NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,100 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Saab 9-3 electrical problems

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2006 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 042009

9-3 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Wheel lock ignition module malfunction. This is the error that occurs on sid. The wheel lock release will not function correctly and the key will not start the car. Occasionally, it will take 30 minutes for the wheel lock to release and allow the car to driven. Typically, this code occurs during the summer months when the humidity is high. Reading through the Saab owner websites, this appears to be a common issue.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #6

May 062013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Two items: 1. the seatbelt failed to catch when pulled forward and would unravel and not return. The seatbelt fails to stop the passenger should there be a sudden stop. 2. both the left and right side tail light assemblies have shorted and melted at the electrical connection.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #5

Nov 182011

9-3 4-cyl

  • 87,800 miles
Intermittent problem with door locks, sometimes the driver's side, sometimes one of the other 3 doors, the door lock will not lock the door; or sometimes is the opposite where it will not unlock the door

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 192011


  • 80,000 miles


While driving at 11:30 pm on a small (paved) country road with my high beams on, my warning system indicated "left high beam failure. I continued driving and about a minute later I noticed sparks along the left side of the car. I pulled over to see what was wrong and the left head light was in flames. Within 15 minutes the entire front half/engine of the car was in flames and the entire front half of the car essentially burned to the ground.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Jul 112009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-3. while driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering failed. Immediately, the brake and accelerator pedals failed to respond and the engine stalled without warning. The engine failed to restart after several attempts. Roadside assistance was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the failure was related to the idling within the computerized system. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on two separate occasions for identical failures. The technician stated that the failures were related to the temperature sensor, which was replaced. The failure continued and the vehicle is currently being repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 40,550.

- Darin, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 042007


  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2006 Saab 9-3 aero, manual transmission, approximately 26,500 miles. Since as early as October, 2007 the instrument panel occasionally goes blank while the car is operating. This occurs in all manner of driving conditions. It is as if the car has been turned off. However, the car continues to run. When this occurs, the brake lights, turn signals, windshield wipers, radio, windows and air conditioning shut off or do not operate. On occasion, particularly when the car has been left in the sun, it will not start and the key fob will not operate the doors. The car has been at the dealer four times for this issue. They have replaced a steering cim (?) and, after the latest incident, on June 2, 2009, the ignition switch. Nonetheless, on June 7, 2009, the condition occurred again.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 182006

9-3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,900 miles
: the contact stated while driving the out of alignment steering indicator light illuminated on the dash, it illuminated continuously until the system was cleared. The dealer was vague about this problem and stated it was not necessary to have it inspected. There is a problem with the automatic doors locks and the trunk release as well. The doors lock and unlock at will and the driver's door and trunk came open on one occasion while the vehicle was being driven. The manufacturer has not been alerted. Updated 08/14/06.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

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