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Pros: The leather interior and sports seats
Cons: The weak turbo-charged engine
Advice: Shop around!I was expecting so much more from this car but was VERY disappointed. It lacked acceleration. My turbo-charged VW Passat has with 60 less HP packs more power than the 210 HP Vector. The interior looked pretty cheap. The stereo system was a joke. The outside styling dwarfs the interior attributes.
Pros: understated and fast
Cons: a little soft of the corners...a little heavy upfront.
Advice: if you can't afford a 5 series BMW this is the next best thing.Just drove a 9-5 Aero, its a great car, good handling, fast with just a very little turbo lag. Great sound system, comfortable seats, does not corner like a 5 series bimmer but is a wonderful high way and city cruiser with lots of power to pass.
Pros: Distinctive style.
Cons: CD player controls aren't intuitive.
Advice: Splurge for the upgraded sound system.This is the first new car I've ever bought, and boy am I glad I waited! The car handles like a dream, rides like you're on a cloud, responds on the on-ramps, and really wow's everybody. The front seats are supportive in all the right spots and yet remarkably comfortable, and you can't beat the seat heater that gets toasty warm on a cold winter morning. Did I mention that the trunk is HUGE? All in all, this is a total-package deal: a stylish car that's truly a joy to drive.
Pros: The car
Cons: needs a multiple in dash cd
Advice: get the touring packageAfter testing the 9-5 I drove off in my 2002 Acura TL which I love, the Saab is far superior in feel, handling and just plain presence.
Pros: Styling and Handling, fit and finish, low wind noise even with SR open.
Cons: Tilt/Telescopic lever and turn signal lever felt really cheap.
Advice: If you're unconfortable being 'looked at', then buy something else.I'd never before considered the Saab; I guess because of its GM affiliation and my previous poor experiences with GM. I am glad I took the 9-3 Vector for a test drive. I was somewhat disappointed that the dealer (who was extremely accomodating BTW) didn't have a six speed manual. I had to settle for the Sentronic, which was fantastic in any other respect than coming off a dead stop. You press the accelerator, and wait a second for the turbo to kick in. I think having manual control over the revs and clutch would have made the experience even better. Inside, the cabin is everything I'd heard the Saab to be. Geared to the driver, displays are clear, the seating is firm and supportive, but comfortable. I found the styling especially refreshing as opposed to the 'cookie-cutter' approach of the Asian competition. I felt the Saab to be a relatively good value. Torque is strong and at low RPMs. Acceleration with the Sentronic was brisk in both auto and manual-auto mode once you were rolling and the turbo was spinning. I'm driving the 3.2 TL-S this weekend, as I have owned and loved Honda products. But I can safely say, that so far, the Saab is the frontrunner in contention for my $32k.
Pros: Heated & Cooled Seats
Cons: Single In-Dash CD
Advice: Get the AeroGreat looking wagon, with lots of interior space, safety features, good handling / brakes and great gas mileage. The real bonus is the power, it's just flat fast if you need to go fast. The interior is nicely appointed, not as nice as Audi(Tops) or Lexus but equal to BMW or Mercedes(really). It's a nice value with all the nice options except heated and cooled seats and BiXenon headlamps standard. OnStar is a nice feature that is standard. If you don't need the room of SUV or Minivan, for a family of 4, or 3 and dog it can't be beat.
Pros: Tight handling, classy design in and out, interestingly different.
Cons: Would like more power but 210hp version was over my priced a bit.
Advice: Try one, you will be glad you did.Like most of the other reviewers here I would have never expected to own a Saab, after I looked at the car in the showroom I was hooked. I took the “demo” out for a spin a was thoroughly impressed with the entire package. The few deficiencies (signal/wiper arm material less than premium) were soon overshadowed by the crisp fit and overall feel. The demo had the 16” optional shoes (Michelin) without the launch package and it still felt like it was on rails. The passive rear wheel steering is a work of art, it makes it turn like a rear wheel drive. I have since taken delivery of my own in Midnight blue with parchment interior and the launch package (sport suspension is worth the $). Wow! I worried about going from a SUV to a sedan in February in Toronto Canada but after running into a white out at 120 km/h into 5” of fresh snow my worries vanished. The Pirelli P6 all seasons and the alphabet soup of electronic safety features came together seamlessly and invisibly to keep things calm and in complete control. I have had a BMW 320i and an Acura recently and this is an all round better feeling car. For a large vehicle it is just as nimble as the go-kart like Integra without the under steer and the fit and finish is defiantly on par or better than the BMW. I’m a happy Saab convertee..