1998 SAAB 9-5 Review from North America

1998 SAAB 9-5 V6 turbo

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles

Summary:

More costly than it's worth

Faults:

This list does not capture even half of what I've done to the car - just the things I can think of off the top of my head.

Head gasket blew at 98000 miles

Transmission failed at 97000 miles

Some sensor - I can't remember the name, but the car stopped working altogether because this sensor went out and it cost almost $1000 to fix everything at the dealer

Battery failed at 80,000 miles

SID doesn't work

Tie rods replaced.

General Comments:

I love this car and I hate it. I feel like I've been slowly replacing every singly component of the car since I got it. I spend at least $1500/year on the car on repairs, except for when the transmission blew - that cost me an additional $3500 (and I got a fantastic deal from a transmission repair shop - the dealer was going to charge me $6000).

I've dreamt of selling it many times, though I haven't because I'm still paying off the car loan. I only have 2 more years though and then I can sell it if I want to.

When it runs well it is a pleasure to own and a luxury to drive, especially long distances. The only downside is that it so often needs such costly repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st October, 2007

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review