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A few months owning the NG9-5....thoughts
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Posted by tarheel [Email] (more from tarheel) on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 04:49:47
This is our 7th or 8th Saab. Last one was a 2006 9-5 Aero and Viggen convertible.
This car is different in so many ways. We have the 4 cyl Premium version without XWD and 76k mileage with all service records. Very large vehicle with tons of interior space. Love the dash and green lighting. Stereo is basic version, but sounds great. The non-navigation window is much better looking in person than pics.
Keyless entry and button start are great features as is the remote start for those cold mornings. Fuel mileage with 4 cyl is not great, but enough. Huge sunroof and power sliding cover are nice.
Ride is smooth and folks ask what type of car it is...it turns heads. The front seats are comfy and feel like leather while the rear seats are so vinyl and only look the part.
LED lights are faulty from factory. I had to install an LED taillight kit from ebay. Also, had to pull rear shelf to install new LED 3rd brake light bar. Plus, the long horizontal bar across the trunk is out..very common and there is a retro kit for it, but i have not done it.
The last mechanic added the wrong tranny fluid doing a pan leak fix and the car shifted hard at some points. This last week I siphoned 2 qts and replaced with 'Saab/GM' brand fluid and the roughness is almost gone. Will do this again to remove completely.
The 2.0 leaves tons of room under the hood to work. All hoses and wires are well routed and tied off. There is zero turbo lag.
Overall, for what we paid, i've super impressed and glad to have a larger Saab at home. My daughter took ownership this week so i feel comfortable with her driving a Saab and may get another one. If you are reading this far in...i'd avoid the V6 with XWD. I did a ton or research and those seem to have issues beyond the LEDs. I like the simple Saabs.
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