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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Module Problems

2001 Saab 9-5 (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,538 miles

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2001 Saab 9-5 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Jun 152003

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


Sudden complete power failure on highway! relativly new car 2001 with low miles.traced to bad direct ignition (di) module. Is a safety hazard. No injuries thankfully.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 152003

9-5 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I was driving on the highway and began exiting when the Saab completely died. No warning..all lights came on and the car had no power. I coasted down the ramp. What would have happened had I been in the left lane" Saab quickly diagnosed this as a shorted out direct ignition cassette. They repaired it returned the car. It needed to go back as it had no power. The cassette's failure destroyed the catalytic converter as well. I have now heard of this incident three times on 2001 Saab 9-5's. where is the recall"

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 252003

9-5 4-cyl

  • 23,400 miles
The engine on our 2001 Saab 9.5 wagon completely shut down as we exited I-10 North of san antonio Texas. The vehicle was at a speed of 65 mph and the engine just quit. We were able to stop the car at the exits intersection because of its length of about 1/4 mile. There was no warning, just no engine and no restart. The direct ignition cassette was replaced.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 232002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving smoke starting coming from the engine.vehicle stalled out.had vehicle serviced, fire was a result of a problem with ignition cassette. Nlm

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 062001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car has stalled twice without warning, on the second occasion the vehicle was able to be restarted, in the first instance the dealer replaced the D1 cassette becuse it malfunctioned but in the second instance diagnostic test did not reveal a cause for the shut down. Nlm

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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