NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems

2006 Saab 9-7X (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,532 miles

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2006 Saab 9-7X fuel system problems

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2006 Saab 9-7X Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 112013

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 35 miles


Fuel level low light on causes the engine to seize and shut down, even after putting gasoline in the tank.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 012013

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. The contact stated that the fuel gauge displayed the incorrect reading and caused the vehicle to stall while driving. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 105,000. Updated 8/12/13

- Roanoke , VA, USA

problem #20

Jan 272012

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 98,100 miles
When the fuel gauge falls below 1/2 tank of gas (especially below a 1/4 tank) a faulty sensor causes the engine to seize and shut off. The vehicle loses all power steering, breaks etc. This happens exclusively when the car is in motion and coming to a halt (such as at a stop sign, stop light or making a sudden halt to turn). It is extremely dangerous. This has happened countless times since we purchased the vehicle in 2012. In order to avoid this situation we have to keep the fuel tank above 1/2 tank at all times.

- Minden, NV, USA

problem #19

May 242011


  • miles


After I had just filled up the gas light came on and went to empty. It bounced around for a couple of weeks, and then stayed on empty. I was told this is a GM defect. I travel 5 days a week for work, and I'm concerned this could cause my vehicle to stall, as I've heard happening to others. I have to remember to refuel every 300 miles. This is a GM defect, therefore, GM should be fixing this problem!

- Saint Albans , VT, USA

problem #18

Dec 202011

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 66,850 miles
Upon starting engine, fuel gauge registered empty, alert sounded and low fuel light illuminated. Drove to gas station and only put 1 gallon of gas before it was full. Gauge remained on empty but now fluctuates the fuel level randomly.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

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problem #17

Nov 162011

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I was driving down the road then I noticed my fuel gauge went up to full then went down to empty and stayed there. I decided to stop and get gas and filled up my tank, once I started the car again the fuel gauge still read empty. As I was driving home the gauge slowly started to move to full but later went back to empty once I arrived home. The past 2 weeks after the first incident the gauge has been staying on empty even with a full tank. Im afraid of running out of fuel while driving out in the country or on the highway and getting into an accident. I have a family and fear for our safety when we are out driving and not sure how much fuel is in our vehicle.

- Gardner, KS, USA

problem #16

May 162011

9-7X 6-cyl

  • miles


The fuel pump is faulty. I was told from my Saab mechanic that he had seen 3 other models just as mine, within a couple of weeks, with the same problem. He told me that there is currently not a re-call on the part. I can not tell how much gas is in my vehicle, and need to make sure I gas up ever 300 miles. I was told this problem will keep re-occurring so I have not bothered to have it fixed, as I can't just throw money away. I feel that a re-call should happen.

- Saint Albans, VT, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Sep 172010

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
2006 - Saab 97X - in September, 2010 fuel gauge indicated low level fuel and computer showed 60 miles to empty. On the way to the gas station car just shut down. Called for service and had fuel put in the car. Still did not start. Finally, was pushed off the road by local police. Car would not start again and had to be towed to Saab dealer. Saab dealer claims I ran out of gas. Now have issues with fuel gauge when filling up. After refueling, needle on gauge goes to empty and 'check engine light' and 'low level fuel light' comes on. After driving for a while, fuel needle will go back and forth from empty to full. It will eventually settle down and 'low level fuel light' and 'check engine light' turn off. Not sure if fuel level is accurate. I have to keep resetting trip odometer to estimate where my fuel level is. I've called the Saab dealer asking about any recalls on this. They said no but bring it in for them to look at. I understand it's a minimum $800. Fix ? please help !

