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Saab 9-5 Sedan



  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    I just bought some SCC Z-6 133 cables - $70. The fit is pretty good and I didn't notice any problems in a trial run. Supposedly they require only 1/4 inches of clearance.
  • Thanks for the info on the cables BCool. $70 would be great for the couple of days that I would use them a year.


    Where did you get them?
  • raja1raja1 Posts: 1
    I had to buy a car urgently..found a 99 SAAB 9-5 V6 with 100,000 miles on it...went ahead and dished out 6300$ and bought it without doing much research...

    i read the messages on the forum and im getting concerned abt the expensive repairs i might have to carry out...


    could you guys pls advise me on how to take good care of the i buy an extended warranty or something? if so,kindly suggest some company...




  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    i now have 85,000 miles on my 9.5 and for the past few weeks i have been smelling a strong odor to brake fluid or hydraulic fluid but no leaks anywhere.


    is this the same type of bad smell that has been associateed with this car ?


    i know that the smell problem is typical of some saabs but i never had it.does anyone know or can qualified the type of odor
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    I got them off the internet from Be careful - the lookup table will match the 135's with the 225-45/17's. They are too big. Get the 133's. According to the table they also fit the alternate Aero tire, the 215-55/16.
  • Bcool: Thanks for the tip on tire cables for my Aero! I think I will order a pair and check them out before I invest in Spider Spikes. Btw, how did you learn that the 133's fit properly, and that the 135's are too big? I can't find any additional info on the Vulcan website. (I assume from your prior post that you learned the hard way...?) Thanks.
  • blckislandguy................

    Thanks for the input regarding my exhaust/gas smell in the cabin area upon idle. I took my 1999 - 144M SE to my local SAAB Dealer and they diagnosed a collapsed intake hose and such. I then checked with 2 other independent repair facilities and it appears that SAAB released a Technical Service Bulletin in 10/2003 for this very problem. The solution is a replacement hose package and apparently replacement of the oil sending unit and drilling a breather hole in the crankcase and installation of a breather tube.


    Has anyone had this done to their Baby yet?

    Thanks, AccSell.
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    Trial and error. I bought the 135's. When I got them I was sort of suspicious because the 225-45/17 tire size was not listed on the tab. The tires on the tab seemed larger. I put them on anyway, and drove around the block. The rubber tensioner had lost all of it's tension and the cables were very loose. So, I ordered the 133's. They fit nicely.
  • Bcool: Thanks again. The cables arrived yesterday and I hope to try them out soon. No longer is my Aero stranded below the snow line!
  • nitinnitin Posts: 1

    I am planning to buy a 2001 saab se from a private seller. Its done 49000 miles and almost completed the warranty. The car is good in condition except that the seller has no service records after mar 2004.
    Whats a good price for this car?

    Thank You,
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    Somewhere between $14K to 17K. The SE V-6 has a heavier motor and requires a little more brake maintenance than its I-4 sister. It seems that there are more SE V-6's on the market than the I-4's.
  • I'm looking at the Saab 9 5 2005. What goes wrong with this car- is it expensive to keep running? Think Lexus would be a smarter buy reliability wise?
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    A new SAAB 9-5 has free maintanence for 3 or 4 years and a pretty good warranty. The 9-5 (2.3 liter) also has a very good reliability record. Hard to beat that. I think that you'll find that the SAAB rides better, is more manuverable, sits more comfortably and has some better qualities than a Lexus - brakes, steering, stereo, looks for example.
  • I think 2001s would be more in the $12k range now. My 2002 with 35k miles on it was only worth $12-15k retail a few months ago - dealer said wholesale was around $9k.
  • Hands down if you like the looks of a Lexus, go with that. Saab won't come close in terms of reliability or cost/hassles of repair.

    Our 2002 9-5 needed new rotors after 25,000 miles. And the last year we've had it in the shop 16 times. Mostly warranty-covered items breaking, but still a big hassle being at the dealer every 3-4 weeks. And if you encounter any major problems, Saab corporate won't help you out.

