2003 Saab 9-5 consumer reviews

$34,335–$35,045 MSRP range
side view of 2003 9-5 Saab
76% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 3.6
Explore the 2003 Saab 9-5

I will like to buy another sabb 9-5

If you want to save gas, ride a top of the line sedan and still drive it after 324000 miles buy a saab 9-5. i had a bmw and it drives and feels like all other european cars.


Great Car

I love this car, runs great, good winter package, they could of done a litle better with the interior tho, other than that I would recommend this car


Good mix of power , efficiency, & reliability

I've owned a 2003 9-5 since new and was looking at my records recently...I've had great luck with repairs, nothing major and I've turned 100k recently. I like this cars combination of power (the turbo 2.3L in the Aero puts out 250hp) and MPG(consistently get 29 mpg highway). The seats are great and has tons of space in the trunk / fold down options. Also traction control in the snow works great !


My favorite car i have owned by far...

I have loved thsi car since the day I got it about 4 years ago. I am hard on cars, I put between 30,000 to 40,000 miles a year on my cars. This car has risen to the occasion. It has never left me anywhere, and when it has costed me money, usually it was my fault. Before owning this car, I had driven a truck. The only issue that I had with this car, was the low profile tires. They seemed to pop easily, but I learned how to handle that after about the first 6 months.


A four-wheel money pit

I bought a used 2000 9-5 wagon with 60K miles on it for $10K. I've put 30K miles on it since owning and have spent nearly $6000 in repairs during that time. What broke: serpentine belt, throttle body, water pump, fuel pump, ABS module, SID display, drive belt and upper idler pulley, motor mount, coolant temp sensor, neutral safety switch, DI cassette (ignition), and headlight bulbs that burn out every 6 months ($20 a pop for each bulb). Saab owners know that these are common problems. If you've never owned one, be aware that these problems could present themselves all within a short span of time. I love the car when it runs, but I hate it when it doesn't. Will never buy one again.


Great car for the savvy buyer

Do Saab's have a "love-hate" following?--For sure. However, if you do your homework, have your Saab inspected by a reputable mechanic prior to purchase, and buy from a reputable dealer, you can get a great deal on a solid, safe, European car for a fraction of the price of a Volvo, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, etc. Bought a used 2003 9-5 Linear with 50,000 miles on it. Had a full inspection prior to purchase--by 2 different Saab specialist shops because I had read about some of the horror stories associated with Saab. Now, 12,000 miles later, I've simply changed the oil with synthetic oil every 4,500 miles and enjoyed a ride with a European luxury feel. Much more solid than other cars in the price range. Do your homework and buy a Saab. Put the money you save back into the stock market...


horrible car

I bought the car one owner used, and after owning after 3 months things started to go wrong. The gas tank meter had to be fixed, coolant leaked, security alarm needed to be reset, transmission is starting to go out. DO NOT buy a SAAB!!


Best car I've ever owned!

This car does everything so well. Tt's the best kept secret on the market. It gets 30mpg on the highway, has great performance, has very low maintenance cost and is just a dream to drive. My next car will be another Saab.


I love this car!

This is the 2nd Saab I've owned - the first a 9-3. As much as I liked the 9-3, I love the 9-5. The car is heavy and hugs the road. I love the design. It is comfortable - I drive about 43k miles a year and have sciatica. This is one of the few cars my back can endure. It is a little fussy starting at the change of seasons when the gas formula changes - it does always start, but it sometimes cranks for a while on the first cold morning start. It is fine from then on. I use 87 octane gas and it is fine, though sometimes the car seems to idle roughly and I have wondered if this is a gas issue. Both of my Saabs (both purchased gently used) have had little things break (the CD player in both, the compass in the mirror of the 9-5, a squeeky front seat). But all were easily repaired, and all repaired at no cost as they were covered by warranty. The ride is very nice - it is easy to speed in this car because at even high speeds there is no shimmy or shake - a lovely smooth, quiet ride. The heated seats are my best friend and it handles well in snow. I love the luxury of this car without spending big bucks (I had narrowed my search to this car or a BMW, and chose the Saab). I have 67k miles on my car, and I would definitely recommend this car.



I loved how she drove. At 30k, the transmission leaked. The dealer had to pull the entire front end to fix it. I didn't like the dealer's repair shop. Seemed sketchy. I traded in the car for an old Volvo wagon. One week later, the used car dealer called me, seems THE RIGHT FRONT WHEEL FELL OFF. Now, hmmm, 6 months before, the dealer had pulled off the front, now it's falling off.... So, do I blame Saab for a car that leaks at 30k, or the mechanic who can't be bothered to safely tighten everything?