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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1950 of 2237 Re: 2001 9-5 troubles [blckislandguy]
Aug 13, 2005 (11:01 am)
Read my email again and pay attention. I specifically mentioned ordering Brembo brake rotors.....rotors only....$170 or so thru autobarn dot com, use regular, off-the-shelf brake pads. My neighborhood hole-in-the-wall indy shop installed rotors and pads for $60. Transformed a Taurus into a much better vehicle that is reliable and, if bought at 4-5 years old, has 80-90% of the depreciation wrung out of it. If an accident or major repair causes someone to need a decent vehicle for a while until they get something better, the Taurus is a pragmatic option.
I mentioned the used 2000 and newer Taurus as an option if they get rid of their Saab.
#1951 of 2237 peterson tranny and remus exhaust
Aug 13, 2005 (2:20 pm)
no filter in transmission .this is why it is so easy to change the fluid. just take the plug out,let it drain, ,put plug back in and then add fluid.
i bought a set of rhino car risers ,you basically drive the car up on it and makes it very easy to get under the car and drain the oil and tranny.
some dealers charge $180. for the tranny fluid change .
also ,just installed the remus viggen oval tip exhaust in my 9.5 aero.
my rear muffler was rusting in the outer shell and went to a local dealer and got the above for $ 425. including tax. about $ 80 off list.
so far ,it is not too loud , except inside my garage ,once out and on the road you cannot hear it.
any benefits ?
i was told no with the auto tranny ,but major benefits if you add the chip and other in a manual.
#1952 of 2237 Purchasing Used and Undecided
Aug 16, 2005 (3:41 am)
Alrighty, perhaps someone could help me with my little debacle. I'm am considering purchasing a 1999 Saab 9-5 SE V6. I've read reviews, and I have driven this particular car. I love everything about the car. The one thing that is holding me back is whether or not this car will prove to be reliable. I'll be honest as say that I know very little about Saabs and any car that comes from the land of ABBA. In fact, I have been driving Toyotas for my past two cars. Which reinforces that fact. Are there any things in particular I should look for while inspecting the car? What were the problem areas for that particular model? Hopefully you guys can help convince this Camry driver to be a 9-5 driver.
Thanks for any help, Peter
#1953 of 2237 reliability ?????
Aug 16, 2005 (7:10 pm)
think of buying a saab the same as buying a jaguar.
some are good some are not .
it used to be that 7 out of 10 jaguars were not reliable.(my stat )
nowadays it is more like 4 out of 10.and this is a stretch.
you want reliability get a toyota or honda.
you want "character " ie. problematical and unreliable get a saab.or get a fiat or an english car.
i own one , 9.5 aero ,with 86,000 miles and was just given an 8 year warranty unlimited mileage (see consumer reports of last month for other cars in this fix ) because the engines are failing. they call it the oil sludge factor.
look into other saab sites that give you very accurate info. on your question.
#1954 of 2237 Re: Purchasing Used and Undecided [misterreliable]
Aug 17, 2005 (1:50 pm)
I would investigate weather it is covered under SAAB's extended warranty. I received a letter From SAAB offering an additional 8 years on my engine as long as I provided all receipts and copies of checks done by certified SAAB repair folks. They only are offering it to certain years because of the oil sludge problem. If you decide to buy used I would see if it is covered first and get the letter directly from SAAB. My 9-5 had to have a new engine at 55,000 miles last summer. Last month they replaced my O-2 sensor, catalytic convertor and it is back in the shop with what they hesitate to call it computer issues. I have been using a loaner for the past couple of weeks will they look at it and fight with SAAB. The car has 85,000 miles.
I would never buy a SAAB again, I would like to sell - interested.
Stick with Toyota or Volvo.
#1955 of 2237 Re: 2001 9-5 troubles [observer22]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:16 pm)
Thanks. I stand corrected. Incidentally, steel brake lines which are available in the after market also dramatically reduce stopping distance. They are highly recommended for the Expedition/Suburban crowd.
#1956 of 2237 Re: Purchasing Used and Undecided [altbigd]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:28 pm)
I have always like SAABs although I've never owned one. But I have changed my mind. I've read most of these posts and talked with a few people . (I met a woman this weekend who just after buying a used SAAB 9 5 from a RI dealer, had the DIS need replacing. After much fighting with SAAB, they paid 50%).
I now think that any SAAB owned out of warranty is a losing proposition. I have two reasons. First, for whatever reason they are just not reliable cars and repairs are expensive. Secondly, they depreciate so quickly, you could find yourself pouring money into a car that is depreciating even faster! Kind of like pushing a rock up a hill. If you say to heck with it, I'll just drive it into the ground, you will wind up with a 10 year old, $2500 car with no reliability and a potentially catastrophic repair bill. Me thinks that if you want to live and drive on the low cost tail of the curve, it has to be American iron. Say what you want about an Exploder, but which has more utility, reliability, and is less likely to hurt you with a $5000 repair bill, a '95 Exploder or a '95 9-3?? Throw on some Michelins, install Brembos (see above post), redo the front end and you are all set out to 150K.
#1957 of 2237 official pic 2006 9-5
Aug 27, 2005 (6:30 pm)
New 9-5 Aero for 2006
#1958 of 2237 Re: official pic 2006 9-5 [aeronaut]
Aug 27, 2005 (6:31 pm)
Looks great, and will fly with 280 hp.
#1959 of 2237 Re: Stalling Problems 2000 Saab 95 [wessel]
Aug 29, 2005 (2:17 pm)
I am having a similar, apparently baffling, problem. Car dies for no apparent reason. Usually while moving forward when I'm not giving it gas. For instance, turning a corner or approaching a stop. Not necessarily when using the brake. Saab mechanics are baffled because they cannot reproduce the problem. This happens to me about once per day in the past 3 weeks. I am afraid to get it onto the interstate where it may stall when not giving it gas at all times. This car cannot be restarted in Neutral. You must put it in Park to restart it. Saab has indicated that this may be indicative of a throttle housing problem but since they cannot duplicate the problem they cannot recommend. It's a $500 gamble. I also just spent somewhere close to $250 on a crank position sensor in hopes that that was the problem. It wasn't. Car died 10 minutes after picking it up from the mechanic. Doesn't appear to be heat/traffic related.