Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 15:07:11 GMT
From: "Skid" <>
Subject: Re: 2003 9-3 Auto Stalling?

Old news, not to worry. This was a problem in the initial batch of 2003 9-3 Linears with the "launch package." It requires a simple software fix to the onboard computer and is done free by the dealer. The problem does not affect other 9-3 models, Arc or Vector, and all Linear models manufactured this year were updated from the factory. P.S., I noticed you also posted this query to the bulletin board at A search of old messages here or there would have turned up the answer in less time than it took to compose your post. It's a great car. Don't let your paranoia stop you from buying it. "JNGold" <> wrote in message news:beakjv$br3$ > I am writing this as a potential Saab 9-3SS customer in the coming months. I > have test drove many cars in the 9-3 class and have found your car to be the > best combination of price,features, and "fun to drive factor". > > However, I am writing this due to some of the disturbing news that has come > to my attention lately about the 9-3 Sedan. Apparently, there have been > cases of unintended stalling of the automatic transmission models when the > car is moving in traffic. I have found this information through various Saab > owner forums and also the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation on the > internet. As you probably can attest, this problem could be potentially > fatal if the car should stall in high volume/speed traffic situations. From > what I can gather from the above-listed sources, the problem seems to affect > auto transmissions only. In addition, many owners have posted on the > internet that the Saab service centers have a varied opinion as to the > source of the problem. Every thing from fuel pumps to ECU (computer control) > seems to possibly be at fault for this disturbing problem. > > Please excuse the amount of questions but I am very concerned. It would be a > shame for me to eliminate the 9-3 from my buying considerations because of a > potentially serious problem such as engine stalling. > >

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