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Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5

About Saab 9-5

When General Motors faced bankruptcy in 2009 and was forced to shed half its eight U.S. brands, Sweden-based Saab – acquired by GM years ago – was one that had to go. When early efforts to sell the company failed, it entered the Swedish version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, suspended operations and went into liquidation. But then tiny Dutch exotic sports-car maker Spyker stepped in and bought the proud "Born from Jets" brand and all its assets, with financing from the Swedish government and European investment banks. Saab then resumed operations as an independent automaker with its own design, engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing, and is again building mid-size 9-3 models while ramping up production of this larger all-new 9-5 luxury sedan.

2011 Saab 9-5
What's new for 2011?
2011 Saab 9-5

Although Saab's first post-GM product was actually designed and engineered under GM ownership, is based on GM's Epsilon II global architecture and is powered by GM-developed turbocharged V6 and four-cylinder engines, it's nevertheless strong on distinctive Swedish design and driving character.

2009 Saab 9-5
What's new for 2009?
2009 Saab 9-5

No major changes for 2009.

2008 Saab 9-5
What's new for 2008?
2008 Saab 9-5

New standard features include the OnStar Safety and Security package, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure monitoring system and leather sport seats.

2007 Saab 9-5
What's new for 2007?
2007 Saab 9-5

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

Consumer Reviews

Spectacular vehicle. Has style and techno luxury.

By on Thursday, December 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Design, performance, ride, handling, features."

Cons: "No backup camera or blind zone alert available."

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

2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Turbo 6 Sedan w/ Hirsch mod

"The 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero sedan has style, performance and luxury rolled into a technology package any driving enthusiast will enjoy. I opted to have the Saab dealer install the Hirsch performance mod boosting horsepower by 10% to 330 horsepower, making it a solid performer, doing 0-60 mph in the 5 second range. The car is loaded with options like paddle shifters, 10 GB hard drive for music storage, heated and cooled seats, DVD for rear seat passengers, HUD, and turns heads everywhere I go. I swapped the Aero's summer tires for speed rated Blizzak tires this winter. Pairing the winter tires with Saab's XWD, I now pull through the snow with ease. This is a spectacular car that doesn't blend with the crowd. I highly recommend it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Turbo 6 Sedan w/ Hirsch mod

Great Car - Horrible Resale Value

By on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

"This is a fantastic and stylish vehicle for the 30 something family man! This is my first Saab and is serving as a replacement for my 2003 Audi A4 Quattro. Although the car doesn't have the overall raw performance of the Audi, it does drive and ride quite nicely. The 9-5 is a large vehicle, but the turbo-charged 2.3L engine provides plenty of power when needed. On my last road trip I actually averaged around 34 MPG; something you normally get out of a much smaller car! I purchased my 9-5 with every available option...air conditioned seats are a nice touch! In relation to other European cars in the same class, the $43K price tag was a good deal. That being said; my 9-5's Black Book value only comes in around $20K...you do the math! If I had it to do over again I would have leased my Saab. This is a fantastic car, but just understand that the resale value of a Saab isn't very good...lease it!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The Perfect Midsize Sedan

By on Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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

"I've had this car for 2 years on a lease. It has great get up and go from any speed. It has excellent fuel economy. The interior is quite comfortable, with the best positioned cup holder I've ever seen. There's a roomy back seat and trunk. The dashboard controls are easily reached and intuitive. Handling is excellent; this car tracks very very well on curves At a moderate price, this car incorporates features of much more expensive cars, such as park assist, windshield wipers whose speed is automatically determined by the intensity of rain hitting the windshield, automatic deflection of light hitting rear view mirror, etc. etc. The AC is excellent. My one complaint is that the glove compartment has insufficient room."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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