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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1533 of 2237 2004 9-5
Sep 12, 2003 (8:17 am)
I just found out from Edmunds there will be no more 9-5 Linear. It seems that Saab thew away the GM V6 again (They did it once for the 9-3). That's the thing I liked.
I think previous 9-3 owners are more likely to move up to a 9-5 now. I have a 9-3 and I won't move up to a linear (185hp only ? Why should I switch to a 9-5 ?) and I don't like the GM V6.
The 220hp ARC would be enough for me.
Sep 13, 2003 (6:42 am)
I am a 9-3 owner (2001 MY) and am not even considering the new 9-3. I am not impressed with how the model has performed (reliability and performance). 9-3 Vector with 5 speed auto accelerates 0-60 in 8.1 sec. 9-5 Aero with 5 speed auto 0-60 around 7 seconds. Not to mention, the current 9-5 is a proven design and doesn't suffer electrical gremlins, brake drone, odd squeaks in the doors, etc... If a 9-5 deal doesn't come about, I have also looked at a used 530i and a CTS.
#1535 of 2237 GBrianK
Sep 13, 2003 (11:49 am)
I am driving a 2001 9-3 too. I think 2003 9-5 Aero is around $34-35K now because of the incentive. It's probably a better deal than the 2004 9-5 Arc now.
I hope Saab will use the concept AWD Sport wagon as the new 9-3SS Viggen and put at least 300hp to the 9-5 Aero.
#1536 of 2237 Incentive for 2003 Aero?
Sep 13, 2003 (5:34 pm)
I was given to understand by a Saab dealer that the current incentive does not apply to the 2003 Aero and Arc and can only be used for the Linear. Carsdirect.com applies the incentive to Aero/Arc. With the incentive, the Aero becomes very attractive. Thanks for any information.
Sep 16, 2003 (9:45 am)
I am not sure if they will do it for 2004, but I think the HP on the 9-5 will be 280HP (Trionic Tunning, New Exhaust), I don't think they can get 300hp without more costs (Bigger Turbo, Trionic Tunning, New Exhaust). The 9-3 HP could easily be raised to 250HP. Also extra Turbo HP should also mean bigger brakes.
I like the brakes on our 2003 9-5 Aero but I a am little more concerned with level of floatiness over bumps in the road. The car tracks great but it gets more unsettled than it should over rough patches. The bump stops come in to play more than they should on rough curvy roads. It needs stiffer progressive springs and stouter dampers.
Sep 19, 2003 (10:23 am)
Has anyone had trouble with Wheel Bearings going out. My 2000 9-5 Aero has 65K miles. I hear what sounds like a loud road noise from the tires, but I haven't rotated the tires lately. It is getting increasingly louder. A Saab Mechanic said it "may" be the wheel bearings or something in the transmission.
#1539 of 2237 Bearings
Sep 19, 2003 (11:54 am)
Sounds more like the Bearings to me. Not rotating the tires shouldn't result in a Noise issue.
#1540 of 2237 Side Curtain Airbags
Sep 22, 2003 (8:14 pm)
A few hundred posts back, someone was saying that they were glad the 9-5 didn't have side curtain airbags because they were dangerous for kids in car seats in the second row. I know that the 9-5 has very good head/torso protection for the driver, but nothing in the back. Is there any data to back up the assertion that side curtain airbags are dangerous for kids riding in back? I thought they were only about 2 inches thick, which doesn't sound like you'd have the same problems from a full size airbag popping out, and I'd be surprised if Volvo, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen were using them if there was a lot of data saying they were a danger. Saab is even using them on the 9-3 aren't they? Isn't there a new study from IIHS indicating that they greatly reduce the incidence of death or serious injury?
Thanks for any thoughts
#1541 of 2237 RE: Side Airbags
Sep 24, 2003 (1:42 pm)
I did make mention of a potential danger of side air bags for kids riding in back.
But... Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they are dangerous in general. They are ONLY a potential hazard if they were to go off when a child was resting/ sleeping with their head resting against the side door panel. I don't know how much the side curtain type changes the potential hazard.
There have been some aritcles pointing out the potential hazard but I have NEVER read about any actual injuries from the side bags.
Sep 25, 2003 (11:47 am)
So how is the safety record for backseat passengers in the 9-5? I know that in general the car is very safe.