Own a 2002 9-5 Linear wagon 2.3t. Was a certified pre owned when bought in 2005...transmission let go inside of a week, turbo let go and many other issues too numerous to mention. A piece of junk.
We have a 2002 9-5 Linear Wagon. I could write a thousand page book on how bad this car has been. We are on our third alternator ($900 each), a water pump, fuel pump ($1000), and the odd mechanical problems are something else. What other car would need the alarm siren replaced ($600!) because the battery in it wears out and there is no way to replace it! And you can't avoid the repair, because the key remotes would not work if you disconnected it. I don't believe one word Saab says about safety, because I don't think you could say that the safety systems on the car are any more reliable than the rest of it. These cars are cheap on the used car lots, and there's a reason for it.
9-3 owner here - It is nearly 7 years old and it is THE BEST car I have EVER owned.
I own my 2002 9-5 2.3t Linear Sportwagon and for the last 7 years, my wife and I enjoy driving it everyday. This is our second SAAB, the first one was a 1997 9-3 SE. Throughout the 7 years, we have owned a Dodge, Cadillac, Toyota and the two SAABs have been a joy to drive and an ease to own.
Judging by the comments on this review, Saabs seem to be very hit or miss cars with inconsistent build quality.
All makes and models of cars have issues, but considering that Saab only turns out a mere handful of cars as compared to their rivals, the number of owner complaints per car seems to be extremely high.