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  1. #1
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    02 Aug 2010
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    Transmission type, manufacture date and serial numbers - Saab 9-5



    The automatic transmission in the Saab 9-5 from MY 02, has the designation FA 57.

    The type designation of an automatic transmission consists of 3 groups of characters as shown below:

    FA57 C01 01CV00101

    The three groups of characters signify different information about the transmission, as shown in the following breakdown.

    First group FA57:

    F Front-wheel drive
    A Type of gearbox
    A=Automatic transmission
    M=Manual gearbox
    5 Number of forward gears
    7 Overall ratio, top gear (code, see table below)

    Code 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    Gear ratio 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.3

    Second group C 01:

    First character
    C Automatic transmission adapted to different engine variants.
    B Manual gearbox adapted to different engine variants.

    Second/ 01 Development version

    Third group 01CV00101:

    Automatic transmissions have a 9-character designation.

    01=manufactured in 2001
    C=month of manufacture as follows:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    A B C D E F G H J K L M

    V=transmission type (V: FA 57)
    00101=serial number per month

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  2. #2

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    01 Jun 2019
    2000 saab 9-3 viggen 2003 saab 9-5 aero wagon
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    Not sure if someone still read this topic, but what I understand that "C" means - Automatic transmission adapted to different engine variants. But than what means "A"??? I have 2003 saab 9-5 aero with FA57C02 transmission and because of accident (fedex truck hit my car on the street parking) I have to replace the transmission. So I found one FA57A08. Some people say that the differences are gear rotation, other people that is the year build. Any one can help me? I need to make sure that transmission will fit on my car. The transmission is coming from 2004 saab 9-5 arc/liner

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  3. #3

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    16 Mar 2020
    2002 and 2004 9-5 Aero Estate
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    C-transmissions can handle higher torque and are installed in Aero-models. A-transmissions are the standard transmissions you will find in the low-torque models.
    FA57C01 was introdused in 2002 Aeromodels, and was soon replaced with C03 which had a better valvehousing. In 2003 came the FA57C02 with paddles on the steeringwheel, also replaced with C04 with a better valvehousing.
    In your case you have to find a FA57C02 or even better, a FA57C04 transmission for your car. An A-transmission in your car will not last so long, depending on your driving habits, of course

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