2001 Saab 9-5 Consumer Reviews

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2001 Saab 9 5
4.1
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After 8 years and still great!

by from MECHANICSBURG PA on August 1, 2009

I have had every model since 66. The 95 is outstanding and still in most ways still contemporary. Safe, fast,great mileage and great handling in a unique and comfortable package. Some recalls and a fe...
I have had every model since 66. The 95 is outstanding and still in most ways still contemporary. Safe, fast,great mileage and great handling in a unique and comfortable package. Some recalls and a few other repairs have been needed. The car is easy to work on. Many parts are available on line. I have driven it past 100K and expect at least 200k. My 91 9000 made it to 299.7K before a wreck!
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a great car for a ridiculously depreciated price

by from Seattle on October 5, 2008

These cars come well equipped and in terms of all around passenger comfort are very tough to beat. Interior space, especially in the back is plain exceptional. I don't care for the Wood grain dash acc...
These cars come well equipped and in terms of all around passenger comfort are very tough to beat. Interior space, especially in the back is plain exceptional. I don't care for the Wood grain dash accent but its a small gripe. I am pulling 28mpg average with a v6 model with some 80% of my driving done on the highway. Acceleration is good throughout the range but is unmatched from 40mph to 90mph. Not many cars can keep pace. The show Top Gear has said this car will out run a porsche 911 through the range of 40-75mph and I believe it. I have dusted too many bmws and benzs to have doubts. Maintenance costs are doubled on the v6 compared to the 4 cylinders in a lot of cases so keep that in mind if you are in the market.
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I love it! Never wanna let it go!

by from Portland, OR on October 27, 2010

It's almost 10 years old now, and it's STILL sexier than all the other cars on the block. I love the exterior style so much, I can't get enough. I have 110,000 on it right now, and my mechanic and I a...
It's almost 10 years old now, and it's STILL sexier than all the other cars on the block. I love the exterior style so much, I can't get enough. I have 110,000 on it right now, and my mechanic and I are fully expected over 300,000 of life, hopefully half a million. The most important part of this car is the great partnership that I have with my mechanic at Atomic Auto here in Portland, Oregon. He cannot be beat. Eminently fair and efficient. Most work I have done has been maintenance related. The 4 cylinder turbo is a perfect combo, and the car can really get up and go. It's so fun to drive. Like any older car, the fuel efficiency is ok, and pretty good when you drive it like a good citizen. Cons: Compared to newer cars, the interior is a bit loud, partially due to my leather interior. The sunroof sometimes leaks, about a tablespoon of water on serious monsoon days. But for a 24 year old with limited employment, this is something I can handle happily. I plan on keeping this car as long as it lives, and I think it's going to be around a while. I rated 4 stars on comfort because sometimes my lower spine hurts in the driver seat over prolonged driving. I've added a little pad for those times. We paid $15000 for this car in 2004, and it's been the best car my family has bought so far in terms of reliability (they've had a Lexus, Cadillacs, Mercedes, Pontiacs, Dodges, Jeeps...big family). But always have a backup key because if you lose that main one, you're in about $1000+ worth of trouble. Spare keys are around $50. Please note: It is more environmentally responsible to keep and maintain the car you have (if it is safe and working), even if it doesn't get a fancy 30+ mpg all the time, than to go buy a new hybrid or other car. My mechanic stresses this greatly. The other best part of the car is how solid and safe it is.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon

by from on May 4, 2012

Hey Readers, I purchased 2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon, 4-cyl turbo, exactly 2 years ago. About 75,000 miles on it, with ONE accident history; vehicle was repaired at a Saab dealership. I was amazed to see A/...
Hey Readers, I purchased 2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon, 4-cyl turbo, exactly 2 years ago. About 75,000 miles on it, with ONE accident history; vehicle was repaired at a Saab dealership. I was amazed to see A/C ventilation front seats. Didn't know cars this old had such options available. Front seats have 'heated-seats' as well. JD Power gave it a 5-star, and I couldn't agree more w/ them on the subject. Reliability is simply awesome. I have 116,000 miles on it now, and I have no doubt I'll hit 200,000 w/ this car. I send about $500/yr on maintenance, which includes tune-ups and synthetic oil change. Tires are separate. This car's been superb on cost, thanks to its dependablity. Car's main purpose is to be a family-car, and it does everything I ask. Gas MPG is great; I get about 25mpg, combined c/h. Back seats get powerful and satisfying A/C. Very comfortable ride for all passengers. Roomy cargo space. Best car I've ever drove in snow! I really appreciate the outer look, especially the front. Doesn't look like a 2001 model. Interior can be much better. Overall, for a family-car, I was very lucky to have purchased this vehicle. If you are in the market, and worried about Saab's current situation and unavailable recall repairs, do not worry too much. 2001 9-5 is a very well-built car. It won't hurt your pocket. Just make sure to check its history before buying one.
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One of the nicest vehicles I've owned

