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2006 Saab 9-3 Engine Problems

136 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2006 Saab 9-3. 28 of these members (20.6%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 61 engine repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 285 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 21 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   There was a leak in the heater core. The dealership ordered in a new one and replaced it. 
15000   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   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. 

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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 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   Coolant still leaking. Decided to replace the coolant tank and cap. 
42000   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   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   Rough idle continues. Dealer still cannot duplicate. Opened TAC case with GM. 
45000   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   coolant expansion bottle was leaking when coolant expanded, dealer replaced expansion bottle. Successful repair. 
31000   radiator coolant expansion bottle cracked and leaking, repeat problem 
20000   Replaced expansion tank - second time. 
25000   Coolant tank replaced (third time). 
25000   Coolant tank replaced (fourth time). 
70000   ECM ordered. ECM installed, didn't fix problem. Ignition coils, vacuum line and spark plugs replaced - no cost under certified warranty. 
73000   Replaced fuel pressure sensor 
89500   Replace fuel pump 
94700   Coolant leak - replaced coolant tank 
100000 US $140 CEL came on - code ME9 P0089-00. Checked fuel pressure regulator - no problem 
100500   replace canister purge valve 
103000   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   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   vacuum hose replaced 
33000   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. 

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