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2007 Saab 9-5 2.3t: brakes seem to be very soft with a lot

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we just purchased a used 2007 Saab 9-5 2.3t and the brakes seem to be very soft with a lot of pressure needed to stop. This is my first SAAB and I am curious if they are known for having this type of brake "feel" or is this something that needs attention?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Jim Chill replied 7 years ago.

Was the car sitting for a while before you started driving it?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
not sure how long but it has been at the Omaha Carmax store at least for three weeks I know of, prior to that if you look at the CarFax document it was probably an off lease in CA in Nov, moved to the auction in Dec and finally came here in February:

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Detailed History

Owner 1
Purchased: 2007
Type: Private lease
Where: California
Est. miles/year: ---
Est. length owned: 8/25/07 - 11/13/09
(2 yrs. 2 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
Original Equipment OnStar Vehicle equipped with OnStar &
Personal Calling
Press the Blue OnStar button in this vehicle, or click here for activation and membership information
10/11/2006 US Customs Vehicle exported from
and imported to
Port Hueneme, CA
10/23/2006 5 Symes Saab of Pasadena
Pasadena, CA
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Tire condition and pressure checked
08/25/2007 52 California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Marina del Rey, CA
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
Registered as lease vehicle
11/13/2009 11,770 McCarthy Auto Mall & Morse Chevrolet, Inc.
Olathe, KS
Vehicle offered for sale
11/13/2009 Auto Auction Sold at auction
Dealers routinely buy and sell millions of used vehicles at auction each year.
11/16/2009 Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
11/20/2009 McCarthy Auto Mall & Morse Chevrolet, Inc.
Olathe, KS
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Airbag system checked
Inspection completed
Battery replaced
Maintenance inspection completed
01/13/2010 Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
02/08/2010 11,821 Auto Auction Sold at auction
in Missouri
Listed as
a dealer vehicle
02/18/2010 11,846 Huber Chevrolet Cadillac Hummer Saab
Omaha, NE
Manufacturer's recommended maintenance performed
02/26/2010 11,850 Online Listing Vehicle offered for sale
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Expert:  Jim Chill replied 7 years ago.
I would sat since the vehicle sat for3-4 months with little miles or use and before you purchased the car there was a safety inspection done on your vehicle that your concern is from sitting or lack of use. When a vehicle sits for a while what happens is the rotors get surface rust on them and this would cause a soft feel or that you have to push the pedal down farther inorder to stop. The easist way to get them cleaned up is useage. find a parking lot of quiet road and perform a couple hard stops from about 30 mph to 0 do this a couple times with the fast stops it cleans off the rotors and will de glaze the pads. After that if your concern is still present I would contact your selling dealers service department to have the brakes inspected and serviced by a tech. be sure to take the service advisor for a test drive describing your problem to him first hand, this ensures he knows exactly what you are describing and this in turn helps them to fix it right the first time. jim
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