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2003 Saab 9-3 Problems

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Most Common 2003 Saab 9-3 Problems

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.
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 p...
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 ...
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1 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Brakes Problem

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) and/or traction control light may illuminate. This can be caused by corrosion in the (ABS) wire harness connector at the right front wheel speed sensor due to water...

1 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Drive Train Problem

A well-documented and well-known issue with the Saab 9-3 built between 2003-2011 is harsh shifting from the 6-speed automatic transmission, and slight slippage between gears. This has been noted as...

5 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Electrical & Lights Problems

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

7 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Engine Problems

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 idler pulley for the serpentine belt can fail causing noise from the belt area. Our technicians report the pulley has been known to fail completely which can cause the belt to break or be throw...

1 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Exhaust & Emissions Problem

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 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

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

0 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Maintenance Problems

0 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Miscellaneous Problems

2 Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Suspension & Steering Problems

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 ...
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.

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Known 2003 Saab 9-3 Problems & Complaints

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 anti-lock brake system (ABS) and/or traction control light may illuminate. This can be caused by corrosion in the (ABS) wire harness connector at the right front wheel speed sensor due to water...
A well-documented and well-known issue with the Saab 9-3 built between 2003-2011 is harsh shifting from the 6-speed automatic transmission, and slight slippage between gears. This has been noted as...
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...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of air injection pump, and/or check valve failure. There may be no drivability symptoms detected.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of oxygen sensor failure. There may be no drivability symptoms detected though gas mileage may suffer.
The thermo contact in the AC compressor can fail, which means the compressor may fail to engage or disengage.
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 ...
Our technicians report failures of various components in the audio system. Speaker, control unit, and steering wheel button failures are all possible.
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 idler pulley for the serpentine belt can fail causing noise from the belt area. Our technicians report the pulley has been known to fail completely which can cause the belt to break or be throw...
The head gasket may leak oil externally. The oil will be visible around the cylinder head and block area.
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.
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