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2006 Saab 9-3 Electrical and AC Problems and Repair Histories

134 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Saab 9-3. 41 of these members (30.6%) have reported electrical and air conditioning repairs for their car. A total of 78 electrical and air conditioning repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2006 Saab 9-3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 Saab 9-3 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

21% of the 2006 Saab 9-3 repairs were to the engine, 2% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 29% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 14% to the body and trim, and 15% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 266 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 electrical and air conditioning repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Saab 9-3 electrical and air conditioning repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 25% cost less than $100, 33% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, 17% between $1000 and $2499, and 13% more than $2500.

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.
Non-members can see only ten 2006 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 Wagon

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

Saab 9-3 in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 7000    
31000 0 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 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 504 Blower motor for circulating air inside the vehicle developed chirping noise, needed to be replaced due to incipient failure. 
106000  

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 19000    
23000 0 Brake light blown. 
90000  
Saab 9-3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 7000    
11000 0 reprogramed pinch control on front diver side window 
67000 720 Replaced a/c fan speed controller 
69000 0 Replaced a/c fan speed controller 
73000 0 One touch did not work. Reprogrammed window module 
75000 0 Car would not start; positive switch replaced. Battery also replaced cost pro-rated 
94000 0 a/c needs to be replaced 
94700 0 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 304 replaced one Xenon head lamp bulb 
103000 420 Positive cable shut off switch. There is a question about warranty liability. 
112700 300 Replaced xenon head lamp bulb 
116000  

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 3000    
21000 0 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 10 Replaced driver's side headlight. Took about 5 minutes to change.  
27000 0 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 0 Dealer replaced worn-out keyfob and also replaced battery under factory warranty. 
70000  
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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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

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

Saab 9-3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 31000    
34000 0 Anti pinch feature not working properly on Pass. front window. A/C did not get cold. 
40000 0 AC compressor making unusual noise. Anti-pinch on passenger window malfunctioning. 
41000 0 Replaced AC Compressor. Replaced passenger window module. 
50000 0 Passenger window anti-pinch mal-function. 
59000 150 Electric mirror switch was found faulty and replaced 
86000 15 In Dash CD changer would not play CDs. "disk error." R&R CD spindle motor. 
120000  

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2005.5 Saab 9-3 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saab 9-3 in Germany
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 25420    
39060 0 in-dash cd-changer sometimes not working 
46500 0 Pinch protection fault re-set. 
46500 0 Finally managed to replace in-dash CD-changer which was ordered earlier. Fully paid by manufacturer.  
 

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