Saab 9-5 amongst best used car purchases

UPDATE – the perils of working with Googletrans. It seems this report was made by Folksam themselves. It was merely reported by Teknikens Varld. Auto Motor and Sport reported on it too.

This post has been changed to reflect the initial error.


There are a number of companies who measure various automotive metrics and report on them. Depending on the criteria used, these can be good measuring sticks for consumers to evaluate a possible purchase.

Typically, however, those studies only measure one thing – safety, reliability, customer satisfaction, etc.

Folksam, on this occasion, have combined data from annual vehicle inspections with their own safety data to build a list of the best buys in the Swedish second-hand vehicle market.

Data examined was for 395 models manufactured between the 1990s and 2006. To qualify for this “best list”, cars had to have a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the highest scores in “How safe is your car” survey, have an electronic stability control system as standard, whiplash protection, and be at least 25 percent better than the average car in annual car inspection statistics.

Applying that criteria, they slimmed the list from 395 models to just seven.

And the winners are:

Honda Civic (2006)
Lexus IS (2006)
Saab 9-5 (2004-2006)
Toyota Avensis (2005-2006)
Toyota Prius (2004-2006)
Toyota Camry (2001-2003)
Volvo S40/V50 (2004-2006)


A lot of people started panning the Saab 9-5 around that era because it was an old model with no replacement on the near-term horizon.

The good thing about that generation of 9-5, however, is that it was a rock solid car and by this time, it had its bugs ironed out and was fantastic buying. It’s no surprise at all that it would turn up on this list.

Thanks to Johan P for the tip!

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