Date: 27 Nov 2002 05:50:31 -0800
From: (John Evans)
Subject: Re: 9-5 Audio System Error Codes

Peter Wilkins <> wrote in message news:<a2j5uu0npv4ob37move582u45gjupnm51cnopsamcom>... > On 25 Nov 2002 20:16:38 GMT, Gary Fritz <> wrote : > > >Peter Wilkins <> wrote: > >> Sounds as if my experience is not atypical. > >> Any out there who haven't had many problems? > > > >I've only had my 2002 Aero for 5 months, but so far no problems at all... > > > >JD Power ( rated the 2001 9-5 as "Best Mid Luxury Car" for > >initial quality. I just pulled up a comparison of the 1999-2002 9-5's on > >the JD Power site, and it looks as though the 2002 model year has fallen > >down quite a bit from the 2001. But the 1999 -- which I assume you have > >since you said you'd had it 4 years -- is actually rated higher than any > >other year in Initial Ratings, other than 2001 beating it in "Mechanical > >Quality." It is a bit lower than 2001 for Midterm Ratings, though. > > > >Sounds like you got a real lemon! > > Hi Garry, actually it's a 1998 model - the first 9-5SE model to arrive > in Oz. Perhaps the Quality Assurance program wasn't quite right and > more bugs slipped through initially. I had hoped that with time most > of the reliability problems would have been fixed, but things keep > happening! Interesting that you are having a similar level of problems with 1998 model like mine. My problems to date include: -Faulty SID (took 4 visits to dealer to identify) -Fault with fuel indicator -Blown ignition timing unit (quite spectacular amounts of smoke) -The usual headlamp bulb usage rates (which my dealer still hasn't resolved) -Fog (driving) lights dropping off -Battery going dead after only 5K miles -Washer pump burning out -Leak to the cooling system -There others that I actually struggle to remember Most of these problems are electrical - like you I purchased an extended warranty and am really, really glad I did. Clearly, the 1998 model was/is full of bugs. The problem I have is that on any given morning I have no confidence that the 9-5 will get me through the day! No ideas on the Audio error codes then anyone? /John

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