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2006 Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 313 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 engine repair cost distribution

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.
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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

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 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

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. 

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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. 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

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 
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 manual FWD

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 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

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. 

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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. 
130000 mi

US $30
Power Steering Reservoir leaking at power steering pump. Removed PS pump, removed reservoir from pump. replaced seal, reassembled. 
130000 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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2006 Saab 9-3 Engine Problems

137 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2006 Saab 9-3. 32 of these members (23.4%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 73 engine repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

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