Headlights Problems of SAAB 9-3

SAAB 9-3 owners have reported 18 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of SAAB 9-3 based on all problems reported for the 9-3.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 SAAB 9-3 1
Failure Date: 11/29/2017

The headlights in my vehicle started flickering and shut off while driving in the dark a few days ago. After safely parking the car, I investigated and found that the housings are designed to be unservicable but I was able to investigate and found that nearly all of the internal wiring shielding had cracked and fallen off (please see attached photos, I appologize about the quality). The headlights failing without notice created a very dangerous blackout scenario which could have very easily resulted in serious injury and/or death due to manufacturing defect and by no fault by or prior warning to the operator. I was lucky!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 SAAB 9-3 2
Failure Date: 01/06/2015

Low beam headlights are so dim that the vehicle can not be safely driven at night. High beam work great.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 SAAB 9-3 3
Failure Date: 03/26/2013

The low beam headlights are not bright. Took it to a SAAB dealer, was told that the wiring that turns of the headlights were burnt and ready to catch fire. Was told this would cost about $1000. Did some research and found this is not only common, but every SAAB 9-3 has this problem. If this is such a bad thing, then why are there no recalls and this a concern?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 SAAB 9-3 4
Failure Date: 04/06/2010

1. Use of high beams 2. If I do not use the high beams the low beam lights never fail 6 month trial just finished. 3. Replaced the headlight failure relay as this is what my mechanic does for all his customers with no satisfactory results. When using highbeams replacing 6 bulbs every six months I have replaced 14 bulbs since I bought the car last Jan. 09 my wife's 2004 SAAB 9-3 has the same problem.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 SAAB 9-3 5
Failure Date: 03/11/2010

Ongoing during routine driving: the headlights on my 2005 SAAB 9-3 burn out on approximately a monthly basis requiring replacement of the bulb. According to knowledgeable sources this is due to a corrosion issue with the headlight sockets known to the manufacturer and service providers. This is a safety concern due to the fact that when one headlight bulb burns out - the other headlight bulb burns out shortly thereafter exposing me to four occurrences where I have lost illumination in both headlights while driving at night. In addition, the headlight sockets are of poor construction as I have had two occurrences of one of the three tabs which secure the headlight socket into the headlight assembly break off. This initially creates a situation where the headlight bulb moves out of alignment causing improper illumination of the roadway ahead. Ultimately, the broken tab on the socket leads to bulb failure due to vibration associated with vehicle operation. Replacement sockets available from the manufacturer are of the same construction and the underlying issues have not been addressed.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 SAAB 9-3 6
Failure Date: 01/26/2010

The halogen headlights on the SAAB 9-3, from 2003 through present, do not adequately illuminate the roadway. This type of headlight lamp design is known as a "projector beam" & is a different concept than traditional headlights. They're designed to better illuminate road signs & peripheral road markers, which they do, but as far as the primary purpose of headlights, (to illuminate the roadway in front of the vehicle) they are inadequate & only extend light about 40' down the roadway, which is not nearly enough to drive safely at night. Please note that this complaint is only regarding the lowbeam halogen headlights, as both the highbeams & optional xenon type headlights are more than adequate. The irony of this problem is that the SAAB 9-3 is among the very safest cars available today, from a crash test perspective, but nighttime visibility is a separate safety related issue which I've never seen test results for. My family has owned Saabs exclusively for the last 30 years & haven't had this headlight problem until we purchased a SAAB model 9-3, of which we now own 2: an '04 & an '07, both of which suffer from the same problem. . Read more...

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 SAAB 9-3 7
Failure Date: 10/18/2009

The contact owns a 2004 SAAB 9-3. The contact stated that the low beam headlights were progressively becoming more dim over the last two years, reducing visibility. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that this failure was a known issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 48,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 SAAB 9-3 8
Failure Date: 10/03/2009

Low beam head lamp failure in 2007, SAAB 9-3 2. 0t sport sedan. In 42k miles I have replaced the head lamps 4 times. It usually occurs only on the left head lamp. This past Saturday, oct 3, 2009, I lost the left one in the morning and the right one in the evening. I had no low beams and had to drive 25 miles home, at night time with considerable city traffic, with my high beams. The dealer has explained to me that there is an electrical surge when starting the car that can blow the filaments in the bulbs because they come on as drls when the key turned to the on position. Their "fix" for this is to reprogram the car to disable the drls and auto turn on of the headlights.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 SAAB 9-3 9
Failure Date: 04/23/2009

Drivers side low beam is dim. Dealer found the low beam bulbs were overheating. Replaced low beam bulbs and reprogrammed the electrical center under the hood with new software to prevent the headlight bulbs from overheating.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 SAAB 9-3 10
Failure Date: 04/20/2008

