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SAAB 9-3 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

SAAB 9-3 owners have reported a total of 1,596 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 (311 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2011 9-3
27
  2010 9-3
26
  2009 9-3
41
  2008 9-3
175
  2007 9-3
169
  2006 9-3
193
  2005 9-3
98
  2004 9-3
225
  2003 9-3
311
  2002 9-3
60
  2001 9-3
96
  2000 9-3
81
  1999 9-3
94

  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 (338 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (212 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of SAAB 9-3

  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 275,1096    
0.88
  2010 2610,4257    
0.36
  2009 414,6358    
1.11
  2008 17518,8399    
1.03
  2007 16922,53510    
0.75
  2006 19327,40411    
0.64
  2005 9821,74912    
0.38
  2004 22529,54213    
0.59
  2003 31133,64514    
0.66
  2002 6018,10615    
0.22
  2001 9620,92216    
0.29
  2000 8117,92917    
0.27

  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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