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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 138,501 (52,000–221,675)
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
24 people reported this problem
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Car lost power while driving. It is believed that it is the Ignition cassette that needs to be replaced. Cost Est $700.00
My 2001 Saab 9-3 will misfire while driving and sometimes die if I have to stop at a light unless I keep my foot on the gas. It also won't start back up until the engine cools down. Had diagnosis scan done and codes came up as a faulty ignition coil pack and bad spark plugs. Replaced those and car is still having problems.
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!