Engine Dies while Driving Or Will Crank but not Start on Saab 9-3

The direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but start. Diagnosis may also discover trouble codes for random misfires.

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Average mileage: 149,314 (65,500–221,675)
Engines affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.8L V6 Turbo
5 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2008
18 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
2000 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo221,675
Car lost power while driving. It is believed that it is the Ignition cassette that needs to be replaced. Cost Est $700.00
2000 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo137,000
Drove to Ann Arbor and back to Brownstown. ON the freeway on the way back, the oil and engine light came on and my car just lost all power and shut down. I got it jumped and it started again but ran rough and then shut off again. I thought the motor was ceased but it has oil and most mechanics dont know about Saabs. Im taking ie shop tomorrow.. glad I found this page, saved me from buying a new engine. I love my Saab!
2001 Saab 9-3- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo146,000
There is no spark or pulse from the injectors. It cranks just fine.
2001 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Car cranks but won't turn over
2002 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo210,000
code P1213 misfire crack in DIC and spark plugs show oil foul damage. Replacing both
2002 Saab 9-3- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo135,000
Changed plugs and DIC also changed Crank Position Sensor as a precaution.
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