2000 SAAB 9-5 Reviews

2000 SAAB 9-5 Griffin 3.0 V6 turbo (petrol) from UK and Ireland

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 turbo (petrol) Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111500 miles
Most recent distance115750 miles
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

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 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.3L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Maintenance nightmare

Faults:

I bought this car cheap in 2011 with the car running slightly rough at idle, but it would run smoothly once you gave it more gas.

The check engine light, ABS and traction control lights were all on. Code 1 08 was displayed on the ACC unit when auto and off were pushed together (the blend door shaft was broken). Heat and AC was not functioning properly in this car. SID display had few pixels left on it.

The previous owners had invested about $5,000.00 into this car in the last two years before I bought it, so the car did have tons of new parts on it. A newer engine had been installed in this car.

General Comments:

This is a very nice car, but there are several things that have proven to fail and or need to be fixed on these cars.

I have owned a long list of used cars, and this Saab 9-5 is hands down the car that needed the most repairs when I bought it used. This car is not almost trouble free like a good, used, well taken care of Honda Civic.

The Saab 9-5 is known to have engine sludge problems when owners do not change the oil frequently enough. The oil pickup screen clogs, starving the engine of oil, and this blows your motor. I imagine this was the reason why my car had a replacement engine in it when I bought it. I do not know, due to the previous owner was not 100% honest about this car when I bought it.

The PVC hose needs to be updated on the engine, and the oil pan dropped to clean any sludge on it and the pickup screen. Once you do that and properly maintain the car, the engines in these cars have been known to last over 300,000 miles.

I did have my car scanned by the Saab dealer to see what was wrong with it. The dealer said the car needed a new throttle body and a new ABS unit, which they wanted to charge me $3,600.00 to fix. I ended up fixing this car myself. I took off the throttle body and took off the ABS module myself, and mailed the parts to BBA Remanufacturing. BBA Reman said there was nothing wrong with the throttle body, and they only charged me a $35.00 bench fee to check it and clean it up thoroughly for me. BBA Reman charged $125.00 to rebuild the ABS module. I reinstalled these parts back on my car, put new vacuum lines on (which was most of my cars rough idle problem), cleaned out the mass air flow sensor with CRC mass air flow cleaner, and put new stock NGK plugs in the car. The car ran great when I was done. All check engine, ABS and TCS lights went off also.

I also fixed the blend door for $79.00 using the blend door repair part from the Saabsite.com. This fixed the AC and heat issues in the car. I sent the SID display unit in to be fixed by BBA Reman also, but I have not gotten it back yet.

Long story short, is you can fix these cars far cheaper than what the Saab dealer wants to repair the cars for. I had gotten all my repair information for this car off of saabcentral.com

If you buy a used Saab, I recommend you only use the Saab dealer to scan the car, due to this car has to be scanned by a Tech II scanner. Most local mechanics do not understand Saabs at all. Have the dealer tell you what is wrong with the car, and do not use them for repairs, because they want thousands of dollars to fix certain things that really cost a $100.00-$200 to fix yourself. I'm a good back yard mechanic, so I fixed the car myself. I do not find the car extremely hard to work on, once you know exactly what to fix and how to do it by researching it on the saabcentral.com forums. I personally know more about Saab 9-5's than any local mechanic I have ever talked to, except the Saab dealer mechanics, who will tell you nothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2011

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 35 reviews