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2006 Saab 9-3 - YS3FH41UX61- Lilburn, GA: August 24th, 2012
Had been having problems with a very rough idle. Then when putting car into reverse from a cold start the brakes would be inoperable (brake would not press down). Throwing car into a different gear was only way to stop car. Very scary when parked on an incline one morning and reversed into traffic but couldn't stop. Took to service repair to find the brake booster needed replaced. Said this was unacceptable failure in car of this age/mileage who has very regular service record.


2000 Saab 9-3 - YS3DF78K9Y7- Bimingham, AL: August 12th, 2012
I was driving to the store when i heard boom and seen smoke and i realise the side airbag open. I did not come in contact with anything. The driver seatbelt went about a year ago, it began jam meachican saided that pulley jam.


2005 Saab 9-5 - YS3ED59A153- Seattle, WA: July 19th, 2012
Check engine light was sporadically on for about two weeks. On 7/14 coolant level low indication came on. Coolant reservoir was empty. Filled, started engine, coolant leaked in a steady stream from the car. Towed to dealer. Diagnosed ignition cassette as faulty and water valve (part servicing heater core) as faulty and the source of the leak. Check engine light was due to ignition cassette. Good there is a warning, but it could be more specific, as failure of this part shuts down the engine. Water valve leak could cause overheating. Both parts are critical and failure in a car with so little mileage is unacceptable. The ignition cassette for model years 1999-2002 was recalled due to overheating. This was reportedly fixed. Now the part that has failed in a fairly young car is not available through normal channels (saab parts usa) and shops are charging inflated prices for the part (in my case $850 as opposed to $465 list price; and my dealership claims they are not able to sell it for less. My extended warranty will not pay more than list and i am being asked to make up the difference). There is clearly a problem when a part standard to over a million vehicles is not available except from shops who have collected the parts in inventory and are now selling them on something not unlike a black market.


2004 Saab 9-3 - YS3FD79Y346- Alexandria, VA: July 19th, 2012
I have not had any prior problems with any of hte seat belts on my 2004 93 arc convertible. I was driving my car as usual on saturday, june 30, 2012 and when i came to a stop, i released my seat belt after my car was in park and i was preparing to exit the vehicle. Instead of it retracting there was a strange noise and the entire belt came unspooled. I tried to give it a little tug to rewind it, but it continued to unspool and would not retract. This was the first time that there was any problem at all with the drivers side seat belt. When i arrived at home i looked on line to see if there was any information on how to remedy this problem and after googling saab seatbelt 2 recalls immediately came up on 2004 9-3 arc models; nhtsa campaign id number: 10v043000 & nhtsa campaign id number: 04v226000 listing (general motors is recalling certain model year 2004 saab 9-3 sedans. Some of these vehicles were produced with front seat belt retractors that, over time, could fail to retract. ) i contacted the falls church, va saab dealership closest to me and was told that my car was not a sedan and therefore was not a part of either recall, but it has the same problem and description as what happened to the cars who's seat belt retractors were recalled. I was told that if i bring it in to the dealership and pay their miminum amount they would let me know how much it would be to replace my defective part. I am not understanding how the same year, same models, with the same problems are not recalled because they are convertible, but the sedans are. Clearly there may be a different set up with the seat belt configuration but the retractor part should be similar if not the same regardless of the rest. I would like to understand why my car is not covered by the recall that is still in effect. Thank you.


2003 Saab 9-5 - Y53EH49G933- New York, NY: July 19th, 2012
The contact owns a 2003 saab 9-5 equipped with hankook tires hkh405, size 225-45-17. The dot and serial numbers were not available. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for routine maintenance when the technician advised that the front tires tread was worn prematurely. The tires were replaced. The failure mileage was 12,000 updated 08-24-12 *bf


2007 Saab 9-7x - 5S3ET13SX72- Indianapolis, IN: July 11th, 2012
When the steering wheel is near locked (virtually fully engaged in a tight radius turn) the rear differential of the vehicle and wheels begin to slip, appear as though the vehicle is on gravel and wheel hop and "crow hopping" occurs and the driver is unable to make the vehicle go forward or backward under power. My wife has been complaining about this condition since we purchased the vehicle and there are tsb's from gm on the condition. I was driving the vehicle and made a tight radius turn the other day and was nearly broadsided by another vehicle as i pulled into the right away the vehicle could no longer be powered to move forward due to the condition. As the wheel is straighten the ability to move the vehicle returns. This is an intermittent condition but well documented by many drivers on the web. Please force a recall before someone is killed. The dealers seem to be well aware of the condition but apparently cannot "duplicate the condition" or so they say. I am fighting with gm (as i purchased an extended warranty from gm) to make the necessary corrections.


2004 Saab 9-3 - YS3FD79YX46- Woodbridge , VA: June 25th, 2012
The contact owns a 2004 saab 9-3 convertible. The contact stated that the front passenger seat belt would not retract. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number: 10v043000 (seat belts:front:retractor). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.


2007 Saab 9-3 - YS3FD59Y571- Freeville, NY: June 11th, 2012
Front coil spring on car has rusted through which is a common issue for 2003-2006 saabs, and gm has provided a extended warranty to cover this issue. However, for 2007 they have not. (i have never had a vehicle where the springs have broken. ) while i did not have an accident, when the spring broke, it caused a drivability issue. After searching saab forums for answers, it is apparent i am not the only one affected by this issue. Please review for possible action. This seems to me a just a accident waiting to happen. As the suspension loses 1-2" in height effecting braking distance, and if on a rough road when this could happen damage to car and the people inside.


