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

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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Average mileage: 123,394 (54,000–180,000)
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
56 people reported this problem
29 people shared problem details
2003 Saab 9-5- V680,000
engine dies and wont restart afterdriving apx. 20 min. after setting will restart replaced fuel pump still has problem
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2000 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
car just dies while driving...without any warning!!! haven't had it diagnosised yet.
2001 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo155,000
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.
2002 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
Apparently there is a recall still in affect for the DIC, replaced by dealership and problem solved.
2004 Saab 9-5126,000
My engine fails to start and then when it does it idles roughly, runs roughly all the time. Sounds like the engine is "skipping"
2004 Saab 9-5128,769
engine will crank yet wont start and the check engine light stays on due to throttle body issues
2006 Saab 9-5116,000
Codes P1312 and P1334. Replace DI
2006 Saab 9-576,000
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
2000 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo55,000
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)
2002 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
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
2001 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo70,000
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.
Do NOT Buy a Knock off!!! Get a SAAB DI or you will be replacing it in a year
2002 Saab 9-5- 3.0L V6 Turbo121,000
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.
2002 Saab 9-5- 3.0L V6 Turbo133,336
Car stops while driving or cranks but doesnt start.
2002 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo130,000
Stalls at times or turns over but will not start
2003 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo180,000
I had the same problem my Saab will shut right off,and I checked everything and it was my crank poisition sensor
Car died will srart but won't crank
2003 Saab 9-5- 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo100,000
Car does not start after sitting in rain. Dies in idle, dies when going up or down inclines. Runs perfectly in warm, dry weather. Stalls at low speeds.
2006 Saab 9-5114,000
Car would not idle properly and would die when idling. tried cleaning the mass flow sensor and disconnecting it. The is is the throttle body failing or failed. The mechanical throttle cable allows the car to be drivable but not designed to be used continuously. It throws a check engine alert and code. Replacing the throttle body is only option. About $400-500 plus labor.
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