NHTSA — Steering: Column Locking: Anti-Theft Device Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,333 miles

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2003 Saab 9-3 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 172005

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles


My Saab has had a litany of problems since I have owned the car. It all started with little items. Ignition wouldn't start the car. Head lights burnt out. Dash peeling, door handles discoloring, emergency brake getting stuck and being able to operate my car. Engine warning light because my gas cap wasn't on correct. Steering wheel locking while I was driving. Wheel lock light remaining on while I was driving. Brakes replaced due to factory retro fit. Seat belts being recalled. Computer constantly needing to be replaced so the car would function. Electronic key failing so I couldn't start my car. My car is a 5 speed and the shifter handle has an continues to come off in my hand. A minimum of 3 fuses needing to be replaced. The dash board goes blank at times showing no functions of the car. Window wouldn't go up or down and required the regulator to be replaced. Erractic idle. Service engine light comes on but, dealer doesn't know why. Brakes needed to be replaced at 30,000 miles and rotors too.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012004

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
A reoccurring error will display on the Saab information management display indicating a wheel lock error. This error seems to be happening with increasing frequency. Saab has reviewed the vehicle more than four times, each time replacing parts; these parts have been: A new key, a new steering wheel column, and two new solenoids in the steering column. The Saab delearship has indicated that there is possibly a faulty solenoid but is unable to do anything but to keep replacing parts.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 082003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled, and the steering wheel locked. The cause had not been determined.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

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