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Owner’s Manual
Saab 9-3 Model Year 2009
Safety 11
Security 47
9-3 Convertible 61
Instruments and controls 81
Interior equipment 117
Starting and driving 149
Car care 201
Customer Assistance and Information 277
Technical data 283
Index 297
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    Owner’s Manual
    Saab 9-3 Model Year 2009
    Safety
    Security
    9-3 Convertible
    Instruments and controls
    Interior equipment
    Starting and driving
    Car care
    Customer Assistance and Information
    Technical data
    Index

    11
    47
    61
    81
    117
    149
    201
    277
    283
    297



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    Introduction
    This manual provides practical guidance on
    driving and caring for your Saab.
    Although this manual describes the most
    important differences between model variants, it does not specify the equipment or
    features included on individual models.
    Importation and distribution of Saab automobiles, spare parts and accessories are
    handled exclusively by Saab Cars USA, Inc.
    in the United States and by General Motors
    of Canada Limited in Canada.
    We recommend that you read through the
    manual before taking the car out for the first
    time and keep it in the car for future reference.

    To find a specific item, use the overviews
    given at the start of the manual. A list of
    content is given at the beginning of each
    section of the manual, and there is also a
    comprehensive index at the back of the
    book.
    Supplied with the car is a Warranty and Service Record booklet which contains important warranty information and specifies the
    regular maintenance to be carried out. Also
    included is a Quick Reference Guide, an
    Infotainment System manual, tire warranties and (U.S. customers), a dealer directory
    with Roadside Assistance Program information.

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all
    cars (can depend on model variant, engine
    variant, market specification, options or
    accessories).
    If you have any questions concerning your
    car, its equipment, the warranty conditions,
    etc., your Saab dealer will be pleased to
    help, or you may call the Saab Customer
    Assistance Center in the U.S. at
    1-800-955-9007 or email them at
    saab-crm@saabusa.com. In Canada,
    please contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-263-1999.
    Enjoy the road ahead!

    WARNING
    Failure to heed warnings may cause personal injury.

    NOTICE
    NOTICE texts warns of potential damage
    to the car if the recommendations are not
    followed.
    Since the policy at Saab is one of continual
    improvement, we retain the right to incorporate modifications and to alter specifications
    during production without prior notice.

    Saab Automobile AB
    Saab Automobile AB does not accept liability for
    any damage caused by the fitting of spare parts,
    exchange parts or accessories that are not
    approved by Saab Automobile AB.



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    Instrument panel

    Fuel gauge __________________
    Odometer and trip meter ________
    Speedometer ________________
    Tachometer __________________
    Temperature gauge____________
    Turbo gauge _________________
    Warning and indicator lights _____
    Saab Information Display (SID)___

    89
    90
    87
    87
    88
    88
    82
    89

    Cruise Control ___________ 169
    Direction indicators _______ 101
    High/Low beam switch ____ 99

    Changing bulbs __________ 218
    Front fog lights___________ 100
    Headlight levelling ________ 98
    High/low beam __________ 99
    Parking lights____________ 98
    Rear fog light____________ 101

    Power Outlet _________________
    Cigarette lighter _______________

    134
    134

    Washers and wipers______
    Washer fluid ____________
    Replacing wiper blades ___

    103
    217
    216

    Automatic climate control __
    Hazard warning lights_____
    Seat heating, ACC _______
    Car care and maintenance _

    107
    102
    114
    273



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    Exterior
    Moonroof_______________
    Touching up paintwork ____
    Washing _______________
    Waxing and polishing _____
    Anti-corrosion treatment ___
    Service program _________
    Body __________________

    Maximum loads _______________
    Mounting holes for roof carriers ___
    Roof load ____________________

    284
    192
    192

    128
    270
    267
    270
    271
    278
    270

    Brake lights _____________ 225
    Light switches ___________ 97
    Taillights _______________ 225
    Changing bulbs __________ 218

    Folding down the rear seat _
    Lighting ________________
    Load-through hatch_______
    Spare wheel ____________
    Tools __________________
    Trunk __________________

    136
    225
    138
    140
    140
    136

    Towing_________________ 193
    Towing hook eyes ________ 193
    Towing a trailer __________ 188

    Braking _____________________
    Changing wheels ______________
    Spare wheel _________________
    Tire pressure ________________
    Tires _______________________
    Wheels _____________________
    Winter driving ________________

    170
    258
    256
    291
    240
    288
    185

    Hood _______________________
    Washing the engine bay_________

    202
    267

    High/Low beam switch ____
    Direction indicators_______
    Front lights _____________
    Headlight levelling (xenon) _
    Headlight switches _______
    Headlight washers _______
    Changing bulbs _________

    97
    101
    220
    98
    97
    217
    218

    Central locking __________
    Child safety locks ________
    Lock buttons ____________
    Trunk lock ______________

    48
    52
    48
    51

    Economical motoring _____
    Fuel filler door __________
    Fuel gauge _____________
    Fuel grade _____________
    Refueling ______________

    183
    156
    89
    287
    156



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    Interior

    Interior rear view mirror _________
    Vanity mirror _________________
    Door mirrors__________________

    123
    132
    122

    Airbag _________________ 32
    Steering wheel adjustment _ 118

    Interior light switches ___________
    Moonroof ____________________
    Interior lighting: changing bulbs ___

    131
    128
    231

    Safety belts ____________
    Airbag_________________
    Child safety locks ________
    Child seats _____________
    Safety belt care _________

    12
    32
    52
    24
    266

    Glove box ______________
    Storage compartments____

    134
    134

    Automatic transmission ___
    Changing gears _________
    Manual transmission _____

    162
    161
    161

    Fuses _________________ 233

    Electric windows _________ 119

    Safety belts __________________
    Child seats __________________
    Folding down the rear seat ______
    Rear seat____________________
    Seat adjustment ______________
    Seat heating _________________
    Upholstery care _______________

    12
    24
    136
    136
    18
    114
    266

    Ignition switch ________________
    Starting the engine ____________
    Power Outlet _________________
    Break-In Period _______________
    Driving in hot/cold climates ______
    Parking brake_________________
    Parking _____________________

    150
    152
    134
    160
    185
    177
    177



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    Engine bay, 4-cyl

    Oil grade and viscosity__________
    Engine: description ____________
    Engine: technical data __________
    Important considerations for driving

    Color code______________
    Engine number __________
    Gearbox number _________
    Warning labels __________
    Vehicle identification number

    292
    292
    292
    8
    292

    Ignition system __________
    Alternator_______________
    Drive belt _______________
    Exhaust emission control __
    Simple troubleshooting (ACC)
    Spark plugs _____________
    Turbo gauge ____________

    287
    215
    215
    154
    273
    287
    88

    286
    203
    286
    153

    Engine oil: checking level __ 208

    Automatic transmission _________
    Manual transmission ___________

    162
    161

    Power steering________________
    Fluid: checking/topping up _______

    213
    213

    Coolant: checking/topping-up ____ 210
    Driving in hot climates __________ 187
    Radiator_____________________ 286
    Temperature gauge ____________
    88

    ABS brakes_____________
    Brake pads _____________
    Brake system ___________
    Brake fluid______________

    170
    212
    287
    212

    Fuse table _____________
    Changing a fuse _________
    Fuses _________________
    Relays ________________

    238
    233
    233
    238

    Wash/wipe stalk switch____
    Washer fluid ____________
    Washer jets ____________
    Topping-up fluid _________

    103
    217
    217
    217

    Battery ______________________
    Jump starting _________________
    Battery charge ________________

    214
    197
    214



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    Engine bay, 2.8 V6

    Oil grade and viscosity__________
    Engine: description ____________
    Engine oil: topping up __________
    Engine: technical data __________
    Important considerations
    for driving ___________________

    286
    203
    208
    286

    292
    292
    292
    8
    292

    Ignition system __________
    Exhaust emission control __
    Drive belt _______________
    Simple troubleshooting (ACC)
    Alternator_______________
    Turbo gauge ____________
    Spark plugs _____________

    287
    154
    215
    273
    215
    88
    287

    Automatic transmission _________
    Manual transmission ___________

    162
    161

    Engine oil: checking level________

    286
    210
    187
    88

    ABS brakes_____________
    Brake pads _____________
    Brake system ___________
    Brake fluid______________

    171
    287
    170
    212

    Fuse table______________
    Changing a fuse _________
    Fuses _________________
    Relays ________________

    235
    235
    233
    238

    Wash/wipe stalk switch____
    Topping-up fluid _________
    Washer jets_____________
    Washer fluid ____________

    103
    217
    217
    217

    Battery ______________________
    Jump starting _________________
    Battery charge ________________

    214
    197
    214

    153

    Power steering___________ 213
    Fluid: checking/topping up__ 213

    Vehicle identification
    number ________________
    Color code ______________
    Engine number __________
    Warning labels___________
    Gearbox number _________

    Cooling system, coolant capacity__
    Coolant: checking/topping-up ____
    Driving in hot climates __________
    Temperature gauge ____________

    208



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    Warning labels
    Radiator fan
    Radiator fan may start at any
    time.

    A/C system
    Refrigerant at high pressure.
    Do not loosen or remove the A/C system fittings before discharging the A/C
    system. Improper service methods may cause personal injury. System to be
    serviced by qualified personnel only. For instructions consult dealer manual.
    The A/C system complies with SAE J639.
    Charge: 4 cyl. - 680 g and 6 cyl. - 650 g R134a.
    Compressor oil: 150 cc PAG oil SP-10 alt.
    Saab oil 4759106

    Battery





    No sparks, naked flames or smoking
    Always shield eyes. Explosive gases can cause blindness or injury
    Keep the battery out of reach of children
    The battery contains sulfuric acid which could cause blindness or serious burn
    injuries
    • See the Owner’s Manual for further information
    • Explosive gas may be present in the vicinity of the battery.
    CANADA
    NETTOYER LE BOUCHON
    DE REMPLISSAGE
    AVANT DE L’ENLEVER.
    UTILISER SEULEMENT
    DU LIQUIDE DOT 4 PROVENANT D’UN CONTENANT SCELLÉ.

    Coolant
    Never open when engine hot!



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    EVEN WITH ADVANCED AIR BAGS
    • Children can be killed or seriously injured by the air
    bag.
    • The back seat is the safest place for children.
    • Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front.
    • Always use seat belts and child restraints.

    Changing wheels

    Contact a Saab dealer if a
    xenon headlight requires
    replacement.
    This label is only found on
    cars with xenon headlights.






    All-wheel drive cars 3
    Do not test this vehicle on
    a 2-wheel dynamometer.

    Use only on specified vehicle.
    Safe working load 2425 lbs. (1100 kg).
    Use on level firm ground only.
    Do not get under a vehicle that is supported only
    by a jack, use vehicle support stands.



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    Example of symbols that can be found in your car

    No sparks,
    flames or
    smoking

    Buckle up

    Headlights

    Windshield
    wipers

    Coolant temperature

    Radiator fan

    Refer to
    the Owner’s
    Manual

    Airbag

    Direction
    indicators

    Windshield
    washers

    No charge to
    battery

    Fuel

    Shield eyes

    Never place a
    rear-facing
    child seat in
    this seat

    Parking lights

    Defroster

    Foot brake

    Automatic Tire
    Pressure
    Monitoring
    System

    Keep out of
    reach of
    children

    Electric
    windows

    Hazard warning lights

    Rear window
    heating

    Coolant level

    Battery acid
    contains sulfuric acid

    Deactivating
    of rear window
    switches

    Front fog lights

    Cabin fan

    Engine oil
    pressure

    Risk of
    explosive gas

    Central
    locking, lock

    Rear fog light

    Central
    locking,
    unlock
    Trunk lid,
    opening

    ABS brakes

    TCS/ESP

    ®



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    Safety

    11

    Safety
    Safety belts ___________
    Seats ________________
    Head restraints ________
    Child safety ___________
    Airbag________________

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

    12
    18
    23
    24
    32



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    Safety

    Safety belts
    WARNING
    • Buckle up and adjust your safety belt
    before driving off so that you can pay
    full attention to the traffic.
    • Safety belts must be worn at all times
    by all occupants.
    • Child safety, see page 24.
    • Check that the locking tongue is properly locked in the belt lock.
    • In the event of a crash, a rear-seat
    passenger not wearing a safety belt
    will be thrown forward against the
    front-seat backrests. The stresses
    imposed on the front seat passengers
    and belts are multiplied and can result
    in needless injury or even death for all
    car occupants.
    Three-point inertia-reel safety belts are provided for all seats.
    The results of studies show that it is equally
    important to wear safety belts in the rear
    seat as in the front seats.

    Safety belt reminder
    When the ignition is switched on, the safety
    belt reminder will come on if the driver
    or/and the front seat passenger has not
    buckled up.
    The reminder for the driver is in the main
    instrument and for the front seat passenger
    on the instrument panel.
    The reminder for the driver has an additional
    audible signal which sounds for 6 seconds,
    or until the driver fastens his belt.
    The following applies to the both front
    seats: If the belt is not fastened before the
    car starts to move there will be an additional
    reminder when the speed exceeds 15 mph.
    The text Use your seat belt. is lit on the
    Saab Information Display (SID) and the
    symbol will flash.
    If the belt is not fastened then an audible
    signal will come on after 30 seconds.
    The text in the SID can be turned off by the
    CLR-button on the steering wheel.

    Driver seat safety belt reminder

    Passenger seat safety belt reminder



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    Safety
    Correct position for safety belt
    WARNING
    Proper positioning of the safety belt is
    extremely important.
    • An out of position safety belt can result
    in the wearer sliding underneath the
    belt in a crash (submarining) and
    injury can result from the lap portion
    cutting into the abdomen.
    Correct seating position

    • Never fasten the safety belt with the
    shoulder belt behind the body or pull
    the belt off the shoulder and under the
    arm.
    • Two people must never share one
    safety belt. In the event of a crash
    those sharing a belt risk being crushed
    together and injured.
    Consider this:
    • Position the lap strap snugly and low
    across the hips so that it just touches the
    thighs.
    The shoulder strap must be as far in on
    the shoulder as possible.

    13

    • Check to ensure that the belt is not twisted
    or rubbing against any sharp edges.
    • There should not be any slack in the belt.
    Pull the belt tight – particularly important
    when thick outer clothing is worn. It
    is advisable to remove thick items of
    clothing.
    • Refrain from tilting the backrest more than
    necessary, as the safety belt provides
    better protection when the seat is in the
    more upright position.
    • Only one person per safety belt!
    • For most of the time a safety belt is worn,
    the retractor will allow the wearer freedom
    of movement. The retractor locks up automatically if the belt is jerked or withdrawn
    sharply, the car tilts, the brakes are
    applied hard or a crash occurs.
    • Children up to 6 years of age must always
    be seated in a child seat. Saab recommends the use of a child seat for children
    up to the age of 10.
    • Children who have grown out of a child
    seat should be restrained by the car’s
    standard three-point belts. Make sure that
    the shoulder belt is not in contact with the
    neck or throat. If it is, a booster seat/cushion may be necessary.



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    Safety

    To fasten the belt

    Front safety belts
    Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and inserting the tongue in the buckle. Check that it is
    securely fastened.
    Position the lap part low across the hips.
    Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle
    and pull the belt towards the shoulder to
    tighten the lap belt part.
    The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as
    possible.

    Press the red button to release the belt
    Press the red button on the belt buckle to
    release the belt.
    The front safety belts have their lower
    anchorage points on the seats. The safety
    belts follow the seats when the legroom is
    adjusted.
    Refer to page 266 for how to check the function of the safety belts, cleaning, etc.

    The belt guide on door pillar, SportSedan
    and SportCombi

    Belt height adjustment,
    SportSedan and SportCombi
    The belt guide on the door pillar for the front
    safety belts can be set at different heights.
    The front belt guide in the Convertible is not
    adjustable due to the belt being incorporated into the seat.



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    Safety
    Adjust the belt so that it is as high up as
    possible without rubbing against the neck.
    To avoid chafing in the case of a short
    person, the guide can be lowered until the
    belt comes about an inch (a few centimeters) from the throat but still provides safe
    restraint.
    Raise the belt guide by pushing it upward to
    the desired position. To lower it, depress the
    catch release button while lowering the
    guide. Check that the guide locks in its new
    position.

    Safety belt use during pregnancy
    Pregnant women must always wear a
    safety belt to protect both themselves and
    the unborn child.
    The lap belt should be placed low, across
    the hips and over the upper thighs.

    15



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    Safety

    Safety belt pretensioners
    WARNING
    If the car is involved in a crash, the safety
    belts, belt pretensioners and other components must be inspected and replaced
    as necessary. We recommend that you
    contact a Saab dealer.
    Never make any alterations or repairs to
    the safety belt yourself. We recommend
    that you contact a Saab dealer for any
    necessary repairs.

    SportSedan and SportCombi: The front
    safety belts are equipped with pretensioners and force limiters. The pretensioners
    are activated in the event of a violent frontal
    or side-on crash. The safety belt pretensioners are only activated if the safety belt in
    question is in use but not activated should
    the car roll over.
    The safety belt pretensioners serve to
    reduce the forward movement of the body
    by tensioning the belt. The force limiters
    reduce belt loads on the body by "slackening" the safety belt slightly to absorb the
    body’s kinetic energy as gradually as possible.

    Convertible: The front and rear safety belts
    are equipped with pretensioners and force
    limiters. The pretensioners are activated in
    the event of a violent frontal or side-on
    crash. The front safety belt pretensioners
    are only activated if the safety belt in question is in use.
    The safety belt pretensioners serve to
    reduce the movement of the body by tensioning the belt, including in a roll over
    crash. The force limiters reduce belt loads
    on the body by "slackening" the safety belt
    slightly to absorb the body’s kinetic energy
    as gradually as possible.



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    Safety
    Safety belts, rear seat,
    SportSedan and SportCombi
    Safety belts rear seat, Convertible, see
    page 75.

    WARNING
    • Make sure that the belt does not
    become trapped when the backrest is
    folded down or raised (see page 136).
    • If cargo has to be placed on a seat, it
    must be properly secured with the
    safety belt. This reduces the risk of the
    cargo being thrown about during hard
    braking or a crash, which could cause
    personal injury.

    The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as
    possible.

    • Check that the belt is not twisted or
    lying against sharp edges.

    Press the red button on the buckle to
    release the belt.

    • Make sure you use the correct safety
    belt buckle. The buckles for the center
    and left-hand rear seats are close
    together.

    See page 266 for the checking of belt
    function, cleaning, etc.

    The three rear seats all have three-point
    safety belts with inertia reels.
    Fasten the belts by pulling the belt across
    you and inserting the tongue into the buckle.
    Check that it is securely fastened.
    Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle
    and pull the belt towards the shoulder to
    tighten the lap belt part.

    Rear safety belts, SportSedan and SportCombi

    Securing an item on the rear seat

    17



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    Safety

    Seats

    We recommend that adjustments to the
    driver’s seat be performed in the following
    order:

    WARNING
    Never adjust the driver’s seat except
    when the car is stationary.

    Manually adjusted front seats 3
    The following front seat adjustments can be
    made to achieve a comfortable driving
    position:
    • Height 3

    1 Height
    2 Legroom
    3 Backrest rake angle
    4 Head restraint height
    Lastly, adjust the position of the steering
    wheel (see page 118).
    Electrically adjustable front seats 3
    See page 20.

    • Legroom
    • Backrest rake angle

    Electric heating, front seats 3

    • Lumbar support firmness 3

    See pages 114.

    • Head restraint height

    Height adjustment 3
    Lift the lever to raise the seat. The lever is
    spring-loaded to return to its neutral position. Repeated lifting of the lever will
    increase the height in steps.
    Press down the lever to lower the seat.
    Repeated downward presses of the lever
    will lower the seat in steps.



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    Safety

    Adjusting the legroom

    Legroom adjustment
    Lift the lever under the front of the seat and
    slide the seat to the desired position.

    WARNING
    Check that the seat is locked in the new
    position. If not, it may move while the car
    is being driven and it could result in injury
    to the occupant in the event of a crash.

    Adjusting the backrest

    Backrest rake angle
    WARNING
    The backrest should be upright during
    driving, so that the safety belt, airbag and
    backrest can provide optimum protection
    in the event of emergency braking or a
    crash, in particular a rear-end crash.
    To find the most comfortable position, turn
    the knob to provide stepless adjustment of
    the backrest.

    19

    Adjusting the lumbar support

    Lumbar support 3
    Adjust the firmness of the lumbar support by
    turning the knob.



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    Safety

    Electrically adjustable front
    seats 3
    WARNING
    • The seats are actuated by powerful
    motors. Bear this in mind when adjusting the seat, and make sure that nothing gets caught and damaged. Ensure
    that nothing can be trapped behind the
    seat when adjusting it.
    • Bear in mind that children can be
    injured if they play with the electrically-operated seats.
    • Always remove the remote control
    when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the electrically
    adjustable seats, for example, due to
    children playing. Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function,
    see page 21.
    With the doors closed the seats can only be
    adjusted when the ignition is ON.
    However, there are two exceptions:
    • To facilitate getting into the car, both seats
    can be adjusted when either of the front
    doors is open.
    • The seats can be adjusted up to
    2 minutes after both doors have been
    closed (applicable only to cars without
    window and sunroof pinch protection).

    Adjusting the height and angle

    Height adjustment and seat
    angle
    Adjust the height of the seat with the rear
    section of the front lever.
    Adjust the angle of the seat with the front
    section of the front lever.

    Adjusting the legroom

    Legroom adjustment
    Adjust the legroom with the front lever.



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    Safety

    Adjusting the rake angle

    Backrest rake angle
    WARNING
    The backrest should be upright during
    driving, so that the safety belt, airbag and
    backrest can provide optimum protection
    in the event of emergency braking or a
    crash, in particular a rear-end crash.
    Adjust the rake angle of the backrest with
    the rear lever.

    Adjusting the lumbar support
    Driver’s seat in SportSedan and SportCombi

    Lumbar support 3
    Adjust the firmness of the lumbar support by
    turning the knob.

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    Memory function buttons

    Memory function 3
    WARNING
    The legroom of the electrically operated
    driver’s seat can always be adjusted,
    whether or not a front door is open and
    irrespective of the position of the ignition
    switch.



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    When the ignition is ON, all seat settings
    can be adjusted. When the door is open and
    before the remote control has been inserted
    into the ignition switch, all seat settings can
    be adjusted for up to 20 minutes.
    The memory also includes the door mirror
    settings.
    Storing and restoring settings
    1 Adjust the seat and the door mirrors.
    The lumbar support is not included by
    the memory function.
    2 Press and hold the M-button and then
    press one of the preselect buttons (1, 2
    or 3). A chime will sound to confirm that
    the settings have been saved.
    To recall programmed settings, press and
    hold the desired memory button until the
    seat and door mirrors adopt their programmed positions. The memory function
    also includes the door mirror settings.
    To facilitate reversing, the passenger-side
    door mirror can be angled down, refer to
    page 122.



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    Head restraints
    SportSedan and SportCombi
    Head restraint, Convertible, see page 74.

    WARNING
    • Adjust the head restraint so that the
    head is optimally supported and the
    center of the head restraint is at ear
    height, thus reducing the likelihood of
    neck injury in a crash.
    • Raise the head restraints in the seats
    that are occupied.
    The front seats are equipped with Saab
    Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). These are
    designed to reduce the risk of neck injury if
    the car is hit from behind.
    The SAHR is a mechanical system, actuated by body weight. The mechanism is built
    into the top of the backrest, where it is connected to the head restraint.
    In the event of a rear-end crash, the body is
    forced back against the backrest. This, in
    turn, causes the mechanism to press the
    head restraint forward and upward, thus limiting the backward movement of the head.
    Therefore, the SAHR does not normally
    need to be replaced or repaired after a
    rear-end crash.

    The front and rear head restraints can be
    raised and lowered to a number of positions.

    • Lowering the rear head restraints: press
    the head restraint forward and downward.

    • Raising: grasp the head restraint on both
    sides and pull it straight up.

    The rear head restraints can be fully lowered to improve rearward vision when the
    rear seats are unoccupied.

    • Lowering the front head restraints: press
    in the left catch and press the head
    restraint down.



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    Safety

    Child safety
    WARNING

    Car safety tips
    WARNING

    • The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place
    for children 12 and under or shorter
    than 55 inches (140 cm)

    • Never leave children unattended in a
    car, even for a short time.
    – Children can suffer heat stroke,
    perhaps die, in a matter of minutes.
    – Children can put the car into gear and
    hurt themselves or others.

    • ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and
    CHILD RESTRAINTS

    • At gas stations, take the remote control out of the car while filling the tank.

    • NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in
    the front

    • Never allow children to climb on top of
    or under motor vehicles.

    • Sit as far back as possible from the
    airbag

    • Always look for children before backing your car out of a garage or driveway.

    • Children can be killed or
    seriously injured by the
    airbag

    • To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning,
    never let a car idle in an enclosed
    garage.
    • Supervise young children around
    buckets of water while washing your
    car. Small children can drown in a
    short time in less than an inch of water.

    WARNING

    Protect children from getting
    trapped in the trunk of your car
    • Teach children not to play in or around
    cars.
    • Watch children when loading or
    unloading the car so they don’t get
    locked in by mistake.
    • Always lock the doors and trunk of
    your car, and keep the keys out of children´s sight and reach.
    • Keep the rear fold-down seat closed to
    help prevent children from getting into
    the trunk from inside the car.
    For Trunk Release Handle information see
    page 53 and 139.



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    General information on child
    safety
    The same attention must be given to child
    safety in the car as is given to adults.
    Children travel most safely when properly
    restrained. However, the type of restraint
    must be appropriate for the size of the child.
    We recommend that you always consult
    your Saab dealer before fitting a child seat,
    child restraint or booster cushion.
    The backseat is the safest place for children.
    Make sure you are acquainted with the
    legal requirements for seating children
    in the car.
    When fitting child restraints in cars you
    must always read the instructions supplied by the child restraint manufacturer.
    Make sure that it is possible to fit a child
    restraint in accordance with the manufacturer’s child restraint instructions.
    Saab recommends the use of a rear-facing child seat for as long as this is possible - for all children under 18 kg (40 lbs.)
    as a minimum. Use a child seat approved
    for the weight of the child.
    Saab recommends the use of a booster seat
    for children up to the length of 140 cm
    (55 in.) or the weight of 36 kg (80 lbs.).

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    LATCH
    LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers
    for CHildren) is a US/Canadian safety standard for a uniform method of fitting child
    restraints without using the standard safety
    belts. Only certain child restraints are
    equipped to utilize the LATCH system.
    The LATCH system is installed in the car to
    facilitate proper fitting of child restraints
    designed for and equipped with LATCH
    attachments.
    The LATCH system consists of top tether
    and lower anchorages. In this vehicle,
    LATCH is installed at the two outboard seating positions in the rear seat, and there is a
    top tether on the rear center position (not
    Convertible).
    The top tethers are located on top of the
    parcel shelf (SportSedan), see page 28, on
    the back of the rear seat (SportCombi), see
    page 29 and behind the head restraints
    (Convertible) see page 30.
    The lower anchorages are located where
    the seat cushion and seat back come
    together. There is a label above the anchorages, see picture on next page. Label consists of a symbol of a child restrained in a
    seat inside a circle.
    When fitting child restraints in cars you must
    always read the instructions supplied by the
    child restraint manufacturer.
    If you have any questions regarding LATCH
    please contact your Saab dealer.

    WARNING
    If a LATCH-type child restraint is not
    attached to its anchor points, the restraint
    will not be able to protect the child correctly. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Make sure that a
    LATCH-type child restraint is properly
    installed using the anchor points, or use
    the vehicle's safety belts to secure the
    restraint, following the instructions that
    came with that restraint, and also the
    instructions in this manual.

    WARNING
    Child top tether anchorages are designed
    to withstand only those loads imposed by
    correctly fitted child restraints.
    Under no circumstances are they to be
    used for adult safety belts.



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    Safety

    Lower anchorages in the rear seat, SportSedan and SportCombi

    Lower anchorages in the rear seat, Convertible

    Lower anchor and top tether anchor locations, SportSedan and SportCombi.
    Convertible has two top tether anchors,
    one behind each head restraint
    (Lower Anchor): Seating positions with two
    lower anchors.
    (Top Tether Anchor): Seating positions with
    top tether anchors.
    The right side and left side rear passenger
    seating positions have exposed metal
    anchors located in the crease between the
    seatback and the seat cushion.



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    LATCH child seat installation
    Before starting the installation, please read
    through this instruction, and the child seat
    installation instruction.
    1 Place the child restraint on one of the
    designated outboard rear seat cushions.
    2 Slide the attachment on the child
    restraint in between the seat cushion
    and backrest.
    3 Press the child restraint down on the
    seat, 1 in illustration.
    4 Press the child restraint rearward, lining
    up the inner restraint attachment arm
    with the label, 2 in illustration.
    5 Connect the restraint attachment arms
    to the anchorages 3 in illustration.
    6 Follow the child restraint instructions to
    confirm that both restraint attachment
    arms are properly attached to the bars.
    7 Attach the top tether strap to the in-car
    anchorage and tighten according to the
    restraint instructions, see page 28
    and 30.
    8 Pull the child restraint to make a second
    check that the restraint is securely
    attached at both the lower anchorage
    bars and the top tether strap.
    For the top tether, only use the strap supplied with the child restraint.

    Rigid 2-point lower anchorage with top
    tether

    When fitting child restraints in cars you
    must always read the instructions supplied by the child restraint manufacturer.
    Use the integrated harness to restraint the
    child, according to the child restraint manufacturers instructions.
    The availability of LATCH child restraints is
    limited.

    Semi-rigid 2-point lower anchorage with
    top tether



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    Safety

    Child top tether anchorages for
    forward facing child seats
    SportSedan

    WARNING
    Child top tether anchorages are designed
    to withstand only those loads imposed by
    correctly fitted child restraints.

    Child top tether anchorages in parcel shelf, SportSedan

    Under no circumstances are they to be
    used for adult safety belts.
    Child restraints with a tether strap must be
    attached according to Canadian and U.S.
    safety standards.
    If you have any questions regarding child
    anchorages please contact your Saab
    dealer.
    The car is provided with three top tether
    anchorages. Use the one that is right behind
    the seating position in which the child
    restraint is to be installed and attach the
    restraint as follows:
    1 Open the cover that is right behind the
    child restraint, 1 in illustration.
    2 Place the child restraint in the rear seat.
    3 Secure the lower part of the child
    restraint by means of the lower anchor-

    ages or the safety belts as described in
    the child restraint installation instruction.
    4 Lower the headrest and route the tether
    over it.
    5 Attach the tether to the anchorage, 2 in
    illustration.
    6 Close the cover to the middle position, 3
    in illustration.
    7 Tighten the tether so that the back of the
    child restraint is pressed hard against
    the backrest.
    8 Pull the child restraint to make a second
    check that the restraint is securely
    attached at both the lower anchorages
    bars on the safety belts and the top
    tether strap.



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    Child top tether anchorages for
    forward facing child seats

    29

    5 Lower the headrest and route the tether
    over it.
    6 Attach the tether to the anchorage.

    SportCombi

    7 Tighten the tether so that the back of the
    child restraint is pressed hard against
    the backrest.
    8 Pull the child restraint to make a second
    check that the restraint is securely
    attached at both the lower anchorages
    bars on the safety belts and the top
    tether strap.

    WARNING
    Child top tether anchorages are designed
    to withstand only those loads imposed by
    correctly fitted child restraints.

    Child top tether anchorages, SportCombi

    Under no circumstances are they to be
    used for adult safety belts.
    If a cargo net is fitted, do not pull the top
    tether strap through the cargo net in such
    a way that there is slack in the strap to the
    child seat.
    Child restraints with a tether strap must be
    attached according to Canadian and U.S.
    safety standards.
    If you have any questions regarding child
    anchorages please contact your Saab
    dealer.
    The top tether anchors are located on the
    back of the rear seat frame above the floor
    for each rear seating position.

    The car is provided with three top tether
    anchorages. Use the one that is right behind
    the seating position in which the child
    restraint is to be installed and attach the
    restraint as follows:
    1 If the anchor for the desired seating
    position is not in the upright position then
    fold down the rear seatback(s) to access
    the anchor(s).
    2 Fold the backrest back upright.
    3 Place the child restraint in the rear seat.
    4 Secure the lower part of the child
    restraint by means of the lower anchorages or the safety belts as described in
    the child restraint installation instruction.



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    Safety

    Child top tether anchorages for
    forward facing child seats
    Convertible

    WARNING
    Child top tether anchorages are designed
    to withstand only those loads imposed by
    correctly fitted child restraints.

    How to take away the head restraint

    Under no circumstances are they to be
    used for adult safety belts.

    1 Raise the head restraint
    2 Push the catch forward and pull the head
    restraint straight upward

    Child restraints with a tether strap must be
    attached according to Canadian and U.S.
    safety standards.
    If you have any questions regarding child
    anchorages please contact your Saab
    dealer.
    The car is provided with two top tether
    anchorages. Use the one that is right behind
    the seating position in which the child
    restraint is to be installed and attach the
    restraint as follows:
    1 Remove the head restraint on the seating position where the child restraint
    shall be fitted.
    2 Place the child restraint in the rear seat.

    3 Secure the lower part of the child
    restraint by means of the lower anchorages or the safety belts as described in
    the child restraint installation instruction.
    4 Attach the tether to the anchorage.
    5 Tighten the tether so that the back of the
    child restraint is pressed hard against
    the backrest.
    6 Pull the child restraint to make a second
    check that the restraint is securely
    attached at both the lower anchorages
    bars on the safety belts and the top
    tether strap.

    Top tether anchorages in the rear seat

    7 Put the head restraint back on and make
    sure it is securely mounted. Adjust it in
    its highest position.

    WARNING
    If the size of the child restraint makes it
    impossible to put the head restraint back
    on, place it in the trunk.



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    Installation of child restraint
    using the standard safety belt
    WARNING
    Failure to follow all the manufacturer’s
    instructions on the use of child restraint
    systems can cause your child to strike the
    vehicle´s interior during a sudden stop or
    crash.
    Child restraints that are approved for rearward facing installation in the rear seat can
    be positioned in any of the three rear places.

    If fitting a child restraint that is intended to be
    secured in position by the standard safety
    belt, make use of the locking function of the
    belt.
    Locking the belt lessens the risk that the
    seat will work loose while the car is in
    motion.
    1 Position the child restraint in the back
    seat.
    2 Route the belt in the restraint according
    to the installation instruction of the
    restraint.

    Make sure that it is possible to fit it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

    3 Pull out the belt completely until it stops.
    Then let the belt slowly pull in the slack.
    Clicking sound indicates that the lock
    function is in work.

    When fitting child restraints in cars you
    must always read the instructions supplied by the child restraint manufacturer.

    4 Pull the shoulder belt tight to secure the
    child restraint in position.
    5 Check for correct locking function by
    pulling on the belt. The belt must not
    unreel.

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    The safety belt locking function will be deactivated when the safety belt is retracted.
    1 Disengage the safety belt latch from the
    buckle.
    2 Disengage the safety belt from the child
    restraint, according to the instructions
    from the child restraint manufacturer.
    3 Let the safety belt retract until the clicking sound ceases.



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    Safety

    Airbag

    Airbag system components
    • Airbag in steering wheel
    • Airbag in instrument panel in front of
    passenger seat

    WARNING
    To reduce risk of death or serious injury:
    • Always wear your safety belt.
    • Always adjust your seat so that you
    are as far back as possible but still
    able to operate the pedals and reach
    the steering wheel and controls comfortably.
    • Passengers 12 and under or shorter
    than 59 inches (150 cm) must always
    travel in the rear seat as the car is fitted
    with a passenger airbag.
    • Never fit a child seat in front of the passenger airbag.

    • Side airbags in front seat backrests
    Convertible: The side airbags help
    protect the head also
    • Inflatable curtains along length of headlining (from front to rear roof pillars)
    (SportSedan and SportCombi only)
    • Safety belt pretensioners for front seats
    Convertible: and outer rear seats.
    The airbag system supplements the protection provided by the safety belts to further
    enhance the safety of occupants taller than
    59 in. (150 cm).
    When the system is activated at the moment
    of impact, the airbag inflates and then
    deflates through holes in the back. The
    whole operation takes roughly 0.1 second,
    quicker than the blink of an eye.
    The steering wheel and passenger airbags
    are so-called smart airbags. The driver and
    passenger airbag system compensates for
    safety belt usage and the force of the crash
    at the moment of impact.

    There are two impact sensors on the front
    bumper, under the lacquered shell. Very
    soon after the moment of impact, these
    register that the car is involved in a crash.
    Using this information and data from the
    central sensor in the control module, the
    control module determines whether or not to
    inflate the airbags. The control module also
    controls whether other components of the
    airbag system are to be deployed: safety
    belt pretensioners, inflatable curtains
    (SportSedan and SportCombi) and roll over
    bars (Convertible).
    Which airbag system components are
    deployed depends on a number of factors,
    such as the force of the crash and the angle
    of impact.
    If the airbag system registers forces equivalent to a high-speed crash (airbags inflated
    to Stage II), the inflatable curtains will also
    be activated (SportSedan and SportCombi)
    see page 42.
    If a fault arises in the airbag system during
    a journey, the airbag warning lamp on the
    main instrument panel will come on and the
    Saab Information Display (SID) will display:
    Airbag malfunction.
    Contact service.



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    When the airbag system is activated all of
    the doors are unlocked while the interior/exterior lighting and the hazard warning
    lights are illuminated at the same time.

    Inflated airbag (driver’s side).
    Inflation and deflation of airbag takes
    approx. 0.1 s
    The driver and passenger front airbags are
    triggered by violent front-end crashes. They
    are not activated by minor front-end
    impacts, if the car overturns or by rear- and
    side-impacts.
    The car is equipped as standard with
    a passenger airbag.

    Both front airbags inflated

    Note
    Impact sensors react differently depending
    on whether or not the front safety belts on
    the driver’s and passenger sides are used.
    Situations can therefore arise where only
    one of the airbags inflates. It is also possible
    for only the safety belt pretensioners to be
    activated and for the airbags to remain uninflated.
    If only Stage I is activated at the moment of
    impact, Stage II will automatically be activated later to neutralize the gas generator in
    the airbag.



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    Airbag system
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8

    Steering wheel with integral airbag
    Passenger airbag
    Side airbag
    Inflatable curtain (SportSedan and SportCombi)
    Sensors in front bumper
    Sensor, side-impact protection
    Sensor, side-impact protection (SportSedan and SportCombi)
    Electronic control module and central sensor (SDM)

    Accessories and other equipment must
    not be fitted to the surfaces marked as
    these are where the airbags inflate in the
    event of a crash.



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    WARNING
    • Even if the car is equipped with AIRBAGS, safety belts must still always
    be worn by all occupants.
    • Note that because an airbag inflates
    and deflates extremely rapidly, it will
    not provide protection against a
    second impact occurring in the same
    incident. Always use your safety belt.
    • Always sit with the whole of your back
    in contact with the backrest of the seat,
    and with your seat as far back as is
    practical.Otherwise you will be thrown
    back against the backrest when the
    airbag inflates which could cause you
    injury or death. The airbag needs
    room in which to inflate.

    • Never attach anything to the steering
    wheel or passenger side of the instrument panel, as this could result in
    injury if the airbag should inflate. The
    same applies to anything you might
    have in your mouth, such as a pipe, for
    instance.
    • Some components of the airbag will
    be warm for a short time. In some circumstances the airbag can cause
    minor burns or abrasions to the body
    when the airbag inflates/deflates.
    • Never rest your hands or forearms on
    the steering-wheel center padding.

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    • If the airbag warning light
    remains
    on after the car has been started or
    comes on while you are driving, have
    the car checked immediately. We recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer. The warning light could signify
    that the airbags may not inflate in a
    crash, or they could even inflate without a crash. See page 85.
    • Fumes are generated by the chemical
    reaction that inflates the airbag.
    Skin surfaces that show signs of irritation should be washed with clean
    water and a mild soap as soon as possible.
    In the event of eye irritation, flush the
    eyes thoroughly with clean water for at
    least 20 minutes.
    In case of persistent irritation, consult
    a doctor.



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    Safety

    Operation of the steering wheel airbag in
    a front-end crash

    Front passenger seat
    WARNING
    •Children can be killed or
    seriously injured by the
    airbag

    Moment of impact.

    WARNING
    Sensors detect a
    deceleration and send
    a signal via the control
    module to a gas generator that inflates the
    airbag.

    The inflating airbag
    cushions the driver.

    Airbag now fully
    inflated.

    Never secure a rear-facing child seat in
    the right front seat of a car equipped with
    a passenger airbag. Inflation of the airbag
    in the event of a crash could seriously
    injure or kill a child.
    The system is the same as that used on the
    driver’s side.
    The airbag systems are interconnected and
    have a common warning light
    . The passenger airbag module is housed in the
    fascia above the glove box and is marked
    "AIRBAG".
    Both airbags will be inflated in the event of a
    moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal
    crash, even if the passenger seat is unoccupied.
    The car is equipped as standard with
    a passenger airbag.

    The airbag starts to
    deflate.

    • The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place
    for children 12 and under or shorter
    than 55 inches (140 cm)
    • ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and
    CHILD RESTRAINTS
    • NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in
    the front
    • Sit as far back as possible from the
    airbag
    • Never allow a child to stand in front of
    the seat or to sit on the lap of a front
    seat passenger. Serious injury or
    death could result if the airbag is
    inflated in a crash.
    • The glove box must be closed while
    travelling. An open glove box door
    could cause leg injuries in the event of
    a crash.
    • Never place anything on the dash or in
    front of the seat as, in addition to being
    a hazard to passengers, this could
    interfere with the function of the airbag
    in the event of a crash. The same
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    • Keep feet on the floor – never put feet
    up on the dash, on the seat or out of
    the window.
    • Do not carry anything in your lap.

    Passenger Sensing System
    Vehicles with a passenger sensing system
    have indicator LEDs on the facia. The indicators will be lit during the system check
    when you turn the ignition switch to ST or
    ON. When the system check is complete,
    either the ON or the OFF LED, will be lit. See
    Airbag warning light on page 85.
    The passenger sensing system will turn off
    the right front passenger’s frontal airbag
    and side airbag under certain conditions.
    The driver’s airbags is not part of the passenger sensing system.
    The passenger sensing system works with
    sensors that are part of the right front passenger’s seat and safety belt. The sensors
    are designed to detect the presence of a
    properly-seated occupant and determine if
    the passenger’s frontal airbag should be
    enabled (may inflate) or not.
    Accident statistics show that children are
    safer if they are restrained in the rear rather
    than the front seat.

    Passenger Airbag Status Indicator,
    U.S.

    Passenger Airbag Status Indicator,
    Canada

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    Saab recommends that child restraints be
    secured in a rear seat, including an infant
    riding in a rear-facing infant seat, a child
    riding in a forward-facing child seat and an
    older child riding in a booster seat.
    Your vehicle has a rear seat that will accommodate a rear-facing child restraint. A label
    on your sun visor says, “Never put a
    rear-facing child seat in the front.” This is
    because the risk to the rear-facing child is so
    great, if the airbag deploys.

    WARNING
    A child in a rear-facing child restraint can
    be seriously injured or killed if the right
    front passenger’s airbag inflates. This is
    because the back of the rear-facing child
    restraint would be very close to the inflating airbag.
    Even though the passenger sensing
    system is designed to turn off the passenger’s frontal airbag if the system detects a
    rear-facing child restraint, no system is
    fail-safe, and no one can guarantee that
    an airbag will not deploy under some
    unusual circumstance, even though it is
    turned off. Saab recommends that
    rear-facing child restraints be secured in
    the rear seat, even if the airbag is off.

    The passenger sensing system is designed
    to turn off the right front passenger’s frontal
    airbag if:
    • the right front passenger seat is unoccupied
    • the system determines that an infant is
    present in a rear-facing infant seat
    • the system determines that a small child
    is present in a forward-facing child
    restraint
    • the system determines that a small child
    is present in a booster seat
    • a right front passenger takes his/her
    weight off of the seat for a period of time
    • the right front passenger seat is occupied
    by a smaller person, such as a child who
    has outgrown child restraints
    • or if there is a critical problem with the
    airbag system or the passenger sensing
    system.

    When the passenger sensing system has
    turned off the passenger’s frontal airbag,
    the off indicator will light and stay lit to
    remind you that the airbag is off.
    Saab recommends that child restraints be
    secured in a rear seat, but if a child restraint
    has been installed and the on indicator is lit,
    turn the vehicle off. Remove the child
    restraint from the vehicle and reinstall the
    child restraint following the child restraint
    manufacturer’s directions and refer to
    Installation of child restraint using the standard safety belt on page 31.
    If after reinstalling the child restraint and
    restarting the vehicle, the on indicator is still
    lit, check to make sure that the vehicle’s
    seatback is not pressing the child restraint
    into the seat cushion. If this happens,
    slightly recline the vehicle’s seatback and
    adjust the seat cushion if possible. Also
    make sure the child restraint is not trapped
    under the vehicle head restraint. If this happens, adjust the head restraint.
    If the on indicator is still lit, secure the child
    in the child restraint in a rear seat position in
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    The passenger sensing system is designed
    to enable (may inflate) the right front
    passenger’s frontal airbag anytime the
    system senses that a person of adult size is
    sitting properly in the right front passenger’s
    seat. When the passenger sensing system
    has allowed the airbag to be enabled, the on
    indicator will light and stay lit to remind you
    that the airbag is active.
    For some children who have outgrown child
    restraints and for very small adults, the passenger sensing system may or may not turn
    off the right front passenger’s frontal airbag,
    depending upon the person’s seating posture and body build. Everyone in your vehicle who has outgrown child restraints
    should wear a safety belt properly —
    whether or not there is an airbag for that person.

    If a person of adult-size is sitting in the right
    front passenger’s seat, but the off indicator
    is lit, it could be because that person is not
    sitting properly in the seat. If this happens,
    turn the vehicle off and ask the person to
    place the seatback in the fully upright position, then sit upright in the seat, centered on
    the seat cushion, with the person’s legs
    comfortably extended. Restart the vehicle
    and have the person remain in this position
    for about two minutes. This will allow the
    system to detect that person and then
    enable the passenger’s airbag.

    WARNING
    If the airbag readiness light in the instrument panel cluster ever comes on and
    stays on, it means that something may be
    wrong with the airbag system. If this ever
    happens, have the vehicle serviced
    promptly, because an adult-size person
    sitting in the right front passenger’s seat
    may not have the protection of the frontal
    airbag. See Airbag warning lamp on
    page 43 for more on this, including important safety information.

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    Aftermarket equipment, such as seat
    covers, can affect how well the passenger
    sensing system operates. You may want to
    consider not using seat covers or other
    aftermarket equipment if your vehicle has
    the passenger sensing system. See Adding
    Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle for more information about modifications
    that can affect how the system operates.

    WARNING
    Stowing of articles under the passenger’s
    seat or between the passenger’s seat
    cushion and seatback may interfere with
    the proper operation of the passenger
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    Head protection
    The pillar trim and headlining (not Convertible soft top) are designed to absorb energy,
    softening possible blows to the head. After
    a crash, these items must be changed in the
    seat positions that were occupied. Never fit
    accessories to the pillar trim or headlining
    as these could reduce the effectiveness of
    the head protection and inflatable curtain
    (SportSedan and SportCombi).

    Side-impact protection

    WARNING
    • This car is equipped with side airbags
    and no extra seat cover should be fitted. Failure to observe this warning
    could result in the side airbags not
    inflating as intended and thus not providing the intended protection either.
    • Never place any object in the area that
    would be occupied by the inflated airbag.
    • For optimum protection, sit upright in
    the seat, with your safety belt correctly
    fastened.

    • The side-impact protection will only be
    activated in the event of a side-on
    crash and not in the event of a rearend crash or the car rolling over. For
    the Convertible’s Roll-over protection
    see page 76.
    • Damage or wear to the seat cover, or
    the seat seam, in the area of the side
    airbag must be repaired immediately.
    We recommend that you contact a
    Saab dealer.
    The side airbags, which help protect the
    upper body (head also in Convertible), are
    integrated in the outside edges of the front
    seat backrests. The side impact protection
    of the SportSedan and SportCombi also
    includes inflatable curtains (see page 42).
    The side impact protection will be activated
    if certain predetermined conditions are met
    such as the force and angle of the impact,
    the speed of the car on impact, and at which
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    The side-impact protection is only activated
    on the side of impact, while the safety belt
    pretensioners on both sides are deployed.
    The front seats and outer rear seats have
    safety belt pretensioners.
    There are two sensors on each side of the
    car, one at the rear of each door sill and one
    in the lower part of each C-pillar.
    Convertible: The Convertible has two side
    impact protection sensors, one on each side
    of the car. These are located at the rear of
    the sills.
    Inflated side airbag and inflatable curtain,
    SportSedan and SportCombi

    Inflated side airbag with head protection,
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    Inflatable curtains, SportSedan
    and SportCombi
    WARNING
    • Do not sit with your head resting
    against the side window. The inflatable curtain is designed to inflate
    between the window and the head.
    Resting the head against the window
    could prevent the inflatable curtain
    from providing the intended protection.
    • Hang only light clothes from the hooks
    on the rear seat courtesy handles. The
    items of clothing must not contain
    heavy or sharp objects. Do not use
    wire coat hangers.

    • Do not position a sun visor or similar
    item in the area that would be filled by
    the inflatable curtain.
    • To reduce the risk of head injuries in
    the event of a crash, the roof pillars
    and headlining incorporate cushioning
    material. Do not attach anything to the
    car’s headlining, roof pillars or side
    panels as this could prevent the
    side-impact protection from providing
    the intended protection.
    • Do not stack loads so high that they
    could encumber the inflatable curtain
    in the event of a crash.
    The inflatable curtains, which protect the
    head, are concealed along the lengths of
    the headlining (all the way from front to rear
    roof pillars).
    The inflatable curtains inflate at the same
    time as the side airbags in the front seats in
    case of a side-on impact.
    The inflatable curtains reduce the risk of
    head injuries to the occupants of the car’s
    outer seats. The inflatable curtains deploys
    into the window area between the front and
    rear roof pillars.
    If the airbag system registers forces equivalent to a high-speed frontal crash (Stage II
    for the steering wheel and passenger
    airbags), the inflatable curtains will also be
    deployed.

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    Airbag warning lamp
    WARNING
    • If the airbag readiness light stays on
    after you start your vehicle, it means
    the airbag system may not be working
    properly. See page 85.
    • The airbags in your vehicle may not
    inflate in a crash, or they could even
    inflate without a crash.
    Prohibited seating position

    For optimal protection, do not sit too close to
    the door. Bear this in mind, for example, if
    someone is sleeping in the car. The inflatable curtain comes down from the headlining and covers a large portion of the side
    windows.

    • To help avoid injury to yourself or
    others, have your vehicle serviced
    right away if the airbag readiness light
    stays on after you start your vehicle.

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    What Will You See After an
    Airbag Inflates?
    After an airbag inflates, it quickly deflates,
    so quickly that some people may not even
    realize the airbag inflated. Some components of the airbag module - the steering
    wheel hub for the driver's frontal airbag, the
    instrument panel for the right front passenger's frontal airbag or the ceiling of your
    vehicle near the side windows - will be hot
    for a short time. The parts of the bag that
    come into contact with you may be warm,
    but not too hot to touch. There will be some
    smoke and dust coming from the vents in
    the deflated airbags. Airbag inflation does
    not prevent the driver from seeing or being
    able to steer the vehicle, nor does it stop
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    WARNING

    When an airbag inflates, there is dust in
    the air. This dust could cause breathing
    problems for people with a history of
    asthma or other breathing trouble. To
    avoid this, everyone in the vehicle should
    get out as soon as it is safe to do so. If you
    have breathing problems but can not get
    out of the vehicle after an airbag inflates,
    then get fresh air by opening a window or
    a door. If you experience breathing problems following an airbag deployment, you
    should seek medical attention.
    In many crashes severe enough to inflate an
    airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle
    deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger airbag.
    • Airbags are designed to inflate only once.
    After an airbag inflates, you will need
    some new parts for your airbag system. If
    you do not get them, the airbag system
    will not be there to help protect you in
    another crash. A new system will include
    airbag modules and possibly other parts.
    The service manual for your vehicle
    covers the need to replace other parts.

    • Your vehicle is equipped with a crash
    sensing and diagnostic module which
    records information after a crash. See
    Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data
    Recorders on page 282.
    • Let only qualified technicians work on
    your airbag system. Improper service can
    mean that your airbag system will not
    work properly. See your dealer for
    service.
    Notice: If you damage the covering for
    the driver's or the right front passenger's
    airbag, or the side impact airbag covering on the ceiling near the side windows,
    the bag may not work properly. You may
    have to replace the airbag module in the
    steering wheel, both the airbag module
    and the instrument panel for the right
    front passenger's airbag, or side impact
    airbag module and ceiling covering for
    the roof-mounted side impact airbag. Do
    not open or break the airbag coverings.

    Servicing the airbag system
    The airbag system must be inspected as
    part of the normal service program but otherwise may be regarded as maintenance-free.

    Scrapping or working on airbag
    and belt pretensioners
    WARNING
    • Under no circumstances should any
    modifications be made that affect the
    steering wheel or the airbag’s electrical circuitry.
    • During any welding, both battery
    cables must be disconnected and covered.
    • Before quick drying paint in the vicinity
    of the electronic control module, the
    module’s grounding points and wiring
    must be covered.
    • Airbags and safety belt pretensioners
    must be deployed under controlled
    conditions before the car is scrapped
    or any of the system’s components are
    removed. Airbags or belt pretensioners that have been deployed as a
    result of a crash must be replaced by
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    • The car's impact protection consists of
    several different safety features
    including the airbags, safety belts,
    steering wheel, seats and dashboard.
    These parts are co-ordinated with
    each other to provide optimum protection in the event of a collision, so never
    install an airbag from one car into
    another.
    There is no guarantee that it would
    then work satisfactorily in the event of
    a collision.
    • All work involving the scrapping or
    replacement of airbags or belt pretensioners must be carried out by authorized personnel only.

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    Frequently asked questions on
    function of the airbag

    How do I position the seat to leave room for
    the airbag to inflate?

    Do you still need to wear a safety belt if airbags are fitted?

    Don’t have your seat too far forward.

    Yes, always! The airbag system components merely supplement the car’s normal
    safety system. Moreover, the front airbags
    will only be actuated in a moderate to severe
    frontal, or near-frontal crash, which means,
    of course, that they provide no protection in
    minor frontal crashes, major rear- or sidecrashes or if the car rolls over.
    The safety belts help to reduce the sideway
    movement of the body in a crash.
    But they also ensure that, if a crash occurs
    in which the airbags are inflated, the airbag
    will make the optimum contact with the
    occupant, i.e. square on from the front. If the
    occupant meets the airbag in an offset position, the protection afforded will be reduced.
    In addition, airbags provide no protection
    against a secondary impact occurring in the
    same incident. So there is no doubt about
    the benefit of wearing safety belts at all
    times.
    Do not sit too close to the airbag: it needs
    room to inflate.
    The airbag inflates very quickly and powerfully in order to protect an adult, before they
    are thrown forward, in a serious frontal
    crash.

    Recline the seat back to increase the distance between you and the airbag. For short
    drivers, special accessory pedal extensions
    are available through your Saab dealer.
    Airbags inflate extremely rapidly and with
    great force – to be fast enough to protect an
    adult in the seat.
    When do the airbags in the steering wheel
    and passenger side of the dash board
    inflate?
    The airbag will only be inflated under certain
    predetermined conditions in a moderate to
    severe frontal, or near-frontal crash,
    depending on such factors as the force and
    angle of the impact, the speed of the car on
    impact, and the resistance to deformation of
    the impacting object.
    The airbag can only be activated once in the
    same incident.
    Do not attempt to drive the car after an
    airbag has been inflated, even if it is possible.
    What won’t trigger the airbag?
    The airbag will not be activated in all frontal
    crashes. For instance, if the car has hit
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    snow drift or a hedge) or a solid object at a
    low impact speed, the airbag will not necessarily be triggered.
    How loud is the inflation?
    The noise of the inflation is certainly loud,
    but it is of an very short duration and will not
    damage your hearing. For a short time afterwards you could experience a buzzing
    noise in your ears.
    Most people who have experienced it
    cannot remember the noise of the inflation
    at all – all they remember is the noise of the
    crash.
    Can you still use a child seat in the front if a
    passenger airbag is installed?
    Definitely not!
    Children 12 and under or shorter than
    55 inches (140 cm) can be killed by the airbag.
    The back seat is the safest place for children.
    Never put a rear-facing child seat in the
    front.
    Sit as far back as possible from the airbag.
    Always use seat belts and child restraints.

    What should I do if the AIR-BAG warning
    light comes on?

    Adding Equipment to Your
    Airbag-Equipped Vehicle

    If the warning light is on, it means that a fault
    has been detected in the system. The
    airbag cannot be relied on to operate as
    intended and it might even be activated
    erroneously. You should therefore take the
    car to a workshop. We recommend that you
    contact a Saab dealer as soon as possible.

    Is there anything I might add to the front or
    sides of the vehicle that could keep the airbags from working properly?

    Are the dust and fumes given off when the
    airbag operates at all harmful?
    Most people who have remained in a car
    with little or no ventilation for several minutes complained only of minor irritation of
    the throat and eyes. Avoid as much as possible getting dust on your skin as there is a
    risk of skin irritation.
    If you suffer from asthma, the incident may
    bring on an attack, in which case you should
    follow the normal procedure advised by
    your doctor. It is advisable to consult a
    doctor afterwards.

    Yes. If you add things that change your vehicle’s frame, bumper system, front end or
    side sheet metal or height, they may keep
    the airbag system from working properly.
    Also, the airbag system may not work properly if you relocate any of the airbag sensors. If you have any questions about this,
    you should contact Saab Customer Assistance before you modify your vehicle. The
    phone numbers and addresses for Customer Assistance can be found on page
    280.
    Because I have a disability, I have to get my
    vehicle modified. How can I find out whether
    this will affect my advanced airbag system?
    Changing or moving any parts of the front
    seats, safety belts, the airbag sensing and
    diagnostic module or the inside rearview
    mirror can affect the operation of the
    advanced airbag system. If you have questions, call Customer Assistance. The phone
    numbers and addresses for Customer
    Assistance can be found on page 280.



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    Security
    Doors ________________
    Central locking ________
    Car alarm _____________

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

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    Doors

    Central locking

    Open the door by lifting the door handle.
    The following message appears on the
    Saab Information Display (SID) if a door is
    not closed (text displayed first when vehicle
    speed exceeds 15 mph (25 km/h) and the
    door has still not been closed):

    WARNING
    Leaving children or pets unattended in a
    locked car is dangerous. It is also dangerous to leave children in a vehicle with the
    ignition key. A child or others could be
    badly injured or even killed.

    Close doors.

    Remote control
    The remote control and ignition key are integrated in one unit, and referred to in this
    manual as the remote control.
    The remote control contains a mechanical
    key, referred to in this manual as the traditional key. This traditional key can be used
    in an emergency to lock or unlock the
    driver’s door from outside (see page 50).
    This key does not fit the ignition switch.

    A key code number is supplied with your
    car. This number needs to be quoted for
    ordering a new traditional key (contained in
    the remote control). Therefore, keep this
    number in a safe place.
    The remote control contains an electronic
    code that is unique to your car. When the
    remote control is inserted into the ignition
    switch, this code is checked. If the code is
    incorrect, the car will not start.
    The car is supplied with two remote controls. It is possible to have up to five remote
    controls programmed for the car at any one
    time. If one is lost, a replacement should be
    obtained as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer. When
    a new key is programmed into the car, the
    lost key will be deprogrammed automatically.
    Note
    If a new remote control has to be ordered
    and programmed, at least one old one is
    required for the locking system’s electronic
    unit to recognize the new (ordered) remote
    control.
    Once the new remote control has been programmed, the old unit that is lost will not
    work. Therefore you should carry two
    remote controls separately, especially on
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    Remote control functions

    NOTICE

    Button Pressed once

    Pressed
    twice

    The remote control contains delicate
    electronics.
    • Do not expose it to water.
    • Avoid rough handling.
    • Do not place the remote control where
    it may be subjected to high temperatures, e.g. on the instrument panel.
    Remote control
    1
    2
    3
    4

    Locks car
    Unlocks car and turns on cabin lighting
    Unlocks and opens trunk lid.
    Turns on exterior and cabin lighting.
    Activates panic function

    • Warm the remote control in your
    hands for a couple of minutes if it has
    become very cold to prevent malfunction.
    • For details on changing the battery,
    refer to page 54.

    Locks all doors.

    _

    Hold and
    press the
    button more
    than
    2 seconds
    _

    Unlocks driver´s SportSedan: Comfort
    opening, see
    door.
    The other
    page 119.
    doors are
    unlocked.
    SportCombi:
    The other
    doors and tailgate are
    unlocked.
    _
    _
    SportSedan:
    Unlocks and
    slightly opens
    the trunk lid.
    SportCombi:
    Unlocks the tailgate.
    Checks number
    of remote controls, see
    page 53.
    Panic alarm
    Turns on exterior _
    (activates
    and cabin lightalarm manuing *) (for
    ally), see
    30 seconds) or
    page 58.
    turns off lighting
    and deactivates
    panic alarm.

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    Locking/unlocking the car
    WARNING
    Leaving children or pets unattended in a
    locked car is dangerous. It is also dangerous to leave children in a vehicle with the
    ignition key. A child or others could be
    badly injured or even killed.
    Never lock anyone in the car.
    Remote locking and unlocking also control
    the car alarm.
    Remote locking
    Press the

    button once:

    SportSedan: all doors locked.
    SportCombi: all doors and tailgate locked.
    The hazard warning lights will flash once to
    confirm.

    Remote unlocking
    Pressing the
    button once: the driver´s
    door is unlocked.
    Pressing a second time:
    SportSedan: the rest of the doors are
    unlocked.
    SportCombi: the rest of the doors and tailgate are unlocked.
    The hazard warning lights will flash twice to
    confirm.
    Saab Information Display (SID), see
    page 89.

    Locking/unlocking the front left-hand door
    with the traditional key

    Intermittent malfunctioning

    1 Lock
    2 Unlock

    Equipment in the vicinity of the car that uses
    the same frequency as the remote control
    may cause interference to the remote control signal. In this case, retry from another
    angle and aim at the receiver located by the
    steering wheel.

    If remote unlocking should fail to work
    1 Remove the traditional key from the
    remote control by pressing the emblem
    on the reverse of the remote control.
    (This key only fits the front left-hand
    door.)
    2 Unlock the door with the key.
    The car alarm will be tripped. To silence the
    alarm, insert the remote control into the ignition switch.



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    Locking a car with dead battery

    Trunk lid/Tailgate

    The steering wheel lock requires sufficient
    battery voltage to lock and unlock. If the battery voltage drops below a certain level
    while the remote control is in the ignition
    switch, you will not be able to remove the
    remote control.

    Opening

    If you must leave the car, proceed as
    follows:

    SportCombi: The tailgate is unlocked (not

    SportSedan: The trunk lid is unlocked and
    slightly opened when the
    button on the
    remote control or on the inside of the driver’s
    door is pressed once.
    opened) when the
    button on the remote
    control or on the inside of the driver’s door
    is pressed once.

    1 Lock the car by pressing down the lock
    buttons on the doors.
    2 Lock the front left door from outside with
    the traditional key (see page 50). The
    car is now locked but the car alarm will
    remain inactive.

    Opening button on driver’s door

    The hazard warning lights will flash three
    times to confirm.
    Closing
    SportSedan: The trunk lid is locked when
    closed.
    If you unlock and/or open the trunk lid from
    outside the car with the
    button on the
    remote control, you must lock the car with
    the

    button to arm the car alarm

    SportCombi: The tailgate is not locked
    when closed. It is locked together with the
    doors when
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    Switches on front doors
    The central locking can also be operated
    from inside the car using the button by each
    front door handle.
    Locking the car with the remote control renders these buttons inoperative.
    SportSedan
    If you are sitting in the car and pressing the
    button on the driver’s door, the driver’s
    door will unlock. Pressing the button a
    second time will unlock the remaining
    doors.

    Central locking switch

    Child safety locks

    SportCombi
    If you are sitting in the car and pressing the
    button on the driver’s door, the driver’s
    door will unlock. Pressing the button a
    second time will unlock the remaining doors
    and the tailgate.

    The button on the passenger door works in
    the same way except that this first unlocks
    the passenger door. During this operation
    the rear doors remain locked.
    If the car is left with one or more doors open,
    the interior lighting will be switched off automatically after 20 minutes. This is to prevent
    the battery from running flat. Also, if the car
    has electrically adjustable seats, these will
    cease to operate.

    Child safety locks
    WARNING
    If small children are carried in the rear
    seat, the safety locks on the rear doors
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    The rear doors are equipped with child
    safety locks that are activated by means of
    a catch next to the door latch.

    Reprogramming lock system
    functions

    Insert a screwdriver or the traditional key
    (enclosed in the remote control) and turn it
    45°.

    Certain lock system functions can be
    reprogrammed. We recommend that you
    contact a Saab dealer (see page 293).

    When the child safety lock is in the locked
    position, the door can only be opened from
    outside the car.

    Checking the number of remote
    controls
    To check the number of remote controls that
    are programmed for the car:
    Trunk Release Handle

    Trunk Release Handle
    There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release
    handle located inside the trunk on the latch.
    This handle will glow following exposure to
    light. Pull the release handle down to open
    the trunk from inside.

    NOTICE
    The trunk release handle was not
    designed to be used to tie down the trunk
    lid or as an anchor point when securing
    items in the trunk. Improper use of the
    trunk release could damage it

    1 Insert the remote control into the ignition
    switch and turn it to ON.
    2 Press and hold the
    button for more
    than 2 seconds within 30 seconds after
    the ignition switch has been turned to
    the ON position.
    3 The Saab Information Display (SID) will
    now display the number of remote
    controls that are programmed for your
    car, and which of these (1–5) is in the
    ignition switch.
    Example of SID message:
    Number of keys:
    Active key number:



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    Changing the key battery

    When the voltage of the remote control
    battery drops below a certain level, the
    Saab Information Display (SID) will display:

    WARNING
    Keep the battery and other small components of the remote control out of reach of
    children.

    NOTICE
    The electronics of the remote control are
    sensitive to electrostatic discharge. Incorrect handling when changing the battery
    can damage the remote control. Avoid
    touching electronic components of the
    remote control with your hands.

    Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.
    Change the battery as soon as possible to
    avoid malfunctioning.
    Battery type: For optimum performance in
    all temperatures and good service life, Saab
    recommends the use of a Sony or Panasonic CR2032, 3V lithium battery.
    The battery should last for about 4 years of
    normal use.
    The battery type is marked on the inside of
    the remote control. Avoid leaving fingerprints on the faces of the battery.

    Press the emblem to remove
    the traditional key
    1 Press the emblem on the reverse of the
    remote control to remove the traditional
    key.
    2 Insert the tip of the key into the small slot
    and turn the key to split the remote
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    5 After changing the battery in the remote
    control, it is only possible to use the
    remote control a limited number of times
    before synchronization with the car is
    lost. Therefore, do not press the buttons
    on the remote control repeatedly directly
    after changing the battery.
    Unlock the car and insert the remote
    control into the ignition switch to
    synchronize the remote control and car.
    If the central locking system does not work
    after changing the battery and the car is
    locked, proceed as follows:
    Change the battery and fit together
    the two halves of the remote control

    1 Unlock the front left door with the traditional key. If the car has a car alarm, this
    will be tripped.

    3 Change the battery. Fit the new battery
    so that it is positioned in the same way
    as the old battery, with the positive (+)
    side facing down.

    2 Open the door and insert the remote
    control into the ignition switch. If the car
    has a car alarm, this will be silenced.
    The remote control and receiver unit are
    now synchronized.

    4 Fit the two halves of the remote control
    together and press them together until
    you hear several clicks. Avoid pressing
    the buttons. Reinsert the traditional key
    into the remote control.

    55

    Immobilizer
    The remote control contains an electronic
    code that is unique to your car. When the
    remote control is inserted into the ignition
    switch, this code is checked and the LED on
    the dashboard double-flashes for
    3 seconds. If the code is correct, the car can
    be started.
    Each time you remove the remote control
    from the ignition, the electronic starting
    interlock is activated, the LED double-flashes for 3 seconds and the car
    becomes immobilized. If an incorrect
    remote control is now inserted into the ignition switch (e.g. the remote control of
    another car), the immobilizer will remain
    operative (the LED will not flash for
    3 seconds) and it will not be possible to start
    the car.
    If, when inserted into the ignition switch,
    there is a problem checking the electronic
    code of the remote control, the following
    message will appear on the SID:
    Key not accepted.
    Contact service.
    Visit a Saab dealer to have the problem
    checked and rectified.



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    Car alarm

    The alarm is armed 11 seconds after the car
    has been locked by remote control.

    WARNING
    Leaving children or pets unattended in a
    locked car is dangerous. It is also dangerous to leave children in a vehicle with the
    ignition key. A child or others could be
    badly injured or even killed.
    The car alarm is armed when the car is
    locked with the remote control.
    The car alarm will not be armed if you
    lock the car with the traditional key (see
    page 50).
    All the doors, the hood and the trunk lid are
    monitored by the alarm.

    During the delay period, the LED shines
    constantly. It will then start to flash once
    every 3 seconds. The LED is located on the
    dashboard.
    If a door or the trunk lid is open when the car
    is locked with the remote control, the LED
    will flash 3 times per second for
    11 seconds. Check that the doors, hood
    and trunk lid are closed.
    If the signal persists, contact a Saab dealer
    to have the problem checked and rectified.

    Locking the trunk lid
    SportSedan
    If you open the trunk lid from outside the car
    with the

    button on the remote control,

    you must lock the car with the
    arm the car alarm.

    button to

    SportCombi
    If you unlock and/or open the trunk lid from
    outside the car with the
    button on the
    remote control, you must lock the car with
    the

    button to arm the car alarm.



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    To avoid any inconvenience, make sure that
    anyone using the car is familiar with how the
    car alarm and the locking system work.
    If the alarm has been tripped since the car
    was last locked, the Saab Information Display (SID) will display:
    Alarm tripped during
    last arming period.
    If a fault arises in the car alarm system, the
    Saab Information Display (SID) will display:
    Theft protection failure.
    Contact service.

    Arming the car alarm
    The alarm is armed when all doors, the hood
    and the trunk lid are closed and you lock the
    car with the remote control.

    What trips the alarm?
    The alarm will be tripped if:
    • a door, the hood or the trunk lid is opened
    • somebody tries to hot-wire the car

    Signals when the alarm is tripped
    If the alarm is triggered, the following alarm
    signals will be set off:
    • all direction indicators flash for 5 minutes.
    • the horn sounds for 30-second intervals
    with 10-second breaks (max. 10 cycles).
    The signals can vary between markets
    and due to legal and insurance requirements.
    Switching off the alarm if tripped
    If the alarm has been triggered (direction
    indicators flashing and horn sounding) it can
    be turned off by pressing one of the buttons
    on the remote control or, if you are sitting in
    the car, by turning the ignition to ON (see
    below).
    Turns off lights and horn.
    Unlocks car.
    Turns off lights and horn.
    Car remains locked.
    Turns off lights and horn.
    Unlocks trunk.
    Turns off lights and horn.
    Turns on exterior and cabin lighting. Car remains locked.
    If sitting in the car: Turn the ignition
    switch to ON in the ignition switch

    57

    NOTICE
    • It is possible to inadvertently deactivate the car alarm and at the same
    time unlock the car, if the button on the
    key is pressed by mistake when the
    car is still within its range.
    • When locking the car by remote control in extremely cold weather, it is
    advisable to check that the lock
    system has operated properly. To do
    so, check that the interior locking buttons are all down.
    If not, unlock and re lock the car again.



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    Panic function

    Overview of functions

    The car alarm includes a panic function. This function allows the
    alarm to be started manually, for example, to attract attention.

    Locking/arming

    Direction indicators flash once.

    Unlocking/
    disarming

    Direction indicators flash twice.

    When the alarm is tripped, the lights and horn come on for 3 minutes
    or until you press one of the remote control buttons.

    Unlocking/
    disarming trunk
    lid

    Direction indicators flash three times.

    To start the alarm manually proceed as follows:

    Alarm triggered

    Direction indicators flash for 5 min.
    The horn sounds for 30-second intervals with
    10-second breaks (max. 10 cycles) or until you
    press one of the remote control buttons or turn
    the ignition switch to the ON position.

    Remote control

    Normal range: 5–16 yds. (5–15 metres).
    In favorable conditions the range can be significantly greater.

    Remote control
    battery

    Normal life: approx. 4 years.
    Change the battery when the SID displays:
    Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.
    See Changing the key battery, page 54.

    The panic alarm can only be activated while the car is stationary.
    The alarm is silenced if the car is driven off.

    • Press and hold the
    button on the remote control for more than
    2 seconds, or if you are sitting in the car...
    • Press and hold the
    or
    for more than 2 seconds.

    button on one of the front doors

    To switch off the alarm:
    • Press one of the remote control buttons or, if you are sitting in the
    car, the

    or

    buttons on one of the front doors.

    Some car alarm functions and indications can be reprogrammed.
    Contact a Saab dealer for details of the possibilities and refer to
    page 293.



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    59

    Quick guide, LED and Saab Information Display
    (SID) messages
    LED signal

    SID message

    Reason/action

    Arming (delay period)

    Illuminates for 11 seconds.

    Key not accepted.
    Contact service.

    Error when remote control
    inserted into ignition switch.

    Alarm armed

    Flashes once every 3 seconds.

    Disarming

    Extinguishes.

    Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.

    Battery needs replacing.
    See page 54.

    Alarm not armed

    Off.

    Number of keys:
    Active key number:

    Check of the number of remote
    controls programmed for your
    car. See page 53.

    Alarm tripped during
    last arming period.

    The alarm has been tripped
    since the car was last locked.

    Activity

    A door, the hood or the tailgate is Flashes for 11 s then flashes
    open or opened during the delay once every 3 seconds.
    period.
    Car immobilized but not locked.

    Off.

    Change of status of immobilizer Double-flashes for 3 seconds.
    system, valid remote control
    inserted or removed from ignition
    switch.



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    61

    9-3 Convertible
    Advice on soft top
    operation ___________
    Operating the soft top __
    Raising the soft top
    manually ___________
    SID warnings and
    messages __________
    "Easy entry"__________

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

    62
    63
    68
    71
    73

    Head restraints ________
    Safety belts, rear seat,
    Convertible __________
    Rollover Pop-up Bars ___
    Electric windows_______
    Interior lighting ________
    Unlocking the trunk lid
    manually ____________

    74
    75
    76
    77
    79
    80



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    Advice on soft top
    operation
    • Once you have raised the soft top and
    before driving off, always check that the
    soft top is properly engaged with the windshield rail, see page 66.
    • Once you have folded the soft top and
    before driving off, check that the soft top
    cover is locked, see page 64.
    • Do not operate the soft top in temperatures below 23 °F (–5 °C).
    • Note that certain automatic car washes
    can damage the soft top. This applies to
    car washes that use mechanical feelers
    bearing against the body. Saab advises
    against washing the Convertible in an
    automatic car wash.
    • After rain or washing the car, allow the soft
    top to dry completely before folding it.
    Folding a wet or damp soft top can cause
    water damage in the car and mildew to
    form on the soft top.

    • Roof racks and ski holders must not be
    mounted on the soft top.
    • Under no circumstances should anything
    be put into the stowage space of the soft
    top (under the soft top cover) since this
    could cause an obstruction when the soft
    top is being folded away.
    • Do not place any objects on the covers
    over the roll bars as this can hamper their
    function.
    • When operating the soft top, raise or fold
    it fully until notified that operation is
    complete by the SID. Do not leave the soft
    top partially open/closed. If the soft top is
    left in an intermediate position it will
    collapse progressively after 20 seconds
    to prevent overloading the drive system.
    • Washing the soft top, see page 267.

    WARNING
    • Never touch the hinges and struts of
    the soft top nor the upper rail of the
    windshield while operating the soft
    top.
    • Do not operate the soft top while there
    are bystanders close to the car.



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    Operating the soft top
    WARNING
    • Do not touch the hinges or struts of the
    soft top during opening due to the
    pinch hazard.
    • Keep children out of reach.
    • Do not operate the soft top while there
    are bystanders close to the car.
    • Make sure that the soft top cover has
    locked properly after folding the soft
    top.
    • Check that the soft top engages properly with the upper edge of the windshield after raising.

    NOTICE
    If you drive off while raising or folding the
    soft top, operation is halted when
    the speed of the car exceeds 20 mph
    (30 km/h). This speed can be programmed (0–20 mph/0–30 km/h). We
    recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer. The movement of the car and
    force of the wind can seriously damage
    the components of the soft top system.

    Read the "Advice on soft top operation"
    section on page 62 before operating the soft
    top.
    The soft top is operated with the switch on
    the instrument panel. Hold the switch in the
    desired position until the soft top is fully
    folded or raised.
    The completion of folding or raising the soft
    top is indicated by a chime.
    Error messages that can appear on the SID
    are shown on page 71.
    Switch for operating the soft top
    a Raising
    b Folding

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    Opening

    2 Press and hold the soft top button until
    the soft top is fully folded and the soft top
    cover raised. Completed folding is indicated by a chime. If there is a malfunction a text message will be shown on the
    SID. Refer to page 71.
    Do not press any of the buttons on the
    same section of the instrument panel as
    the soft top switch while folding the soft
    top. This will cause the soft top to stop
    and then sink after about 20 seconds.

    The following conditions must be fulfilled for
    the soft top to be folded:
    • Vehicle speed must not exceed 20 mph
    (30 km/h).
    • Battery voltage must exceed 10 V.
    • Outside temperature must exceed 23 °F
    (–5 °C).
    • The trunk lid must be locked.
    • There must be sufficient space in the
    trunk for the soft top.

    Remote opening 3
    Folding

    You can fold the soft top when outside the
    car by pressing and holding the
    (unlock) button on the remote control. See
    also page 119.

    1 Start the engine and let it idle. Clearance
    for soft top operation: height, min. 7.2 ft
    (2.2 m); behind car, min. 2" (5 cm).



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    1 Rear window raised. Soft top storage in
    luggage compartment lowered.
    2 The soft top cover is opened.

    a 7.2 ft (2.2 m)
    b 2" (5 cm)

    3 Soft top folded.

    4 The soft top cover is closed.

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    Raising

    2 Press and hold the soft top button until
    the soft top is fully raised and the soft top
    cover closed. Completed raising is indicated by a chime. If there is a malfunction a text message will be shown on the
    SID. Refer to page 71.
    Do not press any of the buttons on the
    same section of the instrument panel as
    the soft top switch while raising the soft
    top. This will cause the soft top to stop
    and then sink after about 20 seconds.

    The following conditions must be fulfilled for
    raising the soft top:
    • Vehicle speed must not exceed
    20 mph (30 km/h).
    • Battery voltage must exceed 10 V.
    • The trunk lid must be locked.

    Raising

    1 Start the engine and let it idle. Clearance
    for soft top operation: height, min. 7.2 ft
    (2.2 m); behind car, min. 2" (5 cm).

    Check that the hooks in the soft top hold it
    securely to the upper edge of the windshield.



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    1 The soft top cover is opened.

    2 The soft top is raised.

    3 The soft top cover is closed.
    4 The rear window is lowered.

    a 7.2 ft (2.2 m)
    b 2" (5 cm

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    Raising the soft top
    manually
    WARNING
    Only raise the soft top manually in an
    emergency (e.g. due to an electrical
    fault).
    Do not touch the soft top button on the
    instrument panel while closing the soft top
    manually. This could cause personal
    injury and damage the soft top mechanism.
    Do not fold the soft top having closed it
    manually. This can damage the soft top
    mechanism.
    If the soft top has been folded mechanically
    there will be a delay of 20 seconds before it
    is possible to raise it manually (the pressure
    must be released from the hydraulic system).
    If the car is without electrical power, the
    trunk must be unlocked manually. Refer to
    page 80.

    Wire catch for unlocking soft top cover

    1 Find the lug wrench, Allen key and
    screwdriver located under the luggage
    compartment floor.
    2 Remove the two covers from the side
    trim in the trunk, one from either side.
    If there are two of you, it is easiest if you
    stand on either side of the car and perform
    steps 3-6 and 9-10 together.
    3 Unlock the soft top cover by pressing
    forward the two wire catches, one on the
    left and one on right-hand side.

    4 Close the trunk lid fully as otherwise it
    will obstruct the soft top cover.
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    Soft top cover opened

    5 Open the soft top cover, upward and
    backward.
    6 Tip forward the front seat backrests.

    Manual closing started

    WARNING
    • Do not touch the hinges and struts of
    the soft top during raising.
    • Keep your hands clear of the front
    windshield rail.
    • Pinch hazard may cause personal
    injury.

    69

    Soft top pulled towards windshield

    7 Before raising the soft top, the two
    catches in the leading edge of the soft
    top must be opened. Stand in the rear
    seat and pry off the cover with the screwdriver (the cover is fitted on the covering
    in between the catches). Using the tool
    (the lug wrench and the Allen key), turn
    clockwise to open the catches.
    Stand in the rear seat and raise the soft
    top. Pull it towards the windshield. This
    operation requires 7.2 ft (2.2 m) of vertical clearance.



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    Soft top locked to windshield rail

    Closing the soft top cover

    8 Sit in one of the front seats and lock the
    soft top to the windshield rail. Use the lug
    wrench and the Allen key. Turn roughly
    1/4 turn counterclockwise. Check that
    the soft top is properly locked in place by
    pressing up the front edge. The soft top
    must not move upward.

    9 Lift up the rear window fully and hold it
    there. Close the soft top cover. It is not
    possible to lock the soft top cover after
    manual raising.

    NOTICE
    To avoid damaging the paintwork on the
    soft top cover and the trunk lid, take care
    when closing the soft top cover.
    10 Press down the rear edge of the soft top
    as far as possible towards the soft top
    cover.

    Rear window locked to soft top cover
    11 Now lock the rear window to the soft top
    cover. Sit in the rear seat and insert the
    tool (the same tool as used to lock the
    soft top to the windshield rail) into the
    hexagonal hole in the soft top mechanism. Turn roughly 1/4 turn, counterclockwise on the right had side of the
    soft top and clockwise on the left-hand
    side. Look at the soft top cover when
    locking the rear window. The rear
    window must make a tight seal against
    the soft top cover.
    The soft top system must be checked and
    rectified without delay. We recommend that
    you contact a Saab dealer.



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    SID warnings and messages
    The following messages associated with the soft top system and can be displayed on the SID together with a chime:

    Soft top front
    not locked.

    Soft top power pack
    overheated.

    Cause

    Suitable action

    Failure of the soft top to lock automatically to
    the windshield.

    • Move the car so that it is standing level if on
    a steep slope.
    • Press the soft top button to fold the soft top
    slightly. Fold the soft top again.

    This message appears if the soft top is operated Wait 6 minutes to allow the hydraulic pump to
    continuously for more than 3 minutes.
    cool down.

    Move goods away from
    soft top storage area.
    Operation at low temp.
    may damage soft top.
    Only manual operation
    possible.
    Soft top cover not
    locked. Try again.

    Move the object hindering soft top operation.
    Displayed if the soft top is folded at temperatures
    below 23 °F (–5 °C).



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    Battery low.

    The voltage of the car battery is too low to allow
    soft top operation.

    Soft top obstructed.
    Clear obstacles.
    Complete soft top
    operation to open trunk.

    Complete soft top operation.

    Complete soft top
    operation before driving

    Complete soft top operation.
    Close the trunk lid.

    Close trunk.
    The backrest is not locked.

    Raise the backrest fully to locked position, see
    page 73.

    The backrest is not locked.

    Raise the backrest fully to locked position, see
    page 73.

    Driver seat unlocked.
    Passenger front seat
    unlocked.



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    73

    "Easy entry"
    WARNING
    • Always check that the backrest locks
    properly when returned to normal
    position.
    • Check that the fore-and-aft position of
    the seat is properly locked. The backrest and the entire belt-in seat must be
    locked in position; otherwise the occupant of the seat is at risk of injury
    during braking or in the event of a
    crash, especially if a rear-facing child
    seat is fitted behind the backrest.
    To facilitate getting in and out of the rear
    seat, the front seats can be slid forward.

    "Easy entry" function. Illustration shows an electrically adjustable seat 3
    Manually adjusted passenger seats 3

    Electrically adjustable front seats 3

    1 Raise the handle by the head restraint
    on the seat.

    1 Raise the handle by the head restraint
    on the seat.

    2 Tip the backrest and slide the seat
    forward.

    2 Tip the backrest forward.

    Repositioning
    1 Tip back the backrest.
    2 Slide the seat back to the desired
    position.
    Make sure the backrest and seat are properly locked in position. Correct locking is
    indicated by a clear clicking noise.

    3 The seat now moves to its foremost
    position.
    Repositioning
    1 Tip the backrest back to its normal
    position.
    2 Raise and hold the handle while the seat
    is moved back. Release the handle
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    required position. Correct locking is indicated by a clear clicking noise.

    Repositioning (seats without memory)
    1 Tip the backrest back but not to its
    normal position.
    2 Raise and hold the handle until the seat
    has returned to its previous position.
    3 Release the handle and move the backrest to locked position. Correct locking is
    indicated by a clear clicking noise.

    Head restraints
    WARNING
    • Adjust the head restraint so that the
    head is optimally supported and the
    center of the head restraint is at ear
    height, thus reducing the likelihood of
    neck injury in a crash.
    • Raise the head restraints in the seats
    that are occupied.
    The front seats are equipped with Saab
    Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). These are
    designed to reduce the risk of neck injury if
    the car is hit from behind.
    The SAHR is a mechanical system, actuated by body weight. The mechanism is built
    into the top of the backrest, where it is connected to the head restraint.
    In the event of a rear-end crash, the body is
    forced back against the backrest. This, in
    turn, causes the mechanism to press the
    head restraint forward and upward, thus limiting the backward movement of the head.

    Front head restraint
    The front head restraints can be raised and
    lowered to a number of positions, the rear
    has two positions.
    • Raising: grasp the head restraint on both
    sides and pull it straight up.
    • Lowering the front head restraints: press
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    Safety belts, rear seat,
    Convertible
    The two rear seats have three-point safety
    belts with inertia reels.
    Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and inserting the tongue in the buckle. Check that it is
    securely fastened.
    Position the lap part low across the hips.
    Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle
    and pull the belt towards the shoulder to
    tighten the lap belt part.
    Rear head restraint
    The rear head restraints can be fully
    lowered to improve rearward vision when
    the rear seats are unoccupied.

    The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as
    possible.
    Press the red button on the belt buckle to
    release the belt.
    Refer to page 266 for how to check the function of the safety belts, cleaning, etc.

    75

    WARNING
    • If cargo has to be placed on a seat, it
    must be properly secured with the
    safety belt. This reduces the risk of the
    cargo being thrown about during hard
    braking or a crash, which could cause
    personal injury.
    • Check that the belt is not twisted or
    lying against sharp edges.
    • Make sure you use the correct safety
    belt buckle.
    For how to secure loads on the rear seat,
    refer to page 17.



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    Rollover Pop-up Bars
    The Rollover Pop Up Bars, which are
    located behind each rear seat head
    restraint, are designed to deploy in the
    event of a crash or rollover.

    WARNING

    Safety belts, rear seat, Convertible

    You can be severely injured or killed in a
    crash if you are not wearing your safety
    belt - even if you have airbags and Rollover Pop Up Bars. Wearing your safety
    belt during a crash helps reduce your
    chance of hitting things inside the vehicle
    or being ejected from it.
    • The Rollover Pop Up Bars have powerful springs that rapidly extend the
    bars in rollover crashes, as well as in
    moderate to severe crashes in which
    the airbags deploy. Rollover Pop Up
    Bars are supplemental to the safety
    belts. They are designed to work with
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    Electric windows

    • Rollover Pop Up Bars deploy with
    great force, and you could be injured if
    your arm or other body part, or if an
    object is covering the bars when they
    deploy. Don't put anything on the
    cover of the Rollover Pop Up Bars.
    The path of the Rollover Pop Up Bars
    must be kept clear.
    • The Rollover Pop Up Bars are
    designed to deploy only once. If they
    deploy, take your vehicle to a workshop immediately to have the Rollover
    Pop Up Bars repaired so that they
    operate properly in the event of a
    crash or rollover. We recommend that
    you contact a Saab dealer.

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    WARNING
    Bear in mind the pinch hazard when closing the side windows. May cause serious
    or fatal injuries!

    Rollover Pop-up Bars

    NOTICE
    To avoid the risk of damage to the soft top
    do not operated the soft top while the
    bars are extended.

    • Always remove the remote control
    from the ignition switch when you
    leave the car to prevent personal
    injury caused by the activation of the
    electric windows, for example, due to
    children playing.
    • The person operating the electric
    window is responsible for ensuring
    that no one, especially a child, has
    their head, hands or fingers in the
    window openings, before raising the
    window.
    • Do not stick any part of the body or the
    head out through an open window
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    To close
    Soft top raised – The windows are operated
    individually.
    Soft top folded – The button for the front
    window closes both side windows.
    Automatic closing of a front side window
    Raise the button all the way and release it.
    The rear side window must be fully closed.
    Pinch protection 3 is available for the front
    side windows.

    Window switches

    For further information on the electric windows, refer to page 119.

    Deactivating the passenger door
    window button
    To open
    Soft top raised – The windows open individually.

    With the
    button on the driver’s door,
    you can deactivate the window button on
    the passenger door.

    Soft top folded – The button for the front
    window opens both side windows.

    The illuminated switch will change color
    from green to amber (deactivated).

    Automatic opening
    Press the button all the way down and
    release it. If the soft top is folded, the rear
    side window is also lowered.

    Calibrating front electric
    windows with pinch protection 3
    The window lifts should be calibrated if automatic closing does not work or if the battery
    has been disconnected. The pinch protection will not work if the windows are not
    calibrated.
    Perform calibration as follows:
    1 Make sure the soft top is raised.
    2 Make sure the doors are closed.
    3 Let the engine idle.
    4 Make sure the rear side windows are
    closed, then operate each front window
    switch for moving the corresponding
    window fully down and fully up, repeat
    up to 3 times depending on conditions.
    Keep switch pressed a few seconds in
    fully up position after each "up" movement. When a chime is heard, the calibration is completed.
    If calibration fails twice in a row, have the car
    checked and rectified. We recommend that
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    Interior lighting

    Glove box

    The interior lighting consists of a front roof
    light, two front reading lights, footfall lighting
    and courtesy lighting in the doors. The light
    switches are located in the roof console.

    The glove box lighting comes on when the
    compartment is opened and goes out when
    it is closed.

    The cabin lighting comes on

    Sun visor

    • When a door is opened and the ignition is
    OFF.

    An illuminated vanity mirror is provided on
    the inside of the sun visors. The lighting
    comes on when the cover is raised and goes
    out when it is closed.

    For changing bulbs, refer to page 228.

    • When the remote control is removed from
    the ignition switch.
    The lighting goes out
    • When the car is locked.

    Front interior lighting - Convertible

    Trunk lighting

    1 Left-hand reading light
    2 Cabin light
    3 Right-hand reading light

    The trunk lighting comes on and goes out
    when the trunk lid is opened and closed.

    • When the ignition is turned on.
    • Approx. 20 seconds after closing all
    doors.
    The lights are dimmed out gradually.
    If a door is left open with the ignition OFF,
    the interior lighting goes out automatically
    after 5 minutes so as not to drain the
    battery.

    The interior lighting can be switched off
    completely.
    1 Open the driver’s door.
    2 Turn off the cabin lighting with the center
    button, see illustration.
    This is canceled when the ignition switch is
    turned to position ON or when the car is
    locked with the remote control.

    If the trunk lid is left open, the lighting will be
    switched off automatically after 20 minutes
    to prevent the battery from running flat.
    For changing bulbs, refer to page 230.



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    Spoiler on trunklid 3

    Unlocking the trunk lid
    manually

    WARNING

    If the trunk lid is not unlocked by the central
    locking system, it can be unlocked
    manually.

    Some models have a spoiler on the trunklid. Avoid getting fingers and hands
    trapped between the spoiler and rear
    fender when closing the trunklid.

    1 Take the traditional key out of the remote
    control by pressing the emblem on the
    reverse (see page 54).

    Wind deflector 3

    2 Carefully prise off the round cover using
    your nails, a credit card or similar so as
    not to damage the paintwork.
    3 Unlock the trunk lid using the traditional
    key.
    We recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer to have the central locking system
    checked.

    Unlocking the trunk lid manually

    A wind deflector is available as an accessory. Follow the fitting instructions supplied
    with the wind deflector carefully.



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    Instruments and controls
    Warning and indicator
    lights _______________
    Instruments ___________
    Saab Information Display
    (SID)________________
    Switches _____________
    Wipers and washers ____
    Automatic climatecontrol system (ACC)__

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

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    89
    97
    103
    107



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    Warning and indicator
    lights

    Main instrument panel

    The warnings and indications that can be
    shown depend on the engine variant and
    equipment level.

    Antilock braking warning
    This warning light illuminates when a fault
    arises in the antilock brake system.
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):
    Antilock brake malfunc.
    Contact service.
    U.S. shown, Canada similar
    Main instrument panel
    1
    2
    3
    4

    Tachometer
    Speedometer
    Turbo gauge
    Fuel gauge

    5 Engine temperature gauge
    6 Information display
    7 Trip meter reset button

    The brake system will continue to function
    but without ABS modulation. See also
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    Warning, oil pressure
    (engine oil)

    Charge warning light
    This light comes on when the battery is not
    being charged by the alternator. If the light
    comes on during driving, stop as soon as
    possible and switch off the engine.
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):

    This light will come on if the engine oil pressure is too low. If the warning light flashes or
    comes on while you are driving, stop immediately in a safe place, switch off the engine
    and check the oil level (see page 208).

    NOTICE
    Battery not charging.
    Make a safe stop.

    Never drive the car when the oil pressure
    warning lamp is on. Low oil pressure can
    cause serious engine damage.

    Check the drive belt, see page 215.
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):

    Warning, tire pressure
    The light illuminates if the tire pressure in
    one or more tires is too low or if a fault has
    arisen in the system, see page 253.
    Below is an example of the message simultaneously shown on the SID:
    Tire pressure low,
    rear left. Check tires.

    Oil pressure low.
    Make a safe stop.

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    Service Engine Light also
    known as CHECK ENGINE
    WARNING
    An illuminated Service Engine Light also
    known as CHECK ENGINE indicator light
    indicates an engine-related problem.
    While your car may be able to be driven
    with the “Service Engine Light also known
    as CHECK ENGINE” indicator light illuminated (limp-home mode), you are
    advised to have your car serviced at an
    authorized Saab dealer as soon as possible.
    Continued driving without this problem
    being corrected might cause serious further damage to your car and create
    unsafe driving conditions. The operator
    should be prepared to take action if such
    unsafe conditions arise (e.g. brake
    smoothly, engage neutral, stop in a suitable place, switch off the engine, etc.)
    This light indicates a malfunction in the fuel
    or ignition system.
    Did you recently put fuel into your vehicle?
    If so, reinstall the fuel cap, making sure to
    fully install the cap. See Fuel cap on
    page 157. The diagnostic system can determine if the fuel cap has been left off or
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    cap will allow fuel to evaporate into the
    atmosphere. A few driving trips with the cap
    properly installed should turn the light off.
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):
    Tighten fuel filler cap.
    If the light is still on the car may still be driven
    with care but the performance of the engine
    will be somewhat diminished (see
    page 153).
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):
    Reduced engine power.
    Contact service.

    Front fog lights 3
    This light indicates when the front fog lights
    are on (see page 100).
    The front fog lights are switched off automatically when the engine is switched off.
    When the fog lights are next needed, they
    will have to be switched on manually.

    Brake warning light
    This light should come on briefly when you
    turn the ignition key to ON. If it doesn’t come
    on, have it fixed so it will be ready to warn
    you if there is a problem. This light indicates
    when the brake fluid level is too low (see
    page 212).
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):

    NOTICE
    The car should be checked immediately
    at a Saab dealer to prevent more serious
    faults from arising.

    High beam Indicator
    This light shows when the high beam is on
    (see page 99).

    Brake fluid level low.
    Make a safe stop.

    WARNING
    • Never drive the car if these two lights
    are on at the same time. Danger of
    brake failure!
    • If the level of brake fluid in the reservoir is below the MIN mark, the vehicle
    should be transported on a recovery
    vehicle.
    • Have the brake system checked
    immediately at a Saab dealer.
    For safety reasons, stop the car and check
    the level of the brake fluid (see page 212).
    If the level is normal, depress the brake
    pedal firmly two or three times. Now check
    the level again. If the level is still normal, you
    may drive the car, with considerable caution, to the nearest workshop to have the
    brake system checked. We recommend
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    The brake system provides Electronic
    Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). This distributes the brake pressure between the front
    and rear wheels, in such a way as to achieve
    optimum braking performance irrespective
    of the car’s load.
    If a fault arises in the EBD function, the

    ,

    and
    lights will come on. Also, the
    following message will appear on the Saab
    Information Display (SID):
    Brake malfunction.
    Make a safe stop.
    If this is the case, drive carefully and contact
    a workshop as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer. Refer
    to Brake warning light on page 84, Antilock
    braking warning on page 82 and ESP® OFF
    indicator on page 86.

    Parking brake warning
    light
    This light comes on when the parking brake
    is applied (see page 177).
    The parking brake is mechanical and operates on the rear wheels.
    If the parking brake is applied when the car
    starts off, the following message will appear
    on the Saab Information Display (SID):
    Release park brake.

    WARNING
    • Always apply the parking brake when
    parking, see page 177.
    • Always apply the parking brake
    before removing the remote control.

    Safety belt reminder

    • Do not apply the parking brake while
    the car is moving.

    This light reminds the driver to buckle up,
    see page 12.

    Airbag warning light
    This light comes on if a potentially serious
    fault has occurred in the airbag system, see
    also page 32.

