2000 SAAB 9-5 Griffin 3.0 V6 turbo (petrol)
Uber luxury and performance with awesome safety, but at a price - Stick to the service schedule
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.
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