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Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (5%)

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Saab 9-5 electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 184 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

44777 mi Inaccurate fuel gauge. Distance To Empty (DTE) showing near empty when four US gallons remain. After three warranty trips to the dealer the problem remains. 

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2008 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

30500 mi Check and repair driver's side flickering xenon headlight. 
34100 mi Headlight leveling system faulty. Found and replaced bad front leveling sensor. Replace entire passenger side headlight assembly due to sticking high beam flapper. 

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2007 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

499025 mi New wipers and winter tires swap Wiper motor replaced (motor under warranty.) 

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2007 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

5300 mi Air bag sensor in seat not working properly. Dealer replaced N/C 
1850 mi headlights still fogging up, replaced headlights again 
1800 mi xenon headlights fogging up. dealer replaced both headlight modules 
77500 mi

C $300
Driver side power window failed. Replaced a failed roller within the door. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

59000 mi

US $50
high beam failure - orange relay replaced under CPO 
61000 mi AC/fan shuts off intermittently. Have not repaired yet. 
63000 mi fan cutting out - heater control head and relay replaced under warranty 
97960 mi Parasitic Battery Drain. If vehicle left >48 hours dead battery. Appears to be radio amplifier drawing current after key removed. Still working to clear. Suspect is related to ignition cylinder as radio continues to work with key removed. 
98560 mi

C $100
Identified that cause of Battery drain was not parasitic drain. It was caused by a bad cell in the battery. Replaced battery & all OK (old battery 3 years old) 
41000 mi Replacement of shorted out front sensor for the dratted self leveling headlights (under warranty). 
49900 mi Replacement of DIC, usually needs replacement at 60000 miles. This one at 50000. Also had brake fluid replaced. (DIC was under warranty, brake fluid not.) 
86000 mi Electric gas door lock, will be replaced under warranty 
146000 mi

US $700
Front Passenger Window Lift assembly replaced. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

64000 mi

US $634
Had new Xenon Bulbs put in. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

45880 mi Problem with audio controller on steering wheel 
58880 mi

C $300
Thermometer gauge and thermometer sensor 
64460 mi

C $725
Electronic Control Unit or Ballast which controls the HID headlamps failed. Ballast parts, one for each headlamp, HID lights and labour all total the cost. 
78000 mi

US $140
replace battery 
65000 mi

US $1700
electrical relays replaced. 60000 mile service 
144000 mi

US $60
Passenger side blend door replaced Alternator replaced Battery replaced 
110200 mi

$120
AC fan was shutting off intermittently. Non of the AC Panel buttons could restart the fan, and the fan will turn back on automatically when it felt like it. Turn out to be the Fan Control Unit or Fan Resistor pack that was faulty. 
121880 mi

$70
Changed battery after 1.5 years of usage. Maintenance free type DIN66L. 
129540 mi

$400
Alternator bearing seized, pulley was dislodged, serpentine belt came loose. 
132060 mi

$200
Changed outside temperature sensor 
52000 mi

US $600
Battery replaced. 4 years old. 
72000 mi Replaced window regulator 
57960 mi

C $170
Xenon headlight had burned out. Bulb was replaced and headlight is working fine. 
206000 mi

US $508
Engine starter was replaced. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

114000 mi

£350
Car starts intermittently on key switch transponder failed 
118000 mi

£100
Full beam wouldn't work so failed MOT. Bulb fine so electrical fault checked back to dry joint on a relay that needed welding/soldering. £100 was more than I was expecting of a bulb for £5. Full beam light didn't display. Now fixed. 

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2005 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

156280 mi

C $500
Alternator failed to properly maintain battery charge. The voltage was marginally too low 

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2005 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 220hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

216380 mi Rear middle LED brake light, Rear brake lights (bulbs only), Memory seat function, Rain sensing wiper function, Left turn signal retraction function, Replaced burned out bulbs in the temp controller (dash board), battery Replaced Heater Control Valve 
216980 mi Replaced outdoor temperature sensor. 
96100 mi Report "Error 10" on the CD head unit. Will likely need a new head unit.  
176700 mi

C $300
Replace bi-xenon headlight bulb. 
183060 mi

C $500
Fixed loose connections which were causing rear parking sensors to work only intermittently. 

