NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,900 miles

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2003 Saab 9-5 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 302009


  • 66,500 miles


Car runs perfectly and at highway speeds will randomly stall. If you can manage to not get into an accident the car will start right back up after you turn off the key and restart. Sometimes every couple of miles, and can go several miles without the stall. Seems to only happen at constant speeds. This is a very dangerous problem. Diagnostic codes are P1230 and P1261, but I think these are results of the sudden stall, and not the problem. Updated 03/10/09.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 072006


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saab 9-5. while the contact's daughter was driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle shut off and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic and they stated that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. Three weeks later, the contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 07V087000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). Approximately one year later, the mechanic stated that the fuel pump failed again. The current mileage was 60,000 and failure mileage was 54,000.

- N. Adelboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102007

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,200 miles
Driving on the interstate - exited onto an interchange ramp at 50 mph - and the engine stalled without warning. Vehicle at rear nearly rear-ended mine - but missed by a hairs whisker. Another piece of luck was that I was at the crest of the ramp so managed to "coast" towards the shoulder. Waited for a bit - the car wouldn't restart. Had to spend perilous time on the left shoulder before getting my car towed. At the time of writing - the car is sitting in the dealers lot. Nothing special happened prior to this incident. Previously a similar incident had occurred just outside my residence - and the dealer checked it out and said it might just be "bad gas". Saab's customer assistance program was useless. Based on the other incidents reported - refer to ODI #S: 10162804, 10137685, 10097342 - there is something definitely wrong with this vehicle. Please take action before someone loses their life.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

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