hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,761 miles

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problem #19

Dec 072017


  • 134,000 miles
First issue was front suspension coils. Replaced both. Biggest issue was once the weather became very cold, car would not start. Ended up being a victim of the bad intake valves provided by GM. Now, after a complete valve job and having the car run great from March 2017 to Dec 2017..it appears it may have a cracked block. Car never overheated. Fluids were always maintained. Looked into that and apparently there were some casting issues as well. Thanks GM.

- Marinette, WI, USA

problem #18

Feb 022015


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that the engine valves failed prematurely. The service engine indicator illuminated and the vehicle performed roughly each time the failure occurred. In addition, the springs that connected to the front struts had premature rust and corrosion, which caused it to fracture without warning. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the front coils springs and eight valves needed to be replaced. The vehicle was also inspected by a dealer (conntech Saab specialists, 180 jefferson blvd, warwick, ri 02888, (401) 738-3665). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #17

Aug 252017


  • 100,400 miles
Drivers side front coil spring rusted and broken causing loud clunking when driving. I am looking for an explanation on why safety recall 15917 only includes the years 2003-2006 when clearly the issue from reading online surpasses those years by far.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #16

Aug 122015


  • 75,000 miles
Noticed a clunking noise coming from the front left side of the car when going over bumps. Took car to mechanic and discovered that the front left coil spring was corroded and broken. The corrosion occurred at the bottom of the spring and the broken piece was sticking out of the strut assrmbly and was possibly a tire puncture hazzard. The mechanic stated that this was a common occurrence on this model Saab but is not covered by GM special coverage #15917 because that extended warranty only applies to 2003-2006 models. Why not GM??

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 302015


  • 119,852 miles
The front coil springs and strut bearings need to be replaced because both coil springs cracked/broke. There is a similar issue with other Saab model years recall 15917 and this should be expanded to cover model year 2007 as well since same problem occurring.

- Slingerlands, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 192015

9-3 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Well known problem with Saab - suspension springs breaking. They warranty it for '03 to '06 cars only. Mine is an '07. My front right spring broke. Dealers say they see a ton of them in '07's and see the posts online from '07 owners with broken springs. Saab/GM needs to get behind this and do the right thing.

- Fairfield, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 312015

9-3 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Please refer to complaint number 10691989 which pertains to driver side broken suspension coil spring. This complaint (which I'm submitting now) pertains to passenger side (right) suspension coil spring. The top of the coil spring was heavily rusted approx. 1-2 inches from the top of the spring and was at risk of breaking/snapping. Broken spring could have sliced the front tire open and caused a high speed accident.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #12

Jan 312015

9-3 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Driver side (left) suspension coil spring broke. It has rusted through approx. 2 inches from the top. It broke going through moderately uneven roads, without hitting any major potholes. Broken spring could have sliced the front tire open and caused a high speed accident. Was barely holding together at the time of replacement. Found out when started to hear clunking sounds, but could have happened at higher speed with worse consequences.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 132014


  • miles
After experiencing rattles in the front of my car, I brought my 2007 Saab 9-3 in to a mechanic to find both front coil springs corroded and cracked. Had I not had this repair done the broken coil springs could have caused a serious accident. This was a $900 repair. Another friend with a 2007 Saab 9-3 also had this repair done.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 202014


  • 91,000 miles
A noise could be heard coming from the front passenger side of the vehicle when driving over rough portion of the road. Vehicle was taken to repair center and it was discovered the front passenger coil spring had corroded and split. Currently working with dealer to verify if repair costs can be covered under any extended warranty.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #9

Mar 302014


  • 53,804 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saab 9-3. the contact stated that while driving 5 mph, a loud noise was heard from the front end of vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the springs were broken. The springs, bearings and front end suspension was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 53,804.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 102014


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Saab 9-3. the contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph there was a loud banging noise that came from the front drivers side. The contact noticed that the coil spring was broken on top of the strut on the front drivers side. The contact was able to be driven to the contacts residence. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103000.

- Lake Alfred, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 102013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
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.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 112013

9-3 4-cyl

  • 69,500 miles
Left front coil spring failure. Corresponds with existing Saab tsb for 9-3's through 2006. My 2007 is identical vehicle and equipped with the same part as earlier vehicles, but current campaign does not cover this year. It caused a drivability issue. Please review for action, this is an accident waiting to happen.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 062012


  • 89,393 miles
Left front coil spring failure. Corresponds with existing Saab tsb for 9-3's through 2006. My 2007 is identical vehicle and equipped with the same part as earlier vehicles, but current campaign does not cover this year? this makes no sense. Please expand to include all model years originally equipped with the faulty coil springs. I was lucky in that the failure on my vehicle did not tear the tire and I did not have an accident.

- Waterbury, VT, USA

problem #4

Jun 092012

9-3 4-cyl

  • 98,100 miles
Front coil spring on car has rusted through which is a common issue for 2003-2006 Saab, 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.

- Freeville, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 032012

9-3 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The suspension coil spring broke.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 192012

9-3 4-cyl

  • 49,408 miles
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).

- Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #1

May 032009


  • miles
Many 2003-2005 Saab 9-3's are unexpectedly facing their factory springs breaking while driving. This forum thread specifically shows about 10-15 people who have already encountered this dangerous problem saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?T=155844. It is absolutely unacceptable that stock factory springs are breaking on these vehicles. I suggest that you pressure Saab into putting out a recall, as everyone broke their springs while driving.

- Houston, TX, USA