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NHTSA — Steering Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,962 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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2003 Saab 9-3 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 222016

9-3

  • 71,810 miles

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

Hit concrete wall

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 222016

9-3

  • 70,000 miles
Coil spring brok caused tire to come off turnded sideways under firewall causing us to crash into concrete barrier

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 222016

9-3

  • 71,810 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Saab 9-3. while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering lost power. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete wall. The driver side tire became stuck under the driver seat without warning. The driver and passenger side air bags deployed. Both the driver and passenger received injuries that required medical attention. The police was at the scene, but did not file a report. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard. The insurance company totaled the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. One day after the failure, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V063000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 71,810.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 082015

9-3

  • 90,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Saab 9-3. after the vehicle was started, the steering wheel lock warning light illuminated and the doors of the vehicle failed to lock. On another occasion, the ignition key failed to move into the on position. A tow truck operator stated that the vehicle could not be moved because the wheels were locked. The vehicle was restarted; however, the contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- 11572, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 032013

9-3

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the key refused to turn to the on position and a steering wheel lock malfunction message appeared. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #5

Mar 132007

9-3

  • miles
2003 Saab 9-3's steering locked while driving on the highway* when the steering locked, the consumer crossed into the oncoming lane, hit a snow bank, a snow ramp to a flower bed, went airborne and hit a wooden business sign, crossed to more properties, and came to rest on the rear end of a pleasure boat. The computer on the vehicle read steering lock malfunction. The consumer had no control over the vehicle during the accident; when the vehicle stopped the steering worked again, but the message steering locked malfunction remained.

- Wilmington, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 012006

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles

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

Since I bought my car 7/1/06 I have had several steering problems with the car pulling and jerking. I have had 2 alignments done wheels balanced and calipers adjusted. The car pulled on my test drive before purchasing the car and I was promised it would be resolved. When it was not resolved the dealership refused to buy back the car. Two dealerships worked on this problem with no solution this is still a problem and I cannot drive my car strait without a firm grip on the steering wheel. Saab has not been helpful at all and has no solution and has offered no help. The car is dangerous to drive because the car can jerk unexpectedly.

- Collingswood, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 012006

9-3

  • miles
2003 9-3 linear. Requesting follow up status on memo, dated 3-26-06. The vehicle engine would not shut off although the key was removed from the ignition. The vehicle had several brake problems. The vehicle hesitated slightly when moving. When braking the vehicle would jerk and skid. The brakes grabbed which caused the vehicle to stop quickly. The alarm was very sensitive. Everytime a bus or truck passed the vehicle with the alarm engaged it would sound. The dealer said there was not way to adjust the sensitivity of the alarm. The windows were off track. The steering wheel seized when the consumer was driving on the highway. *****

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 112005

9-3

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Approximately 14 months after leasing a new 2003 Saab 9.3 I was driving and my steering wheel locked up for no reason. I got the vehicle to the dealership and they said that it was fixed. Approximately 12 months later I am merging onto I75 from I285 and the steering wheel locks again and thankfully I was not in an accident.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer - Saab exchange won't/can't fix vehicle. Steering problem, rattle problem, fan blower problem, seat problem, brake light problem, etc...

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

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