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    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):
    Airbag malfunction.
    Contact service.

    WARNING
    • If the airbag readiness light stays on
    after you start your vehicle, it means
    the airbag system may not be working
    properly. One or more of the following
    conditions may occur:
    – Non-deployment of the airbags in the
    event of a crash.
    – Deployment of the airbags without a
    crash.
    – Deployment of the airbags in crashes
    less severe than intended.
    • To help avoid injury to yourself or others, have your vehicle serviced right
    away if the airbag readiness light stays
    on after you start your vehicle.
    This light will come on for about four seconds when the ignition switch is turned to
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    This symbol lights up when the system is
    disengaged, see page 176.

    Indicator, fuel
    This light comes on when there is less than
    about 2.5 gallons (10 liter) of fuel left in the
    tank.

    NOTICE
    If the car runs out of fuel, air can be drawn
    in with the fuel, which, in turn, can cause
    the catalytic converter to be damaged by
    overheating.

    Headlight and parking
    light indicator
    This light indicates that the headlights or
    parking lights are on.

    Cruise control indicator
    light
    This light comes on when the system is
    engaged.

    ESP® indicator
    This symbol lights up when the system is
    operative.
    ESP®

    Operation of the
    indicates reduced
    cohesion between the tires and the road,
    and that extra care should be taken by the
    driver.

    If there is a malfunction, the symbol cannot
    be turned off by pressing the ESP® button.
    The following message is shown on the
    Saab Information Display (SID):
    Stability control failure.
    Contact service.
    If so, have the system checked at a Saab
    dealer.

    ESP® OFF indicator
    WARNING
    The system improves stability and
    maneuverability under slippery road and
    extreme driving conditions. It must however not be regarded as a system
    to enable the driver to maintain higher
    speeds. The same precautions as
    normal for safe cornering and driving
    on slippery roads must be adopted (see
    pages 173/ 175).

    See also Electronic Stability Program ESP®
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    Autochecking of lights, main
    instrument panel
    The warning and indicator lights shown
    above should come on when the ignition
    switch is turned to ON. They should go out
    after about 4 seconds once the engine has
    started or after the fault-free self-diagnosis
    of each system or function.

    Instruments
    Tachometer

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    Speedometer
    (U.S. speedometer shown)

    The tachometer displays the engine speed
    in thousands of revolutions per minute.

    Cars sold in U.S.: The speedometer displays the speed of the car in miles per hour
    (mph).

    A protective function (interruption of the fuel
    supply) limits the engine speed within the
    red zone.

    Cars sold in Canada: The speedometer
    displays the speed of the car in kilometres
    per hour (km/h).
    It receives information about vehicle speed
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    NOTICE
    If the needle, despite the above action,
    enters the red zone, stop the car in a suitable place and allow the engine to idle. If
    the needle continues to rise, switch off the
    engine.
    If the needle repeatedly enters the red zone,
    stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so and
    check the coolant level (see page 210).

    WARNING

    Temperature gauge
    The temperature gauge shows the temperature of the coolant. The needle should be
    in the middle of the scale when the engine
    is at normal operating temperature.
    If the needle goes into the red zone (which
    can occur at high outside air temperatures
    or under heavy engine loads), choose the
    highest possible gear ratio and the lowest
    possible engine speed, and avoid shifting
    down.

    Never open the cap of the expansion tank
    completely when the engine is hot, open
    with care. The pressure in the cooling-system can cause hot coolant and
    steam to be released. Failure to heed this
    warning may result in personal injury.

    Turbo gauge
    The turbo gauge indicates the air volume
    used for combustion, which is equivalent to
    the engine load.
    At low loads and when the engine is used for
    braking, the needle will move within the
    white zone.
    Under certain barometric conditions the
    needle may enter the first part of the red
    zone without necessarily indicating that a
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    Saab Information
    Display (SID)

    If the needle repeatedly enters the red zone
    and the engine at the same time loses
    power, because the monitoring system is
    limiting the boost pressure, you should
    contact a Saab dealer as soon as possible.

    • Various types of information are shown on
    the SID: warnings, indications, trip
    computer information and information
    from the car’s Infotainment System.

    If the speed of the car exceeds 143 mph
    (230 km/h) (this speed varies between different engine variants), acceleration is limited by reducing the boost pressure. The
    pressure gauge then moves towards the
    middle of the white field, indicating a drop in
    engine power and consequently the car’s
    speed.

    Fuel gauge
    When less than about 2.5 gallons (10 liter)
    of fuel is left in the tank, a warning light on
    the main instrument panel comes on.
    Because of the fuel remaining in the tank,
    the amount of fuel required to fill the tank
    may be less than the specified tank capacity.
    Refueling, see page 156.

    • Selected gear is shown on the left-hand
    side of the display. When gears are
    selected manually, the letter M (manual)
    and the selected gear are displayed (see
    page 168) (cars with automatic transmission).
    • In the first row trip computer information is
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    Trip computer function of the SID

    When a message is displayed
    The odometer and tripmeter is temporarily
    turned off when a two row message is displayed. The icon is displayed in the left part
    of the display.

    WARNING
    It is strongly recommended that the SID
    settings be changed only when the car is
    stationary. The driver’s attention can otherwise easily be distracted from the road.

    The warnings and indications that can be
    shown on the SID are listed on page 294.
    If there is more than one message on the
    SID, a plus sign will be displayed to the left
    of the first message. Each message will be
    displayed for 10 seconds.
    Press the CLR button to acknowledge a SID
    message. If you acknowledge a message
    but do nothing about it, the message will be
    displayed again the next time you start the
    car.
    When the engine is switched off the warning/indicator lights still active are displayed,
    this is to remind the driver. At this point the
    warning/indicator lights previously acknowledged with the CLR button are also displayed.
    You can adjust the settings of several of the
    car’s systems, such as the alarm 3, rain
    sensor 3 and climate control system. These
    are known as Settings se page 94.

    SID contains the following functions:
    SID, control unit and display

    Temp

    Outdoor temperature

    D.T.E.

    Estimated range (distance to
    empty fuel tank).
    When the possible range is
    less than 18 miles (30 km)
    then the text Refill fuel now
    is displayed.

    Fuel Ø

    Average fuel consumption
    since function last reset

    Dist

    Distance to destinations.
    Function can also be used as
    a trip meter

    Speed Ø

    Average speed since function
    last reset

    Speed W

    Speed warning (chime)

    Settings

    Settings of features such as
    alarm clock, language and
    rain sensor 3

    Odometer and trip meter
    The odometer records the distance travelled in miles on U.S. vehicles and on Canadian vehicles the distance indicated is in
    kilometres, and the trip meter in miles and
    tenths (kilometres and tenths of kilometres
    on Canadian vehicles).

    Reset button
    The reset button is positioned immediately
    to the left of the speedometer.
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    When the engine is started, the function that
    was selected when the engine was
    switched off is displayed, with the following
    exceptions:

    Setting values
    1 Select one of the functions using the
    steering wheel controls,
    or
    .

    Resetting a single function
    1 Select the function you wish to reset
    using the steering wheel controls,
    or
    .

    • Temp is displayed if the outside temperature is between 26 and 38°F (–3 and
    +3°C).

    • Dist (preset to 100 miles (100 km) if not
    previously set)
    • Speed Ø

    • Speed Ø

    • D.T.E. is displayed if less than or equal to
    30 miles (50 km).

    • Speed W (preset to 55 mph (90 km/h).

    • Trip (Dist used as trip meter).

    Outdoor temperature

    WARNING
    Remember that roads can be icy even at
    temperatures of above 38°F (+3°C),
    especially on bridges and stretches of
    road that are sheltered from the sun.
    The Temp function is always activated
    (even in NIGHTPANEL mode) if the outdoor
    temperature rises or falls to between 26 and
    38 °F (–3 and +3 °C).
    If the temperature sensor, located under the
    front bumper, is covered by snow or ice,
    temperature readings will be unreliable.

    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    3 Use the steering wheel controls to select
    the value. (Press CLR to reset the
    value.)
    4 Press the SET button to finish setup.
    Using DIST as a trip meter
    1 Select Dist using the steering wheel
    controls,
    or
    .
    2 Press and hold the CLR button for
    approx. 1 second.
    An arrow will now appear on the right-hand
    side of the display, indicating that the trip
    meter is running.

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    • Fuel Ø

    2 Press and hold the CLR button for
    approx. 1 second.
    The selected function will now be reset.



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    Resetting the trip computer

    Speed warning

    Calculating the arrival time

    Press and hold the CLR button (approx.
    3 seconds) until audible confirmation is
    given.

    This value is preset to 55 mph (90 km/h).
    The value can be set to between 0 and
    150 mph (0 and 250 km/h).

    (When will I arrive if I know how far I have to
    drive?)

    The following functions will be rest:
    • Fuel Ø
    • Speed Ø
    • D.T.E. (the value is reset to the distance
    possible on the remaining fuel if fuel
    consumption is 10l/100 km, lower
    consumption means a longer possible
    distance)
    • Trip (Dist used as trip meter).

    1 Select Speed W using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .
    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    3 Adjust the speed using the steering
    wheel controls.
    4 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    Go back/modify using the CLR-button.
    The word ON on the right-hand side of the
    display indicates when the speed warning
    function is active.
    An audible alarm will sound if the set speed
    is exceeded.
    Disengage the function with the CLR button.
    Re-engage the function using the SET button.

    This function should be used before starting
    out a journey.
    To calculate the arrival time, the distance
    must first be given.
    1 Select Dist using the steering wheel
    controls,
    or
    .
    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    3 Set the distance to the destination using
    the steering wheel controls.
    4 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    The calculated arrival time will now appear
    on the right-hand side of the display.
    If you take a break, this time will be added to
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    You can check the distance left by selecting
    Dist. At the same time you can check the
    calculated time of arrival.
    After the distance to destination has
    decreased to zero, Dist will function as a trip
    meter (see Using DIST as a trip meter). The
    starting value for the trip meter will be the
    last distance set for the Dist function.
    Example: The Dist function is set to
    100 miles. After the count-down has
    reached 0 miles, Dist will act as a trip meter
    beginning at 100 miles.

    Calculating the arrival time if a specified
    average speed is maintained
    (When will I arrive if I know how far I have to
    drive and know what my average speed will
    be?)
    This function should be used before starting
    out a journey.
    First, set the distance under Dist.
    1 Then select Speed Ø function.
    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    3 Set the estimated average speed using
    the steering wheel controls.
    4 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    The distance and the calculated time of
    arrival is now displayed.
    The time of arrival is updated during the
    journey based on the average speed since
    Dist was set. The speed of the car must
    exceed 12 mph (20 km/h).
    By selecting Dist during the journey, you
    can see how much distance is left to travel.
    When Dist reaches zero it acts as a trip
    meter. The trip meter starts from the distance that was set previously.

    93

    NIGHTPANEL
    To improve night-driving conditions inside
    the car, the Night Panel mode can be
    selected. In this mode, the amount of information displayed is reduced, and only the
    most important instruments and displays
    will be illuminated.
    When the NIGHTPANEL button is pressed,
    only the speedometer will be illuminated.
    All other instrument lighting will be switched
    off and the needles drop to zero.
    Note: All indicator and warning lights and
    messages will operate normally if required.
    Temp (when the outside temperature falls
    or rises to between 26 and 38 °F (–3 and
    +3 °C)) and D.T.E. (when the remaining fuel
    is only sufficient for approx. 80 miles
    (50 km) of driving) are even shown in Night
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    Instruments and controls

    Under Settings you can choose whether
    the entire speedometer scale (0–160 mph)
    or only part of the scale (0–90 mph) should
    be illuminated in NIGHTPANEL mode.

    Alarm
    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .

    Settings
    Under this heading you can select for example language and units.

    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .

    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.

    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .

    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.

    3 Select Alarm Clock using the steering
    wheel controls.
    ON or OFF is displayed.

    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.

    3 Select Speed Scale Illum.
    4 Press the SET button.
    5 Select 0–160 mph or 0–90 mph.
    6 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    Settings
    Speed Scale Illum.
    0–160 mph
    0–90 mph

    • If OFF is shown and the alarm time is to
    be set, press SET button (do not keep
    held in) and wait for the audible signal.
    The previously time set is now shown.
    Press SET button.
    • If ON is shown and the alarm time is to
    be activated, press SET button once,
    OFF is shown in the display. Press SET
    button again to activate the function.
    4 Select alarm time using the steering
    wheel controls.
    5 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    Go back/modify using the CLR-button.
    When the alarm sounds push one of the left
    steering wheel controls.

    3 Select heading using the steering wheel
    controls.
    4 Press the SET button.
    5 Select using the steering wheel controls.
    6 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    Select EXIT once you have made the
    desired settings.
    The number of systems that are displayed
    on the SID depends on the car’s equipment
    level. The list shown below includes the systems that can be found in your car.
    Rain Sensor, page 103.
    HIGH
    MEDIUM
    LOW
    Theft Alarm, page 56.
    FULL ALARM
    DOOR ONLY



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    Park Assistance, page 180.

    Unit

    ON

    METRIC

    OFF

    US

    Alarm Clock, page 94.

    IMPERIAL

    ON

    Climate System, page 115.

    OFF

    Next Service: xx%.

    Language.
    ENGLISH UK
    ENGLISH US

    INTERMEDIATE
    MAIN
    Time for Service.

    FRANCAIS

    INTERMEDIATE

    DEUTSCH

    MAIN

    ITALIANO

    MAIN & INTERMED

    ESPANOL

    Reset Service Ind?
    YES NO

    SVENSKA
    Speed Scale Illum.
    0–160 mph
    0–90 mph
    Speed Scale Sel.
    BOTH SCALES
    ONLY MPH SCALE

    TCS, page 173.
    ON
    OFF
    ESP, page 175.
    ON
    OFF

    95

    Explanation of the various selections under
    Settings.
    Rain Sensor
    The sensitivity has three levels.
    Park Assistance
    The Park Assistance can be shut off by
    choosing OFF.
    Alarm Clock
    Setting of alarm clock is possible.
    Language
    Select the desired language. The number of languages can vary between
    markets.
    Speed Scale Illum.
    Select the proportion of the speedometer to be illuminated in NIGHTPANEL mode.
    Speed Scale Sel.
    Select if both scales or just mph-scale
    shall be illuminated in NIGHTPANEL
    mode.



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    Unit
    Select the desired group of units.
    Next Service: xx%
    The SID includes two mutually independent counters, one for the main
    service and one for the intermediate
    service. When a service is carried out,
    e.g. intermediate service, the counter is
    reset for the intermediate service. The
    counter for the other service type, main
    service, continues unaffected. This
    means that once a service has been
    carried out, the counter may show e.g.
    47% even though a service has just
    been carried out. The percentage
    refers, then, to the other service type.
    MAIN
    Main services are carried out at specific
    meter settings. This interval varies
    depending on market and engine variant. Contact a workshop for more information. We recommend that you contact an authorised Saab workshop.

    INTERMEDIATE

    Resetting the service indication

    The intermediate service, on the other
    hand, is carried out depending on the
    number of cold starts and the climate
    conditions in which the car is driven, for
    example. This is why the interval for
    this type of service varies.

    Reset the service indication in accordance
    with the following:

    MAIN & INTERMED
    A combined service is carried out when
    the counters of both service types are
    close to one another.
    Time for Service.
    A service indication must only be reset
    after the service has been performed.
    TCS/ESP
    Select whether the system shall be on
    or off. The car has either TCS or ESP.

    1 Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, the engine must be switched off.
    2 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .
    3 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    4 Select Time for Service.
    5 Press the SET button.
    6 To the question Reset Service Ind?
    select YES (Press CLR button to undo).

    Clock
    Adjustments can be made in the Infotainment system.
    See separate Manual.



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    Switches

    When the engine is started and the
    switch is in the AUTO position

    Daytime Running Lights
    (DRL)
    When the switch is in the AUTO position,
    there is an automatic switch between lowbeam and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
    based on the amount of daylight. Two sensors located at the top of the windshield
    detect upward and forward light intensity.
    This makes it possible for the system to
    automatically perform functions such as
    activating low beam when you drive into a
    tunnel on a sunny day.

    Cars with automatic transmission: DRL
    or low beam (which depends on the amount
    of daylight) comes on when the gear selector is moved out of the P position. The light
    goes out when the ignition switch is turned
    to the OFF position (engine is turned off).

    Light switch

    Parking lights are turned off.
    Cars with xenon lights: The bulbs for DRL
    are in the inner of the two bulb holders in the
    bulb housing. The bulb is visible from the
    outside.
    Cars with halogen lights: These cars do
    not have a separate DRL bulb. Low beam
    instead shines with reduced output.
    A fault in the system will produce the following message on the Saab Information Display (SID):
    In cold and damp weather, the inside of
    the headlamp lens may temporarily mist
    up. This misting does not affect the function or service life of the light fitting.
    When the lamps are on, the mist will
    eventually disappear.

    97

    Automatic light control
    malfunction.

    Cars with manual transmission: If the
    parking brake is applied when the engine is
    started, DRL or low beam (which depends
    on the amount of daylight) comes on when
    the parking brake is released. Otherwise,
    the light comes on when the ignition switch
    is turned to the ON position. The light goes
    out when the ignition switch is turned to the
    OFF position (engine is turned off).
    High beam cannot be activated in the DRL
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    Instruments and controls
    Headlight levelling 3
    Parking lights

    The parking lights can be turned on irrespective of the position of the ignition
    switch. If the parking lights are on and the
    driver’s door is opened, a reminder to turn
    them off will sound.
    Do not use the parking lights alone while
    driving.
    When the switch is in the
    position, there
    is no automatic shift between low beam and
    DRL.

    Headlights
    Low beam headlights are turned on when
    the ignition switch is turned to ON and
    turned off when the switch is turned back to
    LOCK.
    If the switch is in the
    position, there is
    no automatic switch between DRL and low
    beam. Low beam comes on when the ignition switch is in the ON position.

    Cars with xenon headlights are equipped
    with an automatic headlight levelling system, which self-calibrates each time the
    vehicle is started.
    If a fault arises in the automatic headlight
    levelling system, the headlights will be
    angled down to avoid dazzling drivers in
    oncoming traffic. Adjust your speed accordingly as the range of the headlights will be
    reduced. Check fuse 20 in the engine bay
    fuse box (see page 238).

    When it is time to turn on low beam the following message appears in SID:

    A fault in the system will produce the following message on the Saab Information Display (SID):

    Turn on the lights.

    Headlight levelling
    malfunction.
    Special equipment is required for adjusting
    the basic headlight alignment.



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    99

    Courtesy Headlamp Feature
    A delay function allows the low beam headlights and back-up lights to remain on for
    about 30 seconds after the driver’s door has
    been closed.
    To activate this function:
    1 After turning off the engine, remove the
    remote control.
    2 Open the driver’s door.
    3 Pull the control stalk all the way towards
    the steering wheel.

    Xenon cornering headlights 3
    When the car speed exceeds approx.
    6 mph (10 km/h), the main headlight will be
    angled when the steering wheel is turned.
    The beam can be angled maximum 15 ° to
    the right or left compared to a car without
    cornering headlights.
    If a fault occurs in the cornering headlights,
    there is no angling when the steering wheel
    is turned. The beam continues to shine
    straight ahead and the following message
    appears in SID:
    Cornering headlights
    malfunction

    Dimmer switch
    1 Headlight flasher
    2 High/low beam

    High/low beam
    To switch between high and low beam, pull
    the control stalk all the way towards the
    steering wheel. (Headlight switch must be
    ON.)
    The
    symbol on the main instrument
    panel shows when the high beam is on.

    Headlight flasher
    To flash your headlights, pull the control
    stalk half-way towards the steering wheel.
    The high beam will remain on until you
    release the stalk.

    The low beam headlights and reversing
    lights will come on and remain on for
    30 seconds when the door is closed.



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    Front fog lights 3
    The front fog lights should be used in poor
    visibility.
    These are automatically turned off when the
    engine is switched off. When the car is next
    started, the fog lights will have to be
    switched back on manually by pressing the
    fog light switch. If the engine is restarted
    within 30 seconds, the front fog lights will
    remain on but not if the light switch is in position AUTO.

    Adjusting instrument illumination

    Instrument lighting
    The brightness of the instrument lighting
    can be adjusted by pressing the button (+ or
    – signs on the button above the NIGHTPANEL button).

    Acquaint yourself with the legal provisions governing the use of front fog
    lights.

    Front fog light switch



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    Turn signal & lane change
    indicators
    The stalk switch has an intermediate,
    spring-loaded position that is useful for signalling when changing lanes or passing.
    The stalk switch also has fixed positions for
    indicating a right or left turn, that are cancelled automatically when the steering
    wheel is centered.
    If an indicator bulb breaks, the frequency
    with which the indicators flash will be
    doubled.
    Rear fog light switch

    Rear fog light
    To turn on the rear fog light, press the rear
    fog light button on the instrument panel. The
    headlights or front fog lights must be on.
    The rear fog light is automatically turned off
    when the engine is switched off. When the
    car is next started, the rear fog light will have
    to be switched back on manually by pressing the rear fog light switch. If the engine is
    restarted within 30 seconds, the rear fog
    light will remain on but not if the light switch
    is in position AUTO.
    Rear fog light consists of one bulb.
    Acquaint yourself with the legal provisions governing the use of rear fog light.

    This frequency is also doubled if a trailer is
    being towed and one of its indicator bulbs
    breaks.

    Turn signal & lane change indicators
    1 Right
    2 Left

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    Hazard warning lights
    WARNING
    Switch on the hazard flashers if the car
    has to be left at the roadside on account
    of a crash, engine trouble or a flat tire.
    If you carry a warning triangle or flares,
    they should be set up along the side of the
    road 50–110 yds. (50–100 metres)
    behind your vehicle. If the car is not
    clearly visible (e.g. over the brow of a hill
    or bridge), place the triangle/flare even
    further back.

    Hazard warning light switch

    Button for accessory 3

    The button for the hazard warning lights is
    located on the climate control panel.

    This button can be used for accessories,
    such as extra lights.

    When the button is pressed, all the direction
    indicators and the symbol in the button flash
    simultaneously.

    Back-Up

    If an indicator bulb breaks, the frequency
    with which the indicators flash will be
    doubled.
    Hazard warning lights should only be used
    if, because of an accident or breakdown, the
    car constitutes a hazard to other road users.

    The back-up lights come on automatically
    when reverse gear is engaged or selected
    with the ignition switched on.



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    Priority of audible information

    Wipers and washers

    If two or more functions are active simultaneously, the most important function at that
    time will be prioritized.

    Windshield wipers

    If, for example, the direction indicators are
    active when you engage reverse, the parking assistance (if fitted) will be heard instead
    of the direction indicators. When reverse is
    disengaged, the direction indicators will be
    heard, if they are still active.

    Position 1 is a spring-loaded position that
    will produce a single sweep of the wipers.
    The wipers always return to their home position when the ignition is turned off.
    To leave the wipers positioned vertically on
    the windshield, proceed as follows:
    1 Switch off the engine and remove the
    remote control.
    2 Activate the wipers within the next
    16 seconds by pressing the stalk switch
    down.
    When the ignition is next switched on the
    wipers will return to their home position.
    Changing wipers blades, see page 216.

    103

    Rain sensor
    WARNING
    Turn the rain sensor off if the ignition is
    ON to avoid personal injury when clearing
    snow and ice from the windshield.

    NOTICE
    Turn the rain sensor off before washing
    the car in an automatic carwash, to avoid
    damaging the windshield wipers.
    When the rain sensor is activated the following symbol is displayed in SID
    .
    The rain sensor automatically controls the
    windshield wipers. The sensor is located on
    the windshield beside the rearview mirror.
    The system varies the frequency of wiping
    between single sweeps and continuous
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    Instruments and controls
    Activate the rain sensor by lifting the stalk
    switch to the AUTO position. The wipers
    make one sweep for reference to see how
    much water is on the windshield. Thereafter
    the sensor compares the amount of water
    on the windshield with this reference value.
    If the stalk switch is left in the AUTO position
    when the engine is switched off, when the
    engine is next started it must first be moved
    to the 0 or 3 position and then back to AUTO
    to reactivate the sensor.

    Windshield wipers with rain sensor
    0
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    OFF
    Single sweep
    AUTO - rain sensor engaged
    Low speed
    High speed
    Windshield and headlight washing 3

    If the system malfunctions, the wipers will
    operate at low speed when the stalk switch
    is set to the AUTO position and SID will
    show:
    Rain sensor malfunc.
    Contact service.

    Washers
    Activate the washers by pulling the stalk
    switch towards the steering wheel.
    When the washers are operated, the wipers
    will make 3, 4 or 5 sweeps, depending on
    how long the washers were kept on. If
    the speed of the car is less than 12 mph
    (20 km/h), the wipers will make an additional sweep after roughly 8 seconds.
    When the washer fluid level drops below
    1 quart (1 liter), the headlight washers (if
    equipped) are deactivated. This is in order
    to prioritize the windshield. The following
    message is displayed on the SID:
    Washer fluid level low.
    Refill.



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    Headlight washers 3

    Adjusting sensitivity

    The headlights are washed at the same time
    as the windshield if the headlights are on.

    The sensitivity of the rain sensor can be
    adjusted under Settings.

    The headlights are washed every fifth time
    the windshield washers are used or if two
    (2) minutes have elapsed since the windshield was last washed.

    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .

    The headlight washers are not activated at
    speeds in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h).

    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.

    105

    Rain Sensor
    HIGH
    MEDIUM
    LOW

    4 Press the SET button.

    The sensitivity of the sensor is also affected
    by the amount of daylight. The sensor is
    somewhat more sensitive at night. This
    adjustment is automatic.

    5 Select the sensitivity.

    Explanation of sensor sensitivity.

    6 Confirm this selection by pressing the
    SET button.

    HIGH

    3 Select Rain Sensor.

    Go back/modify using the CLR-button.

    The sensor is set to high sensitivity.
    The wipers start when there is only
    a small amount of water on
    the windshield.
    MEDIUM
    The sensor is set to normal sensitivity.
    This is one of the Default Settings.
    LOW
    The sensor is set to low sensitivity (wipers operate only with a large amount of
    water on the windshield, i.e., downpour).



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    Rear window wiper, SportCombi

    The washer jet is not adjustable.

    To obtain:

    Changing wiper blade, see page 216.

    • a single sweep: move the control to
    position 2, the control springs back to the
    home position.

    When the washer fluid level drops below
    1 liter, the rear window washer is deactivated. This is in order to prioritize the windshield. The following message is displayed
    on the Saab Information Display (SID):

    • intermittent wiping, 6 seconds: move the
    control to position 2.
    If the windshield wipers are activated then
    the rear window wiper will automatically
    changeover to intermittent wiping when
    reverse gear is engaged and the engine is
    running.
    • washing and wiping: move the control to
    position 3.
    The control returns to the home position.
    The wiper makes 3 sweeps after the
    washing has finished. If the speed of the
    car is below 25 mph (40 km/h) when the
    washing has finished the wiper makes an
    extra sweep after 5 seconds to wipe off
    any washer fluid residue.

    Washer fluid level low.
    Refill.

    Rear window wiper, SportCombi
    1 OFF
    2 Intermittent wiping
    3 Washing and wiping



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    Automatic climatecontrol system (ACC)
    Fresh air for the cabin is drawn in through an
    inlet at the bottom edge of the windshield. It
    passes through an effective filter before
    reaching the climate control system and
    delivery into the cabin. The air is evacuated
    via openings in the parcel shelf. It is then led
    through outlets on either side of the car
    behind the rear bumper.
    The Automatic Climate-Control system
    (ACC) automatically maintains the desired
    cabin temperature, regardless of the
    weather outside.
    The system will achieve the desired temperature in the quickest possible way.
    Note that heating or cooling is not more
    rapid by setting the temperature higher
    or lower than the final temperature you
    desire.
    To optimize the performance of the air conditioning system, all windows and the
    moonroof 3 should be shut. The air vents in
    the fascia must be open.

    ACC panel
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    Temperature setting: left-hand side
    AUTO (automatic regulation)
    Fan speed
    Manual setting of air distribution
    Temperature setting: right-hand side

    The incoming air is treated in three stages:
    first it passes through a filter; it is then dehumidified and cooled; and finally, if required,
    it is heated.
    The filter is a combined particle and charcoal filter. It is so efficient that levels of noxious substances such as benzene and toluene are also reduced.

    6
    7
    8
    9
    10

    Recirculation
    Seat heating, front right seat 3
    Rear window and door mirror heating
    A/C OFF
    Seat heating, front left seat 3

    To reduce potential misting on the insides of
    the windows, the glass should be cleaned
    with a quality glass cleaner. How often this
    will need to be done depends on how clean
    the air is - if there are smokers in the car, the
    windows will need to be cleaned more
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    The system uses seven sensors:
    • Outside air temperature sensor
    • Cabin air temperature sensor (by the interior rearveiw mirror)
    • Sun sensor (on the facia)
    • Blended air temperature sensors 2
    (located in the front floor vents).
    • Blended air temperature sensors 2
    (located in the outer panel vents).
    Note
    If the sun sensor is covered, the ACC
    system will not be able to regulate the cabin
    climate as intended.

    Sun- and cabin sensor, SportSedan and
    SportCombi
    1 Sun sensor
    2 Cabin temperature sensor

    Sun- and cabin sensor, Convertible
    1 Sun sensor
    2 Cabin temperature sensor



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    Temperature control
    The cabin is divided into two temperature
    zones:
    1 Driver’s zone.
    2 Passenger zone.

    Panel vent

    Air vents
    The air vents swivel universally, so that air
    can be directed as desired. In winter, for
    instance, the outer vents can be directed
    onto the door windows for enhanced
    demisting.
    The amount of air can be individually controlled by the regulator on each vent. If you
    wish to reduce the airflow, start by
    half-shutting the vent in question.
    Certain variants have an air vent on the rear
    of the floor console.

    109

    • The most usual temperature setting is
    between 64–75 °F (18–24 °C), depending on personal preference and what
    clothing is worn.
    • Change the temperature setting in 2 °F
    (1 °C) steps.

    The temperature in the rear seat will be a
    mixture of the two zones.

    Make sure the air vents are open when cooling the cabin in warm weather.

    The cabin temperature can be set to
    between 61–79 °F (16–26 °C).

    When the ignition is switched off, only the
    temperature control affects the system the
    next time the engine is started. The system
    will warm up/cool down to the temperature
    to which the control is set.

    The selected temperature is not the actual
    air temperature but corresponds to the comfort level normally experienced at that temperature after allowance has been made for
    the airflow, relative humidity, solar radiation,
    and so on, currently prevailing inside the
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    MAX heat (red indicator):

    MAX cooling (blue indicator):

    Condensation water

    MAX heating is obtained when the temperature knob is turned to the first position past
    79 (to the red LED).

    MAX cooling is obtained when the temperature knob is turned to the first position past
    61 (to the blue LED).

    The driver’s side selection controls air distribution and the recirculation status. The temperature can be adjusted on the passenger
    side.

    The driver’s side selection controls air distribution and the recirculation status. The temperature can be adjusted on the passenger
    side.

    When the A/C compressor is on, the incoming air is dehumidified. The resulting condensation water is drained away through an
    outlet under the car.

    MAX heating produces:

    MAX cooling produces:

    • Max heat

    • Max cooling effect (A/C compressor will
    run even if AC OFF has been selected)

    • Air distribution to windscreen and floor
    • Recirculation OFF
    • High fan speed.

    • Air distribution through panel vents
    • Max fan speed
    • Recirculation ON.

    It is therefore perfectly normal for water to
    be seen dripping from this outlet when the
    car is parked. The warmer the ambient air
    and the higher the humidity, the more condensation will form.



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    Functions
    Pressing AUTO will cancel all manual settings.
    If a manual function is selected, it will be locked in but other functions
    will be controlled automatically.
    The selected temperature is always maintained automatically.
    Temperature, air distribution, fan speed and recirculation will be controlled automatically.
    Pressing AUTO once will cancel all previous manual
    air distribution selections.
    When the engine is started, the ACC system will be
    in AUTO mode.
    The A/C-compressor is turned off.
    The incoming air is not cooled or dehumidified. Temperature, air distribution, fan speed and recirculation
    will be controlled automatically.
    Turn the fan control counterclockwise until "OFF"
    lights up.
    ACC-system OFF.
    Fan OFF.
    A/C-compressor OFF.
    Air distribution selections locked in current settings.
    Recirculation can be selected manually.
    Heating 3 of the front seats is deactivated.
    Pressing AUTO-button will put the system into automatic mode.
    Reactivation by turning the fan control clockwise one
    click causes the system to resume any manual selections.

    111

    The rear window and door mirror heating is controlled
    manually.
    Deactivate the heating as soon as the rear window is
    clear of ice and misting to avoid imposing a heavy
    load on the battery longer than necessary. Note, however, that heating will deactivate automatically after a
    set time.
    Turn the fan control to increase fan speed.
    If fan speed 0 is selected, the A/C-compressor will be
    disengaged and the indicator on the AC OFF button
    will illuminate.
    The recirculation is controlled automatically for optimum cooling.
    If necessary, recirculation can also be switched on
    manually for shorter times to avoid unpleasant air
    from entering the cabin for example.
    Poor air quality in the cabin could lead to tiredness.
    For this reason you should only drive in the recirculation position temporarily.
    If recirculation is switched on when the outside temperature is lower than about +37 °F (+3 °C) (A/C compressor disengaged) then the air humidity in the cabin
    increases which could cause misting on the windows.



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    Air distribution

    Defroster and floor vents
    One press: When the defroster is chosen manually,
    all the windows (except the rear side windows, where
    the air flow is off) are demisted by:
    • High fan speed.
    • The air is directed to the defroster vents.
    • Temperature increases somewhat.
    • Recirculation OFF.

    Floor vents

    • Activation of rear window/door mirror heating.
    The defroster function remains engaged until another
    selection is made. Heating of the rear window/door
    mirrors will, however, deactivate after a set time
    period.
    Two presses: Air is directed to the windscreen without the fan speed being increase or the rear window
    heating being switched on.
    To revert to a previous setting, press the AUTO button.

    Floor and panel vents



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    Start in cold weather
    To start with, the system will automatically select the defroster setting, maximum heat and low fan speed.
    As the engine warms up, air will also be distributed through the floor
    vents and the fan speed will be increased.
    Panel

    As the temperature inside the car nears the selected value, both the
    fan speed and the heat will be decreased to a level determined by
    the system.
    Start in warm weather
    The system will automatically distribute air through the panel vents
    at high fan speed and will activate the A/C compressor (unless the
    AC OFF switch has been pressed).

    Defroster, panel and floor

    If the ambient air temperature is over 77 °F (25 °C), the recirculation
    cuts in after 0-15 seconds, if this is required in order to reach the
    desired temperature.
    As the temperature inside the car nears the selected value, the fan
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    Formation of ice and mist in
    extreme weather conditions

    Electric heating, front
    seats 3

    It is only in the most extreme conditions that
    icing and misting of window glass are likely
    to be a problem, such as in torrential rain or
    severe cold coupled with high relative
    humidity, or when passengers are perspiring heavily or wearing wet clothes. The following measures are recommended if such
    problems should occur:

    The seat cushions and backrests of the front
    seats are heated.

    1 Select AUTO and set the temperature to
    70 °F (21 °C)

    Heating is controlled manually but can also
    be automatic. Refer to Settings on
    page 115.

    2 Push one time on the defroster button. If
    this is not enough...
    3 Increase the fan speed. If this is not
    enough...
    4 Select a higher temperature.

    Heating is thermostatically controlled.
    The heating has two effect steps.
    We do not recommend prolonged use of the
    higher level for people with sensitive skin.

    Calibration
    Calibration is performed automatically
    every 40:th time the car is started after
    having been switched off for more than
    2 hours or if the battery has been disconnected.

    Programming
    A number of functions can be customized
    under Settings (see page 115).

    Tips
    (before contacting a dealer. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer)
    • If you feel that the ACC system is not functioning satisfactorily, select "Default
    Settings" under Settings, see page 115.

    ACC- Convertible
    When the soft top is folded, several functions in the ACC-system is effected.
    The system adjusts itself as follows:
    • the sensitivity of the temperature knob
    changes
    • air distribution and fan speed can only be
    adjusted manually
    • Recirculation and rear window heating
    are cut out
    • The A/C compressor is switched off
    (manual activation is possible by pressing
    the AC OFF button).
    All manual selections are possible with the
    exception of rear window heating and
    defroster function.
    When the soft top is raised, the system
    reverts to the AUTO mode and the set temperature.
    Note: When the soft top or all the windows
    are open in a hot, humid climate, turning the
    air conditioning on manually can cause condensation to form on cold surfaces, such as
    the air ducts.



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    Settings
    Some of the functions of the ACC system
    can be customized.
    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .
    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    3 Select Climate System.
    4 Press the SET button.
    5 Select the Rear Defroster, Heated
    Seats, Fan Settings, A/C Mode or
    Default Settings.

    Explanation of how the ACC system can be
    customized under Settings.

    Settings
    Climate System
    Rear Defroster
    AUTO
    MANUAL
    Heated Seats
    AUTO
    MANUAL
    Fan Settings
    HIGH SPEED

    6 Press the SET button.

    MEDIUM SPEED

    7 Make your selection.

    LOW SPEED

    8 Confirm your selection by pressing the
    SET button.

    115

    A/C Mode
    AUTO
    OFF
    Default Settings
    Are you sure?
    YES NO

    Rear Defroster
    AUTO
    The rear window and door mirror
    heating is controlled automatically.
    This is one of the Default Settings.
    MANUAL
    The rear window and door mirror
    heating is switched on with
    the button on ACC panel.
    Convertible: The rear window heating
    cannot be turned on when the soft top is
    folded.
    Heated Seats
    AUTO
    The front seat heating is controlled
    automatically.
    Select the level by repeatedly
    pressing the appropriate button on
    the ACC panel.
    MANUAL
    See Electric heating, front
    seats 3 on page 114.
    This is one of the Default Settings.
    Fan Settings
    HIGH SPEED
    This selection give a slightly higher
    fan speed than MEDIUM SPEED
    though with continued automatic
    regulation.
    MEDIUM SPEED



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    Normal automatic fan speed. This is
    one of the Default Settings.
    LOW SPEED
    This selection give a slightly lower
    fan speed than MEDIUM SPEED
    though with continued automatic
    regulation.
    Convertible: Fan speed is not regulated
    automatically when the soft top is open.
    A/C Mode
    Auto
    Automatic engagement and disengagement of the A/C. This is one of
    the Default Settings.
    A/C off

    A/C compressor OFF (see also
    page 111). The A/C compressor
    can be activated temporarily by
    pressing the AC or AUTO button
    while on the road and if the outside
    temperature is above 41°F (+5°C).
    The A/C will be off the next time the
    engine is started, if the engine has
    been switched off for more than
    2 hours.
    Convertible: The A/C compressor is
    switched off when the soft top is folded
    down.
    Further customizations to this function can
    be made at a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact a Saab dealer.
    • The A/C compressor can be on even
    when the soft top is folded down.
    • The A/C compressor can be set to
    operate as when the soft top was last
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    Interior equipment
    Steering wheel
    adjustment __________
    Electric windows_______
    Rear view mirrors ______
    Moonroof 3 ___________
    Interior lighting ________
    Cup holder 3 __________
    Power Outlet 3 ________
    Storage compartments__
    Trunk ________________

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

    118
    119
    122
    128
    131
    133
    134
    134
    136



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    Steering wheel
    adjustment
    WARNING
    Only adjust the steering wheel while the
    car is stationary so that you are not distracted from the traffic.
    The height and reach of the steering wheel
    can be adjusted.
    There is a release lever under the steering
    column.
    1 Pull down the lever to release the steering wheel.
    2 Adjust the position of the steering wheel.
    3 Raise the lever to the locked position to
    lock the steering wheel in position.
    When returning the release lever to its
    locked position, you may need to adjust the
    position of the steering wheel slightly to
    allow the lock mechanism to engage correctly.
    Steering wheel lock, see page 151.

    Lever for steering wheel adjustment

    Horn signal
    Activate the horn by pressing one of the
    three areas shown above on the steering
    wheel pad.



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    Electric windows
    WARNING
    Bear in mind the pinch hazard when closing the side windows. May cause serious
    or fatal injuries!
    • Always remove the remote control
    from the ignition switch when you
    leave the car. This will prevent personal injury caused by the activation of
    the electric windows, for example, due
    to children playing.
    • The person operating the electric
    window is responsible for ensuring
    that no one, especially a child, has
    their head, hands or fingers in the
    window openings, before raising the
    window.
    • Do not stick any part of the body or the
    head out through an open window
    while the car is moving.
    The electric windows are operated by
    means of switches in the door armrests.
    For the electric windows to work, the ignition
    switch must be in the ON position.
    At the end of a journey and having removed
    the remote control, you can still operate the
    windows, so long as neither of the front
    doors has been opened.

    Window switches
    Windows having the automatic closing function (option) can be operated as long as the
    car is unlocked and until 20 minutes has
    passed since the remote control was
    removed from the ignition switch.

    To open
    Press down the front edge of the button one
    step.

    Window switch in rear door

    Comfort opening 3
    Comfort opening is the remote opening of
    windows and the moonroof.
    Press and hold the unlocking button on the
    remote control until the windows and
    optional moonroof start to open (approx.
    2 seconds).

    The window will stop when it is fully open or
    when the button is released.

    During comfort opening of the windows,
    moonroof 3 and soft top (Convertible), the
    range is reduced by approximately half.

    Automatic opening: Press the button all
    the way down and release it.

    Convertible: For the remote opening 3 of
    the soft top, refer to page 64.



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    Pinch protection 3

    To close
    WARNING
    Take care when closing a window to
    ensure that no one gets caught.
    Raise the front edge of the button one step.
    The window will stop when it is fully closed
    or when the button is released.
    Automatic closing 3: Raise the button all
    the way and release it. If the window does
    not close automatically, refer to Calibration
    on page 121.

    On certain model variants, the front electric
    windows are equipped with pinch protection. This is activated if something gets
    trapped between the window pane and door
    frame when the window is closed. The
    window will stop and lower slightly.
    Temporary overriding the pinch protection

    WARNING
    Make sure nothing obstructs the window
    when it is closed without pinch protection.
    If dirt, ice or similar create so much resistance that the pinch protection cuts in (the
    window cannot be closed), the pinch protection can be temporarily disengaged and the
    window closed.
    1 Make sure the ignition is ON.
    2 Press and hold the
    button on the
    driver’s door while operating the window
    in question.
    3 Close the window in question.
    The pinch protection will be active the next
    time a window is operated.

    Button for temporary deactivation of rear
    door window switches and temporary
    override of window pinch protection



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    Calibration

    Calibration is performed as follows:
    1 Close the doors.

    WARNING
    The pinch protection will not be engaged
    after a power break until the electric windows have been calibrated.
    The front electric windows should be calibrated if automatic closing does not work or
    if the battery has been disconnected. The
    pinch protection 3 will not work if the windows are not calibrated.

    2 The car must be running at idling speed.
    A battery charger must not be
    connected to the car’s battery during
    calibration.
    3 Open the window fully, the button must
    be kept depressed the whole time.
    4 Close the window fully, the button must
    be kept raised the whole time and for
    approx. 1 second after the window has
    closed.
    5 Open the window fully, the button must
    be kept depressed the whole time and
    for approx. 1 second after the window
    has fully opened.
    6 Close the window fully, and keep the
    button raised until the calibration is
    confirmed with a "chime".
    Repeat steps 3–6 for the windows which
    require calibration.

    121

    Deactivating the rear window
    switches
    The
    in the driver’s door deactivates the
    window switches in the rear doors.
    The illuminated switch will change color
    from green to orange (deactivated).



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    Rear view mirrors
    Door mirrors
    To adjust
    The door mirrors are electrically adjustable
    and heated. The controls for adjusting the
    mirrors are on the driver’s door:
    1 Select a door mirror with the upper
    button.
    2 Adjust the mirror using the touch pad.
    The mirror glass can also be adjusted manually by gently pressing the glass in the
    desired direction.
    The mirror heating is turned on together with
    the rear window heating.
    If the car has an electrically adjustable
    driver’s seat with memory, the mirror
    settings are stored in the memory (see
    page 20).

    1 Selection of mirror
    2 Touch pad for adjustment
    3 Reversing position 3

    Retracting a door mirror

    Manual retraction

    Reversing position 3

    The door mirrors are designed to fold back
    if knocked. The mirrors can also be
    retracted manually. This can be useful when
    parking in tight spaces, such as on the car
    deck of a ferry. Remember to return the door
    mirrors to their normal positions before
    driving off.

    On certain model variants, the passenger-side mirror glass can be angled down to
    facilitate reversing. Press the
    button
    shown in the illustration. This is located
    under the touch pad. Return the mirror to its
    normal position by pressing the button
    again. The mirror will also return to its
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    Interior rear view mirror with
    garage opener, auto dimming
    function and compass 3
    WARNING
    Make sure that people and objects are out
    of the way of moving door or gate to prevent potential harm or damage.

    Mirror position lever
    1 Normal position
    2 Anti dazzle position

    Interior rear view mirror
    The interior rear view mirror is of the auto
    dimming type and can be deflected with the
    lever on its underside. Certain variants have
    an auto dimming rear view mirror.
    The lever should be in the normal position
    when you adjust the mirror.

    When programming the garage opener,
    you may be operating a garage door or
    gate operator. Therefore it is advised to
    park outside of the garage.
    Do not use the garage opener with any
    garage door opener that lacks the safety
    stop and reverse feature as required by
    federal safety standards. (This includes
    any garage door opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982.). A garage
    door opener which cannot detect an
    object, signaling the door to stop and
    reverse, does not meet current federal
    safety standards. Using a garage door
    opener without these features increases
    risk of serious injury or death.

    Buttons for garage opener, auto dimming
    and compass
    1–3
    4
    5
    6

    Garage opener
    LED
    Auto dimming/compass ON/OFF
    Compass bearing

    Retain your original garage door opener
    (transmitter) for future programming procedures (i.e., new vehicle purchase). It is also
    suggested that upon the sale of the vehicle,
    the programmed garage opener buttons be
    erased for security purposes, see
    page 126.



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    Preparations for first-time programming

    Programming

    Before programming the garage opener for
    the first time, you must delete any factory
    codes.

    The garage opener can record and store the
    frequencies of three different remote controls.

    Press and hold the two outer buttons until
    the indicator light begins to flash-after
    20 seconds. Release both buttons. Do not
    hold for longer that 30 seconds. The garage
    opener is now in the train (or learning) mode
    and can be programmed at any time beginning with "Programming" - step 2.

    The battery in the remote control should be
    fairly new for programming to work well.
    Do not repeat "Programming" - step two
    to train additional devices to a second or
    third button. Begin with "Programming" step three.
    1 Turn the ignition ON.
    2 Press and hold the two outer buttons
    (buttons one and three) - releasing only
    when the indicator light begins to flash
    (after 20 seconds). Do not hold the
    buttons for longer than 30 seconds and
    do not repeat step two to program a
    second and/or third hand-held transmitter to the remaining two buttons.
    3 Position the end of your hand-held transmitter 1-3 inches (5-14 cm) away from
    the button you wish to program while
    keeping the indicator light in view. The
    transmitter should face the mirror from
    below or left side of the mirror.
    4 Simultaneously press and hold both the
    chosen and hand-held transmitter
    buttons. Do not release the buttons
    until step 5 has been completed.

    Note: Some gate operators and garage
    door openers may require you to replace
    this Programming Step 4 with procedures
    noted in the "Gate Operator / Canadian
    Programming" section.
    5 After the indicator light changes from a
    slow to a rapidly blinking light, release
    both the mirror and hand-held transmitter buttons.
    6 Press and hold the just-trained button
    and observe the indicator light.
    If the indicator light stays on
    constantly, programming is complete
    and your device should activate when
    the button is pressed and released.
    Note: To program the remaining two buttons, begin with "Programming" - step
    three. Do not repeat step two.



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    If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two
    seconds and then turns to a constant
    light continue with "Programming"
    steps 7-9 to complete the programming of
    a rolling code equipped device (most
    commonly a garage door opener).
    7 At the garage door opener receiver
    (motor-head unit) in the garage, locate
    the "learn" or "smart" button. This can
    usually be found where the hanging
    antenna wire is attached to the
    motor-head unit.
    8 Firmly press and release the "learn" or
    "smart" button. (The name and color of
    the button may vary by manufacturer.)
    Note: There are 30 seconds in which to initiate step nine.
    9 Return to the vehicle and firmly press,
    hold for two seconds and release the
    programmed button. Repeat the
    "press/hold/release" sequence a
    second time, and, depending on the
    brand of the garage door opener (or
    other rolling code equipped device),
    repeat this sequence a third time to
    complete the programming process.
    The garage opener should now activate
    your rolling code equipped device.
    Note: To program the remaining two buttons, begin with "Programming" - step
    three. Do not repeat step two.

