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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1581 of 2237 Delicate flower?!
Nov 08, 2003 (2:32 pm)
"Saab's reputation for reliability is unfounded"
Do you base this comment on your single experience? My experience with my 2001 9-5 SE has been essentially flawless, with only one out of the ordinary maintenance service visit in three years. I agree that its always a good idea to purchase an extended warranty if you are risk averse (like me) or if you suspect long term problems.
I have not had the problem you have experienced -- is water getting in causing corrosion? Or was the wrong type of wire used? Possibly it was not repaired properly the first time.
On the other hand, I'm not in love with my dealer's service department (they keep turning over personnel, and I'm left with the feeling that it must not be the greatest place to work), nor am I pleased that Saab has left a V6 out of the 2004 lineup, so when my lease runs out at the end of November I may look elsewhere.
#1582 of 2237 9-5 reliability
Nov 09, 2003 (4:21 am)
I've mentioned this before in here but my '00 SE has been about as reliable as my previous Infiniti and only slightly less reliable than the Nissans before it.
It's widely known in 9-5 circles that the early models did have their problems. As time went on the 9-5 got better. So I would not judge an entire car make by the unfortunate experiences of one person and/or one car. I've got a friend with a Lexus who has seen more service visits in 18 months of ownership than I have in the 3 yrs I've had a 9-5. And think of the thousands of Toyota owners with sludged up engines and Honda/Acura owners with auto trans problems.
Nov 09, 2003 (4:30 am)
I think you've hit on most of the main diffs between the '03 and '04 models. I think for you the real issue will be your long term ownership view.
If you're leasing you may be better off in an '04 as I assume residual values are better. But check with your dealer for the latest numbers.
If you are buying and keeping for the long haul then get the car you want. I don't think deals on '03s will get any better (there's prolly not much of an '03 selection to choose from).
If you're buying and keeping for a short term you're better off with an '04 if only to minimize the depreciation hit.
Beyond the financial issues I think you should get the car you want. If there's an '03 that's configured exactly the way you want it, go get it. If not, find an '04 that does the trick for you.
I hope this helps. Happy shopping!
Nov 09, 2003 (9:07 am)
you can also ask on the Car_man on the lease discussion board here on edmunds to get hte residuals and money rate.
#1585 of 2237 Saab 9-5 Aero vs. others
Nov 09, 2003 (11:37 am)
I am researching and testing a BMW 330i (with the performance package), a G35 Coupe, a Mazda Rx-8, a Lexus IS300 and a Saab 9-3 Aero or 9-5 Aero. After driving Saabs for years (and driving a 99 9-5 SE for four years) and testing the G35, I was ready to make the switch to Infiniti. But now I read about the G35's various problems with brakes, paint, etc., and I am starting to think I should not rule out Saab and go test a 2003 or 2004 9-5 Aero. The problem is that I am bored with my 9-5. I want something sportier and with more performance. Anyone compared the 9-5 Aero with a BMW 3301 or the G35?
#1586 of 2237 I've driven most of those cars
Nov 09, 2003 (12:58 pm)
All except the new RX8. Most recently I attended a Saab USA event that allowed invitees to drive the new 9-3 and existing 9-5 Aero against the BMW 3 series, among other competitors.
You may want to get a copy of Road & Track, July 2002 issue. They compared 11 sport sedans incl the 9-5 Aero, G35, 330i, and IS300.
Sounds like you want a performance car with more of an edge. No question the other cars you mentioned will give you the sharper feel you're looking for. Of course, that will come at a significant cost in practicality but that may not be an issue with you. Have fun shopping.
#1587 of 2237 Key & Remote $225?
Nov 11, 2003 (10:31 am)
I just bought a '00 9-5 Aero and I only got one key and one extremely large remote fob. My dealer wants $225 for a new key with built-in remote. Previous messages I've read have indicated that these go for $144, but those were posted over a year ago. Does anyone know how much they are currently charging and if I can get this done anywhere else besides the dealer.
#1588 of 2237 Key & Remote
Nov 12, 2003 (7:08 am)
Try http://www.taliaferrosaab.com - they're a Saab dealer that sells parts and accessories at discounted rates. You might still have to head over to your dealer for key/remote programming.
Nov 12, 2003 (8:22 am)
the higher up you hold the remote ,the farther away it will act on your doors.-try it.
#1590 of 2237 Alignment Problems.
Nov 17, 2003 (8:09 am)
I just bought brand new tires for my '00 Aero and noticed that the car pulls considerably to the right. I took it in to the dealer and they did a 4 wheel alignment, but the car still pulls right. Took it back in and they rechecked the alignment and they checked to balance of the tires and everything is good. They explained to me that it might be the actual tires that are made wrong. Conveniently, this is what I was told last time I got an alignment on my '87 900 and it still pulled left. Any thoughts on what could be wrong, and how I should go about fixing it? Thanks.