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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles

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2011 Saab 9-5 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2011 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152015


  • 58,000 miles


Have a 2011 9-5 aero and just hit 58K. Very recently I've been noticing the popping/thudding when driving away quickly with the wheel turned, ex: When pulling away from a stop sign and turning left/right. I also can force the car to exhibit the binding/grinding deep noise when in first with the wheel turned almost at lock either right or left with very little throttle depression. Reading any Saab forum I could, and speaking to dealers and reading service bulletins in relation to this car, all other Saab vehicles with the haled 4.0 system which debuted on the Saab 9-3 turbox, it is very evident this is not a small amount of affected vehicles. From what it looks like, every owner of a Saab that had the all wheel drive system provided by haldex has these catastrophic failures of the system causing the inability to drive once the system shuts itself off, or locks which could potentially leave owners stranded or cause the prop-shaft to bind, then lock at speed and cause the rear wheels to bind and hop and lock causing a potential accident. The dealers have admitted to the system having design flaws and updated parts and redesigned components have been released multiple times. If this is an admitted design flaw and potentially dangerous, it should be a recall as dealers are charging thousands and thousands of dollars to fix issues that are imminent and not at the fault of the owners. Quotes to fix this issue range from $3-7,000 and that is unacceptable. It needs to be recalled and covered for repairs for the owners of these vehicles. A simple search on xwd issues on google can bring up dozens of forum links with large counts of page numbers for each of complaining owners listing their issues and discrepancies and prices to fix this bogus issue caused by a flawed design.

- Plantsville, CT, USA

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