2006 Saab 9-3 Saab 9-3 2006

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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 (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (13%)

Chart based on 331 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (18%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (27%)

Chart based on 22 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

46000 mi

US $60
New starter, new flywheel. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

87000 mi

US $290
Faulty oil pressure sensor was causing the car to report low oil pressure upon start up and when heavy acceleration was called for. Intercooler pipe clamps loosened which caused the car to go into limp home mode and display trac control, elec slip pgm and gearbox malfunction errors. 
69300 mi

US $220
Ingniter on one of the spark plugs required maintenance 
8000 mi My coolant container had cracked, leaking coolant out. I noticed it because the "Low Coolant" light came on. They replaced the container and all is well. 
11000 mi There was a leak in the heater core. The dealership ordered in a new one and replaced it. 
15000 mi The engine revs a little too high on cold start. It returns to a regular rev when in gear. They replaced... something... but it didn't fix the problem. I'll take it in again at some point again. 
34000 mi I ran out of gas one day, even though the gauge showed that I still had 1-2 gallons. When I brought it in to the shop, they said that running it that low on fuel caused the fuel pump to go. They replaced it, and my gauge is now registering correctly. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

54000 mi Coolant expansion tank cap replaced. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

47000 mi Slow coolant leak that required refill ~every month. Problem diagnosed as leaking banjo fitting, part ordered. 
118000 mi

US $1170
Check engine light came on and diagnosed as failed ignition coil. All four ignition coils and spark plugs replaced. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

196000 mi

US $80
OIl leak from valve cover. 
53300 mi Check engine light on but no error message from computer. Told it was a hot weather related problem and light was reset.  
68000 mi

US $240
Bad coil pack caused engine to misfire. Coil pack replaced. 
108000 mi

US $118
Water pump was leaking. Replaced water pump. Drained and refilled coolant. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

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

35000 mi Once again, small coolant leak noticed. Given some B.S. explanation that it was normal. Topped off coolant. 
40000 mi Coolant still leaking. Decided to replace the coolant tank and cap. 
42000 mi Cooling fan stuck on high, even when car was shut off. Fan would run until low voltage safety shut it off, killing the battery. Replaced battery and made software change for fan. This is the third battery in two years. 
44000 mi Intermittent rough idle, to the point that it has died a few times. Not consistent, difficult to predict, and not repaired. Dealer indicates several other aeros with similar symptoms. GM Tech Assistance engaged with no result. 
45000 mi Rough idle continues. Dealer still cannot duplicate. Opened TAC case with GM. 
45000 mi New coolant reservoir. Also new spark plugs. 
128500 mi

US $55
I replaced leaking coolant hoses from tank that run over top the turbo shield Part# 12842478 & 12842477 and 4 hose clamps. Check engine light for faulty boost control valve. Replaced boost control valve part # 12787706. I bought the kit from the GM dealer at less than Saab sells the valve itself so I got the three vacuum lines with the valve. 
57040 mi Check engine light came on, dealer said there is a problem in fuel pump, fuel pressure is low. 
58280 mi coolant tank 
62000 mi

$600
radiator cap leaks from time to time 
75020 mi Smell of coolant appear after shutting the engine, 
75020 mi engine take long time to start after refulling, fuel pump pressure is weak. 
102000 mi

US $250
Replaced purge valve. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

80000 mi

US $400
Vacuum leak 
9000 mi coolant expansion bottle was leaking when coolant expanded, dealer replaced expansion bottle 
19000 mi coolant expansion bottle was leaking when coolant expanded, dealer replaced expansion bottle. Successful repair. 
31000 mi radiator coolant expansion bottle cracked and leaking, repeat problem 
188000 mi

US $20
Coolant Cap broke. Had to order a new one and replace. 
68000 mi

US $70
Hard start condition after fuel fill threw CEL. Replaced EVAP fuel purge valve. 
44000 mi replaced cracked coolant reservoir bottle 
20000 mi Replaced expansion tank - second time. 
25000 mi Coolant tank replaced (third time). 
25000 mi Coolant tank replaced (fourth time). 
70000 mi ECM ordered. ECM installed, didn't fix problem. Ignition coils, vacuum line and spark plugs replaced - no cost under certified warranty. 
73000 mi Replaced fuel pressure sensor 
89500 mi Replace fuel pump 
94700 mi Coolant leak - replaced coolant tank 
100000 mi

US $140
CEL came on - code ME9 P0089-00. Checked fuel pressure regulator - no problem 
100500 mi

US $332
replace canister purge valve 
103000 mi Replaced coolant tank 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

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

81000 mi

US $10
Car was losing coolant. The leak was determined to be a faulty radiator cap. The cap had to be ordered and delivered the next day, but the repair took $10. ID'ing the problem took less than an hour with a pressurization check. 
119000 mi

US $300
Vacuum pump had a small oil leak the last 10,000 miles. Replaced it for $300 and resolved the problem. Car ran fine with the repair needed, risk of bad smell of oil burning was only concern. 
124000 mi

US $80
Oil consumption was slightly elevated. Shop took care of it by blowing carbon off of the cylinders and valves. Consumption was resolved. 
70300 mi

US $130
Crankshaft Position Sensor failed. Car limped to a nearby garage. 
77000 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. 
72500 mi

US $20
passenger window would not go all the way up. Random stops. Dealer reprogrammed safety stopping points 
32860 mi

C $200
Mass Airflow sensor cleaned 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

129000 mi

US $20
Thermostat stuck partially open (was replaced 6 mo prior) and I replaced it in 30 min at my apt complex 
146000 mi

US $75
Ignition coil failed, causing misfire. Repair was $75 for the coil, 5 min to replace 
187000 mi

US $180
Radiator developed a leak, needed to be replaced 
27000 mi I noticed coolant loss (but did not see where it was going--a very small leak), took it to the dealer and they added UV dye to the coolant. They told me to bring it back later to have them check to see if they can find where it is leaking. 
33000 mi Saab directed the dealer to replace the shortblock to resolve the coolant loss issue. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

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

£300 egr valve faulty - replaced 
£500 inlet manifold replaced - known issue but still had to pay - replaced 

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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

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

59700 mi Expansion tank hoses needed to be replaced. known issue, 
62000 mi

US $2600
Check engine light code indicated fuel pressure out of spec. Replace sensor and pump. $1600 for both 
67000 mi

US $1300
Since July 2014 car had been missing at idle. No problems under load. Problem not reproducible when brought into shop during Sept 2014. Problem set CEL Dec 2014. Codes P0300, 0301,0303,0305,0306. Misfires. Replaced all ignition coils. 
105700 mi

US $100
Oil sensor leak 

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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

30000 mi

US $585
Fuel pump delivering inconsistent output pressure triggering CEL and stuttering at idle. Replaced fuel pump. 
12000 mi Replaced expansion tank and coolant. 
30000 mi vacuum hose replaced 
33000 mi Low coolant light appeared. Coolant tank replaced. Key became hard to remove from ignition. Ignition switch replaced. 
82700 mi

£230
radiator hose burst 

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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

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

45000 mi Faulty ignition coil. Ordered and installed replacement. 
130500 mi Engine oil leak. Removed subframe brace and cleaned lower end of engine to determine source of leak. Faulty seal at oil pan to engine block. 

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