2002 SAAB 9-5 from North America
Pretty, posh and generally reliable, but a headache when there is a problem
Within the last six months the car developed a stutter when running, twice shutting off completely while sitting idle in traffic. Problem is that the stutter happened intermittently, so when we took it to a SAAB mechanic, they couldn't find the problem. After three attempts there, went to SAAB dealership. Initially, the dealer could not locate the problem, but on the second try they diagnosed it as a throttle issue. Luckily we purchased a warranty when we purchased the 9-5 (gently used). So the repair was covered. We'll see if this resolves the hiccup/stutter problem... So far so good ( x fingers crossed x)
Generally, we LOVE our SAAB. We also understand that 2002 (I think) is the last year Saab's were made in Sweden (prior to GM acquisition). Due to same, would likely not buy a GM SAAB, especially due to our recent problem with our 9-5. It's really kind of a love-hate relationship. Love the special feel of a SAAB, hate when something goes wrong.
I owned two Honda preludes in college and grad school and loved both dearly. Especially because they were pretty AND completely headache free. But do feel quite safe in the SAAB, so our next car will have to be a tank also (but no SUVs for us).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th September, 2007
16th Sep 2007, 19:01
Some Saabs are still Swedish built - the 9-3 and 9-5 are still built in Europe.
That said, a lot of the bits are shared with other GM models, down to the basic vehicle platform.
Other Saabs are non-European in origin - the 9-7X being US built, while the 9-2X was an offshoot on the Subaru Impreza wagon.