2004 Saab 9-5 Overview


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4.35 stars

Based on 7 reviews

If You Love It, Not Much Else Is Better. by Chris
 — Surprisingly quick, its 0-60 is faster than its generation porsche 911 from 40 to 70, high top speed, feels like you're driving a jet. (A jet with a small amount of under steer) Has needed some repair... Read More
The Turbo Rat by Jeff
 — Loved Saab Aero Academy. Styling is spot on. Crisp with a hint of Saabishness. It ain't no jellybean! 2.3 Turbo 4 gets some getting used to, but once that Turbo kicks in .. watch out! TopGear say... 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

2004 Saab 9-5 Overview

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2004 Saab 9-5

There are a couple of notable additions and subtractions for the 9-5 lineup in 2004.  The Linear sedan has been dropped, reducing the total number of 9-5 variants to five.  The Linear Wagon is still available.  The Arc's unique 3.0 liter V-6 has been discontinued, in favor of another turbocharged inline four.   The Arc is also available with a five-speed manual for the first time.  This mid-level 9-5 trim loses its standard ventilated seats, but gains a more aggressive exterior trim and a new sport package option.  In an attempt to further differentiate the sporty Aero from the new-look Arc, Saab has redesigned the Aero's lower body cladding for a more athletic look.

The 9-5 continues with three engine options, determined by trim level, but all models are now powered by turbocharged 2.3 liter four cylinder engines.  The Linear Wagon houses a lightly turbocharged variation, which generates 185 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.  The Arc's power plant delivers 220 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.  The top-of-the-line Aero is supplied with 250 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.  All engines are available with a standard five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission.  Fuel economy is estimated at 21/29 mpg with the manual and 19/28 mpg with the automatic.

The trim levels are unchanged for 2004, although the base Linear is only available with the wagon. Along with the previously mentioned equipment changes, bi-xenon headlights are added to the options list for the Arc and Aero.

Reviewers agree that the 9-5 is a driver's car, with strong acceleration in all models, solid and stable handling, and powerful brakes.  The mid-size sedan's cabin is well-protected from engine and wind noise, but road vibration can become a bit intrusive.  Drivers will also have to tolerate a slight turbo lag during initial acceleration, which impedes on the 0-60 mph time.

There are frequent complaints about the 9-5's ergonomics, which often distract from the stylish interior design.  The automatic transmission's steering wheel-mounted shift paddles are awkwardly placed and the flimsy dash-mounted cup holders may lead to some nervous moments. Poorly positioned and difficult-to-use climate controls may also draw a driver's eyes away from the road.


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