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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,902 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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2002 Saab 9-3 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 122007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

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

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

problem #3

Jun 042007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,609 miles
Malfunction of automatic transmission on a car with 50000 miles on. Transmission specialist indicated malfunction began at least 5000 miles prior to the breakdown.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 022007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Saab 9-3. while driving 30 mph, the vehicle began to hesitate as if the emergency brake was engaged. The contact also heard a grinding noise coming from the vehicle. She was unable to drive more than 20 mph. When the mechanic attempted to test drive the vehicle, it failed to shift into gear. The mechanic stated that the gears inside the transmission exploded into little pieces. For three weeks, the mechanic attempted to repair the transmission, however, the transmission was diagnosed and repaired by another transmission specialist. The contact is requesting that Saab pay the cost to repair the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 60,000. Updated 02-01-08. The consumer stated the transmission light illuminated once again and is presently in the shop. Updated 02/01/08

- Derby , NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 052004

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Transmission failed at 45 mph. Consumer stated transmission locked up. Consumer but managed to pull vehicle to the side of the road. No accident occurred. This incident occurred several times before. Consumer had vehicle towed to a dealer.

- Oak Park, CA, USA

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