SAAB 9-3 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

SAAB 9-3 owners have reported a total of 1,683 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 (316 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2011 9-3
31
  2010 9-3
30
  2009 9-3
45
  2008 9-3
194
  2007 9-3
176
  2006 9-3
219
  2005 9-3
108
  2004 9-3
230
  2003 9-3
316
  2002 9-3
60
  2001 9-3
97
  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 (361 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (221 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of SAAB 9-3

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
361
  Electrical System
221
  Engine And Engine Cooling
215
  Suspension
184
  Seat Belt
160
  Service Brakes
86
  Power Train
72
  Other Fuel System
53
  Gasoline Fuel System
53
  Steering
39
   
  Equipment
38
  Exterior Lighting
30
  Vehicle Speed Control
29
  Structure
24
  Seats
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 315,1098    
0.76
  2010 3010,4259    
0.32
  2009 454,63510    
0.97
  2008 19419,00911    
0.93
  2007 17622,53512    
0.65
  2006 21927,40413    
0.61
  2005 10821,74914    
0.35
  2004 23029,54215    
0.52
  2003 31633,64516    
0.59
  2002 6018,10617    
0.19
  2001 9720,92218    
0.26
  2000 8217,92919    
0.24

  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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