2003 Saab 9-3 Problem Reports

Most Reported 2003 Saab 9-3 Problem Reports

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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.

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.

The exhaust flex pipe can fail causing excessive exhaust noise from the front/center area of the vehicle. The flex pipe is a flexible joint in the exhaust that allows for engine movement.

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.

The thermo contact in the AC compressor can fail, which means the compressor may fail to engage or disengage.

The water pump can fail causing noise on the left side of the engine and overheating. Other symptoms include coolant loss and leakage at the front/left area of the engine.

 

The shaft for the air blend door can fail creating the inability to adjust the AC or heating temperature. The AC or Heat will not maintain the proper temperature.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of air injection pump, and/or check valve failure. There may be no drivability symptoms detected.

The head gasket may leak oil externally. The oil will be visible around the cylinder head and block area.

The third brake light and/or license plate lamp may fail due to wiring damaged from rubbing on the trunk lid handle. Our technicians tell us the repair involves correcting the damaged wiring and isolating the connectors so they do not contact the trunk lid handle.

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

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of oxygen sensor failure. There may be no drivability symptoms detected though gas mileage may suffer.

 

If the battery "goes dead" after sitting for several hours, but only when key is left in the ignition, in the "off/lock" position. The problem may be with the stereo amplifier staying on. Our technicians tell us reprogramming the affected control module can remedy this problem.

Snapping or popping noise heard from the steering shaft usually means the steering shaft joints need to be removed and re-installed using thread locking compound on bolts.