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Saab 9-3 Engine Coolant Loss and no Leak Noted

Saab 9-3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Engine Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 102,443 mi (60,320 mi - 150,000 mi)


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.

  • rafat13, , 115,000 mi

    i bought the SAAB 93 2005 model, i realize the notification on the dash board says coolant level low ... i dont see any leakage but i can see the level of water is low .. every time i see the message i full it with water and and it works properly with no heat on the engine. i still dont solve the problem and i have found many people suffering from the same problem.

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    Car burns coolant. The dealership could not find any leaks after pressure testing the system.

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  • ghuggie, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 115,000 mi

    Coolant low message going on twice a week. Got water pump replaced which was leaking apparently. Still losing coolant however following that repair with no sign of a leak. Just had it looked at by my shop and it apparently needs a new head gasket (coolant was getting into one of the cylinders, hence no sign of a leak despite the continual loss of coolant). Quoted $2,100. Anyone have a similar issue? Curious what the bill was if you had the head gasket replaced. thanks

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 125,000 mi

    No one can find where the coolant is leaking out from. At first I just kept filling it up with water and anti freeze, however now if I drive a half of mile the hot engine light goes on and I have to pull the car over. Someone told me it was the water pump. I am taking it to the mechanic tomorrow.

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  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    Varies from every few days to about once a week that I have to add coolant. Have had it
    Dye tested and have had it checked for
    Problems with head gaskets and other things as well. Not sure what to do next, but I'm spending about $30/month on coolant right now, which I'm not liking too much.

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  • Visitor,

    Replaced head gaskets...not leaking anywhere outside but constantly filling up coolant because light on dash comes on and it's low. Doesn't over heat bc I always fill it up. Annoying and expensive. I have about 92000 miles on an 06 Saab 9-3 turbo 2.0

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  • erinem, , 68,000 mi

    car loses coolant, have to refill once a week or more. Has not been fixed, mechanic cannot find any leak.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 60,320 mi

    Bought the car used, in Nov 2011, and saw coolant loss within the first several hundred miles of driving. Car was purchased in Massachusetts, so I'm still under the protection of the state's Lemon Law. Had the car looked over at local Saab Dealer last week and they verified that they couldn't find any external coolant leaks, yet I've used about 1/2 gallon of coolant/distilled water mix over the course of 1900 miles of driving. Dealer I bought the car from is scheduled to diagnose this week and says they will repair. Just curious as to how they expect to get a short block in the midst of Saab bankruptcy issues.

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