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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,207 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Saab 9-3 engine problems

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2001 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 102009

9-3

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At approximately 75,000 miles, driving on the interstate around 70mph, oil light begins flickering. After slowing down to 60 the light stopped flickering and instead stayed on. From the time I was able to slow down to pull off the road a knocking sound could be heard from the engine progressively getting louder. The car was then taken home and inspected. Removing the oil pan revealed that the oil pick-up tube was clogged and the pan was caked with burnt oil. A local mechanic estimated $3,000 to repair the internal damage. Called Saab, they said the car was beyond any warranty and that it was my fault for not turning the car off immediately after seeing the light. Furthermore after researching this issue, I spoke with 3 Saab representatives who claimed to know nothing of this oil sludge issue and were not able to bring it up as it does not have a recall number, a fourth one was able to pull up a record based on my V.I.N. showing that this known oil sludge problem was "repaired" back in 2006 under the name "special policy" which was good for 8 years after the in service date so long as all records of the car were kept. According to this report my argument was pointless considering I was approximately 5 months out of warranty and did not have the required service logs.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #8

Sep 152009

9-3 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Saab 9-3. while driving at approximately 30 mph, the oil pressure light illuminated. The contact turned the vehicle off and the light turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the mechanic flushed the oil sludge out. The current mileage was approximately 102,500. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000. Updated 07/15/10 the consumer stated he received a letter from Saab acknowledging a problem with several year models regarding internally lubricated engine parts. The letter stated they were extending the warranty for a total of eight years from the service date with unlimited mileage. The consumer stated his coverage expired. The cost to repair the problem was $2500. Updated 07/19/10

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #7

Oct 112009

9-3

  • 89,000 miles
While driving on expressway, motor failed due to lack of oil circulation brought on by plugging of oil pump intake screen from degradation of oil, due to design of Saab 9/3 that cooks oil in turbocharger and catalytic converter directly beneath oil pan. Contributing factors long oil change interval, (10,000 Saab recommendation), vehicle had less than 7,000 miles since last oil change. Complete engine failure resulted. Vehicle disabled. I had it towed to a pep boys location and was informed that the engine lost 2 cylinders and needs to be completely replaced.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #6

Apr 182008

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,347 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Saab 9-3. while driving 70 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The contact drove to the dealer and they stated that the ignition cassette failed. She then found a recall on her vehicle for the same failure her vehicle was experiencing; however, the dealer stated that her VIN was not included. The contact believes that her vehicle should be included in the recall because it is experiencing the same failure. The recall number was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 82,347. Updated 05/20/08. The door handle was replaced. Updated 05/20/08

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 172007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
No warning. Oil light goes on while driving on the highway. Vehicle towed to Saab dealership. Engine seized. Sludge found in the oil pickup pan. Perfect service records. Saab/GM will not honor extended 8 year warranty. For known sludge problem.

- Fairfield, Ct, CT, USA

problem #4

Dec 192007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,300 miles
Engine seized.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Feb 042007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,526 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on expressway, motor failed due to lack of oil circulation brought on by plugging of oil pump intake screen from degradation of oil, due to design of Saab 9/3 that cooks oil in turbocharger and catalytic converter directly beneath oil pan. Contributing factors long oil change interval, (10,000 Saab recommendation), vehicle had 8,000 miles since last oil change. Also -3 temperature further impeded oil circulation. Complete engine failure resulted. Vehicle disabled. Engine shortblock was replaced at dealership

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 122007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,714 miles
Car taken to dealer twice because "check engine light" on intermittently; told there were "no problems" and instructed on how to clear message. "check engine light" and "oil" light began to flicker intermittently; taken to 2 independent mechanics for check; both stated there was oil in the pan, oil in the engine, no obvious problem. "check engine" and "oil" lights came on and stayed on; car began making noise. Pulled over and had towed to independent mechanic who stated bearings were shot and new engine needed. Saab usa has persisted in denying culpability despite letter and mechanic's statement. Told me car was under warranty resulting in towing from independent shop to dealer; dealer then said car was not under warranty. BBB complaint filed; now Saab usa insists engine must be torn down to diagnose problem and I must accept risk that if the problem is not theirs, I will owe $1500 for tear-down; dealer wants storage charges. Car out of service now 43 days and counting.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152006

9-3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,977 miles
: the contact stated while driving on the highway at 55mph, the oil light illuminated. There was a very loud noise and the vehicle stalled. It was towed to a local dealership where it was determined the vehicle threw a rod. After two months, the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic determined the catalytic converter was too close to the oil pan causing the oil to become very thick, causing oil starvation to the engine. The mechanic determined the vehicle needed a new engine.

- Perkasie, PA, USA

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