2003 SAAB 9-5 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

2003 SAAB 9-5 Linear 2.3 t from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 t Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-5

Summary:

A great car with too many vices sometimes

Faults:

Second day after the purchase, Ceck ENGINE came out, something was wrong with turbo charger, repaired under warranty.

After few months, noise like driving with winter tires, car was at garage for 5 weeks, the culprit was rear right wheel bearing. I find that a way too early - all of my previous cars/trucks went way over 200000kms without any wheel bearing failure.

Constant rattle (drives me crazy) inside cabin - might be a rear window shelf or something, could not figure it out.

When windows are down (front doors), they rattle when doors are opened or closed. I was told by dealership that this is "design fault".

Cooling hose punctured, awaiting for a part to come, was told that it will cost over 300 CAD to repair... never in my life I have seen a hose with such a price tag... it should last a 100 years then, not only 4...

Wheel bolts very very rusted... for comparison the wheel bolts on my Isuzu 1995 are still like new, and the car was not treated any better.

The SAAB ensign on the front hood (bonnet) chipped and peeled-of...

The paint on the trim around outside mirrors is peeling of and it looks as corroded aluminum...

General Comments:

All together this is a nice car to drive... I had few other Saabs in my life, first one from 1971 model 99EMS.

I feel that quality of components that are used to put the car together is in a constant decline... not sure if this is the result of trying to cut cost down, or influence of GM ownership, or... it does paint a bad picture and contributes to ever declining value of the car.

As most of the people agree, this car is a pleasure to drive, but it could be a very costly 'love' affair...

This could be very easily my last Saab, if these annoying problems keep appearing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th September, 2007

2003 SAAB 9-5 Aero Estate 2.3 HOT 250bhp from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 HOT 250bhp Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 800 Vitesse and Sterlings

Summary:

Superbly safe, fast, comfortable - I wouldn't have anything else now

Faults:

Rain auto-sensor wipers packed up at 1,000 miles - fixed under warranty, although I'd have to say the sensing mechanism doesn't seem too sensible, and not responsive enough!

General Comments:

This is the first SAAB I've had and it has been wonderful.

Performance is simply stunning, even for an automatic, away from lights, throughout the whole range - max I've done on autobahn is 140mph, and it was still going. Felt as safe as houses. And for REALLY quick overtaking, the SPORT mode feels like you'll take off, as it kicks in a richer mix as well as changing up later, so no need to hold in any one gear.

You pretty soon get to realise torque steer is a limitation, but what do expect from front-wheel-drive? So it is advisable to be a bit slower in the wet, which everyone should do anyway. I've heard there's a 310bhp version on the way, and I can't wait to test drive it - hope they do an estate version as I'll never go back to a saloon or hatch-back.

Quality build fantastic - my wife didn't think she'd like it, but now sold on it - less costly than BMW, Merc or Audi for similar performance and much better equipped, with heated / leather seats all round - very comfortable either long-distance or sitting it out in incessant M25 jams.

Some nice safety touches, such as what other car has 3 sets of washer jets? Reactive Head restraints also very reassuring.

Climate Control in both zones very effective, and I like the recirculate option at low speed and other nice little touches.

Front tyre wear bit higher than I hoped, but again it's the front wheel drive, whereas the rears are negligible.

Lastly, the carrying capacity amazing - dragging daughter's stuff back and forth to uni etc, and performance still unaffected even with flat-pack IKEA-wardrobes and all.

Very good quality audio, with great bass and depth, even on AS/2 (ie basic system) with 6-CD changer.

To sum up, I can quite see why SAAB owners get obsessed with them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2006

4th Aug 2006, 09:14

What other car has three sets of washer jets?? Try any Volvo S80 from 1998 to 2006.

2003 SAAB 9-5 Linear 2.3 turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

An amazing Swedish beast that can beat many others on many levels

Faults:

Brake job.

Remotes not working properly, fixed once under warranty will have to be done again soon.

Seats rock slightly on hard acceleration and braking.

Seat belt retracters not pulling belt all the way back when unbuckling.

Misc. dash lights.

General Comments:

Overall this car is wonderful for all seasons. it handles well and overs a high level of luxury and sportiness. being the fifth Saab we have owned we are quite content with this Swedish machine. We purchased this car eight months old with a certified Preowned warranty until 100,000 miles which is good to have. Our Linear came with the premium package (more luxury features) and has been great so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2006

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 9 reviews