Ignition Problems of SAAB 95 - part 1

SAAB 95 owners have reported 68 problems related to ignition (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 1
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

The contacts owns a 2003 SAAB 9-5. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the direct ignition cassette needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 125,000.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 2
Failure Date: 10/26/2011

My car was built in 2002 as well as others reported, I purchased it used 3 years ago with 64k miles. My direct ignition control in 2003 9-5 linear sedan 2. 3t ceased. Upon research, my dic is the original part 9197559 tk3. 6 2000-2002 are recalled and 'some' 2003 VIN's. With the over abundance of dic failures with the exact same part number, these need to be recalled as a whole. Upon removal of the dic, the engine is leaking at the seams of the head from where the bolts are located, inside the dic and engine section is perfectly clean. Bolts in the head of the engine loose, 1 was lifted out enough to just remove straight out. Car blows blueish smoke when it was starting, switches are defective (gm known issue), oil / engine / head known issues, suspension known issues (among other serious SAAB failures). I have spent thousands of dollars on this vehicle since purchase. The known recalls must be expanded to include the parts, not just 'year' or 'specific VIN'. This was supposed to be a safe, reliable car but instead is causing serious financial issues. Please help the owners all over the world, we should not have to pay for all of this. . We already paid for their 'bailout'! sincerely~ can not take any more repairs!!!.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 3
Failure Date: 09/28/2011

Check engine light kept going on and off and car had made a loud popping noise from the electrical system, when trying to start one day. I checked online for recalls, which stated there was a recall for electrical, ignition issues. I took my car into a repair shop to check on check engine light. There is a recall 06v410000, oct 26 2006 for this very issue but for 6 cylinder, and mine is a 4 cylinder engine. The repair shop replaced the ign cassette. This was a very expensive repair, $582. 45 and should be covered by SAAB. My car could have caught on fire. What do you have to say about that!.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 4
Failure Date: 01/14/2011

My 1999 SAAB's direct ignition cassette has failed -- a very common occurrence in this model, for which a recall was issued. That recall, however, excluded 1999 model years for reasons unknown to anyone I have spoken with. My car is essentially identical to a 2000 SAAB 9-5, which is covered under recall. Had my part failed while driving, I would have been left with no power brakes, steering, etc. . . This is my wife's car, in which we carry our newborn daughter. It's a very low-mileage car (83k miles) that I take meticulous care of. This part should not fail, and should certainly be recalled if a pattern of failures exists (which it does). Thank you!.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2007 SAAB 95 5
Failure Date: 07/17/2010

Direct ignition cassette failure at 62,000 miles.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 SAAB 95 6
Failure Date: 06/02/2010

2000 SAAB 95 automobile has poor performance and loss of power. SAAB dealer replaced direct ignition cassette (dic) in 2006 under recall and the problem has developed again. The dealer will not replace a second dic. This is both expensive and dangerous for highway operation. The part has problems.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 7
Failure Date: 06/01/2010

Ignition cassette failure.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 8
Failure Date: 07/17/2009

The contact owns a 2003 SAAB 9-5. The contact experienced ignition cassette failure, which controls the sparks plugs. The dealer replaced the ignition at the cost of $500; however, the contact wants to be reimbursed. He was informed to call the SAAB manufacturer and report the issue. The failure mileage was 39,000.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 9
Failure Date: 07/03/2009

Check engine light on constantly. Fault code determined direct ignition cassette could fail any time. Replaced ignition cassette and spark plugs.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2002 SAAB 95 10
Failure Date: 06/24/2009

2002 SAAB 9-5 turbo 4 cylinder ignition cassette.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 11
Failure Date: 06/02/2009

Both direct ignition cassettes failed on my 2003 SAAB 9-5 3. 0l v6. Gm recalled the cassettes on the 2000-2002 model years.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 12
Failure Date: 04/21/2009

Failure of 2003 SAAB 95 direct ignition cassette.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 13
Failure Date: 03/25/2009

My 2003 SAAB 9-5 arc v6 3. 0turbo has begun having issues with the ignition. It frequently will not start. It turns over but the engine will not completely fire. In addition, once it does start it will often stall out. This generally happens when switching from park to drive or reverse or when at a stoplight/stop sign. Once the car stalls it does not just restart. The spark plugs are all new and no lines are broken/damaged. I have examined recalls on this car and recall05087/15021b describes my problem and my model of car is listed yet I am told that this recall does not apply to my VIN number. This has happened for a few months. I am listing the incident date as today's date.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 SAAB 95 14
Failure Date: 03/25/2009

I had a "direct ignition cassette" failure on my SAAB 9-5 2001. I found from www. Saabservices. Com that there was a recall on this part for model years 2000-2002. The dealer has indicated that my vehicle, although in that category, did not qualify for a recall part replacement. However, I have copied the notice below and am filing a complaint as indicated in the notice below. . Read more...

