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2007 Saab 9-5

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2007 Saab 9-5 Review

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Those who demand the sensible interior and firm driving feel of a European sport sedan, but also desire a vehicle not shared by every other premium sedan owner, should consider the Saab 9-5. Roomy, powerful and one of the few sedans in this segment still offering a manual transmission, the Saab 9-5 holds a strong appeal to purists who shun the overly high-tech approach and flashy styling so pervasive in today's luxury sedans. Available as the 9-5 Sedan or 9-5 SportCombi (the wagon), its Swedish heritage serves it well, excelling in the areas of safety, comfort, fuel economy and performance—without breaking the bank.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you think the best things about a European sedan are the powerful yet fuel-efficient turbo engines and the relative exclusivity, you can get both for an affordable price in a Saab 9-5.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Compared with some other premium European sport sedans, the Saab 9-5 is neither as premium nor as sporty. The absence of a V6 or V8 engine option may turn off some buyers.

What's Significant About This Car?

Two new packages arrive later in the model year: An Anniversary Package and the Aero Package (which replaces last year's Sport Package).

Driving the 9-5

Driving Impressions Around town, the Saab 9-5 is responsive, nimble and downright quick, benefiting from a turbocharger that delivers its influence politely but firmly. Predictably, the suspension hasn't been tuned so tightly...

that highway ride is anything less than pleasant. Only when you get that rare opportunity to really push the 9-5 through a few good twists and turns does the nose-heavy, front-wheel-drive 9-5 reveal its limitations. Still, even the sportiest sport sedans rarely get taken to task in such a manner, and so the 9-5 is sure to prove plenty entertaining for most.

Heated/Ventilated Seats
Cool-climate drivers and passengers will appreciate that front and rear heated seats are included as standard equipment. Those further south might be more interested in the optional ventilated front seats.

Dynamic Workload Manager
In driving situations that might demand heightened concentration, the 9-5 will delay dashboard warning messages and intercept incoming telephone calls to prevent distraction.

2007 Saab 9-5 Details
2007 Saab 9-5 photo Interior

A black-themed interior matches your choice of black, tan or gray leather seating with black carpet, black door panels and a black instrument panel. Though the 9-5's interior received a thorough revision last year, traditionalists can rest easy knowing the center console-mounted ignition key tumbler and three-dimensional grid air vents remain. Dark walnut trim gives way to metallic highlights in the Sport Package. A cooled glove box lets you pack lunch and a drink for the road. The 9-5 Sedan features a conspicuously generous trunk, while the SportCombi's cargo floor includes twin recessed aluminum rails that make it easy to secure loads. Most importantly, front and rear passengers are likely to find both the 9-5 Sedan and the SportCombi plenty roomy and comfortable.

Exterior
2007 Saab 9-5 photo

Newly redesigned last year, the 9-5 continues for 2007 relatively unchanged. Gone, for the most part, is the automaker's familiar three-port grille in favor of a face that's more aggressive, yet less distinctive. The design changes up front included a new hood, fenders and a lower fascia. Every 9-5 rides on split-spoke 17-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, a base Saab 9-5 features leather seating, power moonroof, 200-watt AM/FM audio system with XM Satellite Radio and a six-disc CD changer, automatic dual-zone climate control, eight-way power front seats with driver's side-memory, power windows/locks/mirrors, high-pressure headlamp washers, heated front and rear seats and a cooled glove box. Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, head and thorax side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability and traction controls.

Optional Equipment

The Aero Package includes a more aggressive suspension, sportier seats and metallic interior trim in place of wood. The Visibility Package includes xenon headlamps, auto-dimming outside mirrors, rear park assist and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Additional stand-alone options include a five-speed automatic transmission, OnStar, ventilated front seats and a DVD-based navigation system that bumps the six-disc CD changer to the trunk.

Under the Hood

The 9-5 is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine of 250 horsepower. Five-speed manual models benefit from a handy turbocharger overboost function that increases torque output to 273 pounds-feet in bursts of up to 20 seconds, and helps accelerate the 9-5 from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 6.9 seconds, according to Saab. With the automatic transmission—which features Normal and Sport modes—the same run takes 7.3 seconds.

2.3-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
260 horsepower @ 5300 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1900-4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (manual), 18/28 (automatic)

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2007 Saab 9-5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 402 Ratings for the 1999 - 2009 models.

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

Either Loved or Disliked Saab's Uniqueness is Best

By on Friday, June 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A True European Luxury Sport Sedan"

Cons: "Never appreciated by General Motor's."

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

"Coming from a family that purchased its 1st Saab in 1979 as a 3-door hatchback 900T, we have had as many as 7-Saab's amongst my parent's & siblings all at one time. My parent's had a Saab 3-dr 900 that was dad's, mom a 900 sedan and we had a volvo 240 DL wagon my senior year in high school. My father gave me the '79 900T as my college completion gesture and replaced it with a 1986 900S sedan, and my brother received our mom's '87 900 as his college completion gesture, and mom got a 1992 9000 CSE 5-door hatch. Fast forward to 2009, I purchased this 9-5 Aero as a dealer demo with 700-mi on it and added a 7/70k extended warr. to protect any harshness damage from demo use by dealer staff, as history taught use Saabs did need to be broken in over their 1st 2000 miles, with minimal high rpm use during this segment of miles/time. I have 2-2009 9-5 Aero sedan's as its the end of their body style life as well as the companies end is months away, 24-mo or less. I have a few special model that I have acquired over the yrs., and this 2009 9-5 Aero has under 15Kmi, while the other '09 Aero was never titled and has just under 300-mi on it. I have 3-900T SPG's years 85,87 & 89, and 2-1989 900T sedan's as it was the final year of the 900T sedan in that body style. We also have 2-1993 900T special edition 3-door hatch backs. I am a Saab enthusiast, and will always enjoy their uniqueness, for people either loved them or hated them. We now drive Volvo's as our primary SUV, a XC90 with the 6-cyl & a XC90 with the 8-cyl that we tow a boat with. Both are awd, one being oyster grey & the other willow green. Still seeking a 2011 Saab 9-4x that was not titled but are having some difficulty finding with under 300mi. **The Saab 9-5 that took the place of the 9000, is a great sedan that was targeted at driver's 50 & up, but with the Aero Trim, a whole different market was attracted. Still will always cherish the original Saab 96 which became the 900 in 1979, and the 1980's 9000 Turbo's, and the 2006-2009 9-5's. If you find or come across a 2009 9-5 with under 60k miles, grab it, its just getting broken in. They run 3-500K miles with regular maintenance. Plus prior to their demise, if your Saab reached 1,000,000 you got a brand new one free of charge along with a great article published about your story. You had to be the original owner and bought it new. There have been 2-3 in the North East who have benefitted from this level of accomplishment."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Very cheap, reliable car. It feels & drives great.

By on Thursday, June 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Way under priced, nice car"

Cons: "SAAB went bankrupt, limited parts for repairs."

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

"I was amazed at how much this car feels like an expensive touring car. It has great pick up when you mash the pedal, more than great, its actually fast for how big it is. Its very comfortable,especially if its fully loaded like mine. Im especially fond of the heated seats in the winter time. The audio system is top notch as well. I could nit pick at several minor things that have torn up with so little mileage but theyve been relatively cheap to fix. The headlights seem to be a problem with this model. Seems like I change em every few months. The very bad side to this vehicle is the fact that SAAB has went bankrupt so parts are limited. On the bright side you can own a $38000.00 dlr car for next to nothing. I love it......."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Sits well on the road.Sport but very confy!

By on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Nice car! Easy to drive! I had to change the alternator, the battery, some filters, the elevator from a window...no problem on finding parts, not expensive. Sits very well on the road. Good mileage on the hwy."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I bought this new and 11 yrs later I still love it

By on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sport suspension, manual, 250hp equal fun to drive"

Cons: "only 1 real front cup holder"

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

"-Very good car -Excellent rust protection (except trap between rear wheel and door) -Original paint was excellent and still looks great -Full leather seats comfortable and look great -A lot of minor features are standard- electronic dimming on rear view mirrors, rain sensing wipers, auto shutoff of all lights so you can't run down battery accidently, extra ground lighting when doors are opened, hard/foldable cover for rear cargo area"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent car; Very cheap to buy

By on Sunday, May 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "safe, fast, economical, reliable"

Cons: "rust low behind rear door, confusing dash."

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

"instrument panel controls are overly complicated. No other negatives. 11 year old car ...loaded...only failure at present is a weak alarm battery. Everything else works...rain sensor wipers, heated seats, park assist, backup alert."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good car for the price but average quality

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Confort, room, feature, power"

Cons: "Quality, Gas MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Got this 2000 9-5 SE wagon, 1 year ago, used with 71000 miles on it. first day, I changed the 4 tires which improve greatly the ride by eliminating some noises and vibrations and had the timing belt done on the V6($550) . I like the confort, room, power and all features it had. However I did have to perform some typical repairs for those Saabs. First I had to replace the engine mounts (Fronts), fix the blower motor (New brushes), fix the relay for the High beams (to solder a connector in it) and repaired the subwoofer in the trunk (new edge repair kit). As of today, I still have a strong noise in the transmission (wheels bearing?!) after a visit a repair shop, they said it might be from the transmission or CV joint. So there's some flaws on the quality. My car had only 71000 miles and luckily the heater core had been change by the previous owner because that's another 9-5's weakness.MPG= avg.20 So be careful on those issues and avoid this car if your not into mechanic."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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