2002 Saab 9-5 User Reviews

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    Displaying 1 - 10 of 15 2002 Saab 9-5 reviews.

    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    25

    Clean European Look — 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 was Lily parts that needed repair

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

    Pros: Good on gas

    Cons: Can be slow at times haha

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    2002 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon Review
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    A Beauty To Drive. Top Notch — 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 car is FAST for a wagon and SAFE. It's a very sturdy, solid car being quite able to zip up a steep hill without a problem. I also love the design. Several times strangers on the street have commented to me how 'good looking' this car is! I'm also impressed how roomy the back is. I can get my large bike right in w/ the back seats down. I also like the low profile of the rear 'floor' easy to get things (including our dog) in & out.

    Pros: A dream to drive. And oozing luxury. And power. You can feel the sturdiness when driving it at high speed. Highly recommended.

    Cons: None whatsoever

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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Character And Comfort — In 2002, I finally became a Saab driver. Growing up in the Northeast, I always had a soft spot for the brand, and felt that the virtues of a Saab suited my personality. Namely, the fact that they were individualistic, cleverly packaged, fuel efficient, quick, comfortable, and sturdy. My 9- 5 was a great car. I had a few quirks along the way, but all were covered under warranty, such as a blocked climate control system, and head leaky head gasket at 49k. I always received great dealer service, and truly enjoyed the car.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: A quick, comfortable, feature laden car, that was quite underrated.  I really enjoyed it!

    Cons: some temperment

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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    2002 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0T Wagon Review
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    Good Fun Car, But Pricy To Maintain. — Good: Fun to drive! Factory stereo is awesome! Transmission sport mode turns car into sports car...really. Acceleration very nice. Interior is very nice. Leather stays like new for several years. Seats very comfortable. Bad: Needs timing belt changed every 60k miles vice 80-100 for other cars. Brake dust a problem...it gets everywhere. Head lights burn too hot melts/wears out plastic housings. No option to turn head lights off...if the car is on the lights are on. On-star is analog, outdated.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Fun to Drive

    Cons: Pricy to Maintain

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Great Car To Drive — It runs well, great pulling power speed. The body shape is great. Unfortunately, the fuel consumption is not very efficient considering it is 4cylinders. It has heated seats, leather interior and lots of other attractive features inside. If well maintained it can be a fun car to drive.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: It's loaded with accesories

    Cons: Electrical problems

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Great Travel Companion — Great reliable car, wonderful highway cruiser. Lots of torque but doesn't translate into great acceleration. Cost of ownership has been very small, but the car has only 60k miles. Very steady and safe but not real fun to drive. Doesn't justify the fame for quirk, really a mainstream sedan.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Highway cruising

    Cons: Fun to drive

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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Despite A "geek" Reputation, Is A Very Solid Long Distance Cruiser — Performance: once it gets going, it's quite fast Build quality: after 9 years, looks like new inside Appearance: not the greatest looking on the outside, and a bit somber inside Cost of ownership: quite low, no unscheduled maintenances in many years Fun factor: very little, although it corners well and has nice high speed handling.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: High torque, very good highway cruiser

    Cons: Not fastest of the line, not a great sounding engine

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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Great, Good Gas Milage — I like it. its quick, heavy, good in the snow. The engine is great, parts are a little pricey but such is life. I would like to drive a 9-5 Areo, i think that would be nice, the bigger engine.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Quick

    Cons: Parts are pricey

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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Fun To Drive, Poorly Built. — Never, EVER buy a Saab. EVER! BTW, anyone need 9-5 parts or a 9-5 shell? Fix this, fix that, no engine. Saab is garbage. GM is garbage. I hope GM goes in the poop-hole so stupid Obama will give me back a little tax money.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It's fun...  When it works!

    Cons: Most unreliable car IN THE WORLD.

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    2002 Saab 9-5 Linear 2.3T Review
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    Jacob's 9-5 — This vehicle is the best one I've owned so far. Saab does an extremely good job with every inch of this vehicle. This car is one of the safest on the planed with safety bars throughout. Not to mention that the body consists of 5 layers of steel...not foam. This one has never been in an accident, but I have seen 9-5's that have been in serious front end crashes with the engine block and the windshield still in tacht. After the safety comes performance. The steering is nice and tight and with my functional left foot, the manual transmission serves me well. Even with having the smaller of the two engines offered in the Saab 9-5, with the turbo it is more than sufficient when reaching a thrilling speed. I have not yet maxed out this vehicle, but did have it at 140mph with plenty of room left on the tach. Let's just say I didn't feel safe about going any faster on a Twin Cities freeway. The vehicle is also equipt with some not so necessary, but helpful features. It has seat heaters not just for the driver and front passenger seats, but for the rear as well. The headlights have sprayers for washer fluid and the glove compartment can be turned into a cooler in the summer. With a vent coming from the vehicle's air conditioner, your drinks or snacks will be kept cold as you are driving. With all the wonderful things about this car I would only reccomend buying a Saab 9-5 if it is older than a 2007, since GM decided to re-do the interior. The newer models have the same interior you will find in a Chevy Impala and is not quite the Swedish joy you would find in previous model years. However, for someone in the market for a high quality used car I would highly recommend the 9-5.

    Pros: Very high quality and fun to drive

    Cons: Expensive if it needs repair

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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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

    Saab's Best Model By jamiller01

    Overall I am very pleased with this car. Having replaced my 2001 9-5 I had expectations that were certainly met with this next generation model. Missing only the overhead aviation light, this model r... Read More

    2010 Saab 9-5 Reviews

    One Of The Most Distinctive Looking Cars On The Road By Viggen1

    This is probably one of the best riding SAABs ever built. BMW and Mercedes do not compare with the legroom in the rear or the ride quality. Drive Sense really makes a difference when switched to spo... Read More

    The Most Advanced Saab Ever Built By saabfanchi

    Love that it has everything except ventilated seats! It has navigation, voice commands, rear seat DVD entertainment system, all wheel drive, amazingly unique stylling, power, heads up display, adapti... Read More

    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

    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

    2007 Saab 9-5 Reviews

    It Moves With Stealth By classic_001

    SAAB swedish engineering at its best , a reliably engineerd vehicle with a safety rating comparable to Volvo a really spacious family sedan that glides down the road with very little road noise like ... Read More

    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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