    125

    Gate Operator / Canadian Programming
    Canadian radio-frequency laws require
    transmitter signals to "time-out" (or quit)
    after several seconds of transmission which may not be long enough for the
    garage opener to pick up the signal during
    programming. Similar to this Canadian law,
    some U.S. gate operators are designed to
    "time-out" in the same manner.
    If you live in Canada or you are having difficulties programming a gate operator by
    using the "Programming" procedures
    (regardless of where you live), replace
    "Programming " step 4 with the following:
    Note: If programming a garage door opener
    or gate operator, it is advised to unplug the
    device during the "cycling" process to prevent possible overheating.
    Continue to press and hold the button while
    you press and release - every two seconds ("cycle") your hand-held transmitter
    until the frequency signal has successfully
    been accepted by the garage opener. (The
    indicator light will flash slowly and then rapidly.)
    Proceed with "Programming" step five to
    complete.

    NOTICE
    Switch off the power supply to the garage
    door or gate (or park the car beyond the
    range of the remote control) while programming using the "cycling" method to
    prevent damaging the electrical motor.
    Reprogramming a single button
    To program a device to the garage opener
    using a button previously trained, follow
    these steps:
    1 Press and hold the desired button. DO
    NOT release the button.
    2 The indicator light will begin to flash after
    20 seconds. Without releasing the
    button, proceed with "Programming" step 3.



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    Erasing the three buttons

    Opening a garage door

    To erase programming from the three buttons (individual buttons cannot be erased
    but can be "reprogrammed" as outlined
    below), follow the step noted:

    To operate, simply press and release the
    programmed button. Activation will now
    occur for the trained device (i.e. garage door
    opener, gate operator, security system,
    entry door lock, home/office lighting, etc.).
    For convenience, the hand-held transmitter
    of the device may also be used at any time.

    Press and hold the two outer buttons until
    the indicator light begins to flash-after
    20 seconds. Release both buttons. Do not
    hold for longer that 30 seconds. The garage
    opener is now in the train (or learning) mode
    and can be programmed at any time beginning with "Programming" - step 3.

    Buttons for garage opener, auto dimming
    and compass
    1–3
    4
    5
    6

    Garage opener
    LED
    Auto dimming/compass ON/OFF
    Compass bearing

    Auto dimming
    Press button 5 briefly to switch auto dimming on or off. When auto dimming is
    switched on, a 1 is displayed briefly in the
    compass window. A 0 indicates that auto
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    Compass
    The compass is built into the rear view mirror. The compass bearing is displayed in the
    top right-hand corner of the mirror and is
    updated every other second. The compass
    displays the car’s direction of travel: N, NE,
    E, etc.
    Switch the compass display on and off by
    pressing button 5 for 3 seconds, see illustration on page 126.
    Changing zones
    The earth’s magnetic field varies depending
    on one’s position on the globe. If you drive
    your car from one magnetic zone to another
    the compass setting will need to be changed
    to ensure a correct bearing.

    Compass zones in USA

    Calibration

    1 Study the illustrations to determine the
    correct zone.

    Calibration is performed automatically
    during travel.

    2 Press and hold button 5 until "ZONE" is
    shown in the display on the mirror (6 s).
    The zone number is now also shown.

    If, for any reason, a manual calibration is
    needed perform as follows:

    3 Press button 5 repeatedly to change the
    zone number. There are 15 zones from
    which to choose. Once the correct zone
    is selected, release the button and wait
    4 seconds. The compass will now
    display the bearing.

    1 Press and hold button 5 until "CAL" and
    the compass bearing are displayed
    (approx. 9 s).
    2 Drive in circles (max. 5 mph/8 km/h) or
    drive as normal until "CAL" is no longer
    displayed.

    Compass zones in Canada

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    Moonroof 3
    WARNING
    Bear in mind the pinch hazard when closing the electric moonroof. Risk of serious
    or fatal injuries!
    • Always remove the remote control
    from the ignition switch when you
    leave the car. This will prevent personal injury caused by the activation of
    the electric moonroof, for example,
    due to children playing.
    • The person operating the electric
    moonroof is responsible for ensuring
    that no one, especially a child, has
    their head, hands or fingers in the
    opening, before closing the moonroof.
    • Do not stick any part of the body or the
    head out through an open window
    while the car is moving.
    The moonroof is operated by the control in
    the roof console. For the moonroof to work,
    the ignition switch must be in the ON position.
    If the car is equipped with windows having
    the automatic closing function, the moonroof can be opened and closed so long as
    the car is unlocked until 20 minutes has
    passed since the remote control was
    removed from the ignition switch.

    Moonroof control
    1 Manually controlled opening
    2 Automatic opening

    3 Manually controlled closing
    4 Automatic closing
    5 Ventilation position

    Moonroof without automatic opening

    To open
    Manually controlled opening
    Slide the control rearward to its first position.
    The moonroof will halt when you release the
    control. If you do not release the control, the
    moonroof will open to the comfort position.
    To open the moonroof further, release the
    control and then once again press it rearward.
    Automatic opening
    Slide the control rearward to the second
    position and release it. The moonroof will
    open to the comfort position. To open the
    moonroof further, slide the control rearward
    a second time.

    Slide the control rearward to position 1 (see
    illustration). The moonroof will stop when
    you release the control or once it is fully
    open.



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    Interior equipment
    To close

    Ventilation position (rear edge of moonroof open)

    WARNING
    Exercise great care when closing the
    moonroof to ensure that nothing gets
    trapped.
    Manually controlled closing
    Slide the control forward to its first position.
    The moonroof will halt when you release the
    control.
    Automatic closing 3
    Slide the control forward to its second position and release it. The moonroof will close
    fully.
    The moonroof pinch protection halts closing
    and opens the moonroof slightly if something obstructs closing.
    Moonroof without automatic closing 3
    Slide the control forward to position 3 (see
    illustration). The moonroof will stop when
    you release the control or once it is fully
    closed.

    • To open – press in the control.
    • To close – slide the control forward to the
    second position.
    It is also possible to select the ventilation
    position when the moonroof is open by
    pressing in the control. The moonroof will
    then close automatically. Press the control
    once more to open the moonroof to its ventilation position.
    If you wish to open the moonroof fully from
    the ventilation position, you must first close
    it (slide the control forward). You can then
    slide the control rearward to open the moonroof.
    The moonroof incorporates an interior,
    manual, sliding sun blind.
    Moonroof without automatic closing 3
    • To open – press the control up.
    • To close – slide the control forward to
    position 3.

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    Comfort opening 3
    Comfort opening is the remote opening of
    windows and the moonroof.
    Press and hold the unlocking button on the
    remote control until the windows and
    optional moonroof start to open (approx.
    2 seconds).
    During comfort opening of the windows,
    moonroof (option) and soft top, the range is
    reduced by approximately half.
    If the moonroof is in the ventilation position,
    it will not open.
    Convertible: For the remote opening of the
    soft top, refer to page 64.



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    Pinch protection 3
    WARNING
    Make sure nothing obstructs the moonroof when it is closed without pinch protection.
    The moonroof is equipped with pinch protection. This is activated if something gets
    trapped when the moonroof is being closed.
    The moonroof will stop and open slightly.
    Temporary overriding the pinch protection
    If dirt, ice or similar create so much resistance that the pinch protection cuts in
    (moonroof cannot be closed), the pinch protection can be temporarily disengaged.
    1 Make sure the ignition is ON.
    2 Press and hold the
    button on the
    driver’s door while operating the window
    in question.
    3 Close the moonroof with the button on
    the roof console.
    The pinch protection will be operative the
    next time the moonroof is operated.

    Button for overriding the moonroof pinch
    protection

    Emergency operation of the
    moonroof
    In an emergency, such as if there is an electrical failure, the moonroof can be operated
    with a screwdriver.
    Remove the lens from the roof console. Use
    a screwdriver to press in the pin in the slot
    in the center of the motor shaft and turn the
    screwdriver.
    Turn clockwise to close the moonroof when
    in ventilation position.
    Turn counter-clockwise to close when in
    open position.



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    Rear lighting

    1 Interior lighting always off
    2 Interior lighting controlled by the doors
    3 Interior lighting on continuously

    Interior lighting
    The interior lighting consists of one front and
    one rear roof light, floor lighting, and courtesy lights in the doors (certain variants
    only). The light switch for the interior lighting
    is located on the roof console by the rear
    view mirror.

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    1 Reading lights
    2 Roof light

    When the switch is in the mid-position
    (door-activated), the interior lighting will
    come on:
    • When the car is unlocked
    • When a door is opened and the ignition is
    OFF
    • When the remote control is removed from
    the ignition switch.
    The lighting goes out:
    • When the car is locked
    • When the ignition is turned on
    • Approx. 20 seconds after closing all
    doors.
    The lights are dimmed out gradually.

    If a door is left open and the light switch is in
    position 2 or 3 and the ignition is OFF, the
    interior lighting will be switched off automatically after 20 minutes to save the battery.
    The glove box lighting is switched on and off
    automatically when the glove box is opened
    and closed.



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    Interior equipment
    Trunk lighting
    The trunk lighting is switched on and off
    when the trunk lid is opened and closed.
    If the trunk lid is left open, the lighting will be
    switched off automatically after 20 minutes
    to prevent the battery from running flat.

    Sun visor with vanity mirror

    Sun visor
    Illuminated vanity mirrors are provided on
    the sun visors. The lighting comes on when
    the cover is raised.

    Fastening the floor mat

    Floor mats
    WARNING
    Secure the loose floor mats into the floor,
    otherwise they could slide forward. This is
    particularly important on the driver’s side
    as the mat could otherwise slide under
    the pedals and interfere with driving.
    Press the loose mat down over the two floor
    brackets. Then check that the mat is firmly
    secured.



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    Cup holder 3
    WARNING
    • The cup holder should not be used to
    hold cups made of china or glass as
    these can cause personal injury in the
    event of a crash.
    • Use only paper mugs, plastic bottles
    or aluminium cans.
    • Avoid spillage, particularly of hot
    drinks.

    Cup holder in fascia

    Cup holder in center console compartment between front seats 3

    NOTICE
    Take care not to spill any liquid on the
    audio system , the ignition switch or the
    like when using the cup holders. Soft
    drinks in particular can cause malfunctions.
    Cup holders are provided in the fascia, in
    the center console compartment between
    the front seats and rear seat cushion (SportSedan and SportCombi). The cup holder
    between the seats can be raised if you wish
    to use the compartment for storage.

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    Power Outlet 3
    WARNING
    The maximum output of the cigarette
    lighter socket is 240 W (20 A). The rating
    of the socket in the compartment between
    the seats is the same. Overloading can
    result in melting or even fire.
    You can use the electrical socket in the storage compartment under the armrest
    between the front seats to charge a mobile
    phone, for example. There is a recess on
    each side of the compartment which will
    accept a lead so that you can close the lid
    without damaging the charger lead.

    Storage compartments
    WARNING
    The glove box must be closed while travelling. An open glove box door could
    cause personal injury in the event of a
    crash.
    There are additional storage compartments
    below the front ashtray and in the doors
    (cars with Bose® Centerpoint® Surround
    Sound System do not have storage compartments in the rear doors).

    Open the glove box with the button on the
    left of the moulding.
    Convertible has lockable glove box. Use
    the traditionally key, see page 54.



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    Sliding cover in glove box to admit cold
    air.
    This allows the storage of chocolate during hot weather for example.

    Storage compartment between front seats

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    Storage pocket on front edge of seats 3

    Storage pocket on back of seats 3



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    Interior equipment

    Trunk
    Folding down the rear seat, SportSedan
    Convertible: The rear seat cannot be folded.

    WARNING
    • Never drive the car if the backrest is not correctly locked into
    position as this increases the risk of personal injury in the
    event of heavy braking or a crash.
    • Never leave a child or animal unattended in the car. During
    sunny weather the temperature in the passenger and trunk
    can climb to 160–180 °F (70–80 °C). Small children are very
    susceptible to heat stroke.
    • Keep hands well clear of all moving parts.
    • Never place heavy objects on the parcel shelf. There is always
    a danger of loose objects being thrown forward and causing
    injury if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a
    crash. See also page 192.

    • When folding the backrest back upright, make sure that it is
    locked correctly on both sides. This is imperative since otherwise objects in the trunk could force their way into the cabin
    during heavy breaking or a crash.

    • When folding the backrest back upright, make sure that it is
    locked correctly on both sides. This is imperative since the
    center safety belt is mounted in the backrest.

    • Adjust the head restraints for the rear seats to be occupied to
    a suitable height before riding in the car.
    The tail pipe of the exhaust system can become very hot during
    driving. Bear in mind when loading and unloading the cat so that
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    For greater flexibility, the rear seat is split so that the narrow and
    the wide part can be folded down separately.
    Next to the hinges in the trunk are handles for unlocking the rear seat
    backrests.
    The operation is easier if the front seats are not too far back and
    the rear seat head restraints are fully lowered.
    1 Unlock the backrest by pulling the appropriate handle in the
    trunk.
    2 Fold the backrest forward.
    Note: When returning the backrest to its upright position, make
    sure that it locks properly in place and that the safety belt does
    not get caught.
    If the left-hand backrest is not properly locked in position, the following message is displayed on the SID (equivalent message displayed
    for right-hand backrest):
    Rear left seat
    backrest unlocked.
    Trunk Release Handle, see page 139.
    Emergency opening of the narrow backrest, SportSedan, see
    page 140.

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    Load-through hatch, SportSedan
    Convertible: There is no load-through hatch.

    WARNING
    • Always secure the load firmly, for example using the middle
    safety belt. This reduces the danger of personal injury resulting from the displacement of the load on hard braking or in the
    event of a crash.
    • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its
    handling characteristics (see page 284).
    A load-through hatch is incorporated in the rear seat backrest to
    enable long, narrow items to be carried inside the car.
    Before loading or unloading long items, switch off the engine and
    apply the parking brake. This avoids the danger of the car moving
    off if a long item were to knock the gear or selector lever into gear.
    • Fold down the armrest and open the hatch by lifting the handle.
    There is a lock on the rear side of the hatch. Use this to lock or unlock
    the hatch.
    To lock: Open the hatch and lock the lock. Close the hatch. The
    hatch is now locked.
    To unlock: Fold down the wide section of the backrest and unlock
    the lock. Alternatively, you can unlock the hatch from the trunk.



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    WARNING
    • Lay heavy bags on the floor. Place
    smaller and lighter bags on top.
    • Secure heavy and bulky items using
    the lashing eyes provided in the trunk.
    This will avert the danger of luggage
    flying around if the car should brake
    suddenly or be involved in a crash.

    Trunk Release Handle

    Tie down eyes in the trunk

    Trunk Release Handle

    Tie down eyes, SportSedan

    There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release
    handle located inside the trunk on the latch.
    This handle will glow following exposure to
    light. Pull the release handle down to open
    the trunk from inside.

    There are tie down eyes in the trunk that
    should be used to secure loads. In general,
    loads should be placed as far forward and
    as low down as possible in the trunk.

    NOTICE
    The trunk release handle was not
    designed to be used to tie down the trunk
    lid or as an anchor point when securing
    items in the trunk. Improper use of the
    trunk release could damage it.

    • Secure small items if the backrest is
    folded down. Small items can also be
    thrown around inside the car and
    cause personal injury.
    • The elastic cargo net 3 is only
    designed for light objects that are to be
    kept in place while driving
    • Elastic cargo net 3: WARNING. Avoid
    eye injury. DO NOT overstretch.
    ALWAYS keep face and body out of
    recoil path. DO NOT use when strap
    has visible signs of wear or damage.
    • The rear seat must be in the upright
    position to protect against load displacement in the event of a crash.



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    • Do not exceed the load capacity of the
    car, as this will alter its handling characteristics (see page 284).
    • Match your speed and driving style to
    how the car is loaded. The handling
    characteristics of the car can be
    affected since a load in the trunk will
    alter the car’s center of gravity.

    Trunk lighting
    On the underside of the parcel shelf is a light
    that is switched on and off when the trunk is
    opened and closed.
    If the trunk lid is left open, the lighting will be
    switched off automatically after 20 minutes
    to prevent the battery from running flat.

    Cover over emergency opening lever, on
    parcel shelf

    Emergency opening of the
    narrow backrest, SportSedan
    The narrow section of the backrest can be
    opened in an emergency if the car is without
    electricity (not possible to open trunk lid)
    and you need to access the trunk for a warning triangle, for example.
    • Remove the cover and depress the yellow
    lever forward.
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    141

    Folding down the rear seat backrest, SportCombi
    WARNING
    • Never drive the car if the backrest is not correctly locked into
    position as this increases the risk of personal injury in the
    event of heavy braking or a crash.
    • Never leave a child or animal unattended in the car. During
    sunny weather the temperature in the passenger and trunk
    can climb to 160–180 °F (70–80 °C). Small children are very
    susceptible to heat stroke.
    • Keep hands well clear of all moving parts.
    • When folding the backrest back upright, make sure that it is
    locked correctly on both sides. This is imperative since the
    center safety belt is mounted in the backrest.
    • Adjust the head restraints for the rear seats to be occupied to
    a suitable height before riding in the car.

    When returning the backrest to its upright position, make sure that
    it locks properly in place. The red indicator by the handle must not
    be visible. Also make sure that the safety belt does not get caught.

    The tail pipe of the exhaust system can become very hot during
    driving. Bear in mind when loading and unloading the cat so that
    children, for example, do not burn themselves.

    If the left-hand backrest is not properly locked in position, the following message is displayed on the SID (equivalent message displayed
    for right-hand backrest):

    For greater flexibility, the rear seat is split so that the narrow and the
    wide part can be folded down separately.
    It is easiest to fold down the rear seat backrests if the front seats are
    slid forward.
    1 Unlock the backrest by pulling the appropriate handle forward.
    An unlocked backrest has a red indicator by the handle.
    2 Fold the backrest forward.

    Rear left seat
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    WARNING

    • Lay heavy bags on the floor. Place smaller and lighter bags on
    top.
    • Elastic cargo net 3: WARNING. Avoid eye injury. DO NOT
    overstretch. ALWAYS keep face and body out of recoil path.
    DO NOT use when strap has visible signs of wear or damage.
    • Secure heavy and bulky items using the lashing eyes provided
    in the trunk. This will avert the danger of luggage flying around
    if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a crash.
    • Secure small items if the backrest is folded down. Small items
    can also be thrown around inside the car and cause personal
    injury.
    • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its
    handling characteristics (see page 284).



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    Load-through hatch, SportCombi
    WARNING
    • Always secure the load firmly, for example using the middle
    safety belt. This reduces the danger of personal injury resulting from the displacement of the load on hard braking or in the
    event of a crash.
    • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its
    handling characteristics (see page 284).
    A load-through hatch is incorporated in the rear seat backrest to
    enable long, narrow items to be carried inside the car.
    Before loading or unloading long items, switch off the engine and
    apply the parking brake. This avoids the danger of the car moving
    off if a long item were to knock the gear or selector lever into gear.
    • Fold down the armrest and open the hatch by lifting the handle.

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    Tie down eyes, SportCombi
    There are tie down eyes in the trunk that
    should be used to secure loads. In general,
    loads should be placed as far forward and
    as low down as possible in the trunk.
    Driving with the trunk lid open, see
    page 193.

    WARNING
    • Put heavy loads as low down and as
    far forward as possible in the luggage
    compartment, i.e. against the back of
    the rear seat.
    • Never stack cargo so high that any
    part of the cargo lies above the edge
    of the backrest, if a cargo guard 3 is
    not being used.
    • Always tie down the cargo so that it
    cannot be thrown forward during
    heavy braking or in the event of a
    crash.
    • Unsecured and heavy cargo can
    increase the risk of injury during hard
    braking, sudden avoidance manoeuvres and in the event of a crash.
    • Use the lashing eyes and suitable
    anchorage straps 3 for optimum
    securing of loads.
    • Provide protection on sharp edges to
    prevent damage to the cargo straps.



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    • If possible, avoid having the rear seat
    folded down when driving with a heavy
    load, because the anchoring possibilities are restricted when the rear seat
    is in this position. That the rear seat
    is in the upright is a basic requirement for protection against cargo
    displacement in the event of a
    crash.
    • Improve safety by fastening the outer
    safety belts. Check that the red "indicator-flag" next to the opening handles is not visible. If the red "indicator-flag" is visible the backrest is not
    locked.
    • Match your speed and driving style to
    how the car is loaded. The handling
    characteristics of the car can be
    affected since a load in the trunk will
    alter the car’s center of gravity.
    • An object weighing 55 lbs. (25 kg) corresponds to a weight of 2200 lbs.
    (1,000 kg) in a front-end collision at
    32 mph (50 km/h).
    • Adjust the car’s load (passengers and
    luggage) so that the gross vehicle
    weight and the axle weight are not
    exceeded, see page 284.

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    Cargo net 3
    WARNING
    • Never overload the cargo net 3. If the
    elastic breaks this may cause personal injury. Do not use a cargo net
    that shows signs of wear.
    • Never use the elastic floor net 3 and
    elastic side net 3 when the rear seat is
    folded down. These nets are only
    intended to keep light objects tidy, not
    for the anchoring of loads.
    • Secure the load in the luggage compartment firmly. Using a cargo net is
    not considered as load securing.
    • The only purpose of a cargo net is to
    prevent light objects from being
    thrown forward into the cabin during
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    Cargo net, vertical 3, SportCombi
    Fit the net behind the rear seat backrest.
    1 Remove the rear cover panels in the
    roof.
    2 Fit the net’s upper fasteners into the two
    rear attachment points in the roof.
    3 Secure the net’s hooks in the two
    anchorage eyes closest to the rear seat.
    Tension the straps.
    The cargo net can also be fitted behind the
    front seats when the whole rear seat is
    folded.

    Attaching the cargo net to the roof

    Cargo net fitted in front anchorage eye

    1 Remove the front cover panels in the
    roof.
    2 Snap the net’s upper fasteners into the
    two front attachment points in the roof.
    3 Lengthen the straps with the enclosed
    extra straps. Secure the hooks in the two
    outer eyes furthest back on the front
    seats’ rails down by the floor. Tension
    the straps.

    Storing the cargo net
    Storage
    When the cargo net is not in use it should be
    stored in the bag supplied. Position the bag
    on the floor in the luggage compartment,
    closest to the backrest and secure it in the
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    Cargo net, floor mounted 3, SportCombi
    1 Fold up the floor. Position the edges of
    the floor in the slots in the side pieces.
    2 Fit the bag/carrier on the lower floor and
    secure the net’s hooks in the folded-up
    floor.

    Cargo net, floor mounted, SportCombi
    1 Upper bracket. Make sure that the rubber
    bands are not twisted
    2 Lower anchorage point

    Cargo net, floor mounted, SportCombi
    with subwoofer 3
    1 Upper bracket. Make sure that the rubber
    bands are not twisted
    2 Lower anchorage point



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    Cargo guard 3, SportCombi

    NOTICE
    Do not place any objects on the extended
    cargo guard. It is designed to shield
    against view and not for storage.
    To fit
    1 Hold the cartridge so that the extendible
    part faces backward.
    2 Position the cartridge over the pin (1) on
    the left and right-hand sides. Press the
    cartridge down and rotate it slightly
    forward until a click is heard.
    3 Check the fitting by pulling the cartridge
    up, it should now be fitted firmly.

    WARNING
    A cassette that is incorrectly fitted can
    detach and cause personal injury in the
    event of a collision, heavy breaking or
    similar.

    Fitting the cargo guard

    Opening the cargo guard

    1 Pin on which the cargo guard is fitted
    2 Handle for removing the cargo guard

    To remove
    1 Retract the cargo guard into the
    cartridge.
    2 Pull the handle (2) back and lift up the
    cartridge. Repeat this on the other side.

    Opening the cargo guard
    The cargo guard can be opened halfway in
    order to facilitate loading objects into the
    luggage compartment (and to avoid stretching in over the luggage compartment to
    reach the cargo guard).
    1 Open the tailgate.
    2 Press the rear lip of the cargo guard
    down, e.g. with an elbow. The cargo
    guard now opens halfway so that objects
    can be more easily loaded into the
    luggage compartment.
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    149

    Starting and driving

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

    Ignition switch ________
    Steering wheel lock ____
    Starting the engine ____
    Important considerations
    for driving __________
    Refueling ____________
    Engine Break-in Period _
    Manual transmission___
    Automatic
    transmission 3 ______
    Cruise Control ________
    Braking ______________
    All-wheel drive (XWD) 3
    Traction Control System
    (TCS) ______________
    Electronic Stability
    Program ESP® ______
    Parking brake_________

    150
    151
    152
    153
    156
    160
    161
    162
    169
    170
    173
    173
    175
    177

    Parking_______________
    Saab Parking
    Assistance 3 ________
    Economical driving_____
    Driving in cold weather__
    Driving in hot climates __
    Towing a trailer 3 ______
    Driving with a roof rack
    load ________________
    Driving with a load _____
    Driving with the trunk lid
    open________________
    Driving in deep water ___
    Towing the car_________
    Jump starting _________
    For long trips __________

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    180
    183
    185
    187
    188
    192
    192
    193
    193
    193
    197
    199



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    Ignition switch
    The ignition switch is located on the center
    console between the front seats. In cars
    with automatic transmission, the remote
    control can only be removed when the
    selector lever is in position P.

    NOTICE
    Take care not to spill drinks or to drop
    crumbs over the ignition switch. If dirt or
    liquid gets into it, the switch may not
    operate properly.
    If snow from clothing falls into the ignition
    switch and melts, the ignition switch can
    seize (freeze). Brush snow off clothing
    before getting into the car.

    WARNING
    • Always remove the remote control
    before leaving children unattended in
    the car.
    • Apply the parking brake before removing the remote control.
    • Never remove the remote control
    while the car is moving. This will activate the steering wheel lock and make
    it impossible to steer the car.
    To allow the various systems in the car time
    to register that the remote control has been
    inserted into the ignition switch, do not turn
    the remote control for roughly half a second.

    LOCK position
    The parking lights, hazard warning lights
    and interior lighting can be turned on.
    Cars with automatic transmission: Move
    the gear lever to P.
    The gear lever is locked in position. This is
    the only position in which the remote control
    can be removed.
    Cars with manual transmission: The
    remote control can be removed regardless
    of the position of the gear lever.

    OFF position
    Parts of the electrical system are operative.
    Do not leave the remote control in the
    OFF position with the engine not running
    as this could cause the battery to run flat
    in a matter of hours.
    Cars with automatic transmission: The
    gear lever is not locked. See also page 163.
    If the ignition switch is turned from ON to
    OFF before the car is stationary then turning
    to LOCK may not be possible. In which case
    turn the ignition switch to the ON position
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    approx. 2 seconds. Following which, turn it
    back to OFF.

    ON position
    The entire electrical system is operative.
    Do not leave the remote control in the ON
    position when the engine is not running.
    Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position
    to disconnect the electrical system.
    When you turn the ignition switch to ON,
    some indicator and warning lights will come
    on in the main instrument panel. These
    should go out after about 3 seconds.

    ST - starter position
    The starter motor operates (automatic
    transmission: selector lever must be in P or
    N) when the ignition switch is turned to this
    position. When released, the ignition switch
    will spring back to the ON position.
    The car has an electronic restart lock. If the
    engine fails to start, the ignition switch must
    first be turned back to a position between
    OFF and LOCK before the starter motor can
    be operated again.

    Steering wheel lock
    The steering wheel lock is electronic. The
    lock engages when the remote control is
    removed from the ignition and unlocks when
    the remote control is inserted. A click can be
    heard when the steering wheel lock locks
    and unlocks.
    If the car is parked with one front wheel
    touching the curb, for example, you may
    need to turn the steering wheel slightly
    when you insert the remote control to allow
    the steering wheel lock to unlock. If you do
    not succeed on first attempt you must
    remove the remote control before trying
    again. Turn the steering wheel and insert
    the remote control into the ignition switch.
    If the steering wheel lock does not disengage it will not be possible to turn the remote
    control in the ignition switch.
    The following message is shown on the SID:
    Pull out key, turn
    steering wheel. Restart.

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    If a fault arises affecting the steering wheel
    lock, the following message will be
    displayed on the SID:
    Steering lock malfunc.
    Make a safe stop.
    If the steering wheel lock malfunctions while
    the remote control is in the ignition switch,
    this may prevent the removal of the remote
    control or prevent the car from being
    restarted once the engine has been
    switched off.
    If you have to leave the car, lock the car by
    pressing down the lock buttons on the
    doors. Lock the front left door from outside
    with the traditional key (see page 50). The
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    Starting the engine
    WARNING
    • When starting the engine:
    – Sit down in the driver’s seat.
    – Depress the clutch pedal fully (M/T). If
    the gear lever is not in the neutral position, the clutch pedal must be fully
    depressed or the car will jump forwards or backwards, which may
    cause a crash.
    – Never start the car from outside the
    vehicle, e.g. through a window that is
    down. This could lead to serious personal injury.
    • Cars with automatic transmission:
    select position P to remove the ignition
    key. The key can only be removed in
    this gear position.
    • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless,
    odorless, poisonous gas. Be alert to
    the danger of CO – always open the
    garage doors before starting the
    engine in the garage.
    • Do not rest or sleep in the car when
    parked with the engine running. There
    is a risk of depressing the accelerator
    which could lead to engine damage.
    • There is also a danger of CO poisoning if the exhaust system is leaking.

    Starting the engine

    Cars with automatic transmission

    Avoid racing the engine or loading it heavily
    before it has warmed up. Do not drive away
    before the warning and indicator lights have
    gone out.

    The selector lever must be in the P or N
    position.

    The engine has an automatic choke and
    should be started as follows:
    Cars with manual transmission
    To start the engine the clutch pedal must
    be fully depressed.
    1 Make sure the parking brake is applied.
    2 Depress the clutch pedal but do not
    touch the accelerator.
    3 Start the engine. Let the ignition switch
    spring back as soon as the engine has
    started and is running smoothly.
    Allow the engine to idle for about
    10 seconds. Do not apply full throttle for at
    least 3 minutes after starting.

    1 The selector lever must be in the P or N
    position.
    2 Keep your foot on the brake pedal.
    Note! Once the engine has started, the
    brake pedal will sink. This is perfectly
    normal.
    3 Start the engine. Let the ignition switch
    spring back as soon as the engine has
    started and is running smoothly.
    Allow the engine to idle for about
    10 seconds. Do not apply full throttle for at
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    Useful tips on starting the engine
    If the engine has failed to start after several
    attempts in very cold weather, proceed as
    follows:
    1 Turn the ignition switch to ON (it is
    essential that you turn the ignition to
    ON before depressing the accelerator).
    2 Press the accelerator to the floor and run
    the starter motor for 5-10 seconds. This
    will prevent the engine being flooded
    (fully depressed accelerator cuts off the
    fuel supply).
    3 Now start the engine in the normal way
    - do not touch the accelerator.
    If the engine stalls immediately after starting
    (e.g. if the clutch was released too quickly),
    do not touch the accelerator when restarting
    the engine.

    Important
    considerations for
    driving
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    2 Stopping the engine
    • Do not rev the engine immediately
    before switching it off - stop the engine
    when it is idling.
    3 Regulating the boost pressure

    • Do not use full throttle until the engine
    is warm, so as to avoid unnecessary
    wear. If the needle of the turbo gauge
    repeatedly enters the red zone, the
    engine may suddenly lose power, due
    to the initiation of a monitoring system
    that limits the boost pressure. We
    recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer as soon as possible.

    • One of the advantages of boost pressure regulation is that the engine can
    also be run safely on gasoline with a
    lower octane rating, although not lower
    than AON 87. However, engine performance will fall slightly and heavy loading and laboring should be avoided. For
    optimum performance, use the recommended grade of fuel.

    • Under certain barometric conditions
    (high outside temperature and/or high
    altitude) the needle may enter the first
    part of the red zone without necessarily
    indicating that a fault has arisen.

    • The maximum boost pressure is regulated according to the tendency of the
    engine to knock. Short-lived knocking
    is perfectly normal. This can occur
    when the engine is running at about
    3,000 rpm under a heavy load. The
    extent of this knocking will depend on
    the grade of fuel in the tank.

    • A protective function (interruption of the
    fuel supply) limits the engine speed.

    • Isolated instances of knocking can
    occur with low-octane fuel. This
    controlled form of knocking, followed by
    a reduction in the boost pressure, is a
    sign that the control system is working
    normally, and is perfectly safe for the
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    Limp-home

    NOTICE
    • If the engine sounds strange there is a
    malfunction. We recommend that you
    contact a Saab dealer immediately.
    • The use of fuel with too low an octane
    rating can cause serious engine damage.

    The engine management system has a
    diagnostic feature that checks a number of
    internal functions. If a fault is detected in the
    throttle valve, the engine management
    system will set the throttle system to the
    limp-home mode. This means:
    • idling control will be poor (uneven idling
    since regulated by ignition and fuel
    supply)
    • engine performance will be reduced

    Limited performance.
    The light comes on in the event of an engine
    or gearbox fault (cars with automatic gearbox), which may cause driveability problems but that does not affect exhaust emission. The car can still be driven but perhaps
    with limited performance.
    Contact a dealer whenever an opportunity
    occurs. We recommend that you contact a
    Saab dealer.

    • the cruise control will not function
    • the capacity of the A/C compressor will be
    limited.
    If the diagnosis function detects a fault in the
    engine management system, the
    light
    "Service Engine Light also known as
    CHECK ENGINE" indicator light in the
    instrument panel will come on (see
    page 83). Have the car checked at a workshop as soon as possible. We recommend
    that you contact a Saab dealer.

    NOTICE
    If
    "Service Engine Light also known
    as CHECK ENGINE" indicator light warning light starts to flash (indicating that the
    engine is misfiring and the catalytic converter can be damaged), ease off the
    accelerator slightly. The light should go
    out or start to shine constantly. If the light
    continues to flash despite easing off the
    accelerator, you may continue to drive the
    car but at the minimum throttle permitted
    by the current traffic situation. Have the
    car checked as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.

    Important considerations with
    catalytic converters
    The catalytic converter is an emission control device incorporated in the car’s exhaust
    system. It consists of a metal canister with a
    honeycomb insert, the cells of which have
    walls coated in a catalytic layer (precious
    metal alloy).

    NOTICE
    Use only unleaded gasoline. Leaded gasoline is detrimental to the catalyst and
    oxygen sensor and will seriously impair
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    To ensure that the catalytic converter continues to function properly, and also to avoid
    damage to the converter and its associated
    components, the following points must be
    observed:
    • Have the car serviced regularly in accordance with the service program.
    • Always be alert to any misfiring of the
    engine (not running on all cylinders) and
    any loss of power or performance. At the
    first sign of a malfunction, reduce speed
    and take the car to a workshop. We
    recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer.

    • If the engine fails to start (in severe cold or
    if the battery is flat), the car can be bump
    started (manual transmission only) or
    started using jump leads to a donor
    battery. However, as soon as you have
    started the engine, it is important that it
    runs on all cylinders. If it is misfiring, allow
    it to idle for up to 5 minutes to give it time
    to settle and run smoothly. If, after this
    time, the engine still fails to run properly,
    switch off the engine to avoid serious
    damage to the catalytic converter. We
    recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer for advice.
    • Never park the car on dry grass or other
    combustible material. The catalytic
    converter gets very hot and could therefore start a fire.
    • Never drive off if the engine is misfiring.
    • If you bump start the car when the engine
    is already at normal working temperature,
    the engine must start to run on all cylinders. Abort bump starting if the engine
    fails to start immediately.
    Failure to strictly follow these instructions
    can result in damage to the catalytic converter and associated components, and
    could represent a breach of the warranty
    conditions.

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    NOTICE
    If the car runs out of gas, air may be drawn
    in with the fuel, which, in turn, can cause
    the catalytic converter to be damaged by
    overheating.

    WARNING
    If the engine is being run with the car on a
    rolling road or dynamometer, to ensure
    adequate cooling, air must be blown into
    the engine compartment and under the
    car at a rate equivalent to the ram-air
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    Refueling
    WARNING
    If you spill fuel and then something ignites
    it, you could be badly burned. Fuel can
    spray out on you if you open the fuel cap
    too quickly. This spray can happen if your
    tank is nearly full, and is more likely in hot
    weather. Open the fuel cap slowly and
    wait for any “hiss” noise to stop. Then
    unscrew the cap all the way.
    Gasoline fumes are highly explosive.
    Therefore:
    • never smoke while refueling.
    • never use gasoline for any purpose
    other than as engine fuel.
    • gasoline is extremely flammable and
    can cause severe burns. No open or
    exposed flames near gasoline.
    • do not use a mobile phone at the
    same time as refueling.
    If a fire starts while you are refueling, do
    not remove the nozzle. Shut off the flow of
    fuel by shutting off the pump or by notifying the station attendant. Leave the area
    immediately.

    NOTICE

    NOTICE

    • Do not overfill. Fuel should not come
    right up the filler pipe as room for
    expansion is needed for when the
    temperature rises.

    The engine control module (ECM) monitoring the engine parameters also stores
    fault codes.

    • The use of fuel with too low an octane
    rating can cause serious engine damage.
    • Clean fuel from painted surfaces as
    soon as possible.
    • Do not use additives with E85-fuel.

    Under certain circumstances, this may
    cause constant illumination of the “Service Engine Light also known as CHECK
    ENGINE” indicator light
    , thus indicating a fault that must be checked by your
    Saab dealer, see page 83.
    NOTE: always observe the following two
    measures:
    • Make sure that the fuel filler cap is
    screwed on correctly before the
    engine is started. Screw on the fuel
    filler cap until you hear 3 clicks.
    • Avoid driving with the fuel low level
    indicator illuminated. The symbol illuminates when less than approximately
    2.5 gallons (10 liters) of fuel remains
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    Refueling
    NOTICE
    WARNING
    If a fire starts while you are refueling, do
    not remove the nozzle. Shut off the flow of
    fuel by shutting off the pump or by notifying the station attendant. Leave the area
    immediately.
    1 Switch off the engine.
    2 Open the fuel cap, located in the
    right-hand rear fender.
    3 Insert the fuel pump nozzle beyond the
    flange on the filler pipe and let the first
    mark (a ring, a pimple or the first
    spring-coil) rest on the flange. Do not
    withdraw the nozzle while filling is in
    progress.
    4 Cease refueling the first time the pump
    stops, and wait a few seconds after
    you’ve finished pumping before you
    remove the nozzle.

    Do not overfill. Fuel should not come right
    up the filler pipe as expansion room is
    needed when the temperature rises.
    • Fill to maximum filling capacity.
    • Stop filling after the first time that the
    nozzle trips to shut off the flow of fuel.
    • Filling capacity can differ between different fuel stations and outside temperature. Fuel tank volume when
    nozzle trips to shut off, may vary by
    0.5 gal. (2 liters).
    • Do not fill fuel all the way up the filler
    pipe. The gasoline must be allowed
    room for expansion especially during
    hot weather.
    Fuel cap
    To remove the fuel cap, turn it slowly to the
    left (counterclockwise). The fuel cap has a
    spring in it; if you let go of the cap too soon,
    it will spring back to the right.
    When you put the fuel cap back on, turn it to
    the right (clockwise) until you hear 3 clicks.
    Make sure the cap is fully installed.
    The diagnostic system can determine if the
    fuel cap has been left off or is improperly
    installed. See “Service Engine Light also
    known as CHECK ENGINE” on page 83.

    When refueling, hang the fuel cap inside
    the fuel door

    If the fuel cap has been left off or is improperly installed the following message is
    shown on the Saab Information Display
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    The most effective way to prevent condensation forming in the tank (and thus avoid
    possible running problems) is to keep the
    tank full.

    Filling a portable fuel container

    Refer to page 185 for information regarding
    gasoline anti-freeze.

    Never fill a portable fuel container while it
    is in your vehicle. Static electricity discharge from the container can ignite the
    gasoline vapor. You can be badly burned
    and your vehicle damaged if this occurs.
    To help avoid injury to you and others:

    The fuel door has a built in filler cap holder
    slot located on the fuel door. Slide the white
    ring on the cap into the slot.
    Notice: If you need a new fuel cap, be sure
    to get the right type. Your dealer can get one
    for you. If you get the wrong type, it may not
    fit properly.

    WARNING

    • Dispense gasoline only into approved
    containers.
    • Do not fill a container while it is inside
    a vehicle, in a vehicle’s trunk, pickup
    bed or on any surface other than the
    ground.
    • Bring the fill nozzle in contact with the
    inside of the fill opening before operating the nozzle. Contact should be
    maintained until the filling is complete.
    • Do not smoke while pumping gasoline.

    Fuel (Gasoline Engine)
    Fuel
    Use of the recommended fuel is an important part of the proper maintenance of your
    vehicle.
    Gasoline Octane
    Use regular unleaded gasoline with a
    posted octane of 87 or higher.
    If the octane is less than 87, you may get a
    heavy knocking noise when you drive. If this
    occurs, use a gasoline rated at 87 octane or
    higher as soon as possible. Otherwise, you
    might damage your engine. A little pinging
    noise when you accelerate or drive uphill is
    considered normal. This does not indicate a
    problem exists or that a higher-octane fuel
    is necessary. If you are using 87 octane or
    higher-octane fuel and hear heavy knocking, your engine needs service. Although
    not required, use higher octane fuel for optimum performance- 90 octane for the 2.0T
    engine and 93 octane for the 2.8 V6.



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    Gasoline Specifications

    California Fuel

    Additives

    It is recommended that gasoline meet specifications which were developed by automobile manufacturers around the world and
    contained in the World-Wide Fuel Charter
    which is available from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers at www.autoalliance.org/fuel_charter.htm. Gasoline meeting these specifications could provide
    improved driveability and emission control
    system performance compared to other
    gasoline.

    If your vehicle is certified to meet California
    Emission Standards (see the under hood
    emission control label), it is designed to
    operate on fuels that meet California specifications. If this fuel is not available in states
    adopting California emissions standards,
    your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on
    fuels meeting federal specifications, but
    emission control system performance may
    be affected. The malfunction indicator lamp
    may turn on and your vehicle may fail a
    emission system inspection. See Service
    Engine Light also known as CHECK
    ENGINE on page 83. If this occurs, return to
    your authorized Saab dealer for diagnosis.
    If it is determined that the condition is
    caused by the type of fuel used, repairs may
    not be covered by your warranty.

    To provide cleaner air, all gasolines in the
    United States are now required to contain
    additives that will help prevent engine and
    fuel system deposits from forming, allowing
    your emission control system to work properly. You should not have to add anything to
    your fuel. However, some gasolines contain
    only the minimum amount of additive
    required to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Saab recommends that you buy gasolines that are
    advertised to help keep fuel injectors and
    intake valves clean. If your vehicle experiences problems due to dirty injectors or
    valves, try a different brand of gasoline.

    NOTICE
    Gasolines containing oxygenates, such
    as ethers and ethanol, and reformulated
    gasolines may be available in your area.
    We recommend that you use these gasolines, if they comply with the specifications described earlier. However, E85
    (85% ethanol) and other fuels containing
    more than 10% ethanol must not be used
    in vehicles that were not designed for
    those fuels.

    Gasolines containing oxygenates, such as
    ethers and ethanol, and reformulated gasolines may be available in your area to contribute to clean air. Saab recommends that
    you use these gasolines, particularly if they
    comply with the specifications described
    earlier.
    Notice: Your vehicle was not designed
    for fuel that contains methanol. Do not
    use fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel system and
    also damage the plastic and rubber
    parts. That damage would not be covered under your warranty.
    Some gasolines that are not reformulated
    for low emissions may contain an
    octane-enhancing additive called methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl
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    gasoline whether the fuel contains MMT.
    Saab does not recommend the use of such
    gasolines.
    Fuels containing MMT can reduce the life of
    spark plugs and the performance of the
    emission control system may be affected.
    The malfunction indicator lamp may turn on.
    If this occurs, return to your authorized Saab
    dealer for service.
    Fuels in Foreign Countries
    If you plan on driving in another country outside the United States or Canada, the
    proper fuel may be hard to find. Never use
    leaded gasoline or any other fuel not recommended in the previous text on fuel. Costly
    repairs caused by use of improper fuel
    would not be covered by your warranty.
    To check the fuel availability, ask an auto
    club, or contact a major oil company that
    does business in the country where you will
    be driving.

    Engine Break-in Period

    Wearing in new brake pads

    Pistons, cylinder bores and bearings need
    time to obtain uniform, wear-resistant
    surfaces.

    New brake pads take time to bed in, about
    90 miles (150 km) if the car is driven largely
    under stop-and-go conditions or about
    300 miles (500 km) of highway driving.

    If a new engine is driven too hard, this gradual process of bedding-in will not be possible and the life of the engine will be shortened.

    To extend the useful life of the pads, avoid
    hard braking as much as possible.

    During the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km),
    do not exceed 5,000 rpm.
    In addition, refrain from driving the car at full
    throttle, other than for brief instances,
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    Manual transmission
    Clutch interlock
    To start the car, the clutch pedal must be
    depressed.
    When changing gear, fully depress the
    clutch pedal and then release it smoothly. It
    is inadvisable to drive with your hand resting
    on the gear lever, as this can increase the
    wear on the gearbox.
    Before reverse (R) can be engaged, you
    must lift the ring underneath the gear knob.

    NOTICE
    When reverse gear is to be engaged,
    the car must be at a standstill with
    the accelerator fully released.

    Gear positions

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    Automatic
    transmission 3
    WARNING

    Indication of gear position on main
    instrument panel

    • Depress the brake pedal when shifting
    the selector lever from P or N.
    • The car must be at a standstill before
    P, R or N is selected. You have to have
    your foot on the brake pedal to move
    the lever out of P. If the car is still
    moving when a drive position is subsequently selected, this could cause a
    crash or damage the automatic transmission.
    • Never park the car with the selector
    lever in a drive position, even if the
    parking brake is on.
    • If you want to leave the car with the
    engine running, move the selector
    lever to P or N and apply the parking
    brake.

    The engine can only be started when the
    selector lever is in the P or N position.

    Selector lever
    1 Position for manual gear selection

    The automatic transmission has an electronic control module. The control module
    receives information including accelerator
    position and road speed. Using this and
    other information, it controls the hydraulic
    pressure of the transmission to ensure that
    gear changing is as smooth as possible.
    The remote control can only be removed
    when the selector lever is in the P position.

    When the car is stationary, the engine must
    be idling when you move the selector lever
    from one position to another. If not, the
    transmission could be damaged.

    NOTICE
    After selecting a drive position, pause
    briefly to allow the gear to engage (the car
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    Adaptive gear change patterns
    The adaptive gear change pattern function
    adapts gear changing to the prevailing driving conditions. The transmission control
    module senses the engine load, vehicle
    speed and temperature of the transmission.
    A suitable gear change pattern is then
    selected automatically to avoid unnecessary gear changes and undesired increases
    in transmission temperature.

    Selector lever detent

    Park Brake Shift Lock
    The transmission has a security function
    known as Park Brake Shift Lock. To move
    the gear selector lever out of the P or N position, the gear selector lever detent (catch)
    must be pressed in at the same time as the
    brake pedal is held depressed.
    The detent button on the selector lever has
    to be pressed in before the lever can be
    moved between certain positions.
    Temporary override of Park Brake Shift
    Lock, see page 166.

    Certain variants use a special change pattern for the first few minutes after a cold start
    so that the catalytic converter reaches its
    working temperature more quickly.

    Sport mode
    Sport mode is selected using the
    button, while the word SPORT illuminates
    on the SID
    . Changing up occurs later
    and changing down occurs earlier at the
    same accelerator pedal position.
    Sport mode will deselected if:
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    Thermal transmission protection

    Lock-up

    The transmission has built-in protection
    against overheating. If the temperature of
    the transmission fluid exceeds 302 °F
    (150 °C), engine torque will be limited to
    147 ft.lbs. (200 Nm).

    The transmission’s torque converter has a
    lock-up function. This can lock the torque
    converter, thus reducing the engine speed
    and fuel consumption.

    The following message is shown on the SID:
    Gearbox too hot. Make a
    safe stop. Open hood.
    If this message appears, stop the car as
    soon as it is safe to do so and allow the
    engine to idle until the message has gone
    out. The selector lever should be in
    position P.

    Kick-down
    When the accelerator is pressed down fully,
    a down change is made to optimize acceleration, e.g. for overtaking.
    Following this, the next higher gear will be
    selected at the optimum engine speed,
    unless you ease off the accelerator before
    reaching this.

    Driving in hilly country with a
    heavy load
    The transmission fluid can overheat when
    the gearbox is strained, for example, when
    driving with a trailer on hilly roads. To avoid
    the transmission fluid overheating, always
    drive with the selector lever in the D position. The adaptive gear change patterns are
    then active.
    High air temperatures or a faulty oil cooler
    can also cause the transmission fluid to
    overheat. Overheating reduces the service
    life of the fluid.

    WARNING
    Remember to use the braking effect of the
    engine (1st, 2nd or 3rd gear) when you
    are descending long or steep hills to
    spare the brakes.
    Overheating can cause the brakes to
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    Towing
    Towing of cars with automatic transmission,
    see page 193.

    Descending hills
    If the speed of the car increases while
    descending a steep hill, despite the accelerator being released, the control module will
    change down. If you desire more powerful
    engine braking, manually select a lower
    gear (see page 168).

    Limp-home
    NOTICE
    Do not tow a trailer if limp-home mode is
    engaged.
    If the transmission malfunctions, the control
    module will activate limp-home mode.
    Driveability will be affected to varying
    degrees.