by from Farmington Hills, MI on June 29, 2012

I have owned quite a few cars over the years but I must say my 95 v6t is one of the most versatile vehicles I've owned. I have had Mercedes, Fords, Chryslers, GM's, Toyota & Honda's. We currently own ...
I have owned quite a few cars over the years but I must say my 95 v6t is one of the most versatile vehicles I've owned. I have had Mercedes, Fords, Chryslers, GM's, Toyota & Honda's. We currently own a focus zx3, Honda accord coupe and the 95. I know my wife and children are going to take this car from me as soon as they get to take it on the hwy. I flip cars to suppliment income and the first day I drove it to work someone offered me twice what I bought it for and I turned them down. I look forward to driving my 2001 for many years as she replaced my Impala. I also enjoyed the look on the faces of the rear view when the turbo kicks in and off I go smooth, safe and pleased. This is a great family car and any church member could be proud and humble at the same time.
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Best All Around Car Ever.

by from Boston, MA on April 3, 2007

This is it. I have yet to drive a car as perfectly suited to me as my 9-5 Aero. I am currently renting a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix while my Saab is being worked on after being rear ended, and I CAN'T ...
This is it. I have yet to drive a car as perfectly suited to me as my 9-5 Aero. I am currently renting a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix while my Saab is being worked on after being rear ended, and I CAN'T WAIT to get my car back. Where the GP feels cumbersome and heavy, the Saab feels light, perky and eager to go. Where the GP feels cramped, and uncomfortable, the Saab fits my 6'3" stature with comfort, and has some of the most comfortable seats for long rides in the industry (possibly only rivaled by Volvo Seats) The car has plenty of power when you floor it, but also fuel efficiency when you don't. Don't believe the EPA rating. When set in cruise control at 65mph on the highway, this car gets 35mpg. The car is also an amazing drive in the snow. I recently drove up a hill 4x4 SUV's couldn't manage getting up. Some cars are faster, some handle better, some are bigger, some more fuel efficient. This car is near the top in every category, and the best all around car I have ever owned. Reliability is "only average". Not terrible but could be better. This is the only blemish on the record of an otherwise utterly fantastic vehicle. Just stay away from the V6. it's nothing but trouble. The I4 Aero is faster and much more reliable.
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Good car for the dollar

by from boston on May 16, 2007

Bought my Saab 9-5 used. I have put 50K on since(85K total) with no real issues. Fun car to drive and priced better than others in same category.
Bought my Saab 9-5 used. I have put 50K on since(85K total) with no real issues. Fun car to drive and priced better than others in same category.
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Glad I bought

by from Memphis on June 5, 2012

I looked and researched for several month before buying my SAAB. I've had the car about three months now and i'm more impressed than ever. I was lucky and found one that was locally owned and serviced...
I looked and researched for several month before buying my SAAB. I've had the car about three months now and i'm more impressed than ever. I was lucky and found one that was locally owned and serviced. It was also driven less than 10 thousand miles a year. The car looks good and has exceptional power. Also, the SAAB dealership here has been outstanding.
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How Swede It Is To Love This Car!

by from Richmond, VA on October 2, 2008

I have owned this car for a little more than three years now. It is my second SAAB and it won't be my last. It makes for a great daily driver and has a style that will never get old. The seats are ver...
I have owned this car for a little more than three years now. It is my second SAAB and it won't be my last. It makes for a great daily driver and has a style that will never get old. The seats are very comfortable and the four cylinder turbo engine provides for the great combination of performance and fuel efficiency. My average MPG with mixed driving is 26-27 MPG. I recently completed a cross country move and obtained 40 MPG the entire trip with over 700 miles on each tank of gas. You can't beat the luxury and driving performance for the price. It is now over seven years old, but still shows like an expensive luxury car. Buy one! You won't regret it.
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9 5 Saab Aero wagon

by from Omaha on February 20, 2012

Performance it very good. Has all the bells and whistles. The car is very responsive and all the records of Maint. were included. runs great and very happy
Performance it very good. Has all the bells and whistles. The car is very responsive and all the records of Maint. were included. runs great and very happy
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