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#822 of 1081 exhaust smell in 2001 saab 95 wagon
Sep 24, 2003 (9:01 am)
I have noticed recently that often when I stop behind another car, my 2001 Saab 95 wagon picks up exhaust smell from the car in front. I took my car to my dealer, but they said that there was nothing wrong with my car's exhaust system or air conditioner. This problem doesn't happen all the time, and it happens in the country rather than the city, where you would expect some exhaust to make it through the AC filter.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what may be causing this problem?
#823 of 1081 RE: Exhaust smell
Sep 24, 2003 (2:37 pm)
The 9-5 has a Great feature you can program into the ACC system. I'm not sure of the procedure but you can program it so that when you come to a Stop, the Ventilation system automatically goes into Recirculation Mode to avoid just the problem your having. After you start back up, the system goes back to fresh air circulation.
If your system isn't already set like this, I'm shocked that your dealer didn't explain and program it for you. It should be in your manual and I'd point it out to the dealer as something he SHOULD have known!
#824 of 1081 are you sure it's the car in front?
Sep 24, 2003 (5:38 pm)
our saab 9-5 se had a bad smell at times. it turned out to be the maf or map sensor. the kids said the car used to 'fart'. is it always the same smell?
it wasn't fixed until some kind of warning light went on. i would guess they needed the code to fix it.
btw, it started after the service department tried to fix another engine related problem (a leak).
#825 of 1081 scheduled maintenance - lease
Oct 08, 2003 (6:29 am)
What is included in the scheduled maintenance? Does it include oil changes? My 9-3 vector includes this, but I was wondering on a lease of a 9-5 wagon.
Also are there any rebates on this car? Do they apply to leases?
#826 of 1081 scheduled maint on a 9-5
Oct 08, 2003 (2:37 pm)
it's 3yrs/36k, so basically 10, 20, 30k.
i get the oil changed on my own on the 5's too.
you can try this site or saabusa for some info on rebates, etc.
Oct 09, 2003 (5:20 am)
mjwills- Here's a direct link to Edmunds' Incentives & Rebates section. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase.
explorerx4- Thanks for your feedback/help in this discussion.
Host of Hatchbacks & Wagons
Oct 09, 2003 (6:40 pm)
just trying to share my experiences.
alhough i'm not the primary driver, imho the 9-5 is a good looking, easy to live with vehicle.
have had some issues, but overall we like it.
like the no extra charge 30k maint, but had to pay about $300 for new front rotors and pads. actually the rotors were comp'd, but had to pay for the labor portion. based on the amount of dust the brakes produced and the fact the the traction control system probably uses the brakes too, i wasn't too suprised, though.
will have to decide in about 6 months or so weather to buy it, or turn it in.
not too many vehicles have heated rear seats, so i have to factor in the kids complaining by switching to something else.
#829 of 1081 Bi-xenon headlights
Oct 13, 2003 (7:08 pm)
Took delivery of a brand new 2003 9-5 Linear Wagon on october 2nd (my birthday!). End of year deals were great and I got mine for around $38,000. Expensive you say?!? Forgot to mention those are CAD dollars (around $US27,000), including premium and Touring package. I substracted another $2,000 from my GM card for an extremely sweet deal!
After having owned a Volvo 850 wagon and a V70 wagon (both non-turbo), I am still getting used to this car and cannot say that I absolutely love my Saab.
What I do like:
- A lot more sporty and impressive in acceleration than my old Volvos;
- the Saab is, I find, a far better long distance
cruiser, and is also a lot more stable at high speeds. My wife would often wake up when I reached 130-135 Km/h (was it the sound or the vibrations?) in the Volvos. I made it to 160 Km/h in the Saab during a week-end trip to Ottawa and even I couldn't tell (Cinderella and the kids just kept on sleeping...).
- Xenon headlights. I know they will make a huge difference in the quality of nighttime driving. They are great!
What I don't like:
- The sound system. While I have the Premium system (200 watts, 9 speakers), I am very disapointed by the high-pitched nature of this system. Its almost as if it has no base... Someone told me not to compare to the Volvo radio since it is sourced from Kenwood and is of course of better quality than the Harmon-Kardon!?! I find that hard to believe. Will ask my dealer to look into it.
- After 700 miles on it, I still cannot adjust my seat to the comfort level of my Volvo. The Saab's is harder, has less side bolstering and I find myself continuously micro-adjusting the electric controls in hope of finding just the right spot. The sore spot is the kidney area.
- The numbers seem to indicate that the storage area of the 9-5 and the V70 are similar. While that maybe true, i find that the 9-5 is narrower at the top than the v70. This shows up as the swivvel(!?!) part of the baby seat, when at the top, now intrudes into my rear view mirror view! When it is up, the swivvel now touches around the top of the C-pillar and intrudes inward.
The real test will be over next summer holidays. ( I do have the Thule Advanturer Box to supplement space)
- The xenon headlights!!! One is already not working on high beams (stays on low beam...).
Not enough to say Yeah or Nay at this point, but i do like the looks of the car.
One question though.
The xenon headlights have a pair of accompanying side halogen lights that seem to be operative in Europe (they work in tandem on high beams - both xenon and halogen). It seems that Transport Canada has required that they be disactivated for security reasons ( not mine it looks like!).
Anyone know how I can reactivate the halogen lamps? (Let Transport Canada find out if they can). Besides, i do plan to be respective of other drivers. Living in Montreal and often driving long distances at night, I would like to "get my moneys worth"
Thx for the help!
#830 of 1081 dparadis- Congratulations...
Oct 14, 2003 (10:50 am)
on your new 2003 9-5 Linear Wagon! Thanks for sharing all the details. We look forward to your future notes.... Happy motoring!
Host of Hatchbacks & Wagons
Oct 16, 2003 (5:21 pm)
Congratulations on your deal on a Saab Linear Wagon. That's a pretty darn good deal - if only we had a local Saab dealer. Maybe next time around.
And I assume you were doing 160 klicks on the 417 (which isn't bad...if you're not caught!). When I first read that, and didn't realize you were from Montreal, I thought you might have been a Torontonian driving down Hwy 7 (two-lane!) at those speeds to Ottawa. "You get there faster if you get there at all!"
Anyways, Harmon-Kardon is a high-end stereo supplier so I would suggest reading your owners manual and playing around with the controls to see how much you can pump up the low frequencies. I suspect there are pre-programmed equalizer settings, and also (on manual mode) you can adjust the base/low frequencies up.
I would try addressing your headlight problem with the dealer -- this is a new car, a burnt out bulb seems rather premature. I never had to replace a bulb.