9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

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    9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

    Two 2011 Saab 9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames in Sweden

    Östgöta Corren, a Swedish daily newspaper, is reporting that two new 2011MY Saab 9-5 Saloons recently caught on fire in similar circumstances, in the same area and within a short time frame. The incident with the 9-5 pictured here with the burnt engine compartment and the large hole in the hood took place in Sweden last Friday.

    Link: http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/12...eportedly.html

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    Re: 9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

    Hardly a structural problem, wouldn't you say? Two catching fire out of eh... a hundred sold
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    Re: 9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

    According to the posters over at the SaabsUnited fan site, there has been some talk on forums about an aftermarket engine heater that may have been wrongly installed by the same dealer on both cars, but this has not been confirmed.
    I suspect that the heater units were made by IKEA, the only company that could make putting together a plant stand as challenging as solving the Rubik's Cube.

    On the plus side, the heaters appear to be working exceptionally well.

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    Re: 9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

    Yikes! For Saab's sake I hope its something like an improperly installed aftermarket engine heater.

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    Re: 9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

    It indeed is improperly installed aftermarket heater. The vehicles are 2.8 V6s, FWIK, which do not come with external heaters. AFAIK, Saab recommends using one model and brand, and the guys at the dealership installed another model and did it in an improper way. There is a Saab investigation into those incidents, but as they've occured within the same dealer's fleet, there is much indication that the aftermarket equipment and/or improper installation/maintenance was the cause, so other Saabs should be safe.

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    Re: 9-5 Sedans Reportedly Burst in Flames

    That's hot.
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