Saab Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Saab as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

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.

The wiring for the transfer case speed sensor can fail causing sporadic operation of the AWD (All Wheel Drive) system.

Oil leaks from the timing cover, valve cover, and/or rear main seal may be due to excessive crankcase pressure. An updated PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) kit was released to fix this concern.

If the ignition switch is turned to the "lock" position when the vehicle speed is over 5km/hour, the ignition key cannot be removed from the lock cylinder. This is not a defect, but a normal design feature. In order to remove the key: Turn the ignition to the "on" position, wait several seconds, turn ignition to "lock" and remove the key.

The shaft for the air blend door can fail creating the inability to adjust the AC or heating temperature. The AC or Heat will not maintain the proper temperature.

The thermo contact in the AC compressor can fail, which means the compressor may fail to engage or disengage.

Our technicians report failures of various components in the audio system. Speaker, control unit, and steering wheel button failures are all possible.

The trunk module can fail causing the tailgate to malfunction when opening or closing.

Oil can leak from the oil pressure sensor causing a loss of pressure at the sensor and illumination of the oil light.

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.

The water pump can fail causing noise on the left side of the engine and overheating. Other symptoms include coolant loss and leakage at the front/left area of the engine.


If you hear knocking noises while driving over bumps, the front ball joints should be inspected. The upper and lower ball joints are known to wear.

If a groaning noise is heard from the rear of the vehicle while making turns, the limited slip differential should be inspected. Components should be inspected and replaced as needed.