2002 SAAB 9-5 Arc 3.0 V6 Gasoline from North America
Awesome vehicle with lots of torque
I've had the car for 7,000 miles of driving and had very few problems. The turbo was bad when I bought it and was replaced under warranty. The water pump had a slow leak which was also covered by warranty.
Automobiles are meant as transportation, but SAAB's are considered an Individualist car. They are for someone who recognizes fine engineering, ergonomics, comfort, safety, and innovation. They are for someone who doesn't want vanilla transportation - for someone who likes different. SAAB has always led the pack for others to copy. My 1973 SAAB had a heated drivers seat and front-wheel drive. Actually the first and all SAAB's were front-wheel drive. Who else had that in 1973? In 1997, they introduced ventilated seats along with seat heaters. And now 10 years later, Toyota/Lexus is copying. To me, the cockpit is very well thought out. There are many features that make owning a SAAB a treat. The passenger outside mirror tilts down when in reverse so you can see the curb (button to activate) and then returns when you go forward, seat heaters/coolers, cooled glove box, Bosch anti-lock brakes with active yaw control, side air bags, radio with weather band, CD, and cassette. Memory seats, direct ignition, bi-xenon headlights. Tilt and telescopic steering wheel.
If you want a generic car with no personality, buy a Honda or Toyota. If you want a European car that costs a bit more to maintain but makes you grin every time you drive it, buy a SAAB.
This is one of the few cars I've owned that I can't wait to drive! I love to just sit in it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2006
"Actually the first and all SAAB's were front-wheel drive. Who else had that in 1973?"
The mini cooper had FWD several years before this.
Saabs are nice cars, but not their definetly not the most innovative leaders in the auto industry. Their Swedish counterpart (Volvo) has a lot to do with Saabs success.
Saab & many maunufacturers were mass producing FWD before 1973.
Cord produced FWD's in the 1930's. Even Oldsmobile made a FWD car back in the mid 60's
(the Toronado) but Saab was one the the first popular FWD vehicles here in America.
Saab was a very innovative automobile manufacturer, as even in the late 1940's their vehicle aerodynamics were astounding.
Although Saab has since sold it automobile division to GM, I still feel they are one of the better manufacturers of quality automobiles.
Also, my 1987 BMW has heated seats. I don't know who was the first to do this, but I doubt even this BMW was the first to do this and it def. wasn't saab.
FWD is not as good as RWD on a car with more than 170 bhp.
'FWD is not as good as RWD on a car with more than 170 bhp.'
If you don't have a limited slip diff!
Actually, heated seats are from SAAB.
SAABs are awesome, and have always had leading luxury and safety features, but I believe the Citroen Traction Avant was the first production FWD car back in the 30s and 40s, before the legendary DS was introduced in the 50s.
Have you had many problems with the V6? The previous generation V6 was prone to serious issues and timing belt replacement every 40 thousand km. I am considering either a Griffin or an Aero, and am not sure which one would be more reliable in the long run.
To me, take a 4 cylinder Aero. If you do all "100000 miles items" after purchase, you will have a quiet mind for a long time.
As a ex master tech for Saab and having owned many, this is the best and surest comment/advice I have heard!