2005 Saab 9-3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Saab 9-3

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2005 Saab 9-3 Problems

Audio System Problems

Our technicians report failures of various components in the audio system. Speaker, control unit, and steering wheel button failures are all possible.

Power Windows Will Open After Reaching Top Position

When trying to close the window, the window  glass will drop a few inches after reaching the closed position.This can happen on any window that has the automatic closing feature.

The system that prevents you from being injured by the automatically closing windows is called the "pinch protection system" and this system needs to be reset, reprogrammed or is defective.

In your owners manual you will find instructions on how to reset this feature. If that doesn't work, you'll need a Saab repair shop or Dealership to check for a software update for the pinch protection system, or see if there is a defective part. Have the shop reference the Saab Technical Service Bulletin (TSB #831-2639)to help address this issue.

Engine Coolant Loss and no Leak Noted

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.

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2005 Saab 9-3 Questions

I am trying to refuel and it keeps clicking as if the tank is full, what do I do (2 answers)

This happened 2 days ago and I had traveled 75 miles, my fuel gauge is not functioning so I have to estimate. It should have taken in a few gallons, but kept clicking when less than a gallon had been filled...

My car has a oil leak and blows white smoke how do I fix it (1 answer)

I took to get a oil change and they said they couldn't service it because it had a oil leak

My car has a oil leak and I put 5 qts in it when I got home there was no oil in (1 answer)

And there was oil in my tailpipe and it's burning white smoke

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2005 Saab 9-3 Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Front Seat Belt Retractor May Break

The seat belt retractor for the driver's front seat may break, resulting in the belt not retracting properly and securing the occupant. Dealers will replace the driver's front seat belt retractor free of charge to resolve the problem.

Unexpected Loss of Power Brake Assist

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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2005 Saab 9-3 Reviews

I purchased our 2005 9-3 Aero new, and have close to 180,000 miles on it now. Yes HID lights are expensive and it is hard to work on, just went through my first clutch. However, this has been the best little car I have ever owned, I plan on keeping it maintained and make a run at 500,000 miles. Still performs and looks great, I have had all makes and models Chevy to Ford to Volvo and this has ...

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