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2006 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Engine (49%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 121 repairs.
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2006 Saab 9-5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (31%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 49 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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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2013
May 2013

74000 mi

US $400
Replaced both rear rotors and rear pads. PCV check-valve failed. 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Apr 2016
Feb 2015

149500 mi

US $1600
Leaking water pump Replaced tie rod Oil pressure sensor replaced TWICE unit and ignition switch need to be replaced. Parts on order. 
Oct 2015

151000 mi

US $401
Drive belt and pulleys 
Saab 9-5 in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2014 - Sep 2016
Mar 2015

97960 mi
Parasitic Battery Drain. If vehicle left >48 hours dead battery. Appears to be radio amplifier drawing current after key removed. Still working to clear. Suspect is related to ignition cylinder as radio continues to work with key removed. 
Apr 2015

98560 mi

C $100
Identified that cause of Battery drain was not parasitic drain. It was caused by a bad cell in the battery. Replaced battery & all OK (old battery 3 years old) 
Aug 2015

100440 mi

C $500
DIC (Direct Ignition Cassette) had been setting error codes for some time & there were occasional misfires on hard acceleration. Ordered new OEM DIC from US supplier & installed. 
Jan 2016

103520 mi

C $30
Replaced Valve cover gasket. Entirely preventative as OEM gasket was still in place, but had minor leak. 
Saab 9-5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2010 - Jul 2013
Oct 2011

106000 mi

US $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 California, United States
Oct 2009 - Nov 2015
Apr 2009

33000 mi
Replacement of peeling interior trim bits (under warranty). 
Jul 2009

41000 mi
Replacement of shorted out front sensor for the dratted self leveling headlights (under warranty). 
Sep 2009

48000 mi
Replacement of a leaky coolant hose and a new battery (under warranty) 
Oct 2009

49900 mi
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.) 
Sep 2011

86000 mi
Electric gas door lock, will be replaced under warranty 
Apr 2012

96000 mi
Hoses for transmission needed replacement 
Jun 2012

99000 mi
thermostat and temp sensor were damaged. 
Aug 2012

103000 mi

US $300
Nov 2012

108500 mi

US $4100
transmission died 
Feb 2013

112000 mi

US $1500
All engine seals needed to be replaced 
Sep 2013

123000 mi

US $200
Oil seals 
Jul 2014

139700 mi

US $2000
All seals needed to be replaced. 
Saab 9-5 in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2011 - Sep 2016
Jun 2012

91000 mi

US $450
Faulty Direct Ignition Module replaced 
Nov 2012

98000 mi

US $200
Faulty thermostat and coolant sensor replaced. 
Jan 2014

114000 mi

US $450
Flex center pipe replaced. 
Jun 2016

146000 mi

US $700
Front Passenger Window Lift assembly replaced. One of the engine seals leaked oil. 
Saab 9-5 in Rhode Island, United States
Nov 2010 - Jul 2012
Mar 2011

59000 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2011

61000 mi
AC/fan shuts off intermittently. Have not repaired yet. 
Sep 2011

63000 mi
vacuum hose leak - hose replaced under warranty fan cutting out - heater control head and relay replaced under warranty 

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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
Nov 2010 - Oct 2012
Mar 2011

64000 mi

US $634
Had new Xenon Bulbs put in. 
Apr 2011

65000 mi

US $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 
Aug 2011

75000 mi

US $430
Replaced trailing arm and sway bar bushings Brakes finished (Rotors and pads put on) 
Sep 2011

78000 mi

US $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. 
Dec 2011

81000 mi

US $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. 
Jan 2012

81000 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2012

81700 mi

US $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 
May 2012

82300 mi

US $270
Put new correct front spring on (bought new correct front springs & back[ left back as is]) 
Jun 2012

83000 mi

US $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. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

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

Saab 9-5 in Utah, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2013
Aug 2013

99000 mi

US $1600
Had to replace all struts and shocks as well as the bearings. 
Saab 9-5 in Minnesota, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

120000 mi
I needed to change out my spark plugs. 
Saab 9-5 in Utah, United States
Jan 2016 - Sep 2016
Jun 2016

168000 mi

US $900
Replaced crank position sensor. Replaced exhaust mid-pipe and resonator 
Saab 9-5 in Malaysia
Feb 2013 - Sep 2016
Feb 2013

81840 mi

Subframe bushes were worn. Knocking sound when changing gears 
May 2013

87400 mi

Shock absorbers were bad. Knocking sound while driving. 
Oct 2013

95460 mi

Replaced check valve for brake booster vacuum line. Brake was not working well when car started. Check valve broke. 
Mar 2014

98580 mi

Radiator gave way and dump all the coolant on the road. Had to get the car towed to the workshop and replaced the radiator. 
Jul 2014

104820 mi

Bearing for the intermediate shaft failed. Replaced it and found that my wheel bearing was jammed good. Had to replace the whole steering wheel knuckle, wheel bearing and outer CV joint. 
Oct 2014

110200 mi

AC fan was shutting off intermittently. Non of the AC Panel buttons could restart the fan, and the fan will turn back on automatically when it felt like it. Turn out to be the Fan Control Unit or Fan Resistor pack that was faulty. 
Jan 2015

