SAAB 9-5 Review from Saudi Arabia

1999 SAAB 9-5 Station Wagon 2.0T

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0T Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance46000 kilometres
Previous carFord Taurus


Does not live to Saab's reputation


1st year: Electronic control unit had to be changed.

1st year: Battery dies suddenly.

2nd year: Battery dies.

2nd year: Exhaust rusts.

3rd year: Fuel tank breaks at the neck.

3rd year: Excess soot collects in the fuel system. Car hesitates. Black fumes come out of the exhaust. Fuel system needs cleaning every three weeks

Fuel consumption: 16.5 L/100km.

3rd year: Key-less entry transmitter failed. (changed)

3rd year: Electronic display loses pixels. (changed)

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable, but its electronic system is bad.

The SAAB agency in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia is bad. They do not believe the customer; they treat the symptom and not the cause of the problem until the problem gets out of hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th August, 2003

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review