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SAAB 9-3 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



SAAB 9-3 owners have reported 1,467 problems for their cars built in the 13 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of SAAB 9-3. The 2003 SAAB 9-3 cars have the most problems reported (310 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2011 9-3
16
  2010 9-3
20
  2009 9-3
35
  2008 9-3
141
  2007 9-3
139
  2006 9-3
160
  2005 9-3
94
  2004 9-3
225
  2003 9-3
310
  2002 9-3
60
  2001 9-3
96
  2000 9-3
79
  1999 9-3
92

  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 (247 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (209 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 older model year SAAB 9-3 to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. 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 implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    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 result is 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 165,1095    
0.63
  2010 2010,4256    
0.32
  2009 354,6357    
1.08
  2008 14118,8338    
0.94
  2007 13922,5359    
0.69
  2006 16027,40410    
0.58
  2005 9421,74911    
0.39
  2004 22529,54212    
0.63
  2003 31033,64513    
0.71
  2002 6018,10614    
0.24
  2001 9620,92215    
0.31
  2000 7917,92916    
0.28

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

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

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' 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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