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Saab 9-3 Electrical and AC Problems and Repair Histories

861 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Saab 9-3. 256 of these members (29.7%) have reported electrical and air conditioning repairs for their car. A total of 339 electrical and air conditioning repairs to Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Saab 9-3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Saab 9-3 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Saab 9-3 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

27% of the Saab 9-3 repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 29% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1164 repairs.

Saab 9-3 electrical and air conditioning repair cost distribution

Of the Saab 9-3 electrical and air conditioning repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 15% cost less than $100, 42% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 190 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Saab 9-3 Electrical and Air Conditioning problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-3 in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 0    
2000 0 When I tried to put the passenger window up, it would sometimes automatically go back down. Bad sensor. 
15000 0 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 0 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

Saab 9-3 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 4000    
12000 0 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 0 Drivers door window would not close fully (stayed open about 1/4"). 
39000 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 0 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. 
66000  

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2006 Saab 9-3 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saab 9-3 in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 18000    
27000 0 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

Saab 9-3 in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007    
0 dealer paid to replace blower motor and blower relay that was not functioning properly. 
64000 0 Sunroof behaving erratically; replaced switch. 
68000 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

Saab 9-3 in Arkansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 17000    
19000 15 Off side dipped headlight burned out. Replaced with H7 bulb. No problems. 
32000 8 Passenger side low beam headlight burned out. Replaced H7 bulb. 
35000 0 Right turn signal working intermittently. Local shop could not replicate problem. 
35000 1049 Right turn signal working intermittently. Dealer replaced column integration module. 
38000 108 Replaced battery 
39000 5 Replaced left side headlamp 
39000  

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2004 Saab 9-3 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saab 9-3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 41000    
45000 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

Saab 9-3 in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 52000    
54000 0 headlight assembly failure cd player failure 
60000 661 Headlight bulb shorted out. 
 

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2003 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 175hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 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. 
0 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 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

Saab 9-3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 32000    
37000 0 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 
 
Saab in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 35000    
36000 0 Fuel gauge 
 

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