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Saab 9-5 Electrical and AC Problems and Repair Histories

442 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Saab 9-5. 116 of these members (26.2%) have reported electrical and air conditioning repairs for their car. A total of 135 electrical and air conditioning repairs to Saab 9-5s--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Saab 9-5 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Saab 9-5 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Saab 9-5 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

47% of the Saab 9-5 repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 21% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 628 repairs.

Saab 9-5 electrical and air conditioning repair cost distribution

Of the Saab 9-5 electrical and air conditioning repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 20% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 23% between $500 and $999, 12% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 164 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 Electrical and Air Conditioning problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 33000    
34000 200 Battery light came on. Alternator failing. Replaced with reman unit. 
40000 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. 
53000  

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 68820    
70060 180 A/C had small leak and needed to be repaired. 
111600 0 New battery needed. 
124620  

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 102000    
103000 0 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

Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 98000    
99000 0 trunk would not open. electrical cable wires broken. Re-spliced wires  
104300 65 front right headlight went out 
 
Saab 9-5 in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 40000    
42000 0 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

Saab 9-5 in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 93000    
94000 80 Had the SID display module in the dash rebuilt to address the common missing pixel problem. 
107000 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 
152000  

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2000 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 79000    
85000 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

Saab 9-5 in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 134000    
136000 200 Auto climate control would not move air distribution drum, replaced actuator arm. 
147300 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 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saab 9-5 in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 92000    
92000 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

Saab 9-5 in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 147000    
148000 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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