2005 Saab 9-5 User Reviews

2005 Saab 9-5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 14 reviews

  • 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:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5

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PROS
"power" 6 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"turbo" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"bluetooth" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews
"rwd" 2 reviews

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Chris writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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Great performance, handling, fuel economy, and comfortable seats!

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If you're not a do-it-yourselfer, the car can cost slightly above average for repairs, especially at dealerships.

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Saab 9-5 Aero, A Beast To Behold — This car is faster than most V8 powered cars and still gets 30+ miles to the gallon with its high output turbo 4-cylinder engine. The factory 9 speaker Harmon-Kardon stereo is second to none and has suprising punchy bass for a factory system. The highly bucketed leather Aero seats are bar-none the most comfortable seats in production. After 14 hours of driving you still feel refreshed and comfortable. The car is a blast to drive through tight corners with its lowered sport suspension, and matched with performance tires, the car feels nothing short of sure-footed when pushed to extremes. This car is also fantastic in the snow, with dedicated snow tires this car can go many places that a 4WD SUV wouldn't dare to go, and with much greater confidence. Lastly the Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) projectors are absolutely amazing. They illuminate every inch of the road, and are self adjusting as you drive to compensate for acceleration, braking, and turning. This car has cost me little to nothing to own in the 50,000 miles I've owned it, other than routine oil changes and a set of tires.

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Michael writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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fuel economy, quirkiness, handling, turbo

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quirkiness, its not japanese, you actually HAVE to perform maintenence

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Inexpensive Used Sports Sedan Value. — best seats in any $30k car on the market. tires make a huge difference in putting all that power thru the front wheels. early aeros had engine issues with oil sludge and turbo failure, be aware of that when shopping, but it represents a great deal used... usually a low milage 5 year old aero wont run more than 13 grand.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dylan writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T Wagon Review
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5

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Reliability, factory stereo, comfort, gas mileage

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road noise

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Love This Car! — I love this car. It is so versatile. The back seats fold completely flat. The only bad part about that is it limits the way you can position the front seats. The turbo is awesome, and the Sport button on the shifter transforms the car from a granny mobile into a track car. The traction control works great and saved me from hydroplaning into a guard rail on a curvy road the other day. It's very reliable. Just change the oil every 5,000 miles and remember to use synthetic, preferably Mobile 1, because it is has a turbo. I like the typical Saab styling, but I wish it was more sporty looking. My headlights are kind of "foggy" from sun exposure and like any OE headlights, they are expensive to replace. Wish there were real cup holders. The one next to the radio is broken in my car and only fits certain cups. That's just one of those quirky Saab things though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T Wagon Review
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Performance, Build Quality, Appearance, Cost, Fun

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Really needs upgraded telematics like Bluetooth and Ipod connectivity

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Saab 9-5 2005 Wagon — Performance is fine off the line but it really comes into it's own when you need to overtake. Torque torque torque it's all about the torque. The build quality is good if a little utalitarian. Nothing has broken or gone wrong in nearly four years so it's hard to grumble. I think my 9-5 wagon is probably the best looking wagon i've seen the bright red with the tinted glass looks very cool. Don't believe the stories about Saabs being expensive to run. All complete hogwash. Both my Saabs have cost less to upkeep than my previous Ford Taurus. For a wagon(Estate) it's a lot of fun. Of course it helps that it is a manual. The torque steer is manageable and despite a little more body roll than I'd like it's really quite chuckable.

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Zeron77 writes:
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Excellent handling, appealing design makes it cool - not your Mom's wagon. Comfortable seating with plenty of room for kids, groceries, pets, etc. And turbo makes it fun when you need to get around quickly.

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Miss the modern conveniences of satellite radio and Bluetooth but adapters still make them possible.

Zeron77
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Saab 9-5 Wagon — I've owned several different new SUVs but my older Saab wagon has been my favorite to drive. I had heard others rave about their Saabs to the point where I thought they were crazy. One man told me he'd rather have a Saab wagon over a Porsche because of how it drove. There were stories about all the miles they'd put on and they'd still keep running. I was skeptical but bought my own after a test drive. I didn't want a car everyone else had and no way I was getting a minivan just because I was a new mom. So now I'm one of those crazy Saab lovers!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Adrian writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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5

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The Saab style

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Prefer rear wheel drive.

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Great Car — Fast, sporty, responsive car. Does 14.8 over the quarter mile. Has nice European looks. I like the full leather interior and electric sunroof. I like that it goes like a V8 but has fuel economy of a 4 cylinder. Very comfortable to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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aero writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Aero wagon Review
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5

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reliable if maintained

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oil changes are expensive ,must use mobil 1 syn.

aero
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Luxury , Performance Andfeul Economy. — acceleration from 60 mph is amazing and comfort is always on par. excellent feul economy on highway. this car is like flying private jet! one down fall is resale value because the cars are given a bad rap by car magazines.

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Mike5841 writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T Review
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European Luxury at affordable prices

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None

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Saab Are Awesome — It is a very solid car all around. European feel and great handling and acceleration. Gas mileage is 30 MPG HWY. It is a sporty four-door that is 5 star crash rated too.

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lonishepherd writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T Review
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Great car, easy to drive, love Saabs

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It's White and I don't have a garage

lonishepherd
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Saab Review..... — I love this care and have enjoyed it. I found a black one that I like. Almost everything that needed fixed under warranty which was great. Better to get serviced at Jim Ellis Mazda Saab since they know what they are doing!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Maximise5 writes:
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I really like the styling of the Car. It stands out in a crowd of Japanese cars.
High power turbo.

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Can't think of anything worth writing. Except front wheel drive, i do prefer RWD.

Maximise5
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Fantastic And Very Happy With It — I love the power coming from the turbo charged 4 cylinder motor. Braking and handling is very good too. My car is very fun to drive, especially on winding bends using the gear paddle shifters on the steering wheel. All my friends like my car and the Saab brand also.

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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2003 Saab 9-5 Reviews

Well Rounded By Dlb616

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, perform... Read More

Overall Nice Ride By John

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 definite... Read More

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