1999 SAAB 9-5 SE


Head gasket at 104k.

Headlight module around 102k.

Driver's side window around 100k.

Seats have worn badly (but wow are they comfortable).

Some other engine related module (modules are pricey, it appears).

Security system has started going hay-wire at 100k.

General Comments:

Like many others making posts on this list who have owned Saab's -- it's a love/hate relationship. I drive my car and all I think is, wow, I just love driving this car. But, since July 08, and after this head gasket fix (if I decide to do it), I will have spent $490/month on repairs on a car with a trade-in value of around 2k (according to Edmunds). I could be driving a brand new car.

Today, in the news, GM is saying they are selling Saab. Saab is saying they may have to file for bankruptcy - and I grow increasingly sad. My 9-5 was my second Saab; and Saab's, as I've proclaimed many times until this summer, would be the type of car I would own for all my driving days.

No more. I love them, but the repair bills are monsters. I am reading these comments to see if I should trade her in or spend the 1600$ for a new head gasket. My head says get rid of her. My hearts says NOOOOOOO. Any advice out there???

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

Review Date: 20th February, 2009

22nd Feb 2009, 06:36

Don't permit the BK of SAAB to cloud your decision of keep/no keep. I own a 1999 V6 with 103000, and feel it to be a good value for the $$$. You may consider DIY on the head gasket - consult saabnet.com or a WIS for procedures. Good luck with your decision - these are the most comfortable seats in any current model car.

1999 SAAB 9-5 Sedan 2.3 turbo


Great car for the money


Not a thing has gone wrong with the car (knock on wood).

The only thing is the windshield wiper motor was failing when I purchased the car, but was easily fixed.

General Comments:

This car has been a joy to drive. Handles very nicely, also very safe. I was in an accident over the summer with it and it held up very well.

I love the look and feel of the interior.

The exterior has a luxurious but somewhat sporty look to it. All in all, Saab is an amazing automobile maker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2009

1999 SAAB 9-5 SE 2.3 Ecotech turbo


Awesome car, but you better get one that has a clean history


I got this car from a guy with a mechanics shop. He recieved the SAAB from the nearest SAAB delership, they said it needed a new turbo and he put it on for me. I have since then needed a new alternator belt, a shifter cable, new wheel bearing, tires, and now the car has another problem. When you are in drive the car will rev up and down until you accelerate, if it does that in excess of about 2min, it will smoke bad. So I find myself having to put it in park at all intersections, red lights, and traffic!

General Comments:

Other than the problems listed, the car is VERY fast! Not to mention safe! Another perk is all the luxuries, the comfortable leather seats, beautiful wood grain dash, and ample room. The bottom line is that SAAB makes one of the best cars on the road, you just better make sure you get a good vehicle though. GET A CARFAX VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT! That is one thing that I failed to do. I have now found out that I am the 5th owner. Not good! Because of all the problems I am being forced to just get rid of it and get another car, the problems and service will end up costing me more than the car is worth. I will return to the SAAB brand, maybe perhaps with a newer SAAB. SAAB FOREVER! LVE SAAB!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2008