Site News - 11/22 Member of the Year Voting
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 07:49:55 GMT
From: th <>
Subject: Re: DI failure:  happy ending

still me wrote: > On Fri, 11 May 2007 20:06:16 -0000, Gary Fritz <> > wrote: > >> The service manager says they've improved the design and they aren't seeing >> any failures with the new one. So I shouldn't have to worry about the DI >> any more. :-) > > Maybe. The older ones went about 75K miles. The newer TI's (2002+, > AFAIR) had a problem and died much sooner in many cases. So, they got > recalled. Whether or not the recalled units will exceed that on > average is an open question at this point. > > FWIW, every car I know of with direct ignition coils has similar > issues at similar (70K) mileage. Putting electronics on top of the > cyl's where they bake every day seems to be a bad idea in terms of > durability. > >> It's kind of sleazy that they'll let somebody get stranded on the roadside >> with a failed DI, when they KNOW there's a problem and there's a repair >> order out. But I guess they can't afford to tell everybody and replace ALL >> the DI's for free. Instead they wait for a failure and then swap it out. > > I believe it's a recall - in which case you should have gotten a > letter. "Customer satisfaction" programs are different. I don't think > this is one of those. You might want to see if Saab has you as the > owner of that car with the correct address for notifications. > It is a recall for MY2000 - MY2002 IIRC. I got a letter early last spring telling that the DI cassette was going to be replaced for free during 2006 (I have a 9^5 MY2000. Then in the summer the cassette broke down with the classical smell of burtn electronics, leaving me in the middle of nowhere, and I got it replaced by my dealer. Three weeks later I got a second letter telling that now I could book a time with the dealer to have the cassette replaced! -- th

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