2001 Saab 9-3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Saab 9-3

2001 Saab 9-3 Problems

Extended Cranking to Start Engine

The fuel pump check valve may have failed if the engine requires more cranking before it starts. The check valve is a one way valve that maintains the pressure in the fuel lines so the engine is easier to start after it has sat a while.

AC Compressor Fails to Engage or Disengage

The thermo contact in the AC compressor can fail, which means the compressor may fail to engage or disengage.

Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket can fail causing the coolant and oil to mix in the engine, and external oil leaks around the cylinder head and block. Symptoms can include overheating, white smoke from the tailpipe at start-up or acceleration, and the visible presence of oil in the coolant expansion tank.

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2001 Saab 9-3 Questions

Why is oil blowing past the oil cap all over the engine?This only happens when the turbo tries to kick in....... (1 answer)

Can I just replace bearing in left strut and not replace both new front struts? (1 answer)

My mechanic told me the problem I am having with left front strut is the bearing so I will need to replace both front struts as it comes in a whole assembly and cannot just replace bearing;however in Saab Central forums people have said replacing bearing alone can be done.

Radiator went,ordered new one but doesn't look the same?? Is this normal? (1 answer)

The new radiator part looks different, just don't know if I got the wrong part or is this new radiator updated product correct???

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2001 Saab 9-3 Recalls

Recall 06V126000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FUEL PUMP RETAINING TABS HOLDING THE FUEL LINES WERE DAMAGED DURING PRODUCTION.
Recall 05V399000
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH B205/B235 4-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES AND B308 6-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE OVERHEATING AND BURNOUT OF THE ISOLATED GATED BIPOLAR TRANSISTOR (IGBT) WITHIN THE IGNITION DISCHARGE MODULE (IDM) DUE TO INCREASED SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ELECTRICAL LOADS.
Recall 04V557000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FUEL PUMP RETAINING TABS HOLDING THE FUEL LINES WERE DAMAGED DURING PRODUCTION.

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