Based on 395 Ratings for the 1999 - 2009 models.Review this car
By Ed on Thursday, February 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "$4995 OBRO"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"new battery, new alternator & belt, new turbo, brakes and struts, driven daily but very few miles."
By Fred Frog on Sunday, February 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,100overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great handling, hi quality for low price"
Cons: "May be hard to find dependable garage?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"If you are looking for a European luxury car, this one brings great value for the money. I bought mine used from Carmax in 2005 with 14k miles. I was a little worried about electrical or turbo problems, but this vehicle has proven to be rugged. Today I have 78K miles; I have only had to replace wear & tear items: one of the two mufflers, brake pads, tires, wipers. The Arc model has V-6 turbo; press the peddle when in Sport mode and it will push you back in your seat as it takes off. Because it is a V-6 I get about 19 MPG in the city, 22-24 on the highway. Because the car is designed with a low center of gravity, it handles and tracks extremely well. Keep your eye on the speedometer; you may be doing 80 when you think you're doing 60 on a straight stretch of road. Some people are worried about buying a used Saab because of the GM spinoff and subsequent bankruptcy of the independent company. The good news is: 1. Saab parts company, (now called Orio?) was always independent of the manufacturing arm. The parts company was always profitable and continues in business today. 2. This model was manufactured for several years. If you are looking at a 9-5 model 2009 or earlier, parts should be in ready supply. If you find a garage that is familiar with European or Swedish iron you should have no trouble keeping this car in good running condition for many years. The only thing i would change about the car: more supportive side bolsters for the front seats as you drive around corners and ramps."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Mebucko on Thursday, January 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "great handling great excelleration comfort"
Cons: "millage is 24-30 oil issue could have junked it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have always loved the SAAB cars. However after i purchased this one, I discovered a serious problem with the oil screen. After driving for a year replacing just the fuel pump, I took down the oil pan and discovered what they were talking about. The convert ions to fix this had been done on the car (not recorded) but there was still gunky issues with the oil pan and screen, not too bad but I had no idea what might have been used before me. after cleaning it all up and replacing the upper motor mount, I now use only top grade synthetic and change every 5,000. I love this car it handles great, good exceleration and deluxe comfort. too bad my wife drives it. HA !"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By WMassAero on Monday, November 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliable, VERY fun to drive, comfortable"
Cons: "Premium gas, expensive to fix, lack of cupholders"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great car. Quirky and quick! Gorgeous to look at. Seats are very comfortable. Interior is extremely well laid out. Good MPG. Expensive to maintain."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Scott on Sunday, November 17, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drivers car, decent fuel economy,"
Cons: "expensive to maintain, fuel grade requirement"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Its one heck of a solid built car weighing at 3500+ pounds, but its SOLID as can be for a 2004. Though it is a mechanics special, if you do not know much about cars, do NOT get one of these, some have their issues, others are great. From 2003 to 1998, these cars are Unreliable, and can need much work. 04' and on generally are rock solid, minus the turbo that has a life time of about 150K-200K. These cars do need 89AKI(Fuel grade) or higher due to the high compression engine. Parts are easy to come by, but genuine parts are expensive(but also are the most reliable). If you ignore the CEL(Check Engine Light) You are just building up one large bill. Though if you are willing to take care of its issues, it will reward you with a great driving experience, and not all to bad fuel economy(Im averaging about 23MPG combined on 93AKI). Manuals of this year will ALWAYS get better gas mileage. The auto transmission likes to be ran at less than 3K RPM to get the best fuel economy."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful