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NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Front Underhood Problems

3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Saab 9-3 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 062007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

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

Message appeared on the display notifying me that the passenger side headlamp and directional signal had failed. I attempted to change the bulbs and found that the wiring had melted and broken away from the electrical connectors.

- Swartz Creek, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 212006

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The automobile that we would like to inform you about is a 2003 Saab 9-3 arc. We have owned this car for 2 1/2 years and have driven it over 63,000 miles. Currently the car does not have operable low beam headlights. The wiring on the passenger's side low beam headlight has burnt through and is nearly so on the driver's side low beam headlight. In addition the driver's side front turn signal has stopped working. In the time we have owned this car we have had to have the low beam headlights replaced approximately 7 times. I noticed the wiring to the low beam headlights becoming discolored last year, at that time our dealer was not aware of any tsbs concerning the headlights for our car. Thus far no damage has occurred to the vehicle except for the burnt wiring on the low beam headlights. We will be reporting this to our dealer again and will have to have them fix this problem. However, should Saab not have upgraded the wiring to the low beam headlight this problem will repeat. Also, at no time have we had lights put in the car that were above the wattage specified by Saab in the owner's manual.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 232005

9-3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
While driving owner smelled something burning and thought it was coming from outside. Owner parked the vehicle and went into the department store to shop.owner was in the store for approximately 45 minutes. When the owner returned to the vehicle fire trucks were outside extinguishing the flames. It appeared that the fire started under the hood. Owner had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and they could not determine the cause.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #1

Mar 232005

9-3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
While driving owner smelled something burning and thought it was coming from outside. Owner parked the vehicle and went into the department store to shop. When the owner returned to the vehicle fire trucks were outside extinguishing the flames. It appeared that the fire started under the hood. Owner had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and they could not determine the cause.

- Cranston, RI, USA

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