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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,475 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.

2007 Saab 9-3 engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012011

9-3 4-cyl

  • miles


Owner drove Saab to mall and parked it. Approximately 20-30 minutes later, came back out to car and observed that fire department had extinguished a fire in the Saab. Fire originated in right rear of engine compartment. Cause undetermined at this time. Vehicle has 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 252010

9-3 4-cyl

  • miles
Owner parked the vehicle at work and when owner got out, owner noticed a weird electrical type smell. Owner went inside to work. Approximately 5 minutes later, someone came in and said that the Saab was smoking. Owner went outside and saw smoke coming from around the hood and also saw some embers dripping underneath the Saab. Someone else called the fire department. By the time the fire department arrived, there was fire appearing up through the hood and cowl area. Vehicle has 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 212010

9-3 6-cyl

  • 23,200 miles
2007 Saab 9-3 aero equipped with 2.8L V6 turbo engine (convertible) - engine compartment fire - (odometer - 23,200 miles) upon starting, engine ran a little rough, proceeded to Saab dealer for service - no service lights on dash - eventually lost power brakes - engine stalled and burst into flames - all happened within a one-mile distance.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 162008

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,700 miles
2007 Saab 9-3 went on fire with driver in it. Car was serviced at massey Saab, orlando, flon June 3rd, 2008 (40,000 mile service, electrical repairs, detail, wheel alignment). Vehicle was in mcdonald's drive-through in orlando fl on junction of 535 N and hotel plaza blvd. Engine caught on fire. Manger of mcdonald's (frederico) and I (driver) pushed car away from building and other people. Flames entered cabin while I was in the vehicle steering it. I jumped out just in time, and the whole car went up in flames. There have been records of other Saab's having similar fire problems in the past. I would like to have this investigated so other's are not injured in an occurrence like this. I am lucky to be alive. The fire department arrived and extinguished the flames, and informed me how lucky I was that I jumped out, and not brought the car home and parked it in my garage. Otherwise the whole neighborhood would have been affected. I do not have the full VIN B/C the car is completely totaled in fire. The last six numbers are 013430. The vehicle belongs to a fleet company wheels Inc. I work for a pharmaceutical company, and this was my company car. Wheels/roche should have all details on the vehicle when you are investigating. Information for orange county fire rescue 407-836-9000 run# 47137; mcdonald's phone #: 407-827-1030.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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