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Owner’s Manual
Saab 9-5, Model Year 2009
Safety 11
Security 43
Instruments and controls 57
Saab 9-5 Audio System 89
Interior equipment and trunk 113
Starting and driving 139
Car care and technical information 187
Customer Assistance and Information 251
Specifications 257
Index 267
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    Owner’s Manual
    Saab 9-5, Model Year 2009
    Safety
    Security
    Instruments and controls
    Saab 9-5 Audio System
    Interior equipment and trunk
    Starting and driving
    Car care and technical information
    Customer Assistance and Information
    Specifications
    Index

    11
    43
    57
    89
    113
    139
    187
    251
    257
    267



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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 include precise specifications of the different variants. Some differences also occur to meet special legal
    requirements in different countries.
    Importation and distribution of Saab automobiles, spare parts and accessories are
    handled exclusively by General Motors of
    Canada Limited in Canada and by Saab
    Cars USA, Inc. in the U.S.A.

    We recommend that you read through the
    manual before taking the car out for the first
    time and that you keep it in the car for future
    reference.

    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.

    To find a specific item, use the overviews
    given at the start of the manual. A list of contents is given at the beginning of each section of the manual, and there is also a comprehensive index at the back of the book.

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

    Supplied with the car is a Warranty and Service Record booklet and a tire warranty
    folder which specifies the regular maintenance to be carried out. The book also contains important warranty conditions.

    If you have any questions concerning your
    car, its equipment, the warranty conditions
    or the like, your Saab dealer will be pleased
    to help.
    Best wishes,

    WARNING
    WARNING texts warn against the danger
    of injury if the specified instructions are
    not followed.

    NOTICE
    NOTICE texts warn of potential damage
    to the car if the recommendations are not
    followed.

    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.
    The specifications, design particulars and illustrations included in the manual are not binding.



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    Instrument panel

    Indicator and warning lights ______
    Speedometer_________________
    Odometer and trip meter ________
    Fuel gauge___________________
    Temperature gauge ____________
    Saab Information Display (SID) ___

    Turn signal and lane change
    indicators ______________ 75
    High beam flasher ________ 73
    Cruise control 3 _________ 159

    58
    65
    64
    65
    66
    68

    Wipers and washers______
    Rear-window wiper
    (SportCombi) 3_________
    Rain sensing wipers 3 ____
    Washers _______________
    Wipers and washers______

    78
    77
    201
    200

    Hazard warning lights_____

    76

    Saab 9-5 Audio System 3 _
    Steering wheel controls 3 _

    90
    91

    Automatic climate control
    (ACC) ________________
    Air conditioning (ACC) ____

    79
    244

    Power Outlet 3________________

    126

    Parking lights____________ 73
    High/low beam __________ 73
    Daytime running lights_____ 73
    Instrument illumination ____ 75
    Changing bulbs __________ 202
    Rear fog light____________ 74

    76
    72
    IB3830

    Front fog lights 3 _________
    NIGHT PANEL __________

    77

    Steering wheel controls 3 _______
    Sentronic, manual mode 3 ______

    91
    156

    Heated front seats 3 ___________
    Head restraint ________________

    87
    21



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    Exterior
    Moonroof 3 _____________
    Washing the car _________
    Waxing and polishing _____
    Touching up the paint _____
    Anti-corrosion treatment ___

    Driving with a roof rack load______
    Maximum roof load ____________
    Rearview mirror _______________

    179
    258
    118

    Hood _______________________
    Engine compartment: washing ___

    123
    242
    243
    243
    246

    188
    243

    Headlights _____________
    73
    High/low beam __________
    73
    Turn signal and lane change
    indicators______________
    75
    Headlight washers 3 _____
    77
    Changing bulbs _________ 202

    Headlights ______________ 73
    Rear light cluster, 9-5 Sedan 206
    Rear lights clusters,
    9-5 SportCombi _________ 208
    Changing bulbs __________ 202

    Trunk _______________________
    Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Sedan __
    Folding the rear seat,
    9-5 SportCombi ______________
    Trunk Release Handle __________
    Driving with a spare wheel fitted __
    Compact spare tire ____________

    44
    47
    48
    47
    50

    Tires pressure ________________
    Wheels and tires ______________
    Braking______________________
    Driving in cold weather__________
    Compact spare tire_____________
    Changing a wheel _____________

    263
    261
    160
    172
    235
    237

    IB3831

    Towing a trailer 3 ________ 174
    Towing the car ___________ 181
    Rear towing eye _________ 182

    Central locking __________
    Trunk lid lock, 9-5 Sedan __
    Tailgate, 9-5 SportCombi __
    Child safety locks ________
    Car alarm 3 ____________

    129
    129
    132
    138
    181
    235

    b

    Fuel gauge___________________
    Refueling ____________________
    Economical motoring ___________
    Fuel ________________________

    65
    146
    170
    260



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    Interior

    Interior lighting ________________
    Moonroof 3 __________________
    Dome light, front ______________

    124
    123
    212

    Rearview mirrors ______________
    Door mirrors__________________
    Sun visors ___________________

    116
    116
    125

    Safety belts ____________
    Airbag_________________
    Child safety ____________
    Child safety locks ________
    Safety belts, maintenance _

    12
    29
    22
    47
    240

    Glove compartment ______

    126

    Manual transmission 3____
    Automatic transmission 3 _

    150
    151

    Steering wheel adjustment _ 114
    Airbag _________________ 29
    Power steering fluid_______ 196
    Steering wheel controls 3 __ 91
    Sentronic, manual mode 3 _ 156

    IB3832

    Seats__________________ 18
    Heated front seats 3 ______ 87
    Head restraint 3 _________ 21
    Safety belts _____________ 12
    Child safety _____________ 22
    Folding the rear seat,
    9-5 Sedan _____________ 129
    Folding the rear seat,
    9-5 SportCombi _________ 132
    Upholstery and trim_______ 241
    Side airbags ____________ 36

    Electric windows ______________
    Ignition switch ________________
    Starting the engine ____________
    Engine Break-In Period _________
    Driving in hot weather __________
    Driving in cold weather _________
    Parking _____________________

    115
    140
    141
    150
    173
    172
    165



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    Engine compartment
    Warning labels __________
    V.I.N. number ___________
    Engine number __________
    Gearbox number _________
    Color code______________
    Tire and Loading Information
    Label _________________

    Engine ______________________
    Checking the oil level ___________
    Engine oil, specification _________

    192
    192
    260

    7
    264
    264
    264
    264

    Braking______________________
    ABS brakes __________________
    Brake and clutch fluid___________
    Brake system _________________
    Brake pads___________________

    160
    161
    194
    260
    260

    Fuses _________________
    Changing a fuse _________
    Relays ________________
    Table of fuses ___________

    214
    216
    218
    214

    Temperature gauge ______
    Driving in hot weather_____
    Driving in cold weather ____
    Coolant _______________
    Coolant capacity_________

    66
    173
    172
    193
    260

    Wipers and washers______
    Washers _______________
    Washer jets ____________

    77
    201
    201

    Jump starting _________________
    Battery ______________________
    Charging/replacing the battery____

    184
    197
    197

    229

    Power steering fluid_______ 196

    140
    199
    260
    145

    Important considerations for driving
    Turbo unit ___________________
    Engine, technical data __________

    IB3636

    Ignition switch ___________
    Drive belts ______________
    Spark plugs _____________
    Catalytic converter _______

    144
    189
    260

    Manual transmission 3 _________
    Automatic transmission 3 _______

    150
    151



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    Warning labels

    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
    authorized personnel only. For instructions consult
    workshop manual.
    The A/C system complies with SAE J639.
    Charge: 650 g of R134a.
    Compressor oil: PAG oil SP-10 alt.
    Saab oil 4759106
    Oil amount: See workshop manual.

    Brake fluid
    CLEAN FILLER CAP BEFORE
    REMOVING. USE ONLY DOT 4
    FLUID FROM SEALED CONTAINER.

    Coolant
    Never open when engine hot!

    IB336

    Radiator fan
    Radiator fan may start at
    any time.

    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.



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

    IB336

    Jack
    • 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.
    • No persons are to remain in the vehicle.

    WARNING
    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.



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    Examples of symbols that can be found in your car
    No sparks,
    flames or
    smoking.

    Buckle up

    Headlights

    Windshield
    wipers

    Coolant
    temperature

    Radiator fan

    Use protective
    goggles

    Airbag

    Direction
    indicators

    Windshield
    washers

    Battery
    charging

    Fuel

    Keep out of
    reach of
    children.

    Never place a
    rear-facing
    child seat in
    this seat.

    Parking lights

    Defroster

    Foot brake

    ESP®

    Battery acid
    contains
    sulfuric acid.

    Electric
    windows

    Hazard
    warning lights

    Rear window
    heating

    Coolant level

    Automatic tire
    pressure
    monitoring
    system

    Refer to the
    Owner’s
    Manual.

    Deactivating
    of rear window
    switches

    Front fog
    lights

    Ventilation fan

    Engine oil
    pressure

    Risk of
    explosive gas.

    Central
    locking, lock

    Rear fog
    light

    .

    Central
    locking,
    unlock
    Trunk
    lid/tailgate,
    opening

    ABS brakes



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    Safety

    IB3835

    Safety belts __________
    Seats _______________
    Head restraint ________
    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
    21
    22
    29



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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 car occupants.
    • Child safety, see page 22.
    • Check that the locking tongue is properly locked in the belt lock.
    • In the event of a crash, the rear-seat
    passengers not wearing a seatbelt 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.
    Bear in mind that in certain states/provinces
    it is a legal requirement for all occupants of
    the car to wear a safety belt.

    FASTEN BELTS

    Safety belt reminder
    When the ignition is switched on, the ”FASTEN BELTS” reminder will light up until the
    driver fastens the safety belt.
    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
    (25 km/h). The text Use your seatbelts. 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.

    IB3838

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    Safety

    WARNING
    Proper positioning of the safety belt is
    extremely important.
    • An out of position safety belt can result
    in the occupant sliding underneath the
    belt in a crash (submarining) and
    injury can result from the lap portion
    cutting into the abdomen.
    • Never fasten the safety belt with the
    shoulder belt behind the body or pull
    the belt off the shoulder and under the
    arm.
    • If two people share a belt, they risk
    injury by being crushed together in the
    event of a crash.

    • 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.
    • 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 a
    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.

    IB410

    Correct position for safety belt

    13

    Correctly positioned safety belt



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    Safety
    Belt height adjustment
    The front safety belts and the outside belts
    in the rear (9-5 Sedan) are equipped with
    automatic height adjustment.

    IB411

    IB412

    After fastening the belt, grasp it at chest
    height, pull it out and, without letting go,
    allow the slack to be taken up by the reel.
    Make sure that the belt is well in on the
    shoulder.

    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.
    Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle
    and pull the belt towards the shoulder to
    tighten the lap belt part.
    Then grip the belt at the shoulder, pull it out
    and, without letting go, allow the slack to be
    taken up by the reel. Make sure that the belt
    is well in on the shoulder.
    Because the lower belt-anchorage points
    are on the seat, the belt buckle follows the
    movement of the seat during seat adjustment.

    Press the red button to release the belt
    To release the belt, press the red button on
    the belt buckle, as illustrated.
    See page 240 for the checking of belt function, cleaning, etc.



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    Safety
    Safety belt pretensioners

    IB414

    The belts of the front seats are fitted with
    automatic pretensioners and force limiters.
    These are activated in the event of a severe
    frontal or rear-end crash and a side-on collision, provided that the safety belts are
    being worn.

    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.

    The pretensioners serve to reduce the forward movement of the body by tensioning
    the belt. The force limiters reduce belt loads
    on the body by "loosening" the safety belt to
    absorb the body’s kinetic energy as gradually as possible.
    The safety belt pretensioners are not activated by vehicle rollover.

    WARNING
    If the car is involved in a crash, the safety
    belts, belt pretensioners and other components must be inspected by an authorized Saab dealer and replaced as necessary.
    Never make any alterations or repairs to
    the safety belt yourself. Visit an authorized Saab dealer for any necessary
    repairs.

    15

    Safety belt, rear seat
    WARNING
    • Make sure that the belt does not
    become trapped when the backrest is
    folded down or raised (see page 129).
    • 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. The buckles for the center
    and left-hand rear seats are close
    together.



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    Safety

    Three-point safety belts are provided for all
    three rear seat passengers.
    Fasten the belt by pulling out the strap carefully and inserting the tongue in the lock.
    Check that it is securely fastened.
    Then grip the diagonal part of the strap near
    the lock and pull the belt upwards towards
    the shoulder to tighten the lap strap. The lap
    strap should lie low over the hips.

    See page 240 for the checking of belt function, cleaning, etc.

    Safety belt, rear seat

    Securing an item on the rear seat

    IB416

    To release the belt, press the red button on
    the belt lock.

    IB415
    IB???

    The diagonal part should lie as far in on the
    shoulder as possible.



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    Safety
    WARNING
    • Safety belts are designed to bear upon
    the bony structure of the body, and
    should be worn low across the front of
    the pelvis or the pelvis, chest and
    shoulders, as applicable; wearing the
    lap section of the belt across the
    abdominal area must be avoided.
    • Safety belts should be adjusted as
    firmly as possible, consistent with
    comfort, to provide the protection for
    which they have been designed. A
    loose belt will greatly reduce the protection afforded to the wearer.
    • Care should be taken to avoid contamination of the webbing with polishes,
    oils and chemicals, and particularly
    battery acid. Cleaning may safely be
    carried out using mild soap and water.
    The belt should be replaced if webbing
    becomes frayed, contaminated or
    damaged.
    • It is essential to replace the entire
    assembly after it has been worn in a
    severe impact even if damage to the
    assembly is not obvious.
    • Belts should not be worn with straps
    twisted.

    • Each belt assembly must only be used
    by one occupant; it is dangerous to put
    a belt around a child being carried on
    the occupant´s lap.
    • No modifications or additions should
    be made by the user which will either
    prevent the safety belt adjusting
    device from operating to remove
    slack, or prevent the safety belt
    assembly from being adjusted to
    remove slack.

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    Safety

    Seats

    The following seat adjustments can be
    made to achieve a comfortable driving
    position:

    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 when adjusting the
    seat.
    Bear in mind that children can be injured
    if they play with the electrically-operated
    seats.
    Always remove the ignition key when you
    leave the car. This prevents personal
    injury caused by the electrically adjustable seats, for example, due to children
    playing.
    Both front seats are electrically operated.
    On certain models the driver´s seat is
    equipped with a memory function.
    To facilitate getting into the car, both seats
    can be adjusted when either of the front
    doors is open.

