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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Saab 9-3 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 132006

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles


On August 13, 2006, my wife was driving our 2002 Saab 9-3 convertible when the engine caught fire. She was able to get out of the car safely, but the car was destroyed. Investigations by international motors (falls church, va) after the event showed that the transmission had disintegrated and transmission fluid has sprayed throughout the engine compartment causing the fire.

- Great Falls, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 042002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
This is the second Saab, 1993 with a manual transmission that will require replacing that I have owned.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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