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Saab 9-5, Wagon
#931 of 1081 Re: should i use the premium gas? [tondog1]
Sep 26, 2005 (9:28 am)
As a SAAB sales representative I find it helpful to try and keep a reference library
addressing many of the questions that my customers raise.As to the effect on performance of regular vs. premium fuel on the 9-5 Aero,the effect is significantly greater than you propose.An article in Car and Driver in 2001 dyno tested the Aero using premium and regular fuels.The Trionic engine management system dialed down the power by 9.8%,almost 25 H.P.on an '05 model,performance at the track(acceleration tests) was down 10.1%. Your Linear does not require premium to deliver peak performance,any Aero will run fine but at a noticeably reduced level of performance.
#932 of 1081 6 cyl coming back, in 9-5?
Oct 12, 2005 (4:53 pm)
Saab is coming back with another six, at least I know its coming in the 9-3 combi wagon. Not the same engine as the 9-5 SE/ARC V6. Not sure if its going to be in the 06 9-5 which looks great before the major overhaul of the model. Saabs always go with a model for 8-10 years, I don't know why people bitch about this.
I had a new 99 9-5 SE V6, best car ever, less problems than the 04 Avalon I replaced it with. Yes, Saab had less problems than an Avalon. Better gas mileage also.
Now I am buying my 4th Saab (Aero Wagon) to replace a Suburban. I don't know why everyone freaks with a 4 banger with Saab. They are bullet proof engine's and if you didn't lift the hood, you would think you had a 6 or small 8. Whats wrong with 30mpg on the highway with a car as large as a 9-5? Perfect high gas car IMO. People who complain about Saabs 4 cyl, don't know Saabs or have driven them. Look on ebay, look at the 4 cyl Saabs with over 100K miles, pretty good. Saab is not BMW or Mercedes, but hey, we didn't pay that price. For a low 30K car, its a good safe, "different from the crowd" car.
#933 of 1081 Good price on a Aero Wagon?
Dec 01, 2005 (8:32 am)
I have a final price of $32,025 for 2005 Parchment silver Aero Wagon. It has approximately 5500 miles (a demo-but still new car financing) and has Executive package and Sentronic auto. Is this a good price on a Aero wagon? Tax will be another $2000 or so OTD price would be $34,285 here in Texas. Even though it's a 2005, 2006 remodels will arrive at the dealership soon. Dealership is giving me over $12,000 in discounts, but I think I could pull even better price if I could wait just a bit longer...Also, is Parchment silver a popular color? I could live with the color, but I am concerned in a long run if I ever have to trade this car.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
#934 of 1081 SAAB 9-5 Wagon v BMW
Dec 26, 2005 (6:52 am)
I am buying a 2006 BMW 325 and trading my 2004 SAAB Arc Wagon. SAAB has 10,000 totally trouble free miles, I get 18-32mpg on Hi Test. I am selling only because I want a sportier, smaller more-driver oriented car. My buying experience at SAAB was so rotten that I will never again consider buying one. Dealer lied, weaseled and even at delivery handed me documents that were $500. off (in his favor). I wrote to SAAB and got some satisfaction, but friends have had similar bad experiences with other local SAAB dealers. Service has been superb.
#935 of 1081 Do you REALLY want that BMW 325?
Dec 28, 2005 (2:37 pm)
I have a 2004 BMW 325 and a 2005 9-5 Sportwagon. We (my wife and I) never drive the BMW anymore except to commute. The ride is AWFUL and the seats are very hard. BMW does make a very solid car. I have had no mechanical problems with the BMW. The only really annoying thing about the BMW is that the front windows creak while driving. Oh, and the paint discolors and chips easily. Oh, and it is really, really slow at only 184 hp (The power band is set between 70 and 90 mph and I don't get to drive it that fast very often). But I have had the BMW for over two years and 28,000 miles, and I just have 12,000 miles on the Saab. Right now the Saab just seems like a much better purchase than the BMW was, and I am kicking myself because they were sold at within $1000 of each other in price.
#936 of 1081 9-5 v6 vs. 9-5 v4
Jan 01, 2006 (3:38 pm)
Hi: I read the first few notes and did not read the next 900, so here are my 2 cents worth.
1) The 9000 v6 GM engines requierd a timing belt change every 30k. Believe me, I had one and yes, the belt failed inbetween changes = pretty blady damaged engine.
2) The 9-5 v6 recommends changes every 60k, and they are not 100% free changes. I think they cover the belt itself. There is also some rumors about issues with the timing belt idler pullys, etc. that dealers try and get you to do and then add on big dollars.
Being an avid Saab owner, I will NEVER purchase a GM v6 engine in a Saab again. The v4's are PLENTY and I wish now that I would not have purchased a v6 2001 9-5 wagon. I might sell it and find a used v4.
Don't get me started on the envoy platform for the Saab SUVs (why oh wy aab SUVs?).
#938 of 1081 random starting problem
Jan 03, 2006 (9:20 pm)
My Saab 9-5, year 2000 has amind of it's own exactly like the Saab owner in Saab message no. 1968. After driving for a while then turning off the motor, it randomly will not start for about 15 or more minutes. Then when its ready it starts. The Saab dealer says when you have the problem, bring it in...duh! Any help out there?
#939 of 1081 Rear Quarter window defroster
Jan 04, 2006 (10:38 am)
As a recent buyer of a 2001 9-5SE wagon with 47000 miles, I noticed there appear to be heating elements on each of the two rear quarter windows. Do those supposedly operate when the rear window defroster is acivated or are there separate controls? Also, what activates the wipers on the headlights? Any help would be greatly appreciated. BTW, I love the car so far. Great in the snow and comfortable.
#940 of 1081 Re: Rear Quarter window defroster [massaab]
Jan 04, 2006 (11:35 am)
Don't know about the window defrosters, suspect they would be on the same control. The headlight wipers are activated with front windshield washer (ie assumes the headlights are dirty when the windshield is - likely good assumption)