What are the common pros and cons for owning a Saab?

What are the common pros and cons for owning a Saab? I'm particularly interested in the 9-5. I'm told repairs are costly. It seems Saabs are not listed in the "worst cars," but neither are they in the "best."

Craig P., Apple Valley, Minn.

Right off the bat, Saab gives you no-cost maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, which covers regular maintenance items like oil changes. The standard warranty is  good for four years/50,000 miles. After those terms expire, our five-year cost of ownership data estimates a fairly average repairs cost when compared to the 9-5’s competitors, the Volvo S80, Lexus ES 350, Acura TL and Audi A6.

Estimated cost of repairs for five years:

You pretty much nailed it with the “they’re not the best but not the worst cars” tag. Saab has been plagued with reliability problems in the past, but Consumer Reports ranks predicted reliability for the current 9-5 and 9-3 as average. In a recent Consumer Reports ranking of automakers’ reliability ratings, Saab ranked 25th out of 36 automakers, with CR listing the 9-3 as Saab’s least reliable model and the 9-5 as its most reliable; however, there are only three models in Saab’s lineup.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on March 7, 2008 in I'm Just Wondering , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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