2006 SAAB 9-7X

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174,605 Miles
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Vehicle Details

Mileage: 174605
Color: BLACK
Body Style: Sport Utility
Trim Level: 5.3i
Doors: Four Door
Transmission: 4 Speed Automatic
Engine Type: 8 Cylinder
Drive Train: AWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Cleveland Heights, OH
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Great experience!

4.8
SL on 11/25/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Quality Of Work: 5.0 Friendliness: 5.0 Pricing: 4.0 Overall Experience: 5.0

This was my first foray into purchasing a car. After the frustration I experienced communicating with other companies and dealers, working with Motorcars was a breath of fresh air. Igor, my salesman, was attentive to my preferences and did not apply any pressure on me whatsoever. Derek provided helpful information and answered my questions thoroughly. Ryan, the finance manager, was efficient and organized, as well as responsive to my questions. I would definitely recommend Motorcars to anyone searching for a vehicle!

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
  Based on 43 reviews

Lowest Mile Example 9-7x Left In The USA !

5
Saab Fan on 10/31/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

The best used SUV you can buy under 6,000

5
Mark Massey on 10/27/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating: 5

Probably the absolute best value in a used SUV!

SAAB-Y!!!

5
Eugene on 09/15/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

What a great vehicle! First let me say, do not worry about what KBB, NADA, Black Book, and Edmund’s say about price. These are fetching $2-5k over book value due to rarity and style. For my location it stated $5500-7500, of course since my state gets tons of snow for 6-8 months out of the year, 4x4 / AWD vehicles carry an extra premium beyond that, and these sites / books never take location and needs / demands into account – The initial asking price was $12000, got it for $7500. As stated my state (Alaska) has a huge premium on 4x4 / AWD, especially as winter approaches. Currently on EBay these vehicles are listed around $6500 to $12000. Mine only had 84400 when purchased this summer, which is low for a 10 year old vehicle. -The other reason for purchasing - my last car was a 2014 Cruze with 23k miles. It was horrible!!! Worst clutch ever, and had no power, and took a $1500 hit because the front seat was killing my lower back, my wife and kids hated it, and was tired of being kicked on trips, plus my wife is unable to drive a manual due to spinal fusion. Hate to step into an older vehicle with more miles, but it has been well worth it, and stepping up from a car with a mere 138hp and 128tq into something over double the power was also well worth it. My Cruze weighed over 4200 pounds with 138hp and poorly a placed torque curve -The 9-7X’s power feels tremendous since 90% torque is available at 1700rpm and continues this path through majority of its power band. Having owned a few sub 7 and 6 second cars over the years, this one feels a bit quicker than the 7.6 quoted in Car&Driver. Reason for this? If you read their articles, most long term testers lose anywhere from 3-7/10th after 40-60k miles. Engine tolerance has been so thigh this last 20 years, many vehicles actually feel stronger after a couple years of ownership. However, this is ‘butt’ of the seat feel from experience. My guess would 7.2 seconds to 60 with a good launch. Only did this once for test drive. Either way, it has plenty of power for most people and will easily walk people from a light if you’re not careful. Most often I only need 1700-1900rpm to maintain a slight lead at stop lights. The 4.2i pulls nicely with a unique, but similar straight-6 sound. -Okay, parts are hard to find, and would purchase an extra set of vents and safely store them because eventually the originals will break while detailing. Same with the radio and climate control, these have paint wear, and there are few options to restore these. -Some articles say this vehicle is not worth it, but if they’re actually to drive a regular Trailblazer, Envoy, etc, it is a night and day difference. The 9-7X has airbags in the rear for starters, and the general suspension geometry was completely recalibrated with better struts and components. Having driven my uncles Trailblazer with new struts, my 9-7X with original parts easily out shines it with handling. The SAAB feels like a different vehicle all together since the interior fit and finish is superior, plus the handling is just so much better. -Basically, do not read those articles. Trust me, go drive a Trailblazer and then drive a 9-7X. The best part is Trailblazer are everywhere and this should not be a problem. Also, Trailblazer are typically priced similarly to a 9-7X and the SAAB has far more features. -Gas mileage is great considering weight and power. I average 18 in mixed driving, but on one trip was 23 mpg for over 200 miles. Besides, my wife has a 2016 Escape and she gets 28 combined with 33-34 on the highway – so this is not our long distance hauler. Basically this is a very personal feeling vehicle. Hopefully this review conveys that.

