1999 Saab 9-5 Consumer Reviews

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1999 Saab 9 5
4.1
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Best used car for the money

by from Chicago,Il on June 30, 2011

I recently purchased this car,used, and for the price I paid, I couldnt have made a better choice. The styling is exceptional, interior appointments are on the luxury level, performance and braking ar...
I recently purchased this car,used, and for the price I paid, I couldnt have made a better choice. The styling is exceptional, interior appointments are on the luxury level, performance and braking are far better than any other car Ive own, and MPGs are consistently in the low 30s, I was shopping for a Nissan,Toyota, Honda market, and all the cars interiors in my price range were plastic, and the mileage on them, in my price range, were 170,xxx, that doesnt matter much with those cars, but the creature comforts that came with my Saab 9-5 sold me, and it also had 110,000 miles on it. Check these out, they are a quality built machine.
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Best car ever for me.

by from tulsa, ok. on October 22, 2010

This is one of the best cars I have ever owned. Have had little trouble with car and have been oh so pleased with the car overall. Will purchase another when and if this one passes on.
This is one of the best cars I have ever owned. Have had little trouble with car and have been oh so pleased with the car overall. Will purchase another when and if this one passes on.
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Cool Hot Saab Lover

by from Matthews, N.C on February 20, 2010

My Saab has 194000 miles on the odometer. Each time there is a mechanical problem with the car, I spend $150. On it and it keeps on running, so I cant get rid of it. Every time that I decide to sell i...
My Saab has 194000 miles on the odometer. Each time there is a mechanical problem with the car, I spend $150. On it and it keeps on running, so I cant get rid of it. Every time that I decide to sell it and buy another car, I wash it, change the oil and keep rollin'. The paint has held up the interior is great and it still gives me 26-28 mpg. I now live in N.C. and drive it back to Connecticut (80-90 mph),about 4 times per year. For repairs the dealer rips you off expensively, so if you plan to own a Saab, find a small garage with former Saab mechanics working there. I love my SAAB.
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Cheapman's Beamer

by from Wisconsin on September 30, 2009

About 6 years ago, being a dedicated Honda man but wanting a better ride and unwilling to pay the price for a used BMW, I bought a used 9-5 with about 99k on it. I had the some major issues right away...
About 6 years ago, being a dedicated Honda man but wanting a better ride and unwilling to pay the price for a used BMW, I bought a used 9-5 with about 99k on it. I had the some major issues right away with the tubo going out and other things. For a car with 99k on it, I had expected that. But I bought the car for the way it rode and the low up front price. I probably put half the cost of the car in repairing the vehicle to where I wanted it to be for a daily ride. For the first couple of years of ownership, the 9-5 was in the shop on pretty much a bi-monthly basis that the repair shop had me on speed dial and I got on their Christmas card list. (Just kidding about the last two things.) Right now the car has over 200k on it and running great. I love it. I plan on running it to 300k. I recommend buying the car because you can usually buy them cheap but (always a "but") plan on putting a few bucks (initially) into car to keep it (or get it) running good. And make sure you get a good mechanic that is practical and understands what you want. My 9-5 maxims are: Sometimes used parts are better than new, don't let anyone else (especially teenagers) drive your car and the occasional repair bill is better than a regular car payment.
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Unique and Fun

by from Topeka, KS on May 6, 2010

I bought my 9-5 used from the original owner. It's in prisitne condition, well-maintianed and enjoyable to drive. I was aware of the service issues with the car. Especially when you live in a town whe...
I bought my 9-5 used from the original owner. It's in prisitne condition, well-maintianed and enjoyable to drive. I was aware of the service issues with the car. Especially when you live in a town where no one services them and the nearest dealer is 60 miles away. I looked at an Audi A4, really wanted one but the cost was a little much. This car has lots of great features and was affordable to purchase. Good thing I know a good mechanic.
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Great driver. Expensive to maintain.

by from Cincinnati, OH on August 17, 2007

A great running car on interstate and around time. Very comfortable, save, stable and fast. But since hitting 100K miles, big repairs of sensors, turbos, and the like. Not confident this car is built ...
A great running car on interstate and around time. Very comfortable, save, stable and fast. But since hitting 100K miles, big repairs of sensors, turbos, and the like. Not confident this car is built to last like volvo, honda, toyota, lexus. etc.
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SAAB FOREVER!!!

by from Chattanooga,Tennessee on February 22, 2008

I bought this car used about 4 months ago. I was trying to decide between the 9-5 and the Volvo S70. I chose the 9-5. When you first get into this car you notice that the ignition is by the gear shift...
I bought this car used about 4 months ago. I was trying to decide between the 9-5 and the Volvo S70. I chose the 9-5. When you first get into this car you notice that the ignition is by the gear shifter. I love it! You may also notice the beautiful wood grain, superb heated and cooled leather seats, roominess, and great lines. The back seat is also heated! Very rare. The exterior of this car is much sportier, more modern than the previous generation Saabs. Mine is the olive-green color with tan leather. The sunroof is great and opens up all the way. The safety of these cars are nothing short of excellent. The overall body structure of the car and the quality of the parts are incredible. Very sturdy vehicle. The exterior is bold and very aerodynamic. I have only had to fix a few things on this vehicle. This includes the all new window switches, new transmission belt, and now the car might need a new oil filter. My repairs have been pretty cheap. After owning this 9-5 I will defenitly return to Saab. And you cant go wrong with them being owned by the company that produces the best cars on the planet and for the planet-General Motors. This 9-5 is a car for you if you like the mid-size catagory, have a need for speed, sporty look, comfort, luxury features, and pulling up to a redlight and nobody have the same car as you. A real head turner. I truly am SAAB Forever, if it is the 9-3, 9-5, or the 9-7x they are all top-of-the-line vehicles from a company with a proud history and a very bright future.
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Good bred

by from LA on August 26, 2007

I've owned the vehicle by more than 6 years. Performance is extraordinary esp. in the 20-40 mph range, no one can beat it. Had some mechanical problems after hitting 75K miles, all repairable at the d...
I've owned the vehicle by more than 6 years. Performance is extraordinary esp. in the 20-40 mph range, no one can beat it. Had some mechanical problems after hitting 75K miles, all repairable at the dealership, but costlly. Just've bought new 9-3 for my wife. The bottom line: if it is new, or still under the warranty - buy it.
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1999 Saab 9-5

by from Columbus, OH on May 21, 2006

Opted for manual 5 speed with 2.3 liter engine. Excellent handling and response. Have owned the car since new, and like it a lot. Reliability issues: Crack in engine block at 8,000 mi which Saab repl...
Opted for manual 5 speed with 2.3 liter engine. Excellent handling and response. Have owned the car since new, and like it a lot. Reliability issues: Crack in engine block at 8,000 mi which Saab replaced under warranty. Have encountered other repair issues including engine gasket replacement, crack in front wheel "boot" which Saab refused to cover because car was 6 years old and maintenance was being performed by Saab specialist rather than Dealer.
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Fantastic to own and drive

by from Columbus Oh. on July 16, 2008

While admitting that the previous owner was more than a little OCD about care of this car, I am very impressed with the overall quality. Fit, finish, performance and comfort are all that anyone could ...
While admitting that the previous owner was more than a little OCD about care of this car, I am very impressed with the overall quality. Fit, finish, performance and comfort are all that anyone could reasonalby expect from a car nearly 10 yrs old. I've now owned 2 "99 wagons and can't imagine a better value.
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