NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,667 miles

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2004 Saab 9-3 steering problems

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2004 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 112015

9-3 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


I have a 9-3 Saab everytime I stop and turn car off when I get back in a put key in I get a steering wheel lock contact Saab dealer it won't even let me turn the key I have the car for about years and now it's doing this I have to disconnect the battery and reconnect for the computer reset and restart me car can you help me with this thank you.....

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 182015


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Saab 9-3. while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering column jammed and resulted in a crash. The vehicle was destroyed and towed away. The driver was injured and required medical attention. A police report was field. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Campbell Hall, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 192015


  • 55,000 miles
This is a serious issue known to NHTSA and GM under PE 08051. It needs to be addressed and a recall issued. Backing out of garage I heard a pop from right front area of car when put in reverse. Drove about 200 feet before I smelled burning rubber. Car became very difficult to steer. I had car towed to independent service garage. It is determined that the right front spring broke and became entangled in front suspension, steering and tire. Had I been going at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour I would have not been able to steer the car to a safe stop. Both GM and NHTSA know of the breaking front spring in salted road areas including Missouri. This vehicle has only 55000 miles and is stored in a garage at home and work. Please put out a recall issue immediately, this is a very serious issue. Also a front seat belt recall went out last summer. I have contacted the manufacturer several times, the replacement seat belt is always several month out. Mine has become knotted and does not lay flat across my body but is more like a rolled rope. GM needs to address this issue and get the parts out asap as well. Again GM needs to recall the known issue on the front springs on 2003 - 2006 Saab 9-3's and fulfill their current recall on the damaged recalled seat belt. Updated 09/08/15

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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