    • height
    • legroom
    • backrest rake angle
    • lumbar support 3
    • head-restraint height
    We recommend that adjustments to the
    driver’s seat be performed in the following
    order:
    IB3225

    18

    1 height
    2 legroom
    3 seat tilt angle

    Height

    4 backrest rake angle

    To raise the seat, lift the lower control
    straight up.

    Lastly, adjust the steering wheel (see
    page 114).

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

    For safety reasons, if the door is closed, the
    seat can only be adjusted when the ignition
    is ON.

    Side airbags

    Note, however, that both seats can be
    adjusted for 30 seconds after both doors
    have been closed.

    Head restraint

    (see page 36).

    (see page 21).

    To lower the seat, press the lower control
    down.
    The same control can be used to adjust the
    height of the front and rear edges of the seat
    independently.



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    IB1161

    IB3227

    IB3226

    Safety

    Legroom adjustment

    Backrest rake angle

    Lumbar support 3

    To adjust the legroom, push the lower control forward or back.

    To adjust the backrest, move the upper control forward or back.

    Turn the smaller wheel for stepless adjustment of the lumbar support.

    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 and in particular a rear-end
    collision.



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    Safety
    Memory driver’s seat 3
    In certain models the driver´s seat is
    equipped with a programmable memory
    function. This function also includes the
    door mirrors.
    Adjust the seat and door mirrors.
    To save the settings, press and hold the M
    button and, at the same time, press one of
    the preselect buttons (1, 2 or 3). The Saab
    Information Display (SID) will chime to confirm that the settings have been saved.
    IB404

    20

    To recall the programmed settings, press
    and hold the appropriate preset button,
    whereupon the seat and mirrors will be
    adjusted automatically.
    To change the settings stored in a preset
    button, adjust the seat and mirrors as before
    and save the new settings by pressing M
    and the appropriate preset button.
    To facilitate reversing, the passenger side
    door mirror can be tilted down automatically, e.g. to show the curb. To do this,
    select reverse and press the small grey
    button adjacent to the door-mirror control.
    When you deselect reverse, the mirror will
    automatically return to its original setting
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    21

    Head restraint
    WARNING
    • Adjust the head restraint so that your
    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.

    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.
    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.
    Therefore, the SAHR does not need to be
    replaced after a minor rear-end crash.

    IB400

    The front seats in the Saab 9-5 are
    equipped with Saab Active Head Restraints
    (SAHRs). These reduce the risk of whiplash
    injury if the car is hit from behind.

    IB460

    • Raise the head restraints in the seat
    that are occupied.

    The head restraint can be raised or lowered
    and is adjustable in various positions.
    • Raising: grasp the head restraint on both
    sides and pull it straight up.
    • Lowering: press the catch on the left-hand
    side of the attaching point and press down
    the head restraint.

    Rear-seat head restraints
    9-5 Sedan: The rear head restraints have
    three adjustment positions for passenger
    comfort.
    They can also be folded down to increase
    the driver’s rearward vision when the seat is
    unoccupied.
    9-5 SportCombi: The height of the rear
    head restraints can be adjusted by depressing the catch on the left-hand collar in the
    same way as the front head restraints.



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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 keys from 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 cars.

    • 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 a 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 seats closed
    to help prevent kids from getting into
    the trunk from inside the car.
    For Trunk Release Handle information see
    page 48 and 138.



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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.

    23

    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 and on the cargo
    floor by the rear seat backrest's lower part
    (SportCombi), see page 25 and on top of the
    parcel shelf (9-5 Sedan), see page 26.

    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.

    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.

    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.).

    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 anchor and top tether anchor locations.

    IB3839

    24

    Location of lower anchors

    IB1685

    Semi-rigid 2-point lower attachment with
    top tether

    IB1684

    Rigid 2-point lower attachment with top
    tether



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    Safety

    9-5 SportCombi:
    Before installation, please read through
    these instructions and the child restraint
    installation instructions.
    1 The top tether anchor is located on the
    cargo floor by the rear seat backrest's
    lower part (see picture). To access the
    top tether anchor, unlock the rear seat
    backrest (see page 132 for detailed
    instructions), and fold it slightly forward.
    Note! Backrest only, not the seat cushion.
    2 The top tether anchor is originally
    rotated downwards. To use it, it has to be
    rotated upwards (see arrow in picture).
    Use the top tether anchor right behind
    the seating position you want to use.
    3 Raise the vehicle head restraint to its
    highest position (see page 21 for
    detailed instructions).
    4 Put the child restraint on the seat.
    5 If you are using a single top tether, route
    the top tether under the vehicle head
    restraint, and attach the top tether hook
    to the top tether anchor. If you are using
    a dual top tether, route the top tether

    around the vehicle head restraint, and
    attach the top tether hook to the top
    tether anchor. The child restraint
    instructions will show you how.
    6 Reposition the rear seat backrest, and
    make sure it locks properly. Check the
    indicator on top of the backrest that it is
    locked.
    7 Find the lower anchors for the seating
    position you want to use. The lower
    anchors are located where the bottom of
    the seatback meets the back of the seat
    cushion. Above each lower anchor,
    there is a label indicating its location
    (see picture on page 24).
    8 Attach and tighten the lower anchor
    attachments on the child restraint to the
    vehicle lower anchors. If your child
    restraint does not have the lower attachments, you will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint. The
    child restraint instructions will show
    you how.
    9 Tighten the top tether strap according to
    the child restraint instructions.
    10 Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secured at
    the lower anchors/safety belt and the top
    tether anchor. The child restraint shall
    be firmly attached to the vehicle.

    IB4113

    Securing a Child Restraint
    Designed for the LATCH System

    25

    Child top tether anchorages, Saab 9-5
    SportCombi

    WARNING
    Make sure the child restraint anchorages
    are folded all the way up or down otherwise it can obstruct locking the rear seat
    backrest.

    WARNING
    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.



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    Safety

    Securing a Child Restraint
    Designed for the LATCH System

    5 Raise the vehicle head restraint to its
    highest position (see page 21 for
    detailed instructions).

    9-5 Sedan:

    6 If you are using a single top tether, route
    the top tether under the vehicle head
    restraint, and attach the top tether hook
    to the top tether anchor. If you are using
    a dual top tether, route the top tether
    around the vehicle head restraint, and
    attach the top tether hook to the top
    tether anchor. Tighten the top tether
    strap. The child restraint instructions
    will show you how.

    Before installation, please read through
    these instructions and the child restraint
    installation instructions.
    1 Find the lower anchors for the seating
    position you want to use. The lower
    anchors are located where the bottom of
    the seatback meets the back of the seat
    cushion. Above each lower anchor,
    there is a label indicating its location
    (see picture).
    2 Put the child restraint on the seat.
    3 Attach and tighten the lower anchor
    attachments on the child restraint to the
    vehicle lower anchors. If your child
    restraint does not have the lower attachments, you will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint. The
    child restraint instructions will show
    you how.
    4 The top tether anchor is located on top
    of the parcel shelf. Use the top tether
    anchor right behind the seating position
    you want to use. Open the top tether
    anchor trim cover to expose the anchor.
    Snap the cover to lock in open position.

    7 Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secured at
    the lower anchors/safety belt and the top
    tether anchor. The child restraint shall
    be firmly attached to the vehicle.

    IB1698

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    Child top tether anchorages in parcel
    shelf, Saab 9-5 Sedan



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    Safety
    Lockable latch plate
    In fitting a child seat that is intended to be
    secured in position by the lap portion of the
    safety belt, make use of the locking function
    of the latch plate. This function is available
    on all seats in the second row.
    Locking the lap portion of the belt lessens
    the risk that the seat will work loose while
    the car is in motion.

    1 Put the child restraint on the rear seat.
    2 Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap
    and shoulder portions of the vehicle's
    safety belt through or around the
    restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.
    3 Buckle the belt. Make sure the release
    button is positioned so you would be
    able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if
    you ever had to.
    4 Tighten the safety belt. You may find it
    helpful to use your knee to push down on
    the child restraint as you tighten the belt.
    5 While holding the safety belt tight, activate the locking function of the latch
    plate by moving the button from position
    2 (unlocked) to position 1 (locked).
    6 Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. The
    child restraint shall be firmly attached to
    the vehicle.

    IB822

    The button for the locking function is located
    on the back of the latch plate.
    Locking the lap belt
    1 Locked
    2 Unlocked

    To deactivate the locking function, move the
    button to position 2.

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    Safety

    Installation of rear facing child restraints

    WARNING
    Failure to follow all the manufacturer’s
    instructions on the use of this child
    restraint system can cause your child to
    strike the vehicle´s interior during a
    sudden stop or crash.

    WARNING
    A special accessory is available for locking the center armrest so that a child seat
    can be installed in the middle seat. See
    your Saab dealer for details.
    When a rear-facing child seat is fitted in
    the center position of the rear seat in the
    Saab 9-5 Sedan the center armrest must
    be secured in place with this strap. If this
    is not done, the center armrest could
    swing down in the event of a frontal crash
    and cause injury to the child.

    IB1204

    Child restraints that are approved for rear
    facing installation in the rear seat can be
    positioned in any of the three rear seating
    positions.

    Fitting the locking strap on the center armrest, Saab 9-5 Sedan (not needed on
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    Safety

    Airbag

    29

    Note:
    The sensor reacts differently depending on
    whether or not the front seatbelts on the
    driver’s and passenger sides are used. Situations can therefore arise where only one
    of the airbags inflates.

    WARNING

    It is also possible for only the seatbelt pretensioners to be activated and for the airbags to remain uninflated.

    To reduce risk of injury:
    • 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.
    • Children 12 and under or shorter than
    59 inches (150 cm) should 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.
    The AIRBAG system comprises an airbag in
    the steering wheel, a front passenger airbag
    and side airbags in the front seats.
    The system supplements the protection
    provided by the safety belts to further
    enhance the safety of the occupants.
    If a fault is detected in the AIRBAG, the
    AIR BAG warning light on the main instrument panel will come on (see pages 61
    and 37).

    IB419

    • Always wear your safety belt.

    Inflated airbag (driver side)

    Inflation and deflation together take less than
    0.1 second.

    When the system is triggered by impact of a
    frontal crash, the airbags in the steering
    wheel and passenger side of the dash board
    are inflated, after which they deflate through
    vents in the back of the bags.
    The entire process takes less than
    0.1 second – literally, faster than the blinking of an eye.
    The driver and passenger airbags are
    referred to as ‘smart’ airbags. This means
    that the system compensates for factors
    such as the force of the collision.

    These airbags are triggered only by moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes.
    They will not be activated by minor front-end
    impacts, rear-end or side impacts, or by the
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    Safety

    IB420

    • 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.

    Passenger airbag and driver’s airbag both
    inflated

    WARNING
    • Even if the car is equipped with AIRBAG, 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.

    • 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.
    • To reduce the risk of head injuries in
    the event of a crash, the headliner and
    pillar trims incorporate energy absorbing material. These areas must not be
    modified in any way. Work on these
    areas must only be carried out by an
    authorized Saab dealer.

    • Fumes are generated by the chemical
    reaction that inflates the airbag.
    Because the dust/fumes can, in certain cases, cause irritation to the skin,
    the following measures should be
    taken:
    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.
    • Never rest your hands or forearms on
    the steering-wheel center padding.
    • If the AIR BAG warning light does not
    extinguish after the car has been
    started, or comes on or flashes while
    driving, have the car checked immediately by a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized 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 61.



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    3

    5
    2

    6

    7

    The sensors detect
    deceleration and send
    a signal via the central sensor to the gas
    generator that inflates
    the airbag.

    4

    6

    7

    5

    1
    2

    IB3840

    Moment of impact.

    31

    AIRBAG system with belt pretensioners
    The inflating airbag
    cushions the driver.

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7

    Central sensor
    Belt pretensioners (for both front safety belts)
    Steering wheel with integral airbag
    Passenger airbag
    Side-airbag sensor
    Side airbag
    Front sensors

    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.

    Airbag now fully
    inflated.

    IB3841

    IB417

    The airbag starts to
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    Safety

    Front passenger seat
    WARNING

    WARNING
    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 airbags are interconnected and have a
    common warning light. The passenger
    airbag module is housed in the fascia above
    the glove compartment 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.

    • Children can be killed or
    seriously injured by the
    airbag
    • 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 compartment must be
    closed while travelling. An open glove
    compartment 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
    applies to the mounting of accessories
    on the dash.
    • Keep feet on the floor – never put feet
    up on the fascia, on the seat or out of
    the window.
    • Do not carry anything in your lap.



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    Passenger Sensing System

    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.

    IB3952

    The passenger sensing system will turn off
    the right front passenger’s frontal airbag
    and side airbag under certain conditions.
    Passenger Airbag Status Indicator.
    USA

    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.

    IB3953

    Vehicles with a passenger sensing system
    have indicator LEDs on the fascia. The indicators will be lit during the system check
    when you turn your ignition key 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 61.

    Passenger Airbag Status Indicator,
    Canada



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    Safety
    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 air bag,
    the off indicator will light and stay lit to
    remind you that the airbag is off.
    If a child restraint has been installed (Saab
    recommends that child restraints be
    secured in the rear seat) 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 rear facing child restraints
    on page 28.
    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
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    Safety
    If the on indicator is still lit, secure the child
    in the child restraint in a rear seat position in
    the vehicle and check with your dealer.
    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 light on page
    61 for more on this, including important
    safety information.

    35

    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 on page 41 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
    sensing system.



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    Safety

    Side airbags

    WARNING
    • This car is equipped with side airbags
    and no extra interior trim 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 sensors for the side airbags are
    fitted in the front doors. We advise
    against doing any work on the doors
    that could affect the moisture barrier in
    the door or the airbag sensors. It is
    essential that the moisture barrier
    (thick plastic film) in the front door is
    not damaged in any way.

    • Improvement of the anticorrosion
    treatment of the doors should only be
    carried out by a workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized
    Saab dealer. Otherwise there is a risk
    that the side impact sensor and the
    moisture barrier in the front door could
    be damaged.
    • The side airbags will inflate only in the
    event of a side impact; not in the event
    of a front or rear-end crash or of the
    car’s rolling over.
    • Damage or wear to the seat cover, or
    the seat seam, in the area of the side
    airbag must immediately be repaired.
    We recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab dealer.
    • Do not modify the speaker installation
    in the front doors or install speakers
    other than those specifically approved
    by Saab.

    The side airbags, which help protect the
    upper body are integrated in the outside
    edges of the front seat backrests.
    In a side impact, only the airbag on that side
    will be activated, and only then 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 point on the
    car’s side the impact occurs.
    The sensors, which are fitted in the front
    doors, sense the rise in pressure caused by
    the door panel being pressed in during an
    impact condition. The side airbag trigger will
    be commanded based on the characteristics of this pressure rise.



