NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,857 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Saab 9-2X engine problems

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2005 Saab 9-2X Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 052017


  • 97,000 miles


At below freezing temperatures, the fuel line leaks raw gasoline onto the engine, near the turbocharger, creating a fire risk. The evaporated gasoline is immediately pumped into the passenger cabin creating a health risk. This is a known issue for the Subaru WRX and a recall was issued. The 2005 Saab 9-2X is mechanically identical in this regard to the WRX, but no recall was issued. Details: Https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php"T=1893471 examples: www.carcomplaints.com/Saab/9-2X/2005/fuel_system/fuel_propulsion_system.shtml discussion: saab92X.com/viewtopic.php"id=17792&P=1

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #6

Jul 072015


  • 123,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-2X. The contact stated that vehicle was leaking oil. The vehicle was repaired but the details were not available. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 11V464000 (suspension) and 15V323000 (air bags) and stated that the parts needed for the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000. Part distribution disconnect. VIN tools confirms parts not available.

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 222014

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
During cold weather, fuel lines leak/seep raw fuel into engine compartment. If left untreated, could potentially cause engine fire, leading to injury and death. Please get Subaru/Saab to fix asap.

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 062014

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles


This car, while a Saab by name, is made by Subaru and is mechanically identical to a 2005 impreza WRX. Subaru recalled 2002- 2003 wrxs for a cold weather fuel leak. The recall number is 01-170-09. This car being two model years newer is not covered however it suffers from the exact same issue. During very cold temperatures like the ones we are experiencing now, (below 20 degrees F) raw fuel leaks from a hose in the engine compartment. This smell floods the cabin and is so bad, windows need to be rolled down. I have contacted Subaru for assistance but have yet to receive help.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #3

Dec 012012


  • miles
When temperatures get near freezing, there is a strong gasoline smell coming from the engine compartment that seeps into the cabin. It seems like the clamps that hold the rubber fuel lines may come loose over time and the cold causes the lines to contract allowing the fuel to leak.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 032014


  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle interior smells heavily of gasoline after sitting outside in freezing temperatures. Fuel smell persists at low speeds and seems to be coming from underhood.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 152013


  • 128,000 miles
Very strong fuel smell in car, and in engine compartment after starting car. Ambient outdoor temperatures for the last 4-5 days have been below 20 degrees F. this particular vehicle has been in service in Vermont since February 2007, and in Connecticut before that when originally purchased new. This is the same issue that has already been addressed by Subaru for the 02-03 Subaru WRX (which shares an identical powertrain/fueling system with the Saab 9-2X aero), as outlined in recall # NHTSA campaign id number: 09V468000 EA09011 NHTSA action number: EA09011 (Subaru recall program #wvk-21).

- Jericho, VT, USA

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