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2003 Saab 9-5

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 28/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, Turbo, 2.3 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Sweden Country of Assembly: Sweden

2003 Saab 9-5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 413 Ratings for the 1999 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.6/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Great used car to buy

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "inexpensive, fun, great mpg"

Cons: "electrical issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought this car used 6 years back at 115,000 mi. These cars are great to by used because of their "re sale" value. Got mine very inexpensive. The car has its weird electrical glitches and problems but I have never had a major mechanical issue that would sideline the car. I average 31mpg and the car has good pick up. Mine is a 5 speed manual and is a lot of fun."

Great, safe, reliable, responsive car. Well built.

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car."

Cons: "Saab out of business, so fewer parts..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great, safe, reliable, responsive car. Well built. Solid. Decent mpg. Get this rather than the 9-3 in the same year. Change oil every 5000 miles with synthetic oil, and be sure to change serpentine belt every 60,000 miles, and you're good to go. Have crankshaft position sensor replaced on time, too. Other than that, we've had zero problems."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

One owner near 6 years. Zero mechanical problems

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Solid power. ++ Gas Mileage. ++ Reliability"

Cons: "Creature comforts a bit light for price of car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Summary review says it all. A great road car that carried 4 adults numerous times for week long vacations. Gas mileage average highway 29+ and all around 26+."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Decent vehicle for the money

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "reasonable priced with good reliabilty"

Cons: "bit noisy drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Have owned 3 95's and always found them to be a good value, reliable and reasonable appointed. Not the most fun or comfortable car to drive....certainly will not garner a second look (unless from Saab enthusiast) on the road but will be priced well below vehicles with similar options and reliability history."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Love My Saab

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,330

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfy, looks great"

Cons: "Costly to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I don't want to own a different make than Saab ... I love the feel, drive, look -- everything is me!"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best owned by a mechanic

By on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 181,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, milage, power, speed, steering, suspension,"

Cons: "Maintenence... it's a saab, looks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I love this car. I purchased it at around 176xxx for $1,800 a year or so ago. It is very responsive and squeals tires through 2nd gear and sometimes a glimpse of 3rd. Ever since I bought it though, I replaced: the radiator, drivers side control arm, air filter, Direct ignition cassette, clutch, slave cylinder, fuel pump, starter relay, Turbo by-pass valve, Crankshaft position sensor, Valve cover gasket, struts, and need a new exhaust system pretty badly. But I knew I would run into a generous amount of work when I bought it considering the miles and lack of mechanical history. This car does me good, sounds good, drives good, the stopping power is amazing on it, nice tight steering, power, response, I get approx 23.5 MPG averaged over interstate and town driving. Generally get around 26-27 interstate and `18-24 in town.(depending on how one drives) I plan on keeping this car when the engine blows and replacing it with a 2010 Saab 9-5 aero v-tech 2.3L V4. There isn't much to customize aftermarket wise, but what you can replace on it, makes it unique."

19 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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