  • hungshyhungshy Posts: 74
    From my experience, different dealer has different inspect method to find the problem. So please try others that will help you find the answer soon.
  • Our 2002 9-5 drove fine for over a year and then the transmission began acting strange. Began cutting out and hesitating while accelerating. Almost rear-ended twice because of it. Dealer "could not replicate problem" after checking it 16 times over a 12 month period. We finally turned in the lease three months early because my wife was afraid to drive the car. We were unable to get anyone from corporate or even a regional rep to get involved. The customer service call center even delined our request to refund one month's base payment since it was in the shop for 45 days for this and other warranty repairs. GOOD LUCK.
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    JLumberger, I may not agree with you on the stats on recent SAAB reliability but I sure do agree with you on how they know how to kill a brand. Why put up with the quirks of a SAAB if you aren't going to get some hand holding when you have a problem? Why buy a suit from Brooks if they aren't going to adjust the waist free of charge after 30 days?

    Take SAAB resale figures. Unlike a Lexus or the Germans, no one buys a SAAB at MSRP. The factory has artificially high list prices, subvents the leases and deep discounts to move the iron. As a result the resale values are awful. And the brand is cheapened. (I think though that if you compute the resale values from transaction prices, they aren't that bad.)

    All of this reduces the brand to a K Mart item. This strategy (fictitous list prices, move the iron at any cost, poor customer service and no incentives for brand loyalty) must be driven by people who care only that they keep their job for one more quarter and to hell with the integrity of the brand.

    Speaking of strategy, the buff books have announcements about SAABs new 9-3 touring wagon/sport wagon. The problem is that it is only going to be offerred in 2WD! No one in their right mind is going to buy one with all the great AWD wagons available in this niche. SAAB by sticking to 2WD has simply given up the "winter car" niche they held 30 years ago.

    Maybe they just ought to roll up SAAB and merge with Saturn to form just ONE underperforming division?
  • good comments - I agree with you

    I wasn't aware of the 2WD sport wagon - no niche there...sounds like they reached once again into the GM parts bin and threw something together.

    I negotiated the $36k sticker on our 2002 9-5 down to $30k, which I thought was an amazing deal. I was shocked to learn 2 1/2 yrs later that wholesale was $9k. That's well below the average 3 year depreciation on most vehicles. And you're right - steep GM discounts, poor customer service and no regard for the integrity of the brand reduces a once cult brand to K Mart items.
    Meanwhile, my Audi continues to exceed my expectations at every turn and we LOVE our new Land Rover LR3. It's reassuring to know some brands are still building great products and creating loyal customers.
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    J Lumberger, SAAB is really in trouble because you're the kind of guy that they should be selling to. Obviously, you are willing to put with some of the hassles with the less than stellar launch of the LR3 and the less than perfect Audi to enjoy driving/owning them. If SAAB can't keep an LR3 owner happy (How many times has yours stalled?)...

    While I sympathize with you on your resale value, you didn't tell us how many miles it has, what color and equipment or what NADA retail or Kelly Blue Book is. Say, that the average retail value is 15K before a high mileage, bad color or manual shift deduction. Fifteen thousand is OK because that is a 50% residual over three years. Only certain SUVs do much better. Lets keep in mind, that your 9K wholesale price is only a wholesale price and could be mileage, color and equipment driven.

    I think it is important to compare resale with transaction price, not suggested list price. The much touted BMW high resale is in part a function of the yuppies paying full list price for the blue propeller on the hood. I'd rather buy a three year old AERO at a great price.
  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 307
    Sounds bad. DI cassette?
  • jay898jay898 Posts: 2
    wipers do not go to park position on my 9.5 what is the problem?
  • aeronautaeronaut Posts: 12
    See some pics of my car taken last summer at
  • any info available on upcoming 2006 saab 9-5? i am most concerned that the new model will include rear curtain airbags and also include stability control. any information would be greatly appreciated.
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    I have the same problem with the wipers on my 9-5. I was going to ask the dealer about it next time in.
  • kerberoskerberos Posts: 1
    My Saab 9-5 V6 has just eaten its tranny at 91K miles. The dealer wants $4500 to replace it ( $2184 for the tranny the rest for labor). The Saab is the worst car I have owned in 30 years of driving ( maybe the Lada Niva I owned in Africa was worse ), it has very poor build quality and terrible reliability. It is constantly in the shop for some problem a veritable money pit.
    Anyone replaced a tranny at home ? does the subframe have to come out ?
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Sorry about the problem. But what about this for an idea. There are junkyards that specialize in Saab and other foreign cars. Purchase a used but tested tranny with a warranty and then have an idependent guy install it? Sure, it won't be as good as the one you are going to get for $2184 but given your mood you aren't going to own the car much longer.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Or take it to an independent transmission shop or SAAB technician who will do it for much less.
  • mikesaabmikesaab Posts: 1
    I had the same problem--turned out it was a failed sensor on the camshaft!
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