How I Love SAAAB

5
Same as above on 02/23/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

You will fall in love with this Saab. Great handling extreme comfort. Long trips in a SAAB is very comfortable it will become your baby being either male or female gender.

Wonderful SUV

4.8
mt_man on 02/09/2015

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has been great and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The car looks great inside and out (from the front). The ride it terrific and the handling is great for an SUV.

Good SUV, but short-lived

4
Saab Guy 2500 on 08/25/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought my 2006 9-7X 5.3i a little over a year ago with 56,000 miles. It has been a good vehicle, but I recently have had several complications with it. When it turned about 65,000 miles, I noticed that there was a lot of wind noise on the highway. It sounded like the windows were not shut. I had the doors bent and seals replaced, and that fixed that. Then while gassing it up one day, I started it to find that the gas gauge read that it was empty and I had just filled it full. This was quite a spendy procedure to fix, as the gas tank had to be dropped from underneath. Also, the ride tends to be rough and bouncy. My biggest complaint is the poor MPG (I average 13 in town, 17 on highway).

Great Family Car with Sporty Feel

3.9
Great Family Car wit on 04/21/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This car is fully loaded. Nav, DVD, V8. Handles great, is very reliable. Our daughter feels like the car is part of the family. Great in snow and is faster than my BMW.

Frustrated and Fearful

3.6
Frustrated on 01/22/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I've had my SAAB 9.7x just over 2 yrs. Mileage at purchased 23,000. Before my 9.7x, I owned 1998 Lexus ES and 2002 Audi A6. I travel three months out of the year averaging about 300 additional (highway) miles per week. Repairs to date: over $4,000 from wheel suspension and other minor problems. Last week, the fan for heat stopped blowing @ $340 (I live in Iowa); to the most recent problem--the fuel connector quoted at $700+ (fuel shows on "empty"). And now, I have concerns with performance. All this at 68,000 miles! I change the oil every 3,000 miles, align wheels regularly and do the regular checks on all fluids. Sound system gets hot when on for too long. I'm fearful of what's next

Great buy

4.9
Dave on 09/12/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my 06 9-7x 5.3 I have owned many SUVs and this is the best one. 300 hp and I can get 24 mpg on a trip. The interior feels strong and solid unlike my old Nissan.

Terribly disappointed

3.1
Terribly disappointe on 07/22/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I have been a Saab fan for years and have really never heard anything bad said about them. I bought mine used in June, 2009. It only had 38,000 miles on it. I had it in the service repair shop 4 times in the first month of ownership. Twice for suspension problems and twice for door seals. The suspension seems to be ok now but the seals obviously are not. It still sounds like the windows are down when riding above 45mph. The MPG is HORRIBLE! It gets 12, sometimes 13 MPG around town (not heavy traffic either). It has only gotten 16 on the highway. I will not fault Saab. I fault GM for trying to tweak a normal American SUV into a Saab. Maybe I just got a bad one.

Converted to SAAB

4.8
richard on 06/29/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my 9-7 for $14,000 with 35,000 miles. I recently hit 52,000 and the only thing I have replaced are the original tires and standard oil changes. Sweet ride with adequate power and great looks. I have three kids who play sports and the 9-7x has been a great animal and kid hauler. I average 18-19 mpg in Atlanta city and hwy traffic. Best value on the road!

Good Vehicle for Price

4.5
AK Driver on 05/21/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I purchased this vehicle for my wife to transport the kids around. It is very comfortable and roomy for a smaller SUV. The engine does very well for an I6, but fuel mileage could be better (I guess you can have one or the other more power less mileage or more mileage less power). Bought it used and a good investment so far. Had a slight alignment issue, once fixed have had no problems. One frustrating thing is it is very hard to get accessories for this vehicle. Overall good vehicle for the price.

I see another one about once a month...

4
3saabmike on 04/25/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this SUV. I needed an SUV for work as I demonstrate medical equipment and have to carry around equipment that weighs 300 pounds and is about the size of a small dresser, so I looked at the SAAB and was impressed. I had driven a Trailblazer for 100k miles before this and there is no comparison. I like the sophisticated looks and the fact that when it breaks I can take advantage of lower priced GM parts bin stuff. This is the main reason I didn't buy the Cayenne. I am at 40,000 miles right now and nothing has gone wrong. The only thing that wore prematurely were the brake rotors at 22,000 miles, which wasn't bad as it only cost a few hundred bucks to fix.

