NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,638 miles

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2001 Saab 9-3 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 042007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,526 miles


While driving on expressway, motor failed due to lack of oil circulation brought on by plugging of oil pump intake screen from degradation of oil, due to design of Saab 9/3 that cooks oil in turbocharger and catalytic converter directly beneath oil pan. Contributing factors long oil change interval, (10,000 Saab recommendation), vehicle had 8,000 miles since last oil change. Also -3 temperature further impeded oil circulation. Complete engine failure resulted. Vehicle disabled. Engine shortblock was replaced at dealership

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 252003

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,389 miles
Had the car serviced for 40000 service. Complained of stalling when lifting off the gas. The very next day the car stalled on the freeway and unable to restart. The dealer is saying that my aftermarket bypass valve caused the failure. They are refusing to cover the repair under warranty. The failure looks more like a head gasket failure and not an overboost problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 082002


  • miles
While driving at highway speed the engine shut causing the vehicle to lose power steering.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

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