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2006 Saab 9-3 Electrical Problems

135 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2006 Saab 9-3. 35 of these members (25.9%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 83 electrical repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2006 Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 283 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 24 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 Wagon

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

31000 mi   Vehicle has required low beam headlight replacement three times in 30,000 miles of ownership - twice on left side, once on right. Dealer checked electrical system, found no problems, replaced both headlight bulbs. Time will tell whether or not ... 
72000 US $640 Fuel gauge would go to zero when tank filled. After 100 miles of driving, gauge would come on scale and work normally until next fillup. Happened consistently. Mechanic replaced fuel pump assembly which resolved problem. 
94000   Blower motor for circulating air inside the vehicle developed chirping noise, needed to be replaced due to incipient failure. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

23000 mi   Brake light blown. 
11000   reprogramed pinch control on front diver side window 
67000 US $720 Replaced a/c fan speed controller 
69000   Replaced a/c fan speed controller 
73000   One touch did not work. Reprogrammed window module 
75000   Car would not start; positive switch replaced. Battery also replaced cost pro-rated 
94000   a/c needs to be replaced 
94700   Battery's positive circuit breaker is failing. Reset, but dealer ordered a replacement part. Easy to reset if one knew that such a part existed. Rear Window Regulator Replaced Replaced a/c compressor 
99000   replaced one Xenon head lamp bulb 
103000   Positive cable shut off switch. There is a question about warranty liability. 
112700   Replaced xenon head lamp bulb 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

21000 mi   Remote keyfob transmitter replaced due to deterioration of rubber around the buttons. Turned soft and gummy. For what it's worth I've had this same issue with the rubber eraserhead pointers on laptops. 
26000 US $10 Replaced driver's side headlight. Took about 5 minutes to change.  
27000   The headlight bulb I replaced myself in November blew again so I took it to the dealer. They replaced both headlight bulbs per standard proc. and updated BCM software to reduce voltage to bulbs for longer life. 
50000   Dealer replaced worn-out keyfob and also replaced battery under factory warranty. 
12000   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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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

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

34000 mi   Anti pinch feature not working properly on Pass. front window. A/C did not get cold. 
40000   AC compressor making unusual noise. Anti-pinch on passenger window malfunctioning. 
41000   Replaced AC Compressor. Replaced passenger window module. 
50000   Passenger window anti-pinch mal-function. 
59000 US $150 Electric mirror switch was found faulty and replaced 
86000   In Dash CD changer would not play CDs. "disk error." R&R CD spindle motor. 

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2005.5 Saab 9-3 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

39060 mi   in-dash cd-changer sometimes not working 
46500   Pinch protection fault re-set. 
46500   Finally managed to replace in-dash CD-changer which was ordered earlier. Fully paid by manufacturer.  

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