"This is my second saab owned in the past four years. The first was a 9-3 which by far was the best car I ever owned. It was smooth, quick, and handled awesome....all in all a very fun car. At 100k miles and no real issues I sold it to buy a new 2007 9-5. What I thought was that I was upgrading to the flagship vehicle, but in reality have been disappointed. Let's see: 1) several rattles and fit / finish issues that were fixed by the excellent dealership 2) Lots of road noises and vibration issues which prompted new tires at 35k miles...this seemed to quiet the ride somewhat but 3k miles later, the vibrations have returned 3) The Xenon headlights that continually flicker which are being replaced while under warranty as I am told it is a low voltage issue...what happens if this problem comes back while out of warranty? 4) Finally the grand enchilada...an oil leak at 38k miles from the rear seal...never saw a major repair coming with so few miles. I am having severe doubts about my future relationship with Saab cars. If I could get out from this vehicle I would ABANDON SHIP!"
"I traded in a 2004 Saab 9-3 for the bigger 9-5 to help with transporting the cubs. I got a $12k rebate from Saab which pegged the vehicle at $24k which I thought was a great deal for a car with a $38k sticker.
The goods - whizzy turbo engine which is plenty powerful for the car - 260HP is about the max you can run through the front wheels without getting too much oversteer. Seats are really comfortable, Harmon Kardon audio is great and, as others have said, the car is not cookie cutter. It's unique. 3 years serving is alos a big plus.
The bads - no real technology offerred, poor fit and finish - nowhere near Germanic and just a wee bit outdated now. I've had several Saab dealer visits for popping up speaker covers and rattles and now a faulty airbag sensor, luckily just within warranty. Not good for a prestige ride.
With GM set to jettison Saab, unless a good investor can be found, this will be my last Saab."
Pros: "Handling, Heads up display, lane departure, MPG"
Cons: "SAAB is in financial straights"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"2010 9-5 Aero: Has all options including the Technology package. Heads up display has quickly become an option both my wife and I really like (before getting it we thought it a waste but now having it we appreciate it.)
The XWD and power gives the driver a high degree of confidence in any condition.
The styling has had strnagers stop to give us compliments, something that we never had experienced or seen on other cars. Best compliments have come from Jaguar and BMW owners."
"Purchased last one on local dealers lot. Made stupid offer and he took it. SO Glad he did. Best car I've ever owned. Had 2 BMW 5 series 1998 And 2009. Both nothing but problems. This 9-5 turbo Saab has been completely trouble free to date unlike the beamers. I will never part with this car.....unless they make more! If you can find one buy it! I understand parts are essentially GM and most are relatively easy to get if they are not."
Pros: "Solid design and nice interior layout. Comfortable"
Cons: "Under powered and very stiff ride. High list price"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Went out on a limb to purchase based on all the corporate changes, but very happy so far with the car. At the price I paid ($30k) it's a good quality and conservative performing car.
Purchased the T4 Premium and overall the quality is nice and the convenience packages are more than adequate and well laid out.
Interior is roomy with great forward visibilty. Rear and side visibility is tight. You need to check blind spots twice.
Ride is very stiff. You can feel and hear every bump. Front end is low enough to scrape the ground even on mild dips on the hightway. The handling is tight and firm and might be a bit to tight and responsive if you're looking for a smoother handling ride.
Coming from a MB S430 and test drove my friends 2009 BMW 5, an 2008 Audi A6 and a new Infiniti M series. The 9-5 can't compare to any of them on performance, especialy with a price tag of $44k, but it does well against the next level down; C-series, BMW 3, Audi A4. Again, if you're not looking just for performance.
I also compared this to the Toyota Avalon LTD ($40k) and Hyundai Azera ($38 K). Avalon is a great car with lots of room and the Azera is loaded with features but both designs are boring and "old manish." For $14k less, it's hard to beat.
If you're looking for a nice, mid-range, semi-luxury car, this is worth a look."