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2003 Saab 9-3

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2003 Saab 9-3 Problems

Electrical & Lights -- RepairPal and 29 others

the window goes up hits the top and right back down, the man at the saab dealership told me a lot of people have the problem, rather than saab repairing for free he said to hold down the window lock button while i'm putting the window up this seems to work.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A knocking noise while turning and/or a banging noise when driving on rough roads may develop in the front suspension. This type of noise is commonly caused by a front strut thrust bearing damaged due to water intrusion. Our technicians tell us revised thrust bearings are available to correct this concern.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

2.0L engines may become low on engine coolant with no cause found for the coolant loss. Our technicians tell us than in some cases the engine block may require replacement due to porosity.

2003 Saab 9-3 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 24, 2005

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One or more of the seat belt retractors may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. If damaged, the automatic tensioning system (ATS) cable in the retractor could break, causing the seat belt not to retract properly. In the event of a crash, front seat occupants may not be restrained properly, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the affected set belt retractor assemblies to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 15017.


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Brakes, March 17, 2006

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The engine check valve for the brake booster may fail from exposure to elevated temperatures. This could result in sudden loss of power brake assist. The increased braking effort could result in a crash. Dealers will install a redesigned check valve to correct this concern. The General Motors Recall number is 05057.

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Engine, January 15, 2004

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The engine management system software may cause the engine to hesitate on acceleration and/or stall. If the engine were to stall as a result of this issue, it can be restarted immediately. Dealers will update the engine management system software to correct this concern. The General Motors recall number is 15419.

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Engine, June 13, 2007


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2003 Saab 9-3 Questions and Answers

DLake, 2003 Saab 9-3, Ghent, NY

My 2003 Saab convertible intermittently does not engage the starter when I turn the ignition switch. The check engine light lights; the electric systems work for lights, etc., but now and then the...

Gabbroman, 2003 Saab 9-3, Signal Mountain, TN

A week ago the blower stayed on after I turned of the ignition. It just kept running. Now it won't come on at all. Fuses are all good, I removed the glove box and checked all wires and ever...

Visitor, 2003 Saab 9-3, Zionsville, IN

I am being told by a Parts Manager that the Transmission Fluid for Saabs is imported from Sweden by Saab and that GM puts its lable with markup on it for marketing purposes. He said the fluid is n...

Visitor, 2003 Saab 9-3, Milford, PA

where is my automatic trans fluid refill for my 03 saab

Grenwolth, 2003 Saab 9-3, Philadelphia, PA

I have a 2003 Saab convertible with the 2.0 Turbocharged Engine. The Throttle Body has been going into Limp Home Mode on a fairly regular basis. I disconnect the battery terminal for about 30 minut...

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