2003 Saab 9-5 User Reviews

2003 Saab 9-5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 16 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • 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:4.3 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
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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djpiquette writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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4

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Sporty looking, and comfortable to drive, very good on gas and great acceleration.

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Expensive to service.

djpiquette
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2003 9-5 Linear 2.3t — Great car for looks, comfort and economy. Very fast acceleration and great handling, enjoyable to drive anywhere, but especially on long highway commutes. Moon roof, and all leather seat that are heated in the winter are outstanding. Great in snow with the front wheel drive transmission.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Antony writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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performance   simply brill!!

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can be thirsty when really pushed ,

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Undestated — great spec ,great perfomance.ideal luxury cruiser easily demolishes the miles.excellent buid quality.real wolf in sheeps clothing, embaress's many with awe some mid range pace.town milage around 28mpg and motorway up to 38mpg .and quite cruising as 70 mph equals 2300rpm.Can feel a little large around town and in confined area's but park assist a real aid but what the heck for such a fine car!!

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John writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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It's very comfortable, also has a lot of trunk space. I also think it's a fast, fun car to drive.

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There is only one cup holder for the front of the car, and it's expensive to repair.

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Overall Nice Ride — Very fast for a sedan, braking and handling are great. Does not squeak or rattle anywhere on the car. Looks amazing, love the leather interior and moonroof. It's not the cheapest car, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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extexan35 writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0T Review
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styling - handling - features - reliability - looks - ride comfort - ease of maintenance

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parts pricing -

extexan35
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Awesome — Overall this car has been great to own, compared to others i have had in the past. Nothing hardly ever goes wrong with the car, but when it does, it's expensive to fix. It's as solid as a new car, no squeaks or rattles and rides like it just off showroom floor. It handles like it is on rails, and moves like the wind when you plant your foot down. Winter mode let me pass 4x4 vehicles in the snow and sport mode let me pass like a rocket, while normal driving is such effortless driving. This is one of the best cars i have ever owned, even my friends are jealous.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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chris16584 writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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Awesome — The vehicle is very nice and runs greats looks good it was the year I was most attracted to. I wanted to Aero 2.3t Black. The car is fun to drive and offers all features I wanted.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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Sleeper car

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Cost of maintenance

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If It Can Beat A 911 Turbo From 40-70, Then Its Worth It. — A LOT faster than my old car. Low mileage for the year. Absolute rocket ship after 40 mph. If you keep the turbo gauge in the green zone, you could get 30 miles to the gallon. I have aggressive summer tires on it now and it handles like its on rails. Loads of fun.

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Ian writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon Review
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3

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loads of power and space

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handling is a bit fuzzy

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Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector — great family car loads more space than 5 series, very practical. Handling doesn't compare to BMW 5 series, but throttle response and torques are awesome. comfy seats, good trim in Vector spec. Economy is good on a run, poor in traffic though

Primary Use: Family transportation

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dgpeete writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0T Review
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Awsome price compared to others

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sunroof only opens part way.

dgpeete
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This Car Is A Great Bargain — I love this car I use it almost daily. It has a very strong turbocharged v6 engine, no worries about pulling out onto the highway with this vehicle. It also has backup sensors. This makes it very easy to parallel park.

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Dlb616 writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0T Review
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4

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Refined yet sporty. All around car. Handling dream. Hid lights

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Must keep up with maintenance. $

Dlb616
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Well Rounded — The luxury sport sedan. Options loaded. 150mph car. Smooth ride. Incredible handling. Rides like Cadillac runs like Camaro. Have several performance mods on mine. New turbo, custom exhaust, performance air to air intercooler, custom intake with 5psi supercharge air induction & Jpm piping, & 17" wheels

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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KDF writes:
2003 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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Unique car. Not like everything else on the road. Looks and drives great!  Good power and acceleration for a 4 cylinder.  Decent highway gas mileage (28 mpg). Cool features (gyroscope cup holder, Power window and locks in center console, gas and trunk openers in door).

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Needs better/more cup holders.

KDF
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Great Ride! Classy Look And Unique Too. — Great for long trips. This car is feels great on the highway. Plenty of front and rear legroom. Trunk is very spacious too. Need a couple of additional cupholders. Gyroscope cupholder is conversation piece, but all form and no function.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1999 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Love The Car. Dependable With Regular Maintenance. By tony_001

I love the look of this car! I mainly drove it back and forth to work (7 - 10 minutes from home), and around town. This car has one of the most comfortable ride I have ever seen. It definitely lives ... Read More

Good Enough To Give Me That Euro Feel Of A Car. I Dislike American Carmakers. By Bozmania

I bought the car used, the dealer failed to divulge the A/C was working, and it needed about 2,500 in repairs. Secondly, it needed a cassette replaced, which was leaking onto the spark plugs. No fun, ... Read More

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2000 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Clean, Nice Trim All Leather Luxuary Car By everetttom2009

Car used by all family members and is the favorite for performance, luxuary and comfort. The e european and swedish styling and use of technology is way ahead of its time. The controls are in the midd... Read More

A Very Good Car. By Arnt

This car is a joy to drive. It looks good. It handles well. It really has great acceleration. With its 230 bhp saab turbo engine, it's absolutely fantastic for overtaking. You can say a lot ov ... Read More

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2001 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Good (ok) Wagon But At Right Price Great By rpn3rd

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 wou... Read More

Its Ok By redfairy

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 ab... Read More

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2002 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Clean European Look By p2myiso

It was a beautiful European car low miles in great condition the only bad part was window didn't go down at 1st got that fix cheap and then had bad a.c. problems got that fixed after I found out it wa... Read More

A Beauty To Drive. Top Notch By amzauto

Really am enjoying the smooth and quiet ride, great turbo power from a 4 cylinder, and gets good gas mileage too...26-28 in mixed driving. Smooth turbo, comfortable seats, great on the highway. This c... Read More

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2004 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Gd Family Car With Great Power In Its Category By Amr

good performance jst when the turbo knock in with chip performance give 215 horse power ... brightfull coulour gd console and the steering wheel gear shifters ,big cargo big space ...feels safe w... Read More

Love My Saab By Robert

Its quick holds a lot of cargo and carries 4 in great comfort or 5 with a squeeze. Its no stoplight racer but has enough power to enjoy and passing power is superb. Upgrades are easy as with most mode... Read More

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