NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Saab 9-5 engine problems

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2003 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 262011

9-5 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


My car was built in 2002 as well as others reported, I purchased it used 3 years ago with 64K miles. My direct ignition control in 2003 9-5 linear sedan 2.3T ceased. Upon research, my dic is the original part 9197559 TK3.6 2000-2002 are recalled and 'some' 2003 VIN's. with the over abundance of dic failures with the exact same part number, these need to be recalled as a whole. Upon removal of the dic, the engine is leaking at the seams of the head from where the bolts are located, inside the dic and engine section is perfectly clean. Bolts in the head of the engine loose, 1 was lifted out enough to just remove straight out. Car blows blueish smoke when it was starting, switches are defective (GM known issue), oil / engine / head known issues, suspension known issues (among other serious Saab failures). I have spent thousands of dollars on this vehicle since purchase. The known recalls must be expanded to include the parts, not just 'year' or 'specific VIN'. this was supposed to be a safe, reliable car but instead is causing serious financial issues. Please help the owners all over the world, we should not have to pay for all of this.. we already paid for their 'bailout'! sincerely~ can not take any more repairs!!!

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #3

Jul 082008


  • 77,800 miles
I was driving on the highway when my cruise control shut off and the check engine light came on. When I came to a stop my entire car died. I was stuck at a stop light in the middle of rush hour. I had to hold my left foot on the brake and pump the gas pedal to get the car to rev, but it wouldn't continue to idle. It kept dying. I had to use both the brake pedal and the gas pedal to get it off the highway to a side street, which was extremely dangerous. Several times the car died. I took it to a GM certified repair shop who after three diagnostic checks determined the ignition module needed to be replaced along with the spark plugs because the engine was misfiring. I want Saab to recall this part and pay for the repair. It is the exact same part and problem that they recalled for 2000-2002 vehicles. It makes absolutely no sense that the 2003 part has not been recalled. This is a serious safety hazard and something needs to be done to fix it and I should not have to pay for it.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062005


  • miles
Car stalled while cruising at 75 miles per hour on a busy interstate. Car could not be restarted, even after pulling to the side of the road. No prior indication of imminent failure was given¿¦the engine simply cut out and check engine light came on. Dealer diagnosed as the failure of as a bad throttle body. This is a known weakness in the car for which Saab has been trying to find a solution for years. The servicing dealer was surprised that the part was not in stock since it fails often. Many people have throttle body problems which trigger limp home mode and require a cleaning and/or replacement of the throttle body. Reportedly newer software triggers a check engine light before complete failure. This early warning was not given this case. It is completely unacceptable that this should still be an issue on a 2003 model year vehicle when the problem first showed itself in 1998. Does someone have to die in a rear end collision before Saab or the NHTSA will act on this?

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 152003

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The vehicle stalled on 4 separate occasions from various speeds of 25 mph or more while driving. The vehicle has been to the dealer on 3 separate occasions. The dealer has cleaned and tightened the battery cables, the first time, they replaced the crank sensor, T-7 and the ignition switch, the second time and the third time, they were unable to duplicate the problem. The ECM was replaced but the vehicle stalled again, the cup holder crack and had broken, the battery cables were loose and dirty, the transmission did not shift properly and caused a jerking motion, the electrical gauges dropped and the vehicle lost acceleration.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

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