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Saab 9-5 Sedan



  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    after my last post i went out and got a 215-55-16 all weather tire to use as a full time spare instead of the donught tire.
    advantages -------the donut is a pain due to its limitations --150 miles range at about 55 mph....
    this is enough to get you to a local tire or saab dealer.
    but,my experience with 3 tire damages is that the tires that come with the 9.5 either snow or regular are not easily found everywhere and you may have to wait 1 or 2 or 3 days to get the replacement.and pay a premium due to the last minute purchase.
    if you are on a trip you are out of luck......

    so,i decided to purchase a size that matches the snow tire size since i had the spare 16 inch wheel
    and because the overall diameter of the tire matches the regular tire also i will have no problem in mixing this size with the regular tires.

    the tire fits about right in the trunk where the donut used to be.---you do have to remove the spacer where the jack is and place the jack back in the space----take a look and you will figure it out.
    the cover falls fine over the spare tire but there is about 1/4 of an inch or less of an overhang but i can live with it ...hardly noticiable.------worth the peace of mind on a trip.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    From your name "brentwood Volvo" and fact that you post here, I was thinking maybe you might also have a Saab Dealership there... Obviously not the case...

    The color your asking about is a fairly popular one for Saab called Sun Green. No color for the 9-5 beats the Steel Grey though ;)

    As far as Volvo's are concerned.. sorry bout your luck there with 2000 New Volvo SUV's ending up at the Bottom of the English Channel instead of arriving in the US. The fact that the demand for those are high, it'll be a win win situation for Volvo. After the shipping companies insurance company pays off, that's 2000 new cars sold twice for them. The demand will still be there and Volvo dealers will continue to charge preimums for them. Saab should be so lucky.

  • I was in the market for an Infiniti G35, but after test driving the 9-5 Aero, I changed my mind. I still prefer the exterior look of the G35 over the 9-5, but I like the 9-5 much better in the interior. I was only going to get about 2k off the sticker of the G35. Got a new 02' Aero for $10,000 off sticker. My car listed at $41,370; I paid $31,370 and had the dealership tint the windows for additional $200. (They had two 02' wagons and one 9-5 Linear model left as of last week).
    So far, I love the car. Hopefully the honeymoon won't end anytime soon.
  • rob999rob999 Posts: 233
    Congratulations on the new ride! I hope you enjoy your new car LONG past the honeymoon!
  • eitan1eitan1 Posts: 4
    If any of you Saabers from No. NJ could comment on their dealer experience (professionalism, reasonable deals, service...) I would apprereciate the advice.
  • jmingjming Dallas, TXPosts: 9
    Eitan1 - I've dealt with Reinertsen Motots in Denville and have found them to be outstanding. Like any dealer, they're not perfect - but I would recommend them to anybody.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I havent been there in YEARS (BWV)

    And it wasnt Sun Green. Isnt SUn Green more of a Jade Green? Kinda a light metallic?
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    No.. Sun Green is NOT like a Jade. The use of the name Sun Green is not very good IMO. The color sometimes looks like it has a Green tint and sometimes looks more like a pale or faded Grey. It's an odd color, very different.

    I'd be willing to bet that's the color you saw. There is no other color quite like it on the road.

  • I'm looking for some advice on the deal i just struck with my local SAAB dealer. I only put a deposit down to hold it while I "sleep" on my decision.

    I got a '03 9-5 Linear with every available option except the Touring Package. It was a demo car with 4,700 miles on it. They agreed to sell it to me for $30,400 (original sticker was around $37,450). Although I got them to throw in some small things like all weather floor mats, I still feel weird about getting a demo. They claim that buying a demo is an "automatic" $2,500 off sticker .. is this a good deal??? after reading some of these posts (e.g. '03 Aero for $31k) I'm beginning to feel like a sucker. Any words of wisdom?


    (FYI: Merlot Red with Beige Interior)
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. If your not comfortable though, no use going ahead. Your post was two days ago, what'd you end up doing?

  • Well, the dealer wouldn't budge on the price but I did get him to throw in a 6 disk CD changer for only $257(originally $515 installed).

    Oddly enough, I'm having a difficult time choosing between this car and an '03 Accord (EX, V6, w/ Navigation). Both cars have virtually the same dimensions. The Honda has the voice activated nav, radio, & temp controls. It also has 240 hp which gives it considerably more power than the Saab. And finally, its record for reliability is way up there.

    On the other hand the Saab is more luxurious, and with the exception of the missing side curtain airbags is a very safe car. It also has that intangible attractiveness to it.

    I need to decide today and I'm still going back and forth.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    The 9-5 does have Front Side Air Bags. Not the Curtain Style and none in the rear seats.

    You can argue which method of side bags is best I suppose. As far as rear side air bags, I don't want them. They say those are not a good idea if you have small kids, which we do.

    The features in the Newest Honda are cool I have to admit. Not to mention 240hp and all for less money. The Saab will be more fun to drive but if that's not important, you have a tough choice.

