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Saab 9-5 Sedan



  • Sorry , the last sentence on my previous message should read--Can any experts help.
  • I had a similar problem on my 99 Saab 9-5. The issue was, the drive belt tension pulley got locked up and it caused the drive belt to snap and shut down the engine. Your car may be having a symptom of this problem. I suggest you take it to a mechanic you can trust and ask them to specifically check the condition of the tension pulley. They may not able to tell the condition just looking at it, if that is the case, I would just have it replaced for your peace of mind. These things wear out eventually and cause you lots of headaches later.
  • ipcguyipcguy Posts: 10
    I have a '99 9-5 which has a rattling sound when the car is at idle in drive or reverse. Sounds fine when on the road. The dealer says it's caused by the wrong belt which bypasses a pulley. They want to replace it. Please advise.
  • ipcguyipcguy Posts: 10
    Can someone recommend a parts supplier online for 9-5 parts either used or new?
  • I know this is a late response, but it may help others who experience this problem. It is actually quite simple. The problem you are experiencing has to do with the neutral safety switch that is located in front of the battery. The car is unable to sense if it is in park or in neutral, so it will not start. This switch will have to be replaced. The cost is around $175 dollars for the part and should take no more than an hour of labor. A Saab dealership will never find this problem, because they are there to make money, and will just waste your time, take your car to a reputable European car mechanic and tell him/her this problem, they will believe you, unlike the Saab dealership, and your car will start everytime after the replacement.
  • A great place to start is, you will find almost everything you need there including parts suppliers. One of the best one-stop shops on the net is
  • ipcguyipcguy Posts: 10
    Thanks. this is helpful. I have seen the site but wasn't sure how relaible they are.
  • Considering a used 9-5 Arc...had several 9000 that I liked but was always annoyed with the narrow width of seats and the rough idle (car seemed to rock at standstill)...several folks have suggested I consider the Arc because the seats are different (??? is this true) ...does the rough idle continue?

    Any other input would be appreciated.
  • Hello, the major engine failure light in my '02' 9-5 linear came on but there was no noticeable change in the engines..until today. the engine started to vibrate and not increase rpm in third gear. i let off the gas, dropped a gear and continued on with no more problems. when i got home i checked what a dummy owner can check, oil level, and noticed a whitish residue at the bottom (the oil level was fine). i'm currently about a 1,000 miles from the next scheduled oil change. Any ideas what might cause the residue?
  • crestonavecrestonave Posts: 219
    Possibly water. Could be a leak in the head gasket which is allowing water to mix with the oil. Oil of course will be on top of the water. I'm no expert but that's what it sounds like to me.
  • vzeeiborvzeeibor Posts: 9
    I'm thinking of buying this car with the following features. Is this a good deal? I keep reading about reliability issues with this car:

    * 2003, Saab 9-5 Linear, ~76K miles, 4-door sedan
    * Black exterior / beige interior
    * 4 cylinder turbo engine
    * Avg. Mileage: 20 city / 29 highway
    * Automatic transmission with manual option
    * Harmon stereo with cd player
    * Always taken to dealer for regular maintenance
    * Aside from the rear bumper, the body is in very good shape
    * 2 minor accidents since I bought the car - damage was localized to the rear bumper.
    Cost: ~$6,765 (estimate based on Kelly Blue Book - good condition) and willing to discount for expense which should be incurred for immediate repairs. The most significant repairs are as follows:
    * New brake pads and rotors, rear brake disk: ~$800-$1,000
    * 3 new tires: ~$515
    Sales price: $5,250
  • Depends - which part of the country does the car come from? Wouldn't recommend this if you get a lot of snow/wintery conditions. Also, I assume the mileage is mostly highway-based. Correct?
  • vzeeiborvzeeibor Posts: 9
    car is in NJ so there is some wintery/snow conditions. Most of the mileage is highway-based. What do you think?
  • lfolfo Posts: 24
    Can I just bemoan the fact that my 2002 9-5 Arc V6, which cost me 33k new, is worthless about now?

