NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,125 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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2007 Saab 9-3 steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Saab 9-3 Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

Feb 262014

9-3 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2007 Saab has issue with driver steering lock and driver air bag failure. When I driver on highway I get notice steering wheel lock. I have not have the wheel lock yet while I am driving on highway but I did complete stop several time when notice on dash board light up where the steering locks up after I stop and turn off the car. I brought in the car to GM dealer and error on system computer and they said no issue. For a 2008 automotive less than 100,000 miles to have air bag failure is very odd. Dealers want to replace the air bag which cost about $1300. Which is expensive for 6 to 7 year old car to have to fix possible GM manufacture defects and their own quality control.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Feb 052010


  • 32,000 miles
2007 Saab 9-3 was being driven at normal speeds on a residential street. Driver noticed shudder in steering wheel twice, then at the right next turn the driver's side front wheel turn 90 degrees outward from forward direction and the car was inoperable. Axle was detached from the driveshaft. Car taken to Saab dealer, who reported a bolt on the steering linkage may have sheared off, causing the failure.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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