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2006 Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

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

Other (13%)

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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.

2006 Saab 9-3

Engine not specified

60000 mi

US $200
Radio and turn signals no sound - amp1 failure suspected. Battery drained over and over until it no longer held a charge. Radio and system sounds later started working. Battery replaced after less than 2 yrs. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

87000 mi

US $40
Wipers stopped halfway up the windshield and fluid would not squirt. Replaced windshield motor due to faulty position sensor with a used motor and replaced driver nozzle due to crack in existing nozzle. 
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. 
36000 mi Battery and cables replaced. 
41000 mi Antenna cracking. 
49000 mi

US $600
SID unit (trip computer) after resetting trip info would randomly go back to previous distance/MPG numbers after turning off engine (then back on). After multiple attempts including software updates, SID was replaced and finally fixed. 
63700 mi

US $310
AC stopped working--- no parts replaced, just computer reset. Unfortunately troubleshooting took a long time hence the expensive repair. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

19000 mi Malfunctioning passenger airbag sensor. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

40000 mi

US $150
Windshield wiper motor regulator and adjustment of lights. 
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 Wagon

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

74000 mi

US $183
Front tilt on drivers power seat stopped working. Replaced tilt motor. 
156000 mi

US $191
The cabin ventilation fan was squeaking on extremely hot days. 
175000 mi

US $200
A/c fan motor squeezing like a dining cricket. Nursed it for a month before getting it fixed. 
29000 mi Driver's power window pinch protection was causing the window to go back down at the top when the express-up feature was used. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 2.0L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

75640 mi

C $600
Replaced both front door electric locks 
87800 mi

C $1200
Replaced passenger front electric window actuator 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 150hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

20000 mi Alternator failed, successfully replaced at dealer. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

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

23000 mi factory security system was not working and was replaced. 
75020 mi

$600
A/C not cooling, one vent gives cold air, all the rest give hot air 
34000 mi Rear taillight bulb assembly came loose. Taillight bulb rested against fiberoptic wire going to the audio/nav system and melted the insulation. This rendered the audio/nav system inoperable. Fiber optic cable assembly was 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. 
47000 mi

US $14000
compressor for AC unit failed and needed to be replaced 
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 
29000 mi Rear-Driver's side window made clunking noise when moving. The problem was diagnosed as an issue with the regulator. Part had to be ordered. Ordered regulator again. New window regulator installed. 
48000 mi Passenger window clicking while going up. Window regulator found faulty and replaced. 
79000 mi

US $365
Fuel gauge was "jumping" and would read empty after fill-up. Fuel sender was replace (fuel pump was not replaced). 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

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

85000 mi

US $98
Driver's side headlight bulb burned out. Total cost for replacement was $98, and took 5 minutes to replace. 
91300 mi

US $212
One of the two horns failed in the car, so when hitting the car horn sounded like a clown car. Fixed in 1.25 hours. 
130000 mi

US $300
Blower motor needed replacement. Just age of car and use. Greased it to put off replacement for a few months. 
135000 mi

US $396
The blower motor for the heat/ac I had applied grease to stop squealing two months ago. It returned in October, so had the motor replaced before it failed and left me without heat or ac. 
13000 mi Window sensor replaced 
68000 mi

US $254
Power mirrors performing erractically. Tried changing mirror switch, no result. Had to change the drivers door window control module. Published service bulitien on this issue. 
77700 mi

US $194
SID showing braked system failure and speedometer stopped functioning. Dealer found a service bulletin requiring re-flash of ECM. Successfully corrected problem. 
68000 mi

US $36
one of the Lowbeam HID lamps needed replacing, so I replaced both with after market lamps for $36.00 Saab parts were very expensive 
58000 mi

US $1110
Replaced failed A/C compressor. 
41000 mi One headlamp bulb replaced but it's still under warranty, took about 15 min. 
66000 mi

US $158
Driver's window had to be reprogrammed to stop returning to half way after being given a rollup command 
87000 mi

US $140
Front right window erratic roll-up. Had to be reprogrammed for anti-pinch setting. This happened to the left front 2 years ago. 

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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. 
69000 mi

US $30
Windshield wiper motor needed replacing 
107000 mi

US $16
Replaced windshield washer pump 
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 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

battery flat on delivery - replaced 
wiring issue on engine - repaired on warranty 

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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 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

86000 mi

US $300
Blower Motor 

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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

85000 mi

£88
Car no start battery leaking only 18months old,new battery installed 
22000 mi Reprogrammed auto-up windows so they would close appropriately. 

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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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2006 Saab 9-3 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

60000 mi

US $150
Alarm trunk goes off when doors r locked. Can't seem to correct I found an online solution & forwarded to dealer.  

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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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