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Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 23:47:11 GMT
From: (George Hunt)
Subject: Re: Electronic Ignition query (Saab 9000 S)

In article <>, wrote: >About Two and half years ago I purchased a Saab 9000 S model Engine >size 2.3cc and about Two months ago after driving for about 2 miles my >ignition system failed, but with luck my vehicle broke down near a >garage which I manage to get the car towed their. > >They informed me that the entire ignition system needed to be >replaced, which in the end cost me 414.00 pounds sterling. > >My query is should it be normal for this electronic Ignition system to >have failed so early in its life seeing the Saab is only Seven years >old and has 85,000 miles on the clock. > >Has any one got any advice on this matter and also as to what >measurers I can take in the future to avoid this happening again while >I am driving. I don't know if it's normal but apparently it's a fairly frequent occurance. My daughter has a '91 9000 with 96,000 miles. The direct ignition cassette failed about a month ago and left her stranded. A new one cost $340 but I had price quotes of up to $620 for the same part. Every repair shop and parts dealer I spoke to said the older model DI cassettes are failure prone. The newer and supposedly much improved DI cassette has a connector at the end for the wiring harness and therefore requires a new wiring harness of course. ( about $90) . The older unit had an integral wiring harness. Saab mechanics I've spoken to tell me to treat the DI cassette like eggs when removing it to change plugs, etc. Apparently they are somewhat delicate and can be damaged by banging them around too much. George Hunt

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