I have a 2006 Saab 9-3 2.0T. About a week and a half ago I was at the gas station and while the car was idling it died on me. I felt it jerk as if it was going to stall and the car just turned itself off. I tried turning it on and the "traction control system failure" warning light came on. The car would not start after that. There was no click, click sound to say the battery was dead. The car was trying to fire up but it just wouldn't turn on. Again I took the key off the ignition and locked the car waited a few minutes and then tried to start it up again (I did this 'cause my mechanic who is a saab specialist states this is the only way to shut down the car properly). Anyways, after trying to fire it up a second time the engine light came on and "gearbox malfunction limited performance" came up. The traction control failure light had dissappeared. I kept trying to start the car and after about 10 minutes I was able to drive away, the car run fine but "gearbox malfunction" was still being displayed as well as engine light on. I took the car to the mechanic, they found no codes stored.
The mechanic cleaned the fuses in the car stating sometimes when moisture gets in there it can throw a bunch of codes. I also asked for the tranny fluid to be changed so that they could look at it and make sure there wasn no coolant leaking into the system. They said the fluid was a bit dark but nothing to worry about. After a day at the mechanic I got my car backland it was fine. I has been a week since this happened and now while driving on the highway this morning (320km later) the same light came back on!
So the car felt like it lost some power and "traction control system failure" showed on the display panel, I pulled over the car and turned it off. When I tried to restart it the car would not fire up and "gearbox malfunction limited performance" was back on my display panel as well as engine light. Traction control warning light is now out. Again 10 minutes later the car fired up and it runs fine but the gearbox malfunction light is still on and the engine light on as well. I will take it back to the mechanic but I am at a loss. I've read on a few saab forums about several issues with this in the 2003 model for 9-3. Apparently coolant was leaking into the tranny due to a faulty O ring but this has not been an issue for the 2006 model. What should I ask the mechanic to look for? What could be causing this? Can a battery that's dying do this? Why no codes stored previously? I'm really frustrated with this car right now. Please help!
The car has only 62000km.
Hi, so on my way to the dealer the car threw the same warning lights again. I guess that was good since codes would be stored. Anyways, the dealer pulled up the following codes P0337 and P0725, they said I need a new crank position sensor. You were right on suggesting that earlier. Gonna have that fix by tomorrow. Hope the problem doesn't come back. Thank you for your help. Now is there a way to get you to always answer my questions if I have any problems in the future.