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SAAB 9-3 Aero engine light with multiple codes - please advise
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Posted by Alicia (more from Alicia) on Tue, 12 Nov 2019 21:33:17 Share Post by Email
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Hi,
I inherited this 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero last year. At first I had trouble with an error message of limited performance/stability/traction control failure. After much hassle the main computer ended up replaced. After that I again had the message come up and apparently the brake computer got overheated and crapped out so they sent it up to Canada to rebuild and gave the car back to me. Within a week, same code. This time it was the throttle body. They kept it for over a week and drove it 300 miles and assured me it was good to go. They didn't charge for labor this time but they did charge me $50 for gas (and gave it back to me almost empty). I literally drove it 30 miles and it had two episodes of sputtering out when I started it after stops on my route home. On the last leg, the engine light came back on and so I stopped to get it scanned (I have been having intermittent P089 codes for fuel pressure gauge which is a known issue and we have been waiting for the part). But this time it was new codes - multiple cylinder misfires. #2 - 6. I had the #2 ignition coil replaced back near the beginning. Now they are telling me it might be the rest of the ignition coils???
They don't understand why all this is happening. I am a gentle driver and I use premium gas, try to take care of this car. They have checked it over and over so how can all these new issues be cropping up?
I parked it in my driveway and now they want me to get the codes cleared and see how it does. My questions:
1) These are authorized Saab mechanics and I want to trust them. Is this stupid?
2) How is it possible that it drove 300 miles for them with no problem and for me it won't even make it home?
3) Is it safe to drive it with all those misfire codes? From googling it, it sounds like it could cause damage
4) What type of code reader should I buy? I can't tell which ones on amazon will work for this car.

Sorry for the saga, I am beside myself with all the money I have spent and I don't know what to do next. This car means a lot to me as it came to me after my dad died and I have nothing else from him. I don't have tons of money to keep investing thousands of dollars and I need a safe and reliable car. I know these are good cars but this one is driving me nuts. It only has 60K miles on it so how can I be having such problems?

Thank you for reading this and in advance for any insight/advice.


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