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Saab 9-5 Sedan



  • avg1982avg1982 Posts: 1
    This has happened to me 3 times on my Saab 95 (1999)----Dec 2003, May 2004 and today....just stalls...once onthe highway luckily was heavy traffic so no one hit warning...engine lite comes on and stops....should we write into NHTSA's Office of Defects to complain not sure how the process works with them..
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    because of this web site i learned many years ago of potential problems with the di cassette.
    as a result ,and just in case , i purchased a di from the internet ,for $210.
    and ,i carry it in my trunk . i use the car for long trips and do not want to be at the mercy of a dealer $ 600. for the di is a rip-off because it takes less than 20 minutes ,if , to change this item.
    mine is a 2000 aero
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    just got a letter from saab saying that they now guarantee my engine ,a 2003 aero 4 for 8 years unlimited mileage provide that i have done all services ,which i have ,above and beyond.
    changed my oil/filter every 2500 to 3000 miles and transmission fluid every 5 or 6,000 miles.

    but when the warranty expired i threw out all the oil purchase receipts
    i did my own work most od the time ,but the dealer did a good portion so maybe i am ok. just have to get all receipts from the dealer.

    car is now 6 years old and 80,000 miles .

    thought that saab built good cars.........major disappointment.
  • accsellaccsell Posts: 5
    Now Saab Says not to Upgrade Crank Vent! Bulletin.htm12/2004)

    NEW 9-5 Crankcase Vent / Oil Leak si210-2417.pdf 10/2003)

    9-5 Crankcase Ventilation / Oil Leak fix .pdf 2002)

    I had this service preformed by SAAB Dealer in Feb 2005 - $409.00
    DO-NOT-DO bulletin issued by SAAB in 12/2004
    Do you think Dealer should refund my money since they SHOULD have
    had knowledge this was to be immediately stopped by order of SAAB
    and any previously done procedure reversed if demanded by customer.?

    What Say ye? - Accsell
  • kwskws Posts: 1
    Hello Everyone-
    I'm considering a 2003 9-5 (4 cyl, 71K miles) as a potential candidate in my search for a newer (and a bit nicer) vehicle. My primary goal is to drive whatever car I select another 100+K miles and enjoy it. I've seen many of the criticisms around the repair history of the European cars, but I'm really taken with the styling. And I like the bit of luxury they offer, too.
    So...beyond the normal maitenance just what do I need to be aware of when looking at this car? (Or is the "normal" maitenenace enough to be scared away?...) And what should I be expecting at 71K miles and beyond?
    I have no history with Saab at all, so anything you can offer would certainly be appreciated.
    Many thanks,
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    all i can say is based on my experience is to stay away from saab after 50,000 miles.
    i am going on 85,000 miles no major problems but with this new engine oil deal --read above --and what i have heard ,i suggest that you think before you buy
  • aeronautaeronaut Posts: 12
    Spyshot of 2006 update to 9-5. Real or photoshop? image
  • aeronautaeronaut Posts: 12
    Pic of my Aeroimage
  • mickkmickk Posts: 2
    I'm about to turn 100k on on a 01 95 Aero that I bought as a certified used with 33k in 03. I get great service from Just Saab in Fairfield, OH, the car has been almost faultless, and where else can you ge that performance and 30+ mpg on the interstate?
  • wesselwessel Posts: 4
    Did your car just die and then eventually restart. I am going on my 3rd summer of trying to find out why my car is stalling in the heat. In the winter its just fine but once its over 85 degrees I will be driving along and its almost like it ran out of gas but if Iet it sit for awhile it starts back up. I have it with a new mechanic right now and they still can't narrow it down. Can you give me more information on your cassette issue?
  • wesselwessel Posts: 4
    I am right now trying to find out why my 2000 Saab 95 is stalling on me. For the last 3 summers whenever it gets over 85 degrees, randomly my car will just stall. If I let it sit for awhile it will start back up but this can take an hour or so. I have had it into 2 different mechanics, neither can get it to die on them and haven't figured out for sure what it is. The think it could be a fuel pump but not sure since it has been going on for a few summes now. I am getting really frustrated and was referred to this website to maybe find someone who has had a similiar problem.
  • wesselwessel Posts: 4
    Where did you buy the cassette?
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    i got the cassete from an e-mail place i think the name is EUROPARTS.

    STALLING i think that what you describe is vapor lock.

  • rico3rico3 Posts: 1
    I'm having the same problem with my 1999 9.5se. Were you able to solve the problem? What caused it?
    any assistance would be appreciated so I can pass it along to my new mechanic.
  • pattylpattyl Posts: 2
    I love my SAAb but I should have known I got a bad one when it broke down the first day I had it. I was doing 70 mph and all of a sudden, the car had no power. After two weeks back at the dealer, they replaced the throttle body ( had to get the part from Sweden).. This has happened two times since and the car only has 28,000 miles on it. Has anyone else experienced this problem ??? I think I have a LEMON !!!!!
  • tashfeentashfeen Posts: 2
    Have you checked the fuel pump.?
  • tashfeentashfeen Posts: 2
    Not possible to have 2 throttle bodies changed in such a short span. Change your dealer and also explain in detail what happened in the first place.
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    it may happen to you . has happened to many from what i have read in other forums.
    this is the way it goes .

    you lose the low beam.

    the high is good. and you get home with it. maybe ?

    then ,you will lose the high beam.

    to make the story short.

    go to the engine fuse box.

    you will see that there are 4 headlight fuses .plus one grey low beam relay,plus an orange low,hi beam relay.

    check out the small 4 fuses first . they are in front and next to each other.

    if all ok , then the culprit is the orange fuse.

    here are your choices ,( i have just learned this over the past few days )
    dealer $110 for the fuse plus maybe another $ 60. to install ,etc...or more if they can get away with it )

    you---------- and this is what i did after being told how to. $20.

    take out the orange fuse by moving the tab on top to the side and then pulling hard on the fuse.

    then ,using a small knife pry open the bottom. easy to do,even i did it.

    then take out the circuit board .
    if you are able ,with a magnifying glass, look at the bottom of the board and you will see that there are 2 or 4 split solders.


    or, take the fuse out ,take it to a tv repair place and ask them to inspect and resolder the busted part.
    total cost $ 20.

    and reinstall.

    like my granchildren say, ALL DONE.

    happy trails again .

    and ,in spite of all this and other problems ,this saab is still my favorite car over my mb and others including an fx35.

    i may change my mind if this keeps up.
  • aeronautaeronaut Posts: 12
    Front, rear and interior views of the updated 9-5image
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Thanks for the photos. Although we have always owned Volvos (among others), SAABs I think have a nicer interior and are more fun. We went on a 400 mile trip over the fourth to ME in our Cross Country and my wife came back a day later in her friend's 9-5. She thought that the SAAB rode better and was a nicer touring vehicle. Incidentally, while in ME we saw lots of older SAABs but the Official Maine State Car, the one that replaced the SAAB, is clearly the Suburu. How SAAB let Volvo and Suburu shoulder them out of this market is a sad story.

    I think that given SAAB's lack of resale, a real steal would be a late model 9-5 AERO with the Air conditioned seats. Or a plain jane 9-5 very late model with a stick for real short (under 20K) money. Throw on some Blizzaks come winter and you would have almost AWD. Its real puzzling why the resale, especially in the Northeast, is so low. All those young studs in Bimmer 3 Series must have a fun time getting around in the white stuff.
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