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Saab 9-5, Wagon
#763 of 1081 New owner of 1999 Saab S/W
May 16, 2003 (11:44 am)
Happy to say I am the new owner of a 1999 Saab 9-5 Wagon, black with charcoal interior, 6 cylinder and almost any option you can mention! It has 90,000 km. on it and we purchased the extended warranty for it. Dealer seemed miffed I had checked the car out through Carfax and has all my info with me when we talked with him. They leant the car to me for a day which was good and also I took it to my mechanic. It is in beautiful shape - interior like new and barely a scratch on it. We tried out a 2000 Volvo S/W they had on the lot but it seemed noisier both idling and driving. Saab is much quieter and everything seems well thought-out as to placement of controls, etc. The Volvo was $28,000 CDN and the Saab $21,000. They WOULD NOT budge on price!!! Salesman said he had discounted it as far as he could go. Car was on the lot for six months!!
#764 of 1081 Hi blacksaabeth- Welcome to the Wagons Board...
May 17, 2003 (6:01 am)
and congrats on your recent purchase. We look forward to hearing all about your Saab 9-5 wagon experience. Please keep us posted. Happy motoring!
Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
#765 of 1081 To all owners- Vehicle Updates!
May 17, 2003 (6:05 am)
Anyone care to share some details about their Saab 9-5 wagon? For those interested, you can list your:
1. Model Year & Total miles to date.
2. MPG & Driving habits. Any differences in mpg since you first purchase?
3. Any additional accessories & mods?
4. Maintenance issues to date.
5. Any interesting trips or cargo experiences?
6. Overall impressions pro/cons of your vehicle since you first purchased....
Share as much (or as little) information as you'd like. I'm sure other Saab 9-5 owners/shoppers passing through here, would find the information quite interesting, if not helpful.
Also, you can report back every 3-5k to update again. Who's game?
Thanks for your participation!
Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
#766 of 1081 $21000 CDN.................
May 17, 2003 (6:34 am)
is how much in US dollars? Please forgive my exchange rate lack of knowledge.
#767 of 1081 beer47
May 17, 2003 (6:52 am)
at the current rate (.7) that's about US$14,700.
#768 of 1081 Canda Purchase
May 17, 2003 (7:13 am)
I just read an article this morning about the problem of Americans purchasing new cars in Canada. It's perfectly legal to bring them across the border apparantly and Canada has adopted US Emmission standards now.
The savings examples they were citing were significant. Automakers openly admit the lower pricing is a Market Situation. Pricing is often as much as 40% lower!! I was amazed to read this. In retaliation, some manufacturers are NOT honoring warranties here. Some Canadian Dealers are offering Private Warranties to off set.
#769 of 1081 Warranty Problem
May 29, 2003 (3:25 pm)
New cars sure are cheaper North of the border, but most manufacturers will refuse to honer the warranty of cars purchased in Canada. I guess if you are buying an out-of-warranty car, this wouldn't be an issue.
May 29, 2003 (7:20 pm)
Great idea. I'll jump in. 2001 se wagon(wife's); 3 year lease (about 2 years in).
fine looking auto in steel gray.
like the multi memory seats.
stereo sounds good, but multi cd is extra.
feels solidly built.
not much interior storage; i. e. console.
gas mileage 24-25, 21-23 in winter.
dealer friendly, but not impressive.
like the sedan much better(loaner experience).
lots of brake dust in the front.
don't ever feel like i want to drive it hard.
kids like the heated rear seats.
front wheel drive with all season tires can't beat a dedicated 4 wheel drive system in the winter.
Overall impression; great looking vehicle, comfortable, reasonably efficient; want to love it, drive train not impressive, but ok. Sticker was overpriced, but had incentives. It's possible that dealer 'induced' some issues to collect warranty claims.
You know what they say - 'In for a penny, in for a pound!'
Jun 09, 2003 (4:36 pm)
Does anyone have any concern about the lack of stiffness of the front springs? When I drive in the canyons with a little pace I get alot of bumper stop hits and some bounce when traveling over undulations midturn. The car stays planted but doesn't inspire confidence. To be honest my Subaru GT Wagon feels better in the curves and it's not just the AWD difference. My car is 2003 Aero Wagon with only 6k miles. Any sport handling imprressions?
I have looked at Abbott Racing and Wigwam stuff, any other ideas.
#772 of 1081 Curious about long term reliability
Jun 17, 2003 (10:07 am)
Well, I test drove a 9-5 wagon yesterday and loved it. I was wondering if anyone could provide insight on the longterm reliability of this model and what type of problems you might have experianced (I'll probably be buying one with 50K or so already on it). Also, I was hoping to hear a few opinions on the 4cyl. compared to the V6. Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.