2001 SAAB 9-5 Aero turbo from North America


I have read all of the complaints about the SID. After the second one failed, shortly after the warranty expired, SAAB agreed to replace it at no cost. They have finally figured out what was wrong with the part. Its been three years and no problems with the SID.

Ignition failed, but that was a recall.

Headlamps burn out too frequently, but it's an inexpensive and easy fix.

I have no engine sludge problems (yet) but change the oil every 3000 miles and now use synthetic.

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

Review Date: 5th November, 2008

2001 SAAB 9-5 SE 3.0L L81 turbo from North America


Can't be beat for the price, and that's not a fair way of looking at this gem


* Control arm bushings which were the most expensive bushing I have ever heard of. Most people are floored when I tell them how much they were $200 for one of two per side and $80 for the second of a side. This kind of pricing is the exception and not the rule... most other parts pricing are inline with other makes.

General Comments:

Car is silly powerful and quick. My particular sample will not blink as it spins both front tires (in sport mode) in poor conditions, despite traction control. Will out accelerate a Porsche 911 Carrera S4 (1998-2004) from 40mph to 80mph every time.

Few cars of any size afford this kind of comfort for any passenger anywhere inside.

Vehicle's handling is best described as unflappable. It simply cannot be upset. The car will slightly (relatively speaking) under-steer when pushed, but never does the back end try to come around. Very confidence inspiring, if not the sportiest feeling. I have the feeling for those seeking more excitement will probably end up in a 5 series or comparable benz.

The used pricing on these cars do not do the quality of the package or every one of its components justice. These things are just ridiculously cheap used.

Insurance is cheap.

All 9-5 models have side airbags. A rarity for 1997 year model cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2008

2001 SAAB 9-5 SE Airflow 2.0t from UK and Ireland


Buy one


The kerb illumination bulbs on the driver's and passenger's door have failed - but it is summer so I can't be bothered to replace them.

Apart from that, NOTHING HAS GONE WRONG.

General Comments:

10 out of 10 - the most comfortable and reliable car I have owned. It is safe and quick - well built and cheaper than a Merc. After 22 Vauxhalls I will stick to Saabs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2006

2001 SAAB 9-5 SE Sportwagon 3.0 V6 Light Pressure turbo from North America


I'd buy another SAAB in a heartbeat


Replaced left-front wheel bearing at no cost at 46,500 miles; sunroof repaired at 61,000 miles at no cost.

General Comments:

A very solid car; smooth and powerful.

This car is the most maneuverable car I've owned (it'll turn on a dime and give you nine cents change). Fantastic!

Engine is smooth and powerful, but not overly so. It's a nice balance.

The "odd" window lift switches and the ignition are in the center console. When you think about it, this is quite sensible!

The seats are very comfortable.

The back can carry much more than you'd think.

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

Review Date: 1st May, 2006

2001 SAAB 9-5 SE 2.0t from UK and Ireland


A fast, comfortable, smooth, motorway cruiser


At 79000 miles, three days after purchasing the car, the ignition coil went which caused the catalytic converter to fail. This left me stranded at the roadside & Saab Assist took four hours to recover me.

Headlight wiper motor failed and wasn't covered by warranty.

General Comments:

My car has the 'Hirsch' upgrade pack on which increases power to 250BHP. It is well worth the extra money as it transforms the car entirely.

The seats are the best I've ever sat in and the sound system is very good.

The car is smooth and the automatic gearbox is well suited to the engine.

It is a large car and parking at times can be tricky. The parking sensors are an option well worth having.

The handling round back roads is not fantastic and doesn't inspire confidence to push it hard. However the ride is smooth and is amazingly fast in a straight line or from traffic lights.

The quality of the cabin is impressive and it's well laid out. However, it's not quite up to the standard of certain German rivals.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2006