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SAAB 9-3 - 2007 SAAB 9-3 Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 149 complaints filed for the 2007 SAAB 9-3

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2007 SAAB 9-3. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2007 SAAB 9-3, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ENGINE

3/24/2014 - SHELBY TWP., MI
DURING COLDER STARTS, THE ENGINE WILL TAKE MUCH LONGER THAN IT SHOULD TO START. EITHER IT WILL TRY AND CRANK UNTIL IT DOES OR IT WILL CRANK AND STALL. USUALLY A FEW TRIES AND IT WILL CLEAR UP ONCE THE ENGINE IS WARM. I THINK THIS MIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH THE INTAKE VALVES BEING WARN OUT PREMATURELY. MANY OTHER SAAB OWNERS IN THE SAME FEW YEARS AND MILEAGE ARE HAVING THIS PROBLEM.

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POWER TRAIN

3/24/2014 - SHELBY TWP., MI
DURING COLDER STARTS, THE ENGINE WILL TAKE MUCH LONGER THAN IT SHOULD TO START. EITHER IT WILL TRY AND CRANK UNTIL IT DOES OR IT WILL CRANK AND STALL. USUALLY A FEW TRIES AND IT WILL CLEAR UP ONCE THE ENGINE IS WARM. I THINK THIS MIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH THE INTAKE VALVES BEING WARN OUT PREMATURELY. MANY OTHER SAAB OWNERS IN THE SAME FEW YEARS AND MILEAGE ARE HAVING THIS PROBLEM.

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POWER TRAIN

2/23/2014 - GARDEN CITY, NY
UPON START, ROUGH IDLE AND MISFIRES. OCCASIONAL STALLING. DEFECT TRACED TO METALLURGICAL ISSUES IN THE INTAKE VALVES OF THE VEHICLE CAUSING AN IMPROPER SEAL WHEN THE ENGINE IS COLD.

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ENGINE

2/23/2014 - GARDEN CITY, NY
UPON START, ROUGH IDLE AND MISFIRES. OCCASIONAL STALLING. DEFECT TRACED TO METALLURGICAL ISSUES IN THE INTAKE VALVES OF THE VEHICLE CAUSING AN IMPROPER SEAL WHEN THE ENGINE IS COLD.

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ENGINE

1/22/2014 - MOUNT KISCO , NY
BEGAN HAVING ISSUES STARTING, AND MISFIRES, AND FINALLY ENGINE LOST COMPRESSION BUT STILL ABLE TO START WHEN WEATHER WAS WARM. NOV -DEC 2011 NO START OR HARD START IN WEATHER BELOW 35F,LOCAL SERVICE SHOP SAID NEEDED NEW ENGINE, NO COMPRESSION WHEN SAT FOR LONG PERIODS OR EXTERIOR TEMP BELOW 35F APPROX 94,000 MILE. DEC 2011- CALLED SAAB BUT BANKRUPT SO NO CUSTOMER SERVICE, REACHED OUT TO GM CORPORATE REGARDING WARRANTY AND WAS TOLD NOT HONORING THEM SINCE BANKRUPTCY. JAN 2012 -2ND OPINION BY INDY SAAB FOCUSED SERVICE CENTER. THOUGHT WRONG OIL WAS PUT IN AND WITH PROPER OIL CAR, NEW SPARK PLUGS, FUEL PUMP, ETC STARTED EVEN IN COLD WEATHER, BUT STILL MISFIRED AND ROUGH IDLE AND HAD TO START IN COLD HAD MILD WINTER.JAN 2013- SAME NO START IN COLD AND COMPRESSION TEST AGAIN AND COLD TEST SHOWED NO COMPRESSION IN ALL CYLINDERS. HARD TO START WHEN OUTSIDE TEMP WAS BELOW 30F AND TESTED COMPRESSION AGAIN AND LOSS OF COMPRESSION, AND RAN SEA FOAM THROUGH ENGINE TO REMOVE CARBON BUILDUP UPON SUGGESTION FROM WEBSITE BOARD, OTHERS HAVING ISSUES WITH GM MOTORS! NOT SPECIFIC TO SAAB. STILL RANDOMLY STARTED CAR EVER 6 HOURS WHEN TEMP DROPPED BELOW 28F. MAR 2013- DID ANOTHER TOP ENGINE CLEANING WITH SEA FOAM, MILD WEATHER UNTIL DECEMBER. DEC 4TH 2013-AGAIN HARD START IN COLD WEATHER DID ANOTHER TOP ENGINE CLEANING WITH SEA FOAM.JAN 8, 2014- TEMP OUTSIDE 22F NO START AGAIN AFTER SITTING FOR 6 HOURS, BATTERY DEAD FROM CRANKING, CAR TOWED, AND NO COMPRESSION AGAIN, ANOTHER 2 CYCLES TOP ENGINE CLEANING, CAR STARTED AFTER SITTING IN SHOP OVERNIGHT. JAN 22, 2014- TEMP OUTSIDE 16F, SAT IDLE FOR 8 HOURS, NO START AGAIN, BATTERY DIED FROM CRANKING, CAR TOWED TO SHOP, WAITING ON DIAGNOSIS. FOUND MENTION OF SPNA TECHNICAL BULLETIN DATED 12/17/2013 HARD STARTING COLD W/ ENGINE MISFIRE AND LOW COMPRESSION 9-3 B207 AND IT DESCRIBED MY ISSUE PERFECTLY. REACHING OUT LOCAL SAAB/GM SERVICE CENTER.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

