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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Displaying 1 - 10 of 14 2005 Saab 9-5 reviews.

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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Dylan writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T Wagon Review
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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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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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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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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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Brian writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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bumper to bumper

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Can't find any.

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2005 Saab 9-5 Aero — This baby can really perform. Its ergonomic layout in the cockpit is fantastic. She is pure joy to drive. INGA makes driving fun whenever you jump behind the steering wheel. She is sheik and stylish in jet black. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She truly is a LONG COOL WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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Maximise5 writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Review
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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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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.

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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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Zeron77 writes:
2005 Saab 9-5 Arc 2.3T Wagon Review
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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!

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2008 Saab 9-5 Reviews

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2007 Saab 9-5 Reviews

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