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Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (8%)

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Saab 9-3 electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 229 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 mi 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 mi 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 mi Drivers door window would not close fully (stayed open about 1/4"). 
39000 mi

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 mi 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 mi Sunroof behaving erratically; replaced switch. 
68000 mi

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 mi

US $8
Passenger side low beam headlight burned out. Replaced H7 bulb. 
35000 mi Right turn signal working intermittently. Local shop could not replicate problem. 
35000 mi

US $1049
Right turn signal working intermittently. Dealer replaced column integration module. 
38000 mi

US $108
Replaced battery 
39000 mi

US $5
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 mi

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 mi 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 mi

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 mi Fuel gauge 

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Saab 9-3 Electrical Problems

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