NHTSA — Steering: Electric Power Assist System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,008 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Saab 9-3 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 122006

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,017 miles


Under normal driving conditions while driving approximately 45 mph, the gas gauge read just over 1 bar of fuel remaining when a traction control system failure and gearbox malfunction message appeared in the display screen. Immediately following, the engine shut off and all control of the vehicle failed. No one was injured at the time due to the late hour and there being no other traffic near by but had there been traffic an accident would have most likely resulted from the failures.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282003

9-3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Since owning my 2003 9-3, the parking brake stuck and would not release ultimately having to be replaced. The rear bushings on the sway bar had to be replaced, multiple light bulbs. At about 20,000 miles the steering rack needed to be replaced, most recently the power sterring pump now needs to be replaced. The seat belt also let go and had to be replaced. I thought that all that could go wrong, had gone wrong until the power steering pump went. Now reading other owner comments I have no faith in this vehicle. This is my fourth Saab, my last I traded at over 180,000 miles with no problems.

- Hartland, VT, USA

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