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NHTSA — Suspension Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,223 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.

2003 Saab 9-3 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 222016


  • 71,810 miles


Hit concrete wall

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 222016


  • 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 #3

Jun 112014

9-3 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have also been having issues with the front passenger side suspension. I would have to check my records, but I believe it started when the car had about 25K miles on it. The springs are still in tact, but I would notice a very loud creaking noise going over speed bumps in parking lots, especially in cold temperatures. I brought it to the attention of the dealership while it was still under warranty and they did not offer any resolution. After reading the large number of complaints of broken springs, I now know why I am afraid to drive this car on the freeway. I would really like to get this fixed under a recall before it causes an accident and someone gets seriously injured or killed.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 162014


  • 94,304 miles
Driving down street at 30 mph. Left side front spring broke. Spring stuck out and shredded tire. Left side of car dropped, which then caused right side spring to come off and cut right side tire. Had to replace both front spring / strut assemblies, and replace 2 tires. Researched problem, found that GM manufactured these cars in 2003 - 2006 and was offering a warranty to fix this problem. My Saab is several months past the warranty dates but not the mileage limit. However, my understanding is that the original parts were faulty or defective. Very dangerous, as if car were traveling faster it could have been a serious accident. I would hope GM would correct or pay for a true safety issue.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 242005


  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The consumer experienced many problems with 2003 Saab 9-3 linear as engine failure light appear and ect. There were repeated problems with the sun roof remaining stuck open, stability control problems, low front head beam, getting air to the gas cap, the mud flap was cracked, and on one occasion when driving up a hill the consumer lost control of the steering.

- Napa, CA, USA

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