Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 11:07:59 +1100
From: Peter Wilkins <>
Subject: Re: Ok 9-5 owners, time for a review of your experience

On Fri, 8 Feb 2002 00:03:59 GMT, "Paul" <> wrote : >Not as problem free as many Japanese cars I have owned but similar to >experience with locally built 'Australian' cars. Fortunately a 3-year >warranty is standard nowadays so hopefully all the 'running-in' problems are >fixed. Long term is a concern though as warranty runs out in 5 months and >too many little things have gone wrong with it so are the 'big' things next I had my turbocharger replaced after 3 years. Apparently there was a bad batch. You could enquire about the Saab warranty extension - another 1 or 2 years new car warranty - for peace of mind. I took out the 2 year extension for $A980 incl GST. If something like a turbo charger goes, it will be money well spent. >? Safety, comfort, power and handling are fine for me and it is a class >apart from the Japanese/local cars. I wonder how it would take a hit in the >side by a chunky 4WD (SUV?), hope I never find out. I got hit in the drivers door in my last 900 by a spinning Ford LTD coming the other way. The door was bent in wrapped around the reinforcing bar, which fortunately held firm. I drove away uninjured. The LTD was a writeoff. The repair shop and the police reckoned that if I had been driving any other car (apart perhaps from a Merc or BMW) I would have been dead. That was a while ago, and other cars have improved safety remarkably , but so has the Saab. I think the 9-5 is safer than the 900 was, and has the side airbags as well. I too do not want to try it out again to prove it. -- Regards, Peter Wilkins

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