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Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 1759 repairs.
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Saab 9-3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (42%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 543 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Saab 9-3 problems by year

before 1999 (4%)

2000 - 2002 (11%)

2003 - 2005 (37%)

2006 - 2006 (19%)

2007 - 2007 (16%)

2008 - 2011 (14%)

Chart based on 1759 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Saab 9-3

Saab 9-3 Personal Experiences: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I had a 2006 sedan previously which had a few electrical glitches but was very reliable over the 39 months I leased. full 2010 Saab 9-3 review
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
excellent power train and sport sense full 2009 Saab 9-3 review
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I have owned 6 Saabs since 1990 and at one time simultaneously owned a 1989 900 turbo convertible, a 1995 900 SE turbo convertible and a 2008 9-3 SS, all with manual transmissions. I have never had a Saab strand me, although my intimate familiarity with the most common problems encountered with each car led me to be prepared. Accordingly, for example, I always carried a spare direct ignition cassette for my 1995 (and yet never had to use it). I don't know if it the result of an inherent reliability or my strict maintenance practices, but I have had other makes literally leave high and dry in the desert. So, draw your own conlusion. full 2008 Saab 9-3 review
2008 2dr Convertible turbocharged 255hp 2.8L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This is my second convertible in a row. With the optional screen installed, I drop the top whenever the temperature is above 40. I am more likely to drive on back roads to enjoy the experience. full 2008 Saab 9-3 review
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 280hp 2.8L V6
6-speed manual AWD
Owned a 2004 9-3 Linear, had serious electrical issues but I still loved the car. The 185 hp engine was lively and had great turbo boost. It was a beautiful car when it first came out. full 2008 Saab 9-3 review
2006 2dr Convertible turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Owned a 1995 Saab 900 convertible for 6 trouble-free years. Around 120,000 miles, it needed a new clutch so I decided to sell and upgrade. full 2006 Saab 9-3 review
Saab 9-3 Personal Experiences: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
1st time Saab buyer full 2006 Saab 9-3 review
 

Saab 9-3 Problems and Repair Histories

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