115360 mi

Check valve for the PCV system broke, and the hoses had a crack. Replaced the PCV with an Aluminum type and replaced hoses. Throttle body needed to be reset. 
May 2015

121880 mi

Fixed the hydraulic lifts for the bonnet. Changed battery after 1.5 years of usage. Maintenance free type DIN66L. 
Oct 2015

129540 mi

Alternator bearing seized, pulley was dislodged, serpentine belt came loose. 
Dec 2015

132060 mi

Leaking high pressure power steering hose Changed outside temperature sensor 
May 2016

139500 mi

Engine mounts were shot. replaced them and all is well. 
Jul 2016

143180 mi

Brake booster hose cracked causing loss of braking power. 
Sep 2016

145700 mi

Transmission was leaking oil. Changed the transmission oil seals. 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2015
Sep 2014

84000 mi
Had to replace PCV hoses and cam cover gasket 
Dec 2014

87000 mi

US $450
Saab 9-5 in Texas, United States
Jul 2011 - Oct 2016
Jun 2013

52000 mi

US $600
Replaced steering fluid pipe Replaced 2 of 4 engine mounts Battery replaced. 4 years old. replaced front pads 
Oct 2013

53300 mi

US $300
DI cassette failed. Coded 1312 
Mar 2015

57000 mi

US $210
Direct ignition cassette failure. Cause MIL Several codes. 
Aug 2015

57000 mi

US $77
Right Headlamp Washer broken. Replaced. 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Nov 2014
Jan 2012

53720 mi

C $100
Faulty thermostat triggered check engine light. 
May 2012

55480 mi

C $350
Coolant was leaking out. Heat Control Valve was faulty and needed replacing. 
Aug 2012

57960 mi

C $170
Xenon headlight had burned out. Bulb was replaced and headlight is working fine. 
Sep 2014

67580 mi

C $250
Reasonator needed replacing 
Oct 2014

68180 mi

C $300
Fuel Ignition Module steering rod bushings 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - Sep 2014
Oct 2011

71920 mi

C $1120
Valve and hoses in the fuel system Valve taking coolant into the Heater Core 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - May 2015
Nov 2010

45880 mi
Problem with audio controller on steering wheel 
Feb 2012

58880 mi

C $300
Thermometer gauge and thermometer sensor 
May 2012

61220 mi

C $613
Coolant bypass valve failed. Valve normally lasts from 100,000-120,000 kilometers. Coolant system had to be flushed as well. 
Aug 2012

64460 mi

C $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. 
Jul 2013

72520 mi

C $550
PCV Valve Engine spark plugs 
Aug 2013

73160 mi
Direct Ignition cassette (DIC) finally gave out after almost 120,000 kns, 
May 2014

79980 mi

C $800
Fuel pump failure. 
Saab 9-5 in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Feb 2012

71000 mi
Broken seat rails Replaced window regulator Driver door weatherstripping decayed 
Saab 9-5 in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Dec 2011

78000 mi

US $140
replace battery 
Saab 9-5 in Arizona, United States
Oct 2010 - Feb 2013
Nov 2010

60000 mi

US $900
PCV valve replacement; "throttle body" repair 
Dec 2010

65000 mi

US $1700
electrical relays replaced. 60000 mile service 
Apr 2011

70000 mi

US $1400
engine management system repair 
Nov 2011

80000 mi

US $980
Heater control valve leaking; replaced 
Jul 2012

92000 mi

US $650
vacuum leak causing fueling errors. 
Saab 9-5 in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2013 - May 2014
Apr 2013

69500 mi

US $100
Replaced bad tstat 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-5 in Utah, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2011
Sep 2010

40000 mi

US $500
Replaced alternator  
Jan 2011

50000 mi

US $100
Replaced coolant thermostat  
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
- Sep 2009
Sep 2009

27000 mi
Fuel pump failed. Replaced fuel pump. Sunroof assembly making noise when vehicle goes over bumps. Replaced sunroof cassette. Dye on driver's seat peeling. 
Saab 9-5 in Arizona, United States
Dec 2015 - Sep 2016
Sep 2016

109000 mi

US $250
Saab 9-5 in Vermont, United States
Jun 2015 - Oct 2016
Jul 2015

156300 mi

US $1800
new clutch, rear main seal, slave cylinder, re-seal oil pan 
Oct 2016

167000 mi
New crank position sensor,  new cat back exhaust. 
Saab 9-5 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Sep 2015
May 2014

79980 mi

C $650
Exhaust at the manifold 
Jun 2014

80600 mi

C $600
Replaced rear pads and disks 
Sep 2015

84320 mi
Front brakes needed replacement Needed an engine computer. Ran like it had a tank of bad gas. Heavy throttle was awesome, but idled like it was trying to save itself (600-1000 RPM bounces). Kept tripping the check engine light, would invalidate the emissions test due in Dec. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Saab 9-5 in Great Britain
Feb 2013 - Jan 2014
Sep 2013

114000 mi

Car starts intermittently on key switch transponder failed 
Nov 2013

118000 mi

Full beam wouldn't work so failed MOT. Bulb fine so electrical fault checked back to dry joint on a relay that needed welding/soldering. £100 was more than I was expecting of a bulb for £5. Full beam light didn't display. Now fixed. 

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