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    AIRBAG warning light

    IB1182

    IB1707

    WARNING

    Side airbag inflated

    Side airbag components
    1
    2
    3
    4

    Side airbag
    Sensor
    Moisture barrier
    Text on seat

    • If the airbag readiness light stays on
    after you start your vehicle, it means
    the airbag system may not be working
    properly. See page 61. The airbags in
    your vehicle may not inflate in a crash,
    or they could even inflate without a
    crash.
    • 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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    Safety

    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
    people from leaving the vehicle.

    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 cannot 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 255.
    • 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.



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    AIRBAG servicing
    WARNING
    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.

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

    Scrapping or working on airbags
    and belt pretensioners
    WARNING
    • Under no circumstances should any
    modifications be made that affect the
    steering wheel or the airbag’s electrical circuitry.
    • Before starting any welding work on
    the car, always disconnect the negative (–) battery lead and cover the conductor.
    • Airbags and 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
    new ones.
    • Airbag-system components must
    never be transferred for use in another
    vehicle.

    39

    • All work involving the scrapping or
    replacement of airbags or belt pretensioners must only be carried out by
    knowledgeable personnel.
    • The headlining and roof pillar trim
    must not be modified in any way. Work
    on these areas must only be carried
    out at a Saab dealer.



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    Safety

    Frequently asked questions on
    function of airbags

    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 merely supplements the car’s normal safety system.
    Moreover, the airbag will only be actuated in
    a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal
    crash, which means, of course, that it provides no protection in minor frontal crashes,
    major rear-end or side-on crashes or if the
    car rolls over.
    The safety belts help reduce the chance of
    the car occupants from being thrown around
    and injured or killed inside the car.
    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.

    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 front airbags 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.

    Do not sit too close to the airbag: it needs
    room to inflate.

    What won’t trigger the front airbags?

    The airbag inflates very quickly and powerfully in order to protect an adult person,
    before they are thrown forward, in a serious
    frontal crash.

    The airbag will not be activated in all
    front-end crashes. For instance, if the car
    has hit something relatively soft and yielding
    (e.g. a 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 very short-lived 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 can be killed or seriously injured
    by the airbag
    • 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



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    Are the smoke and fumes given off when the
    airbag operates at all harmful?

    Adding Equipment to Your
    Airbag-Equipped Vehicle

    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 far as possible
    getting dust on your skin as there is a risk of
    skin irritation.

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

    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.
    What should I do if the AIRBAG warning
    light comes on?
    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 an authorized Saab dealer as soon as
    possible.

    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 253.

    41

    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 253.



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    Security

    IB4116

    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).

    44
    44
    50



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    Security

    Doors

    Key / Remote control

    Door handles

    The key unit consists of a mechanical key
    with integrated remote control.

    Pull the handle to open the door.
    If the door is stuck (e.g. if frozen), hold the
    handle from above to secure a better grip.

    Central locking
    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.

    If an additional key is to be added, all of the
    original keys must be brought to the dealer
    so that the control module can ”learn” to recognize the new components.

    The mechanical key is used for manual
    locking and unlocking.

    NOTICE

    The remote control is used for remote locking and unlocking.

    The key contains delicate electronics.

    The key fits all the car’s locks.

    • Do not expose it to water.

    The key supplied with the car has a code
    number on a black plastic tag that needs to
    be quoted for ordering additional keys. You
    should therefore make a careful note of the
    number.

    • Avoid rough handling.

    The key contains a unique electronic code
    for your car. When the key is inserted in the
    ignition, the code is checked. If it matches,
    the car can be started.
    Your car is supplied with two keys. It is possible to have up to four keys for a car at one
    time. If you loose one key you should have
    this replaced as soon as possible by contacting your Saab dealer. When the new key
    is programmed into the system, the missing
    key is automatically erased.
    NOTE: For this reason, we strongly advise
    you to take two keys with you on long journeys and to keep them separate. If all keys
    are lost, it will be necessary to replace costly
    electronic components as well as the keys.
    This loss and replacement cost is not covered by the new car warranty.

    • Do not place the key where it may be
    subjected to high temperatures, e.g.
    on the instrument panel.
    • The key may malfunction if it becomes
    very cold. Warm it in your hands for a
    couple of minutes.
    • Never open the key. For changing the
    battery, see page 49.
    To check the number of keys that are programmed for the car; see page 54.



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    45

    Locking/unlocking the car

    1

    When the car is locked and unlocked the
    theft alarm is also affected.
    Remote locking
    Press
    locked.

    once on the control: all doors

    2

    Key / Remote control
    1 To lock
    2 To unlock
    3 Opening the trunk (9-5 Sedan)
    Unlocking the tailgate (9-5 SportCombi)

    The trunk/tailgate release switch on the
    driver´s door will not work when all doors are
    locked.
    It is now not possible to unlock the doors
    from within using the
    center console.

    IB451

    3

    IB3153

    The hazard warning lights will flash once.

    Switch for operation of central locking

    button on the
    The central locking can also be operated

    Remote unlocking
    Press
    once on the control: the driver´s
    door is unlocked. Press a second time to
    unlock the rest of the doors but not the
    trunk/tailgate.
    The hazard warning lights will flash twice.

    from inside the car by means of the
    switch on the center console.
    This switch is inoperative when the car is
    locked from the outside using the remote
    control.
    The interior locking buttons on each door
    affect only the respective door.
    If the car is left with the doors open, the interior lighting and the courtesy lights in the
    doors will be switched off automatically after
    20 minutes, to prevent a drain on the battery. In such cases the electrically operated
    seats will not function.



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    If remote unlocking should fail to work

    The remote control also works from inside
    the car. Therefore, hold the key in such a
    way that the buttons are not unintentionally pressed when the key is turned, or
    inserted or removed from the ignition
    switch.
    Otherwise, the doors may be unintentionally locked or the tailgate unlocked. On
    Sedan models, the trunk may even be
    opened.
    Having the doors locked when you are
    driving will reduce the likelihood of:
    • Passengers, especially children,
    opening doors and falling out of the
    car.
    • Intruders entering the car when it is
    moving slowly or at a standstill.
    However, you must also remember that
    locked doors can hamper rescuers in the
    event of a crash.

    Unlock the front door with the key. To
    silence the alarm, insert the key into the ignition switch and turn it to the ON position.

    1

    The car can now be started. Contact a workshop to have the system checked and
    repaired. We recommend that you contact
    an authorized Saab dealer.

    2

    Locking by key (1)
    IB1555

    WARNING

    When the car is locked and unlocked the
    theft alarm is also affected.
    Turn the key clockwise: all doors locked.
    The trunk/tailgate release/unlock switch on
    the driver’s door will not work when all doors
    are locked. Nor will the switch on the center
    console.
    Unlocking by key (2)
    Turn the key counterclockwise once: the
    driver´s door will unlock.
    Turn the key counterclockwise twice: all
    doors, but not tailgate, unlocked. Switch in
    driver´s door and switch in center console
    enabled.

    Locking/unlocking by key
    1 To lock
    2 To unlock



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    Child safety locks
    The rear doors are equipped with child
    safety locks that are operated by means of
    a catch adjacent to the door lock.
    Insert a key and turn the catch 45° clockwise
    or counterclockwise as indicated by the
    label on the door.

    WARNING
    If small children ride in the rear seats, the
    safety locks on rear doors should be activated to prevent unintentional opening
    from the inside.

    IB1871

    When the child safety catch is in the locked
    position, the door cannot be opened from
    the inside.
    Child safety lock on rear doors

    Trunk lid switch

    Trunk lid lock, 9-5 Sedan
    The trunk lid lock is independent of the central-locking system. The trunk lid release
    switch on the driver’s door is inoperative
    when the car is locked from the outside or
    moving at a speed greater than 2.7 mph
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    Unlocking

    Tailgate, 9-5 SportCombi

    The trunk lid is slightly opened/unlocked
    using:

    The tailgate is not unlocked when the other
    car doors are unlocked. The tailgate button
    on the driver’s door is inoperative when the
    car is locked from outside or moving at a
    speed greater than 2.7 mph (4 km/h).

    • The

    button on the key

    • The trunk lid switch on the inside of the
    driver’s door (if the car is unlocked and at
    a standstill)

    Unlocking
    The tailgate is unlocked using:

    The trunk lid switch on the driver’s door is
    inoperative when the car is locked.

    IB1833

    Remote unlocking is confirmed by the direction indicators flashing three times.
    Trunk Release Handle

    Locking
    The trunk lid release is locked automatically
    when closed.

    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 the inside.

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

    • The

    button on the key

    • The tailgate switch on the inside of the
    driver’s door (if the car is unlocked and at
    a standstill)
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    Locking

    Changing the key battery

    The tailgate is locked using:

    When the battery voltage in the key falls
    below a predetermined level the Saab Information Display (SID) will issue the following
    message:

    • The

    button on the key

    • The

    button on the center console

    • The key in the driver’s door.

    IB3160

    • When vehicle speed exceeds 2.7 mph
    (4 km/h).

    Grab handle

    NOTICE
    Use the grab handle to assist in closing
    the tailgate.
    Avoid the following, due to the risk of lock
    mechanism damage when the tailgate is
    closed.
    • Never grasp the lock mechanism as
    this can lock the mechanism.
    • Never close the lock mechanism
    manually.

    49

    Electronic starting interlock
    (immobilizer)
    Each time the key is removed from the ignition, the electronic starting interlock is activated and the car is thus immobilized, see
    also page 51.

    Reprogramming lock system
    functions
    Certain lock system functions can be reprogrammed by your authorized Saab dealer;
    see page 265.

    ”Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.”
    Press the CLR button on the SID to
    acknowledge this message. You must then
    replace the battery without delay to avoid
    malfunctions. The life of the battery is normally 4 years.Contact a Saab dealer to
    have the battery replaced.



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    Car alarm

    The car alarm is armed 10 seconds after the
    car has been locked by the remote control.
    During this ten-second delay period, the
    doors, trunk lid/tailgate and hood may still
    be opened without the alarm being triggered.

    1
    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 antenna for the alarm system is located
    in the center console.
    All the doors plus trunk lid/tailgate and hood
    are monitored by microswitches.

    3

    2

    IB3153

    The car alarm (anti-theft system) is activated/deactivated when the car is
    locked/unlocked by the remote control or by
    the key, see page 45.

    The LED indicator on the instrument panel
    fascia will be on continuously during this
    period, at the end of which it will start to flash
    (once every other second).

    Remote control
    1 Activate/lock
    2 Deactivate/unlock
    3 Unlock trunk/tailgate
    Unlocking the tailgate (9-5 SportCombi)

    Your Saab 9-5 is equipped with an Electronic starting interlock (immobilizer), see
    page 51 for details.

    If a door or the trunk lid/tailgate or hood has
    been left open when the car is locked, the
    LED on the fascia will flash (three times per
    second) for ten seconds to indicate this.



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    Check to ensure that all the doors, plus
    trunk lid/tailgate and hood, are closed properly.
    If the fault persists (LED flashing when
    another attempt is made to activate the car
    alarm by remote control), lock the car using
    the key instead. The car alarm will not have
    been activated and you should contact an
    authorized Saab dealer.
    To avoid inconvenience caused by the
    alarm being triggered inadvertently, make
    sure that anyone else using the car is familiar with how both the car alarm and the locking system work.
    If the alarm is tripped (the direction indicators are flashing and the horn is on) it can be
    turned off by unlocking the car using the
    button.

    Activating the car alarm
    The car alarm cannot be activated if the
    driver’s door is open or if the ignition switch
    is in ON position.
    If one of the other doors or the trunk or hood
    is open or opened and not closed again
    during the 10-second delay period, it will be
    excluded from the alarm function.
    If it is then closed, a new delay period of ten
    seconds will start, and the door (or trunk or
    hood) will once again be secured by the
    alarm system.
    As usual, the LED will be on continuously
    during the new delay period and will start to
    flash once every other second after the
    10-second period has elapsed.

    51

    Electronic starting interlock
    (immobilizer)
    When the key is inserted in the ignition, a
    signal is sent to the receiver. If the signal is
    verified, the engine can be started.
    Each time the key is removed from the ignition, the electronic immobilizer is activated.
    This means that the car cannot be started
    without the correct key inserted in the ignition and the immobilizer thus deactivated.
    If a fault is detected (e.g. in the transmitter)
    ”Key not accepted.
    Contact service.”
    will appear on the Saab Information Display
    (SID).
    In this case, you can still start the car if you
    turn the ignition key to ON and press one of
    the buttons on the key (providing that the
    receiver gets the right signal from the key).
    Take the car to an authorized Saab dealer
    to have the system checked.
    The LED double-flashes when the car is
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    Alarm signals

    Panic-function

    When the car alarm is armed, it will be triggered if any door, or the trunk lid or hood, is
    opened.

    In the car alarm system there is a feature
    called "Panic-function".

    The alarm will also be triggered if an attempt
    is made to bypass or short-circuit the ignition switch, or to disconnect the battery.
    If the alarm is triggered, the following alarm
    signals will be set off:
    • Flashing of hazard warning lights for five
    minutes.
    • Horn wailing for 30 seconds.
    The alarm signals will stop if the alarm is
    deactivated (car unlocked) during the alarm
    period.

    To activate panic function:
    • Push and hold one of the buttons on the
    key for 2 seconds. Or, if you are sitting
    inside the car, push the LOCK-switch on
    the center console for 2 seconds.
    These actions will trigger the alarm (hazard
    warning lights and horn).
    To deactivate panic function:
    • Push one of the buttons on the key, push
    the LOCK-switch in the center console,
    turn the key in the driver´s door or turn the
    ignition to ON.
    When the panic-function is activated the car
    will be locked/unlocked depending upon
    which button was pushed.
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    Overview of functions
    Locking/
    activation

    Hazard warning lights flash once.
    The LED will come on for 10 seconds.

    Unlocking/
    deactivation

    Hazard warning lights flash twice.
    The LED will come on for two seconds.

