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2011 Saab 9-5
"With a design that fans will still find familiar, and a wide selection of standard and optional…
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Great Car! by Ducman53 on 12/26/2011. Trim: 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I own the Bio Power six speed manual version. I also have the panoramic sun roof which was not supposed to come with the base manual, but I stumbled onto this vehicle and after a thorough test drive traded in my Audi s4 for this car. Hirsch makes a software upgrade for this particular car so down the road I will be able to add 40 BHP adding to this car's already engaging drive. It has been terrific to drive either around town or out on the highway. Everything is logically laid out. Great drive! Quick. Handles great! Comfortable! Long range with large tank, regular fuel, and great gas mileage! Although Hirsch upgrade will require switch to premium fuel.
Cons: No spare tire! Although one can be ordered and there is a space for it unlike the run-flat cars and their corresponding lack of trunk space for a spare. The automatic display lighting is too sensitive to exterior lighting and makes the light switch between high and low too frequently especially when traveling under tree canopies. There should be a defeat setting for this. Rear visability can be an issue as can side vision due to width of "B" pillars. Not impossible but takes some getting used to.
Overall review: Even though Saab has filed for bankruptcy I really am not all that concerned. At least I have a great car that I will enjoy every day and won't see one coming the other way all that often. And, I intend to keep this and my other Saab for many more years. Warranties and parts will need to be sorted out, but my Saabs should still be good for another 10+ years and then become even rarer. I've owned many high line cars in the past, many that were very highly regarded by the automotive press, only to sell them within 6-12 months because they were very over-rated in my opinion. Those companies are still in business but I doubt I would ever own another of their respective offerings.
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