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2006 Saab 9-5 Problems and Repair Histories

38 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Saab 9-5. 20 of these members (52.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 73 repairs to 2006 Saab 9-5s--an average of 1.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2006 Saab 9-5 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 Saab 9-5 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

40% of the 2006 Saab 9-5 repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 5% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 73 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-5 repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Saab 9-5 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 5% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 31% between $500 and $999, 18% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 39 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 2006 Saab 9-5 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Saab 9-5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 89000    
106000 1500 Slight oil leak from pan was diagnosed as a bad pcv hose that increased pressure on oil pan seal. Hose replaced and new seal installed. Replaced throttle body assembly and two hoses with valves in the pvc system attached to the throttle body assembly. After replacing the PCV hoses and throttle body the car ran better, but as well as it should. The direct injection cassette DIC was misfiring on one cylinder, replacing it resolved the issue. 
 
Saab 9-5 in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 55000    
59000 50 high beam failure - orange relay replaced under CPO front emblem enamel flaked off - emblem replaced under CPO. Parking brakes too loose, did not hold well - had dealer adjust. 
61000 0 AC/fan shuts off intermittently. Have not repaired yet. 
63000 0 vacuum hose leak - hose replaced under warranty fan cutting out - heater control head and relay replaced under warranty 
 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replacement of peeling interior trim bits (under warranty). 
0 Replacement of shorted out front sensor for the dratted self leveling headlights (under warranty). 
0 Replacement of a leaky coolant hose and a new battery (under warranty) 
0 Replacement of DIC, usually needs replacement at 60000 miles. This one at 50000. Also had brake fluid replaced. (DIC was under warranty, brake fluid not.) 
86000 0 Electric gas door lock, will be replaced under warranty 
96000 0 Hoses for transmission needed replacement 
99000 0 thermostat and temp sensor were damaged. 
103000 300 Bushings 
108500 4100 transmission died 
112000 1500 All engine seals needed to be replaced 
123000 200 Oil seals 
137000  

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 57000    
64000 634 Had new Xenon Bulbs put in. 
65000 205 LH axle seal leaking gear oil. Removed LH axle and replace axle seal. Refilled transmission oil and road tested. Vehicle OK Spring for arm rest 
75000 430 Replaced trailing arm and sway bar bushings Brakes finished (Rotors and pads put on) 
78000 333 Heater bypass valve gave out at 75,675. Known issue with car. Plastic part in coolant system gives way. Actually the rubber gasket gives out. 
81000 561 rear camber issue. Known for 9-5 wagons. Was advised of rear steering knuckle bushing wear. Had rear upper and lower knuckle bushings replaced(both sides). Vehicle was sent for an alignment. Still needs shims for rear alignment issue. 
81000 561 RH front camber out of spec(-1.4). Installed front camber bolt kits (supplied). Rear Camber out of spec(LH -1.5, RH-1.6). Installed supplied rear camber shims. 
81700 4119 Left rear shim added. Bought 4 New Tires Bridgestone Potenza-RE960 P235/45 R17. New Throttle body, had new O2 sensors put in. Had rattle in driver's side door looked at. Was the soft felt pad. Greased manual shifter.  Installed new Koni FSD shocks • 9-5 rear spring spacers 15mm o $796.67  Replaced the front springs with the wrong ones • 2 new strut mounts • 2 new seals • 2 new spring supports • 2 new strut bearings o $480.52  Wheel Alignm 
82300 270 Put new correct front spring on (bought new correct front springs & back[ left back as is]) 
83000 90 Put rear shims back in. Was having a problem with rear alignment. Still have it wrong, but now know what has to be done. A 6mm and a 3mm shim behind the rear bearing will fix the sag on the back of a 9-5 wagon. 
85000  

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 48980    
53720 100 Faulty thermostat triggered check engine light. 
55480 350 Coolant was leaking out. Heat Control Valve was faulty and needed replacing. 
57960 170 Xenon headlight had burned out. Bulb was replaced and headlight is working fine. 
65100  
Saab 9-5 in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 71000    
71000 0 Broken seat rails Replaced window regulator Driver door weatherstripping decayed 
 
Saab 9-5 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 67000    
78000 140 replace battery 
 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 70680    
71920 1120 Valve and hoses in the fuel system Valve taking coolant into the Heater Core 
99200  
Saab 9-5 in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 55000    
60000 900 PCV valve replacement; "throttle body" repair 
65000 1700 electrical relays replaced. 60000 mile service 
70000 1400 engine management system repair 
80000 980 Heater control valve leaking; replaced 
92000 650 vacuum leak causing fueling errors. 
 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 44640    
45880 0 Problem with audio controller on steering wheel 
58880 300 Thermometer gauge and thermometer sensor 
61220 613 Coolant bypass valve failed. Valve normally lasts from 100,000-120,000 kilometers. Coolant system had to be flushed as well. 
64460 725 Electronic Control Unit or Ballast which controls the HID headlamps failed. Ballast parts, one for each headlamp, HID lights and labour all total the cost. 
72520 550 PCV Valve Engine spark plugs 
73160 0 Direct Ignition cassette (DIC) finally gave out after almost 120,000 kns, 
78120  

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