NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,264 miles

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2007 Saab 9-3 electrical problems

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2007 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 152016


  • 80,000 miles


While driving the ignition switch turns to the off position suddenly. This happens when there are any vibrations in the car such as when I reach into and shut the center counsel, shut the glovebox, when anything even lightly grazes the key fob, when a ballon popped in my car and even when I sneeze in the car! when this happens the car completely looses power such as lights (interior and exterior), power steering, speed and basically all controls of the car are lost. The car ignition has moved to off at many speeds including 65 mph on the freeway, 50 mph, 35 mph, 25 mph and even while backing out of the driveway. This is extremely dangerous! I can't drive on the freeway because I am deathly scared my car will shut down when I hit a bump in the road. If that was to happen I would be dead in a second! this faulty ignition could cause great harm to not only myself yet to innocent people on the road. This is the second ignition switch I have put in my Saab and it has 94.5K miles on it. Saab's are famous for their electrical ignition issues and I beg the government to please step in and demand a recall. Best regards, jennifer horne

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 162015


  • 73,708 miles
I was driving my car through town and the left side of the driver's seat got so hot it burned my upper left thigh and I was trying to pull my leg out of the way and almost crashed, and when I stopped the car I saw that it had also burnt the leather seat leaving about a four and a half inch burn mark on the seat above the heater coil.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 172014


  • 99,500 miles
While attempting to install new headlights, I removed the negative on the battery. After putting the negative back on to the battery, the system has reset and has not rebooted since then. The car is in minimal driving condition, performance has significantly dropped and the steering wheel locks while driving at high speeds, the engine knocks and shakes at high speeds, there is no more turbo boost and while flooring the gas pedal, the car is hesitant to increase speed.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 012014


  • miles


2007 Saab 9-3. consumer writes in regards to ignition switch failure. Consumer has previous complaint in artemis with a different vehicle and ODI number. The consumer stated the vehicle completely shut down. The ignition switch was replaced, after being at the dealer for a week.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #7

Mar 032014

9-3 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My 2007 Saab 9-3, has incidents of not starting when I insert the key into the ignition. I get an that indicates "steering wheel lock malfunction. Pull over safely". this has happened to me while stopped at a light and while driving on the highway at speeds of 65 miles per hour. I notice that while the car is in gear, I can drive it but once I place it in park, the car will not drive. I have to turn the car off and restart it in order to move it. I am concerned for my safety if this should happen while I am driving. The car is a General Motors product however GM neglected to keep my car warranty information once they discontinued selling Saab. I can no longer get any information from GM on any recalls. I purchased my car new and it has 78,000 miles.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 032014

9-3 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I was driving my gas gage needle went all the way down, & only comes up when I actually start the vehicle. Thanks let me know please who will fix this, if there's a recall I called the dealer where I bought this vehicle and they said there's no recalls at this time hoffman Saab hartford, ct.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 272012

9-3 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


On August 27, 2012, while shopping in the mall, I came out side to the fire department putting a fire out that looks to have occurred while I was in the store. I don't understand how the care caught fire while it was parked. When I got out of the car it seemed to be fine. The fire marshall report side that it was an electrical fire that started because a defect from the manufacturer.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 102012


  • 49,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Saab 93 aero. There must have been something faulty with the wiring of my seat warmer. It had gave me a slight burn on my left bottom/leg area. Good thing I turned it off in time because I also started smelling as if an electrical fire had been starting. It smelt of burned leather and possibly other components. After contacting the dealership there where unwilling to take care of this issue for no cost but in my opinion that should be the least of there worries. This to me is a liability issue and a possible fire hazard.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 212010

9-3 6-cyl

  • 23,200 miles
2007 Saab 9-3 aero equipped with 2.8L V6 turbo engine (convertible) - engine compartment fire - (odometer - 23,200 miles) upon starting, engine ran a little rough, proceeded to Saab dealer for service - no service lights on dash - eventually lost power brakes - engine stalled and burst into flames - all happened within a one-mile distance.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012009


  • 28,000 miles
On cold engine starts (starting the car after it being at rest for a few hours), the power braking does not work for the first 1-3 minutes that the car is on. Happens consistently. First noticed months ago. Appointment scheduled for repair. Vehicle is a 2007 Saab 9-3 aero.

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 142009


  • 14,500 miles
2007 Saab 9-3, wouldn't start and had to be towed to the dealer. The error message received when inserting the key was "lock malfunction. Pull over safely". this message and the incident is identical to the problems experienced with my 2005 Saab 9-3, which had to be towed on numerous occasions because it wouldn't start. The problem happens when the key is inserted into the ignition. I know at least three other Saab owners who have experienced the same problem, one who just purchased his 2009 Saab this year. I actually filed a claim with Saab for my 2005 vehicle, VIN, file no. 71-557354191 and because this was a recurring problem with my prior vehicle I believe it will happen again with my 2007 Saab causing me considerable inconvenience and possibly putting me in danger if it happens to occur in a an unsafe location. It would appear that Saab would acknowledge this problem and notify their customers of this problem. I have checked the recall record and find no evidence that there has been any attempt by the company to recall or correct this situation. I will be taking action under the song-beverly consumer warranty act to recover the full purchase price of this vehicle because bsed on the service record and my conversations with the dealer there does not appear to be a remedy for this defect. The technicians don't seem to know why this continues to happen. It appears to be an electrical problem related to the computer.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

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