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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,500 miles

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2008 Saab 9-3 lights problems

lights problem

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2008 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012014


  • 65,000 miles


The passenger-side taillight bulbs have become so dim that they are visible only upon very close inspection. The taillight bulbs also serve as the brake lights, emitting a brighter light when the brake is depressed. Because of this malfunction, following cars may not have sufficient visual notice that the car in front of them is braking, resulting in a traffic collision. I understand that this is a relatively common problem and was able to have the connector for the malfunctioning taillight replaced. This was an exercise in futility as, almost immediately, the taillight became as dim as it had been prior to the connector replacement. This issue, which evidently cannot be easily remedied, creates a hazard to vehicle occupants, and those in cars following the affected vehicle.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

May 112012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the rear tail light failed. The dealer was contacted and advised that the failure was common for the year, make and model but unfortunately, the manufacturer was no longer allowing the part to be available in the United States. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 42,000 and the failure mileage was not available.

- Bedford, NH, USA

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