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Over the years we have owned many Saabs, beginning with an old 900, bought with 30,000 on the clock, P/xed with 85,000 and costing us under £1 in non-routine parts in the interim. Tha started our love of the marque.
The only one we found in any way unreliable was our first 9.5, which was one of the early ones. It needed a new fuel pump and some electrics in the engine management system and the SID lost pixels. The dealer replaced all of these under warranty despite that fact that one of the problems was a bit after the warranty expired. They replaced the SID with a more expensive version too.
We have had two further 9.5s (saloon and estate) since and find them to be powerful, incredibly comfortable and very reliable. They are also among the safest cars you can buy. Have also had Near top of the range BMWs and Alfas, but we much prefer the Saab as a package (although if there is a production car more fun to drive than an Alfa I have yet to drive it)
The downside is that they are not fuel efficient and routine servicing and spares is expensive ( a set of new front tyres from a discounter was £260). They are supremely comfortable for long trips. I can do 250 miles without stopping, have a meeting, get straight back in the car and do another 250 miles non-stop and feel fresh as a daisy when I get out of the car...and I am over 50. They are big to put in car parks, but they manoeuvre well and you have a huge amount of load space. The biofuel car is a great idea but it is almost unobtainable, so it runs on unleaded. I average about 30mpg in mixed motoring biased towards long trips. The flexibility of the climate control system could be improved as could the windscreen wipers (the rain sensing wipers are a gimmick, really). The parking sensor system is a must on the 9.5 estate.
One of the real plus points is because they are front wheel drive, you don't lose any rear leg space - with 4 tall people that is a great boon. Have never been in any car as comfy for tall people in the back on a long trip. They also have great acceleration above 60 mph - useful on motorways.
I also like the way the key is between the front seats and locks the gearbox in reverse. Steering column locks are hopeless and keys sticking out of the side of the streering column are frequent sources of knee injuries. Saab are heavy on safety features. The display is also a model of clarity and unfussiness.
The Saab won't be to everyone's taste. They also depreciate faster than Mercs and BMWs, but are way more interesting to drive than similarly-priced models of those. You also get a lot of things in a Saab as standard that are extras in those, making them very good value new.. Once you have the bug it is difficult to change, which is why their owners are very brand-loyal.
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