SAAB 9-3 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

SAAB 9-3 owners have reported a total of 1,664 problems for their cars built in the 13 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the SAAB 9-3. The 2003 SAAB 9-3 cars have the most problems reported (314 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for SAAB 9-3

Model Year Number of Problems
  2011 9-3
30
  2010 9-3
29
  2009 9-3
44
  2008 9-3
192
  2007 9-3
176
  2006 9-3
210
  2005 9-3
107
  2004 9-3
229
  2003 9-3
314
  2002 9-3
60
  2001 9-3
96
  2000 9-3
82
  1999 9-3
95

  Common problems of SAAB 9-3

The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for SAAB 9-3 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (360 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (220 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of SAAB 9-3

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
360
  Electrical System
220
  Engine And Engine Cooling
208
  Suspension
184
  Seat Belt
157
  Service Brakes
85
  Power Train
71
  Gasoline Fuel System
53
  Other Fuel System
49
  Equipment
38
   
  Steering
38
  Exterior Lighting
30
  Vehicle Speed Control
29
  Seats
24
  Structure
24
  Tire
23
  Visibility
19
  Wheel
13
  Electronic Stability Control
10
  Unknown Or Other
9
  Parking Brake
8
  Latches/locks/linkage
7
  Air Brake
4
  Interior Lighting
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the SAAB 9-3 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across 9-3 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a SAAB 9-3 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across 9-3 Model Years

9-3
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2011 305,1097    
0.84
  2010 2910,4258    
0.35
  2009 444,6359    
1.05
  2008 19219,00910    
1.01
  2007 17622,53511    
0.71
  2006 21027,40412    
0.64
  2005 10721,74913    
0.38
  2004 22929,54214    
0.55
  2003 31433,64515    
0.62
  2002 6018,10616    
0.21
  2001 9620,92217    
0.27
  2000 8217,92918    
0.25

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the SAAB 9-3 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2011 9-3
1
  2009 9-3
1
  2008 9-3
4
  2007 9-3
8
  2006 9-3
9
  2005 9-3
7
  2004 9-3
15
  2003 9-3
66
  2002 9-3
8
  2001 9-3
1
  2000 9-3
2
  1999 9-3
10


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