1/22/2014 - MOUNT KISCO , NY
BEGAN HAVING ISSUES STARTING, AND MISFIRES, AND FINALLY ENGINE LOST COMPRESSION BUT STILL ABLE TO START WHEN WEATHER WAS WARM. NOV -DEC 2011 NO START OR HARD START IN WEATHER BELOW 35F,LOCAL SERVICE SHOP SAID NEEDED NEW ENGINE, NO COMPRESSION WHEN SAT FOR LONG PERIODS OR EXTERIOR TEMP BELOW 35F APPROX 94,000 MILE. DEC 2011- CALLED SAAB BUT BANKRUPT SO NO CUSTOMER SERVICE, REACHED OUT TO GM CORPORATE REGARDING WARRANTY AND WAS TOLD NOT HONORING THEM SINCE BANKRUPTCY. JAN 2012 -2ND OPINION BY INDY SAAB FOCUSED SERVICE CENTER. THOUGHT WRONG OIL WAS PUT IN AND WITH PROPER OIL CAR, NEW SPARK PLUGS, FUEL PUMP, ETC STARTED EVEN IN COLD WEATHER, BUT STILL MISFIRED AND ROUGH IDLE AND HAD TO START IN COLD HAD MILD WINTER.JAN 2013- SAME NO START IN COLD AND COMPRESSION TEST AGAIN AND COLD TEST SHOWED NO COMPRESSION IN ALL CYLINDERS. HARD TO START WHEN OUTSIDE TEMP WAS BELOW 30F AND TESTED COMPRESSION AGAIN AND LOSS OF COMPRESSION, AND RAN SEA FOAM THROUGH ENGINE TO REMOVE CARBON BUILDUP UPON SUGGESTION FROM WEBSITE BOARD, OTHERS HAVING ISSUES WITH GM MOTORS! NOT SPECIFIC TO SAAB. STILL RANDOMLY STARTED CAR EVER 6 HOURS WHEN TEMP DROPPED BELOW 28F. MAR 2013- DID ANOTHER TOP ENGINE CLEANING WITH SEA FOAM, MILD WEATHER UNTIL DECEMBER. DEC 4TH 2013-AGAIN HARD START IN COLD WEATHER DID ANOTHER TOP ENGINE CLEANING WITH SEA FOAM.JAN 8, 2014- TEMP OUTSIDE 22F NO START AGAIN AFTER SITTING FOR 6 HOURS, BATTERY DEAD FROM CRANKING, CAR TOWED, AND NO COMPRESSION AGAIN, ANOTHER 2 CYCLES TOP ENGINE CLEANING, CAR STARTED AFTER SITTING IN SHOP OVERNIGHT. JAN 22, 2014- TEMP OUTSIDE 16F, SAT IDLE FOR 8 HOURS, NO START AGAIN, BATTERY DIED FROM CRANKING, CAR TOWED TO SHOP, WAITING ON DIAGNOSIS. FOUND MENTION OF SPNA TECHNICAL BULLETIN DATED 12/17/2013 HARD STARTING COLD W/ ENGINE MISFIRE AND LOW COMPRESSION 9-3 B207 AND IT DESCRIBED MY ISSUE PERFECTLY. REACHING OUT LOCAL SAAB/GM SERVICE CENTER.

