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2006 Saab 9-3 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

134 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Saab 9-3. 35 of these members (26.1%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 57 engine repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 0.4 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, 1% 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 14% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 270 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Saab 9-3 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 25% cost less than $100, 19% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 19% more than $2500.

Chart based on 16 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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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    
8000 0 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 0 There was a leak in the heater core. The dealership ordered in a new one and replaced it. 
15000 0 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 0 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

Saab 9-3 in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 7000    
47000 0 Slow coolant leak that required refill ~every month. Problem diagnosed as leaking banjo fitting, part ordered. 
106000  

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 51000    
53300 0 Check engine light on but no error message from computer. Told it was a hot weather related problem and light was reset.  
65000 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

Saab 9-3 in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2007 13000    
35000 0 Once again, small coolant leak noticed. Given some B.S. explanation that it was normal. Topped off coolant. 
40000 0 Coolant still leaking. Decided to replace the coolant tank and cap. 
42000 0 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 0 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 0 Rough idle continues. Dealer still cannot duplicate. Opened TAC case with GM. 
45000 0 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

Saab 9-3 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 6000    
9000 0 coolant expansion bottle was leaking when coolant expanded, dealer replaced expansion bottle 
19000 0 coolant expansion bottle was leaking when coolant expanded, dealer replaced expansion bottle. Successful repair. 
31000 0 radiator coolant expansion bottle cracked and leaking, repeat problem 
 
Saab 9-3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 7000    
20000 0 Replaced expansion tank - second time. 
25000 0 Coolant tank replaced (third time). 
25000 0 Coolant tank replaced (fourth time). 
70000 0 ECM ordered. ECM installed, didn't fix problem. Ignition coils, vacuum line and spark plugs replaced - no cost under certified warranty. 
73000 0 Replaced fuel pressure sensor 
89500 0 Replace fuel pump 
94700 0 Coolant leak - replaced coolant tank 
100000 140 CEL came on - code ME9 P0089-00. Checked fuel pressure regulator - no problem 
100500 332 replace canister purge valve 
103000 0 Replaced coolant tank 
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    
27000 0 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 0 Saab directed the dealer to replace the shortblock to resolve the coolant loss issue. 
70000  

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2006 Saab 9-3 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 4000    
12000 0 Replaced expansion tank and coolant. 
30000 0 vacuum hose replaced 
33000 0 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

Saab 9-3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 31000    
45000 0 Faulty ignition coil. Ordered and installed replacement. 
120000  

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