NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,100 miles

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2006 Saab 9-3 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 262009

9-3 6-cyl

  • 33,200 miles


Hard shifting, slipping of transmission when accelerating. 2006 aero V6, when cold the shifting of the automatic transmission is very stiff resulting in noises and bumps when up or down shifting in the 'auto' mode. Shifting into higher gearing at highway speeds are slow and often up and down as the transmission tries to find the correct gear range. This occurs (looking for gears) when warm. Also when warm going down hill the shifting bumps very hard to lower gears causing car to slow down dramatically. When cold, transmission sometimes will not shift up when accelerating while making a turn from a stop.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

May 152008

9-3 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
I own a 2006 Saab 9-3 aero sport combi. Two weeks ago, after the vehicle had been parked for 24 hours, I started the vehicle and placed the gear shift in reverse. The vehicle started rolling out of the drive way. The brake pedal was rock hard at the top of the stroke. It took me nearly 75 feet to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling at 2-3 mph. The vehicle is currently at the dealership because the brake booster is back ordered. This is the third time the vehicle has been in the shop for this complaint. Each time the aux. Brake booster was replaced.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

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