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Pros: Turbo power on demand
Cons: Console positioned cup holder
Advice: Test drive it and 'open it up'.Have owned for 30 days and have driven over 2,000 miles through rain, snow, sleet and very cold and dry weather. It handles superbly. The 'W' button actually let's you feel the computer controlling the traction in the individual wheels. The 'S' button make this feel like a sports car. Braking is excellent and the 'feel' of the ASB is so slight you hardly notice it. Wonderful sound system. Exceeds my expectations. Well done Swedes!
Pros: Style, comfort, handling and performance are all excellent.
Cons: Out-of-warranty fixes can get pricy in a hurry.
Advice: If you are thinking BMX, Lexus, or Acura - look at the 9-5 first.My 2002 9-5 Aero is my third consecutive Saab purchase. Starting with a 1992 9000 Griffin Edition I moved on to a 2000 Aero Sedan and then just recently, purchased the 2002 Aero Sedan. Each car has been an improvement over the last in performance, while comfort and luxury have remained excellent throughout all three models. What sets the 2002 Aero apart is the increase to 250hp from 230 hp in the 2000 Aero. While 20 additional hp doesn't sound like much, it gives the Aero the last bit of punch needed to measure up against it's traditionally higher profile (and higher priced) competitors. Dollar for dollar in the luxury sedan category, the 9-5 Aero Sedan can't be beat.
Pros: UNIQUE STYLING
Cons: TORQUE STEER. LACK OF COMPARTMENT SPACE. CUPHOLDERS
Advice: NOT TOO MANY LEFT OUT THERE. BETTER HURRY IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THIS CAR. SAAB GIVING GREAT DEALS KNOW.THIS CAR IS FUN TO DRIVE. EXCEPTIONAL POWER FROM THE 230 HP TURBO. THE TORQUE STEER IS SOMETHING TO GET USED TO. ALSO, SEEMS TO PULL OR JERK TO EITHER SIDE WHEN DRIVING ON UNEVEN ROAD SURFICES. NEVER FELT ANYTHING QUITE LIKE THAT ON OTHER CARS DRIVEN. LOVE THE UNIQUE STYLING OF THIS CAR. I ALWAYS LIKED THE IDEA OF HAVING SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER GUY. TOP NOTCH SPORT LEATHER SEATING AND INTERIOR TOUCHES.
Pros: The Turbo - Acceleration and the security accessories, esp the Ignition Key
Cons: the poor marketing by SAAB
Advice: Fun car to driveFor a 4-cyl car, the acceleration is magnificent. I would say it is not better than a BMW like-model, but it felt better than the Audi 4 1.8T. The handling of curves is also magnificent - I actually took a sharp curve going at 40mph and traction was great. The driver seat is very comfortable, the controls are easy to understand, and the computerized electronics make this car one of the best technologically advanced cars I have driven.
Pros: Alarm ( doors, trunk, hood, interior motion, shock, and battery)
Cons: refrigerated glove box is overkill for interior features.
Advice: When you test drive, find a curvy road and step on it.For a car with 2.0 liter engine, this cars moves with the acceleration and top speed of much larger sport V6's. The handling is incredible, with a ton of mechanical features to make the car sporty yet smooth. I would never have believed that I would own a Saab. My dealer showed me a 9-3 convertible that had rolled into a ditch, slammed into the drainage pipe, and flipped end over. The occupants survived without a scratch and the convertible supports were still completely intact and rigid.
Pros: Sport Mode
Cons: In Console Cup Holder
Advice: Look at all 3 trims and pick the one that is best for youIf you need a wagon but want a fun ride, this is the vehicle for you. All of the Sportwagons will make you look in the rear view mirror to convince yourself you are not driving a sport sedan. If you like a manual but need automatic transmission, the Sport Mode setting should always be engaged and you will be amazed at the performance of the 3.0T V-6
Pros: Dash looks great.
Cons: Pop out cup holder is very flimsy.
Advice: Fantastic car. But can be very pricey without rebates.The car has great pickup and power. Fantastic turbo -- no lag before it kicks in. Great turning radius. Awesome drive. It's just as nice as my parents' E-class as far as driving style, comfort, and road noise.