Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 10:38:38 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Derek Wright" <>
Subject: Re: Direct Ignition Failure

I talked to my dealer about DI failure a few weeks ago - prompted by a previous thread on this topic. I have two Saabs - a 1997 900NG and a 2001 9-5 Ecopower Dealer said - the DI on the 900NG tended to fail between 6 to 10 years of use - you can get a a warning of imminent failure by the engine running rough. The DI on the 9-5 tends to fail between 3 to 5 years of use. Tends to fail after switch off and before start up rather than when running - this is because of the extra use they get during the plug cleaning operation after switch off (the buzzing sound that one can occasionally hear). Usually there is little or no warning of imminent falure. Occaisionally the 9-5 DI will fail while running - in which case put gear into neutral to prevent engine rotating and pumping neat fuel thru the engine into the catalytic convertor and destroying it. To net it out - I bought a DI cartridge for the 9-5 and carry it around in the boot/trunk like I do a spare light bulbs and wheel and tire YMMV - this is what I was told - please do not shoot the messenger On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 03:57:33 UTC, "ciphfer" <> wrote: > Hello all. > > Yesterday my 99 Saab 9-5 would not start. The motor would crank > enthusiastically, but it would not turn over leaving me stranded. I had the > car towed to the dealer, who said the problem was the "Direct Ignition > Cartridge." > > Does anyone know if this is a common problem? > > Thanks > > David > > -- -- Derek Wright In the UK

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