• Feb 4th 2008 at 3:42PM
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Saab's 9-3 Aero after five complaints were filed claiming that the Swedish sedan suddenly lost braking power. No injuries have been attributed to the defect, however, a low-speed crash might be the first recorded incident involving the 9-3.

The affected Saabs include the 2006 and 2007 9-3 Aeros equipped with the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6, some 49,932 vehicles. Alan Adler, a GM spokesperson, said that the automaker is cooperating with the federal agency, but at this point an official recall has not been filed.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      What they need is a new 9-3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Completely different platform in general--just the basic architecture is shared with the other (much longer) American Epsilons. It's pretty close to the Vectra, though.

      I (sort of) agree with you. I have a 2002 (last year of the NG900 style) and while the Epsilon 9-3 outhandles and outclasses it handily, there's little quirks that I miss:
      * No hatchback until very recently, and even then it's pretty shallow
      * Worse fuel economy (on the highway, notably) on equivalent powered models
      * The egonomics and detailing are fussy. They cleaned up the worst of interior in 06/07, but it's still overwrought. Lose the guage rings and chrome, please, and give me back my plain green dials.
      * Dropping the black moudling. Yes, it looks pretty, but it also takes dents.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I like Saab but this can't help future sales that are ready down, especially when the 2 brands that claim safety are in the news for brake problems!

      Still... waiting for 9-1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should add parachutes!After all is born from jets!smile
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love GM, I Love Saab.

      But Damn that epsilon Parts Bin GM! Damn it to hell.

      Ps. The 9-3 differentiates itself from the epsilon platform better than the other platform-mates. Completely different rear suspension.
      Stack G
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 9.3 Aero convertible and am madly in love with this car. I have to back out of my garage and, if my car is not warmed up enough, the brakes will NOT work going in reverse - it's a scarey feeling knowing you're pushing with all your might and nothing - but - of course I've worked around it and warm it up! I wonder if this is what the recall is about?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apparently it isn't important enough to report that the NHTSA is also investigating Toyota for it's Tacoma, which affects over 7 times as many vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they come out with a Viggen edition or something .. they could really do with more sales!
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to some of the marketing guys, the new Turbo-X is meant to replace the Viggen. (I don't buy it completely, since it has the same HP ratings as the Aero, but there you go.)

      I think dealers are taking orders for the limited edition Turbo-X right now.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I have had one for two years and must have a differant car then you! I bought it because I liked it, and the Highway MPGs have been over 30. Maybe you should keep yours under 90 sometime
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