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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,333 miles

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2009 Saab 9-3 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2009 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 122016


  • 103,000 miles


The intake valves are bad on this car and it has 100K miles on this. This is a $2000 plus job that comes out of pocket. It seems to be this is a common problem with Saab and it appears there are several complaints on here. This needs to be recalled and paid for by GM, because they did not property build this engine if so many are failing. My car will turn over and not start in the cold weather.

- Hazel Park, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 282015


  • 77,000 miles
The cylinder valves are all having to be replaced though the car only has 77K miles. I have now researched and learned that this was a problem on the 2007,2008, and 2009 Saab and nothing has been done to recall the cars. The resulting problem is that the car will not start when cold and the compression during a cold start is half of what it should be. The valves are faulty and the repair is $4000 at my local dealer, who is authorized to work on Saab. This is a manufacturing issue and is not being recognized as such.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 052015


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saab 9-3. while driving at approximately 60 mph, a strong odor of fuel emitted into the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact observed fuel leaking from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that fuel was leaking from the fuel pump and it needed T be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11E009000 (fuel system and gasoline). The failure mileage was approximately 7,000.

- Windsor, CT, USA

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