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Saab 9-5 Engine Dies while Driving Or Will Crank but not Start

Saab 9-5 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Engines Affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 3.0L V6 Turbo, V6

Average Mileage: 122,788 mi (55,000 mi - 180,000 mi)


The direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but not start. The engine may also have a rough idle and run roughly. Diagnosis may discover trouble codes for random misfires.

  • Visitor, , 116,000 mi

    Codes P1312 and P1334. Replace DI

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  • Visitor, , V6, 80,000 mi

    engine dies and wont restart afterdriving apx. 20 min. after setting will restart replaced fuel pump still has problem

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  • JSTEELE72, , 107,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 128,769 mi

    engine will crank yet wont start and the check engine light stays on due to throttle body issues

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 155,000 mi

    The sensor has been on for some time and they told me it was the ignition coil and that eventually it would
    leave me stranded. 6 months later its been ok... until a couple of weeks ago. Twice it has shut off while
    driving and idling has gotten super rough. Today, it kept cranking and
    wouldn't turn over. Eventually it did and it was a rough ride.

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  • lunabear, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo

    car just dies while driving...without any warning!!!

    haven't had it diagnosised yet.

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  • Visitor, , 76,000 mi

    engine warning light came on. code said to replace direct ignition coil. Replaced and ran fine for a few days, now have the same problem again, only worse

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 55,217 mi

    Starts fine while engine is cold, but upon trying to restart while engine is warm, cranks but no start. Also had engine die while slowing down to stop. Replaced plugs, fuel filter & cleaned throttle body intake valve. Engine would not start after warm & must wait a period of time before restarting engine. Engine seems to run smoother with new plugs & filter. Fear it's the DI cassette, but going to try the CPS first.

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 55,000 mi

    Three ignition cassette failures: 1) sudden failure without warning @ highway speeds (54K); 2) intermittent misfires and elective replacement (200K); 3) sudden failure @highway speeds with a single misfire 1 minute prior (241K)

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 180,000 mi

    I had the same problem car turned off every 20 mins or so and wouldn't restart until cooled off, change the knock sensor and oil pressure sensor, checked for cracked hoses and stuff was about to junk it but decided to change the direct ignition coil and sure enough solved the problem. I opened the coil by removing the plastic parts that goes on top of spark plugs and i could see cracks on the blue box and some melting.

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