Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 20:52:40 -0400
From: BRH <bhoenignospamast.net>
Subject: Looking for "Real-World" Info on 9-3 and/or 9-5


I'm considering purchasing my first "upscale" or "luxury" car and am considering Saab (either a 9-3 or a 9-5) among other manufacturers. Spending $30-$35K for a car is a considerable investment for me, but Saab caught my interest when I realized that they are part of the current GM "employee discount" promotion. On top of that, I have approx $1500 in points on my GM credit card, which (I think) could be applied to the purchase on top of the "employee discount". All of this makes Saab probably the most affordable line for me. So, I started researching Saab online, and I found references at Consumer Reports that are (unforunately) at least 18-24 months old. Although the 9-3 and 9-5 both got high marks for handling and braking, they got rather poor marks for road/wind noise and "projected" reliability. My present car is a 2001 Subaru Forester and one of my biggest complaints about it is excessive road/wind noise. So, I wouldn't want to experience the same thing with a new, more "upscale" car. And, of course, poor reliability would also be undesirable. So rather than relying on a magazine's ratings (especially regarding "projected" reliability), I'm hoping to get some real-world feedback on these 2 models from owners. Or perhaps someone can provide me some links to more recent reviews online. Are these complaints by Consumer Reports valid? Is road/wind noise excessive? Has the track record on these cars been poor with regard to reliability? How was your experience with the included routine maintenance, and with warranty work? Any thoughts about this would be appreciated. Thanks!

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