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    Cars with 5-speed transmission 3
    In this mode, only 2nd and 5th gears are
    available. Select 2nd gear when driving at
    low speeds and 5th gear at higher speeds.
    2nd gear must be selected manually. Select
    5th gear manually or move the selector
    lever to D, see page 168.
    Cars with 6-speed transmission 3
    • The car may be totally powerless. If this is
    case, have the car transported to a workshop to have the problem rectified.
    • The car may feel weak but can be driven
    carefully to a workshop to have the problem rectified.
    • Driveability may barely be affected.
    Irrespective of the driveability of the car, the
    car must be taken to a workshop to have the
    problem checked and rectified.



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    Temporary override of Park Brake Shift
    Lock

    NOTICE
    Due to electrical problems it may not be
    possible to move the selector lever out of
    the park position, even if the ignition is
    ON. If for some reason the selector lever
    has to be moved out of the park position
    (i.e. to tow the car a short distance) do as
    described below.

    1 Apply the parking brake.
    2 Lift up the rubber mat in the storage
    compartment ahead of the selector
    lever.
    3 Under the floor of the storage compartment is a yellow plastic lever. Use a thin
    tool, such as a screwdriver, to press and
    hold the plastic lever while moving the
    selector lever from P to N.
    4 Remove the tool.
    5 Release the parking brake if the car is to
    be moved immediately, otherwise it
    should remain on.
    Check fuse 6 in the engine bay fuse box.
    If the fuse is OK the battery may be dead.
    Contact a workshop to have the problem
    checked and rectified. We recommend that
    you contact a Saab dealer.

    Temporary override of Park Brake Shift
    Lock



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    Selector lever positions
    P
    The selector lever is locked and the transmission
    is mechanically blocked.
    The engine can be started.
    To move the selector lever out of the P position,
    depress the brake pedal and press in the detent
    (catch) on the selector lever.
    Only select the park position (P) when the car is
    stationary.
    R
    Only select the reverse position (R) when the car
    stationary. The detent release button must be
    pressed before the selector lever can be moved
    to R.
    Wait until reverse gear has engaged before
    touching the accelerator.

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    N
    You must press the brake pedal to move
    the selector lever from the neutral position (N).
    In neutral, the transmission is disengaged from the
    engine. The engine can be started but make sure
    the parking brake is on to prevent unexpected
    movement.
    To prevent the engine and transmission becoming
    hotter than necessary, select N for long stops with
    the engine running, e.g. when stuck in a traffic jam.
    At traffic lights, leave the selector lever in the drive
    position (D).
    D
    The drive position (D) is the normal one for forward
    driving. The transmission shifts automatically
    between all gears from 1st to 5th or 6th, the timing
    of which depends on factors such as the current
    accelerator position and the speed of the car.
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    Sentronic, manual gear selection
    Move the selector lever to the manual position (M)
    (to the left position D) to select gear manually.
    Select a higher gear by pressing the selector lever
    forward or a lower gear by pulling it back. The
    selector lever will return to a position adjacent to
    the letter M after each gear change.
    An example of when you may wish to make
    manual gear changes is when overtaking, to
    enable you to remain in a low gear for an extended
    period of time.
    If the road surface is slippery, you may wish to start
    off in 2nd or 3rd to reduce the risk of wheel spin.
    When descending steep hills you should select a
    low gear to increase the braking effect of the
    engine and thus spare the brakes.

    Manual gear selections are displayed on the main instrument
    panel. The letter M and the current gear are displayed.
    When the selector lever is in the M position, as opposed to the D
    position, the engine is much more responsive to changes in accelerator position. The accelerator has a different feel.
    When changing down, the desired gear can be selected but the
    transmission will not change down until the engine speed is low
    enough to avoid overrevving.

    Steering wheel controls for manual gear
    selection 3

    Certain variants also have steering wheel controls for manual gear
    selection. On these models, it is possible to change gear manually
    using the selector lever and the steering wheel controls. The steering wheel controls are only active when the selector lever is in the M
    position.
    Select a higher gear by pressing the right-hand button and a lower
    gear by pressing the left-hand button.



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    Cruise Control

    To set the desired speed
    1 Slide the switch to ON.

    (Cruise control system)

    2 Move the thumb wheel up to SET/+ or
    SET/– when the car has reached the
    desired speed (above 15 mph
    (25 km/h).

    WARNING
    Do not use the cruise control system in
    wet or icy conditions, in dense traffic or on
    winding roads.
    For safety reasons (brake system function), the brakes must be applied once
    when the engine has started, before the
    cruise control system can be activated.

    To increase the preset speed
    You can increase the speed in any of
    the following ways:
    Cruise control switches

    The following message is shown on the SID:
    Tap brakes lightly
    before using cruise ctrl.

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    The system has the following functions:
    1 ON: engaged
    2 OFF: disengaged
    3 SET/+: sets the speed and increases
    the set speed
    4 SET/ –: sets the speed and decreases
    the set speed
    5 RESUME: re-engages the system at the
    set speed
    The CRUISE indicator light in the main
    instrument panel comes on when the switch
    is slid to ON. If you switch off the engine
    while the cruise control is ON, the system
    will be ON the next time the engine is
    started.

    • Accelerate to the desired speed. Jog the
    control to SET/+ or SET/–.
    • Jog the control to SET/+ to increase the
    speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h) (when cruise
    control already engaged).
    • Hold the control in the SET/+ position until
    the desired speed is reached (when
    cruise control already engaged).



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    To reduce the preset speed

    To re-engage the system

    Braking

    You can reduce speed in any of the following ways:

    Slide the switch to RESUME. The car will
    return to the previously set speed. Vehicle
    speed must exceed 15 mph (25 km/h).

    It is good practice to try your brakes periodically while driving. This is particularly
    important when driving in heavy rain, on
    roads with a lot of surface water, in snow or
    in salty slush. In such conditions a slight
    delay in the braking effect may be noticed.
    To minimize this delay, dry the brakes by
    applying them lightly now and again. This
    should also be done after the car has been
    washed, and in extremely damp weather.

    • Brake to the desired speed. Jog the
    control to SET/+ or SET/–.

    To disengage the system

    • Jog the control to SET/– to reduce the
    speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h).

    The system will be disengaged:

    • Hold the control in the SET/– position until
    the desired speed is reached.

    • As soon as the brake or clutch pedal is
    depressed (cars with manual transmission).

    Temporary increase in speed

    • When the switch is slid towards OFF. See
    also heading "To disengage the system
    temporarily".

    Accelerate, without shifting down (manual
    transmission), to exceed the set speed such
    as for overtaking. When you release the
    accelerator, the car will return to the set
    speed.

    To disengage the system
    temporarily
    Slide the switch to the left towards OFF, but
    only as far as to disengage the cruise control. Allow the switch to spring back.

    • When the switch is slid to OFF.
    • When the TCS/ESP® system is operative.
    • When position N is selected (cars with
    automatic transmission).

    To avoid the brakes becoming overheated,
    such as when negotiating long descents
    with a drop of several hundred yards (hundred metres), select a low gear to utilize the
    braking effect of the engine. If the car has
    automatic transmission, select 1st or 2nd
    gear.
    You can help to prolong the life of the brakes
    by thinking ahead and braking harder over
    short periods, rather than braking more
    moderately over long stretches.



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    ABS brakes
    WARNING
    • It is prudent to try your brakes from
    time to time, especially when driving in
    heavy rain, through water collected on
    the road, in snow, on a wet road surface or in salty slush. In such conditions, the brakes may take longer than
    normal to take effect. To rectify this,
    touch the brake pedal periodically to
    dry the brakes out.
    • The same applies after the car has
    been washed or when the weather is
    very humid.
    • Avoid parking the car with wet brakes.
    Before parking, and if the traffic conditions allow, brake quite heavily so that
    the brake discs and pads warm up and
    dry.
    • The brakes are power assisted and it
    should be kept in mind that the servo
    unit only provides the power assistance when the engine is running.
    • The brake pressure required when the
    engine is off, (e.g. when the car is
    being towed) is roughly four times the
    normal pedal force required. The
    pedal also feels hard and unresponsive.
    • Overheating can cause the brakes to
    fade!

    WARNING
    • The additional safety afforded by the
    ABS system is not designed to allow
    drivers to drive faster but to make
    normal driving safer.
    • To stop as quickly as possible, without
    loss of directional stability, whether
    the road surface is dry, wet or slippery,
    press the brake pedal down hard
    without letting up (do not pump the
    pedal), declutching simultaneously, and steer the car to safety.
    The Antilock Braking System (ABS) modulates the brake pressure to each wheel. The
    pressure is automatically reduced just
    before the wheel locks up and then
    increases again to the point at which the
    wheel is just about to lock. The wheel sensors send information to the brake system’s
    electronic control module for every 4 or so
    inches (decimeter) that the car rolls. This
    information is processed continuously to
    ensure that the adjustment of the brake
    pressure will be as exact as possible.
    Adjustment takes place up to 12 times per
    second.

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    The brake system provides Electronic
    Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). This distributes the brake pressure between the front
    and rear wheels, in such a way as to achieve
    optimum braking performance irrespective
    of the car’s speed or load.
    The ABS has a built-in diagnostics function
    which will switch on the ABS warning light
    if a fault is detected in the system (see
    page 82).
    Note. The following message will appear
    on the SID (and corresponding symbol
    on main instrument unit) if a fault is
    detected:
    Antilock brake malfunc.
    Contact service.



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    The ABS system will not reduce the braking
    distance on loose gravel, snow or ice but,
    because the wheels cannot lock up, steering control is retained.
    When the ABS system operates you will feel
    the brake pedal pulsate and hear a ticking
    noise, both of which are perfectly normal.
    Apply the brake pedal with full force (you
    cannot press too hard), declutch and if necessary steer to safety.
    Do not release the brake pedal before the
    car has come to a halt or the danger is
    past!
    The above is critical.
    If the road is slippery, the ABS system will
    operate even when only light pressure is
    applied to the brake pedal. This means that
    the driver can brake gently to test the condition of the road and adapt their driving
    accordingly.
    It is well worth practising the use of ABS
    brakes on a skid pad or other suitable
    facility.

    Braking with ABS brakes.
    Indication that the system is operating:
    pulsating brake pedal and ticking noise

    Braking with ABS – evasive steering



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    All-wheel drive (XWD) 3
    Essentially, the system consists of a PTU
    (Power Take off Unit), propeller shaft, RDM
    (Rear Drive Module which contains an electronically controlled plate clutch, final drive
    gear and differential) and driveshafts. This
    system enhances driving characteristics
    and stability. The system is always active
    and cannot be deactivated. It works
    together with the ESP system and the
    engine and transmission control modules.
    When driving at a constant speed, approx.
    95% of the torque is distributed to the front
    wheels and approx. 5% to the rear wheels.
    The torque is distributed steplessly and
    instantaneously between the front and rear
    wheels, depending on the driving conditions. If the car is fitted with eLSD (electronically controlled plate clutch between the
    rear wheels), the torque can also be distributed individually to the relevant rear wheel.

    For optimum system function, the car’s tires
    should not have varying degrees of wear.
    When the XWD system requires service,
    the following message is shown on the SID:
    Service XWD.
    When the service message is displayed,
    the XWD system may have limited functionality (or be completely disabled in
    some cases, i.e. the car switches to
    front-wheel drive). Contact a workshop
    for information. We recommend that you
    contact an authorised Saab dealer.

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    Traction Control
    System (TCS)
    Anti-spin system

    WARNING
    When driving normally, the TCS system
    helps to improve the car’s stability, and
    driveability under slippery road and
    extreme driving conditions. The TCS
    must not be regarded as a system to
    enable the driver to maintain higher
    speeds. The same precautions must be
    adopted as normal for safe cornering and
    driving on slippery roads.

    How the system works
    The Traction Control System (TCS) is
    designed to prevent wheelspin. This
    enables the car to achieve the best possible
    grip and, hence, maximum tractive effort,
    together with greater stability.
    The TCS system uses information from the
    ABS system’s wheel speed sensors to
    determine whether any wheel is spinning. If
    any wheel is spinning, this is reduced on
    all-wheel drive cars initially by changing the
    torque distribution, secondly by reducing
    the engine torque, and thirdly with the aid of
    the wheel brakes. On front-wheel drive cars,
    wheelspin is reduced initially by reducing
    the engine torque, and secondly with the aid
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    The advantages of the TCS system are
    most apparent when road surface friction is
    so low that a lot of wheelspin can occur rapidly:
    • When the car is pulling away or accelerating with the front wheels on different
    surfaces (e.g. one slippery and one dry),
    the TCS functions like an electronic differential lock, making sure that both wheels
    rotate at the same speed. The system
    also functions when the car is reversing.
    • When cornering, if the inside front wheel
    rotates faster than the other wheels.

    TCS OFF
    lights up if:
    • The system has been switched off
    manually. It cannot be switched off if the
    car is travelling faster than 35 mph
    (60 km/h).
    • There is a fault in the ABS system
    • A fault has been detected and the
    system has therefore been switched
    off and at the same time the following
    message is shown on the SID:
    Traction control failure.
    Contact service.

    TCS indicator
    When the ignition switch is turned to the ON
    position, the lamp is lit for about 4 seconds
    while the system performs self-diagnosis.
    The
    light comes on when the TCS is
    operative, that is when one of the wheels
    has lost its grip.

    Disengage the system in Settings.
    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel buttons,
    or
    .
    2 Hold the SET button depressed until a
    chime sounds.
    3 Select TCS.
    4 Press the SET button.

    The fact that the TCS is operative indicates
    that the limit for grip has been exceeded and
    that the driver must exercise greater care.

    End by pressing the SET-button.

    Temporarily turning the TCS off

    Go back/undo using the CLR-button.

    The TCS is switched on automatically when
    the engine is started.
    It may be necessary to switch off the system
    if the car has become bogged down, for
    instance.
    If a fault is detected in the ABS, the TCS will
    be switched off automatically.
    The cruise control system (if active) will
    automatically be disengaged if the TCS is
    operative.

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    How the ESP® system works

    Electronic Stability
    Program ESP®

    The ESP® system can help to prevent the
    car from skidding by braking one or several
    wheels independently of the driver. The
    engine output is then also reduced to prevent the driving wheels from spinning. The
    car has sensors that measure wheel speed,
    yaw rate, lateral acceleration, steering
    wheel position and braking pressure. The
    values provided by these sensors are used
    to calculate the actual direction of the car,
    the intentions of the driver and whether the
    ESP® system should be engaged.

    Anti-skid system

    WARNING
    When driving normally, the ESP® system
    helps to improve the car’s stability and
    maneuverability under slippery road and
    extreme driving conditions. The ESP®
    system must not be regarded as a system
    to enable the driver to maintain higher
    speeds. The same precautions must be
    adopted as normal for safe cornering and
    driving on slippery roads must be
    adopted.
    The ESP® system employs both the
    antilock braking system (ABS) and the traction control system (TCS). It is a system that
    helps the driver to stabilize the car in
    unusual circumstances that can otherwise
    be more difficult to handle.

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    If this direction does not agree with that
    intended by the driver, calculated from the
    steering wheel position, the ESP® system is
    engaged.
    The illustration shows how the system
    brakes one or more wheels (and with varying braking force for each wheel) in order
    to increase the car’s chances of following
    the direction in which the driver wants to
    drive.

    The ESP® system improves the driver’s
    chances of retaining control over the car in
    a critical situation.



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    ESP® system OFF
    lights up if:
    • The system is turned off manually. The
    car must be travelling slower than 35 mph
    (60 km/h). The TCS is also disengaged.
    • A fault is detected in the ABS-system.
    • A fault has been detected in the
    system and the system has therefore
    been switched off. The following
    message will be displayed on the SID:
    Stability control failure.
    Contact service.

    Temporarily turning ESP®
    system off
    The ESP® is switched on automatically
    when the engine is started.
    It may be necessary to switch off the system
    if the car has become bogged down, for
    instance.
    The ESP® system is always engaged
    during braking, even if it has been switched
    off manually with the ESP® button.
    The cruise control system (if active) will
    automatically be disengaged if the ESP®
    system is operative.

    ESP® system indicator light

    NOTICE

    When the ignition switch is turned to the ON
    position, the lamp is lit for about 4 seconds
    while the system performs self-diagnosis.

    Changes to the chassis, such as a
    change of wheels, shock absorbers or
    springs, could affect the function of the
    ESP® system.

    The
    light comes on for a short period of
    time when the ESP® system is operative.
    Operation of the ESP® system indicates
    reduced cohesion between the tires and the
    road, and that extra care should be taken by
    the driver during continued driving.

    Always consult a workshop before changing any chassis components. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.

    Disengage the system in Settings.
    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel buttons,
    or
    .
    2 Hold the SET button depressed until a
    chime sounds.
    3 Select ESP.
    4 Press the SET button.
    5 Select ON or OFF.
    End by pressing the SET-button.
    Go back/modify using the CLR-button.



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    Parking brake

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    Parking

    WARNING

    WARNING

    • Always apply the parking brake when
    you park the car. If the car is to be
    left parked for a long time, refer to
    page 179.

    • Never leave children or pets unattended in the car. In warm, sunny
    weather, the temperature inside the
    car can reach 160–180 °F (70–80 °C).

    • Always apply the parking brake
    before removing the remote control.

    • Park where the vehicle will not create
    an obstruction or a hazard to other
    road users.

    • Do not use the parking brake while
    driving.
    • Grasp the parking brake lever in such
    a way that no fingers get trapped when
    you release the parking brake.
    The parking brake lever is situated between
    the front seats. The brake acts on the rear
    wheels. When the parking brake is applied,
    the
    indicator light on the main instrument panel will come on.
    To release the parking brake, lift the lever
    slightly, pull the release button on the underside of the lever and lower the lever.

    Correct hold
    If conditions allow, it is best if the brake
    pedal is not depressed, or only depressed
    as little as necessary so as to stop the car
    from rolling, when the parking brake is
    applied.
    To facilitate releasing the parking brake,
    depress the brake pedal. This is especially
    appropriate if the car is standing on a hill.
    If the parking brake is applied when the car
    starts off, the following message will appear
    on the SID:
    Release park brake.

    • Do not park on dry grass or other combustible material. The catalytic converter gets very hot and could start a
    fire.
    • Apply the parking brake, remove the
    remote control and lock the car.



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    NOTICE
    Empty the car yourself and bear in mind:
    • Never leave a mobile phone, camera,
    computer or similar object visible in
    the car.
    • Clothing, packages and bags attract
    thieves.
    • Do not leave small objects such as
    CDs, sunglasses and coins visible.
    • If possible, park in a well-lit, conspicuous parking space.
    • Thieves strike whenever and wherever they are given the opportunity.

    Parking on a hill
    When parking on a steep hill, turn the front
    wheels so that they will be blocked by the
    curb if the car should move.
    If the car is parked with one front wheel
    touching the curb, for example, you may
    need to turn the steering wheel slightly
    when you insert the remote control to allow
    the steering wheel lock to unlock.

    1 Downhill with curb.
    Turn the wheels toward
    the curb and edge the car
    forwards until the wheel
    lightly touches the curb.

    2 Uphill with curb. Turn
    the wheels away from the
    curb and edge the car
    backward until the wheel
    lightly touches the curb.

    3 Uphill or downhill without curb. Turn the wheel
    towards the edge of the
    road so that the car,
    should it move, will not
    roll towards the middle of
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    Long-term parking
    If the car is not going to be used for some
    time, e.g. three to four months, the following
    steps are recommended:
    • Drain the washer fluid reservoir and
    hoses.
    • Wash and wax the car. Clean the rubber
    seals on the hood, trunk lid and doors,
    and lubricate them with glycerol
    (glycerine).
    • After washing the car, dry the brake discs
    to avoid corrosion by taking the car out on
    the road and applying the brakes a few
    times.
    • Fill the fuel tank to prevent condensation
    forming in it.
    • Top up the coolant and check the antifreeze before the onset of winter.

    • Park the car in a dry, covered and
    well-ventilated building. Leave the parking brake OFF!
    • Convertible: If the car is stored, the soft
    top should be closed.
    • If necessary, use wheel chocks and leave
    the parking brake off.
    • Disconnect the negative (–) battery lead.
    If frost is likely to occur during the storage
    period, remove the battery and store it in
    a frost-free place.
    • If it is not possible to stand the car on axle
    stands, increase the tire pressure to
    43 psi (3 bar).
    Leave all the door windows open a crack
    and cover the car with a non-plastic
    tarpaulin – not one made of plastic which will
    not breath.

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    Saab Parking
    Assistance 3
    Saab Parking Assistance

    WARNING
    Responsibility always lies with the driver
    when reversing.
    • The parking assistance system can
    facilitate parking and reversing.
    • Bear in mind that small objects, such
    as a child lying on the ground, and
    narrow objects cannot always be
    detected by the system.
    Saab Parking Assistance facilitates parking
    and reversing. There are four sensors in the
    rear bumper that detect objects up to 6 ft
    (1.8 meters) behind the car.
    If the car is heavily laden, the system may
    falsely indicate that there is an object within
    the detection range. This is since the sensors are angled towards the ground when
    the car is tail-heavy.

    Area monitored by the sensors seen from
    the side

    Area monitored by the sensors seen from
    above

    The system uses four sensors in the rear
    bumper. These emit ultrasound signals that
    bounce back to the sensors off any objects
    behind the car. The system, however,
    cannot always detect small or narrow
    objects, such as a post, since the surface
    area presented to the car is too small.

    The system is activated automatically when
    reverse is engaged or selected. Audible
    confirmation is given and the following text
    is shown on the SID:
    Parking Assistance
    active
    If a warning message, such as the safety
    belt reminder, is shown on the SID when
    reverse is engaged, the audible signals
    from the parking assistance system will not
    be heard since the warning message has
    priority.
    When the sensors detect an object within
    the monitored area, pulses of sound (- - - -)
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    increases as the car comes closer to the
    object.
    If you stop the car with reverse gear
    engaged, the sound pulse will stop after
    2 seconds. The sound pulses will return if
    you continue to reverse. If the car rolls forward while reverse is engaged, the system
    is silenced.
    When the distance to the object is less
    than 1 ft. (30 cm), a continuous tone will
    be heard.
    When an object is approximately 3 ft.
    (90 cm) from the car, the sound pulses
    change character markedly (frequency
    increases). A distance of about 3 ft. (90 cm)
    is suitable if you wish to load or unload the
    trunk.
    If the distance between an object and a
    corner sensor does not change for
    3 seconds, for example if you are reversing
    alongside a wall, the system will switch to
    monitoring straight back. The system indicates if the distance to the wall decreases
    again.
    If a trailer is hitched up and correctly connected to the trailer contact by the towbar,
    the system is automatically deactivated.

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    Cars with trailer hitch

    NOTICE
    The sensors must be kept clean to function well. Ice, snow and dirt can affect
    their sensitivity.

    If the car has a trailer hitch and its wiring is
    correctly connected to the car’s electrical
    system, the Saab Parking Assistance automatically compensates for the protrusion of
    the towbar.

    Large quantities of snow or dirt covering
    the sensors can prevent the parking
    assistance system from detecting any
    objects.

    If a camper or trailer is hitched up and the
    trailer hitch wiring is correctly connected to
    the car’s electrics, the system is automatically deactivated.

    Do not spray the sensors with a pressure
    washer, as this can damage them.

    You can temporarily deactivate the Saab
    Parking Assistance as follows:

    Reversing alongside a wall
    If the distance between an object and a
    corner sensor does not change for
    2 seconds, for example if you are reversing
    alongside a wall, the system will switch to
    monitoring straight back. The system indicates if the distance to the wall decreases
    again.

    Engage reverse and press the CLR button
    on the steering wheel.
    The system will be reactivated the next time
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    Error messages
    If the system malfunctions, the following
    message will appear on the SID:
    Parking assistance
    malfunction. Service.
    If the system is subject to interference, the
    following message will be shown on the
    SID:
    Parking assistance
    sensor interference.
    If this message appears, clean the sensors.
    The sensors are located in the black trim on
    the rear bumper

    The system can be switched off using
    Settings.
    1 Select Settings using the steering
    wheel controls,
    or
    .
    2 Press and hold the SET button until
    given audible confirmation.
    3 Select Park Assistance.
    4 Press the SET button.
    5 Select ON or OFF.
    6 Confirm the setting by pressing the SET
    button.
    Park Assistance
    ON
    OFF

    Explanation of ON and OFF.
    ON
    Saab Parking Assistance is activated
    automatically when reverse is
    engaged. The system warns of objects
    behind the car.
    If a trailer is hitched up and correctly
    connected to the trailer connector, the
    system will be deactivated automatically. You can also deactivate the system temporarily with the CLR button if
    reverse has been engaged and the
    system is active.
    OFF
    Saab Parking Assistance deactivated.



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    Economical driving
    Factors affecting fuel
    consumption
    The fuel consumption of a car is greatly
    affected by driving conditions, climate, road
    conditions, speed, driving technique, etc.

    Breaking-in
    Fuel consumption may be somewhat
    higher during the break-in period (the
    first 3,000–4,000 miles (5,000–7,000 km)).

    Weather conditions
    Summer temperatures give better fuel
    economy than winter ones. The difference
    can be as much as about 10%. Consumption increases in cold weather because the
    engine takes longer to reach its normal
    operating temperature. The transmission
    and wheel bearings also take longer to
    warm up. Even distance affects consumption: short journeys of 3–5 miles (5–8 km)
    do not give the engine enough time to
    reach its optimum temperature. Wind conditions also have a marked effect on fuel
    consumption.

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    How to read the diagram:
    If fuel consumption with the engine at
    normal temperature is 28 mpg
    (10 l/100 km), the actual fuel consumption
    3 miles (5 km) after the engine has started
    from cold will be:
    – 23.5 mpg (12 l/100 km) at outside temp.
    of 68 °F (+20 °C) (increase of 20 %).
    – 17.7 mpg (16 l/100 km) at outside temp.
    of 32 °F (0 °C) (increase of 60 %).
    – 14 mpg (20 l/100 km) at outside temp. of
    –4 °F (–20 °C) (increase of 100 %).
    It is clear from the diagram that both distance driven and outside temperature have
    a significant impact on fuel consumption,
    after a cold start.
    If the car is normally driven on short journeys, 3–5 miles (5–8 km), for example to
    and from work, the average consumption
    will be 60–80% above the normal level.

    Percentage increase in fuel consumption
    of engine starting from cold compared to
    engine at normal temperature.

    Driving techniques
    • To obtain the best running economy, with
    regard to fuel consumption and general
    wear, the car must be serviced regularly.
    • High speed, unnecessary acceleration,
    frequent braking and much changing
    down all give higher fuel consumption.
    • Frequent gear changing in traffic, starting
    in cold weather, the use of studded tires
    and roof racks, and towing a camper all
    increase fuel consumption.
    • Do not warm up the engine while the car
    is stationary.
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    to reach its optimum temperature, and
    engine wear is at its greatest during this
    period. Drive off as soon as possible after
    starting the engine and avoid high engine
    speeds.
    • Drive as smoothly and thoughtfully as
    possible. Match your driving to the prevailing traffic conditions.
    • Driving in a low gear gives rise to higher
    fuel consumption than driving in a high
    gear because of the higher engine speed
    for any given road speed. Always shift up
    as soon as traffic conditions allow and
    drive in the highest gear as much as
    possible.
    • Check the tire pressure once a month.
    Incorrect tire pressure increases tire
    wear. It is preferable for the tire pressure
    to be slightly high than too low. Underpressure increases fuel consumption.
    • Check the fuel consumption regularly.
    Increased fuel consumption can indicate
    that something is wrong and that the car
    needs to be checked. We recommend
    that you contact a Saab dealer.
    Practical road tests have demonstrated that
    substantial savings in fuel consumption can
    be made if the above advice is followed.

    WARNING
    Never switch off the engine while driving
    as the effect of the brakes and power
    steering will be greatly reduced.

    Road conditions
    Wet roads increase fuel consumption, as do
    unpaved roads and driving in hilly country
    (the amount of fuel saved driving downhill is
    less than the additional amount required to
    climb the hill).

    Engine block heater 3
    If block heater is installed the cord can be
    found coiled in the engine compartment.
    The following are just some of the benefits
    to the car and the environment of using an
    engine block heater:
    • Lower fuel consumption
    • Reduced wear on the engine
    • Inside of car warms up faster
    • Exhaust emissions substantially reduced
    over short runs.
    The engine heater is effective at outside
    temperatures up to 60–70 °F (+15 –
    +20 °C). The warmer it is outside, the
    shorter the time the engine heater needs to
    be connected.
    • If the outside temperature is -22 °F
    (-30 °C) the heater needs to be
    connected at least 3 h.
    • If the outside temperature is -14 °F
    (-10 °C) the heater needs to be
    connected at least 2 h.

    • If the outside temperature is 32 °F (-0 °C)
    the heater needs to be connected at least
    1.5 h.
    To have the heater connected less than
    0.5 h is no use but can lead to driveabilitiy
    problems.
    If the car is equipped with a removable,
    electric cabin heater that is not in use, store
    this in the trunk.



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    Driving in cold weather
    In cold weather, special attention should be
    paid to the following:
    • Before driving off, make sure that the
    wiper blades have not frozen to the windshield.
    • Remove any snow from the heating
    system air intakes between the hood and
    the windshield.
    • If necessary, inject oil into the locks to
    prevent them from freezing. Use molybdenum-sulfide oil (MoS2). If the locks
    freeze, exercise care when unlocking the
    car (manual unlocking) to avoid breaking
    the key. Warm up the key or use a de-icer.
    • It is particularly important when the roads
    are slippery that the brakes and tires are
    in good condition.
    • For how to check the level of antifreeze in
    the engine coolant, see page 210.

    • Add gasoline anti-freeze when refueling
    several times before the onset of winter.
    This will prevent condensation water in
    the fuel tank from freezing and causing
    interruptions in the fuel supply. The likelihood of condensation is lowest when the
    fuel tank is full.
    If the car is parked outside and the
    temperature is below zero, gasoline antifreeze is of little use as it cannot remove
    water that has already frozen. Park the
    car in a warm place so that any ice that
    may have built up melts, then add gasoline anti-freeze when refueling.
    Condensation is caused by temperature
    fluctuations, either in the outside temperature alone or when the car is alternately
    parked outdoors and in a garage.
    • Convertible: Avoid operating the soft top
    at temperatures below 23 °F (–5 °C).

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    • The car is equipped with tires designed to
    provide optimum grip on both wet and dry
    roads, although this has been achieved at
    the expense of somewhat reduced grip on
    snow and ice. For regular driving on snow
    and ice, we therefore recommend that
    winter tires be fitted. However, winter tires
    achieve this extra grip at the expense of
    grip on bare road surfaces.
    Winter tires, particularly studded tires, generally make driving safer on snow and ice.
    Acquaint yourself with the legal provisions governing the use of different
    types of winter tires and snow chains.
    Studded tires are not allowed in some
    countries. If winter tires are fitted, the same
    type must be fitted to all four wheels. Your
    Saab dealer will be pleased to advise you on
    the best tires for your car.



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    Remember that tires age: it may therefore
    be necessary to change winter tires before
    they reach the legal wear limit, as they gradually lose their friction properties with age.
    If you get into a front wheel skid and the car
    has a manual transmission, the best
    response is to freewheel, which means
    declutching so that the wheels neither drive
    nor brake, and to cautiously steer in the
    desired direction.
    If the car has automatic transmission, ease
    off the accelerator slightly and steer cautiously in the desired direction.
    If you get into a rear wheel skid, steer in the
    same direction as the movement of the rear
    of the car.

    Driving with tire chains 3
    Snow chains must only be fitted to the wheel
    and tire dimensions that Saab recommends
    in "Technical data" on page 283.

    NOTICE

    We recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer regarding approved tire chains. See
    also page 247.

    • Check that the chains do not foul the
    wheel arch liner at full lock.

    WARNING
    • Do not drive at speeds above 30 mph
    (50 km/h) when tire chains are fitted.
    • Tire chains can reduce directional stability.
    • Do not fit tire chains to the car’s rear
    wheels.

    • Check the links frequently for wear.

    • Refer to the "Technical data" section
    on page 283, for information on wheel
    and tire dimensions approved for the
    fitting of tire chains.



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    Driving in hot climates
    Always check the coolant level before starting a journey. When the engine is cold, the
    coolant shall lie on or just above the
    KALT/COLD mark on the expansion tank
    (boundary between the upper and lower
    sections of the tank).
    At the end of a journey, allow the engine to
    idle for 2–3 minutes before switching it off.
    If the needle on the temperature gauge
    enters the red zone, the following message
    will be shown on the SID:
    Hot engine. Make a
    safe stop. Idle engine.
    1 Stop the car but do not switch off the
    engine. Do not remove the cap on the
    cooling system expansion tank, even if
    the tank is empty. The engine temperature should decrease. If the temperature
    continues to rise with the engine idling,
    the engine must be switched off.

    2 If the engine is idling and the needle on
    the temperature gauge falls, wait until a
    normal temperature is shown (about in
    the middle of the scale) before switching
    off the engine. If the coolant needs to be
    topped up, carefully unscrew the
    expansion tank cap.
    Fill as required with a mixture of 50 %
    antifreeze and 50 % clean water. Use an
    antifreeze approved by Saab.

    WARNING
    • Exercise care when opening the hood
    if the engine is overheated. Never
    remove the expansion tank cap completely when the engine is hot.
    • The cooling system is pressurized hot coolant and vapor can escape.
    These can cause injury to your eyes
    and burns. Open the cap slowly to
    release the pressure before removing
    it.
    3 Have the car’s cooling system checked.
    We recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer.

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    Towing a trailer 3
    WARNING
    • Do not drive with a trailer on inclines
    steeper than 15 %. The load on the
    drive (front) wheels will be so low that
    the wheels can start to spin and prevent further progress.
    • In addition, the car’s parking brake
    may not always be sufficient to hold
    the car and trailer securely, as the
    wheels may start to slide.
    • Always apply the trailer’s parking
    brake when unhitching it. There is otherwise a risk of personal injury or
    damage to the bumper should the
    trailer start to roll.
    • When you hitch up the trailer be sure
    to attach its safety chains to the holes
    by the hitch.
    Make sure you are familiar with the legal
    requirements regarding speed limits for
    towing, maximum trailer weights, trailer
    braking requirements, and also any special driving licence provisions.

    Trailer hitch attachment 3
    Trailer hitch attachments are available as
    accessories. These are designed for a maximum trailer weight of 3500 lbs (1588 kg),
    with trailer brakes.
    The towbar must not be installed on certain
    models. Contact an authorised Saab dealer
    for information.
    An electrical connection 3 for the towbar
    and an electrical unit are provided in the
    electrical center on the left-hand side of the
    luggage compartment.
    If the car has a 13-pin Saab genuine electrical socket then it is possible to supply a
    trailer/caravan with rear fog lights and
    reversing lights. The caravan can also have
    interior and exterior lighting even when the
    car’s ignition is switched off. In which case,
    remember not to load the battery for too
    long so that it is discharged and prevents the car from starting.
    There is also access to power in the caravan
    during a journey, the caravan battery can be
    charged for example.
    Also, if the car has SPA, this is deactivated
    automatically if a trailer is hitched up and
    correctly connected to the Saab genuine
    trailer socket.
    Saab recommendations:
    • Use a genuine Saab trailer hitch that is
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    • Contact your Saab dealer for advice on
    which trailer hitch is designed for your car.

    NOTICE
    • Only use a towbar that has been
    approved for your car. We recommend that you entrust towbar installation to an authorized Saab dealer,
    which can also provide important
    information such as trailer weight.
    Your authorized Saab dealer has
    information on how the towbar is to be
    installed and whether other measures
    must be undertaken that could affect
    the cooling system or other equipment
    • We recommend that you contact a
    Saab dealer for guidance on how to
    connect a trailer hitch.
    • Exercise care when driving on uneven
    roads or against the curb if the car is
    heavily laden. This particularly applies
    to cars with 17" and 18" wheels.

    Recommendations for cars with
    automatic transmission
    The following driving time limits are based
    on the capacity of the cooling system in hot
    weather, i.e. approximately 86°F (+30°C).
    Gradient of Max. trailer
    hill, %
    weight, lbs.
    (kg)
    6-8
    3330 (1500)
    9-11
    3080 (1400)
    12-14
    2645 (1200)
    max 15
    2200 (1000)

    Time limit,
    minutes

    When negotiating long hills, bear the following important considerations in mind.
    Rises in coolant temperature are indicated
    by the temperature gauge in the main instrument panel.
    The following steps are taken in order as the
    temperature of the transmission increases:
    • Gear change pattern is altered

    unlimited
    max 15
    max 15
    max 15

    The following driving time limits are based
    on the capacity of the cooling system in hot
    weather, i.e. approximately 104°F (+40°C).
    Gradient of Max. trailer
    hill, %
    weight, lbs.
    (kg)
    6-8
    2200 (1000)
    9-11
    1760 (800)
    12-14
    1100 (500)
    max 15
    880 (400)

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    Time limit,
    minutes
    unlimited
    max 15
    max 15
    max 15

    • A/C compressor is switched off
    • Max. engine torque is reduced.
    The following message will be displayed on
    the SID if the transmission fluid becomes
    too hot:
    Gearbox too hot. Make a
    safe stop. Open hood.
    If this message appears, stop the car as
    soon as it is safe to do so and allow the
    engine to idle until the message has gone
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    When continuing your journey, manually
    select a low gear in which the engine speed
    is about 3,500 rpm until the incline eases
    (see page 168).

    WARNING
    Remember to use engine-braking (selector position M1, M2, or M3) to spare the
    brakes when you are driving on a long or
    steep downhill slope.
    Overheating can cause the brakes to
    fade!

    Recommendations for cars with
    manual transmission
    Rises in coolant temperature are indicated
    by the temperature gauge in the main instrument panel.
    When the needle is just outside the red
    zone, the A/C compressor will be switched
    off and, on certain engine variants, the maximum engine torque will be limited.
    When continuing your journey, select a low
    gear in which the engine speed is about
    3,500 rpm until the incline eases.

    WARNING
    Remember to use engine-braking (selector position 1, 2, or 3) to spare the brakes
    when you are driving on a long or steep
    downhill slope.
    Overheating can cause the brakes to
    fade!

    Distribution of load in trailer
    a Light
    b Moderate
    c Heavy

    Trailer hitch load
    The weight distribution on the trailer makes
    a lot of difference to the handling properties
    of the car and trailer combination. With a
    two-wheel trailer, concentrate the load over
    the wheels and keep it as low as possible.
    The trailer should be loaded so that the load
    on the towball is 110–165 lbs. (50–75 kg).
    Note that this load must be included in the
    total load for the car. If this now exceeds the
    specified load capacity, the load in the trunk
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    Checks before driving

    Driving considerations

    Reversing

    Make sure that the car and trailer are in
    good working order. This is essential since
    towing a trailer increases the strain on the
    car.

    Always take extra care when towing a
    trailer, as the car’s handling will be different
    and its braking performance reduced. The
    trailer’s braking system and suspension
    also have a considerable effect on these
    characteristics. See also "Driving with a
    load" on page 192.

    Get someone to help you keep an eye out
    behind the trailer as the door mirrors do not
    always provide sufficient rearward vision
    when reversing.

    • Check and if necessary adjust the tire
    pressure of the car and trailer.
    • Make sure all wheel bolts are properly
    tightened.
    • Make sure that the equipment joining the
    car and trailer is properly secured and
    adjusted.
    • Make sure the trailer’s electrical cable is
    properly connected and is not so long that
    it drags along the ground. Also, make sure
    the cable is not too short and risks breaking when turning a corner.
    • Check all bulbs.
    • Check the car and trailer brakes.
    • Make sure that all items on or in the
    camper or trailer are properly secured.
    • Make sure that the trailer’s jockey wheel is
    raised and locked.
    • Check the distribution of the load so that
    the car and trailer are well balanced.
    • Check that the rear view mirrors provide
    the best possible rearward vision.
    • Make sure the trailer’s safety cable is
    correctly attached.

    Drive carefully:
    • Descending hills
    • On uneven roads
    • Over railway crossings
    • When meeting large vehicles.
    If the car has automatic transmission, select
    gear M1 when ascending or descending
    steep hills.



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    Driving with a roof rack
    load

    Driving with a load
    The handling characteristics are affected by
    how the car is loaded.

    WARNING
    NOTICE
    • A roof load will affect the car’s center
    of gravity and aerodynamics. Be
    aware of this when cornering and driving in crosswinds.
    • Adjust your speed to the prevailing
    conditions.
    • Due to higher aerodynamics drag, fuel
    economy may suffer when driving with
    a roof rack.
    The maximum permissible roof load is
    220 lbs. (100 kg). Note that the roof load
    must be included in the car’s maximum permissible payload and axle load.
    Strong, sturdy roof carriers designed specially for your car are available from your
    Saab dealer. Always secure roof loads
    securely.

    • Place the heaviest load as far forward
    and as low as possible in the trunk.
    • Secure the load to the lashing eyes
    (see page 139).
    • Heavy loads mean that the car’s
    center of gravity is further back. As a
    result, the car will sway more during
    evasive steering.
    • Never exceed the permissible load of
    the roof box, even if there is room for
    more.
    • Ensure that the tire pressure is correct
    – slight overinflation is preferable to
    underinflation.

    • The braking distance of a loaded car is
    always greater. Keep your distance
    from the vehicle in front.
    • Do not exceed the car’s permissible
    gross vehicle weight or axle load (see
    page 284).
    • Roof loads can negatively affect telecommunication.
    For further information on tires see
    page 240.



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    Driving with the trunk lid
    open
    WARNING
    Avoid driving with the trunk lid partly or
    fully open, since exhaust fumes can be
    drawn into the cabin.
    If you must drive with the trunk lid open,
    close all windows and the moonroof (if
    equipped) and set the cabin fan to its highest speed setting.

    Driving in deep water
    NOTICE
    Do not drive in puddles or water deeper
    than 7 in. (20 cm) and do not drive faster
    than 3–4 mph. Water can otherwise be
    sucked into the engine. The engine will be
    seriously damaged if water enters the
    intake system.

    Towing the car
    WARNING
    • Remember that the brake servo does
    not operate when the engine is off.
    Much greater pressure than normal
    will therefore be required to operate
    the brake pedal.
    • Nor does the steering servo operate
    when the engine is off. The steering
    will therefore be much heavier than
    usual.
    • The towing vehicle should always be
    heavier than the vehicle on tow.
    • Never allow passengers to ride in the
    car when it is on tow.

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    • Always seek professional help if the
    car needs to be recovered.
    • The ignition switch must be in the ON
    position if the car is moved with the
    engine not running.
    • The steering wheel lock must be disengaged before towing the car.
    • The steering wheel lock disengages
    when the remote control is inserted
    into the ignition switch, if the battery
    has sufficient charge.



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    Front towing eye
    WARNING
    • Make sure that the towing eye is
    screwed in tightly. It has a left-hand
    thread!
    • The towing eye is only designed for
    towing the car on roads. It must not
    be used to pull the car out of a ditch,
    for example.
    • Make sure that all bystanders keep a
    suitable distance, in case the towing
    eye or tow rope should snap. The
    towing eye or tow rope could catapult
    off and cause seriously injury.

    Front towing eye fitted.
    The towing eye has a left-hand thread!

    • Never drive with the towing eye fitted
    to the front bumper. Return it to its designated storage space.

    1 Open the cover first at the lower edge
    with a screwdriver for example. Watch
    out for the paintwork.

    The front towing eye is stowed by the spare
    wheel. On the left-hand side of the bumper
    is a cover concealing the attachment point
    (tapped hole) for the towing eye.

    2 Screw in the towing eye. The towing
    eye has a left-hand thread!
    3 Insert the wheel wrench into the eye to
    tighten it properly.
    To refit the cover: Start by inserting the top
    edge of the cover. Then click in the lower
    edge.

    Rear towing eye

    Rear towing eye
    The car has a permanent towing eye at the
    rear under the bumper.
    If the car is equipped with a towbar, this can
    be used instead of the towing eye.



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    Towing the car
    Cars with manual transmission

    Cars with automatic transmission

    NOTICE

    NOTICE

    • Never use the towing eyes to pull the
    car unstuck.

    • Never use the towing eyes to pull the
    car unstuck.

    • The car must be towed front first.

    • If the car is to be towed with the front
    wheels off the ground, make sure the
    parking brake is off, as this acts on the
    rear wheels.
    Never use the towing eyes to pull the car
    unstuck.

    195

    Saab 9-3 XWD with manual transmission:
    If the car is towed with all four wheels on
    the ground then there are no technical
    limitations for speed and distance.
    If both front wheels or both rear wheels
    have been raised, and if the law permits,
    the maximum towing speed is 30 mph
    (50 km/h). There are no limitations as to
    the distance over which the car can be
    towed.

    • If the car is to be towed with the front
    wheels off the ground, make sure the
    parking brake is off, as this acts on the
    rear wheels.
    Saab 9-3 XWD with automatic transmission:
    If the car is towed with all four wheels on
    the ground then it may be towed at a maximum speed of 30 mph (50 km/h) and for
    a maximum of 30 miles (50 km).
    If both front wheels have been raised, and
    if the law permits, the car may be towed at
    a maximum speed of 30 mph (50 km/h).
    There are no technical limitations as to
    the distance over which the car can be
    towed.

    Engage neutral. Turn on the parking lights.
    Drive carefully and do not exceed the
    speed limit for vehicles on tow.

    Move the selector lever to N. Turn on the
    parking lights.

    Always try to keep the towrope taut by
    gently applying the brake of the car on tow,
    as necessary. This will avoid the towrope
    being jerked violently.

    Drive carefully and do not exceed the
    speed limit for vehicles on tow.
    Always try to keep the towrope taut by
    gently applying the brake of the car on tow,
    as necessary. This will avoid the towrope
    being jerked violently.



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    Transporting the car

    Whatever the speed limit, the car must not
    be towed at speeds exceeding 30 mph
    (50 km/h) nor for a distance of more than
    30 miles (50 km). If the car needs to be
    transported over a longer distance, a tow
    truck or flatbed truck must be called out.

    NOTICE
    If a car with sports (lowered) chassis is
    transported, for example on a flat bed
    truck, take extra care not to damage the
    spoiler and/or underbody.

    The engine cannot be started by towing or
    pushing the car. In an emergency, the
    engine can be started as described under
    "Jump starting" on page 197.

    Attachment points for anchorage straps

    Vehicle recovery
    If the car has to be transported on a flatbed
    truck, or similar, it must be securely
    strapped down. There are attachment
    points for this purpose on the underside of
    the car. The attachment points are oblong
    hole that have been reinforced to cope with
    the stresses that arise during this type of
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    Jump starting
    WARNING
    • When working on the battery, highly
    explosive gas can build up. A spark
    could ignite this gas that collects
    around the battery. Therefore, always
    avoid sparks and open flames in the
    vicinity of the battery.
    • The battery contains corrosive sulfuric
    acid. Always wear a face mask or goggles when working on the battery.
    • If battery acid gets into the eyes or
    splashes onto skin or clothing, wash
    the affected area liberally with water. If
    acid gets into the eyes or a large quantity makes contact with the skin, seek
    medical help.

    NOTICE

    NOTICE

    Ignoring these steps could result in costly
    damage to your vehicle that would not be
    covered by your warranty.

    If the other system is not a 12-volt system
    with a negative ground, both vehicles can
    be damaged.

    Trying to start your car by pushing or pulling it could damage your vehicle, even if
    you have a manual transmission. If you
    have an automatic transmission, your
    vehicle cannot be started by pushing or
    pulling it.
    It is essential when a donor battery is to be
    used to jump start the car that the jump
    leads be connected correctly to prevent
    arcing.
    To jump start your vehicle
    1 Check the other vehicle. It must have a
    12-volt battery with a negative ground
    system.

    2 Get the vehicles close enough so the
    jumper cables can reach, but be sure the
    vehicles are not touching each other. If a
    poor connection on the negative jumper
    cable should exist, it is possible for
    damage to be caused to electrical
    systems/components of either vehicle
    should inadvertent contact be made.
    You would not be able to start your car
    and bad grounding could damage the
    electrical systems.

    WARNING
    You could be injured if the vehicles roll.
    Set the parking brake firmly on each vehicle. Put an automatic transmission in P
    (Park) or a manual transmission in Neutral.
    3 Turn off the ignition on both vehicles.
    Turn off lights that are not needed, and
    radios. This will avoid sparks and help
    save both batteries and it could save
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    Starting and driving
    WARNING
    Using a match or flame of any kind near a
    battery can cause battery gas to explode.
    You can suffer burns or be blinded. Use a
    flashlight if you need more light.
    Be sure the electrolyte in the battery is not
    frozen. Discharged batteries will freeze.
    When connecting jumper cables to a
    frozen battery, gas from the chemical
    reaction inside the battery can build up
    under the ice and cause an explosion.

    Jump starting

    Battery fluid contains acid that can burn
    you. Do not get it on you. If you accidentally get it in your eyes or on your skin,
    flush the area with water and get medical
    help immediately.

    NOTICE
    If you leave your radio on, it could be
    badly damaged. The repairs would not be
    covered by your warranty.
    4 Open the hood and locate the battery.
    Find the positive (+) and negative (–) terminals on the battery.