    Hazard warning lights flash three times.
    Unlocking/
    deactivation of The LED will flash three times per second for
    trunk lid/tailgate 10 seconds.
    alarm
    Alarm triggered Hazard warning lights flash for 5 min.
    Horn wails for 30 seconds.
    To switch off the alarm, deactivate the system in
    the normal way (unlocking).
    Key

    The range of the key is normally 5–10 yds. (5–
    10 metres), although it can be substantially more
    than this in ideal conditions (range can vary
    greatly depending on the position of the car and
    its surroundings).
    If the key is not working, it may be because the
    code signal has not been synchronized with that
    in the control module for the car alarm. To rectify
    this, press the unlock button on the key at least
    four times in quick succession. When it is recognized, the door locks will cycle.
    If a key is lost, the new one will have to be programmed (all keys must be present) to match the
    car’s unique security code. We recommend that
    you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    53

    Battery for key

    The battery for the key will normally have a life of
    4 years. When the battery needs changing,
    ”Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.”
    will appear on the Saab Information Display
    (SID).
    We recommend that you contact an authorized
    Saab dealer.

    Car-battery
    voltage

    If the battery is disconnected while the alarm is
    active (car is locked), for example during an
    attempt to steal the car, the alarm will be
    triggered.

    Alarm signals may differ between model variants for different
    countries.
    Some of the car-alarm functions can be reprogrammed – consult your Saab dealer for further details (see page 265).



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    Security

    Overview of LED signals and SID messages
    Status

    LED signal

    Activation (during 10-second delay). Comes on for 10 seconds.
    Alarm activated (after delay).

    Flashes once every other
    second.

    Deactivation.

    Comes on for 2 seconds.

    Alarm not activated.

    Off.

    Door, trunk lid/tailgate or hood open Flashes three times per secor opened during delay period.
    ond for 10 seconds.
    Unlocking the trunk lid/tailgate.

    Flashes three times per second for 10 seconds.

    Closing of door, trunk lid/tailgate or
    hood after delay period.

    Comes on for 10 seconds.

    Car immobilized but not locked.
    Car alarm not activated.

    Flashes twice at three seconds intervals.

    Fault in a switch serving doors, hood Flashing (instead of being
    or trunk lid.
    on continuously) during
    delay period.
    Some signals may differ between model variants for different
    countries.

    SID message

    Reason/action

    Theft protection failure.
    Contact service.

    Probably a fault in one of the sensors
    or the horn.
    Have the car checked by a workshop.
    We recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab dealer.

    Key not accepted.
    Contact service.

    Fault in key transmitter or in ignition-switch receiver.
    Turn ignition switch to ON and press
    the unlock button on the key. Start
    the engine.
    Have the car checked by a workshop.
    We recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab dealer.

    Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.

    Fit a new battery in the key. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    • REMOTE KEY
    • TRANSPONDR

    Turn the ignition key to position ON
    and then press the button for opening the trunk lid. Saab Information
    Display (SID) displays the number of
    keys and transmitters (transponders)
    coded to the car.



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    This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
    subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not
    cause harmful interference, and (2) must accept any interference
    received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

    Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user´s authority to operate the equipment.

    Canada only:
    This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may
    not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

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    Instruments and controls

    IB4527

    Indicator and warning
    lights ______________
    Instruments __________
    Saab Information Display
    (SID) _______________
    Switches ____________
    Automatic climate control
    (ACC) ______________

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

    58
    64
    68
    73
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    Instruments and controls

    Indicator and warning
    lights
    A number of indicator and warning lights will
    come on when the ignition is switched on
    prior to starting. Under normal conditions,
    these should go out a few seconds after the
    engine has started (see page 64).

    Service Engine Light also
    known as CHECK ENGINE

    IB4117

    WARNING

    U.S. shown, Canada similar
    Main instrument panel
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    Tachometer
    Indicator and warning lights
    Speedometer
    Indicator and warning lights
    Pressure gauge 3

    6
    7
    8
    9

    Fuel gauge
    Engine temperature gauge
    Odometer and trip meter
    Trip meter reset button

    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 driver
    should be prepared to take action if such
    unsafe conditions arise (e.g.brake
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    This light indicates a malfunction in the
    fuel-injection 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
    147. The diagnostic system can determine
    if the fuel cap has been left off or improperly
    installed. A loose or missing fuel cap will
    allow fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere.
    A few driving trips with the cap properly
    installed should turn the light off.
    The car may still be driven with care and
    with somewhat diminished performance
    (see page 144).

    NOTICE
    The car should be checked immediately
    at a workshop to prevent more serious
    faults from arising. We recommend that
    you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    NOTICE
    Under no circumstances must the car be
    driven when this warning light is on. Low
    oil pressure can result in serious engine
    damage.

    This light will come on if the engine oil pressure is dangerously low. If the light flashes
    or comes on while you are driving, stop the
    car, switch off the engine and check the
    engine oil level (see page 192).

    Brake warning light
    This light will come on if there is insufficient
    brake fluid in the reservoir (see pages 194).
    If the ABS warning light is on at the same
    time, the ABS system may be inoperative
    because of a fault (see ”Anti-lock brake
    warning”, page 60).

    Warning, charging
    This light will come on if the battery is discharging. If it comes on while you are driving, stop the car as soon as possible and
    switch off the engine.
    Check the alternator drive belt (see page
    199). If the belt has broken:
    • the engine may overheat (cooling system
    will not function properly)
    • the battery will not be charged
    • the A/C compressor will not run and

    Warning, oil pressure
    (engine oil)

    59

    • power assistance for the steering will be
    lost.

    WARNING
    • Never drive the car when this warning
    lights is on. Danger of brake failure!
    • If the level of brake fluid in the reservoir is below the MIN mark, the car
    should be towed to a workshop. We
    recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab workshop.
    • Have the brake system checked at
    once by a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab
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    Parking brake warning
    light

    Anti-lock brake warning

    WARNING

    This light will show when the parking brake
    is on (see page 165).

    This light will come on if a fault has occurred
    in the ABS system.

    • If the ABS is inoperative, there is a
    danger of the rear wheels locking up
    on hard braking.

    The parking brake is mechanical and operates on the rear wheels.

    On certain variants
    and
    can light
    up to indicate a fault in the electronic brake
    force distribution system (distribution of the
    brake pressure between the front and rear
    wheels).

    • If the level of brake fluid in the reservoir is below the MIN mark, the car
    should be towed to an authorized
    Saab dealer.

    WARNING
    • Always apply the parking brake when
    parking, see page 165.

    Conventional braking without the ABS function will still be available.

    • Always apply the parking brake
    before removing the ignition key.

    For safety reasons, stop the car and check
    the level of the brake fluid (see page 194).

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

    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 authorized Saab dealer
    to have the brake system checked.

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



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    Airbag warning light
    This light will come on if a potentially serious
    fault has occurred in the airbag system.

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

    WARNING
    NOTICE
    • If the airbag readiness light stays on
    after you start your vehicle, it means
    the airbag system may not be working
    properly.
    • 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.
    The light will come on for about three seconds when the ignition switch is turned to
    the Start or Drive position. It should go out
    after the engine has started.

    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.

    61

    Xenon headlight fault
    indicator 3
    This light indicates that there is a fault in the
    Xenon headlight system, which consists of
    xenon headlights and an automatic levelling
    system.
    If a fault arises in the Xenon headlight system, the headlights will be angled down to
    avoid impairing the vision of drivers in
    oncoming traffic. Adjust your speed accordingly as visibility will be reduced.

    NOTICE
    If the Xenon headlight fault indicator lights
    up, have your car checked as soon as
    possible a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab
    dealer.
    If you do not rectify the problem, nighttime
    visibility will be poor since the range of the
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    Indicator, cruise control
    This light shows when the cruise-control
    system is active (see page 159).

    Indicator, high beam
    This light shows when the headlights are on
    high beam (see page 73).

    Indicator, rear fog light
    This light shows when the rear fog light is on
    (see page 74).
    The rear fog light is switched off automatically when the engine is switched off. When
    the fog light is next needed, it will have to be
    switched on manually again.
    The rear fog light consists of one light so it
    should not be mistaken for brake lights.

    Indicator, open door
    If a door has not been closed properly, the
    pictogram will indicate the door concerned
    (or tailgate).

    Indicator, SPORT-mode
    automatic transmission 3
    This light will come on in cars with automatic
    transmission when the S (SPORT) button
    on the selector lever has been pressed
    (position N or D) see page 158.
    In this mode, the gear changes occur later,
    at higher engine revs, giving the engine and
    transmission a sportier feel.
    To cancel the SPORT mode, press the S
    button on the selector lever again. The
    mode is also deselected automatically
    when the selector lever is moved to P, R, M
    or L, or when the ignition is switched off.

    Automatic transmission 3,
    fault indicator
    On a car with an automatic transmission,
    this warning symbol is illuminated if a fault
    has been detected in the transmission.
    Switch the ignition off and on again to check
    if the fault persists.
    Even if the fault persists, it is still possible in
    most cases to drive the car (see page 154).
    Have the automatic transmission checked
    by an authorized Saab dealer as soon as
    possible.

    NOTICE
    If the control module has actuated the
    Limp-home function for the automatic
    transmission, the car will remain in 5th
    gear when D is selected, making it very
    sluggish. To overcome this, select position L to prevent unnecessary wear on the
    transmission. The transmission then
    starts in 2nd gear. When the car is moving
    you can select position D.
    When the indicator light is on, the car
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    ®

    ESP system, indicator
    ESP® indicator

    The
    light is located in the
    tachometer and will be illuminated when the
    ESP® regulation is occurring, i.e. when
    there is insufficient traction between the
    tires and the road surface to provide the grip
    required for the acceleration called for. The
    driver can also sense that the engine is not
    responding normally to the accelerator.
    Operation of the ESP® indicates reduced
    traction between the tires and the road, and
    that extra care should be taken by the driver.
    In normal driving, the ESP® system will help
    to improve both ride comfort and safety, but
    must not be regarded as a system to enable
    the driver to drive at or maintain a higher
    rate of speed. The same precautions for
    safe cornering and driving on slippery roads
    must still be applied (see page 163).

    ESP® system, OFF-indicator
    The indicator light goes on when the system
    is switched off with the ESP® button.
    IMPORTANT: the system is automatically
    engaged every time the engine is started
    (see page 163).
    The indicator light also goes on when there
    is a fault in the system. In this case the light
    cannot be turned off by means of the ESP®
    button. If a fault is indicated, have the
    system checked by an authorized Saab
    dealer.
    See also Electronic Stability Program
    (ESP®) on page 163.

    63

    Warning, tire pressure
    The lamp illuminates if the tire pressure in
    one or more tires is too low or if a fault has
    arisen in the system, see page 232.
    Below is an example of the message simultaneously shown on the SID:
    Low tire pressure front
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    IB4157

    Instruments and controls

    IB4468

    64

    1 Cars with automatic transmission

    Instruments
    Tachometer
    Autochecking of lights,
    main instrument panel
    The above warning and indicator lights
    should come on when the ignition is
    switched on prior to starting. They should go
    out after about 3 seconds.
    The following lights light up until the engine
    is started, presuming that no fault exists:
    • Oil pressure warning light
    • Warning, charging

    .

    .

    The tachometer indicates the engine speed
    in thousands of revolutions per minute. The
    needle may be allowed to enter the broken
    red zone on the dial only for an instant.
    A safety cut-out function (in the fuel system)
    prevents the engine speed from exceeding
    approximately 6,000 rpm.

    Odometer and trip meter
    The odometer records the distance traveled
    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 has two functions, determined by whether the ignition is ON or OFF.
    • When the ignition is ON, pressing the
    button will reset the trip meter.
    • When the ignition is OFF, the display
    lights up enabling you to read the odometer and trip meter. Pressing the button a
    second time will reset the trip meter.



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    Fuel gauge
    Fuel-tank capacity, 18.5 US gal. (70 liters).

    Speedometer
    (U.S. speedometer shown)
    The speedometer receives signals from the
    wheel sensors in the ABS system.
    Cars sold in U.S.: The speedometer displays the speed of the car in miles per hour
    (mph).
    Cars sold in Canada: The speedometer displays the speed of the car in kilometres per
    hour (km/h).

    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. Use the Saab Information display (SID)
    to check the approximate distance that can
    be traveled on the remaining fuel
    (see page 68).

    IB3850

    IB4120

    The fuel gauge shows the amount of fuel left
    in the tank. When this is down to about
    2.5 gal. (10 liters), a warning light on the
    main instrument panel will come on (see
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    NOTICE
    If the needle, despite the above action,
    enters the red zone, stop the car immediately, let the engine idle.

    IB3851

    If the needle stays in the red zone, stop
    the engine.

    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 approaches the red zone,
    which can occur in very hot weather or when
    the engine is under a heavy load, drive in the
    highest gear possible, keep the engine revs
    low and avoid shifting down.

    Check fuse 1 (radiator fan) in the fuse panel
    under the hood, see page 218.
    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 by looking at the
    level visible through the plastic tank – do not
    remove the cap.

    If the coolant level falls below the MIN mark,
    the Saab Information Display (SID) will
    display the message
    ”Coolant level low.
    Refill.”.

    WARNING
    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
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    IB3852

    IB4158

    When the speed of the car exceeds 130
    mph (210 km/h) acceleration is limited by a
    reduction in boost pressure. The turbo
    gauge will move to the middle field, indicating a drop in engine output and consequently a reduction in vehicle speed.

    Pressure gauge

    Selector lever indication 3

    The turbo gauge indicates the air volume for
    combustion, which is equivalent to the
    engine load.

    The display below the speedometer indicates the position of the selector lever. If
    manual mode is selected, the current gear
    is displayed. When the sport function is
    selected, SPORT is displayed.

    Under certain barometric conditions, the
    needle may enter the first part of the red
    zone without necessarily indicating that a
    fault has arisen.
    If the needle repeatedly enters the red zone
    and the engine at the same time loses
    power because the monitoring system is
    limiting boost pressure, you should contact
    a workshop immediately. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab workshop.



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    Saab Information
    Display (SID)

    SID provides the following function:
    Temp.

    Outside temperature

    D.T.E.

    Estimated range (distance to
    empty fuel tank)

    Fuel Ø

    Average fuel consumption
    since function last reset

    Dist.

    Distance to destination/Trip
    meter

    The Saab Information Display (SID) shows
    CHECK messages and incorporates eight
    trip-computer functions.

    Speed Ø

    Average speed since function
    last reset

    Alarm

    Alarm function

    Use the i/SET button to browse the functions.

    Speed W.

    Speed warning

    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.

    Outdoor temperature
    (Frost warning)
    Regardless of which function has been
    selected, except Night Panel Mode, SID will
    automatically display the outdoor temperature when it is between 26° and 38°F (–3°
    and +3°C). This also applies if the
    temperature has moved outside the range
    of 21° to 43°F (–6° to +6°C) but is again
    between 26° and 38°F (–3° and +3°C).

    IB3928

    68

    SID, buttons and display

    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.



