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Saab 9-5 Sedan



  • pearson244pearson244 Posts: 16
    Dealer in Maine took $6,777 off sticker, I test drove the car(25 miles on the clock) and fell in love. Have owned a 2000 and 2002 ARC sedans, both with V-6's. I did not know what I was missing. (But, I had basically zero problems with both cars, despite all the neg. comments on the V-6)

    Seats, power, handling, braking, HK sound system all super. Options include Visibility package, metallic (Titan Gray) paint, Automatic and roof rails. Sticker was a little over $41K. ;)

    At $2,400 (dealer cost) the Nav.option seemed overpriced and you lose the in-dash 6 disc CD (goes into trunk) and the XM radio, so I did not go for that.

    This is a lot of car for $34,300, the net price, and a blast to drive. I could not be more pleased, the changes in the suspension and other components make this Aero feel like an entirely different vehicle than other Saab's I have driven.

    Regarding previous message, Saab has not yet developed a protective strip for the leading edge of the hood. Had one applied to my 2002 but the 2006 redesign requires a new shape.

    Has anyone out there in Saab land used a K&N filter with the High Output 2.3 turbo?

    Love this car!

    Complaints: Miss weather band and SID display.


    Cape Elizabeth,Maine.
  • I have a 2001 9-5. I recently purchased a new air filter, but the owners' "manual" doesn't mention how to go about changing it (among other shortcomings in this "manual", but that's another story). It appears that the filter is accessed from beneath the vehicle, just in front of and inboard from the right front wheel. Is this correct?
    Thanks, Bob
  • sch_robertsch_robert Posts: 2
    My saab has just hit 150k miles ( it looks great and was running very well) though lately I have been having a few problems, one of them being that in the morning when i start my car start driving and shift to second gear, the car will shake a lot like I didn't give it any gas just clutch ( i do give it gas) and then it is usually fine for the rest of the day. isn't really much of a problem, just really shakes me out of my drowsiness in the morning haha.

    Anyway my second problem is the much more annoying one I don't notice it until we have a hot day like today, but in very hot weather my car runs very badly, I will start into first and it will have the RPM at like 1500 going into it, then drop to like 900 RPM then rocket up to 2500 ( aprox) rpm then i will shift and it will do the same them, drop the rpm real low, then shudder up to speed. basically the car runs like crap in very hot weather, when the day starts to cool down the car starts to run better and better until its back to normal.

    Now i took it to the dealership with these problems and they gave it the 150k check up replaces plugs and such, and for the first day i got it back it ran GREAT and I mean good as new, no shudder when i started in the morning no volatile power in the weather, and as time went on the problems started coming back. haha anyway, if anyone is having any problems similar to these or has heard of these and knows maybe a way i can suggest to the dealership to check for that would be great, but I got the impression that the 150k checkup they checked EVERYTHING and sorta curious to how they did not find any problems. Anyway thanks in advance! ( I apologize for the size of this post, and thank anyone who has taken the time to read all the way to the end)
  • vtdogvtdog Posts: 163
    I am the original owner of a '93 Volvo 850 with about 125k miles. The car has given me great service, but it is getting time to change. I went to local Saab dealer today and drove a 9-5. The cost for the 9-5 vs the Volvo S-60 are about equal with the rebates and dealer knock off, etc.

    I don't know anybody with long term experience with a Saab and am hoping for some insight as to long term reliability, cost of ownership, dealer network, etc.

  • pearson244pearson244 Posts: 16
    Pretty quiet out there, not sure if that is good or bad, re: your request for Saab information!

    I have had three Saabs,all 9.5's, over the last 4 years. I have been very happy in terms of local dealer (Portland Saab), have found they depreciate pretty badly (so bought first two used/certified). For me, esp. after two Audi's, the dealership experience is important and I find the local dealer to be very good.

    If you're shopping for a sedan make sure the S-60 backseat is OK,I drove one and liked it but the back seat was tiny, OMO.

    Good luck.

    (Test drive a new '07 or '06 Aero if you can, great vehicle, only 5 ;) years overdue)

    Jim ;)
    Portland Maine
    07 SC Aero
  • crestonavecrestonave Posts: 219
    I own a 2003 Saab 9-5 3.0 V6. It was a demo that I bought off the showroom floor with about 8k miles on it. I'm very happy with the car overall - no major problems so far. I've always serviced it at the dealer. Change the oil every 6 mos or 5k miles at the dealer (synthetic). Currently have about 51k miles on the car. Don't drive a lot, obviously. The car handles very nicely and is a little rocket ship. Dealer service has been vg to excellent.