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2005 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 220hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

85111 mi

US $408
Replaced clock spring and wiring harness 
171000 mi

US $68
Replaced wobbly starter. 

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2004 Saab 9-5

Engine not specified

94700 mi

US $35
replaced burned out interior lights and  

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

166000 mi

US $350
HVAC control needed to be replaced. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 220hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

115000 mi

US $560
Xenon light blinks and goes out on occasion, randomly. Was told it could be an ignitor or a tilt/yaw sensor. Indie does not have a "tech II" to diagnose. Will have to take it to the dealer. 
135700 mi Bought quality bulbs (made in Germany - OSRAM?) to replace the ones I had bought last year. Popped them in, no more issues. 
63000 mi

US $280
Steel a/c hose had fallen off. 
57660 mi

C $100
A/C compressor replaced under warranty. Passenger seat heater element replaced under warranty. 
68200 mi fog lights not working but otherwise all functions go. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

40000 mi

US $42
Coolant bypass valve failed. Replaced. 
62000 mi battery failed, replaced at no mechanic cost at auto parts store 
68000 mi

US $1000
Basic reason was 60,000 mile service. Repair was replacing the rear hatch latch. It had been cycling with the brakes and causing the cargo light to be on persistently. $500 for 60K service; $200 to fix latch. 
72000 mi

US $100
Alternator was not charging. Decided to replace myself. Vary difficult to access and r/r alternator. Repairs still ongoing. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

232700 mi

US $550
Replaced alternator 
43000 mi OnStar antenna 
96000 mi

US $125
A/C system recharged 
110360 mi

A $770
Alternator failed after 10 years of driving. The warning light for battery came on so I called the shop and went straight there. Replaced with a reconditioned alternator as OEM parts are getting difficult to find. 
89000 mi driver side headlight flickering...source of problem not found 
91500 mi Right front Xenon headlamp assembly replaced with good used part (new on national backorder); flap would not raise for high beam operation. 
117000 mi Persistent drivability problem traced to short in trunk wiring harness which led reading car in reverse and prevented cruise working and triggered parking sensors to go off in drive. No more power loss, but still intermittent turbo whine. 
87000 mi

US $60
Needed new headlight relay. Symtpom was intermittent function of high beams. 
90000 mi Front passenger window was working intermittently. Removed window switch pack from center console, cleaned contacts. 
97000 mi

US $90
Engine would not crank or start, and would not respond to a jump start. Replaced battery. 
103000 mi

US $10
Interior lights coming on intermittently after opening driver's door. Replaced plunger-type switch in driver's door jamb. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

74400 mi

C $750
Window switch for driver's door not working. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 220hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

37683 mi Replace battery - warranty 
59778 mi

US $187
Replace battery 
83080 mi

C $206
HIDS Bulb Replacement 
90520 mi

C $900
Window Power switch not working. Battery weak and needed external charging 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

29760 mi

€100
SID repaired 
31000 mi

€225
change orange relay 
39097 mi

€590
xenon bulb & 2 parking sensors 
42333 mi

€548
replace airconditioning condensor 
57412 mi

€350
Trunk lock motor 
68820 mi

€150
Parking light had to be repaired by removing headlight assembly Removed alarm module after intermittent failure. Module was beyond repair. 
73780 mi

€120
Neon Light leveler replaced 
87880 mi

€100
Replace PDC (park dintance control) sensor 
109280 mi

€250
Airco leaking O-ring replaced System refilled 
118420 mi

€80
Repair automatic mirrors. Repair interior lights. 
142600 mi

€975
Replace alternator, belt and pulleys, as well as major maintenance 
34000 mi

US $200
Battery light came on. Alternator failing. Replaced with reman unit. 
43400 mi

US $1000
A/c refigerant leaked out. Low pressure hose replaced and system recharged. Car still has a blend door or recirc motor issue, as car blows warmer air on driver's side. Leaving it alone for now. 
57000 mi

US $1000
Horn contact ring and crash sensors in the front bumper. Replaced ring, new adaptor cable and one front sensor 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

101000 mi Headlight and tail light out. Oddly enough, it was the bulbs! In a Saab it's usually the headlamp control relay that broke solder traces. 
100000 mi

