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#2041 of 2237 Re: Take a chance on 2006 9-5? [bmichel]
Jan 25, 2006 (7:27 am)
Saab's are definitely unique compared with other cars, and have a lot of features for the money. However long term reliability has been a problem. Like other reader suggests, we bought a 9-5 (2001) off lease, certified (6yr/100K) warranty, got a good deal. GM was actually good in honoring warranty. But such poor reliability, car kept going into shop, traded it in early, lost a lot of money on the trade-in (depreciated at 6000 per yr x 3yrs we owned it = 18,000!). Consider leasing it instead, I wish I did.
Jan 31, 2006 (4:33 pm)
in my 2000 aero i have the oe xm m or is it mxm anyhow ,the first set gave me over 62,000 miles and i had 5k more left on it.
the second set has 42,000 miles and not even 50% wear .
i have always had problems with pirelli in my other cars so i avoid them.they do not have the quality of the michelins.
#2044 of 2237 Repair
Feb 05, 2006 (6:38 am)
I have a Saab 9-5 that I am currently experiencing problems with. The car will not turn over. The battery is fine. It just won't start. I checked the direct ignition and there is a yellow film on it. Has anyone had any experience with this? Do you think that the direct ignition is bad?
#2045 of 2237 Re: Repair [bc92]
Feb 05, 2006 (8:50 am)
Hi, welcome. Sorry to hear of your difficulties.
You might also want to post this in our "No Start" Problems discussion while you're waiting to see if someone here can help.
#2046 of 2237 defective direct ignition experience
Feb 19, 2006 (3:52 pm)
Now I understand...I had no idea about the DI recall until I read this forum. I have a 2001 95 Aero CPO...the DI "went bad" two weeks ago while on the parkway going about 70, everything shut off, couldn't restart and had to coast to the shoulder...tried to restart twice and got a lot of smoke from under the hood and burning wire odor...had it towed to a dealer who said the DI "shorted," which in turn fried the wiring harness (hello GM!?), he said "we get them all the time..." Heads up, there was no warning, it just happened.
#2047 of 2237 Saab Concept Car - 9-5 to benefit?
Feb 25, 2006 (7:30 pm)
400hp biopower twin turbo 3.0L V6 AWD
#2048 of 2237 New Owner of a Used Saab (2003 9-5 Linear)
Feb 28, 2006 (10:03 am)
My wife and I hate the car buying experience. So in our 24 years of marriage, we have owned two cars each. We drive them into the ground, then go get another one.
It has been 13 years since my last car (a 1993 Mazda 626). And I had almost talked myself into buying another Japanese car--a Honda Accord (sensible, practical, and really quite nice.) It had the three things I really wanted this time--leather, heated seats, and stability control (with the EX V6).
But I just couldn't do it. And so I started looking for alternatives. And as I did, the infamous Saab depreciation became my friend. For 8k less than the sticker on a new Accord EX V-6, I bought a lease returned 2003 9-5 Linear with the luxury package (HK stereo, memory seat, etc).
First impressions from my first week: I love riding in it. I understand the "long in the tooth" comments about the interior, but my wife has a 96 Volvo wagon, so maybe I have grown accustomed to the look. But frankly, I like it. I have made the stereo adjustment described elsewhere in this forum, and it helped greatly. I love the field of view as I drive, and the sentronic is useful with the steep hills around here (and for the poseur/entertainment factor). And the low-end torque is impressive, even with this base model. I have yet to get up to speed in Seattle rush hour traffic, so my gas mileage has been around 20 (are you 34+ mpg folks screaming through Montana or something?)
Someone in this forum called the Saab a "Swedish Jaguar." By that, they meant it was stylish and unreliable. I agree with the first part of the assessment. Time will tell with regard to the second. But I am willing to bet that the inconvenience will be overshadowed by my change in outlook as I now look forward to the morning commute as an excuse to drive my new-to-me 9-5.
#2049 of 2237 Questions Re. Wind Noise, Audio and Navigation
Mar 01, 2006 (12:01 pm)
For anyone who owns a 2006 9-5 with Prestige audio and Navigation, how good does the audio sound and how accurate and intuitive is the Navigation system?
Also, is there any noticeable wind noise at highway speeds, i.e. 70-80 mph?
#2050 of 2237 Just bought a CPO 9.5 Arc
Mar 06, 2006 (12:57 pm)
10 days ago I purchased a Midnight Blue 2002 CPO ARC for $17,900 with Metallic paint, Touring Package (Xenon, Park Assist and Rain Sensitive Wipers), 3 new Michelins (4th one has very little wear on it)
That year they improved safety, suspension, steering, brakes and other components. It has 42,000 on clock and 28 months left on warrenty. Pulled to L a little, they did an alighment, no charge.
With nice seats (ventilated), great sterio (did the suggested modificaions to get all the power, what a difference!) and stability control, this is a nice car for the $. I really like the Xenon lights and seats.
My other Saab, 2001 SE was a very reliable car at 80,000 miles with few problems and I expect the same with the '02.
I highly recommend the '02 and '03's over the earlier model, handles much, much better.
Jim Cape Elizabeth, Maine.