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Let the train take the strain..... by Siwatkins on 09/25/2002. Trim: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Performance, handling, quality, comfort, innovation, torque to die for, economy, better than anything else at it's pricepoint, lighting, safety, fantastic ergonomics,.
Cons: Very little that I dislike, but perhaps the Aluminium finish dashboard. I regret not paying the small charge to have it converted to Carbon Fibre.
Overall review: The car is a dream to drive - I have it in 5 Spd Auto form, and the power surge is trainlike, all the way up through the slick as butter autobox. No slush, just constant, linear power. You'd have a job to get smoother, more linear power delivery, with electric power. There isn't a car on the market that I'd feel safer in, and I chose this because I love cars with superb power delivery, and yet, I feel safe placing my children in this vehicle. I've owned previously, 3 other 9-5's - a 2.0t Man, a 2.0t SE Man, a 2.0t Auto, and now the Aero. I'll be first in the queue to buy my 5th 9-5 in two years time, or whatever equivalent Saab have on the market then. I've looked at alternates at similar pricepoints - that left me with a poverty spec BMW 3 series with nowhere near the trim levels, shiny (ugh) plastics, or a poverty spec Mercedes - nice, but very underpowered.
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The best sedan with turbo!! by Bacon from Raleigh on 01/18/2008. Trim: 2002 Saab 9-5 Linear, Owned 2 years.
Pros: This baby get's down the road and looks sweet
Cons: Cup holders and expensive parts!!!!!
Overall review: I want a newer one now!!!
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2002 Saab 95 LEMON by Matt on 01/17/2008. Trim: 2002 Saab 9-5 Linear, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Sharp looking vehicle
Cons: Serious engine & Turbo issues @ 60,OOO miles. Approaching $4,OOO.OO in cost & just took to shop again for another leak. Possible Head Gasket.
Overall review: I purchased this vehile used with 50,000 miles. As state above, The last 10,000 miles have been very dissapointing & Extremly costly above and beyond the purchase price of $10,300.00
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A troublesome luxury car by An MSN Autos Consumer on 10/27/2007. Trim: 2002 Saab 9-5 Linear, Owned 3 years.
Pros: We like the size, the ride, and the handling.
Cons: This car has been unreliable. Where do I start? We've replaced parts on the car that for most vehicles are lifetime parts. I have never replaced a wheel bearing on any vehicle, and on this car we have replaced two. While that might be a $200 repair on a normal car, it is a $1,000 repair on this one. The AM band on the radio doesn't work. Half of the dash lights are out. The message screens are frequently scrambled or missing pixels. We have replaced at least ten headlight bulbs. We just replaced an engine mount, another part I have never replaced on a car. The turbocharger seized, but fortunately was still under warranty.
Overall review: This car just doesn't cut the mustard for a $38,000 car. For the same amount of cash you can purchase almost any other competitive car and get something more reliable and less expensive to fix. This is a car that needs to be retired by Saab and redesigned. Hopefully the folks at GM can do for this model what they did for the 9-3. My recommendation is that if you buy one of these, make sure you have a long and extensive warranty.
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Swedish Surprise by Paul from Barrie, ON, Canada on 12/01/2006. Trim: 2002 Saab 9-5 Arc, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Love the handling, comfort and numerous safety features found on this car that came standard as opposed to optional. Also you do not find too many of these cars around on the road. The amount of passenger space and cargo space is incredible for this size of vehicle. In the winter, with snow tires, this car basically has taken me everywhere with little grief.
Cons: At times, when the maintenance time comes and parts are needed, the bill can get steep quickly along with the waiting of parts to come in from wherever. As well, since I live approximately 50 miles away from a major city (Toronto), I have to really plan for the repairs to be done at a dealership as my mechanic, although he is good, is not really familiar with this car.
Overall review: An unsung bargain that is waiting out there. I came from a SUV to this car and I really do not regret the switch in vehicle type. Definitely for the individual.
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