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Saab 9-5, Wagon
#750 of 1081 New to me 2002 Linear Wagon
Apr 18, 2003 (5:20 am)
I bought a 2002 Linear Wagon with 12,000 miles about a month ago, after shopping for a Passat wagon for months. I have no regrets - I love everything about my Saab except for the mileage; I'm only getting 19 mpg city driving, and I'm a pretty gentle driver.
Favorites: The leather is beautiful - I haven't let my dogs in the car yet. Automatic climate control is great. Heated seats are so necessary. The Sport mode and the Winter mode work great!
I am a Saab convert, after the following ownership history: Honda Civic, Toyota Camry wagon, and Passat wagon.
#751 of 1081 Booguion
Apr 18, 2003 (5:36 am)
I love the hazelnut, but the green is even better.
#752 of 1081 RE: Mileage
Apr 18, 2003 (10:51 am)
19 mpg for city driving doesn't sound bad to me. I don't recall what the City Rating is but if your getting 19 that sould mean you'll get mid to upper 20's on the highway. Pretty good for this class really.
#753 of 1081 Questions
Apr 18, 2003 (12:40 pm)
I was hoping it would stay in the 20s, but I guess 19 isn't so bad.
Does anyone know if the sport button affects mpg significantly? In other words, should I feel guilty about using it? I would like to do my part to reduce our reliance on foreign oil.
Also, any recommendations re. reducing brake dust?
Finally, my stereo supposedly will go up in volume as my speed increases, but I haven't noticed that working. Any thoughts? I went through the process to turn this function on, but no changes.
#754 of 1081 RE: Questions
Apr 18, 2003 (7:43 pm)
Well.. your looking at City Mileage.. 19 is good for city I think.
You mentioned that your driving conservatively.. so.. using the Sport Mode is of no use really. Yes, it will effect mileage. In sport mode your holding a gear longer for higher RPM's and down shifting sooner.. again.. higher RPM's. I'd say only use it when you want to drive more aggressively and aren't concerned with mileage as much.
The Automatic Volume is a feature you can turn on and off. I haven't looked at ours lately so I can't tell you without looking it up on how to turn it on or off. I will say this... even when it's in use.. you don't really notice the adjustments.. that's kinda the point. It's supposed to adjust higher so you can still hear the music. More of a seamless thing you don't notice.. you should just notice that you can still hear the sound without having to manually turn up the volume everytime you get on the freeway.
I'm not sure this feature is all that great or not. I don't notice it.. Probably because it's working just as it should... who knows?
One feature you do want turned on is the "Loud" setting. Sorry but you'll have to look in the book for this too. Again I don't have it committed to memory. This feature effects the Sub for a richer sound. In the off setting the system is not nearly as good.
The sound system is decent but I think Dissapointing in the way you have to open the book everytime you want to change settings like these. I'm not sure why they can't just put a simple on/off switch for this one... Ugh.
Hope your enjoying your Saab.
#755 of 1081 saab vs. Volvo suv
Apr 19, 2003 (2:17 pm)
After reading this site and others for 2+ years I finally committed and placed a deposit today for a 9.5 aero wagon. I loved the Volvo suv but the poor gas mileage, underpowered performance and less than optimal service at my Volvo dealer made the final decision easy. I hope my "new swede" will be as stellar and go 190K+ on the original clutch (german vehicles other than for the W8 were never seriously in the running). What is the feeling and experience in regard to synthetic oil? After one month, after the break in, Castrol vs. Saab (Mobil one)? thanks.
#756 of 1081 RE: Oil
Apr 20, 2003 (1:20 pm)
New Saabs come witha Semi-Synthetic. They recommend continued use of this. IMO a Synthetic is not needed for most of us in a car like the Saab. But.. you do have the Aero... if your planning lots of aggressive driving, I suppose it couldn't hurt.
#757 of 1081 Car Seat Question
Apr 22, 2003 (3:57 pm)
We are considering the 9-5 wagon and are interested in real world experience. Is anyone using or have you tried using 3 car seats in the 2nd row of seats.
We have three kids with one in a booster and the other two in child seats. Thanx in advance.
Apr 24, 2003 (6:55 am)
I just purchased a Saab 9-5 linear wagon and only have 2 car seats in it, but see no reason you couldn't put a 3rd in. I've put 2 close to each other with an adult sitting on the outside without too much crowding. The only thing I've noticed is that for my tall 2 year old, there's less rear-seat room than in a Grand Cherokee and he ends up kicking the new leather seats
The downside is that it's difficult to get the middle child in, and I would strongly urge you to take all of your car seats and kids down to the Saab dealership to really decide whether this is the car you want to transport the whole family.
I'd be happy to answer any other questions - FWIW, except for loss of some interior room, I love the car in every other respect.
#759 of 1081 Car Seats
Apr 24, 2003 (7:47 am)
Peter - thanks for the response. We have a Land Rover Discovery II that we love but it will not hold 2 car seats and a booster...we just found out number three is on the way.
1. Per your comment, is it difficult getting the middle child in due to the lower height vs. an SUV?
2. Can the adult in the back buckle their seat belt or do the seats take up too much room?
Thanx for all the help.