NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,489 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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2006 Saab 9-7X electrical problems

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2006 Saab 9-7X Owner Comments

problem #9

May 162015


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. While driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag inadvertantly deployed without warning. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the air bag was repaired; however, the diagnosis was unavailable. On another occasion, the headlights failed to operate intermittently. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical system failed and the fuse and head lamps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the front driver side door failed to unlatch, causing the contact to be locked outside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed, but the latch was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000. The VIN was not available.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #8

Jan 042016


  • 98,000 miles
1. vehicle stalls/loses power while in motion at a low rate of speed. Problem can't be identified by 3 independent mechanics. One mechanic said replace fuse box and hope it solves the issue. 2. vehicle has electrical surges causes a multitude of electrical issues. So far: Fire in fuse box burning out the low-beam relay, audio interference through the speakers (crackling) when turn signals, or radio are playing, remote access fails intermittently, replaced 2 Bosch batteries, bad alternator, 3 air-ride suspension compressors, replace turn signal, brake, and head lights annually, low to no power while idling, and electronics not working intermittently (power seats, heated seats, air compressor, power windows). One mechanic said that there are faint plumes of smoke coming off of the fuse box.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #7

Feb 112009


  • 20,000 miles
Hid headlights flicker and then turn off. No rhyme or reason; cold weather and hot weather. Headlights will eventually flicker and turn off. I can manually flip the headlights switch off and then on again and they will come back on. Once they come back on, they can stay on for another few seconds or minutes, but they will eventually flicker and turn off again. Most times it's just one headlight at a time because I don't give it enough time before turning it back on before the second one goes out. Both have gone out before at the same time. In my 12 mile route to work in the morning, I may have to turn my headlights on again about 25 times at its worst. Sometimes they will stay on and sometimes it won't even flicker at all. No rhyme or reason. It's dangerous for the obvious reason but also people think you are flashing your lights at them. Can cause road rage in people'so what's worse" driving dangerously with no headlights or someone getting angry B/C you keep flashing your headlights at them" dangerous no matter how you look at it. Also police may think you are trying to warn people about them by flashing my headlights! as far as I can tell right now, it's just the low beam hids, not the high beams and not the yellow daytime running lights. Voltage has been tested and they say it's fine at 14 volts for both headlights even though they were flickering/turned off while being tested. Shop wants me to replace hid headlights altogether which is over $300 not including labor. Has been happening intermittently since I bought the car used in 2009. Is getting worse as mileage goes up it seems. 87,000 miles as of 12/23/2015. Purchased the car in Feb.2009 with 20,000 miles. Lights will flicker in idle or while driving at any speed. Also loud buzzing from back speakers at times and stabilitrak light comes on and then will go off randomly.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #6

Dec 172013

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 124,399 miles


Headlights flickered and I thought they were going to go completely off but they did not. Checked the internet and with dealer for this incident and was told this was a normal occurrence with this vehicle. Since then, the vehicle now has 145,746 miles and there are more instances of these happenings. Also have a problem with the electrical system due to interference coming through the stereo system and creates a humming/buzzing sound coming from the back speakers. Had a certified Saab technician troubleshoot this problem and found a problem with the ground system (electrical) in the rear speakers/equalizer. I am presuming that this may have something to do with the whole electrical system (to include the headlights, equalizers, speakers) of this vehicle. Just had a recall taken care of to replace the front drivers door power window module.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142014

9-7X 6-cyl

  • miles
The driver side front window will not go down, all other works. That part was a recall last year and was replace, with no charge to me. Also the engine shuts off after the vehicle has started.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 032013

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired for NHTSA campaign number: 12V406000 (electrical system, visibility) however, the power switch door module was not responding properly and caused the windows to open independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 143,000.

- Wisconsin Rapids , WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 052011

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle in clark county Indiana in 2011 the month of May. The original bill of sale was in the car from 2006 where it was sold from a Saab dealership in fisherville Indiana. My driver side door as of September 2012 started making a burning smell and all of a sudden nothing on my driver side door works window switch mirror control and the heater button on the door will no longer work. I keep getting a smoke smell off and on since last month!!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Sep 202011

9-7X 8-cyl

  • miles
My fuel gauge reading has been going back and forth from empty to full. I have put a full tank of gas in it and it reads empty. This began a few weeks ago and has not stopped. It has caused my engine light to come on as well. I went to have it tested at a shop and they said it was the fuel sender. I have researched and found a number of complaints about this. I ask how will I be compensated for this inconvenience?

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 302009


  • 65,000 miles
I have a 2006 Saab 9-7X with 92,000+ miles. The fuel gauge had failed at about 65,000 miles and I have yet to fix it because the dealership said that it would cost anywhere from $850 to $1,000 depending on how long it takes to be done. I think this is ridiculous that this is not a recall because I no many many people with the same issue. It is not fair for a defect in quality of a near $45,000 vehicle to be laid on a costumer. Signs of this problem were that the gauge would intermittently read false then regulate to normal. I was told it was not anything to be concerned about by my GM dealer and Saab. Then one day it would not read at all, and I did not know how much gas I had, stalled getting off an offramp in front of an intersection dangerously stuck, and having to pay a tow bill, then have a mechanic look at it and tell me that it is the cheap fuel level sending unit that GM cheaply makes and he sees this problem over and over again on many gmt360 platforms. This problem caused me to be in a dangerous or even life threatening situation and I should not have to pay for this to be fixed if im not the only one out there with this problem!!! please do something about this before I have to spend $1000 on repairs and hundreds of dollars on a rental car so I can continue with my career!

- Plantsville, CT, USA

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