NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,750 miles

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2004 Saab 9-5 electrical problems

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2004 Saab 9-5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 222009

9-5 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-5. the contact stated that when driving on the highway, the vehicle would suddenly shut down completely. The engine and electrical systems would turn off completely. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was able to be immediately restarted when the failure occurred. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who stated that the ignition switch was most likely the cause for failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 74,00. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. Updated 12/30/10 updated 01/10/11 updated 3/31/14

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

9-5 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
While driving our 2004 Saab 9-5 on the highway, at over 60 mph, the ignition has been accidentally turned off. This causes an immediate loss of power steering and power brakes, making the car very difficult to steer and stop. Luckily I was in the far right lane during both incidents and could pull over and stop without causing an accident. If I had been in another lane, the resultant loss of speed and an attempt to change lanes could have caused an accident. He ignition key is located on the console between the two front seats and is not protected nor locked in any way to safegard bumping the key and turning off the ignition. My local dealer has no parts or repair to correct the problem and Saab usa does not acknowledge that a problem exists.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

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