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Saab 9-5 Electrical Problems

454 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Saab 9-5. 100 of these members (22%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 186 electrical repairs to Saab 9-5s--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Saab 9-5 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 807 repairs.

Saab 9-5 electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 171 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Saab 9-5 repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

34000 mi US $200 Battery light came on. Alternator failing. Replaced with reman unit. 
42800   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. 

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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   New battery needed. 

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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. 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

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

99000 mi   trunk would not open. electrical cable wires broken. Re-spliced wires  
104300 US $65 front right headlight went out 
42000   Rear backup sensor wiring harness failed. Not big - not uncommon, easy fix 

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2002 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

94000 mi US $80 Had the SID display module in the dash rebuilt to address the common missing pixel problem. 
107000   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 
155000   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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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

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

136000 mi US $200 Auto climate control would not move air distribution drum, replaced actuator arm. 
147300   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 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

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.  

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