2002 SAAB 9-5 Aero 2.3L turbo from North America
It is the best of times, the worst of times
Valve in A/C unit.
Air bag sensor failure.
SID - have had repaired 4 times.
Idler pulley - took out idler arm and serpentine belt in the process.
Rain sensor (wipers)
Electric window on drivers side.
Fan contacts coroded (for heating A/C)
Alarm batteries (have to replace entire alarm)
Faile motor mount (took out oil pan).
Of all the cars I've owned over the years, and there have been many, NOTHING has given me as much pleasure as my Saab 9-5 Aero. First Saab I've ever owned. Fun to drive, most comfortable seats ever, still greatlooking after 6 years (strangers stop and look at it in parking lots). Good fuel economy (avg 30 on Hwy).
The downside is that it has encountered more problems than any car I have owned - by far. One issue after the other. But, I am told, you keep it fixed and it will run nearly forever. Generates huge amounts of brake dust, I replaced the factory pads with ceramic pads and it went away.
To my surprise, I keep putting $ in it. Tried to trade it off a couple of times, each time I drive the next "great thing" from all the competitors and each time my wife and I look at each other and say: "I like the Saab better". We both have a passion for it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2008
Totally agree with review. I loved the looks of my Saab Aero. One of the most comfortable cars I have ever owned, but it was a money pit in repairs. Belts, fuel pump, one thing after another. I took it on long trips, maybe that wasn't wise.
I finally sold it after it was overheating 60 miles from any Saab mechanic or dealer. The person who helped me had a old HONDA. It's funny that after all the trouble I had, I'm still thinking about getting another one. Maybe one I just use around town.