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Please Help!

Just bought the 9-5 a couple of days ago and everything checked out well based on my limited knowledge and some very good advice from the forum BUT I drove the car yesterday on the motorway, which was fine until I had to stop suddenly.

Pressing the accelerator to move off from standstill produced nothing but revs and then a thump as it engaged gear and then a feeling of :cry: as I have obviously bought a car with a duff transmission. After more observation, 1st gear sounds quite gravelly and it kicksdown at the mearest hint of throttle (in economy mode - not tried Sport in case it blows up!) but the other gears are quiet and the changes seem fine but I dont have experience of other 9-5's to compare it with.

I did some research and found the main dealer who has looked after the car from new took it as a p/x against a new 9-5 after diagnosing a gearbox problem based on the owners problems (as described above) and sticking in reverse gear, which I have yet to experience. They didn't strip the box, as they outsource gearbox work and quoted for worst case scenario - a new box at £4,000 or a reconditioned box at £1,900...ouch and ouch.

Has anyone had this problem and can anyone recommend an auto specialist in or around London, or in the Blackpool area, as I need to get this checked asap?

Other problems:

Seems slow to lose revs (thought it was in cruise as it maintained 30mph up a hill with my foot of the accelerator)
Not as powerful as I expected
Rough idle in Drive & Reverse - Smoother in Park & Reverse

Any ideas what might be causing the above and can anyone recommend a good aftermarket warranty????

Everything else seems to work fine and no error codes on the ACC.

Thanks in advance and sorry for the long message!
 

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How far is Blackpool from Nottingham? Wessy at Nottingham saab is our resident Saab guru!


Has the car got the correct level of fluid in the box, is the fluid nice and pink, transparent or brown and burnt?

9-5 auto problems are very rare :confused:
 

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Hang on, you can prove the fault was known to the seller yes?

So you either want the cost of repairs, or the difference in the cars value back, or a full refund!

The "goods must be fit for the purpose for which they are intended", they cant hide behind "sold as seen" or by being a "private seller with no mechanical knowledge" if you have proof they knew of the fault.................go kick some a*** :evil:
 

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You don't say what year/mileage the car is.

Was it bought from a Saab dealer or an independant dealer?

Anyway, a car with a known fault such as this should not have been passed onto the forecourt to sell without being rectified.:x

Take the car and this proof back to the vendor and ask them to fix or reject the car and ask for a full refund.
 

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The fluid is transparent colour and is starting to go very light brown - the level is fine.

I spoke with the chap in Nottingham this morning but he couldn't help as he said the auto box on the Aero is different from that of the 2.0 & 2.3 Lpt and he couldn't fine me a reconditioned unit because very few people have the knowledge to rebuild them. Shame as he was very helpful!

I'm now looking for a transmission specialist as the next step will be diagnosis in the hope that it can be repaired. I've read various threads on valves, solenoids and oil pressure but I think it may be more serious as 1st gear is noisy.

I spoke to the guy I bought it from but he bought it via auction only the week before and said he knew nothing of the problem - he certainly didn't rush to take my cash.

After a little investigation, I have since spoken with the dealer who serviced the car and they took it in p/x against a new 9-5 because the owner didn't want to pay for the gearbox repairs, after which they sold it through an auction with the gearbox problem. The dealer didn't strip the box and diagnose a specific problem because they don't have the expertise, so they simply quoted for a worse case scenario of a new box or a reconditioned one, so I'm hoping it might be repairable.
 

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Its done 89K with full history from one main dealer.

I bought it from a used dealer who bought if from auction.
 

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SAS32 said:
Its done 89K with full history from one main dealer.

I bought it from a used dealer who bought if from auction.
If you bought it from a trader you have the right to demand the cost of repairs or return the car for a refund under the sale of goods act (I'm assuming you didnt pay £2k for it)
 

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I bought it from a used dealer who bought if from auction.
Then it's covered by a minimum 3 months warrenty IIRC, and the dealer will be obliged to fix it.

You shouldn't seek out anyone to do this at your own expense:nono; :eek:

Dealer should unconditionaly fix under basic warrenty or if I was you I'd reject the car and get a full refund.
 

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I'll give them a call on Monday but I would like to stick with an auto as most of my driving is in London and I find manuals a chore after 8 years of autos.

I'll get back onto the dealer tomorrow.

Thanks for your help.
 
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