Saab 9-5 Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

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Saab 9-5 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 128,755 (54,000–262,780)
Engines affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 3.0L V6 Turbo, V6
10 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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engine dies and wont restart afterdriving apx. 20 min. after setting will restart replaced fuel pump still has problem
My car keeps cutting off while I'm driving and then will crank but will not start up after I wait about 20 mins it starts right up
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.
My 2001 Saab 9.5 will simply just stop running sometimes while driving on freeway at freeway speeds. I have had the dic replaced the ignition censor all the spark plugs and it worked fine for about 2 weeks but now it's doing the same thing and it seems,that the battery is draining power fast.
My engine fails to start and then when it does it idles roughly, runs roughly all the time. Sounds like the engine is "skipping"
Engine will crank but not start until the third or more tries. It has died a few times after driving about 3/4 mile at a stoplight.
engine will crank yet wont start and the check engine light stays on due to throttle body issues
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
Apparently there is a recall still in affect for the DIC, replaced by dealership and problem solved.
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)
Rough idle,dies while driving,sometimes won't start, engine light stays on and or flashes.
Rough idle and dies after driving for 20 mins or so. So far it has restarted each time. I am also having trouble with the battery discharging after 24 hours or so. I have replaced battery, cleaned the key cylinder several times and key pops up fine. I can't seem to find what is draining the battery. I haven't driven the darn thing all summer because I don't feel safe but hate to get rid of it.
Died at traffic lights, would not start, after waiting for 20 to 30 min car started and I was able to drive home.