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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Saab 9-3 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

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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