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Expensive Saab 9-7X repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (33%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (27%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 15 repairs.
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Saab 9-7X repair cost distribution

$2500+ (60%)

$1000 - $2499 (40%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Saab 9-7X 4dr SUV

300-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

68000 mi

US $280
replaced front wheelhub assembly, took 3 hours. Used timkin bearings, have not had any issues since then. 
83000 mi

US $1400
Torque converter was falling apart in trans pan, had full trans rebuild with shift kit installed and HD Torque converter from 1/2 ton Silverado HD 
95000 mi

US $100
Steering had shimmy, started to wonder, replaced outer tie rod ends due to wear, had vehicle aligned 

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2006 Saab 9-7X 4dr SUV

300-horsepower 5.3L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

148000 mi

US $3390
Front Differential had to be repaired/replaced due to lock up, took so long due to other problems found at this time. 
152000 mi

US $704
Replace rear air bags, rear suspension, bags were leaking air overnight due to one bag having a braising (left rear) other bag replaced due to wear. These bags are part of a complex rear suspension system. 
157000 mi

US $640
Computer Glitch, vehicle would not start had to be towed to shop, had power but would not turn over, all programming and computer functions were checked, lost satellite communications and had to be re-programmed, actual problem never found 
155500 mi

US $270
No oil pressure showing on gauge plus alert on dash. Diagnostics, replaced oil pressure sending unit. 
165000 mi

US $115
Engine knocking, brought in for repairs, needed new engine (complete) due to oil pump problem. Headlights blinking during normal operation. 
168000 mi

US $478
Replaced starter Squealing noise and thump when brakes applied, replaced a wheel bearing. 
139000 mi

US $99
Transfer case control motor failed. Transfer case locked in all wheel drive mode. Front wheels binding in slow speed turns causing "crow hopping" Front differential driver side axle seal leaking as a result on prolonged driving with a failed transfer case control motor and "crow hopping" symptoms. Replaced HID ballast. 
150000 mi

US $10000
Oil sensor switch failure. No report of low oil pressure but oil change was ~10k miles overdue. Resulted in spun rod bearing that required replacement of entire engine. Replace engine, all belts, water pump, spark plugs, plug wires 
77700 mi

US $640
Rear sagging, air compressor system went out blew out the springs. Converted to shocks. 
81000 mi

US $130
Oil Pressure sensor replaced. Replaced sensor and reset TPTC(?). 
85000 mi

US $930
Throttle system went bad had to replace, throttle pedal, throttle body, gasket, laser, release. 
86000 mi

US $948
Replaced broken wheel bearing and LL cracked ball joint. Loud grinding noise, heard louder on the inside of the car, and popping or clanking sound from the affected wheel. Also wore down tire unevenly on the damaged side. 
92000 mi

US $2500
Replaced control arms on right and left.  Replaced rear transfer case encoder motor. 
101000 mi

US $200
I could not get the back hatch door open. Release bar/ mechanism had to be replaced. Very rusty! 
88000 mi

US $2500
changed all fluids, replaced all 4 shocks. installed auto trans shift cable. Replaced front windscreen. replaced 2 front tires. replaced front Saab emblem. replaced radio antennae. Installed roof mount DVD. Replaced both headlight ballasts. 
90000 mi

US $250
Battery light on dash dim and always lit, even when car not running only way to extinguish light is remove cluster fuse. Changed alternator. Didn't fix issue. I'm thinking the gauge cluster is the issue. Front axle seal driver side leaking. 
95000 mi

US $287
CEL. Tighten gas cap dashboard message accompanied by CEL. The purge valve solenoid failed. 
97000 mi

US $170
CEL still on. Replaced fuel pump. Faulty fuel pump installed during sensor recall visit. 
100000 mi

US $187
I replaced the battery. The battery was only 3 years old but it was starting to become weak and the car was slow to turn over after sitting overnight. 

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2005 Saab 9-7X

Engine not specified

147000 mi

US $100
A pulley in the engine was loose. It needed to be replaced. A faint knocking or whistling sound at 55+mph. Very loud at 75+mph. 
150000 mi

US $2000
AWD system needed a new encoder motor. The car was "binding", and was hesitant to reverse or accelerate while turning. Flushed and replaces transfer case and differential fluids at the same time. Had to be taken to Saab dealer;GM can't do it 
179000 mi

US $2000
Bearing and ball joints had to be replaced 
77000 mi

US $2300
Steering broken complained about this since 40,000 miles. Problem is half fixed since it is still intermittant just like before the total break down 

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Saab 9-7X Expensive Problems

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