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Saab 9-5 Sedan



  • lntlnt Posts: 188
    My son has a 99 9-5 4 cylinder. He just called and said he was going down the interstate and lost all power, engine died and when he pushed on the gas pedal black smoke came out of the tail pipe. Anyone have any idea what happened? Does that sound like DI failure? He has over 130,000 miles on it.
  • jturbojturbo Posts: 3
    Just bought this 99 Saab 9-5 SE, drove fine for the first 100 miles and the transmission started when re-turned on from beign parked for 15 mins to feel like when begining to run from stop like is on winter mode button or 3rd gear. If you stop couple of times or turn off the car and then on again it goes away but comes later on.
    This car was nicely cared off from what it seems, possibly elderly previously owned it since there are no signs of city traffic.
    I would appreciate anybodys feedback.
    Joe :cry:
  • subiesubie Posts: 3
    hi i am just starting to look into some luxury cars for my dad and i was wondering what type of gas does the new 2006 saab 9-5 use. premium or regular. any help would be appricated
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    Maybe he accidently hit the key fob in the center console, and knocked it into the off position.
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    I hadn't been in a SAAB dealership in some time so I stopped in at O'Connor Saab in Augusta, ME over the weekend. Nice, knowledgeable people etc. The sales guy I met has me convinced that a 9-5 with the sport package is just as good as an Audi A6 and a lot le$$.

    Apparently, Saab dropped the Aero model for 2006 and replaced it with a "sport" option (tuned chassis, special wheels, special interior trim, and 10mm lower body). The MSRP on a 9-5 with this package is about 35K. Supposedly it is the same as the Aero of yesteryear. It does seem though that the front spoiler is the same as the regular 9-5 and not a chin dragger as the old Aero was. This is good news for a Mainiac.

    So, what is going to happen to all the people who ponied up 42K (at MSRP) last year for an Aero when this year's version is only 35K? What could a used '05 Aero be possibly worth now? Maybe an '05 Aero at 29K would be the way to go? Come on, there must be some way to work this arbitrage.
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    Just hang'n around in Charles Town RI, for a few weeks - a little vacation from the California sun. Love'n all the older SAAB's. In response to your question, guess it's just supply and demand, GM/market influences that are causing a cost reduction. As you may remember, the 9000 was even a bit costlier to build than the 9-5. Supply and demand. SAAB wants to increase both. All I want to know is - where is the AWD Sport Combi?
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    Here are some of my concerns with what you are saying. First of all, the dealership should not be swapping parts out of other new cars to try to fix yours. Realize this - there is no way that the New Car Sales Division would allow the R&R Division to grab parts from a new car. Would you, if you were in charge of New Car Sales? Ain't gonna happen. Sales and R&R are separate entities in any dealership, not just SAAB. If you feel this is happening, you need to report this to SAAB USA immediately. Also, I'm wondering if this problem is persistent, or intermitant. Has the dealership been able to reproduce the problem? Are they just going by your reports? Is there something that they actually cannot figure out? Please give some technical details. 30 days in the repair shop is a long time. Have you tried another dealership? Are they waiting for a specific, hard-to-find part? Is there an independent around?
  • the turbo went out and the car is constant turbo after about 100 thousand miles they go you can buy a used one for around 345 dollars
  • Hello All,

    I am trying to help a friend out. She has a '02 9-5 Aero w/ 63,000 miles and is having a stalling issue when the engine is cold. She says it doesnt happen when its warm out. But now that the weather is getting colder the problem is happening more. The car either hesitates or just stalls out completely. If it hesitates she basically floors the gas to keep it going. Once the engine is warm, the problem goes away. She hasnt had the car long and this will be her first winter with it. My assumption is the problem will get worse as the weather gets colder.

    I see from prior post # 1785 that someone had a similar issue and the fix was to Decarbonize the engine and replace the throttle body. Is this the normal fix? The post also mentions something about having the updated software version. Is this something that must be done at the dealer? I dont know much about Saabs and neither does she. Any help is appreciated.
  • So, in hot weather, do the non-ventilated Saab leather seats get all hot and sweaty? Just wondering. I've had the ventilated before, and they rock, but might skip it this time around if I can get some feedback. Thanks.
  • I have a set of four Ronal 16" wheels with very nice Nokian Haka snows mounted. The tires were used one season and very lightly at that. They came off a 2002 9-5 Aero.

    They are listed for sale on ebay w/ itme # 260034202104

    Nokian Haka Sipe
    215/55 R16 97H XL
    ExtraLoad M+S

    Ronal Wheels
    looks to be 7.5" wide w/ 35mm offset
    I think the bolt patter is 5x110 (from inet search)
  • I have a year 2000 base 9-5, auto transmission, with 72,000 miles on it. I am trying to figure out what my annual maintenance costs are likely to be over the next three years. Anybody have an educated guess? Thanks in advance.
  • Ordered a 2007 9-5 Aero, which is supposed to be delivered any time to Denver from Oct. 9 to early Nov. As a longtime Saab fan, and former owner of a 1996 900 SE (great car), I am of course on pins and needles waiting for the day I roll out of there in the fusion blue/parchment combo. The dealership tells me I will be the first 2007 owner in Denver.

