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2004 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 163 repairs.

2004 Saab 9-5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (59%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 71 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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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2006 - Apr 2012
Nov 2006

49000 mi
Steering Rack 
Apr 2010

130000 mi

US $400
Window came out of the track. engine coolant by-pass valve. 
Sep 2010

138000 mi

US $350
Ignition Coil Cassette  
Jul 2011

159000 mi

US $200
Brake Booster hose needed replacing. 
Oct 2011

166000 mi

US $350
HVAC control needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2011

170000 mi

US $150
PCV Hose 
Mar 2012

175000 mi

US $350
Sway bar link and control arm bushings. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in New York, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2012
Oct 2007

49500 mi
ESP and Anti-Lock Brake warning lights coming on randomly. Saab said it was a failed rear bearing and replaced it under warranty. 2000 more miles, no lights, but yesterday wife reported seeing lights come on again. Will monitor and report any future diagn 
Jun 2008

64200 mi

US $660
ABS/ESP lights back on. Dealer recalibrated system. Also noted front rotors had at some point been replaced with wrong size (too small). Had dealer fix. Currently fighting with Saab to reimburse me, since this was a CPO car and this should've been caught. 
Apr 2010

103000 mi

US $750
New brake booster needed. Started whistling and not holding pressure. Could hear from inside cabin. 
Nov 2010

115000 mi

US $560
Exhaust was rusting out. Muffler was getting loud. Ordered aftermarket system and had indie install. 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. 
Dec 2011

135000 mi

US $300
Subframe bushings were shot, making the front of the car creak when starting out, also making it feel not stable on the road -- worst when turning and going over a bump. 
Feb 2012

135000 mi
Bought quality bulbs (made in Germany - OSRAM?) to replace the ones I had bought last year. Popped them in, no more issues. 
Mar 2012

135000 mi

US $300
Coolant temp sensor, Thermostat. Replaced this month for $300 before I sold it. Tailgate washer non-functional. Did not repair. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2010 - Oct 2014
Jul 2010

40000 mi

US $42
Coolant bypass valve failed. Replaced. 
Nov 2012

61700 mi
Replace front brake pads, not rotors 
Dec 2012

62000 mi
battery failed, replaced at no mechanic cost at auto parts store 
Jul 2013

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. Serpentine belt tensioner was not functioning adequately. 
Oct 2014

72000 mi

US $100
Alternator was not charging. Decided to replace myself. Vary difficult to access and r/r alternator. Repairs still ongoing. 
Saab 9-5 in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2014
Jun 2010

117000 mi

US $680
CEL and rough idling. Replaced direct ignition module and induction cleaned the fuel system.  
Dec 2010

128000 mi

US $300
Car not warming up properly, suspected a bad thermostat stuck in open position. Thermostat was replaced and car runs normally. 
Mar 2012

146000 mi

US $450
Replaced rear shocks 
Jul 2012

152000 mi

US $100
Front Swaybar bushing replaced to stop creaking noise 
Dec 2012

158000 mi

US $450
CEL came on, some stumbling after a cold start. 
Jun 2013

162000 mi

US $500
Noise while in motion. Problem was diagnosed to be a failing rear wheel bearing. 
Mar 2014

172000 mi

US $510
Noisy rear wheel bearing replaced. This was on opposite wheel of bearing that was previously replaced. 
Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

113000 mi

US $500
replace bypass valve and replace trans fluid 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2010 - Dec 2011
Apr 2010

70000 mi

US $525
awful Lencore Group in Paterson,NJ sold me this car knowing of faulty Direct Ignition Cassette, head gasket, belts. So far I paid for D.I.C. and will address head gasket when $$ are avail. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2011
May 2010

15000 mi

US $1500
Synco for reverse went out so car could not reliably go into reverse 
Apr 2011

17000 mi
Front Saab emblem on hood fell off and not replaced. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

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

Saab 9-5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2014
Jul 2010

54300 mi

US $780
Ignition module failed - plugs fouled 
May 2011

61000 mi

US $397
heater water supply hose leaking 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2011
Mar 2010

64000 mi

US $1100
Replaced exhaust manifold leak. Replaced water pump. 
Jun 2010

70000 mi

US $250
Heater valve leaking - replaced. 
Oct 2010

76000 mi

US $400
Serpentine belt tensioner making noise and replaced 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saab 9-5 in Norway
Feb 2010 - Apr 2011
Apr 2010

90520 mi
Car vibrated when braking and severe lack of breaking power. Brake service with replacement of front disk and pads.  
May 2010

91760 mi
Minor rust attack on rear right door. 
Oct 2010

95480 mi

Rust in the left rear wheel arch, minor rust attack in the rear right door. The rust was sanded down and repainted. 
Dec 2010

97340 mi

Thermostat needed replacement, when the engine temperature never got up to normal when the car was driven. The car also could overheat when driving in city traffic. The repair also included oil change and lubing the handbrake rear drums. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 Repair Histories

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