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ENGINE

1/6/2014 - CHARLOTTE, NC
IN COLD WEATHER (SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING AT THE TIME) VEHICLE STARTED BUT IDLED VERY ROUGHLY. DROVE DOWN STREET AND WHILE COASTING ENGINE WAS IDLING AND SPUTTERED AND STALLED WITHIN 1 MINUTE OF INITIAL START. LOSS OF BRAKE ASSIST, POWER STEERING, POWER TO ACCELERATE WITH TRAFFIC. PULLED OFF TO SIDE AND RESTARTED ENGINE. AGAIN ROUGH IDLE. APPLIED GAS PEDAL AND HELD RPMS SLIGHTLY ABOVE IDLE TO WARM ENGINE. AFTER ~5 MINUTES, CAR WAS IDLING NORMALLY. NO FURTHER ISSUES ONCE ENGINE REACHED OPERATING TEMPERATURE. UPON RESEARCH SAAB/GM (SPNA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE) HAS ISSUED A NOTICE TO CERTIFIED SERVICE CENTERS THAT INTAKE VALVES ARE PREMATURELY WEARING CAUSING SEVERE ISSUES IN COLD START SITUATIONS. NOTICE IS DATED 12/17/2013 AND WAS RE-ISSUED TO EXPAND SCOPE OF MODEL YEARS KNOWN TO BE EFFECTED. THIS WARRANTS AN INVESTIGATION FOR POTENTIAL RECALL, AS NO VEHICLE SHOULD RESULT IN SUCH SIGNIFICANT DEGRADATION OF A MAJOR ENGINE COMPONENT WITH SUCH LIMITED MILES. REPAIR REQUIRES MAJOR ENGINE WORK TO REPLACE ALL INTAKE VALVES.

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SUSPENSION

11/5/2013 - CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH
DRIVER STARTED HEARING A CLUNKING SOUND ON THE LEFT FRONT SIDE. UPON GETTING BRAKE WORK DONE MECHANIC DISCOVERED THAT THE LEFT FRONT COIL SPRING HAD BROKEN. DRIVER CONTACTED THE MAZDA/SAAB DEALERSHIP OF BEDFORD, OHIO AND WAS TOLD THAT THE VEHICLE WAS COVERED IN A WARRANTY EXTENSION FOR THE COIL SPRINGS AND SCHEDULED THE REPAIR WORK. AFTER TAKING THE VEHICLE IN FOR SERVICE THE DEALERSHIP RECOGNIZED THAT THEY HAD MADE A MISTAKE AND THE WARRANTY EXTENSION WAS ONLY FOR 2003-2006, AND WOULD NOT HONOR THE REPAIR. IF THE SAME PROBLEM IS OCCURRING IN THE 2007 MODELS, THE WARRANTY EXTENSION SHOULD ALSO APPLY TO THOSE VEHICLES.

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SERVICE BRAKES

7/27/2013 - DALLAS, TX
I OWN SEVERAL SAAB 9-3S AND ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS THIS VEHICLE, AS WELL AS ANOTHER, BOTH WITH THE 6 CYLINDER, EXPERIENCE INSTANCES IN WHICH THE BRAKE PEDAL IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DEPRESS RESULTING IN PROBLEMS SLOWING OR STOPPING THE VEHICLE. THE CONDITION OCCURS PRIMARILY WHEN THE ENGINE IS COLD OR AFTER YOU HAVE ACCELERATED AND THEN ARE REQUIRED TO STOP SUCH AS IN HIGH TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

6/20/2013 - NEWPORT NEWS, VA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 SAAB 9-3. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING AT UNKNOWN SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY STALLED. THE VEHICLE WAS ABLE TO BE RESTARTED BUT THE FAILURE RECURRED SEVERAL TIMES. THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS FOUND THAT THE FUEL PUMP HAD FAILED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED ABOUT THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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