winter road hazards.

    Go to Saabnet.com, search 'snow tire' or 'ronal' and you'll see tons of posts on these subjects.
  • I have an opportunity to buy a '99 9-5 wagon. The car has 58000 miles, but a new (7,500 miles) engine was just put in it that (supposedly) came from a wrecked Vail, CO police car. The work was done by a Saab dealer, but for a broker, so they won't certify it. I'm not so worried about the engine & warranty as the fact that the battery was replaced in 2000 & 2001. Consumer Report rates the electrical system poor in the '99 9-5. Do you think this car could be a lemon?
    Anyone have any ideas or advice? I'm a female road rep and can't take any chances of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    You mentioned VAil Co. are you by any chance closer to the Denver area? If so, I can give you a good recommendation on an independent Saab guy to give you a good inspection. I wouldn't even be surprised if he knows the car your looking at.

    Drew
  • No, actually I'm in the Atlanta, GA area. The car is for sale through the broker from whom I bought my current 9-3 Hatchback. I happened to be at the dealer service shop when the mechanic was finishing the engine work. The service manager gave me the printout of work done on the car. The story I was told was that the engine was shot from owner abuse, i.e. not changing oil, etc. My feeling is that the car could be a tremendous bargain (so few miles on the replacement engine) or be a nightmare. I love my 9-3, but hate not having a power seat and I desperately need more cargo room for work samples. I do have an independent Saab mechanic I can take it. I guess that's the next step. Any thoughts?
  • nelsoncmnelsoncm Posts: 103
    Just brought home my new 2002 9-5 Arc wagon. Have any other saab owners had to get used to the funky headrests? My last car offered no real neck support at all, and the saab felt fine on the 2 test drives I took, but now that I have it, I'm getting a little ache in my neck and upper back. I'm telling myself I just need to get used to having good head/neck support. Am I right (please, please, please)? Thanks.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    I posted a response to your question at Sedans 9-5.

    Good Luck
  • nelsoncmnelsoncm Posts: 103
    I know the 9-5 has a "sport" suspension, but I feel an awful lot of road vibration, to the point of discomfort, coming up through the steering column on my new Arc (v6) wagon. Can that be tweaked at the dealer or is this just the way Saabs drive?
  • You should have road feel through the steering wheel, but not road discomfort. My new Linear is firm but there isn't any vibration or any other unwelcome feelings. Have the dealer check it.
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