2000 SAAB 9-5 Wagon Ecotec V6 turbo from North America


Great car! Great value, for a SAFE, dependable and luxurious car



Light-bulbs seem to burn out quickly

Leather seats have not aged naturally (cracks, peeling in some areas)

When new, car would shut down on hot days due to a computer problem that indicated over heating

Replaced battery.

General Comments:

First european car of mine to date, handles beyond my expectations despite some turbo lag from the otherwise powerful, efficiant and reliable engine.

Wagon load space is much more conventional than that of my previous Jeep Grand Cherokee. (no spare tire to deal with, lower to the ground for easier loading, seats fold with more ease)

Despite its reputation (SAAB: Stop At All Banks) my 9-5 has served me well and I hope it will continue to do so for years to come.

For my next car, I would seriously consider a used SAAB, as they depreciate savagely and really stand the test of time well (or at least mine has)

Even in our coldest of Canadian winters, the front wheel drive beauty plows through almost anything with great ease. Throw in some snow tires, and turn on the traction control and you've really got a force to be reckoned with. I know I can feel especially secure given the cars extra high safety ratings.

I am really happy with my SAAB and I hope I can continue to be well into the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2005

2000 SAAB 9-5 SE 2.3 t from UK and Ireland


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


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 Arc 2.3 turbo from North America


It is fun to drive a decent car that is a bit different from the masses


Most recently, the turbo booster had to be replaced due to a leaky gasket.

The small lights on the heater switches, and central lock button have failed and had to be replaced.

At 56,000Km, the oil pressure sensor failed and had to be replaced. It had also allowed the engine oil to leak to potentially dangerous levels.

General Comments:

I am generally pleased with the car although the ride is rougher than a Lexus, and handling/road noise are only average.

However, it has outstanding safety features, comfortable seats with more room than you would expect, a decent stereo, cool features like a cooled (or heated) glove box, map and storage pockets everywhere, a trunk that has low lift-over height and good depth, especially with a 60/40 split rear seat.

Every reference I have checked on Saabs refers to their "quirkiness"; well, I like the ignition on the transmission hump (once it was explained that safety was the driving force behind the design, it makes sense), but I am still a bit unsure of the dependability/reliability that I have come to expect, and experience from same-class cars (like my previous Lexus).

Time will tell.

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

Review Date: 4th July, 2004

10th Jul 2005, 14:10

Well, I am sorry that you are not as pleased with your SAAB as you were your Lexus.

A few points though:

You don't buy a SAAB because it floats down the road like a couch, it's a sporting sedan/wagon.

Sure your SAAB may not be as dependable as your Lexus was, but I'm sure you're the only kid on the block that has one!

2nd Aug 2007, 14:02

True, but how embarrassing to be "that guy who owns the Saab that's always broken down his driveway."