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Saab 9-5 Parts and Saab 9-5 Accessories

Fascinating Facts about the Saab 9-5

  • When Saab Automobile introduced the first models of the Saab 9-5 in 1997, the 9-5 became the first ever passenger car with power-ventilated seats. By placing fans behind the lower back seat cushion and beneath the seat cushion, the Saab 9-5 helped drivers become much more alert and comfortable. Before the installation of ventilated seats in the 9-5, this technology was only available for premium buses, trucks, and construction equipment.
  • The first ever model of the Saab 9-5, a 150-horsepower SportCombi in red metallic, rolled out of the assembly line on the 16th of June 1997. This particular model started the first generation of Saab 9-5s that will eventually bow out with almost half a million sedans and SportCombis produced. On the other hand, the very last Saab 9-5 of the first generation, a 210 horsepower Griffin edition SportCombi in snow silver, was rolled out on the 1st of February 2010.
  • With its power and reliability, the Saab 9-5 became a popular choice among police forces in Colorado, UK, Poland, and its native country of Sweden. Unfortunately, the towns of Aspen and Vail in Colorado have stopped using Saab 9-5s as patrol cars since 2005 and opted for Volvo XC90s and Ford Explorers instead.
  • The Saab 9-5 is no stranger to acclaim. Over the course of its production, the 9-5 received several awards for safety, innovation, and overall performance. Among its titles are Folksam Insurance Company's 'The Safest Car in Sweden' in 2002 and 2003, What Car? magazine's '1999 Estate Car of the Year,' Autocar Magazine and Popular Science's 'Best Technology/Innovation' in 2000, and many more.
  • The Saab 9-5 was launched in 1997 as part of the celebration of Saab's 50th year as an automaker. The 9-5 was introduced by Saab as a replacement for their long-running Saab 9000.
  • Appearing in over 150 movies and television series, the Saab 9-5 is one of the most highly-filmed models of the Saab Automobile company. Some of the movies that have showcased the 9-5 are Gothika, The Sweetest Thing, and The Bandits. As for TV shows, apart from several appearances in Top Gear, the 9-5 can also be seen in an episode or two of The Big Bang Theory, Alias, NCIS, and many more.

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  • Saab 9-5 Problems

    The Saab 9-5 is a highly reliable executive car that has received accolades for its high safety ratings and great build quality. With its first generation spanning a total of 11 years and selling almost half a million units, the Saab 9-5 has definitely proven to be a quality vehicle. However, it is still important for owners and drivers to be aware of the common issues that they might encounter with their Saab 9-5.


    Possibly the most commonly reported problem with the Saab 9-5 is engine or oil sludge that can result in total engine failure if undiagnosed for some time. This particular issue has plagued many early models of the 9-5 particularly those with 4-cylinder petrol engines that were rolled out between 1998 and 2003. Some of the reasons behind this engine sludge problem include long intervals between oil changes, use of the wrong type of oil, faulty oil pan and strainer, and a defective crankcase ventilation system (PCV).

    Saab 9-5s that are equipped with a different engine are less prone to this particular problem. However, leaky seals in 4-cylinder turbo engines and defective EGR valves and cylinder liners in diesel engines are also known to occur.

    Fuel system

    Another common problem with the more recent Saab 9-5 models involve the fuel system. In March 2007, several 2004-2005 models were recalled due to damaged fuel pump retaining tabs. These retaining tabs eventually make the fuel lines become loose, causing a fuel leak and a potential fire hazard.

    Transmission system

    While Saab 9-5s that are equipped with automatic transmission seem to be very smooth-sailing, some minor issues have been reported for those with manual transmission. Some manual 9-5s can exhibit vibration in the steering wheel and provide a bit of a rough ride. There are also reports of clutch plates wearing out and needing replacement over time.

    Other common issues

    A relatively minor issue that prompted a recall for around 43,000 units of the Saab 9-5 involve air bags lacking air bag alert labels that read "occupant crash protection." These labels are required to be permanently attached to the air bags.

    Other common complaints include noisy exhaust systems and serpentine belts, flickering HID lights, and an ignition system that cranks but fails to actually power up the engine.