    WARNING
    An electric fan can start up even when the
    engine is not running and can injure you.
    Keep hands, clothing and tools away from
    any under hood electric fan.

    5 Check that the jumper cables do not
    have loose or missing insulation. If they
    do, you could get a shock and also the
    vehicles could be damaged.
    Before you connect the cables, here are
    some basic things you should know.
    Positive (+) will go to positive (+) and
    negative (–) will go to negative (–). Do
    not connect (+) to (–) or you will get a
    short that could injure you or would
    damage the battery and maybe other
    parts as well.
    6 Connect the red positive (+) cable to the
    positive (+) terminal of the vehicle with
    the discharged battery.

    7 Do not let the other end touch metal.
    Connect it to the positive (+) terminal of
    the good battery. Use a remote positive
    (+) terminal if the vehicle has one.
    8 Now connect the negative (–) cable to
    the good battery’s negative terminal.
    9 Attach the cable to the discharged
    battery’s negative terminal.
    10 Start the vehicle with the good battery
    and run the engine for a while.
    11 Try to start the vehicle with the
    discharged battery. If it does not start
    after a few tries, it probably needs
    service.
    Note. If the current in the low battery is
    too low it might be necessary to wait
    several minutes with the cables
    connected before you can start the
    engine with the low battery.
    12 Remove the cables in reverse order to
    prevent electrical shorting. Take care
    that they do not touch each other or any
    other metal.



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    Starting and driving
    Using a battery charger 3/starter
    unit
    To avoid damaging the car’s electrical
    system and electronics, the following rules
    must be followed when charging the battery
    or jump starting the car.
    • If the charger or starter unit can be set to
    different voltages (6 V/12 V/18 V/24 V),
    12V must be selected.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
    supplied with the charger or starter unit.
    • No other apparatus that are grounded or
    connected to the mains must be
    connected to the car during charging or
    jump starting.
    • The charger or starter unit must under no
    conditions produce a voltage greater
    than:
    • 16 V continuous
    • 18 V for 60 minutes.
    If you are unsure about the charge rating of
    the unit, disconnect the battery clamp from
    the positive terminal before connecting the
    unit to the battery.

    For long trips
    Before starting off on a long journey, it is
    advisable to have your car inspected by
    your Saab dealer.
    Obtain a few important items to take along
    on your journey, such as spare bulbs, wiper
    blades, fuses, a drive belt (poly-V-belt) and
    the like.
    You can check some points yourself beforehand:
    • Check that no oil or fuel leaks out of the
    engine or gearbox/transmission.
    • Check the coolant and power steering
    fluid levels. Check also for leaks.
    • Inspect the drive belt (poly-V-belt) and
    replace if it shows any signs of wear.
    • Check the battery charge.
    • Check the tires for tread pattern and air
    pressure, including the compact spare
    tire.
    • Take an extra remote control and keep it
    separate.
    • Check the brakes.
    • Check all bulbs.
    • Check for the presence of the tool kit and
    jack in the car.

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    201

    Car care
    Hood ________________
    Engine ______________
    Engine bay, 4-cyl engine
    Engine bay, V6 engine _
    Engine oil ____________
    Air filter______________
    Transmission fluid ____
    Coolant ______________
    Brake/clutch fluid and
    brake pads__________
    Power steering________
    Battery ______________
    Drive belt ____________
    Wipers and washers ___
    Wiper blades _________
    Changing bulbs _______
    Fuses _______________
    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

    202
    203
    206
    207
    208
    209
    210
    210
    212
    213
    214
    215
    216
    216
    218
    233

    Tires _________________
    Automatic tire pressure
    monitoring system ____
    Compact spare ________
    Changing a tire ________
    Safety belts ___________
    Upholstery and trim ____
    Textile carpeting _______
    Engine bay____________
    Washing ______________
    Waxing and polishing ___
    Touching up the paint___
    Anti-corrosion treatment
    Recovery and/or
    recycling of automotive
    materials ____________
    Air conditioning (A/C) ___

    240
    253
    256
    258
    266
    266
    267
    267
    267
    270
    270
    271

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    Hood
    The hood release handle is located on the
    left under the instrument panel. Open the
    hood in the following way:
    1 Pull the release handle.
    2 The hood moves to the half-locked position and is stopped by a safety catch at
    the front edge.
    3 Press the lever of the catch upwards and
    raise the hood.
    When you close the hood you should drop it
    from a height of about 12 inches (30 cm),
    without slamming it.

    Hood release handle

    Hood release catch plate



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    Engine
    Turbo 4-cylinder engine
    The engine is a transverse four-cylinder
    in-line engine with twin overhead camshafts
    and 16 valves.
    The engine is equipped with two balanceshafts that reduce engine vibrations to a
    minimum.
    The balance shafts are chain-driven and
    rotate at twice the speed of the crankshaft.
    They produce forces and torques that are
    opposed to those generated by the pistons
    and connecting rods. The effect occurs
    twice in each revolution of the engine, counteracting the vibration from its moving parts,
    and at the same time reducing unwanted
    engine noise.
    The gearbox, located on the right (viewed
    from the front), is integrated with the engine.

    203

    Turbo V6 engine

    Engine families

    The V6 engine is a turbocharged V6 engine
    produced completely of aluminium with 60°
    between the cylinder banks, 4 valves per
    cylinder, 2 camshafts per bank.

    Saab cars imported into the United States
    and Canada meet all applicable emission
    control standards. The engine family and
    appropriate tune-up specifications are identified on a label in the engine bay.

    The camshafts are driven via a chain transmission. The engine is equipped with a
    turbo whose turbine collects exhaust pressure from both banks of cylinders.
    To obtain optimum performance, fuel consumption and low emission levels the
    engine is equipped with CVCP (Continuous
    Variable Cam Phasing). This means that
    the engine’s intake camshafts can be
    adjusted to achieve optimum functionality.
    The switches are hydraulic.

    These engine families meet applicable EPA
    Federal Standards, California State Standards and Canadian Federal Standards and
    are equipped with the following systems:
    • Sequential multiport fuel injection system
    • Three way catalytic converter
    • Crankcase emissions control system
    • Evaporative emission system.



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    Emission control
    systems

    Saab Trionic engine
    management system, 4-cyl
    engine

    The systems for controlling emissions to the
    atmosphere require regular checking and
    adjustment at the intervals specified in the
    service program.

    The Saab Trionic engine management
    system is a unique Saab development that
    combines sequential multiport fuel injection,
    electronic distributorless ignition and turbocharger boost pressure control into one system.

    In addition to meeting the exhaust emission
    regulations and thereby helping to keep the
    environment clean, a correctly tuned engine
    will also give maximum fuel economy.

    WARNING
    Engine exhaust, some of its constituents,
    and certain vehicle components contain
    or emit chemicals known to the State of
    California to cause cancer and birth
    defects and reproductive harm. In addition, certain fluids contained in vehicles
    and certain products of component wear
    contain or emit chemicals known to the
    State of California to cause cancer and
    birth defects or other reproductive harm.

    The Trionic engine control module (ECM)
    monitors many different engine parameters
    such as:
    • Intake manifold pressure
    • Intake air temperature
    • Crankshaft position
    • Engine coolant temperature
    • Throttle position
    • The oxygen content of the exhaust gases.
    The ECM receives information regarding
    engine knocking from a sophisticated feedback function in the ignition discharge unit.
    By processing all of this information, the Trionic system can control fuel injector opening duration, ignition timing and turbocharger boost pressure to provide excellent
    engine performance while maintaining low
    emissions and fuel consumption.

    NOTICE
    The Trionic engine management system
    continuously monitors the operation of
    these systems and has on-board diagnostic capabilities (OBD II). If the Service
    Engine Light also known as CHECK
    ENGINE light in the main instrument illuminates, the Trionic ECM has detected a
    problem. The car will continue to operate,
    but performance may be diminished. You
    should have your car checked by a workshop as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.



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    Bosch ME9 engine management
    system, V6 engine
    The Bosch ME9 engine management
    system is a system that combines sequential multiport fuel injection, electronic distributorless ignition and turbocharger boost
    pressure control into one system and intake
    camshaft phasing control.
    The ME9 engine control module (ECM)
    monitors many different engine parameters
    such as:
    • Charge air pressure
    • Intake air temperature
    • Crankshaft position
    • Engine coolant temperature
    • Throttle position
    • The oxygen content of the exhaust gases.
    By processing all of this information, the
    ME9 system can control fuel injector opening duration, ignition timing, intake camshaft
    phasing and turbocharger boost pressure to
    provide excellent engine performance while
    maintaining low emissions and fuel consumption.

    205

    NOTICE

    ORVR (Onboard Refueling Vapor
    Recovery)

    The ME9 engine management system
    continuously monitors the operation of
    these systems and has on-board diagnostic capabilities (OBD II). If the Service
    Engine Light also known as CHECK
    ENGINE light in the main instrument illuminates, the ME9 ECM has detected a
    problem. The car will continue to operate,
    but performance may be diminished. You
    should have your car checked by a workshop as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.

    All hydrocarbons formed when refueling will
    be recovered by the car and not released
    into the atmosphere. The hydrocarbons are
    absorbed in an evaporative emission canister. When the engine is subsequently
    started, the evaporative emission canister is
    gradually purged as air is sucked into it
    through a shut-off valve. The hydrocarbon/air mixture passes through the evap
    canister purge valve and into the engine
    where it is burned. “Refueling”, see
    page 156.
    When refueling, make sure you screw the
    filler cap on and keep turning until it has
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    Engine bay, 4-cyl engine
    1 Oil filler cap
    2 Coolant reservoir
    3 Brake and clutch fluid reservoir
    4 Battery
    5 Fuse box
    6 Washer-fluid reservoir
    7 Power-steering fluid reservoir
    8 Engine-oil dipstick



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    Engine bay, V6 engine
    1 Power-steering fluid reservoir
    2 Coolant reservoir
    3 Brake and clutch fluid reservoir
    4 Battery
    5 Fuse box
    6 Washer-fluid reservoir
    7 Oil filler cap
    8 Engine-oil dipstick

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    Car care

    Engine oil
    Checking the oil level
    Check the engine oil level regularly.
    1 Park the car on a level ground.
    2 Switch off the engine and wait for
    2–5 minutes. The engine should be at
    normal operating temperature.
    3 Take the dipstick out and wipe it off with
    a clean rag before carrying out the
    check.
    The level must not be below the MIN mark
    on the dipstick, but nor should it be above
    the MAX mark. Excess engine oil could
    result in abnormal oil consumption.
    The distance between the MIN and MAX
    marks is equivalent to 1.0 qt (1.0 l).

    NOTICE

    Oil filler cap and dipstick, 4-cyl engine

    4-cyl engine: The engine oil level is
    checked each time the engine is started. If
    the oil level is low, the following message
    appears on the SID:

    Oil filler cap and dipstick, V6 engine

    V6 engine: The engine has an oil level
    sensor that checks the oil level when the
    engine is running. If the oil level drops too
    low, the following message appears on the
    SID:

    Low engine oil level.
    Low engine oil level.

    Too high oil level can damage the engine.
    If this occurs the oil level must be checked
    first. If the level is too low then it must be
    topped up.

    If this occurs the oil level must be checked
    first. If the level is too low then it must be
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    Car care
    Make sure you screw on the oil filler cap
    properly after topping up the oil to avoid
    running problems.

    WARNING

    It is normal for an engine to consume a certain amount of oil. It is therefore often necessary to top up the oil between services.
    Check the engine oil level regularly.

    • Prolonged and repeated exposure of
    the skin to engine oil can cause serious skin disorders. Avoid prolonged
    skin contact whenever possible.

    During the Break-in Period (approx.
    3,000 miles or 5,000 km) and when driving
    at high speeds or with a trailer, the oil consumption may be higher than normal.

    • Used engine oil contains chemicals
    that have caused cancer in laboratory
    animals. Always protect your skin by
    washing thoroughly with soap and
    water.

    NOTICE

    • Keep oil out of reach of children.

    Change of engine oil and oil filter may be
    required more frequently if the car is
    being used under certain conditions, see
    page 279.

    • Do not touch the turbocharger or
    exhaust manifold. These get very hot
    when the engine has been running.
    • Do not spill oil on hot parts of the
    engine as this could cause a fire. Used
    engine oil is particularly flammable.
    • Protect the environment. Do not dispose of oil into the ground or down a
    drain. Dispose of all used oil and
    oil filters at an appropriate disposal
    facility.

    209

    NOTICE
    • Do not run the engine with the oil level
    too low.
    • Change engine oil and oil filter in
    accordance with the service programme.
    • Only use the recommended type of oil.
    Observe the above three points to avoid
    serious damage to the engine.
    For oil volumes and grades, refer to
    page 286.

    Air filter
    WARNING
    To ensure reliable operation, only use
    an air filter recommended by Saab
    Automobile AB.



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    Transmission fluid
    Manual transmission
    Check and top up the oil in accordance with
    the service program.
    Automatic transmission
    Check and top up the oil in accordance with
    the service program.

    There is an overpressure in the cooling
    system. Coolant temperatures can sometimes exceed 212° F (100° C).
    If the coolant level drops too low, the following message appears on the SID:
    Coolant level low.
    Refill.
    The properties of the coolant are retained
    for the entire service life of the car. Therefore, it is not necessary to change the coolant.

    Coolant
    WARNING
    • Proceed with caution if the radiator is
    boiling when you open the hood.
    Never remove the expansion-tank
    filler cap when the radiator is boiling.
    • The cooling system is pressurized –
    hot coolant and vapor can escape
    when the filler cap is released. These
    can cause injury to your eyes and
    burns. Loosen the cap carefully, and
    let the engine cool before removing
    the cap.
    • Exercise care when adding coolant.
    Coolant on hot surfaces constitutes a
    fire risk.

    The coolant contains 45 % antifreeze and
    anti-corrosion fluid. This ratio gives the best
    cooling effect. Lower concentrations should
    be avoided, in view of the corrosion risk.
    Coolants of a different brand could damage
    the engine or cooling system. We therefore
    recommend strict use of coolants that have
    been approved by Saab.

    NOTICE
    If the cooling system needs topping up,
    mix the antifreeze with the appropriate
    quantity of drinking water or distilled
    water before adding it to the system.
    If undiluted antifreeze is added, the
    engine could still freeze and be damaged.
    This is because the antifreeze will not mix
    properly with the coolant before the thermostat has opened to allow full circulation.
    Note
    If incorrect coolant is used or added, the
    life-time properties will be affected. Even if
    the coolant is flushed from the system and
    replaced with life-time coolant, life-time
    properties are no longer retained and the
    coolant must then be drained and replaced
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    Coolant expansion tank, 4-cyl engine

    Coolant expansion tank, V6 engine

    Level markings, V6 engine
    1 HOT
    2 COLD

    4-cyl engine: The expansion tank is transparent to facilitate checking the coolant
    level.
    When the engine is cold, the coolant shall lie
    on or just above the KALT/COLD mark on
    the expansion tank (boundary between the
    upper and lower sections of the tank, see
    illustration).
    Top up with a mixture of equal parts of
    Saab-approved concentrated coolant and
    clean water. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.
    If the expansion tank is empty when coolant
    is added, run the engine until warm so that
    the thermostat opens. Top up the tank
    again, as necessary.

    V6 engine: The expansion tank is not transparent. The cap must be unscrewed so that
    the coolant level can be checked. When the
    cap is screwed off there are two level markings, HOT and COLD.
    When the engine is cold, the coolant shall lie
    on or just above the COLD mark in the
    expansion tank.

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    Brake/clutch fluid and
    brake pads
    WARNING
    Brake fluid deteriorates as it becomes
    old. Because it is hygroscopic, it absorbs
    water from the air and, in time, could allow
    vapor to form in the brake system, thus
    reducing its performance. It is therefore
    important that brake fluid be changed regularly, as specified in the service program.

    Checking
    Brake fluid should be changed according to
    the service program. Refer to the Warranty
    and Service Book.
    The brake and clutch fluid reservoir is transparent to facilitate checking of the fluid level.
    The fluid level should lie between the MAX
    and MIN marks.

    If the level drops too low, the following
    message appears on the SID:
    Brake fluid level low.
    Make a safe stop.
    Top up as necessary with DOT 4 brake
    fluid. Do not use DOT 5 fluid.
    Use only new brake fluid from a sealed
    container.
    The brake fluid level will fall somewhat as
    the brake pads wear. The MAX level in the
    reservoir corresponds to the amount of
    brake fluid required with new brake pads. If
    the fall in fluid level is moderate, due to
    normal brake pad wear, topping up is not
    necessary.
    If the brake fluid should require changing, this must be carried out at a Saab
    dealer. We recommend that you contact
    a Saab dealer.

    Brake fluid reservoir
    The foot brake and parking brake are
    self-adjusting.
    It is not possible to detect, through abnormal
    pedal or parking brake lever travel, whether
    the brake pads are worn and need replacing. It is therefore essential that brake pads
    be checked regularly, as specified in the
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    213

    Power steering
    NOTICE
    Avoid spilling brake fluid onto paintwork,
    since it can cause the paint to bubble and
    lift. If any brake fluid is spilled, the area
    should be flushed with large quantities of
    water as quickly as possible.
    Brake pads should only be changed at a
    workshop. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.

    WARNING
    Power steering fluid on hot engine components constitutes a fire risk.
    Check the level of the power steering fluid in
    the reservoir regularly, in accordance with
    the service program.
    The wheels should point directly forwards
    during this check.
    Clean round the cap before unscrewing it.
    Wipe the dipstick. To check the level, screw
    down the cap completely and then remove
    it again.
    The oil level should lie between the MAX
    and MIN marks when the oil temperature is
    about 68°F (+20°C). If the oil is colder, the
    level will be lower, and at a higher temperatures the level will be higher.
    Top up with CHF 11S or CHF 202 power
    steering fluid.

    Power steering fluid reservoir, 4-cyl
    engine

    Power steering fluid reservoir, V6 engine



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    Battery
    NOTICE
    WARNING
    • When working on the battery, highly
    explosive gas can build up. A spark
    could ignite this gas that collects
    around the battery.
    Therefore, always avoid sparks and
    open flames in the vicinity of the battery.
    • The battery contains corrosive sulfuric
    acid. Always wear a face mask or goggles when working on the battery.
    • If battery acid gets into the eyes or
    splashes onto skin or clothing, wash
    the affected area liberally with water.
    If acid gets into the eyes or a large
    quantity makes contact with the skin,
    seek medical help.
    • Battery posts, terminals and related
    accessories contain lead and lead
    compounds. Wash your hands after
    handling

    A discharged battery can freeze and fracture. Batteries should therefore always be
    stored away from sub-zero temperatures.
    The battery is maintenance free.
    If frequent short journeys are made, the battery may need extra charging. This can be
    done with a battery charger or by taking the
    car for a long run.
    If the battery is not being charged while the
    engine is running, the following message
    will appear on the SID:
    Battery not charging.
    Make a safe stop.
    Check the drive belt (see page 215). If the
    belt is damaged, the engine may overheat,
    the battery may not be charged and the A/C
    compressor may not work.

    Turn the two retainers a quarter turn to
    unlock the battery cover.

    Always connect the positive (red) cable to
    the battery’s positive (+) terminal, and the
    negative (black) cable to the negative (-)
    terminal of the battery. Always disconnect
    both battery leads when boost charging the
    battery.
    A car with standard equipment specifications and a fully charged battery can be left
    for up to 40 days and still have a sufficient
    charge for starting. If extra equipment is
    fitted, such as a mobile phone, the charge
    may only be sufficient for about 15 days.



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    Drive belt

    The alternator is situated on the right-hand
    side of the engine. It is driven by a
    poly-V-belt from the crankshaft pulley.

    WARNING
    • Keep hands and clothing clear of drive
    belts when engine is running.
    • Always stop the engine before
    inspecting the drive belt.
    • The radiator fan is electric and can
    start even when the engine is
    switched off.
    Battery bracket

    NOTICE

    NOTICE
    • If boost charging never use anything
    but a 12-volt charger, see page 197.
    • Do not connect the battery terminals, + and –, incorrectly.
    • Serious damage can occur to the car’s
    electrical system if a battery or alternator lead is disconnected while the
    engine is running.
    • Exercise special care when removing
    and fitting the positive (+) cable so as
    not to damage the battery disconnect
    switch.

    215

    Serious damage can be done to the car’s
    electrical system if an alternator lead is
    disconnected while the engine is running.

    A slipping or broken poly-V-belt can
    result in:
    • No charge to the battery
    • No A/C compressor function.
    The belt tension is critical and is adjusted
    automatically by the belt tensioner.



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    Car care

    Wipers and washers
    Wiper blades
    Check and clean all wiper blades regularly.
    If poor wiper performance is experienced,
    clean the windshield with washer fluid. This
    is particularly important if the car has been
    through an automatic car wash, as these
    sometimes leave a wax coating on the windshield.
    If wiper performance is still unsatisfactory,
    fit new blades.

    Change of wiper blades, windshield

    Windshield
    1 Press in the two catches (1) together.
    2 Hold the wiper arm and move the wiper
    blade out and diagonally up.
    Fitting the wiper blade
    1 Align the wiper arm’s guide lug in the
    blade’s corresponding slot.
    2 Move the blade in towards the wiper arm
    until the two catches grip the blade.
    Check that the blade is fitted firmly.

    Change of wiper blades, rear window,
    SportCombi

    Rear window, SportCombi
    1 Detach the blade from the arm by pressing on the mounting for the blade from
    below.
    2 Fit the new blade by pressing the shaft
    of the blade into the arm's mounting.
    The washer jet, which is located next to the
    high-mounted brake light, is not adjustable.



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    The reservoir capacity is approx. 6 qts.
    (5.8 liters).
    When the washer fluid level drops below
    1 quart (1 liter), the headlight washers (if
    equipped) are deactivated. This is in order
    to prioritize the windshield. The following
    message is displayed on the SID:
    Washer fluid level low.
    Refill.
    Headlight washers are only available on
    certain markets.

    Washer fluid reservoir

    Washers
    WARNING
    Take care not to spill washer fluid concentrate onto hot surfaces. Washer fluid concentrate can contain flammable ingredients such as alcohol.

    Fill with a mixture of washer fluid and water
    as recommended by the table on
    the packaging to reduce the risk of freezing
    and to ensure effective cleaning (see also
    page 104).

    Washer jets
    The washer jets, which are adjustable, can
    be cleaned with a pin if necessary.



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    Car care

    Changing bulbs
    WARNING
    Before changing a bulb in the engine
    bay, switch off the engine to avoid the
    danger of fingers and hands being
    injured by moving parts.
    The radiator fan can cut in even when the
    engine is switched off.

    NOTICE
    Switch off the ignition before changing a
    bulb, to avoid possible short-circuiting.

    Auto checking of lights

    If a stop light bulb fails

    The bulbs that are most important from the
    point of view of traffic safety are monitored
    by the car’s electrical system. If one of these
    bulbs should fail, a message will be displayed on the SID.

    SportSedan: If a stop light bulb fails, the
    adjacent taillight will act as a stop light to
    ensure traffic safety. Change the broken
    bulb when possible.

    Example of SID message:
    Left low beam failure.
    The following bulbs are not checked: parking lights, front fog lights, reversing lights,
    license plate lighting, side marker lights and
    side direction indicators.
    SportCombi
    The tail lights and brake lights consist of
    LEDs. If approx. 3/4 of the LEDs on one side
    are broken then this is indicated in the SID.

    All rear light bulbs are of the same type and
    rated 21 W, with the exception of the license
    plate lighting which is rated 5 W.



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    Wrong bulb fitted
    If a low or main beam bulb of too high a
    rating is fitted, a bulb failure message will be
    shown on the SID (a too high wattage bulb
    can damage the reflector).
    If the following message is displayed but the
    bulb shines, it is most likely that an incorrect
    bulb has been fitted.
    Right high beam failure.
    Note
    When changing bulbs, fit the same type of
    bulb (e.g. Long-Life) as that removed.
    Headlight aiming, page 274.

    219

    Xenon headlights 3
    WARNING
    Xenon headlights are high tension. All
    work on xenon headlights, including
    changing bulbs, must be carried out by
    dealer personnel.
    Xenon headlights produce roughly two
    times as much light as halogen bulbs and
    have a significantly longer service life.
    The lamp units consist of a gas discharge
    lamp containing xenon. When the lights are
    switched on a very high voltage activates
    the xenon gas. The lamps soon reach full
    intensity.
    Cars with xenon headlights have automatic
    levelling. The levelling system is comprised
    of two sensors, one on the front suspension
    and one on the rear suspension, and a control unit by the engine bay fuse box. Headlight alignment is adjusted automatically to
    the car’s load to prevent dazzling drivers in
    oncoming traffic.
    If a fault is detected in the system, the following message will be displayed on the
    SID:
    Headlight levelling
    malfunction.

    We recommend you to contact a Saab
    dealer to have a xenon headlight changed



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    Retainers on the battery cover

    Low beam, halogen
    Left-hand side
    1 Lift aside the hose 3 running along the side of the battery cover.
    2 Release the two retainers (a quarter of a turn counterclockwise)
    in the leading edge of the cover and remove the cover.

    Changing the low beam bulb
    3 Change the bulb without touching the glass with your fingers.
    Insert the bulb holder into the reflector and twist it clockwise until
    it locks.
    4 Refit the cover over the rear of the headlight.
    Left-hand side

    3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe.

    5 Refit the air pipe to the front of the battery box.

    4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge of the battery box.

    6 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe.

    5 Pull up the fuse panel 3 in front of the battery, see page 239.

    7 Refit the battery cover.
    8 Refit the hose 3 running along the side of the battery cover.

    Both sides
    1 Remove the cover from the rear of the headlight.

    NOTICE

    2 Twist the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw the holder
    from the reflector.

    Do not fit bulbs with a higher rating than 55 W as this could
    damage the headlight reflector. Furthermore, the car’s wiring is
    not designed to cope with higher wattages.



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    Retainers on the battery cover

    High beam, halogen
    Left-hand side

    221

    Changing the high beam bulb
    4 Refit the cover over the rear of the headlight.
    Left-hand side

    1 Lift aside the hose 3 running along the side of the battery cover.

    5 Refit the air pipe to the front of the battery box.

    2 Release the two retainers (a quarter of a turn counterclockwise)
    in the leading edge of the cover and remove the cover.

    6 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe.

    3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe.

    8 Refit the hose 3 running along the side of the battery cover.

    7 Refit the battery cover.

    4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge of the battery box.
    5 Pull up the fuse panel 3 in front of the battery, see page 239.
    Both sides
    1 Remove the cover from the rear of the headlight.
    2 Twist the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw the holder
    from the reflector.
    3 Change the bulb without touching the glass with your fingers.
    Insert the bulb holder into the reflector and twist it clockwise until
    it locks.

    NOTICE
    Do not fit bulbs with a higher rating than 55 W as this could
    damage the headlight reflector. Furthermore, the car’s wiring is
    not designed to cope with higher wattages.



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    Retainers on the battery cover

    Daytime Running Light
    Left-hand side
    1 Lift aside the hose 3 running along the side of the battery cover.
    2 Release the two retainers (a quarter of a turn counterclockwise)
    in the leading edge of the cover and remove the cover.

    it locks. To facilitate fitting, look in through the headlight lens
    when fitting the bulb. Check that the new bulb is firmly seated.
    4 Refit the cover over the rear of the headlight.
    Left-hand side
    5 Refit the air pipe to the front of the battery box.

    3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe.

    6 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe.

    4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge of the battery box.

    7 Refit the battery cover.

    5 Pull up the fuse panel 3 in front of the battery, see page 239.

    8 Refit the hose 3 running along the side of the battery cover.

    Both sides
    1 Remove the cover from the rear of the headlight.
    2 Twist the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw the holder
    from the reflector.
    3 Change the bulb without touching the glass with your fingers.
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    223

    Change of front turn signal bulb

    Front turn signal bulbs
    Left-hand side
    1 Lift aside the hose 3 running along the
    side of the battery cover.
    2 Release the two retainers on the battery
    cover and remove the cover.
    3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe.
    4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge
    of the battery box.
    Both sides
    1 The bulb holder has a bayonet fitting.
    Turn the bulb holder counterclockwise
    and withdraw it.
    2 Hold the bulb holder with a firm grip. Use
    a screwdriver to pry the bulb from the
    holder.

    Side-mounted turn signal bulbs
    3 Fit the new bulb.
    4 To facilitate fitting, look in through the
    headlight lens when fitting the bulb.
    Check that the new bulb is firmly seated.
    Left-hand side
    5 Refit the air pipe to the front edge of the
    battery box.
    6 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe.
    7 Refit the battery cover and hose 3.

    1 Slide the lamp fitting forward so that its
    rear end can be pulled out.
    2 Turn the bulb holder counterclockwise
    and withdraw it from the lamp fitting.
    Change the bulb.
    3 To fit, engage the two catches on the
    rear edge of the lamp fitting with the
    edge of the opening. Then press in the
    front edge of the lamp fitting so that the
    groove in the spring engages the plastic
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    1 Undo one screw in the wheel housing.
    Lower the air shield.
    2 Remove the protective cover. Release
    the two spring clips securing the bulb.
    3 Unplug the connector.
    4 Change the bulb. Try not to touch the
    glass part of the bulb with your fingers.
    The height of the beam can be adjusted
    using a screwdriver inserted through the
    hole in the lower grille adjacent to the lens.

    Front fog lights 3
    WARNING
    • Never crawl under a car that is supported only by a jack. Always use axle
    stands.
    • Refer to the information on jacks on
    pages 258 and 259.

    Side marker lights and parking
    lights
    Side marker lights and parking lights consists of LEDs.We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer if they need changing.

    Taillights, SportSedan
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    Turn signals
    Taillights/stop lights
    Reversing lights
    Rear fog light (left-hand side)
    High-mounted stop light

    SportSedan: If a stop light bulb fails, the
    adjacent taillight will act as a stop light to
    ensure traffic safety. Change the broken
    bulb when possible.



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    Taillights, Convertible

    Taillights, SportCombi

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    Turn signals
    Taillights/stop lights
    Reversing lights
    Rear fog light (left-hand side)
    High-mounted stop light

    Turn signals
    Taillights/stop lights
    Reversing lights
    Rear fog light (left-hand side)
    High-mounted stop light

    225

    Stop lights, taillights and turn
    signal bulbs, SportSedan
    1 Lower the cover in the trim behind the
    lights.
    Right-hand side: Unlock the plastic rivet
    by depressing the center no more than
    0.1 in. (3 mm). Take hold of the collar of
    the rivet and pull it out. Refer also to
    page 226.
    2 Lift the plastic lug on the lamp housing
    that secures the bulb holder.
    3 Carefully remove the entire bulb holder
    unit from the lamp housing. Change the
    bulb.
    4 Refit the bulb holder. Press the bulb
    holder home so that the plastic lug
    snaps into place.



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    Car care

    Stop lights, taillights and turn
    signal bulbs, Convertible

    Turn signals, reversing light and
    rear fog light, SportCombi

    1 Remove the cover.

    1 Remove the cover.

    2 Carefully remove the bulb holder with
    the broken bulb.The bulb holder has a
    bayonet fitting.

    2 Remove the bulb holder with the broken
    bulb. The bulb holder has a bayonet
    fitting.

    3 Change the bulb.

    3 Fit the new bulb.

    4 Refit the bulb holder and cover.

    4 Refit the bulb holder and the cover.

    Reversing lights and rear fog
    light, SportSedan
    Removing the trunk lid trim
    1 Remove the two screws securing the
    grab handle to the inside of the trunk lid.
    2 Unlock the plastic rivets by pressing in
    the center of each rivet. Pull out the
    rivets by taking hold of the rivet’s collar.
    You can use the button on the handle of the
    screwdriver supplied with the car to unlock
    the rivets.



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    Changing bulbs
    1 Press down the plastic lug on the bulb
    holder.
    2 Carefully remove the entire bulb holder
    unit from the lamp housing. Change the
    bulb.
    3 Refit the bulb holder. Press the lug so
    that it snaps into place.
    To refit the trunk lid trim
    1 Withdraw the center of the rivets.
    2 Fit the trim in place on the trunk lid.
    3 Fit the rivets. Lock the rivets in place by
    pressing the center buttons in until flush
    with the collar.

    Reversing lights and rear fog
    lights, Convertible
    Removing the trunk lid trim
    1 Unlock the plastic rivets by pressing in
    the center of each rivet no more than
    3 mm. Pull out the rivets by taking hold
    of the rivet’s collar.
    You can use the button on the handle of the
    screwdriver supplied with the car to unlock
    the rivets.

    227

    Changing bulbs
    1 Carefully remove the bulb holder with
    the broken bulb. The bulb holder has a
    bayonet fitting.
    2 Fit the new bulb.
    3 Refit the bulb holder.
    To refit the trunk lid trim
    1 Withdraw the center of the rivets.
    2 Fit the trim in place on the trunk lid.
    3 Fit the rivets. Lock the rivets in place by
    pressing the center buttons in until flush
    with the collar.



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    Dome light, front, SportSedan
    and SportCombi

    Dome light, rear, SportSedan and
    SportCombi

    1 Pull down the rear edge of the lens.

    1 Remove the entire overhead panel:
    ease out the trailing end first, and then
    both sides of the front edge.

    2 Fit the new bulb.
    3 Insert the guide lugs on the front edge of
    the lens and press the lens home.

    2 Fit the new bulb.

    Dome light, Convertible
    1 Pull down the rear edge of the light
    fitting.
    2 If the center bulb needs replacing, open
    the hatch over the bulbs. Pull the bulb
    out of the bulb holder.
    If one of the outer bulbs needs replacing,
    turn the light fitting round. Change the
    bulb from the reverse of the lighting
    fitting. The bulb has a bayonet fitting.
    3 Position the front edge of the light fitting
    and press the fitting up towards the
    windscreen rail.



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    Hatch opened for replacement of center
    bulb

    Reverse side of the light fitting. The
    arrows mark the outer bulbs

    License plate lighting

    229

    Glove box lighting 3

    1 Undo the two screws and remove the
    lens.

    1 Remove the lamp housing using a short
    screwdriver.

    2 Fit the new bulb.

    2 Fit the new bulb.

    3 Make sure the seal on the lens is
    correctly seated.

    3 Insert the connector side first when refitting the lamp.

    4 Refit the lens and tighten the two
    screws.



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    Car care

    Trunk lighting, SportSedan
    The lamp fitting is located under the parcel
    shelf.
    1 Remove the lamp fitting by pulling down
    one end.
    2 The baffle must be removed before the
    bulb can be replaced. Point the baffle’s
    tab up with a small screwdriver.
    3 Fit the new bulb.
    4 Refit the baffle by first fitting its tab in its
    bracket between the contact plates.
    Hold it in place and move the other side
    down.
    5 Insert the connector side first when refitting the lamp.

    Trunk lighting, Convertible
    1 Remove the lamp in the rear end first.
    2 Change the bulb.
    3 Insert the connector side first when refitting the lamp.



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    Other bulbs
    If any other bulbs need changing, we recommend that you visit a Saab dealer.

    Trunk lighting, SportCombi
    1 Pull the lamp housing forward slightly
    and lift it out at the rear. Use a thin and
    wide tool.
    2 Fit the new bulb. The bulb is secured in
    the holder.
    3 Start by inserting in the front edge of the
    lamp housing and then pressing in the
    rear edge.

    Courtesy/floor lighting 3
    1 Release one edge of the lamp fitting
    using a screwdriver.
    2 Fit the new bulb.
    3 Insert the connector side first when refitting the lamp.



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    Bulb table
    No. Designation Wattage
    1 H7
    55
    2 H8
    35
    3 H11
    55
    3457 A/AK
    30 cp
    4 (yellow)
    5 P21W
    21
    PR21W
    21
    6 (red)
    PY21W
    21
    7 (yellow)
    4157 K
    32 cp
    8
    R10W
    10
    9
    R5W
    10
    11 T4W
    WY5W/W5W
    12

    5
    4
    5

    High beam (cars with halogen light)
    Front fog lights 3
    Low beam (cars with halogen light)
    Direction indicator, front
    Reversing lights
    Rear fog light; taillights (SportSedan);
    brake lights (SportSedan)
    Direction indicator, rear
    Daytime Running Light (cars with
    xenon light)
    Rear dome lighting; courtesy
    lighting 3; glove box lighting; trunk
    lighting, Convertible
    License plate lighting; trunk lighting,
    SportSedan
    Reading light, rear
    Side-mounted turn signal (yellow);
    front dome lighting

    NOTICE
    Only fit lamps of the specified rating. Lamps of the wrong wattage
    could damage the wiring harness and electronics.



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    Fuses
    WARNING
    To avoid the risk of short-circuiting and/or
    fire breaking out in the electrical system,
    the following should be heeded:
    • We recommend that you always consult an Saab dealer before modifying
    or adding any electrical equipment.
    Failure to do so can result in the electrical system being damaged.
    • Never replace a fuse with one having
    a higher rating than specified (see
    page 235). The color of the fuse indicates its amperage.
    • If the same fuse blows repeatedly,
    have the electrical system checked by
    a workshop. We recommend that you
    contact a Saab dealer.
    • If a MAXI fuse blows, it means that
    there is a major fault in the electrical
    system. Have the car checked without
    delay. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.

    233

    The fuses are housed in three fuse panels:
    one behind a hatch on the left-hand end of
    the dash, one in the engine bay (additional
    small unit in front of battery) and one on the
    left-hand side of the trunk. There is space
    for spare fuses in the hatch on the left-hand
    end of the dash.
    Sound fuse / Blown fuse
    To check if a fuse has blown, first remove it
    from the panel. If the filament is broken, the
    fuse has blown.



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    Some fuses and relays may be fitted but not
    connected to the car’s electrical system.

    MAXI fuses
    The car also has a number of large fuses
    known as MAXI fuses. These are designed
    to protect the car’s electrical system from
    being damaged. Each MAXI fuse protects a
    number of electrical circuits and functions
    and therefore has a higher rating (amperage) than the standard fuses. No spare
    MAXI fuses are supplied with the car.

    NOTICE
    Fuse panel in end of dash

    A special tool for removing fuses is provided
    on the hatch on the left-hand end of the
    dash. Simply push the tool onto the fuse,
    squeeze and remove the fuse.

    If a MAXI fuse blows, there is a major fault
    in the electrical system. Have the car
    checked. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.



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    Fuse panel in end of fascia
    No. Amp. Function
    1 15 Steering wheel lock
    2
    5 Steering column unit; ignition switch
    3 10 Hands-free 3
    10 Main instrument unit; automatic climate control
    4
    (ACC) 3
    7.5 Control module in front doors; Park Brake Shift Lock
    5
    (automatic transmission)
    6
    7.5 Brake light switch
    7 20 Dash fuse panel; fuel filler door
    8 30 Control module in passenger front door
    9 10 Dash fuse panel
    30 Trailer socket 3; electrical socket in storage compart10
    ment between seats 3
    11 10 Data link connection (diagnostics)

    12
    13
    14
    15
    16
    17
    18
    19
    20
    21
    22
    23
    24
    25
    26
    27

    15
    10
    20
    30
    5
    7.5
    7.5
    30
    40
    7.5
    5
    -

    235

    Interior lighting incl. glove box
    Accessories
    Amplifier 2, Sound System 3
    Control module in driver’s door
    Passenger Sensing System
    Headlight levelling switch 3
    Hands-free 3; brake light switch; clutch pedal switch
    Cigarette lighter 3
    Cabin fan
    Airbag control module
    Yaw sensor (cars with ESP®)
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    Trunk fuse panel, left-hand side

    Trunk fuse panel, SportSedan

    No. Amp. Function
    1–5 MAXI 6 30 Control module in left rear door
    7 30 Control module in right rear door
    8 20 Trailer 3
    9
    30 Left-hand brake light; rear right turn signal; right taillight; right reversing light; high-mounted brake light;
    trailer lights
    10
    11 10 XWD
    12
    13
    14
    15 15 Seat heating, left seat 3
    16 15 Seat heating, right seat 3
    17
    7.5 Auto dimming rear view mirror 3; rain sensor 3
    18 15 Moonroof 3
    19
    - 20
    7.5 XM-radio 3, TMC-tuner 3
    7.5 Saab Parking Assistance (SPA) 3; control module in
    21
    rear doors; dome light (Convertible)
    22 30 Radio 3; navigation 3
    23
    7,5 TPMS (automatic tire pressure monitoring system)
    10 Movement sensor 3; tilt sensor 3; dome light (Con24
    vertible)
    25 30 Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory 3



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    30
    26
    10
    27
    28
    29

    15
    -

    Right-hand stop light; rear left turn signal; left taillight;
    rear fog light; left reversing light; license plate lighting;
    trunk lighting; trailer lights
    Convertible: Lumbar support, electrically adjustable
    front seat 3
    Telematics 3
    -

    Trunk fuse panel, Convertible

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    13
    14
    15

    16
    17
    18
    19

    Fuse panel in engine bay
    No. Amp. Function
    1
    10 Engine control module; automatic transmission con2
    trol module 3
    3 20 Horn
    4 10 Engine control module; battery disconnect switch 3
    5
    - 10 Selector lever, automatic transmission 3; clutch pedal
    6
    switch
    7 10 Xenon Cornering Headlights, left 3
    8
    5 Relay for vacuum pump (brake system) 3
    9
    10
    11
    12 10 Washer fluid pump, rear window 3

    20
    21
    22
    23
    24
    25

    30
    30

    30
    30
    20
    10
    30
    20
    20
    30

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    27 MAXI
    –37

    Washer fluid pump, headlights 3
    Front right parking light; front right turn signal; left and
    right side turn signal; right high beam; left low beam;
    front left fog light 3
    Windshield wiper motor, low speed
    Windshield wiper motor, high speed
    Parking heater; auxiliary heater 3
    Headlight levelling 3 xenon cornering headlights,
    right 3
    Washer fluid pump, windshield
    Flash-to-pass; high beam, right and left (cars with
    Daytime Running Lights only)
    Amplifier, sound system II 3
    Front left turn signal; front left parking light; front right
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    Relays
    R 1 Washer fluid pump, windshield
    R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 Flash-to-pass
    R 6 Horn
    R 7 R 8 Starter motor
    R 9 Windshield wipers ON/OFF
    R10 Washer fluid pump, rear window 3
    R11 Ignition +15
    R12 Windshield wipers, high/low speed
    R13 R14 Washer fluid pump, headlights 3
    R15 R16 -

    Fuse panel in front of battery 3
    No. Amp. Function
    1
    Air pump, secondary air 3
    20 Fuel pump; preheated oxygen sensors (lambda
    2
    probe)
    3 10 A/C compressor
    4 30 Main relay

    Relays
    1 2 A/C-compressor
    3 Preheated oxygen sensors (lambda probe)
    4 Main relay, engine (ECM/EVAP/injectors)

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    Tires

    Inflation - Tire Pressure

    Your new vehicle comes with high-quality
    tires made by a leading tire manufacturer. If
    you ever have questions about your tire
    warranty and where to obtain service, see
    your Saab Warranty and Service Record
    Booklet for details.

    The Tire-Loading Information label shows
    the correct inflation pressures for your tires
    when they’re cold. “Cold” means your vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours
    or driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km).

    WARNING
    Poor maintained and improperly used
    tires are dangerous.
    • Overloading your tires can cause
    overheating as a result of too much
    friction. You could have an blow-out
    and a serious accident. See “Loading
    Your Vehicle” on page 250.
    • Underinflated tires pose the same
    danger as overloaded tires. The
    resulting accident could cause serious
    injury. Check all tires frequently to
    maintain the recommended pressure.
    Tire pressure should be checked
    when your tires are cold.
    • Overinflated tires are more likely to be
    cut, punctured or broken by a sudden
    impact – such as when you hit a pothole. Keep tires at the recommended
    pressure.
    • Worn, old tires can cause accidents. If
    your tread is badly worn, or if your tires
    have been damaged, replace them.

    Notice: Don’t let anyone tell you that
    underinflation or overinflation is all
    right. It’s not. If your tires don’t have
    enough air (underinflation), you can get
    the following:
    • Too much flexing
    • Too much heat
    • Tire overloading
    • Bad wear
    • Bad handling
    • Bad fuel economy.
    If your tires have too much air (overinflation), you can get the following:
    • Unusual wear
    • Bad handling
    • Rough ride
    • Needless damage from road hazards.

    Adjust the tire pressure to match the current
    load and speed of the car (see page 291).
    The stated tire pressures apply to cold tires,
    i.e. tires that are the same temperature as
    the outside air temperature. Tire pressure
    increases as the tires become warm (e.g.
    during highway driving) by approximately
    4 psi (28 kPa). When the temperature of the
    tires changes by 50°F (10°C), the tire pressure will change 2 psi (14 kPa).
    Never reduce the pressure of a hot tire. If the
    tires are hot when you check them, only
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    High speed operation
    WARNING
    Driving at high speeds, 100 mph
    (160 km/h) or higher, puts an additional
    strain on tires.
    Sustained high-speed driving causes
    excessive heat build up and can cause
    sudden tire failure. You could have a
    crash and you or others could be killed.
    Some high-speed rated tires require inflation pressure adjustment for high speed
    operation. When speed limits and road
    conditions are such that a vehicle can be
    driven at high speeds, make sure the tires
    are rated for high speed operation, in
    excellent condition, and set to the correct
    cold tire inflation pressure for the vehicle
    load.

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    If you’ll be driving at high speeds, speeds of
    100 mph (160 km/h) or higher, where it is
    legal, set the cold inflation pressure to the
    maximum inflation pressure shown on the
    tire sidewall, or to 35 psi (244 kPa), whichever is lower. See the example below.
    When you end this high-speed driving,
    return to the cold inflation pressure shown
    on the Tire and Loading Information label.
    See on page 250.

    How to Check

    Example

    Tire Inspection and Rotation

    You’ll find maximum load and inflation pressure molded on the tire’s sidewall, in small
    letters near the rim flange. It will read something like this: Maximum load 690 kg
    (1521 lbs) 300 kPa (44 psi) Max. Press

    Tires should be rotated every 10,000 miles
    (16 000 km).

    For this example, you would set the inflation
    pressure for high-speed driving at 35 psi
    (244 kPa).

    When to check
    Check your tires once a month or more.
    Don’t forget your compact spare tire. It
    should be at 60 psi (420 kPa).

    Use a good quality pocket-type gage to
    check tire pressure. You can’t tell if your
    tires are properly inflated simply by looking
    at them. Radial tires may look properly
    inflated even when they’re underinflated.
    Be sure to put the valve caps back on the
    valve stems. They help prevent leaks by
    keeping out dirt and moisture.

    Any time you notice unusual wear, rotate
    your tires as soon as possible and check
    wheel alignment. Also check for damaged
    tires or wheels. See “When It Is Time for
    New Tires” on page 242 and “Wheel
    Replacement” on page 246 for more information.
    The purpose of regular rotation is to achieve
    more uniform wear for all tires on the vehicle. The first rotation is the most important.
    When rotating your tires, always use the
    correct rotation pattern. Left front tire to left
    rear. Left rear tire to right front. Right front to
    right rear. Right rear to left front.
    Don’t include the compact spare tire in your
    tire rotation.
    After the tires have been rotated, adjust the
    front and rear inflation pressures as shown
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    certain that all wheel nuts are properly tightened. See page 261.

    WARNING
    Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to
    which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts
    become loose after a time. The wheel
    could come off and cause an accident.
    When you change a wheel, remove any
    rust or dirt from places where the wheel
    attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency,
    you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do
    this; but be sure to use a scraper or wire
    brush later, if you need to, to get all the
    rust or dirt off. See “Changing a tire” on
    page 258.

    Flat spotting

    When It Is Time for New Tires

    All tires get hot, especially on long journeys
    or when the car is driven hard. After the car
    has been parked with hot tires and the tires
    have cooled down, a flat spot can form in the
    tire, where it is in contact with the ground.
    The same can occur if the car has not been
    moved for a long time.

    One way to tell when it’s time for new tires is
    to check the treadwear indicators, which will
    appear when your tires have only 1/16 inch
    (1.6 mm) or less of tread remaining.

    Flat spots can cause vibration that can be
    felt through the steering wheel, similar to
    that experienced when the wheels need balancing.

    • You can see the indicators at three or
    more places around the tire.

    Flat spots of this type disappear once the
    tires get hot again, usually after 10–15 miles
    (20–25 km) of driving at cruising speed. If
    the outdoor temperature is low it takes a
    longer distance.

    • The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut or
    snagged deep enough to show cord or
    fabric.

    You need a new tire if any of the following
    statements are true:

    • You can see cord or fabric showing
    through the tire’s rubber.

    • The tire has a bump, bulge or split.
    • The tire has a puncture, cut or other
    damage that can’t be repaired well
    because of the size or location of the
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    Buying New Tires
    To find out what kind and size of tires you
    need, look at the Tire-Loading Information
    label.
    Before changing to wheels/tires of another
    size, we recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab workshop regarding
    acceptable options. See also page 288
    Wheels/tires combinations that are not
    approved by Saab can negatively affect the
    car’s directional stability, steering and braking in both wet and dry conditions.
    Treadwear indicator

    Treadwear indicators
    The tires incorporate wear indicators in the
    form of smooth, treadless strips across the
    width, which become visible when only
    2/32" (1.6 mm) of tread remains. As soon as
    the indicators become visible, new tires
    should be fitted without delay.
    Make sure you are familiar with the legal
    limit for minimum tread depth in your
    country and also any regulations governing the use of winter (snow) tires.

