NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,033 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Saab 9-3 engine problems

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2005 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 092010


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Saab 93. The contact stated upon starting the vehicle, the engine coolant level service warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The coolant was refilled yet the failure would recur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the engine block was too porous, causing the coolant to leak. The vehicle had not yet been serviced and the failure persisted. The failure mileage was 67,000 and the current mileage was 72,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 012008


  • 32,100 miles
This is the sixth failure on the engine. My wife was in Maryland when the check engine light came on (this is not the 1st time). The vehicle was towed an hour away in baltimore. The throttle body failed, it was repaired and then she had to get her own ride to the dealer (we are from Ohio). This started happening after the engine was using a tremendous amount of oil. There was a recall because the factory aligned all the ring gaps in the same direction. After the engine was torn down and repaired the check engine light kicks on every 400 to 1000 miles. They have replaced the rings, computer, throttle body twice, air box and other smaller items. By the way each time this happens the engine goes into limp mode and doesn't go above thirty miles an hour. This is real safe at highway speeds.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #1

May 172006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Loss of power at highway speed 4 times on 5/17/2006, 4/17/2006. 04/7/2006/and 4/03/2006. Serviced each time by Saab dealer with assistance from national technical. Problems continued. Made request for re-purchase under lemon laws of St of wa. Car re-purchased by Saab usa.

- X, WA, USA

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