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

Excessive Exhaust Noise From Flex Pipe Failure

The exhaust flex pipe can fail causing excessive exhaust noise from the front/center area of the vehicle. The flex pipe is a flexible joint in the exhaust that allows for engine movement.

Oil Leaks caused by Excessive Crankcase Pressure

Oil leaks from the timing cover, valve cover, and/or rear main seal may be due to excessive crankcase pressure. An updated PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) kit was released to fix this concern.

Engine Dies while Driving Or Will Crank but not Start

The direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but start. Diagnosis may also discover trouble codes for random misfires.

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2001 Saab 9-3 Questions

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???

my fuel pump needs to be checked for recall. do I pay for this or does the compa (1 answer)

my car stops running and will not stare again until it cools down

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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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