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2006 Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 107 repairs.

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
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 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 
Saab 9-5 in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 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. 

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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 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 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 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 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 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. 

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2006 Saab 9-5 Repair Histories

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