I have a Saab 9-5 1.9 Tid diesel saloon in relatively good condition and 155,000km on the clock. Is it rated as a good automobile?
Filed under reliability - Asked by James Mc Greal (Drogheda) - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:04
It depends; do you mean the first-generation 9-5, which was in production from 1996 to 2009 or do you mean the short-lived last-of-the-line 9-5, which only survived in production for two years before Saab went bust?
If it’s the first generation automobile then the rating is a little mixed. It was always well thought of in terms of overall quality, comfort and driving dynamics, but there were a number of annoying, niggling reliability issues with that model, although at least with the 1.9-litre diesel engine you’re avoiding the troublesome 2.2-litre model.
If it’s the later, second-generation version of the 9-5 then it is indeed very well thought of, and generally considered one of Saab’s best automobiles. It’s just a shame that it was also its last.