SAAB 9-5 Review from Sweden

2005 SAAB 9-5 Arc 2.3T 2.3L DOHC L4 turbo

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3L DOHC L4 turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired69 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-3


A fun to drive vehicle that is cheaper and better than a BMW or Mercedes



General Comments:

Great vehicle, it's got lots of power, especially in sport mode. There's lots of room and comfort. The car comes with tons of luxury features including air conditioned seats. We got this vehicle with GM's employee discount and is a much better car than the 2004 9-3 we had, even though that was a reliable and nice car. If you want lots of room and comfort, the 9-5 is the way to go, the 9-3 is a little clausterphobic. The 9-5 for 2006 in Canada and the USA comes with one powerplant, the same 2.3L L4 as ours, but has 260 HP instead of 220. The Arc and Aero is formed into one and costs the same as a 2005 Arc, but like I said before, with 260 HP. Otherwise I would recommend the new 9-3 Aero which has a 250 HP Turbocharged GM 2.8L V6 that's found in the Cadillac CTS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2005

18th Mar 2006, 19:42

Update on car: At 14,000 kms the car got a very minor coolant leak and in fact we only knew it from the warning on the Driver Info Center. Anyway it had something to do with a hose in the water pump and thankfully was not too serious. Considering we've owned the car for awhile I don't imagine that too many more problems will erupt. Otherwise the vehicle is great. By the way just so you know I accidentally switched the car's country of origin and where I live. We live in North America and the car is built in Sweden to avoid confusion.

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review