1st Generation (1999—2009) 9-5 Problems

This generations ranks 9th out of 11 Saab generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (28%), engine (28%), and the hvac (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all 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 9-5 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Saab model years.

Watch out for the 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 0 1 235 0.0
2008 0 2 42 0.0
2007 1 2 38 0.22
2006 1 2 41 0.5
2005 0 2 34 0.0
2004 0 2 31 0.0
2003 2 4 30 0.61
2002 3 6 24 0.74
2001 4 4 21 1.21
2000 3 3 31 0.42
1999 7 2 33 6.41

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