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    Entering values for the functions
    Dist.
    1 Select Dist. using the i/SET button.
    2 Hold i/SET depressed until a chime
    sounds and the selected function is
    marked.
    3 Set the distance using

    or

    .

    4 End with a brief press on the i/SET
    button.
    The calculated arrival time will then
    appear next to the distance.
    SID calculates arrival time using the set distance and average vehicle speed.
    The values are updated during the trip. If
    you take a break, this time is added to the
    previously calculated arrival time.
    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: 100 miles is set for the Dist. function. Once the countdown has reached
    0 mile, the Dist. function will act as a trip
    meter, beginning at 100 miles.

    Alarm

    69

    Activating speed warning

    1 Select Alarm with the i/SET button.

    1 Select Speed W. with the i/SET button.

    2 Hold i/SET depressed until a chime
    sounds. Briefly press the i/SET button if
    you do not wish to change the alarm
    time.
    If you wish to change the alarm time,
    press
    or
    .
    End with a brief press on the i/SET
    button.

    2 Hold i/SET depressed until a chime
    sounds. Briefly press the i/SET button if
    you do not wish to change speed.
    If you wish to change speed, press
    or
    .
    End with a brief press on the i/SET
    button.

    ON appears to the right of the alarm time to
    indicate that the alarm will go off at the set
    time.
    When the alarm sounds, it can be deactivated with CLR.

    ON appears to the right of the speed if a
    warning will sound when vehicle speed
    exceeds the set speed.
    Disengaging speed warning
    1 Select Speed W. with the i/SETbutton.
    2 Briefly press the CLR button.



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    Using Dist. as a trip meter

    Average fuel consumption, Fuel Ø

    Resetting values

    If no value is programmed in Dist., it functions as a trip meter. This is indicated by an
    arrow to the right in the display.

    The average fuel consumption is calculated
    using the values for fuel consumed and distance driven since last reset. This value is
    stored in the car’s trip computer even when
    the engine is switched off.

    To reset the value, hold CLR depressed
    until a chime sounds. The text Cleared is
    displayed.

    Reset the trip meter by briefly pressing the
    CLR button.
    Calculating the arrival time if a specified
    average speed is maintained:
    1 Select Dist.
    2 Set the distance.
    3 Select Speed Ø.
    4 Set the average speed you intend to
    drive at.
    5 SID switches to Dist. automatically. The
    calculated arrival time is now displayed
    to the right.
    The Speed Ø function will show actual
    values once you start driving.

    To reset the value, hold CLR depressed
    until a chime sounds. The text Cleared is
    displayed.

    The following functions will be reset simultaneously:
    • D.T.E. (the value is reset to the distance
    that can be reached with the amount of
    remaining fuel)
    • Fuel Ø
    • Speed Ø (average speed)
    Values programmed in Dist., Alarm and
    Speed W. are not reset. See respective
    function



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    CHECK messages
    When the engine is started, CHECKING will
    appear on the display for about 4 seconds
    while the SID CHECK functions are being
    performed.

    The following messages may be displayed:
    Message
    Use your seatbelts.

    See page
    12

    Front light failure.

    202

    Rear light failure.

    206

    Fog light failure.

    203

    Brake light failure.*)

    206

    If more than one CHECK message has
    been generated, the + symbol will appear to
    the left of the text on the display. The messages appear in order of priority.

    Washer fluid level low.
    Refill.

    201

    Coolant level low.
    Refill.

    193

    If a new fault occurs whilst another message
    is being displayed, the message relating to
    the new one will appear for 10 seconds,
    after which the display will return to the earlier one.

    Remote control battery
    low. Replace battery.

    49

    Key not accepted.
    Contact service.

    54

    Briefly press the CLR button to acknowledge a message from the display. After
    acknowledgement, the message is displayed each time the ignition is re-started
    until remedied.

    Theft protection failure.
    Contact service.

    54

    When a CHECK message is activated while
    driving, a chime sounds and the message
    appears in SID. The number of possible
    CHECK messages varies depending on the
    car’s specifications.

    Gearbox too hot.
    Make a safe stop.

    154

    Tire pressure low,
    front left. Check tires.

    232

    Tire pressure low,
    front right. Check tires.

    232

    Tire pressure low,
    rear left. Check tires.

    232

    Tire pressure low,
    rear right. Check tires.

    232

    71

    Low tire pressure front
    left. Make a safe stop.

    232

    Low tire pressure front
    right. Make a safe stop.

    232

    Low tire pressure, rear
    left. Make a safe stop.

    232

    Low tire pressure, rear.
    right. Make a safe stop.

    232

    Tire pressure system
    failure. Contact service.

    232

    Time for service. 1)

    252

    1) This message will be displayed approximately
    600 miles (1,000 km) before the next scheduled
    service is due, or when 365 days have elapsed
    since the last service. The message should be
    cleared at the time of that service (see the Saab
    Warranties & Service Record Booklet).
    This message can also be deleted by pressing
    the CLR button for at least eight seconds until a
    chime sounds. The message can only be deleted
    when it is shown on the SID.
    *) 9-5 SportCombi: the high-mounted stop light is
    not included in the autocheck of lights.



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    NIGHT PANEL
    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 NIGHT PANEL button is pressed,
    only the speedometer will be illuminated, all
    the other instruments illumination being
    extinguished and their needles moved to
    zero. The SID display will be extinguished
    and the backlighting for switches and other
    controls will be dimmed. Note: All indicator
    and warning lights, together with the display
    of CHECK messages, will operate as normal, except ”Outdoor temperature”, see
    page 68.

    The following conditions will wake up the
    respective displays in the Night-Panel
    mode:
    • Setting of the Audio system or, SID
    (display comes on for ten seconds).
    • CHECK message generated in the SID.
    • High engine revs cause the rev counter to
    be illuminated until the engine speed has
    fallen again.
    • If the quantity of fuel remaining falls below
    4 gallons (15 liters), the fuel gauge will be
    illuminated.
    • If the engine temperature rises above
    normal, the temperature gauge will be illuminated.
    • In cars with automatic transmission, if the
    selector lever is moved from D to position
    M or L, the selector indication on the main
    instrument panel will be illuminated.
    To restore the displays and lighting to the
    normal mode, press the NIGHT PANEL button.

    Units and language versions
    The SID has four sets of units:
    METRIC US

    GB

    IMPERIAL

    km

    miles

    miles

    miles

    km/h

    mph

    mph

    mph

    liters

    US gal

    gallon

    gallon

    °C

    °F

    °C

    °F

    24-hour 12-hour

    12-hour 12-hour

    CHECK messages can be displayed in six
    language options: English, Swedish,
    German, French, Italian and Spanish.

    Selecting units and language
    1 Switch off the engine.
    2 Briefly press i/SETbutton. Repeat this
    until LANGUAGE/UNITS is displayed.
    3 Hold i/SET depressed until a chime
    sounds. Then select language using
    or
    .
    4 Briefly press the i/SET button. Then
    select the units using
    or
    .
    5 Briefly press the i/SET button.



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    Switches
    1

    Daytime running lights

    2

    The parking lights and daytime running
    lights come on automatically when the ignition switch is ON.

    Note to owners in Canada: Daytime Running Lights must not be disconnected as
    they are a Canadian Federal legal requirement.

    Parking lights
    The parking lights can be switched on
    regardless of the position of the ignition
    switch. Do not use parking lights when driving.
    If the parking lights are on and the driver´s
    door is opened, a reminder to turn them off
    will sound.
    Note: The lighting switch must be in parking
    light or headlight position (low beam position only) to operate the fog lights (see
    page 76).

    Light switches

    Headlights
    The headlights come on automatically when
    the ignition is ON and go off when the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position.
    The parking lights, however, can be on
    when the ignition switch is in the LOCK position.

    IB4122

    IB3854

    Note to owners in the U.S.: If you do not
    want Daytime Running Lights, this feature
    can be disconnected: switch off the engine
    and remove fuse No. 35 (see page 216).

    1 High beam signal
    2 High/low beam switching

    High/low beam
    To switch between high and low beam, pull
    the control stalk fully towards you
    (position 2). When the high beam is on, the
    indicator on the main instrument panel will
    be illuminated.

    High beam flasher
    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.

    The headlights come on to high beam when
    the stalk is pulled to the first spring-loaded
    position (position 1) and remain on until the
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    Courtesy Headlight Feature
    WARNING

    A delay function allows the headlights to
    remain on low beam for about 30 seconds
    after the driver’s door has been closed.

    In poor visibility, avoid following the tail
    lights of the vehicle in front of you. If the
    vehicle stops suddenly, you may be
    unable to avoid a crash and therefore risk
    injury to yourself and others.

    To activate this function,
    • Switch off the ignition and remove the key
    • Pull the high/low beam control stalk
    towards the steering wheel like you are
    flashing the high beam, see page 73. The
    low beam headlights will now come on
    immediately after the driver’s door has
    been closed (within 30 seconds) and will
    remain on for about 30 seconds.
    The length of time for this function can be
    adjusted by your authorized Saab dealer.

    IB3855

    • Open the driver’s door

    Rear fog light

    Rear fog light
    Press the button to switch on the rear fog
    light, which will only come on if the headlights are on.
    The rear fog light will go off automatically
    when the engine is switched off. When the
    fog light is next needed, it will have to be
    switched on manually again.
    The rear fog light consists of one light so it
    is not be mistaken for brake lights.
    Make sure you are familiar with the applicable provincial/state law regarding the
    use of rear fog lights.



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    Turn signal and lane change
    indicators

    IB3856

    The stalk has fixed positions for indicating a
    right or left turn, and the indicators are cancelled automatically (stalk returns to off
    position).

    Instrument illumination

    Instrument illumination
    The brightness of the instrument illumination can be varied by means of the dimmer
    switch adjacent to the headlight switch.
    (See also Night panel on page 72).
    In daylight or other equally bright light, the
    instrument and switch illumination is automatically extinguished.

    The stalk also has an intermediate,
    spring-loaded position that is useful for signalling when changing lanes or passing.
    The respective indicator lights on the instrument panel flash at the same frequency as
    the direction indicators.

    1
    0
    2
    IB4126

    To switch on the turn signals/lane change
    indicators, move the stalk up or down.

    Turn signal and lane change indicators
    1 Right indicators
    2 Left indicators



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    WARNING

    Front fog lights 3
    The front fog lights can be activated in both
    low beam headlight and parking light positions. Fog lights should only be used in poor
    visibility conditions.
    Make sure you are familiar with the applicable provincial/state law regarding the
    use of fog lights.

    IB3859

    IB3858

    Switch on the hazard flashers if the car
    has to be left at the roadside on account
    of a crash, engine trouble or a puncture.

    Hazard warning lights

    Hazard warning lights
    When this button is pressed, all the turn
    signal indicators and a symbol in the button
    flash simultaneously. If the ignition is on,
    both indicator lights on the instrument panel
    will also flash.
    If the hazard warning lights are left on for
    some time, the flasher frequency will be
    reduced to save the battery.
    Hazard warning lights should only be used
    if the car constitutes a hazard to other road
    users.

    If you carry a warning triangle or flares,
    they should be set up along the side of the
    road 300 ft. (100 m) 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.

    Reversing lights
    The reversing lights come on automatically
    when reverse gear is engaged or selected
    with the ignition switched on.



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    Wipers and washers

    1
    1

    There are three intermittent wiper positions.
    Moving the control stalk to the
    spring-loaded position between 0 and 2 will
    produce a single sweep of the wipers.

    4 0
    2

    The wipers are designed for optimal cleaning at all driving speeds. At higher speeds,
    it may be possible to detect a slight ”sweeping” sound. This may be due to the
    increased air pressure on the blades at
    higher speeds.

    Headlight washers 3
    If low beam is on, the headlights are washed
    every fifth time the windshield washers are
    used or if 2 minutes have elapsed since the
    windshield was last washed. The headlight
    washers cannot be activated separately.
    The headlight washers are of the high-pressure type, which means that other parts of
    the car may become wet if you activate the
    washers while the car is stationary.

    77

    0
    1
    2
    3
    4

    IB359

    3

    IB569

    2

    OFF
    Intermittent operation
    Low speed
    High speed
    Washers

    Rain sensing wipers 3
    WARNING
    Turn the rain sensor off if the ignition is
    ON when clearing snow and ice from the
    windshield, to avoid personal injury.

    NOTICE
    To avoid damaging the windshield wipers, turn the rain sensor off before washing the car in an automatic carwash.

    Control for setting wiper delay
    1 Long delay
    2 Short delay

    The rain sensor automatically controls the
    windshield wipers. The sensor is located on
    the windshield beside the rearview mirror.
    The system varies between single sweeps
    of the windshield and continuous wiping
    depending on how much water or snow
    there is on the windshield.
    Activate the system by lifting the control
    stalk to position 1. The wipers make one
    sweep for reference to see how much water
    and snow is on the windshield. In future, the
    sensor compares the amount of water and
    snow on the windshield with this reference
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    When the engine has been switched off,
    the control stalk must be moved to position 0 and back to position 1 to reactivate
    the sensor.
    Set the sensitivity using the control on the
    wiper stalk (the same control as used for
    wiper delay on cars not fitted with a rain sensor). The sensor has three sensitivity settings. It is most sensitive when in the uppermost position (1). When a higher degree of
    sensitivity is selected, the wipers make one
    sweep of the windshield for reference.
    The rain sensor has a daylight and a night
    time mode. The sensor measures the
    amount of available light and automatically
    selects the appropriate mode. The sensor is
    more sensitive at night. The function of the
    rain sensor is impaired by dry snow.

    Rear-window wiper
    (SportCombi) 3

    1

    The rear-window wiper and washer are
    operated with the same stalk switch as used
    for washing and wiping the windshield and
    headlights.

    2

    This stalk has two additional switches,
    ON/OFF and
    .
    The ON position provides intermittent wiping.
    The
    position provides washing and
    wiping. After a few sweeps the wiper stops
    or reverts to intermittent wiping, if this has
    been chosen. About 15 seconds after completion of the washing/wiping of the rear
    window, the wiper makes a single sweep to
    wipe away any remaining washer fluid.
    A spring-loaded position between the OFF
    and ON positions allows for a single sweep
    of the rear-window wiper.
    Intermittent wiping of the rear window
    occurs when reverse gear is engaged if the
    windshield wipers are in position 1, 2 or 3,
    see page 77.

    IB1207

    78

    Rear-window wiper
    1 Intermittent wiping
    2 Washers



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    5

    4

    2

    The system will achieve the desired temperature in the quickest possible way. Note that
    selecting a higher or lower temperature than
    that desired will not speed up the process.
    For the ACC system to be most effective, all
    windows (and moonroof 3) should be
    closed.
    Fresh air for the cabin is drawn in through an
    inlet grille adjacent to the bottom edge of the
    windshield. The air flows through a filter
    upstream of the ACC system before delivery to the cabin. Cabin air is evacuated via
    openings in the rear parcel shelf and then
    through outlets on either side of the car
    behind the rear bumper.

