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Posted by Dave The Ice Age Knave [Email] (#2068) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Dave The Ice Age Knave) on Tue, 21 May 2019 17:16:51 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: parts and maintenance question, Matt, Tue, 21 May 2019 07:54:31
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Go for the 2004+ if you can. Many things sorted out. Lots of info on this forum. Most repairs can be DIY if you have the basic tools and an abiding interest. The 9-5's are a well engineered, fuel-efficient sedan/sportswagon that let's you stand out from a crowd of mainstream automobiles. Very reliable when you get ahead of the common issues that regularly show up. The list is not that long with most common problems only having to be addressed once or twice over 10 years or so. Being able to review previous maintenance records is a big plus since it would probably eliminate a few on the list. The list that comes to mind includes throttle body, vacuum lines, crank positions sensor, direct ignition cassette, heater valve on firewall re&re or replace with bypass hose system, white plastic vacuum valve line at throttle body, brake booster vacuum lines (to help prevent brake failure), seat heater switches, seat heater grilles, wiring at rear trunk lid hinge, ignition key switch, engine mounts, auto transmission torque rod, rust on rear dog legs, rusty brake lines behind passenger dog legs, radiator, engine temp sensor, broken air filter mounts, problematic headlight washers, xenon headlamp leveling and ballasts, deteriorating sharkfin fake antenna, plugged sunroof drains, fuel pump, drive belt/idler/tensioner hood struts, peeled Saab emblems. Most of the "problems" are actually a preventative or predictive list of parts needed as the vehicles age apart from routine fluids and filters. The Mitsubishi turbos are long lived if they have been fed a diet of Mobil 1 OW40 or equivalent oil. Ditto for the timing chain system. If you drop about $850 in parts and DIY into your new wagon, you have basically created a cooler Toyota Camry from a reliability perspective. The two tone seats in the 2006 tend to rip at the cheap stylish insert, esp on drivers seat. Base or sport seats are better for longevity. Driving dynamics improved in the 2006+ but you may not like the flasher Gripen styling. Autos are nicely matched with the engine. Very efficient on the highway. Rather piggy on gas in the city. Good to drain and fill the tranny, oil change and coolant change after you get it.2006 plus have the fuel filter in the tank. I moved from a single 9000 to three 9-5's and have not been disappointed.
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