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2004 Saab 9-5 Problems and Repair Histories

2004 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

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 170 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

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Saab 9-5 in Oregon, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

117000 mi

US $900
Water pump replaced proactively. Coolant leak at gasket repaired. Also replaced timing belt proactively. 
Saab 9-5 in Utah, United States
Jul 2011 - Apr 2012
Aug 2011

91500 mi
Warning light. Saab dealer inspection. Sensor error between SID and Sentronic transmission computer. Advised that replacing the SID would fix the issue and would cost $450. Declined the repair. 
Sep 2011

93000 mi
Coolant temp gauge was in the red but the engine was not overly hot. I added some coolant and the problem hasn't returned. 
Oct 2011

94700 mi

US $185
Oil/filter change and rear engine mount brackets replaced. replaced burned out interior lights and  broken plastic trim pieces. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2012
Feb 2012

147300 mi

US $900
throttle body needed to be replaced driver's side tie rod 
Saab 9-5 in Kansas, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

162700 mi

US $264
Plastic radiator end tank cracked on the driver's side. Replaced radiator and driver's side cooling fan which had a broken blade. 
Sep 2015

164000 mi

US $6
Factory vacuum lines rotted, replaced with silicone hoses. 
Oct 2015

164700 mi

US $24
Replaced coolant bypass hose and coolant bypass valve due to leaking. 
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 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Texas, United States
- Aug 2009
Aug 2009

71000 mi

US $140
Replacement of failed turbo compressor bypass valve with upgraded Forge Motorsport valve. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2011
May 2011

51000 mi

US $50
Mirror fell off 
Saab 9-5 in New York, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

63000 mi

US $280
Steel a/c hose had fallen off. 
Mar 2015

66000 mi

US $700
Oil leak; had to replace oil pressure sensor to stop leak Rear liftgate strut failed, no longer kept lift gate up; had to replace strut 
Aug 2015

67700 mi

US $150
PCV hoses needed to be replaced; several check valves had broken. 
Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2006 - Oct 2014
Nov 2006

39000 mi
Throttle body replaced 
May 2007

45000 mi

US $169
V belt (not warranty) and belt tensioner (warranty) 
Aug 2007

47500 mi
Heater bypass valve failed (warranty) 
Nov 2007

48900 mi
Oil pan/timing cover leak. (warranty) 
Mar 2011

73000 mi
Shop put a new bolt in wheel lining. 
Oct 2011

76000 mi

US $500
Intermediate exhaust pipe replaced.  
Nov 2013

95700 mi

US $450
Rear bushings 
Saab 9-5 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

137300 mi

US $650
Ignition casette and sparkplugs 
Nov 2013

140000 mi

US $100
PCV hose replacement.  New valve cover gaskets. 
Jan 2014

141700 mi

US $350
Surface rust repair in front of rear wheel arches. 
Jun 2014

147000 mi
One of the hoses for the cooling system sprung a small leak by a clamp. Cut off the leak point and reattached hose. Will consider replacing all cooling system hoses. 
Nov 2014

157000 mi
The same heater core hose that was cut shorter sprung another leak. A new hose has been ordered. 
Dec 2014

157000 mi

US $29
Replaced leaking heater core hose. 
Apr 2015

160300 mi

US $50
Got code P1110. Replaced vacuum hose to turbo bypass valve, turbo bypass valve, and throttle body O ring. 
Jul 2015

162300 mi

US $500
These problem cropped within weeks of each other. Mass Air flow sensor replaced, crank position sensor replaced. oil pressure switch leaking, and replaced. Now runs like new! Got boost? 
Sep 2015

165000 mi

US $3000
Head gasket was leaking oil. Head gasket, timing chain, balance shaft chains, chain guides, chain tensioner, and top engine mount were replaced. She now runs real smooth, and powerful without any oil leaks! 
Dec 2015

165000 mi
Number 2 rod bearing was spun. Sold the car to the shop. They have an engine to replace it. 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2010 - Oct 2011
Apr 2010

57040 mi

C $450
Sway bar link replaced. 
May 2010

57660 mi

C $100
A/C compressor replaced under warranty. All gaskets except oil pan gasket replaced due to leakage under warranty. ECU replaced under warranty Passenger seat heater element replaced under warranty. Throttle body replaced under warranty. 
Jul 2010

58900 mi

C $100
Power steering pump replaced under warranty. 
Oct 2011

66960 mi
fog lights not working but otherwise all functions go. 
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 220hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Oregon, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2013
Aug 2010

