2005 SAAB 9-5 Reviews

2005 SAAB 9-5 2.0t Linear 4-dr 2.0 liter turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carToyota Avensis

Summary:

Dated

Faults:

Driver's seat rake adjuster broke.

Front wheel bearing needed replacing.

Indicators and wipers failed at the same time.

Mystery loss of the aircon on one occasion.

Annoying buzz from interior light fitting.

When I first got it, an annoying hesitation under full acceleration.

Windscreen wipers always wore out very quickly and scraped across the screen.

Front passenger interior door handle wouldn't open the door.

General Comments:

Despite the above, my Saab 9-5 was mechanically reliable and never failed to start nor did it actually let me down.

Where Saab need to improve the next model massively is interior fixtures and fittings. Although mechanically robust, the interior just isn't built well enough, and mine was the facelifted model!

Examples are the electric mirror switch is directly descended from the Cavalier, and looks positively ancient and isn't fitted well. Also several annoying interior buzzes from various fittings, as above a door handle breaking and a seat adjuster breaking, and just a general feeling of plasticky, old school design.

GM need to up their game considerably on this front if they want to stay in the prestige saloon car class.

On the plus side, the big Saab had a fantastic ride quality. Mine only rode on 16" wheels which I'm sure helped. They are very comfy for long trips, cruising at 100mph quietly and confidently. My wife and I sometimes got backaches after very long trips, but that's all.

Handling is reasonable for a big front wheel drive car, although I can see torque steer being a problem for the more powerful models. Mine was only the 150bhp version; I have got to say it always felt like it had more power up front than 150 horses, probably thanks to the turbo.

On the subject of performance; my main criticism is that this car has incredibly long gearing, which meant in 5th at motorway speeds it wasn't sometimes as responsive as I'd have liked. Otherwise it is very smooth and efficient, with mpg of around 32-33 (OK for such a large car).

I would've liked cruise control and a better stereo as standard. I also found the black cloth seats pretty oppressive and showed the dirt too much. I believe they now do a Linear Sport or something as a base model, which addresses these issues.

To sum up, the 9-5 is generally an efficient if slightly boring car in Linear trim, but overall is very dated now compared to the competition and desperately needs a new model bringing out.

Oh, and why are they all gunmetal grey?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

2005 SAAB 9-5 Vector 2.0t from Jordan

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0t Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 kilometres
Most recent distance44000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Nubira

Summary:

Great car, great service and an excellent ride

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Overall great car, luxurious, and comfy.

Great seats, great performance, and most of all stands out as different.

I have been reviewing comments and was shocked when some was saying that the ride is rough, I use a BMW 525 2004 at my work, and my SAAB drives a hundred times better. I have never been in a car that is as good as the SAAB.

Wish list

* I have no idea why SAAB does not include an auto close windows, they have auto open, but not auto close

* the SID (Saab computer) has limited information, my wife's SEAT provides much more information on the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2007

2005 SAAB 9-5 Arc 2.3T 2.3L DOHC L4 turbo from Sweden

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3L DOHC L4 turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired69 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

A fun to drive vehicle that is cheaper and better than a BMW or Mercedes

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great vehicle, it's got lots of power, especially in sport mode. There's lots of room and comfort. The car comes with tons of luxury features including air conditioned seats. We got this vehicle with GM's employee discount and is a much better car than the 2004 9-3 we had, even though that was a reliable and nice car. If you want lots of room and comfort, the 9-5 is the way to go, the 9-3 is a little clausterphobic. The 9-5 for 2006 in Canada and the USA comes with one powerplant, the same 2.3L L4 as ours, but has 260 HP instead of 220. The Arc and Aero is formed into one and costs the same as a 2005 Arc, but like I said before, with 260 HP. Otherwise I would recommend the new 9-3 Aero which has a 250 HP Turbocharged GM 2.8L V6 that's found in the Cadillac CTS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2005

18th Mar 2006, 19:42

Update on car: At 14,000 kms the car got a very minor coolant leak and in fact we only knew it from the warning on the Driver Info Center. Anyway it had something to do with a hose in the water pump and thankfully was not too serious. Considering we've owned the car for awhile I don't imagine that too many more problems will erupt. Otherwise the vehicle is great. By the way just so you know I accidentally switched the car's country of origin and where I live. We live in North America and the car is built in Sweden to avoid confusion.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews