Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 09:03:28 -0400
From: "Saintor" <>
Subject: Re: Opinions on new 9-5s (in the UK)?

A lot more troubles in 80000km that I would have expected from a 9-5! I was looking for an used, but this post is not encouraging. "Paul" <> wrote in message news:3ecea0f7$0$31516$ > > I've done just over 80,000 kilometres in the 4 years i've had mine (since > new) and whilst it did have some issues early on, they were all fixed during > the warranty period. The only thing that has failed in the last 12 months > has been the SID (saab info display) which had disappearing pixels. This was > replaced under the extended warranty with no charge (other than buying the > extra 2-year warranty 12 months ago). > > Wear and tear items replaced : > Front disk rotors machined or replaced (30,000 kms), > rear brake pads (or rotors - can't remember which now, at last service > 75,000 kms), > wiper arms (as blades are not seperate $A99 at 45,000 kms) > minor windscreen washer parts ($A15) . > Some rubber part under the front air dam came off - about $A120 to replace > as dealer said it was caused by hitting something (probably was, as I ran > over a kerb on a roundabout while on holiday). > > On my 3rd set of front tires (2 went flat), second rears. > Battery died again about 4 months ago. > > > Warranty problems fixed were : > > Failed Battery in first six months > Cruise control would not switch on - replaced switch on brake pedal (after > 2nd attempt). > Vanishing digits on computer > Vanishing digits on a/c. > Service indicator came on too early (10K instead of 15K). > Ash Tray wouldn't stay in. > Drivers door failed to unlock intermittently. > > Engine shuddered intermittently - dealer decarbonised head but problem > recurred so... > Valve lifters wre replaced with newer type. > Turbocharger unit was also replaced as deemed to be faulty. > CDI unit was also replaced as deemed to be faulty. > An oil leak was also fixed. > Was charged ~$A80 for oil. > > > Since then I have had nothing in the high cost areas yet. > > The car runs extremely well and has plenty of power (feels as though it is > just run in). > Chasis feels solid with no creaks, goans, shakes or shudders to speak of. > The cabin is still a very pleasant place to be. > > Oh and its a '99 9-5 2.3T base model - no sunroof, no electric seats in Oz. > > Regards, > Paul P. > > > I'd be interested to hear what people think of 9-5s, as currently > > being supplied new into the UK market. The recent JDPower report > > in "What Car?" magazine gave them a respectful write-up, but with > > (IIRC) warnings about ownership expense. Reliability of internal > > bits like controls seemed okay; but ISTR people here not so long > > ago were reporting this actuator motor or that switch collapsing, > > with serious consequent wallet leaks. > > > > Any thoughts -- especially on the base model 2.0-t saloon? > > -- > > Andrew Stephenson > > I'm not in the U.K

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