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Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 22:30:16 GMT
From: "Paul" <>
Subject: Re: Opinions on new 9-5s (in the UK)?

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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