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2001 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 133 repairs.

2001 Saab 9-5 repair cost distribution

Chart based on 73 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2001 Saab 9-5

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Saab 9-5 in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2010
Sep 2010

53000 mi

US $600
High speed vibration continues. Cranked motor mounts didn't fix the issue. Dealer now has the car. 
Saab 9-5 in Georgia, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2010
Oct 2010

125000 mi

US $2400
Blew head gasket so got rid of car. 
Saab in Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

97000 mi

US $900
Replace bad balance shaft chain. Timing chain also replaced. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Jun 2015
Jul 2010

93620 mi

C $600
Replaced direct ignition module 
Aug 2010

94860 mi

C $120
Replaced headlight relay (high beam was working only intermittently) 
May 2011

102880 mi

C $1000
AC compressor needed replacing. New compressor and receiver dryer installed and system recharged.  
Sep 2012

125860 mi

C $130
Tie rod end replaced. 
Aug 2013

138880 mi

C $450
transmission fluid leak from rusty cooler line 
Feb 2014

145080 mi

C $130
A screw on the headgasket had worked itself loose over time resulting in loss of coolant. Headgasket re-torqued to manufacturer's specs. 
Aug 2014

151280 mi

C $120
Spongy brakes traced to fluid leak from rusted brake line. Rusted part was cut out and replaced with new line. No problems since then. 
May 2015

159980 mi

C $450
Replaced rusty oil cooler lines 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 200hp 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jul 2014
Aug 2010

120900 mi

C $250
O2 sensor replacement 
Sep 2011

128960 mi

C $1400
Replaced muffler 
Apr 2012

133300 mi

C $800
hole in exhaust pipe - pipe was replaced 
Jul 2014

148800 mi

C $1200
New radiator 
Saab 9-5 in Illinois, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2010
Jun 2010

129000 mi

US $500
worn brakes 

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2001 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 230hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jul 2012
Nov 2010

103540 mi
Pump for screen washers was replaced 
Sep 2011

110980 mi

C $230
small leak in cooling sensor valve replaced valve 
Feb 2012

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

Saab 9-5 in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2010 - Jan 2015
Jul 2010

66340 mi

C $650
Throttle body 
Jun 2011

83700 mi

C $800
Cps replaced  
Dec 2011

88040 mi

C $900
Flex pipe 
Oct 2012

92380 mi

C $4000
Corrosion on oil cooler hose cause oil leak. Hoses changed. 
Nov 2012

92980 mi

C $70
Retorque head bolts, head leaked antifreeze in cylinder at cold start. No oil-antifreeze corruption 
Oct 2013

95480 mi

C $170
Windshield washer motor replaced 
Nov 2014

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

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Aug 2010

160000 mi
When donated needed about $2,000 in repairs. 
Saab 9-5 in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2015
Dec 2010

79000 mi

US $2400
Replaced non-working Saab Information Display. Replaced brake booster and vacuum hoses. Replaced high beam relay in fuse box. 
Jan 2011

81000 mi

US $925
Throttle had to be replaced. 
Jun 2011

87000 mi

US $300
The bolt which attaches the brake dust cover had come out and needed to be replaced. Had to replace the wheel bearing in the process. 
Aug 2011

89000 mi

US $750
Alternator needed to be replaced. 
Nov 2011

93000 mi

US $850
Replaced one of the motor mounts. Along the serpentine belt "route" a pulley bearing had gone bad. Pulley replaced. 
Aug 2012

105500 mi

US $200
Oil leak. Needed new gasket. 
Sep 2012

107000 mi

US $500
Both front windows would not open. Needed new switch installed. 
Apr 2013

112000 mi

US $1200
Radiator cracked and had to be replaced. Various oil leaks requiring replacement of several gaskets and valves. 
Sep 2013

117000 mi

US $1000
Automatic transmission mount, torque rod, and lower control bushings were bad. A/T mount complete cracked in two. 
Nov 2013

121000 mi

US $300
The PCV box was leaking. Box was removed, resealed, and replaced with a new hose. 
Apr 2014

127000 mi

US $610
Alternator went out and was replaced with a rebuilt model. 
Dec 2014

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. 
Mar 2015

138000 mi

US $265
Replaced brake pads and rotors. 

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2001 Saab 9-5 Repair Histories

58 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2001 Saab 9-5. 35 of these members (60.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 133 repairs to 2001 Saab 9-5s--an average of 2.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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