The car turns into corners decisively, holds a line with good balance and feedback through the steering and produces little body sway. If you're looking for a reliable car that is cheap to fix, please avoid this car. Yes Review Date: 17th May, 2010 Faults: Very little. This car attacks corners and handles extremely well for a big front-driver. Other small items broke or stopped working. It's fast, fun to drive and it has character. The only better seats would be in a Volvo but these provide great support.
This car handles very well for its size, and has a lot of power, especially on the highway. Rear seats are reasonably roomy no car in this group qualifies as a limo and the 9-5's trunk was the largest of the group. It has comfortable seats, a handsome, roomy interior and an open feel of uncluttered outward vision. The clutch can be a bit jumpy when hot, and also makes a moaning noise when you engage the clutch when hot, usually only starting in 1st gear. Exterior: Love em or hate em, the Saab styling is individual, but this is a big solid looking car, with the slight Aero body kit hinting at its potential performance. Oh and front parking sensors but thats me being picky, and lazy. On the exterior, there is a very sleek and modern design Black that looks fantastic! The list goes on and on.
So obviously I luv this car! The dash cupholder is useless, but I just put aftermarket ones on the doors. Put your foot down enough and the high pressure boost certainly has enough powerful for good overtakes. I'm sure race enthusiasts know what I mean What could be better: Well, Saab are starting to bring out 4x4 versions. The chipped key doesn't always work, so I am not able to lock the car some days, but it typically starts to work about 30 minutes after the ordeal begins. Bought this Saab new in Sept.
All five-speed automatic-equipped models now have the Sentronic manual-shift feature with steering wheel-mounted controls. Replaced immediately by dealer who acknowledged the mechanic had not fitted it correctly when replacing all bulbs. Heated and cooled seats are super nice to have. There's just a hint of turbo lag when you first put your foot into it at low rpm, but it spools up quickly and howls down the road. At cruising speed on the highway, there's almost no delay when you move out to pass; you can leave it in 5th gear, wait a subliminal fraction of a second and then move out in a nice surge of strong, immediate passing power. One driver noted it feels almost like a really good 2-stroke in a dirt bike, a free-revving stump-puller that digs out and goes. After 13 and a half years I still look forward to driving this great car.
Performance: Having 250bhp using a high pressure turbo, this car can be driven very smoothly. The engine seems pretty lag free for a turbo engine but sometimes it seems as though the engine computer has to have a think before it will give you full boost. I get excellent gas mileage about 28 on the highway. I can see why this is as quick as a Porsche 911 between 40mph-70mph. Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2010 Most recent year of ownership 2010 Engine and transmission 2. Interior quality is fantastic, the leather seats are very nice and the most comfortable seats possible; the materials are very high quality and feel great. January 2019 - 152,000 miles and still loving it.
The acceleration is great, and I installed a high pressure turbo from an Aero, so now it really hauls! Yes, repairs can be expensive, but I've done much of them myself, and parts can be found on eBay and junk yards for cheap. Living in New England provides a great variety of road conditions that are easily met by this Saab. Not too bad considering, and the car was very comfortable. Get one before people catch on and the prices go up. Keeping the turbo gauge in the green will allow you to cruise with little fuss and the car returns some reasonable mpg. The paintwork appears to be of good quality, for a car that has done over 110,000 miles it has very few stone chips. The dashboard layout is a hat tip to the inside of an aircraft with everything working well and most controls easily reachable.
The final straw was at 96,000 miles when the throttle assembly went out. Ventilated sport seats are now optional on the Aero, while electronic stability control is now standard on all models. I have been left on multiple occasions without a vehicle for days at a time waiting for the parts to come in. The front passenger seat's leather ripped open slightly in February, too expensive to fix. I have the automatic transmission, and this car flys down the road!! Controls are self-explanatory and easy to operate, and fit and finish are first-rate. Alloy wheel rims cracked previous owner liked kerbs. Handling: This car won't win any awards for its handling feedback.
Ergonomically, the Saab also earned high marks in this comparison. Great when you are in the mood for an effortless drive, but when you want to get involved in the drive, it's a bit numb compared to some. Steer clear of this vehicle. If Saab was still in production today, I would probably keep the car, but the expenses are far too great for me to keep the car. If they could put their skill into making these 4x4 or rear wheel driven, and with a bit more driver involvement, they would handle even more power and would be one hell of a car. The only hint of vagueness anywhere in the car is in slightly rubbery shift linkage, which follows another Saab tradition by shifting with a muted thump rather than an audible click, but works fine nevertheless. The heating element in the front driver seat eventually burnt through the seat while I was using it, so I cannot use it anymore unless I want to burn my leg.