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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,995 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.

2006 Saab 9-3 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 142014


  • 83,200 miles


When backing out of my garage this morning the vehicle brakes were very difficult to engage and had to forcibly depress the brake pedal to stop the vehicle (which still did not provide full braking force) and avoid running into the parked vehicle behind me. This has been a problem for as long as I have owned the vehicle. Typically occurs whenever the vehicle has been parked for some time (e.g. over night or during the work day) - just replaced the brake pads and rotors and this had absolutely no positive impact on the problem. Definitely a safety issue that could result in an accident.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 142013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Multiple shorts indicated on sid. Original message "electronic stability control failure". this is a common complaint amongst Saab owners for this make and model. Occasionally, an associated an ABS failure indication will appear while traveling. Have not noticed a loss in ABS function yet, but it was dry when these shorts occurred. The failure is assumed to be associated with the cruise control function and its use has been lost.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 232010


  • 54,079 miles
Upon starting the vehicle after sitting, the brakes had greatly increased pedal effort to apply and greatly reduced breaking result. The car failed to stop and struck a pole while backing up.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 262013

9-3 6-cyl

  • 74,689 miles


2 incidents occurred. I have owned the car for 1 week and, occasionally on cold starts, when attempting to back up and stop, the brake pedal is hard to depress making braking extremely difficult. Additionally, on occasion, if I accelerate and then attempt to depress brake pedal, the pedal is extremely difficult to depress making stopping difficult. This has almost resulted in an accident during hgh traffic situations.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 062012


  • 78,000 miles
I have had my 2006 Saab 9-3 in for service 4 times for an ABS/traction control/stability control failure. Each time I take it to the dealership, they tell me that the cost is around $385 for a hub assembly, no labor included. I have talked to many people who have had the same problem. The real problem is that the wire leading to the wheel corrodes. Now my car is at the dealership for the same problem and they want to put in a rear harness for the same system and want to charge me $315 just for the part, doesn't include labor. This part has been found for around $120 elsewhere. This is very frustrating as the car acts as a totally different animal when it is not functioning properly. Every time this has happened the temperature has been 40 degrees F or lower.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 132012

9-3 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Had been having problems with a very rough idle. Then when putting car into reverse from a cold start the brakes would be inoperable (brake would not press down). Throwing car into a different gear was only way to stop car. Very scary when parked on an incline one morning and reversed into traffic but couldn't stop. Took to service repair to find the brake booster needed replaced. Said this was unacceptable failure in car of this age/mileage who has very regular service record.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

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