NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,975 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 lights problems

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2006 Saab 9-7X Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 052015


  • 95,000 miles


At least twice I have experienced the headlamps and running lights to fail on dark unlit roads, a very dangerous event. The first event occurred in the winter of 2014 the second in the winter of 2015. GM recall is 14291. NHTSA # 15V519000. I spoke with Saab customer service and a Saab certified service center. Both say my vehicle is not covered under this recall because they have determined that the headlamp failure doesn't occur on vehicles with high intensity discharge headlamps which my vehicle has. Yet I've experienced this frightening and deadly failure twice now. My vehicle should be covered under this recall. In those failure situations the car was in motion in darkness on a rural unlit road, it was winter and very cold (~0 degrees Fahrenheit)

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 232015

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
Filed a complaint about this issue before (03/2015) and having the same problem, headlights flicker and sometimes go completely off while driving on highways and city streets. I received a recall notice when this issue was first known, after that I did not receive any other paperwork concerning this issue. The Saab North America office and the local dealer keep on telling me that me vehicle does not have the hid headlights (this is stamped on the headlight housing and when I searched the VIN it does show it was installed on this model). I have tried to change the headlight drivers module (hdm) but still the same problem, thought maybe because I purchased an oem product it could be also be bad. Purchased an aftermarket hdm and still the same, I do not know where to go with this, I was employed by dod as a fleet manager so I am not stupid when it comes to a vehicle with issues. Think that GM is just trying to get over and do not want to accept it is a problem with the electrical system.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Nov 052014


  • 148,732 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the headlights started to flicker then shut off. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (lighting) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 148,732.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 042014

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Night driving head lights will suddenly go out and my come back on suddenly.

- Ellijay, GA, USA

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problem #3

Jan 282015


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-7X. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the headlights failed and the high beams were required to be activated in order to view the roads. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the headlight driver module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V755000 (exterior lighting) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Apr 272014

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 68,672 miles
While driving home our headlights flickered and turned off. I was able to pull over and restart the vehicle and the headlights came back on. Once driving again, they flickered and the passenger side headlight went out. I was able to drive the vehicle home with the one light (luckily). When I went to replace the headlight, it was back on again. I checked all connections and was unable to find the cause. A couple of weeks later the stabila-trac system light and air bag light came on and went off (5 min period). A couple of days later the steering locked up and would jump, we brought it to the Saab dealer and they had to replace the AWD actuator needed to be replaced ($788). We replaced it and the steering and AWD system appeared to work fine. Two days later the airbag light and stabila-trac system light came on again and went off. Dealer was unable to pull up the codes (not logging codes?). a month later while driving, the windshield wipers would come on and turn off on their own and when their on the washer sprayers for the headlights and windshield turn on their own. This vehicle has major safety issues due to electrical issues and should be investigated. This vehicle has become unsafe and untrustworthiness.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

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