    I had to special order the manual tran, because apparently no one likes them anymore. Will it be built the way it is supposed to? Will they tighten the clamps on the radiator hoses this time? Will the upgraded suspension be there? The excessive body roll was the chief reason I have been waiting since 2000 and watching to buy. I hope my reasoning is sound: Still a great motor, I'll take the 4 cylinder, thank you, and though a mature line, this should be about the time they've got it right. I don't expect Saabs to be as reliable as Toyotas, but I don't want to spend all my time and money in the repair shop.

    Speaking of Toyotas, my girlfriend didn't hold her nose when I drove up for the first time in my 1991 Toyota that has been kind of a back-up, around town car, but won't die type of thing. And she has been wonderful and practical and loved me despite no hot car ever since. I look forward to that first night when I drive up in the Aero to take her to dinner; and we will roll a little differently.

    First trip: The whole length of New Mexico's deserts. My old 900SE got up to 145 mph, without breathing hard, on an isolated highway. Wonder what this one can do?

    BTW: Can anyone recommend a bicycle rack? I was thinking of the behind the back bumper type. Thanks.

    PS: If you're wondering what happened to the 900, my ex drove it head on at 70 mph into a Ford Explorer. Totaled both vehicles, of course. She walked out with a small bruise. (Thank goodness the other driver was uninjured as well.) Go Saab. In safety.
  • zoozeekzoozeek Posts: 32
    I have a 2005 9-5 Arc Wagon. I just picked it up from the dealership for the fourth time (in one year) for a recurring problem: there's a "clicking" or "popping" when steering, both felt through the wheel and heard... each time the dealership fixes it, but it comes back... they've changed or re-aligned the steering column, and changed something with the wheels... now, the manager is telling me that other 9-5s have the same problem and there's nothing he can do about it... any advice? has anyone else experienced this problem?
  • Folks, my Aero came in and have driven it a little. Quite frankly, I am amazed. My expectations have been surpassed by far. I'll give a more thorough report as I drive it more, but oh my gosh. What a shame if GM shuts this line down. My friend who drives an Audi A-6 was very impressed after driving it.

    Everything about this car has been improved. I almost miss the head snapping, turbo whistling, torque steering 900 SE I previously had. They have smoothed most of that stuff out, and the Aero suspension tuning is far better than the 2t test driver. I'm glad i waited until this year. The cornering is superb and the secondary acceleration downright frightening. I had to special order the manual tranny, and glad i did. It supposed to be a bit quicker than the auto. The clutch is much easier on your leg; the old one tended to be stiff to compress. Suspect this new one is hydrolic? :) so far so good!
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    Do you still have them?
  • sidvsidv Posts: 63
    Did you mean the 2.3T 9-5 test driver, not the "2t"?

    After a fairly negative experience with my '04 9-3, I find it hard to believe but I am considering an '07 9-5 2.3T because everything else seems so overpriced or has other issues such as lack of convenient dealers. The 9-5 is a car I actually like, despite reservations about a few dated interior elements, and research seems to suggest that (most) 9-5s are more reliable than 9-3s.

    What specifically is better about the Aero suspension? I was planning to avoid it because I've heard it's rather harsh and I don't care about any marginal gains in cornering at the expense of ride quality.
  • nelsoncmnelsoncm Posts: 103
    well, here's the thing. The new saab 9-5s are basically all based on the old Aero's. Remember when they had the Linear, the Arc and the Aero versions of the 9-5? (Pre 2006) Now they're essentially all aero's, but they don't call them that. For more $$$, you can get the "aero package" (previously called the "sports package"), which drops the chassis a whole 10mm and tightens the suspension. And you get the extra plushy seats with optional cooling fans(though to me they seem overstuffed.) But I think the 9-5 is already sporty enough, sits low enough and rides tight enough for my taste. But that's just me. I'm on my second 9-5 wagon, and I don't even especially like the way they drive (too rough, not enough storage for your stuff), but when you compare them to the other wagons out there on the market (volvo, vw, bmw, etc.), Saabs are a good bet. My 02 had very few problems, only 2 of a mechanical nature in 4 years.
  • mjp4mjp4 Posts: 1
    Hi. Did you ever get a response to your questions? I have a 2002 9-5, approx. 65k miles, and am having the exact same problems. I usually just let my car "warm up" for 2 minutes before I drive, but I'd rather get it actually fixed. Did your friend get her Saab fixed and, if so, how?

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