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    The wheels and tires have been carefully
    matched to the characteristics of the car and
    play a key role in its outstanding road holding and handling.
    Do not take it for granted that a wheel/tire
    combination will work in the best possible
    way, just because it can be fitted to the car.
    To ensure that the speedometer is as accurate as possible it should be reprogrammed
    if wheels of a different dimension are fitted.
    Contact a Saab dealer.
    Because of front wheel drive, the front tires
    tend to wear faster than the rear ones. New
    tires should always be fitted in pairs, so that
    tires on the same axle have the same
    amount of tread.
    Store wheels lying flat or hanging – never
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    Uniform Tire Quality Grading

    NOTICE
    Wide wheels and tires with side walls that
    are too low can:
    • Be damaged in potholes, etc.
    • Cause springs, shock absorbers and
    wheel bearings and body mountings
    to be overloaded
    • Affect the function of the ESP®.
    The speed and load limits of the tires
    must not be exceeded; see page 249.
    Wheels larger than 18" must not be fitted
    on the Saab 9-3 for reasons above. The
    permissible offset is 1.61 inch (41 mm).

    WARNING
    Mixing tires could cause you to lose control while driving. If you mix tires of different sizes or types (radial and bias-belted
    tires), the vehicle may not handle properly, and you could have a crash. Using
    tires of different sizes may also cause
    damage to your vehicle. Be sure to use
    the same size and type tires on all wheels.
    It’s all right to drive with your compact
    spare temporarily, it was developed for
    use on your vehicle. See “Compact
    spare” on page 256.

    WARNING
    If you use bias-ply tires on your vehicle,
    the wheel rim flanges could develop
    cracks after many miles of driving. A tire
    and/or wheel could fail suddenly, causing
    a crash. Use only radial-ply tires with the
    wheels on your vehicle.

    Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section width. For example:
    Treadwear 200 Traction AA
    Temperature A
    The following information relates to the
    system developed by the United States
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which grades tires by treadwear, traction and temperature performance. (This
    applies only to vehicles sold in the United
    States.) The grades are molded on the sidewalls of most passenger car tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading system does not
    apply to deep tread, winter-type snow tires,
    space-saver or temporary use spare tires,
    tires with nominal rim diameters of 10 to 12
    inches (25 to 30 cm), or to some limited-production tires.
    While the tires available on General Motors
    passenger cars and light trucks may vary
    with respect to these grades, they must also
    conform to federal safety requirements and
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    Treadwear

    Temperature – A, B, C

    The treadwear grade is a comparative
    rating based on the wear rate of the tire
    when tested under controlled conditions on
    a specified government test course. For
    example, a tire graded 150 would wear one
    and a half (1.5) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the
    actual conditions of their use, however, and
    may depart significantly from the norm due
    to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics
    and climate.

    The temperature grades are A (the highest),
    B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance
    to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled
    conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
    test wheel. Sustained high temperature can
    cause the material of the tire to degenerate
    and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The
    grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must
    meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle
    Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A
    represent higher levels of performance on
    the laboratory test wheel than the minimum
    required by law.

    Traction – AA, A, B, C
    The traction grades, from highest to lowest,
    are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces
    of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C
    may have poor traction performance. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire
    is based on straight-ahead braking traction
    tests, and does not include acceleration,
    cornering, hydroplaning, or peak traction
    characteristics.

    Warning: The temperature grade for this tire
    is established for a tire that is properly
    inflated and not overloaded. Excessive
    speed, underinflation, or excessive loading,
    either separately or in combination, can
    cause heat buildup and possible tire failure.

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    Wheel Alignment and Tire
    Balance
    The wheels on your vehicle were aligned
    and balanced carefully at the factory to give
    you the longest tire life and best overall performance.
    Scheduled wheel alignment and wheel balancing are not needed. However, if you
    notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle pulling one way or the other, the alignment may
    need to be reset. If you notice your vehicle
    vibrating when driving on a smooth road,
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    Wheel Replacement
    Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked or
    badly rusted or corroded. If wheel nuts keep
    coming loose, the wheel, wheel bolts and
    wheel nuts should be replaced. If the wheel
    leaks air, replace it (except some aluminum
    wheels, which can sometimes be repaired).
    See your dealer if any of these conditions
    exist.
    Your dealer will know the kind of wheel you
    need.
    Each new wheel should have the same
    load-carrying capacity, diameter, width,
    offset and be mounted the same way as the
    one it replaces.
    If you need to replace any of your wheels,
    wheel bolts or wheel nuts, replace them only
    with new Saab original equipment parts.
    This way, you will be sure to have the right
    wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts for your
    vehicle.

    WARNING
    Using the wrong replacement wheels,
    wheel bolts or wheel nuts on your vehicle
    can be dangerous. It could affect the
    braking and handling of your vehicle,
    make your tires lose air and make you
    lose control. You could have a collision in
    which you or others could be injured.
    Always use the correct wheel, wheel bolts
    and wheel nuts for replacement.

    Notice: The wrong wheel can also cause
    problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper height, vehicle ground clearance and tire or tire
    chain clearance to the body and chassis.
    See “Changing a tire” on page 258.

    WARNING
    When fitting just one new pair of tires,
    these should be fitted to the rear wheels,
    as these are more critical to the directional stability of the car (e.g. on braking
    or in a skid). The existing rear wheels
    should therefore be moved to the front.

    Used Replacement Wheels

    WARNING
    Putting a used wheel on your vehicle is
    dangerous. You can’t know how it’s been
    used or how far it’s been driven. It could
    fail suddenly and cause a crash. If you
    have to replace a wheel, use a new GM
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    Tire Chains
    WARNING
    If your vehicle has 235/45 R17 size tires,
    don’t use tire chains, there’s not enough
    clearance.
    Tire chains used on a vehicle without the
    proper amount of clearance can cause
    damage to the brakes, suspension or
    other vehicle parts. The area damaged by
    the tire chains could cause you to lose
    control of your vehicle and you or others
    may be injured in a crash.

    Notice: If your vehicle does not have
    235/45R17 size tires, use tire chains only
    where legal and only when you must.
    Contact your Saab dealer regarding suitable snow chains. Install them on the
    front tires and tighten them as tightly as
    possible with the ends securely
    fastened. Drive slowly and follow the
    chain manufacturer’s instructions. If you
    can hear the chains contacting your
    vehicle, stop and retighten them. If the
    contact continues, slow down until it
    stops. Driving too fast or spinning the
    wheels with chains on will damage your
    vehicle.

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    If a Tire Goes Flat
    It’s unusual for a tire to “blowout” while
    you’re driving, especially if you maintain
    your tires properly. If air goes out of a tire,
    it’s much more likely to leak out slowly. But
    if you should ever have a “blowout”, here are
    a few tips about what to expect and what to
    do:
    If a front tire fails, the flat tire will create a
    drag that pulls the vehicle toward that side.
    Take your foot off the accelerator pedal and
    grip the steering wheel firmly. Steer to maintain lane position, and then gently brake to
    a stop well out of the traffic lane.

    Use another type of traction device only if
    its manufacturer recommends it for use
    on your vehicle and tire size combination
    and road conditions. Follow that manufacturer’s instructions. To help avoid
    damage to your vehicle, drive slowly,
    readjust or remove the device if it’s contacting your vehicle, and don’t spin your
    wheels.

    A rear blowout, particularly on a curve, acts
    much like a skid and may require the same
    correction you’d use in a skid. In any rear
    blowout, remove your foot from the accelerator pedal. Get the vehicle under control by
    steering the way you want the vehicle to go.
    It may be very bumpy and noisy, but you can
    still steer. Gently brake to a stop – well off
    the road if possible.

    If you do find traction devices that will fit,
    install them on the front tires.

    If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how to
    use your jacking equipment to change a flat
    tire safely.



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    Tire Sidewall Labeling
    Useful information about a tire is molded
    into it´s sidewall.
    Tire size: The tire size ia a combination of
    letters and numbers used to define a particular tire´s width, height, aspect ratio, construction type and service description.
    Department of Transportation (DOT):
    The Department of Transportation (DOT)
    code indicates that the tire is in compliance
    with the U.S. Department of Transportation
    Motor Vehicle Safety standards.
    Tire Identification Number (TIN): The letters and numbers following DOT code are
    the Tire Identification Number (TIN). The
    TIN shows the manufacturer and plant
    code, tire size, and date the tire was manufactured. The TIN is molded onto both sides
    of the tire.
    Tire Ply Material: The type of cord and
    number of plies in the sidewall and under
    the tread.

    Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG):
    Tire manufacturers are required to grade
    tires based on the performance factors:
    treadwear, traction and temperature resistance. For more information see “Uniform
    Tire Quality Grading” on page 244.
    Maximum Cold Inflation Load Limit: Maximum load that can be carried and the maximum pressure needed to support that load.
    For information on recommended tire pressure see “Recommended lowest tire pressure, cold tires” on page 291 and “Loading
    Your Vehicle” on page 250.

    Tire Size
    The following illustration shows an example
    of a typical passenger car tire size.
    215 / 55 R

    16 93

    H

    |

    |

    |

    |

    |

    |

    a

    b

    c

    d

    e

    f

    a
    b
    c
    d
    e
    f

    Tire Width
    Aspect Ratio
    Belt Rating
    Rim diameter
    Load range
    Speed rating

    Tire Width: The three-digit number indicates the tire section width in millimeters
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    Aspect ratio: A two-digit number that indicates the tire height-to-width measurements. For example, if the tire size aspect
    ratio is “55”, as shown in item “C” of the illustration, it would mean that the tire´s sidewall
    is 55% as high as it is wide.
    Belt Rating: A letter code is used to indicate
    the type of ply construction in the tire. The
    letter “R” means radial ply construction; the
    letter “D” means diagonal or bias ply construction; and the letter “B” means
    belted-bias ply construction.
    Rim Diameter: Diameter of the wheel in
    inches.
    Load range: The load range represents the
    load carry capacity a tire is certified to carry.
    Speed Rating: The maximum speed that a
    tire is certified to carry a load. Speed ratings
    range from “A” to “Z”.

    Tire markings
    An example of the meaning of the different
    markings in a tire size is given below for a
    tire size of 225/45 R17 94H:
    225 Tire section width, mm
    Aspect ratio, i.e. the section height
    as a percentage of the section
    45 width
    R Radial ply
    Wheel rim diameter 17 in at bead
    17 seats
    94 Tire load index
    H Speed rating
    Tire load indices
    Tire approved for max. 1355 lbs.
    91 (615 kg)
    93 Max. 1433 lbs. (650 kg)
    94 Max. 1477 lbs. (670 kg)
    95 Max. 1521 lbs. (690 kg)
    97 Max. 1609 lbs. (730 kg)
    98 Max. 1653 lbs. (750 kg)

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    Speed ratings
    Tire approved for speeds up to
    Q 100 mph (160 km/h)
    S Max. 112 mph (180 km/h)
    T Max. 118 mph (190 km/h)
    H Max. 130 mph (210 km/h)
    V Max. 149 mph (240 km/h)
    W Max. 168 mph (270 km/h)
    Y Max. 186 mph (300 km/h)



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    Loading Your Vehicle

    Tire Terminology and Definitions
    Air Pressure: The amount of air inside the
    tire pressing outward on each square inch of
    the tire. Air pressure is expressed in pounds
    per square inch (psi) or kilo pascal (kPa).

    TIN-code
    a Manufacturer´s Identification Mark
    b Tire Size
    c Tire Type Code
    d Date of Manufacture

    This label can only be found on vehicles
    sold in the U.S.
    Vehicles sold in Canada have the tire
    information label in the glove box, see
    page 292.
    This is an example of what your vehicle´s
    Tire-Loading Information/Certification label
    might look like. It is located on the B-pillar
    and shows how much weight your vehicle
    may properly carry. The label tells you the
    proper size, and recommended inflation
    pressures for the tires on your vehicle. It
    also gives you important information about
    the number of people that can be in your
    vehicle and the total weight that you can
    carry. This weight is called the Vehicle
    Capacity Weight, and includes the weight of
    all occupants, cargo and all nonfactory-installed options.

    Accessory Weight: This means the combined weight of optional accessories, for
    example, automatic transmission, power
    steering, power brakes, power windows,
    power seats, radio and air conditioning.
    Aspect Ratio: The relationship of a tire´s
    height to its width.
    Belt: A rubber coated layer of cords that is
    located between the plies and the tread.
    Cords may be made from steel or other reinforcing materials.
    Bias Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which the
    ply cords that extend to the beads are laid at
    alternate angles substantially less than 90
    degrees to the centerline of the tread.
    Cold Inflation Pressure: The amount of air
    pressure in a tire, measured in pounds per
    square inch (psi) or kilo pascal (kPa), before
    a tire has built up heat from driving. See
    “Inflation - Tire Pressure” on page 240.
    Curb weight: This means the weight of a
    motor vehicle with standard and optional
    equipment including the maximum capacity
    of fuel, oil and coolant, without passengers
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    DOT Markings: A code molded into the
    sidewall of a tire signifying that the tire is in
    compliance with the U.S. Department of
    Transportation motor vehicle safety standards. The DOT code includes the Tire
    Identification Number (TIN), an alphanumeric designator which can also identify the
    tire manufacturer, production plant, brand
    and date of production.
    GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating see
    page 285.
    GAWR FRT: Gross Axle Weight Rating for
    the front axle, see page 285.
    GAWR RR: Gross Axle Weight Rating for
    the rear axle, see page 285.
    Intended Outboard Sidewall: The side of
    an asymmetrical tire that must always face
    outward when mounted on a vehicle.
    Kilo pascal (kPa): The metric unit for air
    pressure. There are 6.9 kPa to one psi.
    Light Truck (LT-Metric) Tire: A tire used
    on light duty trucks and some multipurpose
    passenger vehicles.
    Load Index: An assigned number ranging
    from 1 to 279 that corresponds to the load
    carrying capacity of a tire.

    Maximum Load rating: The load rating for
    a tire at the maximum permissible inflation
    pressure for that tire.
    Maximum Loaded Vehicle Weight: The
    sum of curb weight; accessory weight; vehicle capacity weight; and production options
    weight.
    Maximum Permissible Inflation Pressure: The maximum cold inflation pressure
    to which a tire may be inflated.
    Normal occupant weight: The number of
    occupants a vehicle is designed to seat multiplied by 150 pounds (68 kg). See “Loading
    Your Vehicle” on page 250.
    Occupant Distribution: Designated seating positions.
    Outward Facing Sidewall: The side of a
    asymmetrical tire that has a particular side
    that faces outward when mounted on a vehicle. The side of the tire that contains a whitewall bears white lettering or bears manufacturer, brand and or model name molding on
    the other sidewall of the tire.
    Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: A tire used on
    passenger cars and some light duty trucks
    and multipurpose vehicles.

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    Recommended Inflation Pressure: Vehicle manufacturer´s recommended tire inflation pressure shown on the tire placard, see
    “Inflation - Tire Pressure” on page 240 and
    “Loading Your Vehicle” on page 250.
    Radial Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which
    the ply cords that extend to the beads are
    laid at substantially 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread.
    Rim: A metal support for a tire or a tire and
    tube assembly upon which the tire beads
    are seated.
    Sidewall: The portion of a tire between the
    tread and the bead.
    Speed rating: An alphanumeric code
    assigned to a tire indicating the maximum
    speed at which a tire can operate.
    Traction: The friction between the tire and
    the road surface. The amount of grip provided.
    Treadwear Indicators: Narrow bands,
    sometimes called “wear bars”, that show
    across the tread of a tire when only
    2/32 inch of tread remains. See “When It Is
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    Tread Width: The width of the tire´s tread.
    UTQGS: Uniform Tire Quality Grade Standards, a tire information system that provides consumers with ratings for a tire´s
    traction, temperature and treadwear. Ratings are determined by tire manufacturers
    using government testing procedures. The
    rating are molded into the sidewall of the
    tire. See “Uniform Tire Quality Grading” on
    page 244.
    Vehicle Capacity Weight: Is the number of
    designated seating positions multiplied by
    150 pounds (68 kg) plus the rated cargo
    load. See “Loading Your Vehicle” on
    page 250.
    Vehicle Maximum Load on the Tire: Load
    on an individual tire due to curb weight,
    accessory weight, occupant weight and
    cargo weight.
    Vehicle Placard: A label permanently
    attached to a vehicle showing original
    equipment tire size and the recommended
    cold inflation pressure. See “Loading Your
    Vehicle” on page 250.

    Steps for Determining Correct
    Load Limit
    1 Locate the statement “The
    combined weight of occupants and
    cargo should never exceed
    XXX pounds” on your vehicle´s
    placard.
    2 Determine the combined weight of
    the driver and passengers that will
    be riding in your vehicle.
    3 Subtract the combined weight of the
    driver and passengers from
    XXX kilograms or XXX pounds.
    4 The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage
    load capacity. For example, if the
    “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs. and
    there will be five 150 lb. passengers
    in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs. (1400–750 (5x150) =
    650 lbs.).

    5 Determine the combined weight of
    luggage and cargo being loaded on
    the vehicle. That weight may not
    safely exceed the available cargo
    and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4.
    6 If your vehicle will be towing a trailer,
    load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this
    manual to determine how this
    reduces the available cargo and
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    Winter tires
    Winter (snow) tires are recommended for
    winter climates where the majority of your
    driving will be done on snow and ice. Winter
    tires should be fitted to all four wheels to
    maintain a proper balance. Your Saab
    dealer can advise you of to the correct size
    tire for your car (if different from the original
    size) and also supply Saab approved winter
    tires pre-mounted on steel or alloy rims.
    Winter tires normally use a different speed
    rating compared to summer/all season tires.
    Make sure not to exceed the stated speed
    rating on the tires you use.

    Automatic tire pressure
    monitoring system
    WARNING
    The system is an aid to the driver. The
    driver always has the responsibility that
    the tires have the correct air pressure.
    For optimum safety, economy and comfort tire pressures should be checked regularly even if the automatic tire pressure
    monitoring has not alarmed.

    Make sure that wheels with sensors for tire
    pressure monitoring are fitted during
    replacement if the car has automatic tire
    pressure monitoring.

    The system consists of a sensor in each
    wheel and a common receiver. The sensors
    are located inside the tire in direct connection with the air pressure valves.

    Tire date code

    Make sure that wheels with sensors for tire
    pressure monitoring are fitted during
    replacement if the car has automatic tire
    pressure monitoring.

    Tires should be regarded as perishable
    goods. As the tires age, the rubber becomes
    progressively harder, and the road holding
    ability of the tires diminishes. This is particularly true on winter tires.
    Tires have a code that specifies their date of
    manufacture. The first two digits denote the
    week number and the last two digits the year
    followed by a filled triangle.

    The system will trigger a warning/alarm if
    the spare wheel is fitted because it has no
    sensor.

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    NOTICE
    Tire replacement must take place with
    great care to avoid damaging the sensors
    that are built together with the valves.
    • Remove the rear side first, see
    page 255.
    • Start to remove the tire opposite the
    valve.
    • During removal the tire machine must
    not come closer than ±10° from the
    valve.
    • During fitting, start 20° after the valve
    and finish 20° before the valve.
    • Do not inflate the tire with pressure
    higher than 102 psi (700 kPa).
    Tire pressure information is transmitted
    wireless to the receiver.
    The system checks the tire pressures when
    speed exceeds 19 mph (30 km/h).
    The system is self-programming which
    means that the wheels can be shifted
    around without any need for adjustment.
    The sensor batteries last for 10 years or
    around 160 000 km. The battery cannot be
    replaced. The whole sensor must be
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    Check/adjust the pressure in the other tires
    when a fault message is shown.
    Note that the tire pressure can decrease
    without a puncture. The pressure could
    decrease around 3 psi (20 kPa) during a
    three month period.
    The outside temperature could also affect
    tire pressure.

    Valve with sensor
    The system does not warn if the tire pressure is too high.
    If the system has warned or triggered an
    alarm due to inadequate pressure then
    the pressure must be reset to the recommended pressure so that the warning/alarm
    is cleared.

    If the tire pressure decreases
    If the tire pressure decreases to 6 psi
    (40 kPa) below the recommended pressure
    then a warning is shown on the SID as to
    which tires are affected.
    Tire pressure low,
    front right. Check tires.
    Adjust the pressure as soon as possible.

    Valve without sensor
    If the tire pressure continues to decrease
    then an alarm is shown on the SID when the
    pressure has decreased to 23 psi (160 kPa)
    which is the lowest permitted pressure for
    the tire.
    An alarm is also received when leakage is
    greater than 3 psi/min. (20 kPa/min.).
    Low tire pressure rear
    left. Make a safe stop.
    Reduce speed (avoid heavy braking and
    significant steering wheel movement) and
    stop the car as soon as possible at a suitable location. Replace the defective wheel.
    The fault message can remain for up to
    10 minutes after restarting the car. Then it
    disappears if the tire pressure is correct.

    The temperature in the tire also affects the
    tire pressure. The specified tyre pressures
    are valid for cold tyres. The increased tyre
    pressure resulting from extensive driving
    must not be reduced. For further information on tire air pressure, see page 240.
    Allow 10 minutes for the system to recognize the wheel/sensors positions after fitting
    a new set of tires. During this period no low
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    Malfunctions
    Tire pressure system
    failure. Contact service.
    The above message is shown on the SID if:
    • Wheel without pressure sensor has been
    fitted (e.g. spare wheel)
    • One or more pressure sensors are broken
    or missing
    • A fault has arisen in the receiver
    • A system error has arisen.

    Removing a tire

    Fitting a tire

    Remove the tire with a tire machine. It is
    important to follow the instructions for the
    tire machine as well.

    Fit the tire with a tire machine. It is important
    to follow the instructions for the tire machine
    as well.

    • Do not fit the tire tool in an area ±10° from
    the valve

    • Start to fit about 20° after the valve

    • Start removing opposite the valve
    • Remove the rear side first.

    • Finish fitting before an area 20° from the
    valve
    • Do not inflate the tire to a pressure higher
    than 102 psi (700 kPa).



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    Compact spare
    WARNING
    The spare tire or punctured tire must be
    stowed under the trunk floor, and secured
    in place with the retaining nut.
    The compact spare is light and easy to
    handle when changing the tire. Its use is
    only permitted when a standard tire has sustained a puncture. The maximum life of the
    tire is only just over 2,000 miles (3,500 km).
    Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) with the
    compact spare fitted.
    The tire pressure should be 60 psi
    (420 kPa). Put the punctured tire in the
    spare wheel well under the trunk floor.
    Have the standard tire repaired and refitted
    as soon as possible.

    NOTICE
    To avoid damaging a alloy wheel of a
    punctured tire, this can be temporarily
    placed outside up in the spare wheel well
    but only while driving to the closest workshop.
    As a general rule, all heavy loads must be
    well secured in the trunk (see page 139).

    The spare tire, the tools and the jack with its
    crank are carried under a panel in the trunk.
    Fold the carpeting forward to ease access to
    the tools and spare tire.
    The screwdriver handle has a “button” for
    removing plastic rivets. This type of rivet
    must be removed when changing the light
    bulb in the trunk lid (see page 226).
    Your Saab is equipped with a trip computer
    and you can use its “Speed warning” function, to monitor driving speed since you
    must not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h), see
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    SportCombi

    SportCombi with subwoofer
    Position the loudspeaker on the left-hand side before the spare wheel is removed. The
    arrow on the loudspeaker must point forwards when the loudspeaker is fitted in the spare
    wheel.

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    Tools under a panel in the trunk, SportSedan



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    Driving with a compact wheel
    fitted

    • The car must not be driven with more than
    one compact spare tire at a time.
    • Avoid driving against the curb.

    WARNING
    • Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h). The
    tire can overheat affecting the car’s
    road holding.
    • Tire pressure: refer to page 291.
    • The spare tire or punctured tire must
    be stowed under the trunk floor, and
    secured in place with the retaining nut.
    Observe the following when the compact
    spare tire is fitted:
    • The compact spare is light and easy to
    handle when changing a tire.
    • Do not drive further than necessary with
    the compact spare fitted - the maximum
    life of the tire is only just over 2,000 miles
    (approx. 3,500 km).
    • Refit the standard tire as soon as possible.
    • Fitting a spare tire/wheel without pressure
    sensor will trigger a malfunction
    message, see page 255.
    Important considerations when driving with
    a compact spare tire:
    • The car’s ground clearance is reduced.

    • Do not use snow chains.
    • Do not fit the wheel cover - this would
    conceal the warning text.

    Changing a tire
    WARNING
    Lifting a vehicle and getting under it to do
    maintenance or repairs is dangerous
    without the appropriate safety equipment
    and training. The jack provided with your
    vehicle is designed only for changing a
    flat tire. If it is used for anything else, you
    or others could be badly injured or killed if
    the vehicle slips off the jack. Use the jack
    provided with your vehicle only for changing a flat tire.
    Changing a tire can be dangerous. The
    vehicle can slip off the jack and roll over
    or fall on you or other people. You and
    they could be badly injured or even killed.
    Find a level place to change your tire. To
    help prevent the vehicle from moving:
    1 Set the parking brake firmly.
    2 If you have an automatic transmission, put the shift lever in PARK (P).
    For a manual transmission, leave the
    car in gear (1st or REVERSE (R)).
    3 Turn off the engine and do not restart
    while the vehicle is raised.
    4 Do not allow passengers to remain in
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    To be even more certain the vehicle won't
    move, you should put blocks at the front
    and rear of the tire farthest away from the
    one being changed. That would be the
    tire, on the other side, at the opposite end
    of the vehicle.
    • The car jack is designed solely for use
    in changing a tire or fitting snow
    chains. It must not be used to support the car during repair work or
    servicing.
    • Never crawl under a car that is supported only by a jack. Always use axle
    stands.
    • Raising your vehicle too high or with
    the jack improperly positioned can
    damage the vehicle and even make
    the vehicle fall. To help avoid personal
    injury and vehicle damage, be sure to
    fit the jack lift head into the proper
    location before raising the vehicle, and
    raise the vehicle only far enough off
    the ground so there is enough room for
    the spare tire to fit (no more than
    25 mm or 1 inch clearance between
    the ground and the bottom of the tire).
    • Switch on the hazard warning lights if
    the car is on a road.

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    • The jack should be stored correctly
    under the carpeting in the trunk. If it
    lies loose in the car, it could thrown forward and cause personal injury in the
    event of a crash or if the car rolls over.
    • Grit, salt and rust can clog the inner
    threads of the wheel bolts if the car has
    been driven for several years exclusively with alloy wheels.
    If steel wheels are being installed, the
    bolt hole threads in the brake hubs
    should be cleaned before the thinner
    steel wheels are fitted. It may otherwise not be possible to achieve the
    correct clamping force, despite tightening the wheel bolts to the correct
    torque.

    Jacking points for floor jack
    When the car has to be lifted, the jack must
    be positioned at one of the four jacking
    points (front or rear) under the sill members.
    If a floor jack is used, the lifting plate must
    be positioned under the normal jacking
    points, see illustration. If the car is equipped
    with a towbar, the jack can also be placed
    under this.

    NOTICE
    Apply the jack only to the jacking points
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    IB4529

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    Marking of jacking points

    Jacking points

    1 Wind the jack up to a suitable height
    before placing it under the jacking point.
    Each jacking point is indicated by an
    arrow on the sill (see illustration).
    Make sure that the jack fully engages the
    jacking point in the underside of the sill
    member and that the entire foot of the
    jack is steady and flat on the ground. The
    jack must not stand on snow, ice or similar.
    Wind up the jack until it just begins to lift
    the car.

    2 It is not necessary to remove the wheel
    cover.
    If, none the less, you wish to remove the
    wheel cover, take hold of the outer edge
    and pull it straight out.
    Remove the plastic wheel bolt covers.
    Loosen the wheel bolts half a turn.
    3 Wind the jack to raise the wheel clear of
    the ground. Remove the wheel bolts and
    lift off the wheel.

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    Clean any rust or dirt from the contact surfaces between the wheel and brake disc.

    Do not wipe away the grease in the wheel
    hub.

    4 Clean any rust or dirt from the contact
    surfaces between the wheel and brake
    disc. Do not wipe away the grease in the
    wheel hub.

    Lubricate the heads of the wheel studs
    with a small amount of Vaseline or similar and refit the plastic covers on the
    wheel studs. The Vaseline makes it
    easier to remove them later on.

    5 Add a thin layer of grease on the bolts
    before fitting, see page 261. Fit the
    wheel and screw in the bolts in the
    sequence shown on page 262 (opposite
    pairs).
    Tighten the bolts enough for the bolts
    and wheel to be seated correctly.
    6 Lower the car and tighten the wheel
    bolts to torque in sequence as shown on
    page 262.
    Tightening torque
    Light-alloy wheels: 80 ft.lb. (110 Nm).
    Steel wheels: 80 ft.lb. (110 Nm).

    NOTICE
    • Do not overtighten the bolts using a
    impact wrench: not only can this
    damage the wheels but it can also
    make it impossible to undo the bolts
    using the wheel wrench in the car’s
    toolkit.
    • When refitting a wheel cover, make
    sure that the valve protrudes through
    the marked recess in the wheel cover.

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    Grease the surfaces indicated with a thin
    layer of grease

    7 Retouching the wheel bolts after twenty
    or so miles.
    Tightening torque
    Light-alloy wheels: 80 ft.lb. (110 Nm).
    Steel wheels: 80 ft.lb. (110 Nm).
    We advise against using wheels with large
    ventilation slots in winter, as the brake components are then more exposed to slush,
    road salt and grit.
    If you fit wheels of a different dimension, the
    speedometer can be reprogrammed to
    ensure it is as accurate as possible. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.
    Driving with tire chains 3, see page 186



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    Tire repair kit 3
    WARNING
    WARNING
    Make sure no one can jog the gear lever,
    for example, as the engine must be idling
    when the tire is repaired. There is otherwise a risk of personal injury.
    Do not use the repair kit if:
    • the damage to the tire is larger than
    0.16 in. (4 mm).

    Tightening sequence, wheel bolts

    • the wheel is damaged.
    Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) after
    repairing one of the car tires with the
    repair kit.

    Change the punctured tire as soon as
    possible.
    Replenish the repair kit at a workshop.
    We recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab workshop. The canister
    of sealant must be changed once every
    four years. See the date on the canister.
    The handling characteristics of the car
    may be impaired.
    Driving with a tire that is underinflated or
    has a puncture can damage the tire in
    such a way that it is not possible to repair
    it with the sealant.
    The tire repair kit replaces the spare wheel.
    The repair kit allows a punctured tire to be
    temporarily repaired and reinflated without
    needing to remove the wheel.
    Minor damage to the tire, such as a foreign
    object that has penetrated the tread, can be
    temporarily repaired with the repair kit.
    Do not remove the foreign object. Damage
    larger than 0.16 in. (4 mm) and damage to
    the sidewalls cannot be repaired with the
    repair kit.
    Follow the instructions supplied with the
    repair kit carefully.
    If the compressor sounds strange or
    becomes abnormally hot, leave it switched
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    Prevent the compressor getting wet.
    The canister of sealant can only be used
    once. Replace a used canister at a workshop. We recommend that you contact an
    authorised Saab workshop.
    The tire repair kit can be used at temperatures down to –22°F (–30 °C). At low temperatures the sealant is more viscous and
    so is less able to seal slightly larger
    damage.
    If a punctured tire is to be repaired:
    • Allow the engine to idle. The compressor
    will consume some energy.
    • Apply the handbrake.
    • Turn on the hazard warning light.
    • Position the warning triangle to warn
    other drivers.
    The repair kit is stowed under the luggage
    compartment floor.

    1 Allow the engine to idle.
    2 Remove the repair kit from the luggage
    compartment.

    3 Remove the electric cable and the air
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    4 Connect the air hose from the compressor to the connection on the canister.

    7 Connect the air hose from the canister to
    the valve on the wheel.

    5 Insert the canister into the recess in the
    compressor.

    8 The switch on the compressor must be
    in the 0 position.

    6 Unscrew the valve cap from the punctured wheel.

    9 Connect the compressor’s electric cable
    to the 12 volt socket (cigarette lighter) in
    the car.

    10 Start the compressor.
    11 While the canister of sealant empties
    (approx. 30 seconds), the gauge on the
    compressor will briefly show a pressure
    of up to 87 psi (6 bar). The pressure will
    then drop.
    12 Once the canister is empty, pump the
    tire to the recommended tire pressure
    (see page 291). It is not necessary to
    remove the canister.
    13 The tire should be inflated to the recommended pressure within 10 minutes.
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    18 Drive off immediately so that the sealant
    is distributed evenly around the tire.

    If the correct pressure is not reached
    within 10 minutes, the damage to the tire is
    too large to be repaired with the sealant.
    Park the car in a suitable place and call for
    assistance.
    If the tire pressure becomes too high, it can
    be reduced by pressing the button by the
    pressure gauge on the compressor.
    Do not run the compressor for more
    than 10 minutes.
    14 Assemble the repair kit and return it to its
    designated place in the luggage
    compartment.
    15 Wipe away any sealant that may have
    leaked out with a rag.
    16 Put back the warning triangle.
    17 Affix the label in the kit showing the
    maximum permitted speed so that it is
    clearly visible to the driver.

    19 Stop after approximately 6 miles
    (10 km) or 10 minutes (whichever
    occurs first) and check the tire pressure.
    To do so, connect the air hose on the
    compressor directly to the valve on the
    tire.
    If the pressure is greater than 19 psi
    (1.3 bar), adjust it to the recommended
    value, see page 291. It may be necessary to check the pressure a number of
    times on the way to a workshop.
    If the pressure falls below 19 psi
    (1.3 bar), do not drive the car any further
    but call for assistance.
    The most likely reason for a drop in pressure is probably that the damage to the
    tire is too extensive to be repaired with
    the repair kit.
    20 Return the repair kit to its designated
    place.

    There are four adapters on the underside of
    the compressor which allow the compressor
    to be used to inflate other items such as
    bicycle tires, air mattresses and footballs.



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    Safety belts
    WARNING
    If the car is involved in a crash, the safety
    belts, belt pretensioners and other associated components must be inspected.
    We recommend that you contact a Saab
    dealer.
    Never make any alterations or repairs to
    the safety belts yourself. We recommend
    that you contact a Saab dealer.
    Check the function of the safety belts regularly as follows:
    • Hold the diagonal strap and pull it sharply.
    The safety belt should lock and it should
    not be possible to withdraw it further.
    Check the anchorage points in the floor.
    They must not have suffered rust damage.
    If a belt is worn or has any fraying edges, it
    should be replaced.
    Safety belts must not come into contact with
    substances such as polishes, oil or chemicals. If the belts get dirty, wash them with
    warm water and a detergent or have them
    replaced.

    Upholstery and trim
    To remove fluff and hairs from the seats,
    door armrests and headlining, use a
    vacuum cleaner, a moist lint-free cloth, or a
    clothes brush. Remove spots and dirt using
    a cloth moistened with lukewarm soapy
    water.
    When using a stain remover, always work
    from the outside towards the center to avoid
    leaving a ring. If a soiled ring or spot should
    remain, it can usually be removed using
    lukewarm soapy water or water alone.
    Spots left by liquids, such as soft drinks or
    thin oil, must be removed at once with an
    absorbent material, such as kitchen towelling. Then clean with a stain remover.
    White spirit is recommended for removing
    grease and oil stains. A medium stiff brush
    may also be used.

    Cleaning and caring for leather
    upholstery
    The principal reason for treating leather
    upholstery is to maintain its elegant appearance and to provide it with a protective film.
    Discolor at ion caused by dust and wear
    mainly affects the lighter shades, although
    this is not detrimental to the leather, indeed,
    the patina resulting from use is often considered desirable in leather. But if the leather is
    allowed to become too grubby, it can start to
    look shabby. Vacuum the leather regularly
    with a soft brush attachment to remove
    loose dirt and dust.
    The leather upholstery should be cleaned
    and reconditioned twice a year in conjunction with spring and autumn inspections. In
    very warm, dry climates the leather may
    need more regular reconditioning. Use conventional leather care products. Follow the
    instructions on the packaging.
    Do not use harsh polishing agents, cleaning
    agents, sprays, coarse soap or hot water.
    Semi-Anilin is a leather that is colored
    throughout which only has a thin protective
    finish and is accordingly more sensitive than
    a surface colored leather and therefore
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    Textile carpeting

    Washing

    Textile carpeting should be vacuum
    cleaned regularly. Carpeting can also be
    cleaned using a brush or sponge and carpet
    shampoo.

    The bodywork must be washed frequently.
    When the car is new, the body should be
    washed by hand using plain cold water and
    a clean, soft brush through which the water
    flows. Automatic carwashes should be
    avoided when the car is new.

    For safety reasons, vacuum cleaners that
    are not earthed (grounded) must not be
    used out of doors.

    Engine bay

    After 5–6 months the paintwork will have
    hardened. To facilitate cleaning, a suitable
    detergent can be added to the water, which
    should be lukewarm.

    The engine bay should be cleaned with an
    engine decreasing and rinsed with hot
    water. The headlights must be covered
    over. Do not use a pressure washer. Avoid
    spraying electrical components and connectors.

    Remove any bird droppings without delay,
    as these can discolor the paintwork and
    prove difficult to polish out. Lay a wad of wet
    paper on the patch of dirt and leave it for a
    minute or so. It will then be easy to wash off
    the dirt.

    Do not use petrol as a cleaning agent or solvent when carrying out repairs or maintenance. Saab recommends the use of environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions.

    Use a soft cloth moistened with white spirit
    to remove splashes of tar or asphalt. Do not
    use strong cleaners, as these can dry out
    the paintwork.

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    NOTICE
    Only use liquid detergent when cleaning
    the plastic lenses of the front and rear
    lights. Do not use mechanical cleaning.
    Rinse off the detergent immediately, otherwise cracks may form in the plastic
    lenses.
    The door mirrors should be folded in
    before the car enters an automatic car
    wash.
    SportCombi: To avoid the wiper arm to
    break tape it down to the window when
    using a drive-through car wash.
    Try your brakes on leaving a car wash.
    Wet brake discs reduce the performance
    of the brakes.
    Fixed antennae, such as for a mobile
    phone, must be removed if the car goes
    through an automatic car wash.
    Cars with Saab Parking Assistance: Do
    not spray the sensors or closer than 8 in.
    (20 cm) to the sensors with a pressure
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    The underside of the car also needs washing regularly, and this should be done extra
    thoroughly at the end of winter. Clean the
    underside of the car by hand if the car is
    usually washed in an automatic car wash
    without special facilities for underbody
    cleaning.
    Never wash or leave the car to dry in the
    sun, but wipe it dry with a chamois leather
    immediately after washing to avoid smears
    and streaks.
    Clean the inside of window glass using a
    proprietary window cleaner. This is particularly important when the car is new, as
    upholstery and trim have a tendency to
    sweat a little at first.
    Keep the glass well polished, as this helps
    to prevent misting.

    Convertible
    • If a pressure washer is used be heedful of
    the following recommendations:
    • On the lower part of the car (not higher
    than the door handles): max pressure
    of 100 bar and not closer than 8 in.
    (20 cm).
    • On the upper part of the car: tax pressure of 100 bar and not closer than
    32 in. (80 cm).
    • Do not use any drying chemicals or waterproofing agents.
    • Avoid automatic car washes.

    WARNING

    Clean the outside of the windows with Saab
    washer fluid. This is especially important if
    the car has been washed in an automatic
    car wash, as sometimes a wax treatment is
    used that can contaminate the windshield
    and impair the performance of the wipers.

    • Read and follow the instructions on
    the packaging of the recommended
    cleaning agents and waterproofing
    agents. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer
    regarding recommended cleaning
    agents and waterproofing agents.

    Saab offers a full complement of car care
    products. See your dealer or visit us at our
    website.

    • Never treat the soft top with hot wax or
    similar.

    • Never use petrochemical based solvents for cleaning. Only use water with
    a recommended cleaning agent. Petrochemical based solvents can cause
    irreparable damage to the soft top.
    • Never use a pressure washer to clean
    the soft top. Only use normal household water pressure.

    NOTICE
    • Only operate the soft top when it is
    clean and dry.
    • Do not lower the soft top when it is
    damp. This can cause folds and pressure marks. If the soft top is heavily
    soiled, the dirt may cause irreparable
    visible chafe marks.
    • Only use water, recommended cleaning agents and a microfibre cloth if the
    soft top is already damaged, otherwise the damage can become worse.
    • At creases, seams and window edges
    the cleaning motion should be away
    from the crease, seam or window
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    When the soft top is only slightly soiled,
    follow the directions on the cleaning agent
    packaging. No brushing is necessary.
    Check the soft top for water penetration
    from time to time by spraying a small
    amount of water on it. If water does not form
    droplets but disappear into the material, it is
    recommended to wash normally and then
    waterproof.
    If the soft top is heavily soiled and normal
    recommended cleaning does not produce a
    noticeable improvement, carry out the following.
    The following cleaning method must be only
    used if the soft top is heavily soiled and must
    not be carried out more than twice a year.
    1 Stop normal cleaning.
    2 Rinse off the thick dirt thoroughly with
    water.
    3 Spray the newly rinsed soft top with the
    recommended cleaning agent and allow
    it to work in for 15-20 minutes.

    4 Move the washing brush backwards and
    forwards, not diagonally, from side to
    side or in circles. Use a soft brush, like a
    clothes brush or a micro fibre cloth so
    that the cleaning agent foams. Never
    use a wire brush.
    5 Then rinse the soft top with warm water
    and brush using a soft brush in the direction of the vehicle until all foam has
    disappeared. Brush carefully to prevent
    damaging the material.

    WARNING
    Water hotter than 37 °C can burn the skin,
    cause skin irritation and/or cause injuries.
    Use suitable protection.
    6 Dry the soft top using a clean chamois
    leather or a cloth that does not leave lint
    on the soft top.
    7 Allow the soft top to dry fully. Touch with
    a hand after a while, if the material feels
    damp, allow it to dry for longer.

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    8 If spots are still visible, repeat the treatment on these spots as before. Press
    lightly with the brush to prevent damaging the material. Do not use the brush
    excessively. This can irreparably
    damage the material. Do not repeat the
    treatment more than twice.
    9 When the soft top has fully dried, it must
    be waterproofed immediately. Only use
    the recommended waterproofing agent.
    Follow the instructions on the packaging.
    10 To obtain even and optimum waterproofing, the car must be closed for 24 hours
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    Waxing and polishing
    Do not wax a new car during the first three
    or four months. In fact, there is no need to
    polish the car before the paintwork has
    started to dull through oxidation. Other than
    in exceptional cases, do not use abrasive
    polishes containing a cutting agent on a new
    car. Always wash the car thoroughly before
    waxing or polishing.

    Touching up the paint
    Damaged paintwork should be treated as
    soon as it is discovered: the longer it is left,
    the greater the risk of corrosion. The
    anti-corrosion warranty does not cover corrosion resulting from untreated defects.
    Paintwork damage sustained in a crash is
    usually extensive and can only be properly
    restored by professionals.
    However, you can repair small scratches
    and stone chip damage yourself. The necessary tools and materials, such as primer,
    touch-up paint and brushes, are available
    from a workshop. We recommend that you
    contact a Saab dealer.
    In the case of minor flaws in the paintwork,
    where the metal has not been exposed and
    an undamaged layer of paint remains,
    touch-up paint can usually be applied
    directly, after any dirt has been scraped
    away using a pointed knife.

    If corrosion has already set in, such as the
    result of stone-chip damage, use a pointed
    knife to scrape off all surface rust. If possible, the damaged area should be taken
    back to the bare metal. The metal should
    then be primed with two thin coats of primer
    applied by brush.
    After the primer has dried, apply several thin
    layers of topcoat until the surface of the
    repaired area is flush with the surrounding
    paintwork.
    Stir both primer and touch-up paint thoroughly before use and allow each coat to
    dry before applying the next.

    Two-coat enamel
    As the name implies, two-coat enamel is
    applied in two operations. The first coat, the
    base color, contains the pigment, metal
    flakes and binder. The second coat consists
    of a clear enamel, which provides the final
    gloss for the paintwork and protects the
    base from moisture and environmental contaminants.
    Touch-up stone-chip damage as follows:
    1 Thoroughly clean the damaged area.
    2 Then apply the primer, base color and
    finally, the clear enamel. To achieve the
    best finish, apply two or three coats of
    primer.

    Surface treatment composition
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7

    Body panel
    Zinc (certain components only) 7.5 µm
    Phosphate coating 3 –5 µm
    Cathodic ED 23 µm
    Intermediate coat 35 µm
    Metallic base/solid base 11 µm
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    Anti-corrosion
    treatment
    The entire car undergoes a series of
    anti-corrosion processes during production.
    These include electrophoretic priming,
    PVC-based coating to protect against stone
    chip damage and corrosion, and treatment
    of body cavities and members with thin,
    penetrating rust-proofing oil.
    In addition, most body panels, such as the
    hood, doors and floor pan are galvanized.
    The anti-corrosion treatment on some parts
    of the car is constantly exposed to wear and
    prone to damage. This applies particularly
    to the underside of the car and inside the
    wheel arches, where grit, road salt and the
    like that are thrown up can give rise to corrosion where the underseal has worn away.
    The extent of this obviously depends on the
    conditions in which the car is used.
    Accordingly, make it a habit to hose the
    underside of the car often and to inspect the
    condition of the underseal. The anti-corrosion warranty does not relieve the car owner
    of the need to carry out normal maintenance
    to the rust-proofing and to make good any
    damage.

    Use a hose to clean the underside of the car
    thoroughly. After it has dried, use a brush or
    spray to apply a viscous anti-corrosion
    agent to any worn or damaged areas, to
    prevent the onset of corrosion.
    Even after the anti-corrosion warranty has
    expired, it makes good sense to continue to
    maintain the rust-proofing.
    Seams in the body, especially those in the
    doors and trunk lid, are particularly vulnerable to corrosion from the outside, caused by
    grit and salt thrown up from the road, and to
    corrosion from the inside, largely as a result
    of condensation. Keep the seams clean and
    at the first sign of any rust, apply a thin, penetrating, anti-corrosion oil. Your Saab
    dealer will be pleased to give you further
    advice.

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    What causes rust?
    Steel body panels of automobiles are subject to rusting whenever air and moisture
    manage to penetrate the protective finish.
    Body panels may rust through if the process
    is unchecked. Rusting can occur wherever
    water is trapped or where the car’s panels
    are continuously damp.
    Damage to paint and undercoating by
    stones, gravel and minor crashes immediately exposes metal to air and moisture.
    Road salts used for de-icing will collect on
    the bottom of the car and promote rusting.
    Areas of the country with high humidity have
    a greater potential for rust problems, especially where salt is used on roads or there is
    moist sea air. Industrial pollution (fallout)
    may also damage paint and promote rusting.

    Preventive maintenance
    The following procedures are necessary to
    help protect against rusting. Refer also to
    the terms and conditions of the Performation Limited Warranty described in the warranty booklet.
    1 Wash the car frequently, and wax at
    least twice a year. Under adverse
    conditions, where there is a rapid
    buildup of dirt, sand or road salt, wash
    your car at least once a week. After
    extreme exposure to salted snow or
    slush, evidenced by a white film on the
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    washing will prevent paint damage from
    acid rain and other airborne contaminants such as tree sap and bird droppings. If any of these contaminants are
    noticed on the car the finish should be
    washed immediately.
    • Begin washing by rinsing the entire car
    with water to loosen and flush off heavy
    concentrations of dirt (include the
    underbody).
    • Sponge the car with a solution of either a
    good quality car soap or mild general
    purpose (dish washing) detergent and
    water.
    • Rinse car thoroughly with clean water
    • After washing, check and clear all
    drains in doors and body panels
    • Wipe the car dry, preferably using a
    chamois.
    2 Clean the underside of the car during
    the winter. Use high pressure water to
    clean the car’s underside (floor panels,
    wheel wells) at least at mid-winter and in
    the spring.

    3 Inspect the car frequently for leaks or
    damage, and arrange for needed
    repairs promptly. After washing or after
    heavy rain, check for leaks. When washing the car inspect body surfaces for
    paint damage. While checking for leaks,
    lift the floor mats and check underneath
    them. Water can collect in these areas
    and remain for prolonged periods. Dry
    any wet areas including the floor mats.
    Have leaks repaired as soon as possible.
    Use touch-up paint to repair small
    scratches or minor finish damage. Areas
    where metal is exposed will rust quickly
    and MUST be repaired immediately by
    touch-up or professional repainting.
    Rust must be removed, the bare metal
    primed and painted. Major body
    damage should be repaired immediately
    and new panels or exposed areas
    should be undercoated with anti- corrosion material.
    Repairs of this type are the owner’s
    responsibility and are not covered under
    warranty.

