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Saab 9-3 Check Engine Light due to Electronic Throttle Body Failure

Saab 9-3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008

Engines Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 96,666 mi (81,000 mi - 125,000 mi)


The Check Engine Light may come on because the electronic throttle body has failed. Other symptoms include loss of acceleration, a high idle or failure to return to idle, and difficulty starting.

  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 84,000 mi

    check engine light came on and would not accelerate properly. Could not go higher than 10 mph for a good amount of time. it was obvious something was wrong. I could not bring it into the place for a week and only drove it one more time in between. On the drive to the shop, the light was no longer on and the acceleration was normal. They told me it could be the T8 ECM which will be 1000 dollars to fix, but since it is working now to just call with a problem. Took the car out one other time with no problems, and then tonight the same problem arose. Hoping to be able to order a part cheaper or to find out it is something else, like theh 9 degree weather.

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  • tjrngold, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 81,000 mi

    code p 1249--throttle body. replaced twice, still fails

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