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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Saab 9-5 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 102007

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,200 miles


Driving on the interstate - exited onto an interchange ramp at 50 mph - and the engine stalled without warning. Vehicle at rear nearly rear-ended mine - but missed by a hairs whisker. Another piece of luck was that I was at the crest of the ramp so managed to "coast" towards the shoulder. Waited for a bit - the car wouldn't restart. Had to spend perilous time on the left shoulder before getting my car towed. At the time of writing - the car is sitting in the dealers lot. Nothing special happened prior to this incident. Previously a similar incident had occurred just outside my residence - and the dealer checked it out and said it might just be "bad gas". Saab's customer assistance program was useless. Based on the other incidents reported - refer to ODI #S: 10162804, 10137685, 10097342 - there is something definitely wrong with this vehicle. Please take action before someone loses their life.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 012006

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving on the highway at 70 mph and the engine suddenly shut down without any warning. The car completely lost power and I had to quickly coast to the shoulder. I was not able to restart the car and it had to be towed to Saab dealer. I was told there was a fault in di cassette.

- Hershey, PA, USA

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