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Then I opened my WIS, saw the diagram of the thermostat housing attachment, and realized I had one more bolt to remove. But you have already removed 4 and I don't remember if the total number of fasteners is 4 or 5.
Regardless, that strut/bracket can be moved out of the way by loosening the fastener at its other end. You don't need to remove the bracket completely.
Note: the WIS will tell you that one of the housing bolts only needs to be loosed, then the housing will rotate for removal due to a slotted hole in one corner of the housing. I had no such slotted hole on my 2000, or on my 2008 9-5! All bolts need to be removed fully for the housing to pop loose. Once all the bolts are removed a single 'crack' with a rubber or plastic mallet should cause the house to fall free.
OK, based on this photo you have all fasteners removed. Loosen the bolt on the other end of the bracket, move the bracket slightly out of the way, then try your mallet again. It only needs to move toward the firewall 1/8 of an inch or so for the internal shoulder to clear the hole bored in the block. The gasket surrounding the thermostat may be casing the housing to stick also.
Also, contrary to one self-help photo that I found, the bleed hole in the thermostat goes at the top! Remember - the hole is for venting air, and air is lighter than water, so it needs to vent at the top.
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