Re: 2006 Suspension at 120K or more - Saab 9-5 Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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You will find most of the same issues. The front subframe bushings might last a bit longer because they're solid, but the rest will likely follow ABOUT the same time/function curve.
I have done the suspension "rebuild" on all four 9-5's I've owned (1999, 2005, 2006, 2006). The degree to which they needed it varied. I did the work on the last two almost as soon as purchased because I gave a car to each of my daughters as they graduated from college - and I didn't want to do the work in stages, later, when I might not have access to the cars. For me, this work was basically just shocks/struts, front ball joints, and the bushings/bearings associated with the struts and shocks. I only replaced the rear control arm bushings and "Rose" bushes on one of the four cars (so far), and I replaced front subframe bushings only on the last two 9-5's (both 2006 SC's/wagons). The 2006's both have Sport suspension (Aero), and I suspect those were harder on subframe bushings either because of stiffer suspension, or because previous owners drove them harder. The 1999 SE still had good original subframe bushings at over 230K miles.
Is your 185K mile car in otherwise excellent shape? If so, the suspension 'rebuild' might give you a car that drives almost like new, and you would know the history. If I had a clean car with no rust and a sound engine, this is the choice that I would make. Just my opinion.
Mark in Marine
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