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2004 Saab 9-5 Problems and Repair Histories

64 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Saab 9-5. 33 of these members (51.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 106 repairs to 2004 Saab 9-5s--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 Saab 9-5 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 Saab 9-5 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 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 2004 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

43% of the 2004 Saab 9-5 repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 16% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 106 repairs.

2004 Saab 9-5 repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Saab 9-5 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 6% cost less than $100, 59% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, and 10% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 63 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 2004 Saab 9-5 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Steering Rack 
130000 400 Window came out of the track. engine coolant by-pass valve. 
138000 350 Ignition Coil Cassette  
159000 200 Brake Booster hose needed replacing. 
166000 350 HVAC control needed to be replaced. 
170000 150 PCV Hose 
175000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 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 
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. 
103000 750 New brake booster needed. Started whistling and not holding pressure. Could hear from inside cabin. 
115000 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. 
135000 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. 
135000 0 Bought quality bulbs (made in Germany - OSRAM?) to replace the ones I had bought last year. Popped them in, no more issues. 
135000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 35000    
40000 42 Coolant bypass valve failed. Replaced. 
61700 0 Replace front brake pads, not rotors 
62000 0 battery failed, replaced at no mechanic cost at auto parts store 
68000 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. 
Saab 9-5 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 109000    
117000 680 CEL and rough idling. Replaced direct ignition module and induction cleaned the fuel system.  
128000 300 Car not warming up properly, suspected a bad thermostat stuck in open position. Thermostat was replaced and car runs normally. 
146000 450 Replaced rear shocks 
152000 100 Front Swaybar bushing replaced to stop creaking noise 
158000 450 CEL came on, some stumbling after a cold start. 
162000 500 Noise while in motion. Problem was diagnosed to be a failing rear wheel bearing. 
172000 510 Noisy rear wheel bearing replaced. This was on opposite wheel of bearing that was previously replaced. 
Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 111000    
113000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 68000    
70000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 14000    
14400 1500 Synco for reverse went out so car could not reliably go into reverse 
17000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 50000    
54300 780 Ignition module failed - plugs fouled 
61000 397 heater water supply hose leaking 
88000  
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 62000    
64000 1100 Replaced exhaust manifold leak. Replaced water pump. 
70000 250 Heater valve leaking - replaced. 
76000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 88040    
90520 0 Car vibrated when braking and severe lack of breaking power. Brake service with replacement of front disk and pads.  
91760 0 Minor rust attack on rear right door. 
95480 1800 Rust in the left rear wheel arch, minor rust attack in the rear right door. The rust was sanded down and repainted. 
97340 3500 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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