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2006 Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (14%)

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2006 Saab 9-3 electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (16%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (24%)

Chart based on 25 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 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 mi

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 mi

US $504
Blower motor for circulating air inside the vehicle developed chirping noise, needed to be replaced due to incipient failure. 
118000 mi

US $20
Both headlights failed approximately 2 weeks apart. Headlights replaced. 

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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 mi reprogramed pinch control on front diver side window 
67000 mi

US $720
Replaced a/c fan speed controller 
69000 mi Replaced a/c fan speed controller 
73000 mi One touch did not work. Reprogrammed window module 
75000 mi Car would not start; positive switch replaced. Battery also replaced cost pro-rated 
94000 mi a/c needs to be replaced 
94700 mi 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 mi

US $304
replaced one Xenon head lamp bulb 
103000 mi

US $420
Positive cable shut off switch. There is a question about warranty liability. 
112700 mi

US $300
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 mi

US $10
Replaced driver's side headlight. Took about 5 minutes to change.  
27000 mi 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 mi Dealer replaced worn-out keyfob and also replaced battery under factory warranty. 
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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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 mi AC compressor making unusual noise. Anti-pinch on passenger window malfunctioning. 
41000 mi Replaced AC Compressor. Replaced passenger window module. 
50000 mi Passenger window anti-pinch mal-function. 
59000 mi

US $150
Electric mirror switch was found faulty and replaced 
86000 mi

US $15
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 mi Pinch protection fault re-set. 
46500 mi Finally managed to replace in-dash CD-changer which was ordered earlier. Fully paid by manufacturer.  

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2006 Saab 9-3 Electrical Problems

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