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2004 Saab 9-5 Repair Histories

66 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Saab 9-5. 36 of these members (54.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 146 repairs to 2004 Saab 9-5s--an average of 2.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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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
49000 mi   Steering Rack 
130000 US $400 Window came out of the track. engine coolant by-pass valve. 
138000   Ignition Coil Cassette  
159000   Brake Booster hose needed replacing. 
166000   HVAC control needed to be replaced. 
170000   PCV Hose 
175000   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
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 
64200 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. 
103000   New brake booster needed. Started whistling and not holding pressure. Could hear from inside cabin. 
115000   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   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   Bought quality bulbs (made in Germany - OSRAM?) to replace the ones I had bought last year. Popped them in, no more issues. 
135000   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
40000 mi US $42 Coolant bypass valve failed. Replaced. 
61700   Replace front brake pads, not rotors 
62000   battery failed, replaced at no mechanic cost at auto parts store 
68000   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. 
72000   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
117000 mi US $680 CEL and rough idling. Replaced direct ignition module and induction cleaned the fuel system.  
128000   Car not warming up properly, suspected a bad thermostat stuck in open position. Thermostat was replaced and car runs normally. 
146000   Replaced rear shocks 
152000   Front Swaybar bushing replaced to stop creaking noise 
158000   CEL came on, some stumbling after a cold start. 
162000   Noise while in motion. Problem was diagnosed to be a failing rear wheel bearing. 
172000   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
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
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
15000 mi US $1500 Synco for reverse went out so car could not reliably go into reverse 
17000   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
54300 mi US $780 Ignition module failed - plugs fouled 
61000   heater water supply hose leaking 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2011
64000 mi US $1100 Replaced exhaust manifold leak. Replaced water pump. 
70000   Heater valve leaking - replaced. 
76000   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
90520 mi   Car vibrated when braking and severe lack of breaking power. Brake service with replacement of front disk and pads.  
91760   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   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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