2000 SAAB 9-3 SE 2.0 turbo from North America
Never had problems until now
I love this car. I bought this car early last year 2006. I really never had any major problems with it. I've maintained it very well. Until just recently about 2 weeks ago.
I went home for lunch from work. The car was working perfectly fine at this point. Then, as I'm leaving to go back to work, it doesn't want to turn on (I didn't leave any lights on in the car at all, nothing left open etc). I get a jump and right away it starts like normal. Didn't think nothing of it. No more problems, so I thought, until 2 days later.
My car wouldn't start unless I got a jump, so I did and now my car shut off as I was driving. That happened twice. I got it towed, also twice that day.
The place I took it to get checked out, swore it was the battery. Got a new battery and nope, not the problem, because the exact same thing is still happening. I asked if it could be anything else fuel system etc. they said they checked everything, whole electrical system and everything looked good.
So now my car is sitting at home and I have no idea what the problem can be. I want to take it to the Saab dealership, but I know that's going to cost me an arm & a leg. If anyone else has any idea what this problem may be, please contact me asap. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd June, 2007
Maybe check the alternator?.. if the battery is new.
Definately check the Alternator. If you can remove it yourself, you can take it in and have it tested for free at some auto supply stores like Advance Auto, Oreillys, Pepboys, It sounds to me like the alternator!!!
Mine is a 1999 with 108k on it. The exact same thing happen to my car a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was the battery, so I put in a new one. One week later, the battery died. I took it to my mechanic, and he didn't see anything wrong with it and the alternator is charging fine. He asked me to leave the car with him for a few days for a thorough check up. I need the car everyday, so haven't done it yet. In the meantime, I use a battery booster to jump start the car. Once it starts, it runs for a few days. I am trying to research this issue online to get an idea. If I find out anything that sounds right, I will come back and post it. Good luck.