Torque steer is minimal but it does exist. Yes Review Date: 19th February, 2013. They are there for people to use if you just want any car. As a result, the 9-5 offers a great degree of control and driver confidence while still providing excellent feedback. It allows the driver to maintain steering control when jamming on the brakes, while stopping the car in the shortest possible distance. Unless someone is in something very quick, they'd struggle to out accelerate you! The clutch is hydraulically actuated and feels spring. For its part, the Aero feels firm over quick, light bumps.
The steering remains very steady through this, although less so when the power is on. It looks sleek and is very fast. Handling and steering response are terrific. Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2014 Most recent year of ownership 2014 Engine and transmission 2. I decided to swap mechanics because the other ones didn't do good. It's not a drive me until I can't spin my wheels anymore; if that's your case, get a Kia then.
In the Normal mode, the transmission works like a normal automatic transmission. However, a 5-speed manual gearbox with a rather rubbery shifter is standard. Newly available for the Aero are the ventilated front seats, which make hot weather driving more comfortable. Saabs with manual transmissions have to be shifted into reverse before you can pull the key out. We prefer the Normal mode, letting the responsive five-speed automatic do its thing. So my first day I bought the car, it needed regular maintenance; disk brakes, rotors, new tires, new things under the hood. Model year 2003 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2011 Most recent year of ownership 2012 Engine and transmission 2.
I've had the older shape 9-3, which actually wears better inside. We found it made the shifting abrupt and less willing, however. Stereo system intermittently cut out. We found the five-speed automatic transmission very responsive, downshifting smoothly to the appropriate gear without wasting time. The Saab 9-5 is a wonderful car for working through freeway traffic. Mine was Black and still looked nice and up to date; I think they've aged pretty well. Like always, those used dealerships sell you cars that are unreliable from the moment they just figure out how to get the check engine light off, until you drive off with your purchase, when the check engine light comes back on.
Very, very comfortable seats, great aircon, nice and quiet engine, and even though it's the sports setup, it has a comfortable ride. No badges on the back and went like stink! However, the console-mounted power window switches would be more convenient if placed on the front doors. It helps drivers maintain control by selectively applying the brakes to individual wheels to correct a skid. Gas mileage is pretty lame considering the 4 cylinder engine. General Comments: The seats are great.
Five gears keep the engine revving in the ideal power band for better response. One day, while driving on the freeway, the check engine light went away and the car runs normal again. Coolant leak sorted with Radweld! Choosing the manual model allows the driver to change gears by pressing a pair of buttons on the steering wheel. The system also works when a slippery road causes the car to understeer. General Comments: What a fantastic Q car. A funny fact is that the check engine came on one day, and the code pointed out a failure on the boost control valve. Manual transmissions shift smoothly, especially when shifting between third and fourth gears.
For 2003, the Sentronic manual-shifting feature comes standard with all automatics. At 115,000 the alternator gave up. They have electric fans that draw cooling air in through perforations in the leather. The rear discs were made larger and were vented for improved cooling during hard braking. There is plenty of room for four tall adults who sit upright in the quiet, upscale interior. Gauges can be quickly read. Yes Review Date: 23rd July, 2014 Faults: During my year of ownership, the serpentine belt has snapped, and the convertible 5th bow has failed, which impedes the convertible from closing all the way.
Let's start off by saying why buy a luxury car if you don't have money to afford to keep up with maintenance? A 5-speed automatic transmission is optional, plus you also get ventilated leather upholstery, heated rear seats and an upscale sound system. There are lots of controls, but they are decently sized and can be sorted our fairly easily. Saab tested the system extensively in the slippery Scandinavian Arctic and at very high speeds at the Hockenheim racing circuit in Germany. However, not so sure about the interior wear; a lot of the soft touch surfaces wear away on these, which looks scruffy, and so do some of the button graphics. The Michelin Pilot tires on our 9-5 Aero were superb, quiet, yet responsive for handling and threshold braking. Brakes on the Aero were upgraded in 2002.
All you people who are looking for low maintenance cars; well Saab isn't your type of car, if that's what you're looking for. . It was revised for 2002 and offers plenty of utility, safety and comfortably fast driving over all sorts of roads. Rear door lock wouldn't work on the central locking loop. Because Saab limited the torque in first and second gear, they're not the best car for dragging off lights, but when they get going, these things have amazing in gear pull. The chassis jounces up and down a noticeable amount. Well at 100,000k miles cars tend to need big parts replaced.