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NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Springs: Coil Springs Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,257 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Saab 9-3 suspension problems

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2004 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 012010


  • 68,716 miles


Left front spring failure. There was an erratic occasional metal to metal noise coming from the under the hood. There was no indication of the spring being broken. Took car to service center and discovered spring failure. Upon further inquiry with Saab dealer discovered this is a recurring problem. Had car repaired and parts replaced with new redesigned springs to correct defect. Old parts not available. Why hasn't a recall been issued" why hasn't a warning been sent out to Saab owners" we own a second Saab 9-3 and I am concerned about front spring failure on this car!

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #9

Dec 312009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. the left coil spring fractured and then punctured a whole in his driver side front tire. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer nor has the manufacturer been contacted. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN number was unknown.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 252009


  • miles
Front spring coil is broke. During oil change, dealer checked and found a piece of the coil missing. I would like Saab to reimburse for this $400+ repair job.

- Mc Farland, WI, USA

problem #7

Aug 242009


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. while the contact was examining the vehicle she noticed that the front driver side coil spring snapped and punctured the front driver side tire. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 45000.

- Northfield, MN, USA

problem #6

Jul 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. when the contact released the seat belt, the mechanism on the door post made a loud noise and the seat belt failed. The dealer advised her to call the manufacturer for assistance. The manufacturer advised her to not drive the vehicle. The contact would have to pay for the repairs and then have the dealer inspect the vehicle. The dealer stated that the seat belt failed and would cost $400 to repair. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 04V226000 (seat belts:front:retractor); however, the dealer stated that this recall does not exist. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 49,200. Updated 08/04/09 the right front coil spring was broken. Updated 08/10/09.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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problem #5

Jul 042009


  • 52,150 miles
Left front suspension coil spring broken.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #4

May 092009


  • 24,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. while driving between 30-35 mph, the contact heard a strange noise underneath the vehicle. The noise was first noticed two weeks ago. He jacked up the vehicle and noticed that the coil spring failed. The contact feels that this is a safety issue because a crash could have occurred. The current and failure mileages were 24,500.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 022009

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Saab 9-3. when attempting to reverse the vehicle at 3 mph, the contact smelled a burning rubber odor and heard a loud noise. He noticed that the front passenger side coil spring fractured and punctured the tire. The dealer would not assist with the repairs because there were no recalls available. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 57,000. Updated 03/27/09 updated 04/01/09.

- Lewinston, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 102008

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
While driving the right front coil spring broke and then punctured tire causing blow out. Was able to control the car and pull off road. Had I been on the highway a different outcome could have been expected. Had no symptoms leading up to this.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 042007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Backing my 2004 Saab 93 out of the garage I heard I loud rubbing noise. I got my husband, he had me drive up the driveway, then back down. On the way back a tire blew, so we had the car towed to the dealer. The right front spring had broken and jetted into the tire, causing the blowout. The left front spring was also cracked at the base, so both needed to be replaced at a cost to me of $1300. The car has about 62K miles on it.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

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