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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Emission Control: Catalytic Convertor Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,500 miles

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2002 Saab 9-3 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 052009

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Saab 9-3. while the vehicle was undergoing an oil change, the mechanic discovered that the catalytic converter rubbed against the oil pan and cut a 1/4 inch groove in the pan. He moved the catalytic converter over to avoid a major failure and repaired the oil pan. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer, located three hours away. The current mileage was approximately 113,000 and failure mileage was approximately 110,000. Updated 03/18/09. Updated 03/18/09.

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 122007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles
This car has died 3 times while driving and required a tow. The first time the ignition module was replaced for free (recall). The 2nd time the car mysteriously re-started before the tow truck arrived. The most recent incident resulted in a tow to the nearest dealer and the (defective) throttle body being replaced at a cost of $714. Also, the catalytic converters had to be replaced (non-warranty) after the ignition module (recall). At approx. 118,000 miles the transmission was replaced.

- Ordell, NJ, USA

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