2nd Generation (2003—2011) 9-3 Problems

This generations ranks 11th out of 11 Saab generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (26%), brakes (13%), and the electrical (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Running Roughly 1 complaints at an average of 124,000 miles in the 2007 Saab 9-3.
  2. Chip in Key Went Out Very Expensive Fix 1 complaints at an average of 89,000 miles in the 2003 Saab 9-3.
  3. Premature Battery Failure 1 complaints at an average of 941 miles in the 2008 Saab 9-3.

What 9-3 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Saab model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 0 4 46 0.0
2010 0 4 54 0.0
2009 0 3 236 0.0
2008 8 3 44 4.89
2007 5 3 37 1.91
2006 6 3 39 1.72
2005 1 3 32 0.29
2004 0 6 31 0.0
2003 3 5 42 1.61

Watch out for these common problems

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