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Saab 9-3 Electrical Problems

878 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Saab 9-3. 209 of these members (23.8%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 403 electrical repairs to Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Saab 9-3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1384 repairs.

Saab 9-3 electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 204 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2000 mi   When I tried to put the passenger window up, it would sometimes automatically go back down. Bad sensor. 
15000   The front passenger window does not always return to its upright position when I try to close it -- it goes up, then down again. They replaced something and fixed it. 
16000   The driver window wouldn't go all the way up. The door's electronics need to be rebooted. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

12000 mi   Auto door lock feature malfunction, they go up and down several times before finally locking. Waiting for a future software update to resolve issue. Electronic steering wheel lock sometimes does not release steering wheel when key is inserted in ignition; dealer could not duplicate problem. Audio system "froze" - no response to any controls for volume, tuning, etc.; dealer ordered new amplifier. Dealer installed replacement amplifier. A loaner car was provided for this trip as well as the earlier trip (for diagnosis). 
27000   Drivers door window would not close fully (stayed open about 1/4"). 
39000 US $76 One touch close on drivers window malfunctioned. When window raised, it would then go back down about 1/3rd. Dealer said it is a software problem with the "pinch protection" that is common with this model. No permanent fix is available. 
48000   For several months, there has been a problem with the auto up windows not closing properly. The dealer has not been able to solve the problem. On a hunch, I removed and re-installed the fuse - problem solved!(works for other problems too). "Infotainment System" (audio/trip computer) froze when I cleared the system after a fill-up. I solved the problem by re-booting the system (I pulled the fuse and re-installed it a few seconds later). Works for many simple problems on cars. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

27000 mi   Electrical system problem. Radio and other controls wouldn't turn off. 

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2004 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

56000 mi   dealer paid to replace blower motor and blower relay that was not functioning properly. 
64000   Sunroof behaving erratically; replaced switch. 
68000 US $100 Sunroof was acting erratically. They replaced the switch during my June visit, but the problem persisted. The second time in, they also replaced the sunroof wind deflector as they think that was messing up the pinch protection. 

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2004 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 175hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

19000 mi US $15 Off side dipped headlight burned out. Replaced with H7 bulb. No problems. 
32000   Passenger side low beam headlight burned out. Replaced H7 bulb. 
35000   Right turn signal working intermittently. Local shop could not replicate problem. 
35000   Right turn signal working intermittently. Dealer replaced column integration module. 
38000   Replaced battery 
39000   Replaced left side headlamp 

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2004 Saab 9-3 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

45000 mi US $300 windows not rolling up correctly. burnt wire harness in headlamp. 

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2003 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

54000 mi   headlight assembly failure cd player failure 
60000 US $661 Headlight bulb shorted out. 

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2003 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 175hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

32000 mi   passenger side seatbelt warning light came on with no one in seat and front end noise from suspension. fixed the seat sensor, and still no fix for the front end noise. 
34000   fog lamp went out, rear seat release broke, driver side lumbar cable snapped, traction control issue again, and sunroof would close then go back open, staying in the open position. software fix for sunroof, replaced the lamp and fixed the lumbar in seat. 
55000 US $350 this car sucks goat balls. I had every light up front out when i took it to the shop. Every drive light the only thing that worked was on fog light i had replace one month ago. I did hire a lawyer and he got me three thosand dollars from saab because this 

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2003 Saab 9-3 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

37000 mi   CD Changer jammed while attempting to change from one disk to another. Unable to remove any disks; needed a new disk changer. install cd changer 
36000   Fuel gauge 

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