Get one if you can

4.6
Steve on 04/16/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Our 97-x replaced a leased Honda Pilot. We weren't sure at that time whether we had made a good decision... but after a few weeks it was apparent that we got a lot of SUV for the money. Three kids (two in booster seats) fit easily into the rear seat, and there is at least as much storage room behind the seat as the Pilot (maybe even more). The front seats are very comfortable and we really like the dual climate control, since my wife is always cold and I'm always warm! The 18 inch tires provide a very smooth ride. We bought is used at a great saving from the original price and so far it has been worth every cent. I would recommend this SUV.

So what if it's not built in Sweden

4.5
saabwonkka on 12/22/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been a Saab fanatic and have had numerous Saabs from classic 900s to a Saab 9-5 Aero wagon. I was skeptical to even consider a "Saab" built in Ohio. So let's get a few things straight, yes it's based on a trailblazer/envoy and built in the USA, it's a great all around SUV for everyday use. It has just enough ground clearance to get through those plow piles at the end of your driveway. The all wheel drive system works great when you need it (no you 4wd people, it doesn't have locking diffs or low range 4wd) but how often do you really need that stuff. The 9-7x has been reliable and comfortable. It won't take you across the Sahara but it will take you anywhere you "really" must go!

Run

2.3
Paul on 12/11/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Best thing about my Saab is the extra 100,000 mile warrenty I purchased. Car has 48,000 miles on it. Without that extra warrenty I would easily be out about 5k by now. New accelerator, two new starters, two new windshield wiper pumps, new computer....there might be more...the past year is a bit of a blur to me at this point. Anyone want to buy a car?

Can't Go Wrong

4.9
DDW on 11/25/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Very happy with this luxury SUV. Bought it used. Added Techron fuel system cleaner and got 2 MPG better than before. To connect my iPod, I had an iSimple installed to the existing Bose system. Works and sounds great! Stock tires don't work well in snow, so I put on Hancook Icebears and now can go thru anything and do not give up much on dry roads. Fuel economy suffers from the 3.73 differentials versus the 3.45 on GM cousins, but low gears do improve the get up and go. With 277 lb-ft of torque, they could have made the down shift from 4th to 3rd later. This thing spends more time in 3rd gear than our Pontiac Vibe.

Good for $? Yes it could be.

4.5
T on 09/26/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Just got a 2-year old certified one. Can't beat the value for what they go for nowadays. (with the heavy incentives, the 08 new models would be an attractive option too.) Understand that one of the biggest complaints on this vehicle is the fuel efficiency, but when you do the side-by-side comparisons AND THEN calculate it into additional costs for the duration of your planned ownership, well it made the financial sense for us and we were happy to get into this semi-luxury SUV in a heavy snow prone area that we live in.

Entertaining Platformed Vehicle

5
ghack on 03/24/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Considerable sportier handling than its other shared platform vehicles. Any issues that have occurred, dealership has the utmost professionalism in correcting the problem with few questions asked

My car is in the shop while I'm typing!

2.6
NUBULLY on 01/07/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Run away from this SUV. When we leased this SUV, GM had a promo: give us 27 months. Well, this morning when I tried to start the engine it turned over but did not start (for the 5th time). I have 4 more months until the 27 months are up. I gave them 27 months and I know to stay away!!!! THIS is why you lease autos, if I purchased this SUV I would be out my mind right now. The car drives nice but it gets horrid gas mileage and its been in the shop a lot. The interior fit and finish are still good. The XM/Radio antenna wasn't installed properly as well as the R/S mirror was 1/2 installed when we took delivery. NYBULLY

Solid SUV regardless of origins

4.8
Tom A on 01/28/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Yes, it's a pretty mundane GM truck underneath the Saab-designed exterior. But it's got a great engine that gives fairly good fuel economy for the class, and the ability to tow more than its competitors. Plus it's more refined and better to drive than an Explorer, Grand Cherokee, 4Runner, and the like. And it's got great value. But more importantly, it's not like I'll lose it in a parking lot.

Great value but expect some issues

4.1
BCR on 01/12/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

If you can get this vehicle for under $35k you would have a tough time beating the value in the higher-end SUV market. It looks great (inside and out), is roomy, and the ride is OUTSTANDING. Saab-GM have done a great job improving the suspension, lowering the floor one inch (makes for easy in and out), and soundproofing the vehicle. If you have small ones, you'll love the latch points for car seats - they are extremely easy to get to. 4.2 has plenty of power. We live at high altitude and it takes climbs well. Disappointments - low beams and lumbar support did not work on delivery. Battery went dead after having the radio on for 10 minutes (battery power only). More storage please!

