2000 SAAB 9-5 SE 3.0 Liter V6, 24 Valve DOHC turbo from North America
Fun to drive, but pricey to maintain
Ordered new key. Old key had bent shaft. 84898 miles cost 32.00.
New key failed to work in ignition. Previous owner had changed the lock cylinder and door locks, but not through a SAAB dealership. Dealer put new lock cylinder in with matching keys. Used remaining old key to open doors. 88576 miles, cost 211.39.
Battery replaced at 91694 miles. cost 123.45 Saab battery from dealership.
Direct ignition cassette (for cylinders 1-3-5) fails at 92489 miles. Cost 500.92 (dealer).
AC service at 94249, cost. 91.55 (independent).
Key transponder fails at 96148, cost 112.77 (dealer).
AC service at 120696, cost 164.81 (independent).
Water pump leaks at 120,821, cost 126.94 (independent-done as part of 120,000 mile service).
The 90,000 mile service performed at the dealership cost 738.04 cents.
The 120,000 mile service performed on July 28, 2009 cost 1,362.42. This service was performed by an independent. Cost of this service was higher because water pump needed to be replaced, as well as the timing belt. Serpentine belt also was replaced.
Oil used has either been polysynthetic or full synthetic. Oil changes have been made between 3000 to 4000 miles.
Since purchasing the car in 2006 I have spent a grand total of 3337.35 on problems and general maintenance.
The history of the car shows that prior to my ownership:
The battery was replaced at 5 miles.
The microprocessor at 10 miles.
The central locking switch at 1887.
The Sport switch at 1887.
Generator assembly at 43054.
Macpherson Strut Rear at 50105.
I have the original sticker for the car: Total amount 38,325.00
Engine parts: United Kingdom.
Transmission parts: Japan
Final assembly point. Trollhatten, Sweden.
The 9-5 SE is a very responsive car that holds the road very well. It is not as quiet as I expected it to be, but that doesn't particularly bother me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th July, 2009