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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System Problems


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2001 Saab 9-5 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 052002

(reported on)


  • miles


Shortly after purchasing vehicle, consumer began to experience frequency of noxious fumes coming through the interior of the vehicle from the exhaust, when consumer took the vehicle to the dealership to report the problem he was given a service bulletin which identified the emission as hydrogen sulfide and the bulletin further stated there was no way to correct the problem, the manufacturer has acknowledged the problem but has failed to disclose the information.(lawyer, jeffrey miller on behalf of client)

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 242001


  • miles
White smoke exits the exhaust after the car has been driven for a period of time and sits, and is started again. Saab customer service first told me a tsb would be issued concerning the problem. Poquet auto and morries Saab both stated "some" Saab have a problem. According to the csr, the injectors release too much fuel upon startup when the engine is cold and that causes the smoke. When the Saab idles, it stops. I was informed that Saab was working on the problem at first. Now I am told, there is no problem. This defect seriously diminishes the overall value of a $40K car.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

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