really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,067 miles

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problem #3

Aug 102007


  • 53,200 miles
The engine on my 4 cylinder Saab 9-5 (2002) has suddenly stopped while driving at least 4 times since owning the car, both on the highway and in slower traffic. The first time I reported officially (2007) to the dealer, "no cause was identified." I noticed the last time that it happened (around May 2011) that it seemed to coincide with inadvertently bumping into the ignition switch lightly while driving. The symptoms match that of another owner's complaint on this site for the 2002 Saab 9-5. I expected my car to be included in the recent recall involving the faulty ignition switch but got no notification. I have also paid in June 2008 and again in October 2009 and January 2013 to replace/reset a faulty ignition cassette, which I believe should have been part of a recall campaign and not charged to me, but the parts were not included in the recall. In summary, due to the car shutting off, I feel it is not safe and that it should be included in the recent GMC recall. And that the faulty ignition cassette should have been recalled and not replaced at owner expense multiple times. I have documented service records of the above incidents.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 102006

9-5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Letter from insurance company regarding loss of Saab due to fire with request for payment* the consumer noticed that one of the lights on the dashboard had illuminated and the vehicle began to act strangely. The consumer arrived home parked the vehicle in the garage and then suddenly the vehicle caught on fire. Updated

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 022004

9-5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
March 25, '04, June 3, O4, June 10, 'O4;July 21'O4;Aug 2, '04: Traveling along highway keeping up with the flow of traffic (65 mph) when a sudden and complete loss of power occurs necessitating emergency avoidance procedures to advert serious multi-car crash. Dealership, smithtown Saab (530 East jericho tpke, smithtown, NY,117870) says it's fixed -5 times. Not. Saab usa refuses to do anything despite my numerous calls. Car is a 2002 Saab 9-5, with 27,000 mles, under warranty.

- North Babylon, NY, USA