2002 SAAB 9-5 Arc Estate 2.2 diesel from UK and Ireland
A very good buy (if you can tolerate one or two initial let-downs.)
Engine Hose disconnected at 400 miles (car had to be towed)
Clutch partially failed at 20000 miles (car still drivable - just)
Vanity mirror cover fell off at 25000 miles.
Tyres (even replacements) fail to hold pressure terribly well and need checking regularly.
SAAB radio/cassette/cd works very well, but quality of sound is barely adequate.
This is my 3rd SAAB now, and is generally very good.
Although the 'small' diesel, it is more than powerful enough in town and on motorway.
However, from a standing start, 1st gear runs out of legs and a shift to 2nd is required almost immediately. Quite irritating.
Otherwise very tractable and easy to get along with.
Handling is good (for a large estate) and the car will happily go round corners at a pace.
The car coped with a trip to France, with four adults, full boot and a loaded roof box with no trouble at all. Quite impressive, to be honest.
For a large car, fuel consumption is absurdly good at low speed (e.g. steady 40 or 50 mph) and constantly delivers 40mpg+, tank after tank.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th November, 2004