    If I were in the market today I'd certainly consider another Saab. I'd look for something that I liked that was about 1 year old with under 10k miles so it's still under the bumper to bumper warranty. Of course, sometimes the incentives to purchase new make it cost effective to purchase a new car, so you need to do the math and compare. I would also strongly consider the Volvo XC 70 Cross Country. I've always liked that car and would have bought one except that they've always been severely sluggish and underpowered. There will be bigger engines available in the 2008 XC70, so I'll certainly consider that as well as the Saab.
  • swankshopswankshop Posts: 3
    Since 1973 my car ownership follows:
    1973 to 1982 - 73 145E Volvo - 190,000 miles
    1977 to 1989 - 76 242 Volvo - 170,000 miles
    1982 to 1992 - 82 Mazda GLC? - 110,000 miles
    1985 to 1992 - 84 245 Diesel Volvo - 120,000 miles
    1987 to 1998 - 86 900 Saab Hatchback - 140,000 miles
    1992 to 2004 - 92 965 Volvo - 130,000 miles
    1996 to present - 97 900SE Saab - 110,000 miles
    2000 to present - 00 9-5 Aero Sedan - 45,000 miles

    All of these cars have 4 cylinders except the 6 cylinder 965 Volvo and 84 diesel Volvo and all have been excellent in every way and have had no major repairs. I have an excellent small garage nearby for maintenance. If you get either a Volvo or Saab that has been taken care of and free of accidents you will be a winner but you must continue to maintain the car well. The cars continue to get better as the technology improves with time.
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    I'd go back to the dealer. Strategy: don't let the dealer get into a cycle of replacing the same Saab part and sending you on your merry way. Follow the common-sense theory that it's unlikely for the same part to fail repeatedly (whether it's the infamous DI casette or whatever) so the problem has to be elsewhere in the system that the failing part is a piece of. Avoid coming across as someone who should be driving a Honda Acord. Confidently state your expectations -- don't shrug and haha. To build confidence, you might want to visit Saab dot net. It has a passle of mechanic-posters who have taken these quirky critters apart and put them back together again. At the very least, their specialized discussions will put you in a better position to confidently talk diagnosis and treatment with your dealer. You don't have to be right, necessarily, just reasonably informed. There are technical experts on some Edmunds threads who will advise posters on problems, but my impression is that this isn't so on Saab threads. (Apologies if I'm wrong on this.) Saab ownership requires a certain amount of pluck, but some of us think the rewards are worth it. Good luck.
  • sch_robertsch_robert Posts: 2
    Thank you for your help, i did do this, turns out what was wrong was the clutch and the turbo equaling something like 3k in repairs, so looks like I'm going to be selling it ( the car isn't even worth 3k anymore, no point to fix it up) anyway, thank you for your help.
  • nickp33nickp33 Posts: 1
    I am in the process of buying a 2003 Saab 9-5 Linear (2.3t). It has a little over 48k miles and the cost is only $12,400. I am buying my in-law's off of their lease. I'm just paying the residual. I have a few questions.

    1) Is this a good deal?

    2) I have the option to extend the warranty and certify it...does anyone know the cost of this and should I do it?

    3) My mpg computer claims that I am only getting about 17mpg. This is hwy and around town combined. I've only driven the car for about 100miles. Could there be something wrong with the car. This is far less than the 22mpg I would expect.

    All answers and advice appreciated!

  • That seems like a fair price to me, I have found Saab residual's to be good deals. Certified warrenty seem to range from $1,500 - $1,700 in my experience. I would go for it.

    MPG seems low, I would clear it out and drive the car for a little longer. I don't know what you are currently driving but I have had very good luck with 9.5's and am on my 3rd one.

    Jim in Maine
  • pengwinpengwin Posts: 74
    im looking to buy a 2006 saab 9-5 aero used from a dealership, its not certified, has 13k miles and is 27k. My 2 questions are, is that a good deal, and does the factory warranty "roll over" to me when i buy the car and can i purchase an extended warranty through a dealership closer to me?
  • crestonavecrestonave Posts: 219
    I thought "certified" was only applied to cars that were no longer covered by the original factory bumper to bumper warranty. Perhaps I'm mistaken. In any case, the original Saab bumper to bumper of 4/50 will pass to you.

    As to the extended warranty, are you buying this car from a Saab dealership? If so, I would venture to guess that any warranty you buy from them would be honored at any Saab dealership.

    I personally would never buy a third party extended warranty. You could check with the Saab dealership where you plan to service the car and see what they'll offer you.

    Good luck.
  • pengwinpengwin Posts: 74
    Well its not a "certified" 9-5 but i have seen some 2004 certified saab's so im guessing certification is based on weather the dealership wants to certify the car or not.