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 252011


  • 82,000 miles
Defective fuel gauge on 2006 Saab 9-7X (basically same as GMC Envoy) resulted in car stalling while fuel gauge still showed gas was above the reserve limit.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #12

Apr 252011


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. After refueling the vehicle, the contact noticed that the fuel warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The fuel gauge would fluctuate, causing inaccurate readings of fuel levels. The contact was unable to determine how much fuel was in the vehicle and as a result, the vehicle stalled and had to be towed. The vehicle was not repaired. There was an investigation under NHTSA action number: PE11014 (fuel system, other fuel system, other:storage:fuel gauge system) that may be related to the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Dalton, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 012011

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
2006 Saab 9-7X: When fuel tank is filled with gas, the fuel gauge in the instrument panel reads empty and the check engine light illuminates. Will be uncertain as to how much fuel is in the tank. After approximately 100 miles, the gauge will swing between full and empty and may begin to function normally. However, there is no clear indication of the amount of fuel in the tank. The local Saab dealership indicated the cause is a faulty fuel level sensor and is common with this year/model vehicle. Only recourse is to utilize the odometer and refill every 250 miles traveled.

- Boardman, OH, USA

problem #10

May 012011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. The contact stated that the fuel gauge was malfunctioning and providing an empty reading after refueling. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #9

May 272011


  • 64,100 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7. the contact stated the fuel gauge displayed when the vehicle was full; yet, the fuel gauge displayed empty. Upon the manufacturers advice, the contact scheduled an appointment with the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact stated the vehicle could shut off due to low fuel without any warning and possibly cause a crash because of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,100.

- Baker, LA, USA

problem #8

May 252011

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 65,125 miles
After filling the fuel tank the gauge is still reading empty. While driving the gauge jumped up to full then dropped back to empty.

- Grafton, WI, USA

problem #7

May 102011

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Heard a noise from the rear of my 2006 Saab 9-7X SUV at one point. Shortly thereafter, the fuel gauge began acting erratically causing engine light to sporadically come on and go off. Due to inaccurate readings, I have run out of fuel twice even though the information center still shows I have adequate levels of fuel in the vehicle. Appears to also be impacting the consistency of acceleration and maintaining speed associated with the throttle body. Gas mileage has dropped as well. Supposedly the repair cost is more than $350. Based on a search of similar vehicles (chassis and vintage) on the internet and newspaper reports, this appears to be a somewhat common problem, possibly connected to the use of fuel containing ethanol. Similar vehicles include the GMC Envoy, Chevy trailblazer and Buick rainier. I can send you related information from the internet if necessary.

- Brownstown Twp., MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 152011


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2006 Saab 97-X. over the past two years I have had problems with my fuel gauge. I have run out of gas several times and now have to monitor my fuel through my consumption reading to know how much I have. I have almost stalled several times on the freeway. I am now seeing that I am not the only person with this problem and I am lucky I am observant enough as a driver to not have been injured in a crash. The local Saab dealer wanted over $600 to drop my fuel tank and "investigate" the problem. This is ridiculous and GM should be responsible and accountable for this problem!!!

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #5

May 022011

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Saab 97X SUV... fuel gauge giving false readings. My mechanic told me it is a rampant problem with GM units of similar vintage. My gas gauge started giving me occasional false readings a few thousand miles ago. They become more and more frequent. Currently, the gas gauge only reads empty. While I can figure out how many miles I can travel before the need to fill up, I fear my wife may not be able to keep track as easily. I'm just afraid that the car will be rear-ended if it stalls out from a false reading, and the gas tank actually is empty.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 242010

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Fuel gauge reads full or empty, swings between empty or full at times, faulty and caused us to run out of fuel on the freeway in severe weather even though it was not reading empty in Oct 24th of 2010. Gauge or fuel sending unit has become completely useless and needs replacement. 2006 Saab 9-7X arc.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #3

Jul 012010

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Fuel gage inconsistent. With full tank of fuel, gage shows empty. After using approx three gallons of fuel, gage will work, after using approx six more gallons of fuel, gage shows empty. Does not work again until tank is full and approx three gallons of fuel is used again, than stop's working after approx six gallons of fuel is used.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

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