    Good Luck
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    well just remember that when they take you out on a demo you usually beat the hell out of it to see how it will perform.
    with only 2 miles or so ,i have done full throttle accelerations,etc.... and demos usually are not broken in by the,i would not do it.............but maybe yours was well taken care of and only old ladies took them out for demo rides..........
  • crestonavecrestonave Posts: 219
    Wonder re the demo deal if the car qualified for 0% for 3 years? Or did you plan to pay differently? I am looking at a 2003 9-5 ARC which stickers at approx 41000 with the touring package and 6000 miles on it. Carsdirect says a new one is 33897. I bid the dealer 31 for the demo and he said no way, but we're still talking.
  • kenboykenboy Posts: 3
    does anyone know if the '04 saab 9-5 will include side-curtain airbags?
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    I'm confused. Are you asking if the '04 will have Rear Side Bags? The 9-5 currently has side air bags in front. They use a Seat mounted method that assures the bag is always in the proper position regardless of how you have your Seat Positioned.

    As far as Rear Bags, I don't know if the plans is to add them or not. I didn't want them on ours since we have Small Children. They are not highly recommended with small kids.

    good luck
  • kenboykenboy Posts: 3
    thanks drew. i'm asking about front side "curtain" airbags that are supposed to protect your head from smashing into the side windows. does the current 9-5 have these?
  • uncledaviduncledavid Posts: 548
    From what I understand (and I could be wrong) the Saab only has side airbags, and no curtains. However, I thought the side airbags had a design that allowed for them to provide equivalent protection for th ehead.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    The Saab 9-5 uses side seat mounted air bags ONLY. There Are various opinions as to which method is best. Some feel that the Seat Mounted method is better since the air bag position is always constant in relation to the driver and passenger regardless of where they position the seat.

    I suspect that a seat mounted approach is technically less complicated and less expensive as well. I'd be careful to read into that meaning they are less effective though. I recently read an article about the position of a seat mounted approach being preferred due to more protection to the neck/ Thorax areas. I couldn't tell you where I read that though.

    I've never heard any debates or strong opinions suggesting which type of air bag is superior. I suspect they are both good. The only opinions on side air bags I've read refers to the belief that Rear Side Bags are not a good idea with small children in the out board seats since kids tend to rest against the doors. That combination could have horrible consequenses.

  • wilkichwilkich Posts: 52
    When you mention side air bags and small kids, how small do you mean? This take into account kids in child or booster seats?

    I drove an '03 9-5 Linear and came away very impressed. (especially in comparison to 9-3) Anyway, I am considering buying used but wonder what significant changes there have been since the 2000 and '01 models. The sportronic transmission with the paddle shifter seems to be new to the '03s but I'm sure there are other changes.
  • jlaszlojlaszlo Posts: 60
    I own a '99 Saab 9-5 with 65K and the trip computer/radio display is going bad (lines forming on screen). It's getting to a point where I can't tell what half the data is. I had a similar experience with a 9-3 I once owned. Is there an easy, inexpensive fix for this or am I going to have to replace the unit? If I have to replace it, any suggestions where I can find it cheap?
  • rob999rob999 Posts: 233
    If the SID (Saab Info Display) is loosing pixels, some folks have found that it's a matter of improving the contacts of some of the internal connectors. Here's a "how-to" example:

    If you want to replace the unit, check ebay for a used one. If you want a new unit, the following sites offer Saab parts at discounts of 20% or more:

    I have ordered from both of these dealers and would recommend them to anyone.
  • jlaszlojlaszlo Posts: 60
    Thanks! I'll give it a shot.
  • Hello there,

    Just wondering if 20000 for a 2000 Saab 95 V6 SE approx. 25500 miles in Boston area is a good deal ? I loved the test drive. Thanks.
  • rhirsh1rhirsh1 Posts: 1
    Finally got my 2002 aero - found one pre-owned for $26,400 - a heck of a deal - and it is in mint condition. Always wanted one of these but i've noticed a few odd things - sometimes i see the turbo guage cut out after a while - it will go from the red zone to the white pretty quickly - is that normal. Any one know if premium 91 octane fuel is mandatory?
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    The issue isn't so much the size of the kids I think. The problem would be true for anyone who would tend to rest their Heads/ Body against the side doors.

    If your are in Child Seats now, that sounds fine but keep in mind that it won't be long before they are using either no booster or one where they will still be wanting to rest and sleep agains the door panels.

    I'm only describing thoughts I've heard and sometimes read about but you should research the issue yourself if you have a concern. I honestly do not know of any report or study that you should look for but it seems to me you should be able to find something to help you decide.

    Good Luck
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    This is one problem Saab did have with earlier models but hopefully not current ones. I remember our first 9-5 needing one SID replacement, maybe even a second but not sure.

    If I were you, I would check with the dealer to make sure they will not go ahead and warranty it. They are well aware that these were a problem early on. If not a full replacement, perhapse they will at least discount. I'm not sure I'd want a repalcement from a donor car since it's possible it'd come from an older car that didn't get an improved replacement SID.

    Good Luck
  • bretfrazbretfraz Posts: 2,021
    That's not a bad price but not great. That car prolly sold at auction for $16-17K so with fees, a detail, some recon work, they've prolly got $18K in it. If you can get it close to $19K you'll have a fair deal.
  • dochopdochop Posts: 2
    Time to get back to my roots..turn in the Jimmy and get a new SAAB. I am interested in the 2003 9-5 5-speed Linear sedan Was quoted $7000.00 off the MSRP of 35,045 GG metallic .This price incentive also includes $ 500.00 previous owner rebate. Seems to be a pretty good discount..any thoughts as to whether I can push for more?
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Wow! You can get this car for under $30K? I'd go for it without hesitation. At that price, you'd be hard pressed to find a better car IMO.

    Good Luck
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