In-depth reviews

Saab 9-5 (1997-2011) owner reviews

"Giant Swedish saloon represents a value for money alternative to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class."

Carbuyer Rating

2.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Common Problems

  • Other (4 cases)
  • Suspension (3 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (2 cases)
  • Electrics (20 cases)
  • Engine (8 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 case)
  • Suspension, Other (1 case)
  • Brakes (1 case)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Other (2 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine (1 case)
  • Electrics, Suspension (2 cases)
  • Engine, Gearbox / clutch (1 case)

Review 1 of 100

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector 2.3t, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
An excellent good performance car. Now somewhat dated but still looks good.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable. Manufacturer parts are expensive, but they dont go wrong that often, so probably the cheapest car i have ever had to run..
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good car but showing signs that it is a very old design.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

1999

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good considering it's age and the mileage i've covered in it.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Arc + Luxory Pack, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Comfortable, well-designed, practical, reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.2 TID, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good to drive, sufficiently economical, excellent comfort, 2.2 tid is noisier than previous saab petrol but cheaper
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

arc, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent vehicle; great m'way cruiser; comfortable and reliable but now relatively expensive to run and too large for my needs
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very well built, comfortable and completely reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2005

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Practical family car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Linear, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I like it. It gets me from a to b in comfort. Relaxing to drive feels safe and the family like it. I would buy another one.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero HOT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
My current car was a compromise and a very happy one as it turns out. Its reliability and ease of day to day use coupled with above average performance has been a general joy. Early depreciation would prevent this being a brand new purchase, but, i would certainly consider one again.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable work horse
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent reliabilty, performance and comfort.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

linear estate turbo, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Its my favourite toy never lets me down and i always feel safe whilst driving it .
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Linear Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
A good solid comfortable car that deals with distance driving effortlessly
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

ARC, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is my second saab 95, i feel that saabs are brilliant cars and i shall buy another one next year. Saabs have proved to be the most reliable and most comfortable cars i have ever owned.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very comfortable place to be, as well as safe and quick when it needs to be. Great for four adults and luggage, and great on motorway journeys. A bit big for tight car parks, but park assist helps.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

22002

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

linear, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

82008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

32003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

62006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

AERO 2.3 HOT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

22002

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.2tdi, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

52005

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

liniar sports 2.2 tid, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

52005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Griffin, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

linier sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Reliable except for boot electrical problems which is arepoted designe fault
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Linear, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Comfortable economical practical - excellent all round workhorse with style and safe build quality
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Fantastic car with both comfort and performance at an affordable price
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

basic, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Practical, easy to drive, good performance and quite good looking.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

1997

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Comfortable,safe,but not realy economical
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very comfortable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Saab is special, for drivers who like driving, sporty and comfortable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

ARC Estate, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Safety is paramount, especially as it's carry my otherhalf and my 2 kids about 90% of the time so a euroncap 5 rated car came first and everything else, like mpg, gadgets came after.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero HOT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Awesome. My second saab and definitely not my last.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great practicality, easy to drive. Poor build, road noise a major problem from front-wheel drive.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

42004

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero (Hot), 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

32003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Linear SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

82008

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

gti, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.00 Diesel

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
To start the car normally requires several attempts buy operating the clutch. The heated front drivers seat has never worked, even with the car going back to the dealer so many times lost count, now given up. The flywheel became detached, taking out the clutch and slave cylinder, took over a week to get parts. The front headlight bulbs blow on average every 2000 miles (I do have them on all the time). On board warning of attempted theft whist driving on the motorway very common. Equipment level quite high, surprisingly comfortable, but too many issues. Has to go.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Intermittent loss of turbo power.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero HOT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Can't think of a better family car for the money. Got it cheaper than average, but had to meet the seller halfway in aberdeen as he was from the shetland isles!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

linear, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Bit different. Solid safe and reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Love it on the whole but ride over bumps could be a little less harsh.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Love it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Apart from minor niggles which were corected (but not without some back and forth) it has been fabulous value for money - up their with friends bmws and audis for less money!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

9-5 se airflow, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Lovely car to own in that it is extremely comfortable and practical but let down by unreliability of electrics, specifically the ignition cartridge, and the turbo which blew just after 100k miles. The car has always been regularly serviced initially by main dealer and latterly by saab specialist.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Class
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Linear SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great car, great to drive
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Best saab yet. The xwd 4wheel drive was terrific in the snow and very reassuring in torrential rain on the motorways. Acres of room in the back and a great car for long journeys.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

TiD, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have had 7 previous saabs and have always been satisfied. The current vehicle is the best i have had.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Practical (estate), easy to drive, road noise intrusive (front-wheel drive)
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very satisfied. Excellent car, a little heavy on fuel.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
It does exactly what i expected it to do as i had another one previously, except this one is more economical and with more extras included
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vector, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Aero, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

22002

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Linear + Leather + Cruise, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

52005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Vectra, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic