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2006 Saab 9-3 Problems and Repair Histories

134 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Saab 9-3. 68 of these members (50.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 268 repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 2 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, 13% to the body and trim, and 15% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 268 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Saab 9-3 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 45% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, 21% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 38 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    
2000 0 When I tried to put the passenger window up, it would sometimes automatically go back down. Bad sensor. 
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 Part of the trim around the door was sagging. (And had been since delivery.) They fixed it. 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. The front passenger window does not always return to its upright position when I try to close it -- it goes up, then down again. They replaced something and fixed it. 
16000 0 The driver window wouldn't go all the way up. The door's electronics need to be rebooted. 
30000 0 The car makes a noise when the wheel is turned sharply while moving. The shop thinks it's one of two things -- they tried the first, and now I need to bring it back so they can try the second. 
31000 0 The car makes a noise when the wheel is turned sharply while moving. Still. 
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 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in New Mexico, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 0    
4000 0 Rattle in the sunroof. Trimpiece had come loose. Reattached, issue fixed. 
 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 12000    
16000 0 Front strut bushings were bad, made light clunking noise. Not a safety issue, just an annoyance, not sure if/when they would have failed. 
17000 0 Front strut bushings replaced. 
29000 0 The driver's side seat manual lumbar adjustment stopped working. The knob spun freely without adjusting lumbar which was stuck in the pushed in position. Driver's power window pinch protection was causing the window to go back down at the top when the express-up feature was used. 
 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Wagon

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

Saab 9-3 in Northern Ireland
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 2000    
20000 0 Alternator failed, successfully replaced at dealer. 
 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 0    
2000 0 Rattle in the passenger door ; also was in for a Tech II personalization Door seal not flat Light sensing "ball" on the middle of the top of the dash had glue all over it 
7000 0 Replaced airvent due to rattle. Also tried to "tighten" up B pillar rattle. Rattles less noticable but still very present. Window seal was defective and bending away from the window. The seal was replaced a second time. 
14000 0 Rattles in dash and door buzzing on rough roads. Manual Shift knob fell off. Fading door panels. Peeling rubber from glovebox release button. 
29000 0 Rear-Driver's side window made clunking noise when moving. The problem was diagnosed as an issue with the regulator. Part had to be ordered. Ordered regulator again. New window regulator installed. 
48000 0 Passenger window clicking while going up. Window regulator found faulty and replaced. 
60000 20 Hood mounted washer sprayers stopped working. They had come apart under the hood. 
68000 70 Hard start condition after fuel fill threw CEL. Replaced EVAP fuel purge valve. 
79000  

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

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
Mar 2007 9000    
10000 0 defective rear seat belts. new belts had to be ordered. took 4 hours to replace seat belts. Initial dealer response was they could not find the problem. That caused another trip. 
66000 158 Driver's window had to be reprogrammed to stop returning to half way after being given a rollup command 
72500 20 passenger window would not go all the way up. Random stops. Dealer reprogrammed safety stopping points 
83000 90 Drivers side windshield squirter clogged, replaced. 
87000 140 Front right window erratic roll-up. Had to be reprogrammed for anti-pinch setting. This happened to the left front 2 years ago. 
Saab 9-3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 7000    
9000 0 rear seat belts lock up spuriously. Replacements ordered, installed a month later rear seat belts lock up spuriously. Replacements ordered, installed a month later 
 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 14880    
17360 0 Rattles and creaks in door panels and roof. Rattles still not repaired, I have since done light repairs myself and have eleminated most of the rattles, but some persist. Such a shame in a luxury car, just not acceptable. My dealer rating in service is 2/10... 
19840 2500 Door rattles, blown speaker 
29760 0 Door rattles are substaintially better, but sunroof rattles still persist. From the three visits to the dealer to have this resolved, this is by far the best fix they have done yet. I could live with it now. 
 
Saab 9-3 in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 8000    
10000 0 Knocking sound coming from front suspension when cold. 
11000 0 Rattling from front end due to defective front suspension bushings. 
 

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2006 Saab 9-3 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder manual 2WD

Saab 9-3 in New Mexico, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 0    
4000 0 coolant leak 
 

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