• (4.1) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $142–$5,026
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 22-25
  • Engine: 230-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2001 Saab 9-5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2001 Saab 9-5

2001 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Base models of Saab’s 9-5 series get more horsepower, and all versions get General Motors’ OnStar satellite-based communication system as a standard feature instead of an option this year. After owning 50 percent of Saab for 10 years, GM acquired the balance of the Swedish car company last spring.

OnStar will add premium services that allow voice-activated phone calls and access to e-mail, stock quotes, news and other information. GM provides the premium service at no charge for the first year. The midsize 9-5 is the largest model in Saab’s lineup, and it comes in sedan and station wagon body styles. All 9-5s have front-wheel drive.

The 9-5’s styling is “Saab contemporary,” with a functional shape that can be identified immediately with the brand.

At 189 inches from bumper to bumper, the 9-5 is about as long as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. However, the 57-inch height is 1.5 inches taller than the Camry’s and 2 inches more than the Accord’s. The additional height is emphasized by the 9-5’s more upright windshield.

The 9-5’s taller design pays off in chairlike, upright seating that allows for a comfortable posture and ample headroom and legroom. Cargo space is listed at 15.9 cubic feet, which is more than many midsize sedans provide. Folding the rear seat (cushion and backrest) creates a vast cargo area that rivals that of some station wagons.

Under the Hood
Base models gain 15 horsepower for their turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, now listed at 185 hp. SE models return with a turbocharged, 200-hp 3.0-liter V-6. The high-performance Aero model comes with a high-output version of the 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 230 horsepower. The four-cylinder models are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and the V-6 comes only with the automatic.

The 9-5 has an impressive list of active and passive safety features. Antilock brakes, traction control, side-impact airbags that protect the heads and torsos of front-seat occupants, and Saab’s active head-restraint system are among the standard features. In a collision, the head restraints move up and forward to reduce the chances of whiplash.

Driving Impressions
Saab places function far ahead of form, so there is no swoopy styling or gimmicks in the 9-5 line. However, there is a lot of room and acceleration that ranges from brisk in the base model to exhilarating in the Aero. In addition, Saab makes a concerted effort to protect the occupants of its cars.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Quietest car at 80+ mph

by AceHandyman from Santa Barbara on September 17, 2017

I enjoyed my time with my 2001 Saab 9-5 wagon. It drove well, was smooth and quiet at freeway speeds. Being designed by an ex airplane company, wind noise was non existent. I would gladly own again.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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