NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,179 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.

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2001 Saab 9-5 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 292008


  • 101,507 miles


On Wednesday, October 30, 2008 at approximately 4:45 pm I experienced a sudden vehicle engine stop. This occurred on a residential 4-lane street while traveling in the right hand lane at approximately 30 mph. The vehicle was a 2001 Saab 95 arc wagon.. the vehicle suddenly started to run rough and then the engine completely shut off. This caused me to have to glide the auto to the right hand side of the road where there was a curb. I thus remained in a lane of traffic with a disabled vehicle. The cause was a defective crank shaft position sensor. When this becomes inoperative the computer that controls engine management shuts down and disables the car. This required a tow to the dealer repair shop. And it required a new crank shaft sensor part to be installed. The old part is not available. The main irk about this is this is the second time I have replaced this part in 15 months. The original sensor that came wit the car when I purchased it new lasted 87,199 miles and 5.5 years. The second sensor was replaced on July 16, 2007. The third sensor was replaced at 101,507 miles...a mere 15 months and 13 days with a mileage usage of 14,308 miles. Had this failure in October 2008 occurred just 5 minutes before when I was traveling on a six-lane interstate at 60 mph I would have had a serious problem drifting across several lanes of traffic in order to pull over for safety. I believe that Saab has a supplier providing them with an inferior part.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

May 042006


  • 80,030 miles
Random engine cutoff when driving, loosing power steering capability at the same time. Most often happened when approaching intersection at the time when car speed was lowered. Happened on multiple days.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 042006

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine died while the vehicle was traveling 60 mph, almost causing an accident. The service dealer determined the vehicle needed a new engine. The consumer had the engine replaced. Updated 01/26/07.

- Broomall, PA, USA

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