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2002 Saab 9-5 Ratings

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Saab 9-5 2002
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    5/6/2010 5:14:19 AM

    2002 Saab 9-5

    Does Everything I want in a car

    Pros: turbo acceleration

    Cons: plastidc headlights

    Despite the seemingly fair reputation Saab has, I find Saab cars to be everything I want in a car. Because of that reputation, I can find great deals on used Saabs- the current one I own is my third. What I like is the power of the turbo with the great gas mileage. Just this past weekend on an 8 hour trip to the Delaware shore, I averaged 34 mpg, both ways. Also, the towing capacity is 2000 lbs, which is unusual for a 4 cylinder, and I am able to tow my camping trailer. I do admit they do need to update the styling.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    9/27/2005 3:13:34 PM

    2002 Saab 9-5 - 3.0t Arc Sedan

    Pros: I find the drivers compartment very comfortable and stylish.

    Cons: The rear end seems a little routine looking.

    Advice: Because of the turbo make sure oil changes have been done.

    Bought a 95 arc 6 months ago. My first european sedan. The car is fun to drive. Performance and luxury throughout. Would highly recommend a test drive. More reliable then people think, no problems yet, and what isn't expensive if large repairs are needed.

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    1/23/2003 3:15:10 PM

    2002 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sedan

    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.

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    12/5/2002 10:56:54 AM

    2002 Saab 9-5 - 2.3t Linear Wagon

    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.

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    10/16/2002 7:51:52 PM

    2002 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sedan

    Pros: uniqueness (ignition NOT on the steering column, among others).

    Cons: some cheap looking plastic trims in the interior.

    Advice: test drive the aero! you won't be disappointed.

    there are 3 9-5 models - linear, arc and aero. i test drove all of them in that order. the fun factor ascends in that order. at the end of the test drives, i got blown away by the aero. enough firmness/sportiness without sacrificing comfort and power that amazes. i also considered the BMW 330i, and the Infiniti G35. the Saab had the 'most' personality.

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    5/20/2002 7:35:18 PM

    2002 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sedan

    Pros: Extremely comfortable seating position. Easy to drive.

    Cons: Really haven't found it yet.

    Advice: If you're looking for performance get the Aero model with the automatic transmission.

    The newly designed 9-5 Saab Aero for 2002 has blazing acceleration from it's 250 HP turbo engine, excellent handling characteristics, and incredible comfort with it's bolstered seats. The suspension has been stiffened for 2002 and the 17 inch wheels allow it to hug the ground. The car has a wonderful feel and balance on all kinds of road surfaces. It's effortless to drive at low speeds. The new automatic transmission is a sealed unit designed to handle the extra torque of the increased horsepower. In addition to its normal shift pattern, the new automatic transmission has 3 additional modes, (W) for winter, (N) for normal, and (S)for sport. Brake disks are larger and vented, and the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) keeps the wheels from slipping and provides maximum traction on the road in addition to correcting for pitch and yaw. Check out the new bi-xenon lights that give off twice the lighting over halogen units. This vehicle is a fabulous piece of engineering with all of the accessories you would expect to find on a much more expensive automobile. Give it some consideration, you won't be sorry.

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    4/15/2002 2:38:35 PM

    2002 Saab 9-5 - 2.3t Linear Sedan

    Pros: The engine and road feel.

    Cons: I had to pay extra for leather. At these prices leather should be standard.

    Advice: Do your homework and get the right 9-5 for you. The Linear represents the best value if configured with the right options.

    A quality piece of work! The newly refreshned 9-5 is more refined in every respect. I bought the base Linear with a few options such as leather, stability control sysytem, and upgraded sound sysytem. Although I have the 5spd. tranny, the auto is especially good for those so inclined. I get all the performance I need while getting 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city. The ride is smooth and always controlled. Great seats and outstanding interior design.