Purchased SAAB 9-3 2007 brand new. Nearly immediately the headlights kept going out. I found myself replacing them often and twice was pulled over by police when I hadn't realized and had just replaced the passenger side headlight. Also got one key at the time of purchase. The a/c wasn't working well so finally took it to the SAAB dealer in santa fe, nm in 2008 with complaints. They were to get me a second key, fix the a/c, check the leather on front seat and figure out what was wrong with electrical and headlights going out. The electric panel, indicating problems, was not working properly. They took my one key and told me they would be in touch as it was still under warranty. After a few days of a rental, I contacted and no one answered. I drove out to the dealership and no cars. A woman sitting inside at a simple desk in empty gm/SAAB showroom. She said they were all shocked, had no warning as employees and the dealership was gone no records on my car. No other dealer picking it up as they didn't have SAAB specialist. Long story short, I never got help from anyone, never got the repairs, never got the promised second key and have been driving it ever since. It enrages me. All under warranty! no complaints or letters have been answered. I was shocked they got away with it. Oh and the electric panel cover was gone as well. Lost. How they got away with all this is unknown. The leather on the driver's seat started cracking and peeling the first year! I put expensive leather conditioners on as well. Nothing. I am still furious and still have the car. No corporate offices would help either. I finally gave up. .

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 SAAB 9-3 11
Failure Date: 02/03/2007

Headlights. . I have replaced the headlight bulbs 3 times in one year. Currently the driver side headlights, side light lower bumper, and light within the headlight assembly have blown. There seems to a an electrical problem with the headlights as they continue to blow out. . Short lights as high beam are okay. I have purchased the light bulbs in autozone, pepboys and oem to ensure that its not vendor supplier issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 SAAB 9-3 12
Failure Date: 06/01/2006

: the caller stated, the ignition switch would not start the vehicle. When the vehicle was towed to the dealership, the battery was replaced. However, nothing was done about the rusted wiring to the ignition. The manufacturer was contacted by a letter. The emergency brake was locked and would not release, the horn did not work, the low head beam failed. The tires were defective, the alarm would sound without warning. Updated 07/25/06.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 SAAB 9-3 13
Failure Date: 03/11/2006

I had my headlights changed at 65k because the beam was getting to low and it was hard to see at night. While the lights were getting changed the mechanic told me that the wires connecting the light to the car were melting. Three months later at 80k the driver side headlight low beam finally died. The sid says low beam failure, which is due to the melting of the wires.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 SAAB 9-3 14
Failure Date: 06/17/2005

My SAAB has had a litany of problems since I have owned the car. It all started with little items. Ignition wouldn't start the car. Head lights burnt out. Dash peeling, door handles discoloring, emergency brake getting stuck and being able to operate my car. Engine warning light because my gas cap wasn't on correct. Steering wheel locking while I was driving. Wheel lock light remaining on while I was driving. Brakes replaced due to factory retro fit. Seat belts being recalled. Computer constantly needing to be replaced so the car would function. Electronic key failing so I couldn't start my car. My car is a 5 speed and the shifter handle has an continues to come off in my hand. A minimum of 3 fuses needing to be replaced. The dash board goes blank at times showing no functions of the car. Window wouldn't go up or down and required the regulator to be replaced. Erractic idle. Service engine light comes on but, dealer doesn't know why. Brakes needed to be replaced at 30,000 miles and rotors too.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 SAAB 9-3 15
Failure Date: 12/30/2003

Twice while stopping at a stop light my car has stalled. It has stalled once while driving in traffic at about 35 mph. It has also gotten stuck in park twice afrter I start it. The sid says gear box malfunctioned. The lights burn out and the interior is falling apart. This car has 17,000 miles in it.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 SAAB 9-3 16
Failure Date: 11/15/2003

Headlights was too low which caused difficulty in driving at night. There was noise in the rear while backing and turning (the dealer could not find the problem), the onstar feature would not work and was intermittent, the seat belt light had come on and would go off intermittently (unable to duplicate), need service soon light would come on (unable to be duplicated), the squeal in the rear, could have also been linked to salt and sand in the rotors, the trunk would not stay open, the head lights were found to be out of adjustment, and the pads had rust on them.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 SAAB 9-3 17
Failure Date: 08/05/2003

While driving and without warning headlights dim, inhibiting the driver's visibility. Cause of problem has yet to be determined.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 SAAB 9-3 18
Failure Date: 07/04/2003

Message of "headlight leveling malfunction, contact SAAB dealer" came up on car computer. Taken to dealer immediately. Came up during the day so was unaware if there was a lighting system malfunction.

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