US $80
check engine light on for low fuel condition 
112000 mi

US $1100
radio information display failed, shop removed printed circuit board under display, sent out for repair and reinstalled. 
4001 mi Replaced AC valve and refrigerant. Replaced under warranty at no cost. 
38720 mi

US $325
Would crank intermittently on turning key. Garage replaced starter board. Problem persisted. Personally jiggled & sprayed all under hood connections/fuses with WD40. SOLVED PROBLEM! 
52853 mi

US $2037
Replaced theft alarm with a rebuilt unit. 
55700 mi

US $313
Replaced H7 & headlight bulb ($14). 
58000 mi THEFT ALARM: Disconnected unit to stop random alerts. Reprogrammed the alarm system to cause mild horn beep upon entry with key. 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

70060 mi

C $180
A/C had small leak and needed to be repaired. 
111600 mi New battery needed. 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

77500 mi

C $60
another burnt out headlight bulb 
77500 mi

C $10
Blower fan quit working. Bought GM surplus motor, modified by cutting out motor mount plate to blow air both directions, fan cage fits perft.With proper tools took 4 HRS total and $10.00 New surplus part from princess auto. Working fine. 
121000 mi

US $150
alternator pulley loose had to replace alternator 
126700 mi

US $100
Xenon Headlights pricey mothers 100 buckaroos fer two bulbs Ouch ouch ouch 
129000 mi

US $50
replaced all corner blinker 3rd brake lights lic plate light many were burned out or near had to find special euro bulbs hassel 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

103000 mi Alternator failed; froze up, car was not driveable. Alternator replaced. 
200000 mi

US $600
Horrible noise coming from engine when near idle. Was determined to be alternator bearings failing. Unit replaced with reman Bosch unit and all is well. 
137000 mi

US $60
rear power window was not working. 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

152520 mi

C $350
One headlight bulb failed - replaced both. 
42000 mi Rear backup sensor wiring harness failed. Not big - not uncommon, easy fix 
99000 mi trunk would not open. electrical cable wires broken. Re-spliced wires  
104300 mi

US $65
front right headlight went out 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

90000 mi

US $500
trunk release inoperable, some tail lights inoperable. Replaced faulty trunk lid wiring harness.  

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2002 Saab 9-5

Engine not specified

92000 mi When sold needed AC work. 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

US $1000 Alternator died, battery 1 month later 
155000 mi

US $320
Air distribution system faults 
196000 mi

US $68
ACC code 21, replaced recirculation motor with used unit 
202000 mi

US $35
Xenon bulb failure. Replaced both bulbs with aftermarket units. 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

96000 mi

US $674
Air conditioning stopped being cold. Dealer found broken drier accumulator. Replaced part, refilled refrigerant, now it works fine. Dealer provided a loaner vehicle while mine was in the shop. 
107300 mi

US $155
Driver's side temperature control lever for HVAC was cracked bc of a design flaw, causing the system to require frequent "calibration" to operate. If left unrepaired, more extensive damage is possible. 
112500 mi

US $15
Subwoofer foam cone edge deteriorated. I obtained a repair cone edge and glued it in place. 
120000 mi False alarm. Computer reprogrammed to disable alarm module. 
124300 mi

US $900
Motors that operate air control flaps failed. 
94000 mi

US $80
Had the SID display module in the dash rebuilt to address the common missing pixel problem. 
107000 mi

US $50
replaced both LH and RH HID headlight bulbs, removed LH headlight assembly to removed broken bulb glass and to free up the high beam shutter mechanism, replaced turn signal bulbs while I was in there 
157300 mi

US $40
Major repairs on under-dash HVAC unit. Replaced broken driver side blend door lever and disassembled and lubricated passenger side blend door system and air distribution system. Major pain in the neck and back (literally). Added 12 oz R134a. 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

107500 mi

US $380
charge AC 
112700 mi

US $150
driver side window failed 
36000 mi Dealer replaced psgr mirror tilt switch under warranty. 
49900 mi Dealer repaired broken seat belt buckle assembly under warranty. 
68000 mi

US $70
Replaced psgr side DLR (requires removal of entire headlamp assembly) 
78000 mi

