2001 Saab 9-5 User Reviews

2001 Saab 9-5 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 10 reviews
"power" 10 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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2001 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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Great power, handles like a dream, easy to drive, alot of interior accessories

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Engine design

boostedrwd
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I Love Driving This Car, It's Fairly Quick But Just And Absolute Blast To Drive. — The car overall is just awesome. Not enough power to take it to the track but just enough to have loads of fun while driving it. Being able to overtake a car on the interstate or highway without having to shift out of fifth gear. I cant say it enough....it's an absolute blast to drive...you would think 230 horsepower and 250 foot pounds of torque wouldn't be that fun but it is an absolutely amazing drive. saddest part about this car is that they don't make Saabs anymore. 10 out of 10 on driveability.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Saab 9-5 SE Wagon Review
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Nice little wagon and fun to drive.

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The cost to repair is expensive. A new turbo is over $900 and failed at 140,000.The led is shot so I have no idea what alerts there are. However I do love this car. Kinda like dating the crazy girlfriend. Fun and hot but you never know when it will let you down.

rpn3rd
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Good (ok) Wagon But At Right Price Great — The only thing I dislike is the cost of repair. Even if I were mechanically inclined it still would be painful. We have a great Saab only guy in town who doesn't gouge. The car has run great and I would buy another one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Saab 9-5 Base Wagon Review
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Car looks great, and is over all perfect for my family when it works!

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No one ever knows what wrong with it when it breaks!!

redfairy
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Its Ok — Love this car because its odd and I love odd things! But its so odd knows one knows what to do with it when something is wrong! It's a guessing game :-( It is easy to work on. I don't know anything about cars, now I know more than I want to, dam it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2001 Saab 9-5 SE Review
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Power to spare, amazing leg room in front and back, super comfortable seats. Long distance trips are a joy. Saab-Information-System

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Maintenance can be expensive. Well known torque steer leads to tire wear. GM bankruptcy put older Saab parts in limbo. Cup holder is flimsy.

jjsteich
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Saab Deserved Better Than Gm Bankruptcy — I absolutely love the 9-3 and 9-5 SAABs in the time between their debut and before they lost their independence to GM. The 2001 offers incredible comfort, clean lines, and amazing engineering. My regular mechanic always offered fair prices, but there were a few nagging electrical problems. Oh, and they could have increased the ground clearance a little; we lost the bumper cowl from hitting parking curbstones. Saabs accelerate like a pro, never a question that I could pass anytime I wanted to (when it was safe, of course). Saabs don't get enough respect for being fun to drive while being supremely safe. Like a Volvo with style.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2001 Saab 9-5 Base Review
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Both interior and exterior styling, from the tan leather and trim to jet black exterior with 17" alloy wheels. This car was extremely powerful especially when it "Sport" mode and then handling was superb.

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Even though I will always love these cars they are sooo frustrating when it comes to reliability. The car could be working perfectly one day and then next, something major is wrong. Parts for the car are crazy and since no one want to work on them, labor costs sometimes outweigh the parts themselves.

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2001 Saab 2.0t — Overall this had to be the most exciting and fun car to drive. Surprisingly fast and handled like a dream. Putting the car into "Sport" mode made the a accelaration that much better. It also had a "Winter" mode which made the car accelerate at a very slow pace to avoid losing traction during slick weather.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2001 Saab 9-5 SE Review
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everything

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cost of repairs

tmawby
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If You Can Afford The Repairs.. Go For It! — love the car - hate the cost of repairs, going to get myself ready to purchase a new one since I cant really afford the cost of repairs (all it takes is one repair) great car otherwise - comfortable, looks great, runs great

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Saab 9-5 SE Review
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Awesome performance.

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No complaints whatsoever.

ClaudeL
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A Great Car To Own — This car has been driven mostly on long trips. Great performance - especially in acceleration and handling. Built to last, no rattles or squeaks. Only selling because I am looking to buy a new 95 - and my wife really wants another Saab!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2001 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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Turbo, comfort, well built

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some repairs over the years

thorgan
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Highly Recommend This Car — I really like this car, even with 130K+ miles on it. Great pickup when getting on the highway, very comfortable, rides nicely, and has many small features that I like. Have had it 11 years now, and not ready to trade it in. Love this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon Review
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Good looks, great acceleration, handles awesome

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Saab 9-5 Wagon — The best car I've ever owned other than the 09 9-3 I have now. Great acceleration, awesome looks, no issues with this car except when West County Saab/Volvo had a mechanic with some really stinky grease on his feet, leave it in my carpet. WOW, I thought it was just bad B.O. when I first got in, realized quickly that it was something worse. Absolutely beautiful car, cried when I traded in on the 9-7x (trail blazer). Mileage was about 26 average. Son did replace the alternator so I was out the cost of the parts. Really fun car to drive, sleeper at the line, they never saw her coming.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Saab 9-5 SE Wagon Review
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Comfortable and effortless

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Comfy Commuting Barge, Cheap To Buy. — Reasonably brisk in everyday driving, no squeaks or rattles at 120K miles, quite nice looking when clean, too thirsty really. I had the engine out and changed the camchain etc when I bought the car so although it has cost me a little money it should go on for years, if I don't get too bored in the meantime.

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2011 Saab 9-5 Reviews

176,000 Miles And Still Going Strong By Viggen1

We custom ordered this 9-5 arc from Sweden in 2004 and after 176,000 it is still going strong. Mobil1 0w 40 every 5,000 miles and routine transmission fluid flushed are the key. This is a great famil... Read More

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2010 Saab 9-5 Reviews

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2009 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Super Saab By saabs4ever

love it, i finally found a garage that can fix it this car is awesome i can say anything bad about it The fuel mileage is great, fun to drive, safe as can be. overall a great car. saab forever Read More

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2008 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Would Like To Own It But... By Mshash

This drives beautifully and gets great milege on my weekly commute to Boston 33MPH on the Mass pike. there is nothing negative I can say about this car except that we are selling it. It is fun to dr... Read More

Slightly Pricey, But Great Performance By Lee

Beautiful, fast, and smooth. The 2.3 engine puts out 265hp, and the turbo has little to no lag. Smooth performance anywhere in the RPM range. Read More

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2007 Saab 9-5 Reviews

It Moves With Stealth By classic_001

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Love This Car. By Jacob

This is a very fast car that has interesting fun Swedish quirks. The inside is spacious and this is the first car I don't sit all the way back in. Slow from a start, this 3800 pound vehicle jumps... Read More

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