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Cons: Stereo needs to have a liitle more
Advice: Buy one while you canThe look is what first got me. I like subarus but they are everywhere. The 92x is one way to own a subaru that looks much better. It drives as nice if not better than my 325 xi. I drive it 100 miles a day and I love it. If they were to keep making them after 06 I would buy again. Have 25000 miles and no problems!!!
Pros: I love the chic look of this vehicle
Cons: The front bumper is so low that you have to CONSTANTLY be aware of not scraping it while parking, or going out of driveways.
Advice: GO FOR IT!This car is fantastic! It has so many features and is very luxurious. The quiet motor and quick acceleration makes driving this car a lot of fun. It handles really well. The seats are very confortable. The sound system is excellent, although it takes a bit getting used to the controls. There are a lot of bells and whistles that make this car such a joy.For example....cooling glove box, water jets on headlamps, small pass-thru from trunk to back seats.
Pros: acceleration and handling
Cons: computer/radio controls
Advice: get it with heated seats and moonroof.The car is nimble and quick though there is a very slight but brief lag from the turbo when you step on it. The car feels well put together, sturdy, compact, and safe. The radio and computer are not simple to work but most of the features are not really necessary anyway. The car has a tight feeling both in terms of steering, control, and general cabin roominess. The option to shift manually is a welcome feature especially when you want to stop more quickly. The brakes are excellent as well and the downshifting and braking together brings the car to fairly quick and sure stops. Although slightly noisy when accelerating hard especially when the air is also on, the car is generally quiet enough. Great car overall.
Pros: Unique/Intelligent styling and design
Cons: No intelligent cruise control(radar maintains distance between vehicle ahead)
Advice: Check out a 525 or 530 and then this car, you'll buy this one.Quick and fun to drive. I know that some find the center ignition and quirky controls such as the tiny button next to the mirror control that adjust passenger side mirror for parrallel parking to be annoying, but I agree with saab engineers that they make the most sense. You feel very comfortable and in charge when seated in the 'cockpit'. Seats are great and the night panel switch is ingenious during long night drives. Also, the ventilated seats are worth every penny. I can't believe some of the reviews that this car has recieved. My wife and I were looking at either a 9-5 or a BMW 530 and found that we liked the saab much more. I cant see spending an extra 15k to 20k more to be part of the 'beemer' club. The saab was faster and more comfortable. Granted, I really liked the 'i-drive' system and the power shade in the BMW but it just doesn't compute for me. The saab even had quite a few essential options for us that we would have to special order in a BMW. Such as rear folding and rear heated seats, as well as ventilated seats. Overall, if you want a great road trip car that is fun to drive and that has it's own personality rather than conforming to the norm, I say the 9-5 is the perfect choice.
Pros: How it handles
Cons: Interior design is very functional but errs on the side of simplicity
Advice: Look for discounts because this car is not going to stay in production for much longerI've had my 2006 92X linear for less than two months and I've already put over 5k miles on it. So far I have been very pleased with every mile. I can honestly say I look forward to driving this car. It has all the good qualities of the Subaru Impreza and none of the bad. It handles better, is MUCH quieter, looks quite a bit better (in my opinion), and has a better waranty. It inherited Subarus AWD which handles better than anything else on snowy/icy roads (I live in Utah), get's great gas milleage for an AWD vehicle, has decent power for a 4 cylinder engine, and after driving for 9+ hours I hop out of this car without feeling even slightly sore of cramped (I'm 6' 2'). I also test drove an Imprezza, Audi A3, Mini Cooper, new Beetle, and Honda Civic. The choice was easy. The 92X was the perfect balance of everything I was looking for. The A3 was better in some ways but much more expensive and head/leg space wasn't as comfortable.
Pros: The Seats and the power from the turbo
Cons: cup holder
Advice: Compare it to BMW or MB and you will see what a buy this car isBest ride for the $$$
Pros: Turbo rules in the mountains
Cons: Never been able to program the housed garage door opener
Advice: consider stiff suspension26,000 mile update: Dissapointments: No more SAAB loaner cars in Colorado at dealers when they are fixing yours. This was a major selling point for me, now I get a Chevy Malibu. Noisy brakes. I'm learning the soft brakes stop you quickly but produce excessive dust and parallel parking always means enough noise from the brakes to annoy your passengers. A few rattles in the doors came and went in the last 2.5 years. One of the rear safety belts stopped buckling, covered by warranty. The positive is I still love driving my SAAB in the mountains. Its great on ice and will run with any street legal car out there,once you get to 3rd gear. Test drive a SAAB and you will probably buy one. I just hope my small problems stop when the warranty expires at 50,000 miles.