2008 Saab 9-3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Saab 9-3

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2008 Saab 9-3 Problems

The Ignition Key May Become Stuck in the Ignition Lock Cylinder

If the ignition switch is turned to the "lock" position when the vehicle speed is over 5km/hour, the ignition key cannot be removed from the lock cylinder. This is not a defect, but a normal design feature. In order to remove the key: Turn the ignition to the "on" position, wait several seconds, turn ignition to "lock" and remove the key.

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.

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.

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2008 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.

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