120000 mi

US $285
Direct Ignition Cassette needed replacement -- CEL codes P1312 and P1334. This was actually a long interval to replacement of original DIC (6 1/2 years); normally fail earlier than this, and mine was not total failure (yet!) 
Jun 2011

126000 mi

US $90
Replaced coolant manifold by firewall. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

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 
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 Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - May 2010
Jul 2009

51000 mi

US $400
replaced oil separator box 
Sep 2009

51700 mi

US $250
replaced vacuum hoses, bypass valve, crank oil seal, coolant temp sensor, oil pressure sensor. 
Saab 9-5 in Norway
Feb 2010 - Sep 2014
Aug 2014

76840 mi
Fixed parking brake. 
Saab 9-5 in Norway
Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

107880 mi

$125
Replaced both front brake discs+pads 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 185hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2015
Jun 2012

160000 mi

US $150
New water pump & gaskets. 
Jul 2013

198700 mi

US $400
Replaced front and rear shocks. 
Mar 2014

212000 mi

US $2
Had to plastic weld plastic trim on drivers seat that holds seat controls. Hold down tabs broke off 
Jun 2014

222000 mi

US $350
Replaced all 4 rotors and shoes. Also replaced rear hub bearing assemblies. 
Oct 2014

248000 mi

US $200
Replaced water pump and serpentine belt. 
Jun 2015

274000 mi

US $18
Replaced window mechanism bushings. 
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 shiftable automatic FWD

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2015
Nov 2013

194000 mi

US $600
Radiator replaced after developing a leak at the seams. 
Dec 2013

196000 mi

US $385
Replaced ball joint, tie rod end 
Nov 2015

232700 mi

US $550
Replaced alternator 
Saab 9-5 in New York, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

137000 mi

US $1000
Front brake rotors and pads Engine mount and transmission mount replaced.  Belt tensioner and pulley replaced. Drive belt replaced. 
Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2009

32601 mi

US $240
Auto transmission slipping, ATF flushed, solved problem. 
Saab 9-5 in Queensland, Australia
Feb 2010 - May 2015
Oct 2012

99600 mi

A $950
Engine and transmission mount 
Mar 2013

101060 mi

A $100
Ignition barrel required cleaning and lubrication as it was not popping up when key removed. Gear selector trim broken. 
Dec 2013

104780 mi

A $900
Direct ignition cassette 
Jan 2014

105380 mi

A $800
Throttle body 
Sep 2014

110360 mi

A $770
Alternator failed after 10 years of driving. The warning light for battery came on so I called the shop and went straight there. Replaced with a reconditioned alternator as OEM parts are getting difficult to find. 
May 2015

112840 mi
Radiator cracked. 
Saab 9-5 in Victoria, Australia
Mar 2012 - Jun 2013
Apr 2012

73740 mi

A $300
Car was losing power and overrevving, very erratic. Drained transmission oil changed x2 drove short trips and changed again. Good mechanic figured out that intercooler vacuum leak was cause. 
Saab 9-5 in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2016
Oct 2007

43000 mi
OnStar antenna 
Feb 2008

45000 mi
wheel liners 
Mar 2010

68000 mi

US $35
replaced cracked PCV and hose 
Jan 2011

74000 mi
Rear springs had started to sag, so installed spacers to get the ride height correct. While doing the work, replaced the rear shocks as a preventative measure. 
Mar 2012

82000 mi

US $60
replaced coolant bypass valve 
Jul 2012

88300 mi

US $300
car not starting when hot. replaced crankshaft position sensor. 
Apr 2013

89300 mi

US $17
replaced driver-side window rollers (green rollers) 
Mar 2014

92000 mi

US $250
fuel pump replacement 
Feb 2015

95000 mi

US $40
automatic transmission shifter jalousie broken. Replaced with new jalousie 
Jun 2015

96000 mi

US $125
A/C system recharged 
Saab 9-5 in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2014
Feb 2012

91500 mi
Right front Xenon headlamp assembly replaced with good used part (new on national backorder); flap would not raise for high beam operation. 
Feb 2014

108500 mi

US $955
R&R Timing chain seal & gasket to correct oil leak.  R&R 3 separate broken engine and trannie mounts. 
Sep 2014

117000 mi

US $725
major electronic/electrical issues: ACC faults, no cruise, parking sensors randomly chime, turbo power loss Power loss on accel & turbo whine. Diagnosed high engine knocking and replaced mass air flow meter. Warned to use only premium gas. Still getting rough power, parking chimes & whine on medium hard accel! 
Oct 2014

