Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 15:11:47 GMT
From: 'nuther Bob  <>
Subject: Re: Direct Ignition Failure

On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 14:21:17 +0000 (UTC), (Andrew Stephenson) wrote: >ISTR not too long ago Audi had a bad spate of DI failures, even >in newish cars. It was attributed (it was said in Another NG) to >problems at Bosch -- but this _may_ be utter bosh. *Every* manufacturer that uses Direct Ignition (Audi, Saab, Nissan, etc, etc) has "problems" with the coils wearing out. Typical life is about 75K miles it seems. This has been true since the 80's. Audi had problems at 15K miles, that was a more significant issue. Then they ran short of coils and could not build them fast enough, that got people really mad. >When I asked about this at my local Saab dealer here in the UK, >they did an Oscar-worthy job of looking mystified and innocent. Then they deserve the Oscar. Off the top of my head, at least 50% of Saabs get a new DI at 60K+ miles. Saab has even issued "test" DI's as a special tool (really just DI painted blue) to check for bad DI's. >Is DI failure regarded by Saab as a warranty item, BTW? Yes, but typically you are out of warranty when it happens. Bob

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