NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Springs: Coil Springs Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,347 miles

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2003 Saab 9-3 suspension problems

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #8

May 122008


  • 35,210 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the suspension front coil springs have been failing since spring of 2008. The vehicle has been repaired. The contact wanted to go on record and referenced investigation number EA08026. The failure mileage was 35,210.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 262009


  • Manual transmission
  • 60,200 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saab 9-3. while the contact was examining his vehicle, he noticed that the front driver's side coil spring split in half. Prior to the failure, he noticed that the steering had become slightly difficult to turn. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 60,200. Updated 08/04/09 the dealer repaired the vehicle as a goodwill gesture. Updated 08/06/09.

- Warren, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 032009


  • 73,405 miles
No accident or anything yet, but according to a forum I follow, {Saab central} there are alot of people experiencing front coil spring failure on 2003 Saab 9-3.this on cars with under 100,000 miles. Don't have to tell you that this could be bad news if the broken spring punched into the tire at speed. To me, having to replace coil springs as a maintenance item every 70000 miles is unacceptable. I will have my 03 Saab up on jack stands to check out the springs as best as I can, but this is the type of failure you can not really see until it is to late. I have no way of checking for metal fatigue. Hopefully, this is a problem you can move on before someone gets hurt.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 142009


  • miles


Front right suspension springs on my 2003 Saab 9-3 broke. No accident occurred, but could have been deadly if it was on the freeway. There seems to be a pattern of this.. something like this should not be happening on this type of car. It was taken to the nearest dealer that wants to charge $1100 for the fix because I am out of warranty by. I am also in the process of contacting Saab usa.

- Markham, 00, USA

problem #4

Dec 202008


  • 78,000 miles
Front driver side spring coil broke which caused tire blowout and car to be immobilized..did not cause any injuries or accidents but very well could have had there been anyone else on the road at the time.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

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problem #3

Apr 092008

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,527 miles
Driving on local city street, when right front tire blows out. Blow happened because right front coil spring sheered into two pieces and cut into right front tire causing blowout. Right front tire replaced and new coil spring installed on right front suspension. Yes, I have the failed coil spring in my possession.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 112008

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,431 miles
While backing up out of a driveway on a flat level surface the vehicles front passenger coil spring broke in two pieces. The car was rendered un-drivable and was towed to a dealership. The part was replaced. The vehicle is a 2003 Saab 9-3 with only 41,400 miles.

- East Freetown, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 122007


  • miles
2003 Saab 9-3 customer states that the front end of the car just dropped off after having the car inspected the front coil spring was found to be broken* the consumer was told the passenger side coil spring was also in the process of failing. The consumer was informed that the failure was caused by rust that had formed inside a rubber boot that was used at the base of the spring to dampen noise. Water was able to get inside the boots and remain, which caused rust to form and eventually compromised the integrity of the spring. The front pads and rotors were replaced. The consumer was informed that the new springs did have the rubber boots that the original springs had.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

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