117000 mi
Persistent drivability problem traced to short in trunk wiring harness which led reading car in reverse and prevented cruise working and triggered parking sensors to go off in drive. No more power loss, but still intermittent turbo whine. 
Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2011 - Feb 2013
Aug 2011

85000 mi

US $100
Steering shaft develops a "wobble", or looseness felt through the steering wheel, over time as the shaft splines lose lubrication. The service involves lubricating the steering shaft splines to correct the problem. 
Oct 2011

87000 mi

US $60
Needed new headlight relay. Symtpom was intermittent function of high beams. 
Jan 2012

90000 mi

US $110
Turn signal stalk was not self cancelling on left hand turns. Replaced turn signal stalk. Front passenger window was working intermittently. Removed window switch pack from center console, cleaned contacts. 
Feb 2012

91000 mi

US $176
The Saab 9-5 has 6 subframe bushings that cradle the engine and transmission. Two of these bushings were severely worn. The bushings were replaced. 
Aug 2012

96500 mi

US $280
Car experienced a crank/no start condition. Replaced crankshaft position sensor. 
Sep 2012

97000 mi

US $90
Engine would not crank or start, and would not respond to a jump start. Replaced battery. 
Feb 2013

101000 mi

US $10
Interior lights coming on intermittently after opening driver's door. Replaced plunger-type switch in driver's door jamb. 
Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2012
Oct 2011

89000 mi
driver side headlight flickering...source of problem not found 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2012
Dec 2011

45000 mi

US $150
Oil seepage remedied with a new seal. 
Sep 2012

56000 mi

US $250
Replaced failed hot water valve. 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Feb 2012

74400 mi

C $750
Window switch for driver's door not working. 
Apr 2012

76260 mi

C $380
replaced all 4 engine and transmission mounts due to sagging. This fixed engine lurching under acceleration, improved gear shift accuracy and eliminated extra engine noise and vibration. 
Aug 2012

77500 mi

C $1100
Replaced all 4 struts and springs. Springs sagged noticeably (1" or more) compared to new. OEM Shocks would've been good for another year though. All work done by myself, pretty simple with the right tools. Replacement of all 6 front subframe bushings (known weak spot for 9-5s). Requires removal of the subframe assy. Rear 2 bushes shot, other 4 just well worn. $300 
Jan 2013

80600 mi

C $800
Replaced the gearbox for another used unit. Possibly abused by previous owner. I do not consider it a failure per se - the old one worked, although had sticky action (especially reverse) and whined for quite a while. $400 part and $300 labor. 
Sep 2013

90520 mi

C $160
Front struts mounts/bearings replacement to cure small play and knocking noise. 
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 Georgia, United States
Apr 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2007

35222 mi

US $95
4 wheel alignment - wear pattern 
Apr 2008

37683 mi
Replace battery - warranty 
Nov 2008

42679 mi
Replace engine module circuit boards - warranty 
Mar 2009

44584 mi

US $89
4 wheel alignment 
Sep 2009

50225 mi

US $387
Heater by-pass valve leaking - replace 
May 2010

53166 mi

US $1172
Replace engine subframe bushings 4 wheel alignment 
Jul 2010

54700 mi
Fix toe in from previous alignment 
Jan 2011

59778 mi

US $187
Replace battery 
Apr 2011

62000 mi

US $123
1/2 inch play in steering wheel - check steering and suspension - told problem was probably universal joint wear in steering column - no repair recommended. 
Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

123000 mi

US $100
Replaced spark plugs replaced valve cover gasket 
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 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - Jan 2014
Jul 2011

70440 mi

C $300
Crankshaft position indicator defective 
Dec 2012

83080 mi

C $206
HIDS Bulb Replacement 
Apr 2013

85400 mi

C $475
Exhaust - Muffler 
Nov 2013

90520 mi

C $900
Window Power switch not working. Mechanic advised replacement of tie-rod ends. Battery weak and needed external charging 
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 

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2004 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 220hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2016
Dec 2014

172000 mi

US $5
Exhaust rotted out behind front silencer. Spliced in a short pipe and clamped it down to hold until spring when I can replace the whole cat-back system. 
Dec 2015

205000 mi

US $10
Brittle old vacuum hoses replaced. Thought they were causing MIL, but it came back on a few miles later. 
Mar 2016

215000 mi
CEL lit, code P1110. Replaced turbo bypass valve, condition cleared, issue resolved. 

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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

$1800
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

$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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