Saab 9-3 Repair and Maintenance

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

Saab 9-3 Problems

Inability to Maintain or Control AC or Heating Temperature

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.

Audio System Problems

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

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.

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Saab 9-3 Questions

Where is the transmission stick (1 answer)

I went outside and found red oil on the ground from under my car.

Engine management light says turbo is faulty but mechanic has tried everything (1 answer)

He changed all valves and hoses but still light comes on when engine is hot. Now clutch makes a whirring noise when clutch pedal depressed. Help!

I am trying to refuel and it keeps clicking as if the tank is full, what do I do (2 answers)

This happened 2 days ago and I had traveled 75 miles, my fuel gauge is not functioning so I have to estimate. It should have taken in a few gallons, but kept clicking when less than a gallon had been filled...

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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.

The Engine May Stall Due to a Faulty Fuel Pump

The fuel pump may have been incorrectly manufactured and could fail causing the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the fuel pump on affected vehicles. The recall is scheduled to begin by February 18, 2011. The Saab recall number is 15029.

 

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Saab 9-3 Reviews

Turbo, limp home mode, leaky top, hard to start, dies at idle, convertible malfunction due to faulty leaky high pressure line, just to name a few issues. I can not believe that recalls are not on any of the obvious stated above. Crap.
I too love my Saab!!! I bought it in Feb of 14 & I've had to do some work on it. But like the other reviewer I too Google DIY projects, order my own parts & then tell the mechanic what to do. I can also always call Saab USA and their mechanics will help me as well Advanced Auto will help with diagnostics and using their own OBDII lets me know what codes are being thrown, if any and how to hand...
I purchased our 2005 9-3 Aero new, and have close to 180,000 miles on it now. Yes HID lights are expensive and it is hard to work on, just went through my first clutch. However, this has been the best little car I have ever owned, I plan on keeping it maintained and make a run at 500,000 miles. Still performs and looks great, I have had all makes and models Chevy to Ford to Volvo and this has ...

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