2008 Saab 9-3 - YS3FB49Y681- Milwaukee, WI: May 22nd, 2012
I was taking a one day business trip that was about 250 miles away. The day i left the tpms said that my front passenger tire was low, so i checked and it came in about 10 psi lower than all the other tires. I got down there and settled in for the night. The next morning it was under 10 psi. I filled it up again and left for home. About half way through the trip i stopped for some lunch. I got back to the car, and the tpms lit up again. This time it was half what all the other tires were. Upon my return home, i took the car to my mechanic and he said that there was a hole on the inside sidewall. The tires only have about 33,500 miles on them. *tt


2008 Saab 9-3 - YS3FM57R681- Apple Valley, MN: May 15th, 2012
When accelerating up to highway speeds engine will slip, stutter, and misfire reducing power and causing unsafe and unpredictable merging maneuvers. Have had 3 or more visits to dealer concerning this with repairs that never fully resolving issue of bad ignition coils or engine resolve. Vehicle is 2008 saab 9-3 turbo x, a limited run of 600. *js


2005 Saab 9-5 - YS3ED45E613- Alexandria, VA: May 14th, 2012
Running lights will not turn off, even after the car is stopped and the key is out of the ignition, causing the battery to run down. *js


2007 Saab 9-7x - 5S3ET13S772- Rochester Hill , MI: April 20th, 2012
The contact owns 2007 saab 9-7x. The contact stated that she refueled the vehicle to capacity and when she started the vehicle, the fuel gauge displayed an empty reading. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 57,000.


2008 Saab 9-3 - YS3FB46Y881- Bloomfield Hills, MI: April 13th, 2012
Replaced both front coil springs at recommendation of dealer. One spring was broken completely at bottom (on driver's side), and the other was cracked (on passenger side). Spacer leafs were replaced also. I've retained the parts. Expense was not covered under warranty although the car has only 47,500 miles. It is 4 years, 5 months old. I am the original owner. Car has never been in an accident.


2007 Saab 9-3 - YS3FD79Y476- East Bridgewater, MA: April 3rd, 2012
Air bag malfunction light came on. Was told by service station that they have seen many saabs with the same issue. I have also seen many posts online with same issue. Was explained to me that it is always a module issue. To replace new could costs thousands. They have had all they have replaced rebuilt and many issues have been solved with this less expensive fix. I was advised to hold onto the service order by the garage because they have done alot of these and they will not be surprised if a recall occurs. Since saab has claimed bankruptcy does that mean nothing will be recalled? I see many complaints that warranties are not being honored. But as this is a huge safety issue would this be treated differently? This car cannot pass any safety inspection due to this issue. It only has 68,000 miles and has never given me any trouble. It just seems that this looks like a very common problem that should be addressed.


2005 Saab 9-5 - YS3ED49A453- Blue Bell, PA: March 23rd, 2012
The ignition cassette needed to be replaced.


2005 Saab 9-3 - YS3FH49YX51- Chicago, IL: March 22nd, 2012
The front-right coil spring has broken (when turning 180 degree, at 3 or 5 mph);


2007 Saab 9-3 - YS3FD46Y971- Mundelein, IL: March 20th, 2012
While driving my saab 9-3 2007 i started hearing some rattling noise from the front left suspension. I stopped the vehicle but could not see anything unusual. When i reached my garage i was able to remove the front wheel and noticed about 6 inches of the bottom spring coil was broken off from the rest of the spring. I contacted saab exchange dealer in lake bluff, illinois and was told the 2007 saab does not have any recalls related to the springs and the replacement cost would be about $1250. This is definitely a major safety issue and should be repaired by saab (gm in this case). *kb


2007 Saab 9-7x - 5S3ET13M872- Henrico, VA: March 5th, 2012
Fuel gauge does not display the correct fuel level. Fuel gauge will indicate full when tank is empty, or empty when tank is full. Has caused a check engine light on numerous occasions.


2010 Saab 9-3 - YS3FA4MY0A1- Mineral Park, CA: February 24th, 2012
The contact owns a 2010 saab 9-3. The contact stated that the vehicle surged forward while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.


2005 Saab 9-3 - YS3FB49S851- Royal Oak, MI: February 24th, 2012
A few weeks ago, i began to notice a clunking sound near front driver's side tire when going over bumps in the road. Upon investigation this week, i could see that the coil spring was broken right through the metal. I had never hears of anything like that. Mileage is approximately 77,000. Drove it to the mechanic, who confirmed that there is a broken spring. They informed me that, although the part is not expensive, there are none available, that this is a known defect, and the part is on a national backorder! I never rec'd any sort of notification from saab about this. The mechanic also said that i was incredibly lucky that the break didn't happen on the freeway, that it could have taken out the brand new front tire. I have a young daughter and i volunteer to drive other school kids on a weekly basis--this could have been catastrophic. Until a new spring is found, i was told not to drive the car, that it could blow out the tire at any time. There is no eta on the new part. Even though saab is bankrupt, there's a local dealer still in business, so i'm the wait list for the part with them as well. In the meantime, i'm stuck.