NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,600 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 122013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Vehicle left roadway at 35mph and struck a tree. Airbag failed to deploy, driver suffered facial and teeth damage.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

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 #3

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 #2

Mar 162008


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-3. while driving 20 mph, the steering wheel locked and the vehicle stalled. No warning lights were illuminated prior to the failure. The contact crashed into a ten foot barrier. GM sent an engineer to gather evidence and survey the damage. One occupant was injured and a police report was filed. GM stated that they will take apart the vehicle to find out why it stalled and crashed. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 192007


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated. The air bag light switch was replaced by a Saab dealer. In addition, the steering wheel lock failed. The dealer informed the contact not to drive the vehicle. The ignition was replaced. There had been no further occurrences. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Pentwater, MI, USA

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