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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Module Problems

2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,909 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Saab 9-3 electrical problems

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2002 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 122007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car has died 3 times while driving and required a tow. The first time the ignition module was replaced for free (recall). The 2nd time the car mysteriously re-started before the tow truck arrived. The most recent incident resulted in a tow to the nearest dealer and the (defective) throttle body being replaced at a cost of $714. Also, the catalytic converters had to be replaced (non-warranty) after the ignition module (recall). At approx. 118,000 miles the transmission was replaced.

- Ordell, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 112006

9-3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,383 miles
2002 Saab 93, manufacturer refuses to reimburse consumer. The ignition discharge module broke while driving. The consumer had the repairs made before the recall was received. The consumer was assured he would received reimbursement within 60 days (recall 05V399000).

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #3

Aug 082005

9-3

  • miles
2002 9-3 Saab stalled on 2 different occasions while driving. The consumer requested reimbursement since he discovered the problem he experienced was recall related. Updated

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #2

May 162005

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,163 miles
The consumer was driving slowly suddenly the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to an auto repair facility. They replaced the ignition module. The vehicle stalled suddenly and without warning. The radio and cd player stopped working. The consumer heard tire noise. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer who determined that the tires were cupped and causing the vehicle to pull to the right. The alignment was ok on the front but the rear could not be adjusted, the pirelli tires were changed to yokohama but the vehicle continued to pull to the right.

- Saint Joseph, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 192005

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
My 2002 Saab 9-3 stalled in traffic and could not be started again. The direct ignition module had burnt out suddenly, and smoke was seen coming out of the connector when I tried to start the car. The module failed with no warning at all, and I was lucky to have been in heavy, but slow traffic. The module was replaced and the car is running. The car has less than 50,000 miles on it, so the sudden failure of such a critical component is surprising and disconcerting. I have little faith that this will not happen again, without any warning.

- Riverdale, NY, USA

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