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 15
Failure Date: 02/10/2009

1999 SAAB 9-5 engine just shuts down while driving or idling. There was a recall of the ignition control unit on the 2000. Dealer said it's the same problem on the 1999 but wasn't included in the recall. Icm has been replaced twice at the dealer, the last time being 2 years ago and needs to be replaced again. Gm says nothing they can do since the 1999 wasn't included in the recall. Someone is going to get hurt taking an off ramp on the highway and having the car just turn off.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 16
Failure Date: 12/18/2008

The contact owns a 1999 SAAB 9-5. The contact stated that her ignition cassette was failing and needed to be replaced. When she starts her vehicle, it moves sluggishly and makes noise. The check engine indicator remains illuminated and an excessive amount of fumes exit the exhaust. The dealer stated that the ignition cassette needed to be replaced and was harming the engine. The failure mileage was 135,000.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 SAAB 95 17
Failure Date: 09/03/2008

Blinking check engine light. Happens every time I accelerate hard. The failure was in the direct ignition cassette. Causing misfire and possible damage to the cat. Dealer will not replace.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2004 SAAB 95 18
Failure Date: 07/15/2008

Purchased the car used 5/23/08 with 42,700 miles from SAAB dealership. Within a month the headlights worked randomly, check engine light would come on randomly. Called the dealership and was told that it wouldn't hurt anything and should it become more frequent, bring the car in. 8/18 took the car in to dealership when the light was coming on more frequently. Headlight relay replaced, engine light was due to a direct ignition cassette failure. SAAB dealership ordered the part which was on national back order, part came in 10/9. Vehicle was taken in 10/6 due to steam coming from under the hood, temperature gauge never moved above the middle. Bypass valve replaced ($450 parts/labor). Vehicle has approx. 48,500 miles and is out of manufacturer warranty and repair is not covered under dealerships limited warranty. After an internet search for information relating to the di cassette failure I found that there was a recall for 2000-2002 models for the same issue. My vehicle is a 2004 SAAB 9. 5 aero sedan.

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car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 19
Failure Date: 06/25/2008

I was driving down a hill (jackman st. At water st. , appleton WI) when my 99 SAAB, went dead. At the bottom of the hill there is a blind turn to the left, a stop sign, and a railroad crossing just beyond the intersection. This is a very dangerous spot to have your car fail and have no power to the brakes or steering. The reason my car stalled was a failure of the ignition cassette. The first time this part failed, in 2002, the situation was not as dangerous, and then it was covered by warranty. I contacted SAAB customer service and sent a photo of the hill. They responded by phone that there have been no recalls for this part, nor would there be a recall. They refused to cover the cost of the tow and repair. I think that leaves SAAB owners vulnerable to accidents. I was lucky to be able to pull off at the bottom of the hill without hitting a train or causing serious injury to anyone.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2003 SAAB 95 20
Failure Date: 05/09/2008

The engine warning light on my 2003 9-5 wagon has been coming on periodically for the last year. We had it serviced by an indy and two error codes came up, p1312 and p1334, both having to do with the direct ignition cassette. We just had the part replaced. Only once did the car "die" while driving and luckily it was at low speed and I was able to pull off the road to restart. The identifying information on the original part is 9197559 (tk3. 6). My vehicle was built in 2002. Consider expanding the recall in place for 2000-2002 model years (NHTSA #05v399000) to include 2003 vehicles, particularly those built in 2002.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 SAAB 95 21
Failure Date: 03/09/2008

We began having problems with the engine stalling and upon recommendation of our mechanic we looked to see if there was a recall or any information out there for this vehicle. I contacted SAAB USA and there was a valid open recall notice for this vehicle. We arraigned to take the vehicle to heritage SAAB in morrow, GA and according to their tech's they completed the replacement of the idm in accordance to the recall notice, but in a matter of a couple of weeks the problem returned. Now we can't even crank the vehicle due to it cutting off as soon as you crank it. It will appear to be running, but the engine has stalled and it sometimes will not recrank until after a few minutes has gone by.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 22
Failure Date: 07/30/2007

The contact owns a 1999 SAAB 9-5. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal and there was excessively low power. The vehicle was operating roughly and was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the failure was related to the ignition cassettes. The vehicle was repaired. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an identical failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 73,000 and current mileage was 109,000.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2000 SAAB 95 23
Failure Date: 01/10/2007

I have a 2000 SAAB 9-5 se, 6 cylinder engine. While driving my car simply stopped running in the middle of traffic. Once towed to the service center it was determined that the coil pack on half of the cylinders was at fault. This was replaced. I have learned that SAAB has recalled the 4 cylinder coil packs but not the 6 cylinder version. Even though the 4 and 6 cylinder version are different, I would expect the manufacturing of these to be very similar. I have heard rumors from repair shops of a high failure rate of the 6 cylinder version too, as in my case.

car image   Ignition problem of the 1999 SAAB 95 24
Failure Date: 09/15/2006

Direct ignition cassette failure. It caused the car to stall in an intersection. I was in a traffic lane turning left with oncoming traffic when it failed. I replaced it at the dealer for $400. 00.

car image   Ignition problem of the 2001 SAAB 95 25
Failure Date: 01/22/2006

I own a 2001 SAAB 95 se v6. Was driving down the NJ tpk and the car lost power and had a small electrical like fire under the hood. Had to get the car towed from the NJ turnpike off and then again to my place in bensalem PA. Total cost $77 + 66. Found out that the di cassette burned out, cost me approx $600 to fix. A day later the cat converter fails (check engine light came on again). This is certainly due to di cassette burning out. Very frustrating for a car with only 60k miles on it.

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