    Inspect the undercoating and touch up if
    necessary. Pay particular attention to the
    fenders and wheel housings, which are
    exposed to abrasion by flying gravel, etc. If
    the composition has worn or flaked off, the
    steel must be thoroughly cleaned and dried
    before a fresh coat is applied. The cleaning
    is best done with a scraper and a steel wire
    brush, followed by washing with solvent.
    Apply the new coating thinly, otherwise it
    may run off or fall off when dry.

    Recovery and/or
    recycling of automotive
    materials
    Information on the scrapping and recycling
    of car materials is available on
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    Air conditioning (A/C)
    WARNING
    • All repairs and adjustments to the A/C
    system must be carried out at a Saab
    dealer authorized for this kind of work.
    • The A/C system is pressurized. Do not
    break any connections or undo A/C
    system components.
    • Escaping gas can cause eye injury or
    other personal injury.

    NOTICE
    • The A/C system is designed for use
    with R134a refrigerant.
    • Refrigerant handling requires special
    equipment and special procedures for
    charging and draining the system.
    • Never mix R 134a with other refrigerants.

    Troubleshooting
    If a fault occurs in the A/C system, there are
    a number of checks you can perform yourself. If the fault persists, however, have the
    system checked at a workshop. We recommend that you contact a Saab dealer.

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    NOTICE
    Do not use a pressure washer when
    cleaning the condenser or radiator due to
    the risk of damage.

    Note
    When the A/C system is running, the intake
    air is dehumidified. The resultant condensation that forms on the evaporator is drained
    off under the car. When the car is parked,
    this may result in a small puddle forming on
    the ground. The warmer the air and the
    higher the relative humidity, the more condensation will be produced.

    Inadequate cooling
    1 Check that the condenser (in front of the
    radiator) has not become clogged with
    dirt and insects.
    2 Make sure that the compressor drive
    belt does not slip (see page 215).
    3 Check the fuses for the ventilation fans
    and compressor (see page 235).

    • The compressor drive belt should be
    inspected under the regular service
    program.
    • Clean away dirt and insects from the
    condenser and radiator to prevent clogging. When washing the car, use the hose
    to spray the radiator and condenser
    (located in front of the radiator) from both
    sides (both from the front of the car and
    from inside the engine bay). Do not use a
    pressure washer.
    Caution: Do not hose down the radiator and condenser while the engine is
    hot.
    Other than in extremely cold weather, do not
    screen the radiator, e.g. with netting, as this
    will greatly diminish its cooling capacity.
    • Applicable to the manual climate control
    system - During cold months the air conditioning should be switched on once or
    twice a month and run for 5–10 minutes
    during highway driving once the engine is
    warm.
    This action saves the gaskets in the
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    compressor uses a lubricant that circulates with the coolant.

    Headlight aiming

    Note
    The A/C system cannot be switched on
    when the outside temperature is below 32°F
    (0°C). Turn on the A/C system when the car
    is standing in a warm place. Simplest is to
    always have the A/C button pressed in. The
    A/C system will then cut in automatically
    when the outside temperature is high
    enough.

    WARNING
    Before checking/adjusting the headlight
    aiming, switch off the engine to avoid
    danger of fingers and hands being injured
    by moving parts.
    The radiator fan can start up even when
    the engine is switched off.
    The vehicle has a visual optical headlight
    aiming system equipped with vertical
    aiming device. The aim has been preset at
    the factory and should normally not need
    further adjustments.
    If your headlights are damaged in a crash,
    the headlight aim may be affected. If you
    believe your headlights need to be
    re-aimed, we recommend that you take it to
    your Saab dealer for service. However, it is
    possible for you to re-aim your headlights as
    described in the following procedure.

    NOTICE
    To make sure that your headlights are
    aimed properly read all instructions
    before beginning. Failure to follow these
    instructions could cause damage to
    headlight parts or a not correctly aimed
    headlight.

    To check the aim, the vehicle should be
    properly prepared as follows:
    • The vehicle shall be placed so that the
    headlights are 25 ft (7.6 m) from a light
    colored wall or other flat surface. The
    aiming area should be darkened, this will
    improve your ability to see the beam of the
    low beam headlight being aimed.
    An optical headlamp aimer can also be
    used and will than replace the wall.
    • The vehicle must have all four wheels on
    a perfectly level surface which is level all
    the way to the wall or other flat surface.
    • The vehicle should be placed so it is
    perpendicular to the wall or other flat
    surface.
    • The vehicle should be unloaded and fuel
    tank full, and one person or 160 lbs.
    (75 kg) on the drivers seat.
    • The vehicle should be fully assembled
    and all other work stopped while headlight
    aiming is being done.
    • The vehicle should not have any snow, ice
    or mud attached to it.
    • Tires should be inflated to the prescribed
    pressure.
    • Close all doors.
    • Rock the vehicle to stabilize the suspension.
    Headlight aiming is done with the vehicle
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    1
    2
    3
    4

    Wall or garage door.
    25 ft (7.6 m) between wall and headlight lens.
    Measurement from the ground to the low beam aiming marker on the headlight lens.
    Same measurement as (3) but subtract 2 inches.

    be correctly aimed if the low beam lamps
    are aimed properly.
    If you find that the headlight needs adjustment follow these steps:
    1 Open the hood and locate the vertical
    aiming devices.
    2 Locate the marker on the lens.
    3 Measure the distance from the ground to
    the aim marker No.1 (see illustration) on
    each lens.
    Subtract 2 inches.
    4 At the wall or other flat surface, measure
    from the ground to the recorded
    distance (see point 4) and draw a horizontal line the width of the vehicle.

    5 Cars with xenon lights:
    Xenon lights with automatic headlight
    levelling system must first do a reference run before aiming: Start the engine
    and let the headlights do a reference
    run. Turn off the engine but leave the low
    beam on.
    Cars with halogen lights:
    Turn on the low beam headlights.
    Both variants:
    Place a piece of cardboard or equivalent
    (although not directly on the lens) in front
    of the headlight not being aimed. This
    should allow the beam cut-off of the
    headlight being aimed to be seen on the
    flat surface.

    Vertical aiming device

    1 Aiming marker on headlight lens

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    NOTICE
    Do not cover a headlight directly on the
    lens to improve beam cut-off when aiming. Covering a headlight may cause
    excessive heat build-up that may cause
    damage to the headlight.
    6 Turn the vertical aiming screw until the
    horizontal cut-off of the headlight is
    aligned with the horizontal line on the
    wall.
    7 If an optical headlight aimer device is
    used follow point 1 and 2 and center the
    lens of the optical headlight aimer
    device at the intersection of the two
    markers on the headlight lens.
    Then follow the instructions in the optical
    headlight aimer instruction manual and
    point 1, 2, 5, and 6 in this instruction.

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    Customer Assistance and Information
    Maintenance schedule __
    Owner assistance ______
    Reporting Safety Defects
    (USA) _______________
    Reporting Safety Defects
    to the Canadian
    government__________
    Vehicle Data Collection
    and Event Data
    Recorders ___________

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

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    281

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    Maintenance schedule

    SERVICE INTERVALS

    INTERMEDIATE SERVICE

    The Maintenance Schedule prescribes a
    service program to the purchaser/operator
    of a Saab that is reasonable and necessary
    to ensure the proper emission control systems function, safety and reliability of the
    Saab automobile in normal use. Additional
    maintenance is recommended for specific
    components when the car is operated under
    certain severe conditions. Proper maintenance is always a good practice!

    A time for service message will illuminate on
    the Saab Instrument Display (SID) when the
    car is due for regular maintenance.

    The intermediate service on the other hand,
    is performed depending on e.g. number of
    cold starts and the climate conditions which
    the car is in. Therefore the interval can vary
    for this service type.

    Authorized Saab dealers are equipped and
    trained to meet your Saab’s service needs.
    They regularly receive up-to-date Saab service manuals and parts and technical service bulletins from Saab and are able,
    through their franchise agreement, to attend
    Saab service schools, obtain Saab special
    tools and technical assistance and purchase original equipment service and
    replacement parts.
    Today’s complex automobiles should only
    be entrusted to the most knowledgeable
    service professionals. A Saab dealer is your
    best choice.

    Time for service.
    There are three different service types:
    MAIN SERVICE
    Main service is performed at fixed odometer
    intervals. These intervals vary between
    markets and engine variants. Contact a
    workshop for more information. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab
    dealer.
    Failure to perform scheduled maintenance
    in a timely manner may result in serious
    damage to key components or systems.

    MAIN AND INTERMEDIATE SERVICE
    When the counter for these two service
    types is close enough, a combined service
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    Engine oil and filter changes

    Service record retention

    Service costs

    Changing the engine oil and filter is required
    at every service point. Use only a Saab
    approved long-life oil filter and engine oils
    meeting the classifications stated in the
    Warranty and Service Record Booklet. The
    use of extra additives in the oil is not necessary and is not recommended, and may be
    harmful to turbochargers.

    It is the owner’s responsibility to retain service records. If possible, you should keep
    copies of all shop work orders for all service
    and repairs, whenever performed. As indicated in the new car and emission control
    system warranties, it is important to document that all necessary maintenance has
    been done.

    More frequent oil changes are recommended if your vehicle is operated under
    any of the following conditions:

    HOW THE SERVICE RECORD IS ORGANIZED

    Dealer pricing practices and labor for service work vary. Saab’s recommended service times for each service point do not
    include the labor required to replace wear
    items, such as wiper blades, brake pads or
    tires. Nor is labor to perform other service or
    repairs found to be necessary as a result of
    the inspections included in these times.
    Additional labor and parts will be charged
    for such work when necessary, except as
    covered under an applicable Saab warranty
    or any optional extended service contract.
    Transmission fluid changes or suspension
    alignment, when necessary, are also additional.

    • Most trips include extensive idling
    (frequent stop-and-go traffic).

    The service record is comprised of a series
    of coupons on which to record services as
    they are performed. There are additional
    coupons for documenting extra engine oil
    and filter changes, extra automatic transmission fluid services necessary for severe
    service conditions, and brake fluid changes.

    • Most trips are through dusty areas (such
    as construction zones).

    HOW TO USE THE SERVICE RECORD
    COUPONS

    • If the vehicle is used for delivery service,
    police, taxi or other commercial applications.

    When the car is brought to a Saab dealer for
    scheduled maintenance, present the Warranties & Service Record Booklet to the service manager. When the technician has
    completed the service, the technician will
    sign the maintenance record. The person
    responsible for quality assurance at the
    dealership will also sign and stamp the
    record with the dealer identification stamp.

    • Most trips are less than 5–10 miles (8–
    16 km). This is particularly important
    when outside temperatures are below
    freezing.

    If your driving habits match this description,
    have the engine oil and filter changed inbetween normal services. These conditions
    cause the engine oil to break down faster.
    The Warranties and Service Record Booklet has provisions to record extra oil
    changes.

    Dealer charges for general shop material,
    regulated hazardous waste removal, recycling expenses or other operation costs may
    also be applied to service and repair
    invoices and are apt to vary by dealer and
    location.



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    Customer Assistance and Information

    Owner assistance
    Warranties and service problem
    assistance
    For complete information about all applicable warranties, including the New Car Warranty, Perforation Warranty, Vehicle Emission Warranty and Emission Perforation
    Warranty, consult the Warranties and Service Record Booklet which accompanies
    this Owner’s Manual. It also contains owner
    assistance information including Saab
    Roadside Assistance. If the booklet is lost or
    misplaced, a new one may be ordered
    through a Saab dealer or by contacting
    Saab.
    In the U.S. there is a national Customer
    Assistance Center at Saab Automobile
    USA, Inc. The toll-free number to call from
    all 50 states is 1-800-955-9007.
    In Canada, please call the Saab Customer
    Assistance Center at 1-800-263-1999.
    A list of authorized Saab sales and service
    dealers is available for those planning to
    travel in the United States and Canada.
    Canadian or U.S. travelers may call the
    Customer Assistance Center in the country
    in which they are traveling.

    Change of Address Notification
    (U.S. and Canada)
    Two change of address cards are provided
    at the end of the Warranties and Service
    Record Booklet. Knowing your current
    address allows Saab to contact you in the
    event of a recall or service campaign.
    Please help us keep our records up to date
    for your own peace of mind.

    Service information
    Factory Service Manuals for the Saab 9-3
    and 9-5 car lines can be ordered through
    your dealer. These are comprehensive
    manuals on CD ROM, geared to use by professional technicians. Consult your Saab
    dealer for prices for your model.



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    Reporting Safety
    Defects (USA)
    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect
    which could cause a crash or could cause
    injury or death, you should immediately
    inform the National Highway Traffic Safety
    Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Saab Cars USA, Inc.
    If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it
    may open an investigation, and if it finds that
    a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles,
    it may order a recall and remedy campaign.
    However, NHTSA cannot become involved
    in individual problems between you, your
    dealer, or Saab Cars USA, Inc.
    To contact NHTSA, you may call the
    toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at
    1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153; go
    to http://www.safercar.gov; or write to:
    Administrator, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street,
    SW., Washington D.C. 20590. You can also
    obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from http:// www.safercar.gov.

    Reporting Safety
    Defects to the Canadian
    government
    If you live in Canada, and believe that your
    vehicle has a safety defect, you should
    immediately notify Transport Canada, in
    addition to notifying General Motors of
    Canada Limited.
    You may write to Transport Canada at Box
    8880, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3J2.
    In addition to notifying Transport Canada in
    a situation like this, we certainly hope you
    will notify us. In Canada, please call our
    Saab Customer Assistance Center at
    1-800-263-1999.
    Or write:
    General Motors of Canada Limited
    Customer Assistance Center,
    1908 Colonel Sam Drive,
    Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 8P7.

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    Customer Assistance and Information

    Vehicle Data Collection and
    Event Data Recorders

    To read this information, special equipment
    is needed and access to the vehicle or the
    SDM is required.

    Your vehicle, like other modern motor vehicles, has a number of sophisticated computer systems that monitor and control several aspects of the vehicle’s performance.
    Your vehicle uses on-board vehicle computers to monitor emission control components
    to optimize fuel economy, to monitor conditions for air bag deployment and, if so
    equipped, to provide anti-lock braking and
    to help the driver control the vehicle in difficult driving situations. Some information
    may be stored during regular operations to
    facilitate repair of detected malfunctions;
    other information is stored only in a crash
    event by computer systems commonly
    called event data recorders (EDR).

    Saab will not access information about a
    crash event or share it with others other than

    In a crash event, computer systems, such
    as the Air Bag Sensing and Diagnostic
    Module (SDM) in your vehicle may record
    information about the condition of the vehicle and how it was operated, such as data
    related to engine speed, brake application,
    throttle position, vehicle speed, steering
    wheel angle, lateral acceleration, safety belt
    usage, air bag readiness, air bag performance, and the severity of a collision. This
    information has been used to improve vehicle crash performance and may be used to
    improve crash performance of future vehicles and driving safety. Unlike the data
    recorders on many airplanes, these
    on-board systems do not record sounds,
    such as conversation of vehicle occupants.

    • With the consent of the vehicle owner or,
    if the vehicle is leased, with the consent of
    the lessee,
    • In response to an official request of police
    or similar government office,
    • As part of Saab’s defense of litigation
    through the discovery process, or
    • As required by law.
    In addition, once Saab collects or receives
    data, Saab may
    • Use the data for Saab research needs,
    • Make it available for research where
    appropriate confidentiality is to be maintained and need is shown, or
    • Share summary data which is not tied to
    a specific vehicle with non-Saab organizations for research purposes.
    Others, such as law enforcement, may have
    access to the special equipment that can
    read the information if they have access to
    the vehicle or SDM.
    If your vehicle is equipped with OnStar®,
    please check the OnStar® subscription service agreement or manual for information
    on its operations and data collection.



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    283

    Technical data
    General data __________
    Engine _______________
    Engine oil_____________
    Fuel__________________
    Engines ______________
    Electrical system_______
    Brake system__________
    Wheels and tires _______
    Plates and labels _______

    3 Asterisk means: equipment not fitted in all cars
    (can depend on model variant, engine variant,
    market specification, options or accessories).

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    286
    286
    287
    287
    287
    287
    288
    292



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    General data
    Overall length, including bumpers:
    SportSedan and Convertible _________
    SportCombi_______________________
    Overall width, including door mirrors _____
    Maximum height incl roof antenna:
    SportSedan front wheel drive, standard
    chassis __________________________
    SportCombi, front wheel drive, standard
    chassis __________________________
    SportSedan, all-wheel-drive models____
    SportCombi, all-wheel-drive models____
    Wheelbase ________________________
    Track:
    Front ____________________________
    Re ar ____________________________
    Ground clearance at GVW:
    front wheel drive models ___________
    all-wheel-drive models ____________

    182.9'' (4647 mm)
    183.8'' (4670 mm)
    80.2'' (2038 mm)

    57.9" (1473 mm)
    60.7'' (1543 mm)
    58.5" (1488 mm)
    61.4" (1530 mm)
    105.3'' (2675 mm)
    59.8'' (1524 mm)
    59.3'' (1506 mm)
    approx. 4.7''
    (120 mm)
    approx. 4.8''
    (122 mm)

    V.I.N. label on vehicles sold in U.S.A.

    V.I.N. label on vehicles sold in
    Canada

    Permissible load (in addition to the driver) = GVW minus curb weight. The maximum
    permissible axle load, front or rear, must not be exceeded.
    The precise curb weight of the vehicle and load capacity are specified in the vehicle
    registration documents.

    Number of seats (incl. driver):
    SportSedan and SportCombi _________
    Convertible _______________________
    Turning circle measured at vehicle extremities:
    all-wheel-drive models ______________
    other ____________________________
    Trunk length, SportSedan:
    Rear seat raised ___________________
    Rear seat lowered _________________
    Trunk length, Convertible _____________
    Trunk length, SportCombi:
    Rear seat raised ___________________
    Rear seat lowered _________________

    5
    4

    40.0 ft. (12.2 m)
    39.0 ft. (11.9 m)
    40.8'' (1036 mm)
    69.8'' (1774 mm)
    29.1" (740 mm)
    39.9'' (1013 mm)
    70.0'' (1777 mm)



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    Curb weight
    (i.e. with full fuel tank, full washer fluid reservoir, standard tools and spare wheel):
    SportSedan_______________________ 3220–3880 lbs.
    (1460–1760 kg)
    Convertible _______________________ 3520–3870 lbs.
    (1595–1755 kg)
    SportCombi_______________________ 3310–4010 lbs.
    (1500–1820 kg)
    Gross vehicle weight (GVW):
    SportSedan_______________________ 4160–4820 lbs.
    (1885–2185 kg)
    Convertible _______________________ 4420–4650 lbs.
    (2005–2110 kg)
    SportCombi_______________________ 4240–4950 lbs.
    (1925–2245 kg)
    Maximum axle load, front wheel drive:
    SportSedan, front __________________ 2540 lbs. (1150 kg)
    SportSedan, rear __________________ 2230 lbs. (1010 kg)
    Convertible, front __________________ 2560 lbs. (1160 kg)
    Convertible, rear ___________________ 2310 lbs. (1050 kg)
    SportCombi, front __________________ 2340 lbs. (1150 kg)
    SportCombi, rear __________________ 2430 lbs. (1100 kg)
    Maximum axle load, all-wheel-drive models:
    SportSedan, front __________________ 2600 lbs. (1180 kg)
    SportSedan, rear __________________ 2380 lbs. (1080 kg)
    SportCombi, front __________________ 2600 lbs. (1180 kg)
    SportCombi, rear __________________ 2520 lbs. (1140 kg)

    Weight distribution:
    Curb weight + driver (150 lbs. (68 kg)),
    front/rear, SportSedan and SportCombi_
    GVW, front/rear, SportSedan and
    SportCombi ______________________
    Maximum roof load, SportSedan and
    SportCombi ______________________
    Maximum load in trunk, SportSedan,
    Convertible and SportCombi _________
    The combined weight of occupants and
    cargo should never exceed:
    SportSedan and SportCombi _________
    Convertible _______________________
    Maximum combined weight of driver and
    passengers ______________________
    SportSedan and SportCombi (5x150 lbs.)
    Convertible (4x150 lbs.) _____________

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    approx. 60/40 %
    approx. 50/50 %
    220 lbs. (100 kg)
    175 lbs. (80 kg)

    926 lbs. (420 kg)
    776 lbs. (352 kg)

    750 lbs. (340 kg)
    600 lbs. (272 kg)



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    Engine
    WARNING

    • The GVW and maximum axle loads must not be exceeded.
    Note that if some accessories (e.g. towbar, CD changer) are
    fitted, the available load capacity is reduced by the weight of
    these.
    • When carrying a load in the trunk, make sure that it is lashed
    down securely, particularly when part or all of the rear seat is
    folded down.
    Trailer
    Trailer with brakes ___________________ Max. 3500 lbs.
    (1588 kg)
    Trailer without brakes ________________ Max. 1000 lbs.
    (450 kg)
    Recommended towball load ___________ 110–165 lbs.
    (50–75 kg)
    See also page 190.
    Note that the towbar must not be installed on certain models. Contact a Saab dealer for information.
    Maximum theoretical towing speed, trailer
    with brakes _______________________ 60 mph (100 km/h)
    Maximum theoretical towing speed, trailer National restrictions
    without brakes_____________________ apply
    When towing a trailer, increase the pressure
    of the rear tires by 20 kPa (3 psi).
    The above speed and weight restrictions are those specified by
    Saab Automobile AB.
    Note that national restrictions may apply to trailer speeds and
    weights (see page 188).

    Type:
    4-cyl engine ______________________

    V6 engine ________________________

    Swept volume:
    4-cyl engine ______________________
    V6 engine ________________________

    Four cylinders,
    double overhead
    camshafts,
    16 valves, two
    balancer shafts
    Six cylinders,
    4 overhead camshafts, 24 valves,
    the angle between
    the cylinder rows is
    60°
    122 cu.in. (1.998 l)
    170 cu.in. (2.792 l)

    Engine oil
    Information regarding suitable engine oils can be found in Warranty and Service Record Booklet.
    Oil capacity, including filter (oil change)
    4-cyl engine ______________________ 6.3 qts. (6.0 l)
    V6 engine ________________________ 6.3 qts. (6.0 l)



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    Fuel

    Electrical system

    Fuel tank capacity ___________________ 16.05 U.S. gal.
    (61 l)
    Gasoline Octane
    Use regular unleaded gasoline with a
    posted octane of 87 or higher.
    Although not required, use higher octane fuel for optimum performance - 90 octane for the 2.0T engine and 93 octane for the
    2.8 V6.
    Gasoline with a lower octane rating can be used, although not
    lower than 87 octane. However, engine performance will fall
    slightly and heavy loading and laboring should be avoided. For
    further information on fuel, see page 158.

    Engines
    2.0T
    Rating, SAE at 5300 rpm ____________
    Maximum torque, SAE at 2500-4000 rpm

    210 hp (155 kW)
    221 ft.lb. (300 Nm)

    Voltage ___________________________
    Battery capacity ____________________

    12 V
    60 Ah

    Brake system
    Foot brake (ABS) ___________________

    Park brake_________________________
    Brake fluid_________________________

    Hydraulic disc
    brakes with vacuum
    servo unit. Diagonally split circuits;
    ventilated discs on
    front wheels (some
    variants also have
    ventilated rear
    discs). EBD function
    (see page 171).
    Acts on rear wheels
    To DOT 4.
    Do not use DOT 5.

    Hydraulic unit for soft top, Convertible
    2.8 V6
    Rating, SAEat 5500 rpm_____________
    Maximum torque, front-wheel drive, SAE
    at 1800-5000 rpm __________________
    Maximum torque, all-wheel-drive models,
    SAE at 1900-4500 rpm ______________

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    280 hp (206 kW)
    262 ft.lb. (355 Nm)
    295 ft.lb. (400 Nm)

    Oil capacity_______________________
    Oil type __________________________

    0.6 qt. (0.6 l)
    CHF 11S



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    Wheels and tires
    All season tires
    6.5x16" __________________________

    215/55 R16 93 H

    7x17"____________________________ 225/50 R17 94 V
    7.5x17" __________________________ 235/45 R17 94 V
    Summer tires
    7.5x18" __________________________ 235/45 R18 94 Y
    Before changing to wheels/tires of another size, we recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab dealer regarding acceptable
    options.
    Winter (snow) tires
    6.5x16" __________________________ 215/55 R16 93 Q
    M+S
    215/60 R16 95 Q
    M+S
    225/55 R16 95 Q
    M+S
    7x17"____________________________ 215/50 R17 95 Q
    RF/XL M+S
    225/50 R17 94 Q
    M+S

    Spare wheel
    Compact spare 3
    Wheel ___________________________
    Tire _____________________________
    Pressure _________________________
    Maximum life _____________________
    Maximum speed ___________________
    Full size spare 3
    Wheel ___________________________
    Tire _____________________________
    Pressure _________________________
    Maximum life _____________________
    Maximum speed ___________________
    Full size spare 3
    Wheel ___________________________
    Tire _____________________________
    Pressure _________________________
    Maximum life _____________________
    Maximum speed ___________________

    4x16"
    125/85 R16 99 M
    420 kPa (60 psi)
    2200 miles
    (3500 km)
    50 mph (80 km/h)

    6.5x16"
    215/55 R16
    250 kPa (36 psi)
    2200 miles
    (3500 km)
    50 mph (80 km/h)

    7x17"
    215/50 R17 95 W
    RF/XL
    290 kPa (42 psi)
    2200 miles
    (3500 km)
    50 mph (80 km/h)



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    NOTICE

    NOTICE

    Snow chains

    Snow chains

    Snow chains must not be fitted to the rear wheels, and may only
    be used with the following wheel-tire combinations:

    For all-wheel-drive models:

    Wheels

    Tires

    6.5x16"_______ 215/55 R16 M+S or
    215/55 R16
    Before you purchase winter wheels we recommend that you obtain
    information on the sizes suitable for your car. We therefore recommend that you contact an authorised Saab dealer.
    Contact your Saab dealer regarding suitable snow chains.
    Snow chains must not protrude more than 0.35 in. (9 mm) from the
    tire’s tread and its inside.

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    Wheel
    Tires
    6.5x16_________225/55 R16 M+S
    7x17__________ 215/50 R17 95 RF/XL M+S
    Cars with the bigger brake discs (front brake disc diameter
    13.58 in. (345 mm), must use 17"-wheels.
    Before you purchase winter wheels we recommend that you obtain
    information on the sizes suitable for your car. We therefore recommend that you contact an authorised Saab dealer.
    Contact your Saab dealer regarding suitable snow chains.

    Snow chains must not be fitted to wheels larger than 16".

    Snow chains must not protrude more than 0.35 in. (9 mm) from the
    tire’s tread and its inside.

    Snow chains must be tensioned after a short distance.

    Snow chains must be tensioned after a short distance.

    Max. permissible speed with snow chains fitted is 30 mph
    (50 km/h).

    Max. permissible speed with snow chains fitted is 30 mph
    (50 km/h).

    Snow chains must not be fitted to wheels larger than 16".

    Snow chains must not be fitted to the rear wheels, and may only
    be used with the following wheel-tire combinations:

    NOTICE
    Wheels larger than 18" must not be fitted for reasons stated on
    page 244.
    Exercise care when driving on uneven roads or against the curb
    if the car is heavily laden. This particularly applies to cars with
    17" and 18" wheels.
    Permitted wheel offset is 41 mm.



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    Technical data

    Recommended tire/engine combinations
    2.0 Turbo

    V6 engine

    all-wheeldrive
    models

    3





    All season tires
    215/55 R16 93 H
    225/50 R17 94 V





    3

    235/45 R17 94 V

    3

    3





    3 *)

    3

    3

    3



    215/60 R16 95 Q



    3 *)

    3

    225/55 R16 95 Q

    3

    3



    Summer tires
    235/45 R18 94 Y
    Winter (snow) tires
    215/55 R16 93 Q

    215/50 R17 95 Q RF/XL





    3 **)

    225/50 R17 94 Q





    3 ***)

    6.5x16"

    3

    3



    7.5x17"

    3

    3



    7x17





    3

    7.5x18





    3

    Wheel sizes

    RF/XL = Reinforced (or Extra Load) tire.
    *) with XWD
    **) with snow chains
    ***) no snow chains



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    Recommended lowest tire pressure, cold tires
    Tire size
    All season tires
    215/55 R16 93 H

    235/45 R17 94 V

    225/50 R17 94 V

    Summer tires
    235/45 R18 94 Y

    Winter tires
    215/55 R16 93 Q
    215/60 R16 95 Q
    225/55 R16 95 Q
    215/50 R17 95 Q
    RF/XL
    225/50 R17 94 Q

    Load/speed
    mph (km/h) *
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–5 pers./100– (160–)
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–5 pers./100– (160–)
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–5 pers./100– (160–)

    Front
    Rear
    psi/kPa psi/kPa

    35/240
    35/240
    41/280
    35/240
    36/250
    41/280
    35/240
    36/250
    41/280

    35/240
    35/240
    41/280
    35/240
    36/250
    41/280
    35/240
    36/250
    41/280

    1–3 pers./0–120 (0–190) 36/250 36/250
    4–5 pers./0–120 (0–190) 36/250 36/250
    1–5 pers./120– (190–) 41/280 41/280
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160)
    4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160)

    35/240
    41/280
    35/240
    41/280
    35/240
    41/280
    42/290
    42/290
    36/250
    42/290

    35/240
    41/280
    35/240
    41/280
    35/240
    41/280
    42/290
    42/290
    36/250
    42/290

    Tire size
    Compact spare
    125/85 R16 99 M 3
    Full size spare 3
    215/55 R16 93V

    215/50 R17 95 W
    RF/XL,
    all-wheel-drive
    models only

    Load/speed
    mph (km/h) *

    Front
    Rear
    psi/kPa psi/kPa

    Max 50 (80)

    60/420 60/420

    When the car has the same tire size, the
    same load/speed information applies as for
    the original tires.

    Max 50 (80)

    42/290 42/290

    * Do not exceed posted speed limits.
    By cold tires is meant tires that are the same temperature as the surrounding air temperature.
    The values for tire pressure in table above are for tires at 68°F (20°C).
    The tire pressure will increase as the tires become warm (e.g. during highway driving), and decrease as they cool.
    When the temperature of the tires increases or decreases by 10 degrees
    the tire pressure will correspondingly increase or decrease by 2 psi/10 kPa.



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    Plates and labels
    When contacting your Saab dealer it may
    sometimes be necessary to quote the car’s
    vehicle identification, engine and gearbox
    numbers.
    1 V.I.N. number and barcode, inside windshield
    2 Gearbox number
    3 Engine number
    4 USA: Tire information label can be found
    on the B-pillar. See also page 250.
    Canada: Label for tire pressure and color
    codes (trim and body)
    5 V.I.N. label and certification label.
    USA: V.I.N. label also includes color
    codes for trim and body
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    Customized systems

    Courtesy Headlamp Feature

    Several of the systems in your Saab can be
    customized to better suit your individual
    needs. Contact your Saab dealer

    • The length of time the lights are on

    Central locking system

    Automatic Climate System (ACC)

    Some functions are governed by legal
    requirements and cannot therefore be
    reprogrammed.

    • Convertible: A/C compressor not
    switched off when the soft top is open.

    We recommend that you consult a Saab
    dealer for further information.
    Listed below are a number of examples of
    programmable functions.
    • Audible confirmation of arming/disarming
    the car alarm
    • Automatic unlocking when car stopped
    and remote control removed from the ignition switch
    • Trunk lid locked when car driven off or
    30 seconds after being shut.

    • Whether the reversing light or tail lights
    should come on as well as the dipped
    beam.

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    Warning and indications that can
    be shown on the SID

    Tighten fuel filler cap.

    Stability control failure.
    Contact service.

    Which warnings and indications that can be
    shown depends on engine variant and car
    specification.

    Limited performance.

    Turn on the lights.

    The warnings/indications that contain an
    exclamation mark are shown together with
    a warning or check light in the main instrument panel.

    Coolant level low.
    Refill.

    Washer fluid level low.
    Refill.

    Symbol Text

    Hot engine. Make a
    safe stop. Idle engine.

    Rain sensor malfunc.
    Contact service.

    Airbag malfunction.
    Contact service.

    Key not accepted.
    Contact service.

    Gearbox too hot. Make a
    safe stop. Open hood.

    Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.

    Battery not charging.
    Make a safe stop.

    Number of keys:
    Active key number:

    Headlight levelling
    malfunction.

    Steering lock malfunc.
    Make a safe stop.

    Cornering headlights
    malfunction

    Pull out key, turn
    steering wheel. Restart.

    Tap brakes lightly
    before using cruise ctrl.

    Theft protection failure.
    Contact service.

    Traction control failure.
    Contact service.

    Alarm tripped during
    last arming period.

    Antilock brake malfunc.
    Contact service.
    Brake malfunction.
    Make a safe stop.
    Brake fluid level low.
    Make a safe stop.
    Release park brake.
    Oil pressure low.
    Make a safe stop.
    Low engine oil level.
    Fill oil now.
    Reduced engine power.
    Contact service.



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    Technical data
    Rear left seat
    backrest unlocked.

    Right low beam failure.

    Right front fog light
    failure.

    Rear right seat
    backrest unlocked.

    High mounted stop
    light failure.

    Left reversing light
    failure.

    Parking assistance
    malfunction. Service.

    Left front turn signal
    failure.

    Right reversing light
    failure.

    Parking assistance
    sensor interference.

    Left rear turn signal
    failure.

    License plate light
    failure.

    Close doors.

    Right front turn signal
    failure.

    Left rear taillight
    failure.

    Left brake light failure

    Right rear turn signal
    failure.

    Right rear taillight
    failure.

    Left high beam failure.

    Right side-mounted
    turn signal failure.

    Right side day-time
    running light failure.

    Left low beam failure.

    Left side-mounted
    turn signal failure.

    Left side day-time
    running light failure.

    Rear fog light failure.

    Left front position
    light failure.

    Tire pressure low,
    rear left. Check tires.

    Right brake light failure.

    Right front position
    light failure.

    Tire pressure low,
    rear right. Check tires.

    Right high beam failure.

    Left front fog light
    failure.

    Tire pressure low,
    front right. Check tires.

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    Technical data
    Tire pressure low,
    front left. Check tires.
    Low tire pressure rear
    left. Make a safe stop.
    Low tire pressure rear
    right. Make a safe stop.
    Low tire pressure front
    right. Make a safe stop.
    Low tire pressure front
    left. Make a safe stop.
    Tire pressure system
    failure. Contact service.
    Time for service.

    Service XWD.



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    Index

    Index
    A
    ABS brakes ____________________ 171
    ACC _________________________ 107
    Adjustment, steering wheel ________ 118
    Air filter _______________________ 209
    Airbag _________________________ 32
    All-wheel drive (XWD) ____________ 173
    Anchorage eyes, SportSedan ______ 139
    Anti-corrosion treatment __________ 271
    Antilock braking system __________ 171
    Anti-spin ______________________ 173
    Ashtrays ______________________ 134
    Autochecking of lights, warning and
    indicator lights __________________ 87
    Autodimming ___________________ 123
    Automatic climate control (ACC) ____ 107
    Automatic closing of moonroof _____ 129
    Automatic closing of windows,
    SportSedan and SportCombi _____ 120
    Automatic transmission ___________ 162
    Automatic transmission, Sport mode 163

    B
    Battery _______________________ 214
    Bedding-in of new brake pads _____ 160
    Before towing a trailer ____________ 191
    Belt height, SportSedan and
    SportCombi ____________________ 14

    Brake fluid, grade _______________
    Brakes ________________________
    Braking _______________________
    Bulb changing __________________
    Bulb table _____________________
    Buying new tires ________________

    287
    170
    170
    218
    232
    243

    C
    Cabin lighting, Convertible _________ 79
    Cabin lighting, SportSedan and
    SportCombi ___________________ 131
    Calibrating front electric windows with
    pinch protection ________________ 78
    Calibration of windows, SportSedan
    and SportCombi _______________ 121
    Car alarm ______________________ 56
    Car transport ___________________ 196
    Care of air conditioning ___________ 273
    Cargo guard ___________________ 148
    Cargo guard, SportWagon ________ 148
    Cargo net, SportCombi ___________ 145
    CHECK ENGINE light _____________ 83
    Change of address notification _____ 280
    Changing a tire _________________ 258
    Changing bulbs _________________ 218
    Changing the battery, remote control _ 54
    Changing wiper blades ___________ 216
    Checking the number of remote
    controls _______________________ 53
    Checks before towing a trailer _____ 191
    Child safety _____________________ 24

    297

    Child safety locks, rear doors _______ 52
    Child seats ______________________ 24
    Cigarette lighter _________________ 134
    Cleaning the engine bay __________ 267
    Cleaning upholstery ______________ 266
    Closing the soft top manually,
    Convertible ____________________ 68
    Closing the soft top, Convertible _____ 64
    Clutch interlock _________________ 161
    Comfort opening of moonroof ______ 129
    Comfort opening of windows,
    SportSedan and SportCombi _____ 119
    Compact spare _________________ 256
    Compact spare wheel fitted, driving
    with _________________________ 258
    Compass ______________________ 127
    Convertible _____________________ 61
    Convertible, washing _____________ 268
    Coolant _______________________ 210
    Cornering headlights ______________ 99
    Crash memory, see EDR _________ 282
    Cruise control __________________ 169
    Cup holder _____________________ 133

    D
    Date codes, tires ________________ 253
    Deactivating rear windows,
    SportSedan and SportCombi _____ 121
    Deactivating the passenger door
    window button, Convertible ________ 78



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    Index

    Deactivating the rear window
    switches _____________________ 121
    Deep water, driving through _______ 193
    Definitions and terminology, tire ____ 250
    Determining correct load, tires _____ 252
    Direction indicator stalk switch _____ 101
    Direction indicators ______________ 101
    Dome light, Convertible __________ 228
    Dome light, SportSedan __________ 228
    Donor battery, boost starting ______ 197
    Door handles ___________________ 48
    Door mirrors ___________________ 122
    Drive belt ______________________ 215
    Driver’s seat with memory _________ 21
    Driving in cold climates ___________ 185
    Driving in deep water ____________ 193
    Driving in hot climates ____________ 187
    Driving techniques ______________ 183
    Driving with a compact wheel fitted _ 258
    Driving with a heavy load on hilly
    roads ________________________ 164
    Driving with a load ______________ 192
    Driving with a roof load ___________ 192
    Driving with the trunk lid open ______ 193

    E
    EDR (Event Data Recorders) ______ 282
    ESP® ________________________ 175
    Easy entry, Convertible ____________ 73
    Economical motoring ____________ 183
    Electrical system, technical data ____ 287

    Electrically adjustable seats ________ 20
    Electric engine heater ____________ 184
    Electric heating, front seats ________ 114
    Electric windows ________________ 119
    Electric windows, Convertible _______ 77
    Electronic Stability Program _______ 175
    Electronic steering wheel lock ______ 151
    Emergency opening of the narrow
    backrest, SportSedan ___________ 140
    Emergency operation of the moonroof 130
    Engine bay, cleaning _____________ 267
    Engine heater __________________ 184
    Engine immobilizer _______________ 55
    Engine management system ______ 204
    Engine number _________________ 292
    Engine oil, checking _____________ 208
    Engine oil, grade ________________ 286
    Engine temperature gauge _________ 88
    Engine, description ______________ 203
    Engine, technical data ____________ 286
    Engines _______________________ 287
    Event Data Recorders (EDR) ______ 282
    Extra electrical socket ____________ 134

    F
    Facilitating entry to rear seat,
    Convertible ____________________ 73
    Factors affecting fuel consumption __ 183
    Filler cap ______________________ 157
    Filling a portable fuel container _____ 158
    Filling up ______________________ 156

    Flat spots, tires _________________ 242
    Floor jack ______________________ 259
    Folding down the rear seat backrest,
    SportCombi ___________________ 141
    Folding down the rear seat,
    SportSedan ___________________ 136
    Front fog lights __________________ 100
    Front towing eye ________________ 194
    Fuel cap _______________________ 157
    Fuel container __________________ 158
    Fuel gauge _____________________ 89
    Fuel grade _____________________ 287
    Fuel information _________________ 158
    Functions, car alarm ______________ 58
    Fuse panel in luggage compartment _ 236
    Fuse table _____________________ 235
    Fuses _________________________ 233

    G
    GDO, garage door opener _________ 123
    Gearbox number ________________ 292
    General safety instructions,
    Convertible ____________________ 62
    Glove box _____________________ 134
    Glovebox lighting ________________ 229

    H
    Handbrake _____________________ 177
    Hazard warning lights ____________ 102
    Head restraint, Convertible _________ 74
    Head restraints __________________ 23



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    Index
    Headlight flasher _________________ 99
    Headlight levelling ________________ 98
    Headlights ______________________ 98
    Hood _________________________ 202
    Horn _________________________ 118
    Horn button ____________________ 118

    K

    I

    Labeling, tire sidewall ____________ 248
    Labels and plates, location ________ 292
    Lashing eyes, SportCombi ________ 144
    Lashing eyes, SportSedan ________ 139
    Laying the car up _______________ 179
    LATCH (child safety) ______________ 25
    Leather upholstery, cleaning _______ 266
    Lighting in luggage compartment,
    Convertible ____________________ 79
    Limp-home ____________________ 154
    Limp-home, automatic transmission _ 165
    Load carriers, roof _______________ 192
    Load indices, tires _______________ 249
    Loading your vehicle _____________ 250
    Load-through hatch, SportCombi ___ 143
    Load-through hatch, SportSedan ___ 138
    Locking a car with flat battery _______ 51
    Locks __________________________ 48
    Long-term parking _______________ 179
    Luggage compartment ___________ 136
    Luggage compartment lighting,
    Convertible ____________________ 79
    Luggage compartment lighting,
    SportSedan _______________ 132, 140

    If a tire goes flat ________________ 247
    Ignition switch __________________ 150
    Immobilizer _____________________ 55
    Important considerations for driving _ 153
    Important information, petrol-engined
    cars with catalytic converters _____ 154
    Indicator lights ___________________ 82
    Inflation, tires __________________ 240
    Information about fuel ____________ 158
    Instrument illumination, adjusting ___ 100
    Interior lighting, Convertible ________ 79
    Interior lighting, SportSedan and
    SportCombi ___________________ 131
    Interior rearview mirror ___________ 123
    Intermittent malfunctioning, central
    locking _______________________ 50

    J
    Jump starting __________________ 197

    Key ___________________________ 48
    Kick-down _____________________ 164

    L

    299

    Luggage compartment lighting,
    changing _____________________ 230

    M
    Main instrument panel _____________ 82
    Main/dipped beam ________________ 99
    Maintenance schedule ___________ 278
    Malfunction Indicator Lamp _________ 83
    Manual gear selection ____________ 168
    Manual gearbox _________________ 161
    Manual tripping of car alarm ________ 58
    Materials used in the car, reclamation 272
    MAXI fuses ____________________ 234
    Memory, driver’s seat _____________ 21
    Messages on SID, Convertible ______ 71
    Milometer _______________________ 90
    Moonroof ______________________ 128
    Mug holder ____________________ 133

    N
    New tires, buying ________________ 243
    Number plate lighting, changing ____ 229

    O
    ORVR ________________________ 205
    Opening handles _________________ 48
    Opening the soft top, Convertible ____ 64
    Outside mirrors _________________ 122
    Owner assistance _______________ 280



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    Index

    P
    Panic function, car alarm __________ 58
    Park Brake Shift Lock ____________ 163
    Park Brake Shift Lock, temporary
    override ______________________ 166
    Parking _______________________ 177
    Parking aid ____________________ 180
    Parking brake __________________ 177
    Parking on a hill ________________ 178
    Pinch protection, electric windows,
    SportSedan and SportCombi _____ 120
    Pinch protection, moonroof ________ 130
    Plates and labels, location ________ 292
    Polishing and waxing ____________ 270
    Poly-V-belt ____________________ 215
    Portable fuel container ___________ 158
    Position lights ___________________ 98
    Power steering fluid, checking _____ 213
    Pressure gauge _________________ 88
    Pressure, tires __________________ 240
    Profiles, customized settings _______ 94

    Q
    Quality grading, tires _____________ 244
    Quick guide, remote control ________ 49

    R
    Rain sensor ____________________ 103
    Raising the soft top manually,
    Convertible ____________________ 68

    Reading lights, Convertible _________ 79
    Rear fog light ___________________ 101
    Rear seat, folding down, SportCombi 141
    Rear seat, safety belts ____________ 17
    Rear seats, folding down, SportSedan 136
    Rear towing eye ________________ 194
    Rear windows, deactivating,
    SportSedan and SportCombi _____ 121
    Rearview mirrors ________________ 122
    Recommendations for automatic
    transmission, towing a trailer _____ 189
    Recommendations for manual gearbox,
    towing a trailer ________________ 190
    Recommended snow chains _______ 288
    Refueling ______________________ 156
    Reinstalling the fuel cap __________ 157
    Remote control __________________ 48
    Remote locking malfunction ________ 50
    Replacement, wheel _____________ 246
    Reporting safety defects __________ 281
    Rev counter _____________________ 87
    Reversing lights ________________ 102
    Rollover Pop-up Bars, Convertible ___ 76
    Roof lighting, SportSedan and
    SportCombi ___________________ 131
    Roof lighting, changing ___________ 228
    Running-in _____________________ 160

    S
    Saab Information Display __________ 89
    Saab Parking Assistance _________ 180

    Safety belts _____________________ 12
    Safety belts, rear seat, SportSedan
    and SportCombi ________________ 17
    SAHR, head restraint _____________ 23
    SDM _________________________ 282
    SID ___________________________ 89
    SPA __________________________ 180
    Seat belts ______________________ 12
    Seat belts in rear seat, Convertible ___ 75
    Seat belts, care _________________ 266
    Seat belts, checking _____________ 266
    Seats __________________________ 18
    Securing a load _________________ 139
    Sentronic, manual gear selection ___ 168
    Service Engine Lamp _____________ 83
    Service costs ___________________ 279
    Service information ______________ 280
    Service intervals ________________ 278
    Service record retention __________ 279
    Signalling, horn _________________ 118
    Ski hatch, SportCombi ____________ 143
    Ski hatch, SportSedan ____________ 138
    Spare wheel ___________________ 256
    Speed ratings, tires ______________ 249
    Speedometer ____________________ 87
    Sport mode, automatic transmission _ 163
    Starting the engine ______________ 152
    Steering wheel adjustment ________ 118
    Steering wheel lock ______________ 151
    Steps for determining correct load
    limit _________________________ 252
    Storage compartments ___________ 134



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    Index
    Sun visor ______________________ 132
    Switches _______________________ 97

    T
    TCS __________________________
    Technical data _________________
    Textile carpeting, cleaning ________
    Tie down eyes, SportCombi _______
    Tie down eyes, SportSedan _______
    Tightening torque, wheels _________
    Tire Repais Kit _________________
    Tire chains ____________________
    Tire date code __________________
    Tire inspection and rotation _______
    Tire markings __________________
    Tire sidewall labeling ____________
    Tire sizes _____________________
    Tire terminology and definitions ____
    Tire, changing __________________
    Tire, spare _____________________
    Tires _________________________
    Tools and spare wheel ___________
    Touching up paintwork ___________
    Towbar _______________________
    Towbar load ___________________
    Towing _______________________
    Towing a trailer _________________
    Towing the car _________________
    Traction Control System (TCS) _____
    Transmission oil, checking ________
    Transmission, automatic __________

    173
    284
    267
    144
    139
    261
    262
    247
    253
    241
    249
    248
    288
    250
    258
    256
    240
    256
    270
    188
    190
    193
    188
    195
    173
    210
    162

    Transmission, manual ____________ 161
    Transporting the car _____________ 196
    Treadwear indicators ____________ 243
    Trip computer ___________________ 90
    Trip meter ______________________ 90
    Troubleshooting, A/C and ACC _____ 273
    Trunk lid, driving when open _______ 193
    Trunk lid, opening ________________ 51
    Turbo gauge ____________________ 88

    U
    Uniform tire quality grading ________
    Upholstery care _________________
    Upholstery, cleaning _____________
    Useful tips on starting ____________

    244
    266
    266
    153

    V
    Vanity mirror ___________________
    Vehicle Data Collection ___________
    Vehicle identification number ______
    Vehicle recovery ________________

    132
    282
    292
    196

    W
    Warning labels ___________________ 8
    Warning lights ___________________ 82
    Warning triangle ________________ 102
    Warnings and messages on SID,
    Convertible ____________________ 71
    Washer fluid ___________________ 217
    Washer jets ____________________ 217

    301

    Washers ______________________ 103
    Washing ______________________ 267
    Washing a Convertible ___________ 268
    Waxing and polishing ____________ 270
    Wear indicators, tires _____________ 243
    What Will You See After an Airbag
    Inflates? ______________________ 43
    Wheel replacement ______________ 246
    Wheels and tires, sizes ___________ 288
    When it is time for new tires _______ 242
    Windshield washers _____________ 103
    Windshield wipers _______________ 103
    Wing mirrors ___________________ 122
    Winter driving __________________ 185
    Winter tires ____________________ 253
    Wiper blades ___________________ 216
    Wipers ________________________ 103

    X
    XWD, All-wheel drive _____________ 173
    Xenon cornering headlights _________ 99
    Xenon headlights ________________ 219
    Xenon headlights, headlight levelling _ 98



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