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Unread 04-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy ALMOST FATAL ACCIDENT: 9-7x Electrical Breakdown while driving 60mph on Bridge

Wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I bought a 2006 from a Dealership less than 2 months ago. It has completely stopped twice before but when I was going fairly slow (turning), I restarted it...and it worked fine. This past weekend we were driving on the Bay Bridge at 58MPH, middle lane, suddenly the entire car (electricals) shut down. No brake (other than hand brake, no power steering...nothing). I had my 10 week old son in the back and as you can imagine it was VERY SCARY.

Anyone else had this problem? Any recommendations? (The CHP came and helped me off the bridge). It felt like this was an ALMOST FATAL accident.

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Well if the car shuts off then yes, you do lose power brakes and power steering. Brakes still work, you just push them harder...
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steering should still work too, just wont be power assisted. might want to take it back to the dealership..

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yes, let me say I'm 108lb, so though steering worked, it was very difficult to try and change lanes to get to safety.

I did take it back to dealership who is "looking into it" but not sure what they can do.

Anyone else have any similar issues? Know of any recalls? Or can recommend what steps to take?

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Any recalls would be null, any legal steps you can take are null. Saab's out of business.
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The 9-7x is a rebadged higher spec Chevy Trailblazer. You might be able to look into whether the 360 platform has any known similar problems.
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Any recalls would be null, any legal steps you can take are null. Saab's out of business.
I love the way you automatically think legal recourse...no I'm asking re: recalls to understand what the issue is...if anyone can give any USEFUL info / recall that have the same symptoms on the saab (or chevy trailblazer as I understand its the same, other than some lipstick) then great

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Well in the mean time you could check your battery cables to make sure they're attached properly

It may be something in the security system

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If it's difficult to steer at 58MPH without assist there's something wrong with the suspension geometry. At that speed even someone your size should be able to one-handedly merge without issue, as well as apply enough brake to stop the car if need be. The vacuum booster should have had enough vacuum in reserve to give at least one fully boosted panic stop, if not two.


As for what's going on electrically...no idea. No idea at all. I've had engines die on me before, I've had electrical issues, but I've never run across a complete, catastrophic electrical system failure.
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I would suspect loose battery terminal or starter connection to loose everything. steering assist may be electric although I haven't seen that in a TB. they do still operate when shut off but not very well.
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