    Yes i am buying the car from a Saab Dealership and i wanted more warranty coverage than the standard. Can i ask the dealership the "certify" the car? Or would i be better off just purchasing an extended warranty?

    why would you not buy an extended warranty?
  • Saab Certified is a better warrenty, but the vehicle must be approved by Saab for the Certified plan, most 04's would be eligable but depends on milage. In the case of an '06 you cannot get it certified as it is still under the original warrenty. At a later time you will be able to purchase an extended warrenty (has to be prior to 50,000 or something like that), I would buy from dealer. I believe the 06's have a 100,000 mile powertrain warrenty too but not 100% sure. I have an 07 Aero wagon,same vehicle,love it.
  • saablcpsaablcp Posts: 195
    ANY Saab that is current model year or any of the previous 4 model years can be certified (2003 would be the oldest eligible year)providing the car has less than 60k.miles and passes the Dealer certification checklist.The fact that the car is still under factory warranty is irrelevant.Coverage is for 6 years or 100k. miles from Original warranty in-service date.Coverage is identical to original factory warranty with the exception of Audio equipment.
  • georgekgeorgek Posts: 50
    The '06 powertrain warranty is 50K. The 100K warranty began in '07 along with all other GM products in the USA.
  • Thanks for clarification on Certified, sure seems like a good way to go.

    Do the 06's or 07's also have "free" maintaince for oil changes, wipers, etc.?
  • crestonavecrestonave Posts: 219
    I believe the 06's and 07's include scheduled maintainence for 3/36. This does not include wear items such as wiper blades, etc. but does include oil changes, etc. Check with the dealer or the Saab website to be sure. Right now they appear to be giving lots of cash back or super low financing.
  • Hi

    I'm purchasing an '05 9-5 Aero with 33k miles, Touring, Cold Weather, Nav and Certification for $27433 and the dealer 'gave me' lojack free. Is this a good deal?

    Thank you in advance,
  • I'm leasing a 9-5 Aero, automatic, ventilated seats, rain-sensing wipers, power everything, excellent shape, silver, tinted windows, new tires (I own winter wheels and tires as well), currently have 32,000 miles. My lease ends Dec 07. Residual value is $16,820.
    I like the car (third Saab I've had). My busineess pays the lease pmt.
    Is a price of $16,820 a "good deal"? Could I feasibly buy it and try to sell it 3-6 months later for a small profit?
  • I dont know the depreciation on Saabs but i'd always go for ~2k under what the dealer wants to sell the car for, haggle with the dealership, and im sure u can get it for ~15k
  • I misled you.
    My company/me makes the lease pmt. I/my company can buy at the end of the lease for $16,800
  • Hoping I can find someone to tell me a definitive answer to a nagging issue.

    Recently purchased an '07 95 Aero with all the trimmings, and love it (my 3rd Saab)........however, the one irritation is that at night, the steering wheel is completely dark, while the rest of the car back-lights. My dealer says this is "how it was made"....but yet, my previous 9-3 had the same wheel, and it DID backlight.

    Is this the best Saab's flagship can do?
  • djb5djb5 Posts: 1
    My daughter has a 2000 9-5 with 92,000 miles. She replaced the head gasket 2 years ago at approximately 50,000 miles. It is now leaking again. She does not drive the car hard. She has a 27 mile commute each way to work. Any one have similar problems with head gaskets on the 2000 Saab 9-5? Thanks in Advance Don Barnard
  • Close friend has same problem at 50K, 9-5, but the V-6 engine, 1999.

    She was not a hard driver either, and kept up with service intervals.

    Dealer got Saab to kick in portion of cost.

    Which engine do you have?
  • Intermittent. Limp mode and then it goes away. Car drives normal but Engine/Transmission Lights stay on and shift level indicator light stays in park. If I stop the engine and restart, shift level go to any gear bu light will only go to R, D and 1. Any idea what is going on here. this problem only occurs from cold start and lights come on before the engine even starts.
  • fran8fran8 Posts: 2
    We are looking for thoughts of whether we should purchase our 9-5 when it comes off lease. The car will have about 45,000 miles, we have serviced the car according to the onboard display, and replace the break pads at 37,000. We heard a rumor that these cars may have problems with the turbo charger and internal cabin heating sensors. Any experience/suggestions?
  • You don't mention what year your car is. I have a 2003 Arc V6 which I bought from the dealer in 2003 with 8k miles on it. I now have about 54k on the car and still enjoy driving it. I've kept up with scheduled maint at the dealer. I also have him do an oil change every six months (synthetic) no matter what the mileage is. I'm very pleased with the car overall and I've had no major problems. Knowing what I know now I'd buy the car again in a heartbeat. Every car is different but if you haven't had any major issues to this point I think that's a good sign.
  • My Saab 95 has started to make a loud high pitch whiining/buzzing noise when in park or in neutral. When shifting into gear the sound stops. any ideas of what is causing this? Thank you
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