NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,833 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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2006 Saab 9-3 engine problems

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2006 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 302010


  • 46,000 miles


My 2006 Saab 3 convertible only has 46,000 miles on it. We purchased it in may of 2006. Recently the "coolant level low" light kept coming on. We would top off the coolant and in about 8 days the light would be on again. The Saab dealer in guilford, ct. 06437, where I brought it to be repaired, has indicated to me that it needs a new engine because the coolant was leaking into the engine!! Saab said that they would pay $6,000 toward engine parts. I have to pay the remaining $2,000. The new engine might be rebuilt or new and only guaranteed for one year. The car will be in the shop for "at least" a week. During that time Saab is giving me a free loaner to use. I believe that my car was at danger for an engine fire because the coolant was leaking into the engine, according to Saab. The car was too new with too little mileage for such a safety hazard to occur. I have heard of other Saab having this problem and believe that Saab should pay the entire cost of the repair under a recall.

- Guilford, CT, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 182008

9-3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
The coolant reservoir has cracked three times in 16 months on my brand new Saab 9-3 aero 2006. It only has aprx. 12K miles. Saab replaces it for free, but offers not further explanation even upon request by owner. They refuse to issue a recall and this is a widespread problem with car according to service dept. On the first and most recent incident, of three incidents, there was combustion of the coolant reservoir, and resulting smoke. The vehicle is up to date on insurance, scheduled maintenance and lease payments. I have this documented on Saab service dept. Service records. I fear for my safety, daily.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

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