NHTSA — Seats: Front Assembly: Seat Heater/Cooler Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

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2003 Saab 9-3 accessories - interior problems

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 282007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have owned 4 different Saab models and I have allays had heated seats. This last winter while wearing a suit and wool overcoat I felt a burning sensation on my back. I immediately turned my seat off, when I got out of the car there where coil burn marks in my leather seat. There has to be a safety issue if a heated seat coil can burn through leather, and can be felt through an inch of wool...

- Waterville, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 052007

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
My 2003 Saab 9-3 vector started to have a burning sensation on the driver's seat under my left thigh. It was so hot that I had to put a towel under my leg when the heated seat was on. Eventually, after 2 months of this, the heated seat quit working all together. I did take it in for maintenance and they told me I would have to bring it back again to have them disassemble the seat. I have read on Saab chatlines that it's a common problem and people have been getting their seat leather replaced because of burn marks. I think this is a very real safety issue that should called to light. I have been told it's a bad heating element.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

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