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Saab 9-5 repairs by problem area

Engine (49%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

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

Other (5%)

Chart based on 1125 repairs.
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Saab 9-5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (30%)

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Chart based on 849 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Saab 9-5 problems by year

before 2001 (29%)

2002 - 2005 (56%)

2006 - 2009 (14%)

2010 - 2016 (0%)

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Chart based on 1132 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5 Personal Experiences: Pros
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 190hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
Saab delivers way over their size. It is an underdog full 2011 Saab 9-5 review
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 260hp 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
My last SAAB was a 2003 9-3. 5sp manual. I must have gotten a good one because it was really reliable and got 35mpg on the hwy! Oh! and a real hoot to drive. full 2006 Saab 9-5 review
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 220hp 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
All around top-notch performance, handling, room, reliability, comfort full 2004 Saab 9-5 review
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Years of owning Saabs (9000 SE, 9000 Aero, 9-5 Aero (01,02,02) have revealed the same set of initial issues, but the engines themselves are rock solid and have an amazing power/mpg ratio for 4 cylinders. full 2002 Saab 9-5 review
Saab 9-5 Personal Experiences: Cons
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
One has to be VERY careful when shopping, the car requires constant learning and very educated approach, not suitable for an average A-to-B person. Owning earlier model years (pre-2004) can make you allergic to any SAABs, not just 9-5s. full 2004 Saab 9-5 review

Saab 9-5 Problems and Repair Histories

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