    3

    1

    The ACC system automatically works to
    maintain the desired temperature inside the
    car.

    10

    9

    6

    8

    ACC panel
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    Temperature setting: LH side
    AUTO: All settings selected automatically
    Manual setting of fan speed
    Manual setting of air distribution
    Temperature setting: RH 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,
    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.

    7
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10

    IB3860

    Automatic climate
    control (ACC)

    79

    Recirculation: ON/OFF
    Rear-window heating: ON/OFF
    A/C compressor: ON/OFF
    Ventilated front seats 3
    Heated front seats 3

    To reduce the likelihood of misting on the
    insides of the windows, the glass should be
    cleaned with a quality window cleaner. How
    often this will need to be done depends on
    how clean the air is – if there are smokers in
    the car, cleaning will need to be done more
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    The system has five sensors:

    1

    • Outdoor temperature sensor
    • Interior temperature sensor
    • Sun sensor (mounted on top of the fascia)
    • Two blended-air temperature sensors
    (mounted inside the front floor vents)

    IB362

    Note: If anything is placed over the sun sensor, the ACC system will not function properly.
    Panel vent

    Panel vents
    The panel vents swivel in all directions 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.

    IB3861

    2

    1 Interior-temperature sensor
    2 Sun sensor

    The flow of air through the panel vents can
    be controlled individually for each vent by
    means of the adjacent control. The climate
    control system works best if the panel vents
    are open. If you find the air cold or that it is
    drafty, start by directing the air away from
    the body. If the center vent is aimed up, it will
    cool the interior temperature sensor and
    you may need to adjust ACC up or down,
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    Temperature control

    MAX heat, red indication

    The cabin is divided into two temperature
    zones:

    The MAX heat setting is obtained by turning
    the temperature control to the first position
    past 80 (to the red LED). The driver’s side
    selection regulates air distribution and recirculation status. Temperature, however, can
    be adjusted on the passenger side.

    • The driver’s zone

    IB369

    • The passenger zone (front and rear
    seats)

    Air vent at rear side window

    81

    The desired temperature can be set
    between 60 and 80°F.

    Settings when MAX heat is selected:

    The displayed temperature is not the absolute temperature but corresponds to the
    comfort level normally experienced at that
    temperature after allowance has been
    made for the air flow, relative humidity, solar
    radiation, etc., currently prevailing inside
    the car.

    • Air distribution to windshield and floor

    • The most usual temperature setting is
    64–76°F, depending on personal preference and what clothing is worn.

    The MAX cooling setting is obtained by turning the temperature control to the first position past 60 (to the blue LED). The driver’s
    side selection regulates air distribution and
    recirculation status. Temperature, however,
    can be adjusted on the passenger side.

    • To allow the system time to adjust,
    changes in the temperature setting shall
    only be made in steps of 2°F.

    • Maximum heat
    • Recirculation OFF (even if manually
    selected before)
    • Fan: high speed
    MAX cooling, blue indicator

    Once the desired climate has been
    achieved, the rear center vents can be
    closed to prevent warm air being distributed
    at face height.

    Settings when MAX cooling is selected:

    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.

    • Air distribution through panel vents

    • Maximum cooling (A/C compressor will
    run even if AC OFF manually selected
    before)
    • Fan: maximum speed
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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
    selections.
    The ACC system is in AUTO mode when the engine
    is started.
    A/C compressor OFF.
    No cooling of inlet air. Temperature, air distribution
    and fan speed still under automatic control.

    Turn the fan control anticlockwise 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 and ventilation 3 of the front seats is deactivated.
    Pressing the 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.

    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, depending on the outside temperature.
    The ACC system can be programmed to activate
    heating automatically when outside temperature is
    below +5 °C and the temperature inside the car is
    below +10 °C. See page 85.
    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.
    Recirculation is controlled automatically to optimize
    cooling although it can also be switched on and off
    manually.
    Recirculation does not appreciably change the air
    quality but it can be useful to switch it on to avoid
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    IB3862

    IB3863

    Air distribution

    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:

    Defroster and floor vents

    • Fan: high speed.
    • The air is directed to the defroster vents.
    • Temperature increases somewhat.
    IB3864

    • Recirculation OFF.
    • Activation of rear window/door mirror heating.
    Floor vents and rear side windows

    IB3865

    The defroster function remains active until another
    selection is made. Note, however, that rear window/door mirror heating will deactivate automatically after a set time, depending on the outside
    temperature.
    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

    83



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    IB3866

    84

    Panel (and center rear vent)
    Starting 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.
    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.
    Starting in hot weather
    The system will automatically distribute air through the panel vents
    at high fan speed and will switch on the A/C compressor (unless the
    AC OFF switch has been pressed).
    If the outdoor temperature is above 77°F (25°C), the system might
    select recirculation 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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    Adaptation of ACC
    It is also possible to customize the ACC system, e.g. to adapt to
    driving and weather conditions.
    Function

    Operation in AUTO mode
    after adaptation

    Adaptation and restoration of factory settings is done by holding
    the respective button depressed approx. 2 seconds until a chime
    sounds.
    Make sure the ignition is ON.

    Factory setting
    Function

    The rear window heating will Heating is selected
    come on after the engine has manually.
    started if the outside temperature is below +5 °C.
    – This function helps to prevent ice or mist forming on
    the rear window in cold,
    damp weather. Fuel consumption may increase
    slightly.
    Seat heating comes on if the
    system determines that heating is necessary based on
    the temperature in the seat
    and the outside temperature.

    85

    There are two settings
    for heating. Repeatedly pressing the button switches between
    low output, high output
    and off.

    Display text in SID Display text in SID when
    during adaptation factory settings are
    restored
    ACC:AUTO
    RDEFR CTRL

    ACC:MANUAL
    RDEFR CTRL

    ACC:AUTO
    SEAT HEATING

    ACC:MANUAL
    SEAT HEATING

    Example: If you want the ACC system to handle activation and deactivation of rear window/door mirror heating, hold the
    button
    depressed approx. 2 seconds until a chime sounds.
    The display shows:
    ACC:AUTO
    RDEFR CTRL
    When “Adaptation of ACC“ is done, it will apply until factory settings
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    Calibration

    Condensation water

    Calibration is carried out automatically after
    a certain number of starts if the ignition has
    been switched off for more than 2 hours.

    When the A/C system is running, the intake
    air is dehumidified, and the resultant condensation is drained off through two outlets
    underneath the floor of the car, in the vicinity
    of the front doors.

    If the battery has been disconnected or has
    run flat, the system will need to be recalibrated.
    Calibration is started manually as follows:
    1 Start the engine.
    2 Press

    and

    at the same

    time.
    When manual calibration starts,
    ”ACC:CALIBR.
    STARTED”
    appears in SID.
    Calibration takes approx. 30 seconds.

    Useful tips
    (before taking the car to a workshop. We
    recommend that you contact an authorized
    Saab workshop.)
    • If the battery has been disconnected or
    has run flat, the system will need to be
    recalibrated. See "Calibration" above.
    • If front seat heating and/or rear window
    heating do not function satisfactorily, see
    "Adaptation of ACC" on page 85.

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

    Formation of ice and mist in
    extreme weather conditions
    It is only in the most extreme conditions that
    icing and misting of window glass are likely
    to be a problem, e.g. 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:
    1 Select AUTO and 21 °C for both temperature zones.
    2 Select Defroster.
    If this is not enough...
    3 Increase the fan speed.
    If this is not enough...
    4 Select a higher temperature.

    The following measures are recommended
    if the occupants feel that it is cold and
    draughty in the car:
    1 Make sure that all the air vents are fully
    open, including the center rear vent. If
    this is not enough...
    2 Direct the air flow away from the body. If
    this is not enough...
    3 Raise the temperature setting a degree
    or two. If this is not enough...
    4 Lower the fan speed.
    Troubleshooting and care, see page 244.



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    IB3836

    IB3837

    Instruments and controls

    Heated front seats 3

    Ventilated front seats 3

    Heated rear seat cushion 3

    The heating of the seat cushion and backrest of both front seats is adjustable and
    thermostat-controlled.

    Ventilated front seats, that enhance seating
    comfort in hot weather, are available as an
    option on cars equipped with leather-upholstered and electrically adjustable seats.

    Electrically heated seat cushions for the two
    outer seats in the back are available as an
    option.

    The heating is adjustable in two stages.

    Ventilated seats are equipped with two fans
    that extract the moist air from between the
    seat and the body.
    The fans have two speeds.

    The ON/OFF control button for the cushion
    heating is located on the back of the center
    console.
    How long the cushions are heated for
    depends on the outside temperature. The
    heating can also be turned off with the
    button.
    The button has an integral indicator that is
    illuminated when the heating is on.



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    Saab 9-5 Audio System

    IB4469

    Radio _______________
    CD player ____________
    CD changer 3 ________
    MP3 player ___________
    Portable player 3 _____
    General functions _____
    Sound system ________
    Technical data ________
    Antennas ____________
    Error codes __________
    Security lock _________

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

    93
    99
    100
    102
    104
    105
    107
    108
    109
    112
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System

    Saab 9-5 Audio
    System 3
    To get the best out of your Saab 9-5 Audio
    System, we recommend that you read
    through this entire section.
    The Saab 9-5 Audio System consists of a
    head unit with radio, CD player/CD
    changer 3 for CD and MP3 discs and CD
    changer 3 in the luggage compartment.

    IB3782

    The audio system is operated using the
    steering wheel controls 3 or the control
    panel buttons.

    WARNING

    Safety first!
    Cut off power immediately and contact
    your Saab dealer if the system begins to
    emit smoke or smells strange.
    All work on the audio system must be carried out
    by a workshop. We recommend that you contact
    an authorized Saab dealer.

    Audio system
    activation/deactivation.
    Volume adjust.

    Information on artist, album
    and song title. Display of radio
    text.

    The tone control is used to
    adjust tone and speaker settings, change CD track or MP3
    file and manual adjust radio
    frequency.

    Setup menu.



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    Saab 9-5 Audio System
    Scroll among preset pages.

    Activate radio and change frequency band (AM,FM and
    XMTM 3).

    91

    Steering wheel controls 3
    l

    Auto tuning down and change
    track/file going back in order of
    play on CD or MP3 disc.

    No function on U.S./CA cars.

    Auto tuning up and change
    track/file forward in order of
    play on CD or MP3 disc.

    Select XMTM 3 program type
    when the radio is in the
    XMTM 3 mode.

    Manual tuning and rapid play
    back for a track/file on a CD or
    MP3 disc.

    Cars with CD changer 3:
    insert CD or MP3 disc or discs.

    Manual tuning and rapid play
    forward for a track/file on a CD
    or MP3 disc.

    "arrow up"/"arrow down":
    change preset for radio stations,
    change track on CD or MP3
    player.

    Activate CD media or portable
    player.

    "Seek UP": auto tuning up, select
    next track on CD or MP3 disc.
    Activate radio station scan

    Cars without CD-changer 3:
    set time and date.
    Eject CD or MP3 disc.

    IB3935

    The menu option in the display
    is selected with the corresponding pushbutton directly
    underneath.

    SRC: press to switch between
    AM, FM, XMTM 3, CD, MP3,
    CD changer or portable player.
    VOL: adjust volume.



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    Switching the audio
    system On/Off

    Audio settings

    Automatic tone setting

    Volume

    The audio system will come on:

    Turn the ON/OFF control until the desired
    volume is obtained.

    You can choose to automatically adapt tone
    setting, Auto EQ (Equalizer), to the tuned
    station or disc being played.

    • When the ignition is switched ON and/or
    the ON/OFF control is pressed.

    Tone controls

    1 Press the tone control to open the menu
    for tone settings.
    2 Press the pushbutton under the menu
    option Auto EQ label.
    3 Press the pushbutton under the desired
    tone setting.

    ON/OFF control

    The audio system will be
    switched off:
    • When the ON/OFF control is pressed.
    • When the ignition key is removed.
    • One hour after the ignition was switched
    OFF, if the ignition key has not been
    removed.
    • 1 hour after the audio system has been
    switched on if the key is not in the ignition
    switch.

    Tone and speaker settings
    Manual tone and speaker settings

    4 The tone settings menu automatically
    returns to the previous menu within
    5 seconds.

    1 Press the tone control to open the menu
    for tone and speaker settings.
    2 Press the pushbutton under the desired
    tone/speaker setting.
    3 Adjust the selected setting by turning
    the tone control. The selected settings
    can also be adjusted by pressing the
    SEEK, FWD or REV button.
    Centering tone and speaker settings
    Hold the tone control depressed until a
    chime sounds to center all tone and speaker
    settings.

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    Radio

    Tuning a station

    Storing presets

    Press the RADIO BAND button to return to
    radio mode if another audio source is in use.

    Fine tuning

    You can store up to 36 radio stations as presets by using the 6 pushbuttons under the
    display and the FAV button. Press the FAV
    button to scroll through up to 6 pages with
    6 presets per page. Each page can contain
    a combination of AM, FM and XMTM 3
    stations.

    Selecting a radio station

    Turn the tone control one increment or
    press the REV or FWD button to fine-tune
    the frequency in increments of 0.2 MHz.

    Selecting a frequency band

    Automatic tuning

    Press the RADIO BAND button to change
    frequency band. The selected frequency
    band appears on the display.
    Selecting a preset station
    Scroll to the desired preset page by pressing the FAV button and then pressing the
    pushbutton (1-6) under the desired preset
    station.
    You can also press
    or
    on the steering
    wheel to select another preset station.

    Press one of the SEEK buttons or the
    button on the steering wheel for automatic
    seek tuning. The radio then searches
    upward in the frequency band for the nearest strong station and stops at that frequency.
    Manual tuning
    Turn the tone control or hold the REV or
    FWD button depressed to seek a frequency
    manually. Release the control/button to
    stop at the desired frequency.

    Storing the current station as a preset
    To store the current station as a preset:
    1 Press the FAV button until you come to
    the preset page (1-6) at which the
    station is to be stored.
    2 Hold the pushbutton depressed under
    the spot (1-36) at which the station is to
    be stored. A chime will sound once the
    station is stored.

    Scanning radio stations
    Hold one of the SEEK buttons or the
    button on the steering wheel depressed
    until a chime sounds for a 5 second sampling of each station accessible on the frequency band.
    appears on the
    display.

    Scanning..

