2004 SAAB 9-3 repair Question Traction Control failure lite

Tiny
PETER42
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  • 2004 SAAB 9-3
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,000 MILES
Twice in the last month while driving this lite came on and the car totally died while going 40-50 mph. Very dangerous as brakes, steering and all electronics are effected. Once we pull off the road and restart the car all is well. A mechanic checked it and said the computer check says it was the "traction control lite system and we would need to take it to a dealer for repair. It seems odd to me the whole car would shut down on a traction issue? Any info you can supply on how big a repair this is and how costly would be helpful. Also about two monhts ago we had to have a timing belt replaced, I don't know if this is at all related. Thank you.
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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 AT 4:02 PM

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Tiny
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NOTE O4 USE TIMING CHAIN NOT BELT, BUT TO THE ISSUE, IT WOULD BE BEST TO TAKE TO THE DEALER FOR REPAIRS IT COULD JUST BE A PROGRAMMING ISSUE OR IT MAY BE SOMETHING MAJOR LIKE A MALFUNCTIONING CONTROL MODULE, DID U LET ANY FLUIDS GET INTO YOUR IGNITION SWITCH, CAUSE THIS COULD BE YOUR PROBLEM A FAULTY IGN SWITCH, NOTE SWITCH IS ALSO A CONTROL MODULE WORKING WITH THE TRACTION SYSTEM STEERING LOCK PLUS MANY MORE, GOOD LUCK.
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 AT 12:06 PM

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