NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2003 Saab 9-3 (Page 2 of 2)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,633 miles

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2003 Saab 9-3 transmission problems

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 232003

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


Vehicle equipped with automatic transmission stalls at low speeds during brief periods of acceleration. Frequently, this occurs while crossing an intersection, making a left hand turn from a stop sign, or a turn in front of traffic.

- San Elijo Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 092003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2003 Saab 9-3 arc (purchased this July) with automatic transmission nearly stalled (sputtered, hesitated and nearly lost power) while making a left hand turn between oncoming traffic. While this car has not fully stalled out, I have felt it hesitated on a number of other occasions. I owned another 2003 Saab, identical in every way, that completely stalled out at idle speed while stuck in traffic and also while starting out in reverse and in forward. The fact that this new car nearly stalled in front of oncoming traffic has really scared me. I have read a number of complaints on the web about stalling in the 2003 Saab 9-3. I spoke to Saab customer service yesterday and they denied any other complaints on the stalling issue. I am bringing my car to the dealer on Monday, however, I feel that Saab needs to address this potentially very serious issue.

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2003 Saab 9-3 linear. I have had the car stall on me in traffic 4 times now over the last 4 months. I now realize I'm far from the only one this has happened to. This is a very dangerous situation as I have been in highway traffic 3 of the 4 times. Luckily in the outside lane and able to pull off. I have automatic transmission and run high octance fuel (recommended). Hopefully something can be done to press GM and force them to fix this problem.

- Enola, PA, USA

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