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Advice: Compare with other cars before buying.I actually bought the 9-5 and then within two weeks decided to trade it for another car. The seats in the 2005 9-5 were uncomfortable for a 200 lb. adult. The seats in the older Saabs that I have owned were much better. The car performed very well, and this car has plenty of acceleration with the Turbo...with little lag. Cornering and manuvering was excellent. Overall design of this car is excellent. A bit expensive when compared to other vehicles in this class.
Pros: Quiet ride; Handling; Warranty
Cons: Low armrest in middle...(I bought raised one as accessory)
Advice: Take professional reviews with a grain of salt...Go out and test Saab vs. Subaru for yourself...No comparison...What a great car...Have had mine for only a few days now and a couple hundred miles...Manual tranny; Linear...More than enough power in 2.5L...Great handling...Virtually no road noise...Much smoother ride than Subaru...I tested both and ride in Saab does not compare to Subaru...However...AWD system of Subaru is time-tested and one of the best, so I am extremely happy to have this in the Saab...Can't beat 4yr/50000 mile bumper to bumper warranty as well as 2yr/24000 mile included scheduled maintenance...and getting a loaner car whenever car is in the shop...Hopefully very rarely...and lastly price...Great incentives right now...Paid 19K for base model...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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