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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, 2008

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

Average Mileage: 123,244 mi (54,000 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.

  • , , 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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  • , , 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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  • , , 116,000 mi

    Codes P1312 and P1334. Replace DI

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  • , , 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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  • , , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo

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

    haven't had it diagnosised yet.

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  • , , 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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  • , , 126,000 mi

    My engine fails to start and then when it does it idles roughly, runs roughly all the time. Sounds like the engine is "skipping"

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  • , , 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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  • , , 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo

    Apparently there is a recall still in affect for the DIC, replaced by dealership and problem solved.

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