NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Emission Control: Catalytic Convertor Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,600 miles

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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 #3

Jan 182005

9-5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,701 miles


2001 Saab 9-5, consumer has not received reimbursement for the recall work done on the vehicle. The consumer received a recall letter in the mail one month later, after the repairs were already paid for. When the consumer called to inquire about her refund, she was told by the manufacturer, that they didn't have all of the paperwork and also they didn't have her address. Nine months later, the consumer still has not received reimbursement. The catalytic converter was replaced.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 162004

9-5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Driving at 65mph in far left lane of highway and sudden loss of speed--could only go 20-30 mph for a few minutes before burning smell. Was able to come to right shoulder while dodging highway traffic. Direct ignition cassette (dic) failure 1 of 2 dic's in 6 cylinder engine). Second visit required for check engine light--was catalytic converter. Third visit for another cel for second dic failure.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 032004

9-5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,100 miles
My 2001 Saab 9-5 has just under 80,000 miles and has gone through 2 catalytic converters. It also burns out a lot of lights--headlights, tail lights, brake lights, etc. Every few months. Also the led display on the dash has a lot of pixels out. I'm wondering if the electrical current is perhaps a little too high and that could be what's causing all of the problems?

- Midland, MI, USA

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