2008 Saab 9-7X electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,541 miles

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2008 Saab 9-7X electrical problems

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2008 Saab 9-7X Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 112015


  • 72,246 miles


"takata recall" purchased from eastchester Chrysler Jeep dodgr dealership in bronx, NY 10486, on Feb. 28, 2015, engine light illuminated on dashboard indicating a possible problem. I took it back approximately 7X to the dealer for repair and approximately 8 additional times at other mechanics. Unfortunately, light continues today. Both headlights were problem; drivers side beginning first dimming very low. Several weeks later, the passenger side headlight began to have problems as well. Eventually it became a necessity to become an expensive out-of- pocket expense. Finally, the stability check light continuously comes on and off making it necessary to stop and turn off and restart vehicle as suggested by dealer mechanic advice. Allinformation described is verified with documents.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 172015


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saab 9-7X. The contact stated that the headlamps independently failed. In addition, when the fog lights were activated any other electrical system was in use, the vehicle would shut down. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it could not be diagnosed; however, the mechanic stated that the bulb needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred more than ten times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 15V519000 (exterior lighting). The failure mileage was approximately 153,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 042012

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While operating my vehicle at approx. 70 mph on an interstate, my passenger bumped the ignition key, located between the gear shifter and center console. My vehicle shut off while traveling down the hwy, and it happened other times, too. I've had the same problems with the driver side door module, which has completely stopped working. It has always had problems after getting only slightly wet. I've had problems with front passenger window, possibly caused by the same problem, and every door is likely affected. Since the driver side is used most frequently, the problem just becomes obvious on that one. The ignition is subject to the same problems. My vehicle stopped working after leaving the sunroof open mistakenly. The vehicle wouldn't start for 24 hrs, and the turn signal has since had problems with flashing too quickly. The design obviously lacks basic attempts to keep water away from its electrical components. I have a recurring problem with a service stabilitrak light intermittently going on and off. It was taken back for service several times, but the problem was either never resolved, or continues to recur. I don'T know whether stabilitrak is or was functioning at any point, or if it's just the light. Around the same time, the cruise control started to only work intermittently and then completely stopped working. In addition, there is something very wrong with the ABS system when attempting to stop while traveling at low speeds. Although it happens consistently, I would have died or been seriously injured if I hadn't downshifted and pulled my E-brake in order to finally get the vehicle to stop. Yet, the 9-7X wasn't included in the recall GM issued for the very same problem on other vehicles. There is seriously something wrong with this vehicle. It is a death trap waiting to happen.

- Oberlin, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


This model has faulty/substandard design. I have had to replace rusted out trunk latch twice, drivers side window fails to close after several repairs, windshield has cracked 3 times, ( never have I previously had a crack in a windshield), headlights continue to short out and have been replaced several times, among many other issues. Have no faith that this car has safe airbags. ?

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 192014

9-7X 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was trying to shut down my car and even though my car was in park, I couldn't get my key out of the ignition. When I was finally able to, after a few times, the battery light stayed on. It took multiple attempts until I could finally shut off my car with the car battery not being drained. Additionally, and I don't know when this started, both of the back doors no longer will open from the inside and the SUV back won't open from the outside. The ac blowers will blow cold intermittently. There is plenty of coolant. No dealer will look at it because there are no Saab dealers.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182014

9-7X 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Was driving down side street, reached for something in passenger seat, drew my hand back making very gentle contact with ignition key in center console and car shut off. I hardly touched the key. This second time in early June, though I hit it with my cup (ice tea from mcdonalds). Then this weekend it happened again. It is very easy to bump it with your arm and have it shut off. I called GMC and they informed me that they wouldn't fix it, even though to me it seems like the same issue as with their other cars that are being recalled for the same reason. I think it should be recalled, and suspect that the ignition is the same that is in the GMC Envoy, trailblazer, etc. Also, the 2007 was recalled, and I think the 2008 should be as well. My car is available for someone to inspect it anytime if you would like to see how easy it is for it to happen.

- St. Albans, VT, USA

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