Saab 9-7X, much better than you think...

4.5
dawgpound55 on 11/15/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I was anxious about trading in my 2000 9-5 Aero for the 9-7X because of my perception of it's lack of refinement. It truly has been a better vehicle than I expected, and I'm glad to have stuck to the Saab brand for this purchase. It has decent acceleration, handling and breaking and appears to have good fit and finish. I wish that it had a six speed auto (or even a 5 speed) but the transmission is smooth and seems to keep the engine well within it's broad powerband. Although it has a solid rear axel, it doesn't hop over rough pavement as I expected. Styling is personal, but I believe that Saab did a nice job putting their touches on this vehicle. I have gotten many compliments on its looks.

Great Luxurious SUV

4.3
Mary Ann on 09/08/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car has a smooth ride. I have not seen anyone down here in the Rio Grande Valley with one. So it's fun to see people stare at it when I drive. The car is perfect for my son and I. I've really enjoyed it.

Good Car for the Price

3.6
kayvan on 09/07/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

It has good acceleration, handles well on corners, fuel economy could be better, it's hard not to push the gas pedal. It comes loaded with a lot of features, overall a satisfied customer. Looking forward to driving it in the snow.

2nd look at Saab 9-7x

4.4
Smitty on 08/27/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I am happy with my purchase of the 9-7X. I love the ride, handling, power (V8) and the interior and exterior appearance . For the money the 9-7X is the best buy. You get loads of standard equipment that you will really use in your day to day driving and not standard equipment that you will never use like off road package. There were only two options (Nav and DVD entertainment) for the 5.3i which i got and just love. Also, the optional 18 inch Brightly Polished split 6 spoke rims are beautiful. these rims make the vehicle look even sexier. Saab did an excellent job on these rims. Good job to the Saab engineers for really making an enjoyable SUV!

new owner

4.1
nj driver on 08/21/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I was not happy with the whistle coming from my tires but came to find out it is a defect which will be fixed this week. A left axle problem I miss space for items around the front seat but love the easy access to everything. Back seat passengers complain about stiff back seat backs. Drove my daughter out to college with 4 x 8 uhaul trailer and it averaged 16 miles per gallon and handled well. I enjoy my suv but would like better mpg. Enjoy yours!

Quiet ride/Great SUV

4
JW on 07/30/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I think it is worth paying extra for the Saab version of the GM SUVs. The ride is as quiet as a lux car. No rattles or unwanted sounds. Handling is very good for an SUV. Forget the V8 unless you are heavy towing. The V6 is more than ample for day to day driving.

Saab 9-7X (8 Cyl.)

5
kevinps on 07/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car rides smoothly and quietly, and the gas consumption isn't that much more than the 9-3.

The Non-Swedish Saab

4.6
casey on 07/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Being one of the first driving this Saab in the Netherlands it is a pleasure driving it. Saab tried to keep the sales price low compared to its european competitors. Giving some success so far. As hardly anybody knows the car, you get a lot of attentions from others. It is a pity that the gearbox has only 4 and not 5 gears. Let's see if this Saab will meet the elk-test in Schweden. A small pity is that the specific US-features do not work in Europe.

Excellent All Around SUV

4.9
Jack&Karen on 07/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Leased a 9-7X for my wife and she absolutely adores it. We don't have kids so it's just the right size. Everything is extremely smooth operating, fit and finish are great and the structure is very rigid. It's hard to believe it's based on the Envoy chassis... it really handles great (the Envoy is a great truck but it handles like a truck when you hit the corners). I would recommend this vehicle to anyone that would enjoy a mechanically sophisticated luxury SUV.

The 9-7X Saab Story

4.8
dtrotter on 06/19/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

While looking for a replacement lease vehicle I was interested in the value proposition of getting an SUV with the most luxury and perfomance possible for the price. The Saab 9-7X absolutely delivered. Admittedly, it's not the best luxury SUV available, but with a full option list and V8 performance it beat comparably equipped competitors by $10,000. And while the Saab faithful might not embrace it, it made someone who never would have considered a Saab a convert. The 9-7X provides a solid integration of performance, luxury, ride, braking, handling, and ergonomics, and does so while looking great as well.

It won't let you down!

