2009 Saab 9-3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Saab 9-3

2009 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.

The Manual Transmission May Develop a Whining Noise in Third Gear

Vehicles with a manual transmission may develop a whining noise in third gear (30 to 40 mph). Our technicians tell us this is commonly corrected by replacing a bushing in the shift cable.

Knocking Noise While Turning and/or a Banging Noise When Driving on Rough Roads

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.

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2009 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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