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#1988 of 2237 March 2006 recall for 2000-2002 9-3 and 9-5 saabs
Nov 01, 2005 (12:21 pm)
Anybody know anything about this anticipated recall? I received a letter from Saab telling me that my vehicle (mine is a 6-cylinder but it also applies to 4 cylinders) might be equipped with a defective ignition discharge module (IDM). The letter basically says that Saab doesn't have replacement parts yet and are hoping to have enough to send out recall letters in March of 2006.
Basically, a defective IDM can either cause your car to stall (more often in a 4 cylinder) or in a 6-cylinder there is a chance if you don't stop driving when the check engine light flashes, you can possibly have a fire (or thermal damage in their wording). I realize the odds are slim but apparently it has happened to some drivers. You can read more about the recall at www.autospectator. com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2214 (I searched for saab recalls).
I've never owned a car that will be recalled and am frustrated that GM can cover themselves by sending out this pre-recall letter while the rest of us drive around wondering if it will happen to us.
#1989 of 2237 Aftermarket Extended warranty
Nov 01, 2005 (4:53 pm)
My 02 9-5 Aero's factory warranty will expire in a month. What do you guys think about aftermarket warranty? Is it worth it? Who provide the best warranty out there? I heard that GMPP is pretty good. Your opinions are much appreciated. Thanks
#1990 of 2237 Update on tire problem & RE:Improve your Saab Stereo [smu1976]
Nov 03, 2005 (6:05 am)
The tire noise was getting louder and louder (humming noise, increased speed -> louder noise) . I described the problem with the dealer and they found that the wheel bearings were bad. They replaced them free under warranty. The car is so quiet now.
I increased the loudness of my Aero from 10 to 20 but I found that the result was worse in the front. It didn't sound natual. High pitch was too shape. Howvere, it seemed to be better when I sat at the back. I changed it to 15 and it sounded much better.
I did the same thing to my 9-3SE (changed it to 20). The result was good and I can really tell the difference.
Nov 05, 2005 (8:11 am)
there are 2 recalls .one a hiddeden one.
the dic is a major source of failures and the engine quits ...now.
the other is major engine failure due to folowing the oil change recomended by saab.
to solve you must use synthetic oil and change every 3,000 miles .
to solve problem saab has given us an 8 year warranty ,unlimited mileage.
#1992 of 2237 Saab 9-5 Arc Coolant
Nov 05, 2005 (12:49 pm)
Does anyone know the proper antifreeze to use in a Saab 9-5 Arc from 2002? My manual just says a "saab approved antifreeze" which doesn't help me very much! Thank you in advance for any help!
#1993 of 2237 Re: brakes [99saab95se]
Nov 07, 2005 (11:49 am)
It's the ABS ECU. To be more specific, the ABS module. You can find DIY instructions at Saabnet.com
#1994 of 2237 Re: March 2006 recall for 2000-2002 9-3 and 9-5 saabs [ijg]
Nov 07, 2005 (12:31 pm)
Many Saab owners have been waiting for recall of the DIC module. It is a known problem. This unit sits atop the spark plugs. Some owners even carry a spare in the truck as it is a quick DIY changeout if required. Me?, I just play the DIC lottery.
I think Saab's story is that they have been looking for a solution to this for awhile and are now waiting until there supplier can offer up the replacement.
#1995 of 2237 Re: March 2006 recall for 2000-2002 9-3 and 9-5 saabs [ijg]
Nov 11, 2005 (7:48 am)
I have a 2001 9-3 and last December my car died downtown Boston at a red light. Mechanic replaced the igntition cassette. I'm getting out of this car. SInce I've bought it, the alarm mysteriously kept going on and off all day long, the ignition cassette had to be repalced, the alternator went about 6 months after the ignition cassette and a month after that the AC compressor blew. This is excluding the dented rims and brake discs/pads.
All of this on a new car with less than 35k on it. Of course it all went bad after I bought it at the time the lease was up and with no miles on it, I didn't opt for the extended warranty. Live and learn. I'll never get into a Saab again.
I'm going to call them. I have the bill for the ignition cassette-has to be related to the IDM?
#1996 of 2237 Re: March 2006 recall for 2000-2002 9-3 and 9-5 saabs [ijg]
Nov 16, 2005 (8:58 pm)
#1997 of 2237 Re: March 2006 recall for 2000-2002 9-3 and 9-5 saabs [ijg]
Nov 16, 2005 (9:04 pm)
I had both computers go out on my car with in a month. I had a fire both times that destroyed my catalytic converter also. The second time it also melted some of the wire harness on the bottom of my car. It cost me $3,000 to fix the car. I have 2001 95 with a 6 cylinder engine.
Like you I am still scared the car will catch on fire and i will be stranded somewhere.