2001 SAAB 9-5 Aero from North America - Comments

28th Jul 2006, 22:20

It's my understanding that the term "Aero" wasn't used by Saab until 2002. Was your car a 2001 or a 2002?

Big difference considering the change in horsepower and braking.

11th Dec 2006, 20:58

Your understanding is wrong! Aero models started in 2000 with the 9-5.

28th Feb 2007, 02:54

Actually you are wrong (I don't feel the need to place exclamation points). The "aero" designation started with the 9000 series..1993 I believe.

24th Jun 2008, 02:28

Saab 95T linear. I bought this car with 45klm on the clock certified genuine mileage and I must say it's a delight to drive, especially on a long trip. However, after owning it now for eighteen months I'm always vary about what will go wrong next.

1st. The heater stopped working and needed repair.

2nd. The automatic gear box unit completely failed and needed a complete new one. Got home in limp mode.

3rd. Brake failure, back to the dealer again.

4th. SID unit sometimes works, sometimes does not and is very expensive to replace, I am told it's a common problem.

5th. Front drive unit drivers side (universal etc, failed. needed replacing. (told it's also a common problem)

6th. Brake light failure warning light comes on for no reason sometimes.

7th. Another total failure of the automatic gearbox etc and it's back at the garage.

In eighteen months it's been a disaster to own, due to constant problems, all of which I am told by the Saab dealer are par for the course when owning a Saab.

Thank God, when I bought the car it had a three year warranty. The insurance company I am sure will add Saab to their list of cars they won't insure shortly. Disgraceful build quality on a car which otherwise should be a delight to own and drive.

6th Dec 2008, 12:00

I wanted to see what owners were saying about their 9-5's because I found a nice 9-5 wagon for sale for very cheap with 105k miles. I think I'll pass now after reading all the major problems people are having. Such a dissapointment. I was considering a 9-3 too, but after reading all the complaints about the 2.0L turbo motor failing prematurely I'm passing on the newer Saabs altogether!

7th Dec 2008, 07:52

Jeez, now I know why these things so incredibly cheap used. I could have bought a 2001 9-5 with 100k miles for $5,000.

4th Jan 2009, 01:11

I am considering a used 2002 9-5 Linear. I drove it for about 15 miles and found it a great drive, except for the rough idle. Any words on this model year? What about the rough idle? Is this normal? I am taking it to my mechanic for a once-over before I buy it? Gimme what you got!

25th Feb 2011, 09:19

I've generally been a Volvo owner, and have had one Saab. I love both of these car makers, and was considering buying a 9-5 wagon. After reading these comments, I am now very afraid. Although I have read several comments about the Volvo that I have now, and they aren't good, maybe I will buy the Saab. Maybe a Carfax certified one? I don't know if that really helps.

26th May 2013, 17:35

I have owned 3 Saabs and have found them to be excellent. Parts and labour for a euro box are cheap, and the turbo models are very powerful.

Just like any brand, they have their lemons, so be sure to have a mechanic check it over and make sure it has full log books. They do present excellent value for money and are awesome to drive.

I replaced mine with a BMW 5 Series, and am a little disappointed in BMW's reliability and maintenance costs.

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