US $70
Replace drivers side DLR (requires removal of entire headlamp assembly) 
116000 mi

US $350
Replaced theft siren assembly (alarm would go off unprovoked) (first replacement) 
168500 mi

US $225
Replaced both Xenon headlamp bulbs. Refurbished hazy plastic headlamp lens panels to clear finish. 
169000 mi

US $225
Replaced both Xenon headlamp bulbs. Refurbished hazy plastic headlamp lens panels to clear finish. 
178000 mi

US $130
Freon Recharge for A/C System 
202000 mi

US $1190
Blower fan inoperable. Replaced HVAC control unit, and underdash flap motor and linkage arm. 
216000 mi

US $1030
In shop for rear pads & rotors. Also replaced alternator and serpentine belt tensioner (1st replacement for each). 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

171000 mi Window roller, orange relay solder fix 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

64500 mi Loss of power again. Dealer had car two weeks again. Downloaded new software and replaced battery. 
108000 mi

US $911
Alternator, mechanical(bearings). Misdiagnosed as idler pully 
123000 mi

US $18
Oil pressure sending switch replaced. 
120900 mi No heat or A.C. because fan motor stopped working. It could be fan speed controller module or fan motor shot. Still have not fixed it. 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

143000 mi

US $75
refigerant leak. 
101600 mi

US $670
repair of blend doors and related stepper motor. 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

132000 mi

US $700
Alternator Replaced 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

124000 mi

US $165
Change battery at Autozone 
131000 mi

US $350
Change alternator 
98000 mi

US $300
intermittent draining of battery. battery replaced twice within one month without solving problem 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

94860 mi

C $120
Replaced headlight relay (high beam was working only intermittently) 
102880 mi

C $1000
AC compressor needed replacing. New compressor and receiver dryer installed and system recharged.  
171700 mi

C $430
replaced starter (original to the car) as it was starting to go. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

124000 mi

US $650
Mechanical door that regulates heat / air conditioning temperature was no longer operating. Mechanic replaced door arm. 
74300 mi

US $750
Had to replace starter motor. 
111000 mi

US $85
both brake lights failed, and needed replacement. this is a chronic problem, happening about once per year 
61700 mi

US $850
Alternator Bad Replaced Battery 
125928 mi

C $85
window motor for passenger front door repaired 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

110000 mi

US $300
Right passenger window motor died 
122000 mi Replaced three year old battery still under warranty 
140300 mi

US $45
Common issue with these 95's is the rear taillights overheat and burn the plastic lamp socket. Replaced the left harness completely, and replaced the bulbs with LED bulbs. 
145000 mi

US $80
Tools added $50 to the expense repair. Recharged the A/C system to eliminate compressor whine with low Freon. 
168500 mi

US $120
Replaced the starter 3 times. Received TWO bad starters from Tom's off eBay 
183700 mi

US $29
Electronic car alarm system rebuilt, new batteries. Car alarm would light off, and couldn't be squealched. 
186000 mi

US $65
Rear trunk latch had crushed sensor switch, leaving the rear lamps on, and draining the battery. Replaced with a used one. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

208000 mi

US $200
alarm disabled 
103540 mi Pump for screen washers was replaced 
119040 mi

C $80
had problem with heating, found to be a loose connection, connecting plug was cleaned and re connected. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

95480 mi

C $170
Windshield washer motor replaced 
99200 mi

C $450
Alternator changed. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

79000 mi

US $2400
Replaced non-working Saab Information Display. Replaced high beam relay in fuse box. 
89000 mi

US $750
Alternator needed to be replaced. 
107000 mi

US $500
Both front windows would not open. Needed new switch installed. 
127000 mi

US $610
Alternator went out and was replaced with a rebuilt model. 
135000 mi

US $600
Actuator (for providing direction of air flow) for heating/air system had to be replaced. Unable to direct air to defrost or to floorboard until this was replaced. 
151000 mi Door buttons (lock, unlock) do not work on key nor in car. All looks function must be controlled manually. The TWICE unit was replaced but no affect. No known fix. 
134000 mi I'm a new owner and installed a Kenwood am/fm/cd/mp3 receiver. Car audio failed and only cost was a plug adapter. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

127000 mi

US $250
Alternator went bad. Replaced battery. 
125240 mi

C $1000
DIC replaced 
126480 mi needed repairs to the climate control system. the cooling was unrelaible....the driver side would call for cooling and the passenger side would be heating. 

