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Saab 9-5 Problems and Repair Histories

442 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Saab 9-5. 198 of these members (44.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 628 repairs to Saab 9-5s--an average of 1.4 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 repair cost distribution

Of the Saab 9-5 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 28% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 370 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 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 500 Coolant bypass valve cracked, and dumped coolant. Battery light came on. Alternator failing. Replaced with reman unit. 
40000 2400 Air Mass Meter faulty. Replaced for $440 by independent Saab specialist 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. 
46700 0 P1230 code from the throttle body. Throttle body sensor. New throttle body was installed. Intercooler developed a crack in the plastic side casing. Hissing noise, but no loss of power or driveability. 
50000 373 Front wheel bearings/hub replaced due to whirring noise. Original parts, over 10 years old. 
50700 1000 Engine and transmission mounts,  serpentine belt, and idler pulley replaced. All preventative maintenance, and to eliminate wearing parts. 
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. 
122940 200 Replaced rear pads and discs. 
124620  

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 177000    
180000 300 DI Cassette failed, was able to drive home though (car sputtering). Replaced DI and plugs, problem eliminated. 
183000 250 Engine would not warm up fully, followed by check engine light -- thermostat & coolant temp sensor replaced. Only needed thermostat, but I requested replacement of CTS as well. 
194000 250 Engine mount shot. Replaced. 
195000 450 Drivetrain felt "loose" and was clunking. Replaced transmission mounts and main motor mount. Will have to bring back for last mount in back. 
200000 1150 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. Was getting a clunk at takeoff or when shifting into 2nd gear, also when starting the car. I suspected subframe bushings and took into dealer to be checked. They verified and replaced them. I suppose this is technically a wear item @200K. 
 

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2003 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

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

Saab 9-5 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 117000    
117000 800 Shocks leaking, replaced all shocks, struts and springs 
117000 1000 car died at 70 MPH in passing lane, towed to dealer who replaced throttle body module. repair successful 
 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 98000    
99000 250 oil leak in turbo 
99000 0 trunk would not open. electrical cable wires broken. Re-spliced wires  
104300 65 front right headlight went out 
110000 1000 fuel pump failed on highway 
 

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2000 Saab 9-5

Engine not specified

Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 70060    
70060 1100 Rear shock leaked, replace both rear shocks and springs 
71300 2000 new front end suspension 
74400 800 Water pump failed, lost coolant, destroyed aux belt. 
 

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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    
80000 3000 Frozen water pump pulley slammed into engine cover which cut the cover to leak oil.  
81000 150 Radiator hose cracked due to age. Had to wait one day for replacement part before repair work was done. 
81000 150 EGR valve failure which resulted in an oil leak. 
83000 130 Check engine light turned on. Brought car to shop to determine it was the direct ignition cassette failing. I replaced the unit myself. 
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. 
88000 95 Had a probem with my ABS module. Sent it in to bosch0004 on eBay for service and that same week got it back, rebuilt and working again for only $95. Much less than the $2800 quote by the dealer. 
92000 187 Thermostat went out and the temperature gauge almost went into the red. 
96000 700 Radiator cracked  
106500 300 Oil pan gasket leaks oil and needs replacing. 
111000 350 CPS went out. 
 

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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. 
143000 365 Oil filter adapter plate failed, causing oil leak. Two hours shop time, inexpensive part. Noticed during non-routine replacement of front pads and rotors. Shimmy in steering wheel during highway braking. Whole car shuddered when stopping. Brake pads at about 40% life remaining. Replaced front pads and rotors. 
144000 280 Pulsating brakes when stopping from high speeds. 
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. 
152000 200 Replaced serpentine belt tensioner pulley 
156000 635 Wheel bearings replaced, car aligned. 
159000 450 Power steering leaking at connector to rack, replaced O ring, didn't fix the problem, back in the shop for an anticipated seven day repair job. Power steering system emptied itself of fluid in less than 20 miles, cavitation in pump, horrible noises. 
159500 700 New rack required, part difficult to find. 
163000 98 Bad rebuilt steering box back in February, started leaking about two months later. Finally tired of adding PS fluid weekly and got a new box under warranty. Money was paid for new sway bar links. 
169000 65 Lower radiator hose split, dumped coolant. 
169000 0 Oil pressure light came on, flickering at idle. Bearings shot, not financially feasible to rebuild lame GM 54-degree V6. Going to replace car instead. 

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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. 
96000 0 My Check Engine light comes on at start ... every now and then. It's inconsistency suggests (as did the repair shop) that I can drive it until it, um, just won't start, and I'll be stranded somewhere. I decided I can live with that. I'm retired. With over 96,000 miles on it, my 9-5 Aero developed serious wear on the driver's door foam seal. It needed to be replaced. The "Used Saabs Only" place I bought it had a parts car on its lot and the shop used the ddfs from that car. Problem solved! 
 

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1999 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 128000    
129000 0 Installed front rotors and ceramic pads 
130000 180 Front passenger window jumped track. Replaced two rollers. 
134000 0 CEL, replaced oxygen sensor. Replaced portion of the exhaust. 
135000 500 power steering hose leaked. replaced same. 
 

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