Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 23:25:28 -0400
From: Tom <>
Subject: Re: Should we buy a 1999 9-5?

On 21 Aug 2004 18:31:24 -0700, (R. Frist) wrote: >My lady must soon replace her car that was totaled by a drunken driver >last week. We have found what appears to be a very clean 1999 9-5 >sedan with automatic transmission at a good price. It handles well, >sounds great, and everything seems to work. I and my family have had >a number of 900s and 9000s since 1985 and I know most of their quirks >but I know little about the 9-5s. I am also a little leery about >buying the first year of a new model. > >I would appreciate any comments about the reliability or peculiarities >of the 1999 9-5 and what repairs to expect. It has 57,000 miles >on it which by my standard means it is barely broken in. > >Sincerely, R. Frist > >1985 900T, 5sp, 281,000 miles >1994 9000CSE, Auto, 190,000 miles >1998 9000CSE, 5sp, 101,000 miles I bought a '99 9-5 about a year and 8 months ago and am very happy so far. Previously had a '90 9000, which I retired at about 190k. The 9-5 took a bit of getting used to, it feels a bit "softer", if you know what I mean. Only problems so far have been a bad rear shock absorber (replaced under warranty), and a small leak in the AC system (cost me about $100 for two o-rings and a recharge). Good luck, whatever you decide.

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