    Maybe someone will tell me no worries, that I got good value out of it. I dunno. Right now I'm really pissy about it. Feeling like if I had a BMW or Lexus, my car would be worth far more, and enough more to easily make up the difference in the initial cost. I had a moderately hard-driven 151,000 miles on it and in the last two years I have probably put 2500 grand into it for mechanical repairs (e.g., new fuel pump and several other things) and new tires. Just last week the transmission had some sort of failure, which the dealer said could be close to a grand to fix (if it is the throttle) or it could be a major transmission issue costing far far more (aka scrap the car if that's the case). So I decided ok better get a new car either way. Offered at trade in just 1500 and 1200 (after talking them up). So essentially I got nothing back on the car. It still looks like a million dollars - Saab's design really looks current and sharp to date and with new tires it does not look 7 yrs old at all - but was worth less than some old Saturn. I might have done a few grand better on a private sale, but who would buy it with a transmission failure. Ugh.

    I did love the car but this past week alot of that love is replaced with bitterness.
  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 308
    Don't worry:

    GM dealers selling Saabs are still fiddling while Rome is burning. Most just can't deviate from "Let's rip everyone, get right to four squares" mode.

    A few dealers have begun to discount these vehicles heavily. A few New England dealers advertised new 2008 9-5s for between $22.9 and 24.9k. While I have always liked the 9-5, though I never owned one, I became wary once the company set one foot in the grave. However, for that price, I started looking, though more locally.

    First, I was surprised by how many Saab dealers were no longer Saab dealers. Surely that couldn't be a good sign. Second, wow, was I surprised by the take-it-or-leave-it attitude by the remaining dealers, seeking $29k for the last 2008 on the lot.

    Well, now I know why GM has to beg for money.

    Well, off to GM's competitors. Shame, nice car.
  • shack502shack502 Posts: 2
    Just purchased a 2006, 9-5 sedan..w / 25,000 on it for $14000.00...
    Comparing to all other vehicles I looked at, almost seems to good to be true for price vs. miledge..? Is this a decent price for this vehicle or did I get the shaft...?
    Never owned a Saab, but intrigued by them and love the syle and ride.
  • jscottkjscottk Posts: 13
    You can do your research to tell for sure but buying Saabs used is a great way to go - if they check out mechanically. Like you (now I've owned two used Saabs), when I bought my first used Saab I couldn't believe the value I got for the money. I payed $8500 for a 2000, (in 2005), and $6900 for a 1999 the next year, (totalled my first). The ride is comfortable, roomy, driving the car is fun and people are always surprised at what a nice car it is when they get inside.

    I looked at other makes, (BMW, Audi, Mercedes), and I would have had to buy a few years older or pay $3-4K more for the same year.
  • shack502shack502 Posts: 2
    I did the research before the purchase and also checked NADA and Kelly Blue book for value.
    As with any research you hear good and on this vehicle is between 18-21 k... so it seems as though I got a descent deal. This is unlike most deals I make, it seams as though after the sale I find you that I get screwed some how along the line.
    So, with any hope at all, I may have got a good car at a good price ~ Right !!!???
    My other concern is when things need fixing.....although it still carries factory warranty, I'm afraid cost with repairs ?
    Whats your thoughts..?
  • 1elle1elle Posts: 1
    I'm considering purchasing a 2005 9-5 w/~24K miles. The asking price is ~$15k.
    I test drove it and liked it. It seems in pristine condition and for the year it has relatively low mileage. My question is with regards to maintenance. I have tried to get an idea of yearly maintenance, but I can't get good answers. Then I heard Saab was going out of business. I thought I would run the vin number through carfax. Is that pretty accurate? My current car has ~208K miles. It's running fine although I think it's going to need breaks soon. This seemed like a good deal, but I don't know a lot about Saabs. I've read a few posts. Sounds like it's a rather good car, but some one here was asking if the person was in a wintery place. I'm in New England, but I would run it with studded tires. What is prone to go wrong with this year and make of car? My old car my mechanic told me that the particular year I had was known for a weak transmission. Sure enough, it did go, but after 8 years. Thanks for the suggestions, thoughts, and comments.
  • Just bought a '03 95 and it did not have an owners manual. Does anyone know where I can download one that doesn't cost $$. Seems a rip off to pay $25 for an owners manual.

