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2006 Saab 9-3 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 311 repairs.

2006 Saab 9-3 repair cost distribution

Chart based on 45 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

Saab 9-3 in Texas, United States
Jan 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2007

2000 mi
When I tried to put the passenger window up, it would sometimes automatically go back down. Bad sensor. 
Oct 2007

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. 
Jan 2008

11000 mi
There was a leak in the heater core. The dealership ordered in a new one and replaced it. 
May 2008

15000 mi
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. 
Jul 2008

16000 mi
The driver window wouldn't go all the way up. The door's electronics need to be rebooted. 
Jul 2009

30000 mi
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. 
Aug 2009

31000 mi
The car makes a noise when the wheel is turned sharply while moving. Still. 
Oct 2009

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 250hp 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Saab 9-3 in New Mexico, United States
Nov 2006 - Jun 2008
Mar 2007

4000 mi
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
Nov 2006 - Mar 2009
Apr 2007

16000 mi
Front strut bushings were bad, made light clunking noise. Not a safety issue, just an annoyance, not sure if/when they would have failed. 
May 2007

17000 mi
Front strut bushings replaced. 
Jun 2008

29000 mi
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
Jan 2007 - Dec 2008
Oct 2008

20000 mi
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
Nov 2006 - Jun 2015
Jan 2007

2000 mi
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 
Apr 2007

7000 mi
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. 
Sep 2007

14000 mi
Rattles in dash and door buzzing on rough roads. Manual Shift knob fell off. Fading door panels. Peeling rubber from glovebox release button. 
May 2009

29000 mi
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. 
Dec 2010

48000 mi
Passenger window clicking while going up. Window regulator found faulty and replaced. 
Feb 2012

60000 mi

US $20
Hood mounted washer sprayers stopped working. They had come apart under the hood. 
Jan 2013

68000 mi

US $70
Hard start condition after fuel fill threw CEL. Replaced EVAP fuel purge valve. 
May 2014

79000 mi

US $365
Fuel gauge was "jumping" and would read empty after fill-up. Fuel sender was replace (fuel pump was not replaced). 

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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
Mar 2007 - Jun 2015
Apr 2007

10000 mi
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. 
Sep 2010

66000 mi

US $158
Driver's window had to be reprogrammed to stop returning to half way after being given a rollup command 
Aug 2011

72500 mi

US $20
passenger window would not go all the way up. Random stops. Dealer reprogrammed safety stopping points 
Jun 2013

83000 mi

US $90
Drivers side windshield squirter clogged, replaced. 
Apr 2014

87000 mi

US $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
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

9000 mi
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
Apr 2007 - Jun 2011
May 2007

17360 mi
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... 
Jun 2007

19840 mi

C $2500
Door rattles, blown speaker 
Nov 2007

29760 mi
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
Nov 2006 - Oct 2008
Feb 2007

10000 mi
Knocking sound coming from front suspension when cold. 
Mar 2007

11000 mi
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
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

4000 mi
coolant leak 

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2006 Saab 9-3 Repair Histories

139 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2006 Saab 9-3. 73 of these members (52.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 311 repairs to 2006 Saab 9-3s--an average of 2.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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