    Press one of the SEEK buttons or the
    button on the steering wheel again to cancel
    the scan and select the radio station being
    played at that instant.

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    Number of pages with preset stations

    Radio Data System (RDS)

    Rolling advertisements

    To display the number of pages (1-6) with
    preset stations:

    The audio system has a Radio Data System
    (RDS). RDS features are available for use
    only on FM stations that broadcast RDS
    information. With RDS, the radio can do the
    following:

    Some radio stations present rolling advertisements in the display.

    1 Hold the FAV button depressed or press
    the MENU button and then press the
    pushbutton under the menu option
    FAV 1-6.

    • Display radio station name.
    • Display messages from radio stations.

    Setup menu
    2 Select the number of preset pages to be
    displayed by pressing the pushbutton
    under the menu option with the desired
    number of preset pages (1-6).

    • This system relies on receiving specific
    information from these stations and will
    only work when the information is available. In rare cased, a radio station may
    broadcast incorrect information that will
    cause the radio features to work
    improperly. If this happens, contact the
    radio station.
    The RDS system is always on. When information is broadcast from the FM station you
    are listening to, the station name or call letters will be displayed on the display.

    Number of preset pages

    RDS menu

    NOTICE
    The menu options AF and REG have no
    function on US/CA cars.

    • To block rolling advertisements, mark
    PS-Freeze by pressing the pushbutton
    directly underneath.
    • To allow rolling advertisements, deselect
    PS-Freeze by pressing the pushbutton
    directly underneath.
    Press the pushbutton under the arrow
    symbol or wait until the system automatically returns to the previous menu.
    Radio text
    Press the i button to show text messages
    sent by certain radio stations in the display.
    If there are no text messages,
    appears on the display.

    No Info



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    XMTM 3 Satellite Radio Service

    Finding a XMTM 3 station

    Remove an XMTM 3 category

    XMTM is a satellite radio service based in
    the 48 contiguous United States and Canada. XMTM offers a large variety of coastto-coast channels including commercial
    free music, news, sports, talk, traffic/
    weather (U.S. subscriders), and children‘s
    programming.

    The PTY button is used to find XMTM
    stations when the radio is in the XMTM
    mode. To find XMTM channels within a
    desired category, perform the following:

    Undesired XMTM categories can be
    removed through the Setup menu. To
    remove an undesired category, perform
    the following:

    XMTM provides digital quality audio and text
    information that includes song title and artist
    name.
    A service fee is required in order to receive
    the XMTM service. For more information,
    contact XMTM:
    In the US. at www.xmradio.com or call
    1-800-852-XMXM (9696).
    In Canada at www.xmradio.ca or call
    1-877-GET-XMSR (438-9677).
    When XMTM is active, the channel name,
    and number, song title and artist can be displayed.

    1 Press the RADIO BAND button until the
    XMTM frequency is displayed. Press the
    PTY button to display the category
    labels on the radio display. Continue
    pressing the PTY button until the
    desired category name is displayed.
    2 Press either of the two pushbuttons
    below the desired category label to
    immediately tune to the first XMTM
    station associated with that category.
    3 Turn the tone control, press the buttons
    below the right or left arrows displayed,
    or press the right or left SEEK buttons to
    go to the next or previous XMTM station
    within the selected category.
    4 To exit the category search mode, press
    the FAV button to display your favorites
    again.

    95

    1 Press the MENU button to display the
    radio Setup menu.
    2 Press the pushbutton under the menu
    option XM CAT.
    3 Turn the tone control to display the category you wish to remove.
    4 Press the pushbutton under the menu
    option Remove until the category name
    along with the word
    on the display.

    Removed appears

    5 Repeat the steps to remove more categories.

    NOTICE
    The menu option XM CAT can only be
    accessed when the vehicle is stationary.



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    Restore removed XMTM 3 categories
    Removed categories can be restored by
    pressing the pushbutton under the menu
    option Add when a removed category is displayed or by pressing the pushbutton under
    the menu option Restore All.

    The XM Categories
    Decades

    World

    Country

    Classical

    Hits

    Kids

    Christian

    News

    Rock

    Sports

    Urban

    Comedy

    Jazz & Blues

    Talk & Variety

    Dance

    Premium

    Latin



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    XMTM 3 Radio Messages
    Radio Display Message Condition

    Action Required

    XM Updating

    Updating encryption code

    The encryption code in the receiver is being updated an no action is required.
    This process should take no longer than 30 seconds.

    No XM signal

    Loss of signal

    The system is functioning correctly, but the vehicle is in a location that is blocking
    the XMTM signal. When you move into an open area, the signal should return.

    Loading XM

    Acquiring channel audio
    (after four second delay)

    The audio system is acquiring and processing audio and text data. No action is
    needed. This message should disappear shortly.

    Channel Off Air

    Channel not in service

    This channel is not currently in service. Tune in to another channel.

    Channel Unavail

    Channel no longer
    available

    This previously assigned channel is no longer assigned. Tune to another station.
    If this station was one of the presets, choose another station for that preset button.

    No Artist Info

    Artist Name/Feature not
    available

    No artist information is available at this time on this channel. The system is working properly.

    No Title Info

    Song/Program Title not
    available

    No song title information is available at this time on this channel. The system is
    working properly.

    No CAT Info

    Category Name not
    available

    No category information is available at this time on this channel. The system is
    working properly.



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    Radio Display Message Condition

    Action Required

    Not Found

    No channel available for the There are no channels available for the selected category. The system is working
    chosen category
    properly.

    No Information

    No Text/Informational
    message available

    No text or informational messages are available at this time on this channel.
    The system is working properly.

    XM Theftlocked

    Theft lock active

    The XMTM receiver in the vehicle may have previously been in another vehicle.
    For security purposes, XMTM receivers cannot be swapped between vehicles. If
    this message is received after having your vehicle serviced, check with your Saab
    dealer.

    XM Radion ID

    Radio ID label (channel 0)

    If tuned to channel 0, this message will alternate with the XMTM Radio eight digit
    radio ID label. This label is needed to activate the service.

    Unknown

    Radio ID not known (should If this message is received when tuned to channel 0, there nay be a receiver fault.
    only be if hardware failure) Consult with your Saab dealer.

    Check XM Receiver

    Hardware failure

    If this message does not clear within a short period of time, the receiver may have
    a fault. Consult with your Saab dealer.



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    CD player
    NOTICE
    Do not use CDs with labels or stickers.
    These labels could detach and cause the
    audio system to malfunction.
    Activate the CD player by inserting a disc or
    by pressing the CD AUX button if a CD is
    already loaded.

    Removing CDs

    Rapid playing tracks

    Press the EJECT button to eject the CD. If
    you press EJECT without removing the
    ejected disc, the player will reload the disc
    after 10 seconds for reasons of safety.

    To rapid play the current track, hold REV or
    FWD depressed. Release the button to stop
    rapid play and return to normal playback.

    Selecting and changing tracks
    Turn the tone control or press the SEEK buttons to select or change to the preceding or
    next track. The track number appears in the
    display.
    If the current track has played for at least
    10 seconds, you can start the track from the
    beginning by pressing SEEK (arrow left).

    CD player menu

    Loading CDs
    Insert the disc in the slot with the text side
    up until the mechanism loads the disc. The
    first track is played. If the disc is
    wrong-side-up, it will be ejected automatically.
    Once all the tracks have been played, the
    CD player will restart from track 1.
    The CD player is turned off by pressing
    ON/OFF to turn off the audio system or by
    selecting another audio source.

    99

    Random playback
    You can allow the CD player to choose
    tracks randomly, i.e. not to play the tracks in
    numerical order.
    • To play tracks randomly, press the pushbutton under the menu option RDM.
    • To resume playing tracks in numerical
    order, press the pushbutton under the
    menu option RDM again.

    If you press SEEK (arrow right) while the
    last track of the disc is playing, the first track
    will play.
    If you press SEEK (arrow left) while the first
    track of the disc is playing, the last track will
    play.
    The same function applies to
    the steering wheel.

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    CD changer 3
    NOTICE
    Do not use CD or CD-R discs with labels
    or stickers. These labels could detach
    and cause the audio system to malfunction.
    Activate the CD changer by inserting one or
    more CD/MP3 discs or by pressing the CD
    AUX button if one or more discs is already
    loaded.

    Loading several CDs

    Removing CDs

    The CD changer can be loaded with up to
    6 discs. To load several discs in the CD
    changer:

    Removing a CD

    1 Hold LOAD depressed for 2 seconds. A
    chime sounds and the following appears
    on the display:

    Please Wait

    2 Follow the instructions on the display to
    load the discs.
    3 If you do not wish to load more CDs,
    press LOAD to cancel.

    Loading CDs

    1 Press EJECT to eject the disc. A chime
    sounds and the following appears on the
    display:

    Ejecting

    2 Remove the ejected disc when the
    following appears on the display:

    Remove
    CD
    If you press EJECT without removing
    the ejected disc, the player will reload
    the disc after 10 seconds for reasons of
    safety.
    Removing several CDs

    Loading a CD
    1 Press the LOAD button. The following
    appears on the display:

    Please Wait

    2 Wait until the loading mechanism is
    ready for the disc. The following appears
    on the display:

    Insert CD

    3 Insert the disc in the slot with the text
    side up until the mechanism loads the
    disc. The following appears on the
    display:

    Loading

    If the disc is wrong-side-up, it will be ejected
    automatically.

    CD changer menu
    The CD changer is turned off by pressing
    ON/OFF to turn off the audio system or by
    selecting another audio source.

    Hold EJECT depressed for 2 seconds to
    remove all discs from the CD changer. A
    chime sounds and the following appears on
    the display:

    Ejecting All



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    Selecting and changing tracks

    Selecting/changing CD

    Random playback

    Turn the tone control or press the SEEK buttons to select or change to the preceding or
    next track. The track number appears in the
    display.

    Press the pushbuttons under the menu
    option CD in the display to change CDs.

    You can allow the CD changer to choose
    tracks randomly from all CDs, i.e. not to play
    the tracks in numerical order.

    For selecting/changing MP3 folder, see
    page 103.

    If the current track has played for at least
    10 seconds, you can start the track from the
    beginning by pressing SEEK (arrow left).
    If you press SEEK (arrow right) while the
    last track of the disc is playing, the first track
    will play.
    If you press SEEK (arrow left) while the first
    track of the disc is playing, the last track will
    play.
    The same function applies to
    the steering wheel.

    and

    For selecting/changing MP3 files, see
    page 102.

    on

    • To play tracks randomly, press the pushbutton under the menu option RDM.
    • To resume playing tracks in numerical
    order, press the pushbutton under the
    menu option RDM again.

    Selecting/changing CD

    For random playback of MP3 files, see
    page 103.

    Rapid playing tracks
    To rapid play the current track, hold REV or
    FWD depressed. Release the button to stop
    rapid play and return to normal playback.
    For rapid playing an MP3 file, see page 103.

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    MP3 player
    NOTICE
    Do not use CD-R discs with labels or
    stickers. These labels could detach and
    cause the audio system to malfunction.
    The audio system can play MP3 files
    recorded on an CD-R disc with the following
    bit speed: 32 - 320 kbps. Sound quality may
    vary depending on the quality of the CD-R
    disc, recording method and quality of the
    recorded music.
    The audio system can read and play a maximum of 50 MP3 files, 50 playlists, 10 sessions and 255 MP3 files. Discs containing
    several folders, playlists, sessions and files
    can be played up to the max. limit. Anything
    over the max. limit will be ignored.

    Activating the MP3 player

    Removing MP3 discs

    Activate the MP3 player by inserting a CD-R
    disc with MP3 files into the slot or by pressing the CD AUX button if a disc with MP3
    files is already loaded.

    Press the EJECT button to eject the MP3
    disc. If you press EJECT without removing
    the ejected disc, the player will reload the
    disc after 10 seconds for reasons of safety.

    The first file in the first playlist on the disc is
    played and the following appears on the display:

    For removing one or more MP3 discs from
    the CD changer, see page 100.

    MP3 player

    Loading MP3 discs
    To load an MP3 disc, insert the disc in the
    slot with the text side up until the mechanism loads the disc. The first MP3 file in the
    first playlist of the disc will then be played.
    If the disc is wrong-side-up, it will be ejected
    automatically.
    For loading one or more MP3 discs in the
    CD changer, see page 100.

    Selecting/changing MP3 file
    Turn the tone control or press the SEEK buttons to select or change to the preceding or
    next MP3 file in the current MP3 folder or
    playlist. The MP3 file number appears in the
    display.
    If the current MP3 file has played for at least
    10 seconds, you can start the MP3 file from
    the beginning by pressing SEEK (arrow
    left).
    If you press SEEK (arrow right) while the
    last MP3 file in a folder or playlist is playing,
    the first MP3 file of the folder or playlist will
    play.
    If you press SEEK (arrow left) while the first
    MP3 file in a folder or playlist is playing, the
    last MP3 file of the folder or playlist will play.
    The same function applies to
    the steering wheel.

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    Selecting/changing MP3 folder

    Playback order

    Sorting music

    • Press the left pushbutton under the Folder
    symbol to play the first MP3 file in the
    preceding MP3 folder on the disc.

    Files on a CD-R disc will be played in the following order:

    To play MP3 files sorted by artist or album,
    press the pushbutton under the magnifying
    glass in the display.

    • Press the right pushbutton under the
    Folder symbol to play the first MP3 file of
    the next MP3 folder on the disc.

    Rapid playing an MP3 file
    To rapid play the current MP3 file, hold REV
    or FWD depressed. Release the button to
    stop rapid play and return to normal playback.

    Random playback of MP3 files
    You can allow the MP3 player to randomly
    select MP3 files, i.e. not to play the files in
    numerical order.
    • For random playback of MP3 files, press
    the pushbutton under the menu option
    RDM.
    • To resume playing MP3 files in numerical
    order, press the pushbutton under the
    menu option RDM again.

    Random playback of MP3 files

    • The first MP3 file in the first playlist will be
    played, followed by all files in each playlist. When the last MP3 file in the last playlist has been played, playback starts from
    the beginning with the first MP3 file in the
    first playlist.
    • The first MP3 file in the first MP3 folder will
    be played, followed by all files in each
    folder. When the last MP3 file in the last
    folder has been played, playback starts
    from the beginning with the first MP3 file
    in the first folder.

    The CD player searches through the disc
    and sorts files by artist and album. This
    could take several minutes depending on
    the number of MP3 files on the disc.
    Once the sort is complete, select sort order
    by pressing the pushbutton under the menu
    option Sort.
    • To sort and play MP3 files by artist, press
    the pushbutton under the menu option
    Artist.
    • To sort and play MP3 files by album, press
    the pushbutton under the menu option
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    Song title, artist name, etc.