    Also, I'm admitted auto maintenance / repair challenged but usually I try to do the simple things myself. I've got a tail light that has gone out..., I replaced both light bulbs and looked all over the fuse box to find a potentially bad fuse. Can't seem to find a fuse for the headlights or tail lights. And with no users manual, I embarrassed to say that I'm stumped.

    Any suggestions?
  • Car overheated multiple times and wouldn't keep coolant - had towed. In addition to other problems (engine leaks oil from somewhere), dealer says biggest issue is two blown head gaskets, and once they would dig into it, if they were warped, it would be another few grand to fix. So, rough estimate was 5-8K to fix (by them). Knowing I could find someone to do it cheaper, is it even worth it? Other problems are cracked serpentine belt, probable oil pan gasket torn, thermostat, etc. Is it worth it, or cut the losses?
  • ilrndudeilrndude Posts: 14
    Is it worth $5k - $8k to repair? Nope. And since the car is a Saab it won't be easy to find someone cheaper to work on it who'll know what they're doing. As a '01 9-5 owner who stupidly loves his Saab, if this were me, I'd chunk it and spend that money on the down payment for a Honda.
  • Thanks - I am getting another estimate on Monday when I can get the car towed there, but the mechanic cited head gasket replacement work (and all the related fixes) he did for someone two years ago for about 2500. I'm sure it would be more now, but if it isn't fixed, I doubt I'll get more than 500.00 from the car donation services, and be shelling out another major car payment. So, we'll see what a real estimate looks like. But, thanks again for the response - good luck with yours.
  • chawk01chawk01 Posts: 4
    Anyone with experience or numbers on what dealers are offering for "new" 2008 9-5s sitting on their lots? Seems like I'm seeing them in the $26,000 - $29,000 range. They appear to be offering 0% financing for 60-months (in lieu of the big cash incentives). Anyone getting the financing and a steep discount in price?

    Any observations or actual deal stats would be great. Thanks!
  • ponytrekkerponytrekker Posts: 308
    I looked in April and couldn't get anyone to go below 28k except for a demo. I was looking to pay 25-26k and no more.

    For me 28k for a car from a bankrupt manufacturer that has been sitting for close to two years was more than I was looking to pay.
  • cdyoungcdyoung Posts: 9
    Heater stopped working, is there a thermostat and where is it located? Any help would be appreciated. Already recalibrated the panel only number was 0. Thank you
  • I'm looking at a used 2007 9-5 Aero and the dealer says no vehicle history report is available because the vehicle was originally acquired by the 1 original owner using Saab's European Delivery program, where you fly to Europe to pick up the car, drive it around, and then they ship it to the US (it is built for use in the US not in EU).

    Does this sound right to you? When I put the VIN into Carfax and Autocheck they both say "0 records". Any other way I can get vehicle history on this car?

  • My 2000 9-5 Aero won't start. For the last 4 months, I've noticed an electrical buzz sound just before it turned over. Now it just won't catch when I turn the key. It's not the battery, but I'm wondering if I need a new starter, a solenoid, or both.

  • Does the starter make a spinning sound like the gear is spinning, and just not popping out to engage the fly wheel? If so, then I'd suspect the starter. It's hard to describe sounds with words, so I'll just say that you should check your connections on the battery as well as on the starter for corrosion. Often times it will make a strange noise, possibly like the one you describe, if it has a dirty, loose, or corroded connection.

    I'm not a mechanic per se, but my dad was, and I learned a lot from him over the years, and do most of my own work.

  • Likely the crankshaft position sensor. Went out recently on my 2001 lpt. Engine turns but does not catch or catches intermittently. Part is about $200 + labour. is also a very useful bulletin board
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