2003 Saab 9-5

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Great car; engine failed; google "Saab Sludge Issue" and educate yourself! by Lifelong car guy, builder of many engines. on 03/21/2010. Trim: 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, Owned 2 years.
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Pros: The car looks great, and you don't see one on every corner. Fun to drive and very comfortable. Great handling and brakes.
Cons: Engine reliability. Mine was fine till I moved into town, then it croaked (2 rods knocking) after 1 month. Apparently the shortened trips allowed the "Saab sludge issue" to rear it's ugly head, even with synthetic oil. The dealer was unhelpful when they couldn't find the previous owner's oil record (even though that same dealer told me when I bought it that it was under warranty!), so I question the value of any warranty claims. Research "Saab Sludge Issue" before buying a Saab. The "big turbo / little engine" combination gives the car a very sluggish feel around town, unless you engage the "sport" option (by pushing a button on the shifter) for each drive.
Overall review: The Aero is beautiful, attention-getting, and fun to drive. The interior is comfortable and easy on the eye. The sound system is incredible, and the ride is quiet (though not "soft", due to the sport suspension and low-profile tires). The "sport" setting on the 5 speed auto adds a lot of needed zip to the low end around town. This is one of the nicest cars I've ever owned or driven, and I'd be wildly happy with it, if the engine hadn't failed. I used full synthetic oil during my 30,000 mile ownership, but have no record of the previous owner's habits. I expect a car like this to live more than 118,000 miles.
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Saab ageless design by Lexington KY on 10/20/2005. Trim: 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Styling is great, just one look and you know it is Europian ageless design at it's best. This car will look good in 5-10-20 years from now. Also safety equipment is at the top of luxury segment.
Cons: I could use extra cup holder, engine is a bit noisy for the luxury segment but hey it is 9-5 aero with High Output Turbocharger(HOT)making 250 horses an something has to scream. This car makes you feal good as soon as you sit in it and I love it.
Overall review: If you want to get a car that has apeal, that makes you feal good every time you drive it and hate to spend money on 5 series BMW or E class Benz this is your car. If you looking for cheap, depandable transportation and do not care about style go get Toyota Camry.
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Ultimate value Sports sedan by An MSN Autos Consumer on 10/23/2003. Trim: 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Ride Performance Fuel economy Safety
Cons: No AWD version
Overall review: Overall excellent. Very good value compared to its competitors i.e Volvo S80, BMW5 etc
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Good value in second hand, comfortable, fast but needs attention. by One happy saab owner. on 09/28/2013. Trim: 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, Owned 1 year.
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Pros: Styling- I choose 9-5 over the never 9-3 because i find it much more Saabish inside and outside. Performance- Top performance. Having experienced a 250 HP car for the first time, I am convinced there is no sense to have a more powerfull vehicle unless you have to race on track. Good accelaration and cruise speed with very little throttle input. Almost 160 km/h @ 3000 rpm on highest gear for the motorway cruise. That's the whole meaning of the car for me performancewise. Fully loaded- Full leather, everthing electric, ventilated seats really useful in hot summer Best buy in second hand- An Audi, Mercedes, BMW and even Volvo with same specs and from the same year is double expensive to buy.
Cons: I can't think of any real item that I dislike about it but others may dislike such: -Need to be on top of maintenance. -No dealers where I live. You would need to follow up your repair and maintenance schedules yourself, order parts yourself and get the works done in a specialased garage if not DIY (do it yourself) -High fuel consumption in city, reasonable outside.
Overall review: I bought the car almost one year ago. I am the 4th owner but the car was relatively well looked after and smelled like almost new with 140000 km and ten years on it. If you considering buying one, I would have one advice for you. The most important thing you need to know is that you can just not buy one of these in second hand and just put gas and drive. If you want to do that you better buy a Toyota That said, overall it is most the comfortable and enjoyable car i ever had or drove. (I had golf, Mazda 626, Audi A4, vectra,306, passat) Another thing is that it's not just an Opel Vectra rebadged Saab like some people may lead you to believe, I can tell this because also drove a 1999 vectra purchased new and sold in 2006 at 260000 kms. They may have parts common, may be such as the floorpan but that's it. The seat comfort and ride is like white and black, Saab is much quieter, has much better sound system, is also roomier.
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  • Interior9.0
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Lame Saab by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/27/2009. Trim: 2003 Saab 9-5 Linear, Owned 3 years.
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Pros: Decent powertrain, fun to drive and comfortable.
Cons: Bought a 2003 Certified Saab. Massive work done under the warranty. The oxygen sensor replaced twice. Both times within 9 days the main computer went ($800 if no warr) Seat belt release had to be repll and the new one was going bad. Brake modulaters twice. The killer was Interrmitant brake trouble since summer of 08. Dealer could not reproduce problem but said 'don't worry, you brought it in before the warr. expired so it will be covered'. Right after warr. ended I reproduced the problem, they were going to fix it under warr. When I took it in they said its the ABS module (part is $2600.00) and Saab won't fix it under warranty. So much for Saab and Scott Dealerships in Emmaus, PA
Overall review: Fun car if you can afford all the repairs.
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