Saab

saab
9-5

#1

Is Saab still in business, and is it wise to purchase a used (2000) Saab ?


#2

Yes. They were recently bought by Spyker, which is a Dutch supercar maker. Most of the major parts in Saabs are still made by GM. I personally wouldn’t buy a Saab of that era. GM homogenized them so much, so they weren’t the quirky, cool car they used to be, and for me anyway, the only reason to buy a relatively unreliable car is because it’s quirky, cool, or fast.


#3

Let’s just say that you could make better choices than a used Saab of that vintage.


#4

The car is owned and driven by a mechanic. It has 120000 miles. It’s in very good shape. Why is it a “relatively unreliable car” ?


#5

Would the price ($ 1,800) make it a better choice ? I can only afford a car of that vintage.


#6

Just be sure to budget at least $500 a year for repairs–over and above the cost of routine maintenance. A car with 120k on the odometer will have unexpected repair issues, and Saab parts can be costly.


#7

Saab 9-5s have a consistent history of needing repairs, and those repairs are expensive (it’s Saab’s top car). They were worse to much worse than average on Consumer Reports.


#8

Reliability in a 10 year old car is mostly a function of how well it was maintained. If the previous owner can show that it was maintained well, you could have a good deal. And it is unlikely you will keep it another 10 years, so there should be parts for it.


#9

Thanks for the reply. You are more encouraging than most respondents.


#10

What about the 9-3 ? Is it equally problematic ? He has one of those too- his wife’s car ( he is honest. I know his wife does drive the car).


#11

I had a couple of Saabs 1980 900 was ok. I bought new in 1999 a 9-3 and what a pile of junk!!! At less than 10k miles the turbo needed to be replaced and the head gasket blew. It was under warranty and when the warranty expired I traded it in. It also had the worst air conditioner of any car I had.


#12

Any 10 year old car is a coin flip. It’s not the badge on the car as much as it is how it was driven and maintained.

Take it for what it’s worth, but as an ex-SAAB tech and current SAAB owner I think the cars are fine. Most of the people who came through the service department doors were happy with theirs.


#13

If you only have $1800 to spend I would avoid a turbo charged vehicle. Find a regular four cylinder with manual transmission and cross your fingers.


#14

The car is owned and driven by a mechanic. It has 120000 miles. It’s in very good shape. Why is it a “relatively unreliable car” ?

Unless he was a Saab enthusiast who happened to be a mechanic, I’d hardly call that a good qualification. Most wrenches I know are too beat working for high dollars to do their own car for nothing.

The most extreme case of this was a transmission shop. The owner had so much work that he drove a Class B RV to work and back. He couldn’t manage to make the cost:benefit break to interrupt the flow of outside $$$. YES, this was TRUE as strange as it sounds.


#15

BTW, is it a turbo-4 or the 6-cyl?


#16

I have read an I tend too agree that SAAB’s headed south when GM inspired V-6’s were introduced.


#17

Sort of. No.