Worst Complaints About the Saab 9-5

9-5 owners are having the most trouble with the electrical (24%), engine (24%), and the lights (16%). We've listed the most common owner complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 3 complaints at an average of 92,667 miles in the 1999 Saab 9-5.
  2. Alternator Went Out 1 complaints at an average of 120,000 miles in the 2001 Saab 9-5.
  3. Headlights Burn Out 1 complaints at an average of 56,000 miles in the 2006 Saab 9-5.

What's Wrong with the 9-5?

Watch out for the 1st generation's (1999–2009) 0.92 PainRank™, which is the worst of 2 generations.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
2nd Gen 9-5 2010–2011
4 0.71
1st Gen 9-5 1999–2009
21 0.92

The most common 9-5 problems

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