These model years can still be a good buy but. I'd love to have a 9-5 with appearance package and ventilated seats for the summer. Yes, there is more interior plastic, replacing leather from earlier years, but the things that count - seats, ride, power, handling are all there or even better. With the introduction of diesel engines, the 9-5 lost a big part of its reliability reputation. The turbo seals wear and cause oil to leak into the intake system.
It's not the smoothest or quickest shifting transmission but many owners seem to like it. I really like the look of the 2006+. It's not necessarily difficult to but the cost of the turbo is higher than other models. Only 2 very little points; I personally would bet that part of the reason why Garret´s17 fail with around 100. Some like the 2006 re-design, others don't. I've decided to get a 2nd car to use as my daily driver so I'm torn between a 2008 9-5 or a 2009 9-3 2.
For all differences and updates through the years, see this thread with more information: Equipment levels: Linear: Base model with limited equipment. But what about a personal choice and opinion? I particularly like the downshifting transmission - on down grades, if you light brake for a few moments, the tranny kicks down one gear automatically. . This owner name is huerta: Another one aure , 2. The consensus is material quality has been going downhill over the years.
They really are good cars and reliability is probably best. This is an interference engine which means if the timing belt fails, pistons may hit the valves stuck in the open position. Check for rattling sounds indicating a worn chain, guides or tensioners. General The first generation of the Saab 9-5 was made from 1998 to 2009 1999 was the first year in North America. One of the most frequently asked questions is about purchasing a used Saab 9-5 and what to look out for.
It's not something to worry about on earlier models. I really do miss my 9-3 Aero and I've only found one 2. Just my 2 cents on this. I thought I would never own a 2006+ but my opinion changed after a few test drives. There are no issues with sludge or head gaskets like the 4-cylinder engines. While it requires some mechanical skills, it is relatively easy. Diesel engines Typical problems for the 3.
Or a 2006+ with all the updates and features but with better quality materials. There were 2 major updates to the model line through the years and they are commonly known as 1999-2001, 2002-2005 and 2006-2009. They have been proven to be extremelly unreliable. Timing chain The timing chain is reliable and often doesn't need attention for 150-200K miles. It should be replaced if there are no records at all. Anything I should look for as far as faults in a 9-5 when shopping besides the items mentioned above? When this happens, there will be a puff of blue smoke from the exhaust on start-up when the car hasn't been driven for 12 hours or longer. Saab improved on this through the years.
It's still safe to drive the car but the turbo has to be replaced sooner rather than later. Adding to the post on experience with 2007: I have owned an '01 9-3, an '02 9-5 Aero, and now the '07 9-5 Aero, which I like a lot better. But, unless someone does more than 20. The condition under the valve cover may give you a hint but dropping the sump is the best way to check. Investigate further if anything other than a 0 is showing.
As with many things, there isn't really a year of the 9-5 which you should avoid or buy. This will be a work in progress but the goal is to make one comprehensive post with all information that can easily be understood by the average used car buyer. The previous post is mostly facts. Full-synthetic oil was specified for the 2000-2003 Aero so those models are usually a safer buy when it comes to the sludge issue. As you said, only Aeros got in sooner years full synthetic oil. Arc: More luxury and equipment, comfortable ride Vector: Sportier version between Arc and Aero Aero: The sport model with lower suspension, sport seats etc. Very very great contribution this guide and great idea too! After many very expensive things to be fixed, at around 160.