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2000 Saab 9-5

Engine not specified

132000 mi

US $1527
leaking Freon, blower motor failed. replaced compressor, dryer, blower motor, recharged ac 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

168020 mi The car has intermittent problems with starting. Not yet resolved 
85000 mi

US $110
Heating system only blows hot air due to broken temperature control arm on driver's side. Shop wanted $3,500 to fix it. Installed temperature control arm myself and now the HVAC system is working properly. $20 part and less than one hour of time saved me around $3500 for the mechanic thinking I needed a new heater core and 11 hours of labor to replace. Glad I DIYed. 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

145000 mi

US $400
Blower motor failed. Had to replace.  
136000 mi

US $200
Auto climate control would not move air distribution drum, replaced actuator arm. 
147300 mi

US $542
Blower motor brushes worn out, no fan output at all. Blower motor replaced. Headlight relay previously failed. Mechanic re-soldered relay contacts, replaced headlight bulb and headlight lens. Didn't charge for repair for inexplicable Saab mechanic reasons. 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

90000 mi

US $75
Sent SID out to be remanufactured/resoldered. 
110300 mi Relay needed for front lights (front light failure error). Switched with a different relay to fix. Still have occasional rear light failure message. 
132300 mi

US $50
Car died while driving. Towed to shop, battery was found dead and then fully charged by shop. Alternator looked ok 
157000 mi

US $110
Micro-switch in tailgate broke. Tailgate courtesy lights stopped working, pictogram in dash lit up. Installed another ( used ) tailgate latch mechanism and solved problem. 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

175000 mi

US $500
Leak in the AC return hose. Part ordered, replaced, and AC system recharged. 
252000 mi

US $600
Alternator died on a long trip while on the freeway. Took it to a local foreign auto repair shop and diagnosed as alternator failure. Battery did not need replacing. 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

106000 mi

US $65
High beams would not work. re-soldered the contacts on the relay. Otherwise a new relay would cost $240. 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

253000 mi

US $70
Replaced alternator, and battery 
120000 mi

US $380
New alternator 
113000 mi

US $40
Rebuild blower motor. 
139000 mi

US $47
Front passenger window would not roll up. Required the replacement of the window switch as the original switch failed to connect to raise the window (although it connected fine to lower, it would not connect to raise). 
147000 mi Rear lights all out. Suspect melted from heat diverted from hole in top of exhaust system in trunk area. 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

138000 mi

US $72
Replaced headlamp bulb. 
141000 mi

US $220
Replaced alternator 

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2000 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

92000 mi

US $300
Replaced driver's seat with a used seat because the memory function of the driver's seat was non-functional. In addition, the seats power controls quit working. 

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1999 Saab 9-5

Engine not specified

201800 mi Saab 9-5 alarm system batteries go bad after 8+ years. Alarm will go off while driving the car and other random times. I pulled the plug that supplies power to the alarm. There are YouTube videos that explain how. 
148000 mi

US $88
The drivers side front window would not go back up (it would only go down). Was apparently a problem with the window motor.  
150960 mi A/C and heating stopped working. Driver side window motor not functional 
160420 mi A/C not switching from hot to cold on the passenger side. 

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1999 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

134000 mi Trunk would not open due to electrical failure. 
147000 mi

US $600
Ac & heat would not always work. Told it was the blendors,the plastic insides of the system? Cost of part was not that high but the labor to remove the dash, etc. is what cost so much. 

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1999 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

92000 mi

US $41
Power window switch failed 
142000 mi

US $125
A/C stopped working, stuck on heat 
124000 mi

US $100
No heat on drivers side replaced broken motor arm for stepping unit; still no heat on DS. Will replace cabin filter next to see if that solves the problem. 

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1999 Saab 9-5 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

132000 mi Total failure of alternator. Replaced with remanufactured one with 2 yr warranty-cost of unit $195.00 baance for difficult labor. 

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