4.6
demetri on 04/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Ok, so it's a GM deep down ... once you get over that you'll see how fun it is to drive. The suspension is tight (I used to drive a G35 - hard - and I honestly don't miss it). The AWD is a treat. It has every bell and whistle you can ask for. I used to own an '01 Aurora and I must say this is not far from it. The fuel (in)efficiency is a total drag but it wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for the ridiculously high cost of gas. Acceleration is great but with a 4-speed transmission you can't wait till the last minute (the computer does predictive shifting for the overdrive). Only a couple of fit/finish issues.

Saab

4.9
Hank on 04/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

An excellent effort on GM's part to build an upscale alternative to the Envoy. My previous vehicle was an Envoy and the Saab is a better SUV in every way. The 9-7X handles more like a sedan the ride is firm but smooth. The 4.3L engine provides good acceleration but fuel economy suffers. The interior is quiet and well appointed with noticable Saab enchancements. The seats are very comfortable and suitable for long trips. The exterior has strong Saab styling influences which give give it an upscale look. The 9-7X competes admirably against its BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX counterparts. Overall the 97-X is great value for the money and I would highly recommend this vehicle.

Sweet Ride

4.8
Fred on 04/10/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Beautiful SUV inside and out. Saab did an outstanding job of "Saabifiying" this vehicle. I had a Trailblazer as a rental for a week before I bought my 97x and the difference between the way the two drive is quite remarkable. It really does have more responsive handling and a very european feel.

TRULY WONDERFUL VALUE

4.9
TIM in Miami on 03/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Saab really made a great SUV. I feel it compares favorably to the XC 90, the X5, and the Touareg (all fine SUVs). The 9-7X offers the same features, with 18 inch wheels and more horsepower for at least $5K less than the others similarly equipped.

Maybe a little too much GM influenece

4.1
sprint on 02/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Having owned a number of Saabs, you appreciate the quality that goes into the design characteristics of their autos. Overall the 9-7 a nice SUV, but having driven the vehicle for a few weeks, you notice the subtle GM influences through out both the interior & exterior. Kind of cheapens the SAAB name in my opinion. Many components have GM written all over it, but SAAB was able to enhance the vehicle just enough to make it enjoyable to drive.

9-7x is a great luxury SUV

4.6
JC on 02/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I was looking for something to replace my troublesome Volvo XC90, which I liked, but had just way too many issues with. Since I own a 9-3 Sport Sedan, I took the Saab for a drive. I bought it the same day. After driving the X5 and Cayenne, the 9-7x is good competition for both, but provides a slightly more liveable ride while giving good handling response, better than in most SUVs. Cargo room is also better in the Saab, and while it doesn't have a third row, it gives second row passengers more room than those trying to cram in three rows of seats. The interior is also nicely finished, better than any recent GM product I've been in. It's a great buy and I highly recommend it.

2006 SAAB SUV REVIEW

4.3
william mitchell on 02/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The car handles great. At 70 miles an hour you're doing over 2500rpm. I like the stiff ride but not shocking.

Happy Driver of this 6000 lb'er

4.3
MangoOTK on 02/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

The primary motivation for this end of year purchase was that it met certain tax write-off requirements of 6000lbs. We were considering the RX330 from Lexus pretty seriously, but it wasn't heavy enough. We're more than satisfied with the power and ruggedness of the drivetrain. We haven't had it in the mud yet, but hope to see some late-season (calif) skiing. The vehicle turns a lot of heads and generates much interest in a sea of BMW X5's, Lexus and Navigators from people who are amazed that it is a Saab. The cons: Gas mileage is below average at about 14MPG. But hey, we can tow a boat or trailor. Fit and finish were a little rough on the interior, but I'm a detail guy.

Worth a look -

4.8
Tierney on 01/27/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

A really superb re-work of the GMC Envoy with much more up-market look and feel. Saab's efforts to stylize the vehicle differently from it's cousins was beautifully executed. In the end, having owned a BMW X5, an ML-320 and various mid to high end cars, I'm entirely pleased with the 97x.

2006 97x

5
kevin squibb on 01/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

You get a lot for your money with this vehicle. The vehicle is extremely quite, has good acceleration and handles and rides a lot like car.

What a ride!

4.4
T & C on 01/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is amazing to drive, smooth, good feel of the road, with a feeling of complete control thanks to the AWD feature. The interior is just plush enough without being fru-fru, nice clean look, but lacks storage for the little things you need close at hand. This is true quality.



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