2000 SAAB 9-5 Griffin 3.0 V6 turbo (petrol)

Summary:

Uber luxury and performance with awesome safety, but at a price - Stick to the service schedule

Faults:

Engine warning light came on, looks like the injector unit (common fault). Hopefully it's not damaged the CAT.

Needs new discs and pads all round.

Needs a parking sensor.

General Comments:

My Discovery died so I needed a replacement vehicle very quickly and on a limited budget. After the breaking and selling of the Land Rover, I found this very solid Saab, and the net cost was 150GBP, so I have no complaints.

In three months it's done me proud.

The performance for a 12 year old car leaves most more modern ones to shame. Economy on a motorway run is about 35 MPG, so I'm very happy with that.

Uber comfortable with Harmon Kardon sound system, leather heated and cooled seats, air con, and all the toys.

You are getting a lot of car for you money, but as with all cars of this pedigree and "executive" status, parts come at a premium.

e.g. If I find today that I have damaged my CAT, a new one will hurt me to the tune of 1350GBP plus tax.

Still, as this is my 3rd SAAB and you can easily rack up mega mileage without losing the quality, I think it could be worth the investment to keep it running.

The thing is with SAAB cars is that you "get it" or you don't. Keep to the service schedule and the SAAB (even those under the GM flag) will out live almost anything.

In short, uber luxury and performance with awesome safety, but at a price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2012

6th Jan 2013, 09:38

Had my Griffin for over 10 years now, and agree with virtually everything in this post.

2000 SAAB 9-5 SE 2.3 t

Summary:

A very underrated car that is worth a look for anyone wanting an alternative to a BMW 5 or Merc E

Faults:

O/S/R door lock doesn't work with remote. Have yet to get round to fixing it.

Had new front brake discs with last service.

Local SAAB dealer not as expensive as I had been warned!

General Comments:

I'm very impressed with this car.

Very quick and reasonable economy at around 29 overall.

Extremely comfortable seats and I love the dash layout. Of course this is all subjective, but this car really appeals to me, both in it's looks and the fact that it's different from the crowd.

Most of my friends urged to me by a BMW or Merc, but I simply didn't want to buy into that stereotype.

The SAAB 9-5 has elegance and has been reliable in the 2 years I've had it.

A good replacement for my aging XJ6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2005

2000 SAAB 9-5 SE 2.0

Summary:

Great long distance cruiser

Faults:

Condensation on drivers side read light cluster. Dealer replaced under warranty.

Engine warning light came on due to cir clip holding turbo shaft coming off. Dealer fixed under warranty. Had to be recovered by AA and taken to dealer. Disabled the car until fixed.

Replacement oil strainer due to squealing noise when started from cold. 5 days off road until fix made. Dealer fixed under warranty.

Rattles and squeaks beginning to appear after 30,000 miles.

General Comments:

Sports chip fitted makes huge improvement to acceleration - especially over 3000rpm.

Comfortable and quiet, fuel efficiency great on motorways - avg around 36mpg. Around town and daily commute avg 29mpg.

Quality materials inside and loads of rear legroom make this an excellent proposition as a family car.

Costly extras which I feel should be included as standard dent my enthusiasm however. £300 for a retractable cargo net seems too much.

Also, the solid parcel shelf seems like a great idea, but becomes a pain when you want to carry a bulky load. The shelf needs to come out completely. Would have been better to use a roller-blind type arrangement like other vehicles.

Costly spare parts and middle of the road servicing costs.

I found an excellent dealer (County Saab in Ayr) after disappointment with other Saab dealer (in Glasgow).

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

Review Date: 20th February, 2003