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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:59 am 
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Location: Cardenden, Fife
Car Model: 9-5 TiD Estate
I bought a 2010 9-5 Estate in July as I was needing a bigger car. 85k miles when I bought it. Since bringing it home I've made a couple of big trips, to Ireland and to NE Scotland, and it's comfy and easy on the diesel. Lots to like!

However, I've already had to replace the coolant valve. I've had to do a home repair on a leaking screenwasher pipe. It's losing a small amount of coolant (thanks to some advice from forum, I've been told it might be a leaking thermostat) and on Friday it conked out on a narrow country road with what is probably a failed fuel pump. Had to get towed to a garage. I'm not out of love with the Saab just yet, but these little things are starting to add up in terms of money and in terms of wondering if I've made a bad choice - or just been unlucky. Having a vehement dislike of Vauxhall cars, I gritted my teeth in buying this Insignia-based Saab. It seems that no matter how much time and trouble you put yourself to in finding a used car - and I took a lot - you basically take your life (or at least your wallet) in your hands. Keeping fingers crossed that this latest cock-up is a) inexpensive to rectify and b) the last one for a long time.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:45 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Linear Sportwagon 1.9 150
Could be one of threeish things
Dead high pressure pump
leaking injector(s) preventing fuel pressure build - had this
timing jumped


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:14 pm 
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Location: South Oxfordshire
Car Model: 9-3ss Aero 2.0T; OG9-3 vert
The major faults seem to be coming from the GM/Fiat diesel engine. The Saab bits are probably what are making it bearable!

The 9-5 estate of that age is older still than the Insignia, although the extent to which Saabs are the same as Vectras or Cavaliers is highly debatable. Yours is on the extended GM2900 platform (GM2902) but that doesn't make it the same as a MK3 Cavalier! Like any used car, there are issues. Hopefully there won't be many more that crop up!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:16 am 
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Location: Cardenden, Fife
Car Model: 9-5 TiD Estate
Well, the problem was the fuel tank sender had failed. I ran out of fuel with a quarter tank still showing on the needle. Stone me, the replacement part's £270 plus labour! Clearly, this is the sort of thing that rarely happens and could happen to anyone. The fact that it happened to me is something of a headache.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:59 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Linear Sportwagon 1.9 150
I'm hoping mine has resolved itself after sitting with redex laced diesel in the tank as it had similar issues, full resulted in the needle at 10 o clock - seriously far above the max
However it seems to have solved itself as when i put the key in, the needle is back on full as it should be.
If it plays up again...tank drop time..not looking forward to that possibility


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:01 am 
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Sorry to hear that you are not enjoying the Saab as much as you had hoped.

A leaking heater valve, thermostat and washer pipe are hardly major repairs, the car is 8 years old.

Re the fuel sender, I would think that the fault was actually the plastic baffle inside the tank, not actually the sender unit, as the baffle is a common fault were as the sender is VERY rare.
I hope the repairing garage either removed the baffle or replaced it with a non damaged one, otherwise you may be running out of fuel again.
Hopefully as life with the Saab increases in time, so will the enjoyment.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Location: Cardenden, Fife
Car Model: 9-5 TiD Estate
Thanks for the much-needed sense of perspective, Jamsaab! You're right; it's just that I had a Skoda for 6 years that ran like a dream. When the steering rack failed at 14 years old I decided to buy a smaller car to see me though a couple of years. I owned it for exactly one year and it cost me £700+ in repairs. I jacked it in and bought a 7 year old Saab which has, in the first 3 months, cost me more than £650 - in addition to the peripheral stuff which is bound to happen as and when. Interestingly, the guy who looks after my Saab told me last night that he's worried about the engine vibrating, and that it could be the flywheel (terminal diagnosis) or maybe the engine mounts (fixable, but maybe expensive). I'll be spending some time this weekend hunting through this forum for information on both. He reckons I should punt it pronto if it's a worn flywheel, which would be a heartbreaker as I really like the car a lot. I'm into big, comfy economical estates!! I'll be needing to get this investigated soon, though.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:42 pm 
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Location: North of Aberdeen
Car Model: 9-5 aero sportwagon
The below post was my experience after my first year of Saab ownership, a further year + on after all the below extra bits and things have settled down a bit - till the xenon levelling started playing up again this week...

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=180790

Since the above post, i did the crank and oil pressure sensors, I've replaced the DIC, a 2nd elec door mirror switch, new front discs/pads and refurb calipers, rear rose bushes, handbrake cable, front subframe bushes.

Good thing I enjoy working on the car and still enjoy driving it!

This then just leaves the power steering cooler as a known potential reliability issue.

Plus point is I've now done 27,000 miles since I purchased it (143k now) and it's never let us down.

I came to my Saab after 9 years of driving new BMW's which were virtually faultless - I got bored of not having a car to play with :lol:


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