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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,374 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.

2004 Saab 9-3 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172009

9-3 4-cyl

  • miles


Vehicle owner pulled into a parking space and stopped, saw smoke coming from under the hood. Owner reported that the smoke became black and a fire erupted. Fire origin in right rear of engine compartment, cause undetermined. Vehicle has 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Cabin fan runs although key is no in ignition and unit is on off position. The situation also happens when unit is in off position and car is being driven.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 152005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,123 miles
Owner was driving at approximately 65 mph the check engine light came on and the vehicle stalled. Vehicle "B" rear ended owner's vehicle while being driven at 70 mph. Upon impact, the frontal air bags failed to deploy. Owner sustained injuries, was taken to the emergency room and released.

- American Canyon, CA, USA

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