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I have a 2000 9-5 Saab which just went up in smoke and I have no idea what is wrong with it. I don't have the money to get it into the shop just yet but I'd like to get an idea of what's going on with it in the meantime if I can. If anyone here can offer any insight it would be greatly appreciated. These are the details of what led up to now. Sorry if some of it is unrelated, I'm no mechanic and I wanna be sure to include anything that might be important. So anyhow, I purchased the car a year and a half ago. I had it looked over, had diagnostics run and had everything fixed that needed it. It ran great and I fell in love quick . Then one morning my neighbor knocked on my door and told me he had backed in to my car with his pickup truck. We swapped insurance info and my car went into the shop for body repair. According to the shop there were no signs of mechanical problems. About 2 or 3 weeks later my car was returned to me looking better than ever and running just fine. A week later, on the way home from work one night, my oil light came on. I figured I'd drive to the gas station 3 blocks away and check my oil but I didn't make it that far. Within a block of my light coming on a bunch of stuff happened all at the same time. My power steering went out then my car lost power, I mean it instantly had a top speed of 20 MPH. I could barely pull the car to the side of the road which was full of smoke by this time. I had the car towed home. A couple days later after the car had been sitting I checked the oil which looked fine and ran diagnostics which showed nothing. So I tried starting the car. It started right up but all the previous issues persisted and smoke went everywhere once again. Any idea what could cause all that to occur at the same time? Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated.