NHTSA — Tires Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,110 miles

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2003 Saab 9-3 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #6

May 152014

9-3 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Michelin Pilot sport A/S 3 dot: B9N) 11rx 3213 these tires have to be defected!!!! with no warning, the Pilot sport A/S 3 tire just blew! bam car pulled hard to the side of the flat tire and driver steered over to the shoulder of I95 the tire's threads completely separated from both the inner & outer walls of the tire. The rim was still holding onto a thin strip of the circumference of the tire- where the rim and tire connect. A week prior to the incidence the car had the 40K service including tires rotation. Nitrogen air was at the correct inflation level as well. And the day prior to the blow out. New breaks were installed and all the tires and alignment were checked again-- with no problems to be found. Just pulling out of a service station that inspected the tires to note only minor wear. Low miles on the tires and not hitting anything to cause a flat= something wrong not right with the construction of this tire. Tires were: 6 months old, from costco, with about 5,000 miles tops. The dot code states that it was a 2013 tire. Those little tire nubs haven't even had a chance to wear down yet. Please look into theses tires!! I go to costco tomorrow for a replacement. I am afraid that these are defected tires and I have 3 more on the car. I will keep the shredded tire in case it is needed for investigation purposes.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #5

Feb 162014


  • 94,304 miles
Driving down street at 30 mph. Left side front spring broke. Spring stuck out and shredded tire. Left side of car dropped, which then caused right side spring to come off and cut right side tire. Had to replace both front spring / strut assemblies, and replace 2 tires. Researched problem, found that GM manufactured these cars in 2003 - 2006 and was offering a warranty to fix this problem. My Saab is several months past the warranty dates but not the mileage limit. However, my understanding is that the original parts were faulty or defective. Very dangerous, as if car were traveling faster it could have been a serious accident. I would hope GM would correct or pay for a true safety issue.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152010


  • 1,856 miles
While driving on the interstate, tire suddenly lost pressure, steel belt separated internally. Tire is intact and still mounted on wheel.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

9-3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


: the caller stated, the ignition switch would not start the vehicle. When the vehicle was towed to the dealership, the battery was replaced. However, nothing was done about the rusted wiring to the ignition. The manufacturer was contacted by a letter. The emergency brake was locked and would not release, the horn did not work, the low head beam failed. The tires were defective, the alarm would sound without warning. Updated 07/25/06.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 152005


  • miles
Brake pads & rotors, seat belt, battery replacement, tire, transmission, sunroof malfunction.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 282003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
Left rear pirelli tire on my 3 months old Saab 9-3 blew up on freeway. The car only has 5,500 miles on it. I lost control of steering wheel and brake. Car was out of control, it veered left, then right, then circled around. I was so scared that it will hit a divider or other cars but a miracle happened, I did not hit anything. Eventually the car stopped. I am very upset with Saab and pirelli, so far customer services have been very poor. I'm waiting for pirelli to do their investigation. I am so worry about pirelli tires blowing up on me again. Next time I may not be so lucky. Please have other Saab or pirelli consumer with complaints contact me at my email address. Thank you.

- Torrance, CA, USA

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