2006 SAAB 9-5 Combi 2.3L turbo from North America


Great utility and looks!


Very little has gone wrong. I had to replace the crank sensor (common issue) and replaced the DI Cassette due to high mileage. Now the fuel level sensor is out, and that requires dropping the tank to replace. I may do it myself, not sure yet, but not a terribly expensive part.

The only gripe is the rust that is bad on the rear hatch (this being a Combi) that I am constantly working on. But I live in the rust-belt midwestern USA and use it to go to work, encountering a lot of road salt.

General Comments:

Very happy with the utility, performance, looks and mpg of my 9-5. I now own 3 of them and all get using on an almost daily basis. The 06 is my newest but high-mileage unit. These mark close to 30 Saabs that I have owned since 1983, from 96 to 90s to 9000s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2020

2006 SAAB 9-5 Vector Sport 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Appears to be great, but is one of the worst cars I have ever had


No faults in the 4 months I have had the car.

It is in excellent condition, and has been well maintained.

Saab have checked the car and say it is in perfect order.

General Comments:

A very rough car indeed.

The car has a lot of good points, but the bad ones seriously affect any possible enjoyment.

The noise in the cabin is so excessive that after an hour on the motorway, I need to get out of the car.

The poor ride and vibration are so bad that after only 4 months I am going to change the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th May, 2009

24th Jun 2009, 10:46

I even let a Saab technician sit next to me out for a test drive and point out the noise from the back, even though it is only slightly noisy, normally people won't have hear it. Anyway, the Saab authorized dealer service center fixed the problem, and it has nothing to do with Saab, it's the audio system installer fault. Not tight enough. Check the tire specs, tire pressure and shock absorbers. More than that, a Saab technician is needed.

19th Aug 2010, 17:30

This noise problem is probably due to the tyres, and not the car...

25th Apr 2012, 01:54

I has similar issue with noise from the back of my SAAB 9-5. Turned out there was a flat spot on the back tyres. Once I changed the tyres, the noise left. Previous owner had fitted tyres that were not rated for the weight of a SAAB.

14th Feb 2013, 04:57

I has similar problem with noise from my 9-5. As with the previous comment, it turned out to be a flat spot on the back tyres, underrated tyres again.

2006 SAAB 9-5 2.3 from North America


This is a very fun/fast/comfortable sedan



General Comments:

This has to be one of the most comfortable, easiest driving vehicles that we have ever owned. My wife drives 200 km a day for work, and it is very efficient mileage wise. We are getting 8l/100km with average speed of 88 km/hr (city and highway).

We only have one model in Canada, I think it is equivilant to the Aero, 2.3l Turbo, 260 h.p.

The only options we have are ventilated seats.

For $42K CAN, it was a bargain, heated seats, (front and back) moon roof, 5 spd man.

We love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2006

2006 SAAB 9-5 Vector Sport 1.9 TiD from UK and Ireland


Lovely car in every way


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I bought this car as I wanted something individual, stylish, comfortable and economical. It certainly ticks all those boxes!

The car is very well made, the handling for a big car is very good, without this spoiling the excellent ride and quite cabin noise.

Stereo easy to use, sounds great. Standard features such as cruise control, dual zone climate are very useful and all I really use.

Gearbox is automatic, and very smooth adding to the ease of use of the vehicle. Size isn't a problem due to rear parking aid.

Economy is excellent, and the performance is impressive. The torque of the engine is strong, and the engine is very refined and smooth for a diesel!

I enjoy the drive, and not feeling like copy cat choosing this over the much more expensive (yet only slightly nicer to drive) competitors!

I would recommend this car and any other Saab to anyone! especially my excellent dealer bell and colvill in west horsley who exceed my expectations every time with efficient and friendly staff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2006