NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

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2002 Saab 9-5 transmission problems

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2002 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012007

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


I am experiencing a transmission issue with my 2002 Saab 9-5. judging by the number of mentions I have seen in online forums, this is a pretty wide spread issue. The Saab tsb that relates to this issue is 440-2497, October 2004. My local dealer has advised me I need to foot the bill for a new transmission valve body. I believe this should be a recall issue. It appears very similar to the Explorer/Mountaineer valve body issue that was elevated to recall status a few years ago.

- Savage, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 152006

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
While traveling at approximately 45 mph the transmission warning light and check engine light both came on at the same time. Vehicle went into "limp mode", where power is minimized making for a dangerous driving situation. Took vehicle to kachina Saab dealership in scottsdale, AZ and was told transmission was failing with only 50K miles of all highway driving. Also was told by mechanic at dealership this is common occurrence on all Saab with automatic transmissions, although I had a full vehicle service and inspection done just 2 weeks ago, at this same dealership, and all checked out "great".

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

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