23rd Jun 2008, 15:02

Purchased a 2005 9-3 Arc convertible two weeks ago. Great car, fun to drive, but...

The driver's side low beam went out yesterday so I bought two new replacement lights so they would match. Today, before installing the new lights, there is no problem.

Immobilizer failure message, try restarting came up, but car was running and I had no problems driving. If so many others experiencing the immobilizer failure message have cars that won't start at all, I am worried that it is only a matter of time.

There is a loud grinding or clanking noise when I turn the steering wheel too far. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to make sharp turns so WTF?

Rubbing on back windows when lowering them.

Trunk latch does not connect properly and half the time I am driving with the trunk open message displayed.

All the reviews I read before buying this car were fantastic. I love my car (again, it's only been two weeks), but I wish I'd found this site sooner.

12th Jul 2008, 07:00

Hi, I've just had the first time experience of owning a Saab 9-3 04 plate. The car is a thrill to drive; it's only done 11k miles.

But had a few minor problems; driver's door not working, unable to lock, window not working, boot lid has a mind of its own.

It's a shame because it's a nice car all round. The electrical system is a real joke.

12th Jul 2008, 17:39

We bought a 2003 93 ARC 16 months ago with 50k miles. It now has 80k and have had one problem after another

1. Drivers window regulator

2. 1 bi-xenon burnt out, 1 burning out

3. Drivers power seat tipped back and won't come back up, got garage to fix it, they said do not tip it back again

4. Drivers seat now will not move forward or backward as well, as of this morning

5. 6 disc changer only works if it's above 60F outside

6. Both passenger window pinch protectors not working so windows roll themselves back down

7. Passengers heated seat burnt through the leather and started to catch on fire. GM did nothing

8. There is more; it just hurts my head to think about it. I hate this car!

23rd Jul 2008, 01:01

I brought an 2003 93 ARC 2 months ago, so far very happy with it. Only problem is that all the windows randomly go down while its parked, there doesn't seem to be any reason it just happens. This is my third Saab having found them to be almost bulletproof, only time will tell if this is still true?!

9th Sep 2008, 23:00

Just bought a 2005 Saab 9-3 Arc 33,000 miles. Drove it about 3 times before the car refuses to recognize the key, shows some kind of ABS warning and seems to be a victim of the immobilizer failure. The sunroof doesn't work either. The drivers side automatic seat is very quirky compared to the passengers and doesn't seem to have a full range of motion. Very disappointing, fun to drive, but the car is a complete failure so far.

I'm just glad I didn't get stranded anywhere (yet)!

9th Oct 2008, 05:01

I bought a 2003 SAAB with about 25,000kms (ex-Singapore vehicle). After I bought it, I was warned that buying from such a high humidity country might be asking for problems, but still I made the mistake of buying it. I looked at several examples, most not from the tropics, and noticed that electrical glitches seemed to be prevalent on these cars. I also noticed that MOST had what seemed to be the notorious "peeling" problem of all the surface buttons that one is expected to touch. it seemed that every button or surface had an ultra-thin layer of nice, tactile rubber that peels off and looks hideous. The car I bought was perfect, but after just a few months, looks terrible, and I can only assume the previous owner never touched anything! After 3 weeks of ownership, it drained all its power steering fluid, which I thankfully got replaced by the reluctant car yard (blown seal), and now it stopped dead with a faulty fuel pump, which I have been told by the SAAB dealership is a non-serviceable unit that will cost $1200 NZ dollars to replace! $1,900 with labour, although I might be able to get a generic replacement for $400. Great looking car, but I will NEVER buy a SAAB again, and wish I had taken the extended warranty... I never did because I thought that modern low km cars were reliable! I will buy Japanese next time, I must say, or an older car that I can fix readily. it has ruined my brief (never again!) SAAB ownership experience.

10th Nov 2008, 02:31

I have a 2003 Saab 93 Vector, and I've had every single problem that everyone has mentioned:

Immobilizer failure, which supposedly means the car thinks it's being stolen, because I think my key wouldn't work. The car was locked, so I had to call a tow truck, then the key no longer works for doors has to get a new pod I was told, has to go straight to a Saab dealer.

I've had a steering lock malfunction; the key would not turn the car off. I figured out you gotta unhook the battery for this to work again.

Just had the tranny case half done.

I've had an engine malfunction, now gotta get that fixed.

Driver's window won't work any more.

Moon roof doesn't open all the way.

Sometimes no sensor on the windows.

Gas sensor doesn't work, and much more.

Thought these cars were supposed to be made to last. Problem after problem. Saab should do something about this, cause it's not just my car I know now!!!

1st Dec 2008, 18:13

I have a Saab 2003 9-3 with about 50,000 miles. For a number of years, I periodically have electrical problems when the engine is cold, e.g., the following systems won't work: power windows, windshield wipers, radio, heater. The dealer can't figure out what is wrong and they charge hundreds of dollars not to find anything. Does anybody know what is wrong with my car? Thanks.

2nd Dec 2008, 10:19

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22nd Jan 2009, 07:19

I bought a 2003 Saab 9-3 Arc about 2 years ago and have come across the following problems:

-Sometimes the fans for the heat/ac do not come on. This is a real pain in the winter as I cannot get my windows to clear. Restarting doesn't seem to work. It usually takes the car sitting for a few hours before I can try again and it will work.

-Driver's side door lock no longer works with automatic locks... I need to manually lock and unlock it.

-Windows seem to have a mind of their own. The driver window will not utilize "auto" feature to go up. It goes all the way up then comes back down about 2 inches. I have to put it up again and try to catch it in the right place to make it stay up. The other 3 windows will not go auto-up anymore (they go down with the auto feature but I have to hold the switch to put them up).

Any advice?

1st Mar 2009, 23:22

Hello everybody. I read some all the comments posted and trying to compare to mine.

I have 2003 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, the new model. Now I've got 72000 miles on it and now is the time when I started to have the most of the problems.

I saw that almost everybody has the problem with windows and locks, well me too. Sometimes when you try to close it, it goes up and then down or other way around. But let me tell you one thing about windows: if you disconnect the battery for a while, then you have too program the windows,. What I mean is, open the window all the way down and then close it, but hold it up and you should hear a BEEP, that means it recorded it - do it to all the windows.

But I still have problem with my driver side lock, I can't unlock the doors or lock... can only do it by reaching the passenger side door lock button.

Main problem I've got is the alarm, only in winter I have that problem, the alarm goes off anytime, even at night, but what I did, I disconnected the fuse for alarm/horn, and now it only blinks the flashers but it's OK, because it turns off after couple minutes, but now I don't have a horn,.. but like I said everything is alright in summer - put the fuse back in and then you have alarm and horn.

Recently I got the gear box failure problem. Don't know what to do yet, but from the reading it looks like I have to replace the trans "Sucks". But if you get this message and it doesn't let you switch the gears from park to drive: turn off the engine, then turn the key on but do not start the car, hit the brake, put it in neutral and then start it up and go to drive or reverse. That's what helped me, but who know what's going to happen next.

Electrical problems are the main issue with these cars.

Overall, a fast and gorgeous looking car.