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2002 Saab 9-5 consumer reviews

$33,995 starting MSRP
side view of 2002 9-5 Saab
87% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.1
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2002 9-5 Aero

The best car I have ever owned. It isn't really a sports car, or a luxury car. Handles great and performs well, while achieving decent gas mileage. I purchased used and have had some costly repairs, but still cannot find a car that comes close to value of this car. 150,000 miles and still going strong, it doesn't seem to show it's age or mileage. I have been test driving everything out there and cannot find a suitable replacement for my 9-5 Aero. I am likely buying another Saab when I feel ready.


love my car hate all of the repairs

I love my SAAB 9.5 but from year 2 on I've had fairly major problems. Oil leak caused by a blow by ( don't ask) the dealer didn't repair it properly and it still leaks. I refill the oil each week an estimated repair on this is $2000. I may have bought a lemon. My hope was to buy this classic car and keep it for many years and now it has become so unreliable I am trading it in. Still such a pleasure to drive when it runs well, excellent handling, great sound system, beautiful and spacious. I love the heated seats. Maybe you'll have better luck.


must be a lemon

This car has left me stranded several times. I have to take my saab into the shop about every 4 months for major repairs and I rarely get out of the shop for under $1000. Thermostat, mass airflow sensor, ignition cassette, fuel gage float, headlight assembly, (+ others I can't remember) all needed to be replaced in the last 2 years. I want to love this car but I can't. Maybe bad luck.


First Car I Have Owned

My Parents bought this car for me a month ago. I have only driven a couple of non-domestic vehicles and my saab 2002 9-5 linear is great. The awesome interior makes up for the lacking appeal of the exterior. It has great pick up and gas economy. It is an overall great four cylinder.


Great Station Wagon

I've owned my Saab 9-5 Wagon since it was brand new in April 2002 - what a great vehicle! VERY comfortable for road trips both long and short (driven to/from FL for Christmas twice and also the vehicle used for New England Antique-ing jaunts on week-ends.) The car is now nearly 6 years old - and I've had to have a new battery, tires, front brakes, in the past few years - but nothing extraordinary. The heated and ventilated front seats are terrific, the "way-back" station wagon area has a folding shelf that keeps things out of the direct sunlight and away from prying eyes. And the rear seats fold down - I'm able to carry 9 bags of leaves to the compost heap in town in a single trip! The climate control system is FANTASTIC. You set it up once for the temperature you want, and it does everything else. GREAT! Volume controls for the sound system are on the steering wheel - which is a nice convenience. The front seats are adjustable (comfortable for drivers from 5' 5" to 6' 2") - The rear bench is fixed - comfortable for two passengers - a little close for 3 adults. I also highly recommend the dealership service (especially the one local to Wakefield MA). The tech's there really know the vehicle - do an excellent job - and try hard to keep the cusomer INFORMED -which I really appreciate. The Station Wagon styling isn't very exciting, and the handling, because of the long wheel base, isn't sporty, but that's part of the trade in getting a wagon. Also, Saabs aren't cheap, so maybe something else would cost less, but I can't imagine it would be as comfortable a car.


European sports car for the entire family!

Move over CUV's and SUV's (& SAV's) -- this car holds more "stuff" and is still fun to drive and manuver around town. At 65mph (and A/C off), I can get 33+MPG and average about 26MPG on my weekly fill-ups (about 500 miles). Best feature is the hard cargo cover for the hatch. Volvo, Mercedes, BMW, and all the lesser wagons all have a cheap "roller-shade" instead. And the seats fold completely flat w/o having to remove headrests. Solid car, great style, easy on tires, gas and brakes, and excellent safety features. Just hope that SAAB keeps building them and doesn't create a GM-clone car like the 9-7x in the future.