2002 SAAB 9-5 Reviews - Page 3 of 8

2002 SAAB 9-5 Aero 2.3L turbo from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3L turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carChrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd.

Summary:

It is the best of times, the worst of times

Faults:

Valve in A/C unit.

Air bag sensor failure.

CD player.

SID - have had repaired 4 times.

Idler pulley - took out idler arm and serpentine belt in the process.

Throttle body.

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).

General Comments:

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

17th Jul 2010, 15:17

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.

2002 SAAB 9-5 HOT Aero 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Boringly Brilliant

Faults:

Fuel pump failure at 66K miles.

Battery replacement at 70K miles.

General Comments:

The Saab 95 HOT Aero is best described as boringly brilliant. It's comfortable, fast and safe. It will happily drive up and down the motorways all day long. This is the cars big plus point - it really is a competent motorway machine.

High Output Turbo gives genuine 150+MPH performance. The 95 doesn't feel as "GM" as the 93, which is also another plus point.

The Harmon Kardon stereo is superb - must be one of the best OEM car hi'fi's on the market.

Very comfortable electric leather seats. Light steering, clutch and gearshift. Heated front AND rear seats. Lovely car to drive.

Estate looks better than the saloon - esp in black.

The downsides?... well it's not a drivers car; the handling is not that great, which is a shame as the suspension is certainly on the firm side.

If you are looking for a competent fast comfortable motorway car, that's a little more individual than a 5 Series, it's worth taking a look.

If you're looking for all of the above, or perhaps want a genuine drivers car, this may not be the car for you. Don't get me wrong, this is a rapid machine... it just lacks high quality handling, probably in favour of comfortable high speed motorway work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2008

2002 SAAB 9-5 Linear 2.3t from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3t Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Run away as fast as you can!

Faults:

All internal and most of external lights.

Both info displays, including ACC display 3 times.

"Software" updates for rough idle and A/T shifts - several times.

Turbo failed.

All ignition and emission sensors.

Direct ignition module twice.

AC failed 2 times (needed recharge and compressor).

Front brakes froze at 30K.

General Comments:

My '02 Linear was the worst car I have ever owned. It spent so much time at the dealership during warranty period! I loved to drive Mazda and Saabaru (9-2X) loaners for hundreds of miles at the time!

All electronics were replaced, and most of sensors failed in the first 2 years. As soon as warranty ran out, small electronic problems and failed AC forced me to trade it in for something more reliable.

What a piece of Swedish crap!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2008

16th Mar 2008, 09:54

You have to be kidding man. You definitely bought a lemon dude.

24th Jun 2008, 02:51

I don't think so, I think you bought a SAAB. The problems I have had with mine have been unbelievable. Worst build quality ever on a car that is a dream to drive when it's going, but a complete nightmare to own and very very expensive to repair. From what the dealers tell me. None of the multitude of expensive problems I had with mine are a surprise to them.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 23 reviews