    MP3/WMA

    If a disc has been recorded with ID3 data
    (version 1 & 2), the song title, artist name,
    album title and MP3 folder name can be
    shown in the display.

    For discs that contain both CDA tracks and
    MP3/WMA(Windows Media Audio) files, the
    player will first play the CDA tracks.

    1 Press the i button.
    2 Press the pushbutton under the desired
    menu option. The song title, artist name,
    album title or MP3 folder name appears
    in the display.
    3 Press the pushbutton under the arrow
    symbol to return to the previous menu.
    File names with more than 32 characters or
    four pages will be shortened.

    Information menu

    To play MP3/WMA files on the disc:
    1 Press the PTY button.
    2 Press the menu selection button directly
    underneath MP3/WMA.
    To return to playing CDA tracks:
    1 Press the PTY button.
    2 Press the menu selection button directly
    underneath CD-DA.

    Portable player
    WARNING
    Place the portable player where it cannot
    be thrown around and cause personal
    injury in the event of a collision.

    AUX input 3
    The AUX input is located at the bottom right
    of the audio system. It can be used to connect a portable unit, such as an MP3 player,
    to the audio system.
    Adjust the sound settings using the control
    panel or the steering wheel controls. To
    change tracks, fast forward, etc., use the
    controls on the portable player.



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    105

    Cars with CD changer
    1 Press the MENU button.

    WARNING

    IB4708

    Adjustments should be made when the
    car is stationary so that attention to traffic
    is not reduced, increasing the likelihood
    of an accident.

    AUX input at the bottom right of the audio
    system

    Setting time and date

    1 Connect the unit to the audio system via
    the AUX input.
    2 Press the CD AUX button to activate the
    portable player.

    3 Press the pushbutton under the menu
    option you wish to change.
    4 Press the pushbutton again to increase
    time or date one increment at a time. You
    can also adjust time and date by pressing the SEEK, FWD or REV button.

    Cars without CD changer
    1 Press the Clock button.
    2 Press the pushbutton under the menu
    option you wish to change.

    Connecting and activating a
    portable player

    2 Press the pushbutton under the clock
    symbol in the display.

    3 Press the pushbutton again to increase
    time or date one increment at a time. You
    can also adjust time and date by pressing the SEEK, FWD or REV button.

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    Time and date display
    1 In the clock menu, press the pushbutton
    under the arrow symbol in the display.
    2 Specify whether time should be
    displayed with the 12-hour or 24-hour
    system and in which order date is to be
    indicated by pressing the pushbutton
    under the desired menu option.

    Speed dependent volume
    compensation
    As vehicle speed increases, ambient noise
    also increases. If you do not wish to continually adjust the volume, the audio system
    can automatically adjust volume based on
    an increase or decrease in vehicle speed.
    Select one of four settings:
    • Off (no compensation)
    • Low (low compensation)

    Time and date display

    NOTICE
    The menu option RDS <clock> has no
    function on US/CA cars.

    • Med (medium compensation)
    • High (maximum compensation)
    1 Press the MENU button.
    2 Press the pushbutton under the menu
    option AUTO VOLUME.
    3 Press the pushbutton under the desired
    speed compensation.

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    Sound system

    harman/kardon® Sound System

    The sound system is called harman/kardon® Sound System. Loudness is controlled automatically by the audio system,
    boosting the highest and lowest frequency
    ranges to enhance the sound image when
    the volume is set to a low level. Sound
    reproduction is therefore excellent whatever the volume setting.

    The harman/kardon® Sound System
    system has 9 speakers: three mounted in
    the instrument panel fascia (the center
    speaker further enhances the sound
    image), one in each door and two subwoofers in the parcel shaft. The subwoofers
    enhance reproduction of the lowest bass
    notes.

    The 9-5 SportCombi has 8 speakers as
    there is only one subwoofer in the luggage
    compartment.

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    Saab 9-5 Audio System

    Technical data
    Tone controls
    Bass_____________ ±8 dB at 100 Hz
    Treble ____________ ±8 dB at 16 kHz
    Power output
    harman/kardon®
    Sound System __ 200 W
    150 W at 1% THD
    and 13.5 V
    Radio module
    Radio system ______ PLL frequency synthesizer tuner.
    Number of presets
    FM/AM/XMTM 3 _ 6 x 6
    Frequency range
    FM ___________ 87.7 - 107.9 MHz
    AM ___________ 530 - 1710 kHz

    Tuning steps
    Automatic tuning _

    FM 200 kHz
    AM 10 kHz
    Manual tuning ___ FM 200 kHz
    AM 10 kHz
    Frequency range
    40 – 11000 Hz
    (FM) __________ ±1 dB
    Distortion (FM) _____ < 0.5%
    CD player and CD changer
    1-bit system and 8 x
    oversampling
    Frequency range ___ 20 – 20000 Hz
    ±1 dB
    Distortion _________ <0.005%
    Dynamics _________ >85 dB
    CD changer capacity 6 discs

    Specifications in accordance with EIA Interim Standard.
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    Antennas
    The audio system has two antennas incorporated in the rear window: one for FM and
    one for AM.
    The XMTM Satellite Radio antenna 3 is
    located on the roof of the vehicle. Keep this
    antenna clear of snow and ice build up for
    clear radio reception.

    • If sun film is fitted to the rear window, it
    must be a pure-plastic variety to maintain
    good radio reception. Ensure that the film
    does not contain any metal.

    NOTICE
    Refrain from placing hard or sharp
    objects on the rear parcel shelf, to avoid
    damaging the antenna leads.

    IB4471

    IB4470

    • Roof loads can negatively affect telecommunication, GPS reception and the
    performance of the XMTM system 3.

    Multipath propagation

    Diversity antenna 3

    Multipath propagation occurs when radio
    waves from an FM transmitter are reflected
    by a large building, or the like, causing them
    to arrive slightly later than the direct waves.
    This can create interference to radio reception. See also "Diversity antenna".

    To improve radio reception when the topography is a problem, a second FM antenna,
    known as a diversity antenna, can be fitted
    in the rear window. Consult a Saab dealer
    for further information.



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    AM

    IB388

    IB4472

    IB4496

    FM

    Shadow effect

    Cross modulation

    Radio waves, FM/AM

    Because FM radio waves travel in straight
    lines from the transmitter, a shadow effect
    can occur when tall buildings or hills
    obstruct the propagation path from the
    transmitter to the car.

    If the radio is tuned to a weak transmitter in
    the vicinity of a stronger one, the car’s
    antennas will receive signals from both.
    Such interference is apparent when the
    unwanted broadcast can be heard faintly in
    the background.

    FM radio waves radiate in straight lines from
    the transmitter. Because such waves do not
    follow the curvature of the Earth, their
    strength becomes weaker the further they
    travel. That is why a large number of transmitters is needed to provide good reception.
    AM waves, on the other hand, are reflected
    off the ionosphere, thus greatly extending
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    IB4473

    Saab 9-5 Audio System

    Sources of FM interference

    Sources of AM interference

    Interference to FM reception can be caused
    by the electrical systems in other vehicles,
    particularly if the signal from the transmitter
    is weak.

    AM reception is prone to interference, e.g.
    from electrical systems in other vehicles,
    high-tension power lines and lightning.

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    Saab 9-5 Audio System

    Error codes

    Security lock
    WARNING

    NOTICE
    Proceed with care if rectifying a fault. If in
    doubt, contact a workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized
    Saab dealer.
    The audio system has a built-in diagnostics
    function. If a fault is detected, a error code
    is generated to help workshop technicians
    to diagnose the fault. Below are the codes
    for some faults that you might be able to rectify yourself.
    Error code

    Possible cause

    Check CD

    • CD is dirty, scratched,
    loaded wrong-side-up
    or defective.
    • The CD may be
    improperly burned.

    The CD player/CD changer is classified
    as Class 1 laser equipment.
    • Service and repair work must only be
    carried out by authorized technicians.
    • If the casing is damaged, hazardous
    laser radiation can occur.

    NOTICE
    All work on the audio system must be carried out by a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab
    dealer.

    The audio system is equipped with an electronic security lock. The special code is
    unique to the car in which the audio system
    is fitted.
    Each time the audio system is switched on,
    a check is made to ensure that the code is
    correct. If not, the following will appear on
    the display:

    Locked

    If the audio system is to be transferred to
    another car (Saab 9-5), a Saab dealer must
    be contacted to provide the right code for
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    IB394

    Steering wheel
    adjustment__________
    Electric windows______
    Rearview mirrors______
    Moonroof 3 __________
    Interior lighting _______
    Sun visors ___________
    Power Outlet 3 _______
    Glove compartment ___
    Cup holders __________
    Trunk _______________

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

    114
    115
    116
    123
    124
    125
    126
    126
    128
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    Steering wheel
    adjustment
    WARNING
    Never adjust the steering wheel unless
    the car is stationary.
    IB3869

    Fore-and-aft and tilt adjustment of the steering wheel is possible.
    Pull down the lever fully until you hear a
    click. Move the steering wheel to the desired
    position and then raise the lever. The lever
    should lock with a click.

    Horn
    The horn is sounded by pressing the central
    part of the steering wheel. Press closest to
    the steering wheel rim.
    IB3868

    Make sure that the lever is fully locked
    before driving off.

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    Electric windows
    WARNING
    Bear in mind the pinch hazard when the
    side windows are being wound up.
    • Always remove the ignition key when
    you leave the car. This prevents personal injury caused by the electric windows, for example, due to children
    playing.
    • The person operating the electric windows is responsible for ensuring that
    no one, especially children, has their
    head, hands or fingers in the window
    openings, before raising the windows.
    Raising the windows could otherwise
    cause serious or fatal injuries.
    • Do not extend your arm, head etc. out
    of an open window while driving.
    The electric motors of the front windows are
    equipped with overload protection (integrated thermal protection). This protection
    operates when the windows are wound
    down automatically (switch pressed fully
    down).

    1 Window switches
    2 Switch for rendering rear door window switches inoperative

    To open:

    To close:

    Front windows: press the front of the switch

    Front windows: Lift the front of the switch.

    Rear windows: Press the back of the switch.

    Rear windows: Lift the back of the switch.

    The switches for the front windows have a
    third position for automatic opening of the
    window. Press the switch fully down to lower
    the window completely.

    The actuating motor will be switched off
    automatically when the window is fully
    closed or when the switch is released.

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    Rearview mirrors
    Door mirrors
    The door mirrors may have an auto dimming
    function 3 and the passenger side door
    mirror is of the wide-angle ‘‘aspheric” type.
    The adjusting switch is on the driver’s door.
    If the car is equipped with a programmable
    driver’s seat, the settings of the door mirrors
    can also be stored in the preset buttons for
    the seat (see page 20).
    Switch for rear side window

    Child safety: rear windows
    (ON/OFF)
    The window switches on the rear doors can
    be rendered inoperative by the ON/OFF
    switch in the panel on the center console.
    When the switch is ON, the rear side windows can be operated by the switch on each
    rear door. The switch’s back lighting will be
    activated.
    When the switch is OFF, the rear side windows can only be operated from the panel
    on the center console. When off, the
    switch’s back lighting will also be switched
    off.

    The door mirrors are designed to fold back
    if knocked. They can also be fully retracted
    for parking in tight spaces, such as on the
    car deck of a ferry. Remember to fold them
    out again before driving off.

    NOTICE
    The door mirrors should be fully retracted
    before the car enters an automatic car
    wash.

    Adjusting the door mirrors
    1 Select mirror
    2 Use touch pad to adjust mirror



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    Door mirror folded in

    Electrically retractable door
    mirrors 3
    Retract and unfold the door mirrors with the
    button on the instrument panel to the
    left of the steering wheel. The ignition key
    must be in the ON position. Allow the mirrors
    finish moving before repressing the button.
    If the mirrors have been moved manually, it
    may require several presses of the button to
    return the mirrors to their normal positions.

    IB568

    IB3870

    Interior equipment and trunk

    Button for angling passenger’s mirror
    down when reversing
    If you retract the mirrors by hand and later
    press the mirror button on the instrument
    panel, you will hear a distinct click as the
    motors reach their end positions. When the
    mirrors are unfolded electrically, they will
    return to their normal positions.

    NOTICE
    The door mirrors should be fully retracted
    before the car enters an automatic car
    wash.

    Cars equipped with a programmable
    driver’s seat 3 also have the ability to angle
    the passenger’s mirror down when reversing, e.g. for a better view of the curb.
    1 Select reverse.
    2 Press the tiny button adjacent to the
    doormirror switch to tilt the mirror. The
    mirror will be reset automatically when
    reverse gear is deselected.
    The mirror glass can also be adjusted manually by gently pressing the glass in the
    desired direction.
    The mirrors are heated, and the heating
    comes on and goes off with the rear-window
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    Interior equipment and trunk
    Interior rearview auto-dimming
    mirror with garage door opener,
    and digital compass 3
    WARNING
    Make sure that people and objects are out
    of the way of a moving door or gate to prevent potential harm or damage.

    Rearview mirror
    1 Day position
    2 Night position

    Rearview mirror
    The rearview mirror has day/night positions
    that can be selected by means of a knob
    beneath the mirror. Adjust the mirror in day
    position.

    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, signalling 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 and compass
    1-3 Garage opener
    4 LED
    5 Compass/auto dimming ON/OFF
    6 Compass bearing

    Retain your original garage door 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
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    Preparations for first-time programming
    Before programming the garage opener for
    the first time, you must delete any factory
    codes.
    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.
    Programming
    The garage opener can record and store the
    frequencies of three different remote controls.
    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.
    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).

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    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
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    Erasing the three buttons

    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.

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

    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.

    This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
    Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
    this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
    must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
    Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the
    manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate
    the equipment.
    Canada only:
    This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada.
    Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
    this device may not cause interference, and (2) this
    device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of this device.

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    Rearview auto-dimming
    mirrors 3
    The autodimming is activated and deactivated with a short push on button 2.
    If the mirror is equipped with Garage Door
    Opener (option) the letter 1 is displayed on
    compass bearing display briefly when auto
    dimming is activated. When deactivating
    the letter 0 is displayed.
    The interior rearview mirror has two sensors, one forward-facing and one rear-facing. They also activate and deactivate the
    auto dimming feature on door mirrors.
    The system is activated when the forward-facing sensor detects that it is dark
    outside and the rear-facing sensor detects.
    For example, if the car following has not
    dimmed its headlights. The rearview mirrors
    are then darkened to prevent the strong light
    source from dazzling the driver. This darkening is stepless.
    The mirrors return to their normal states
    when the strong light source diminishes.
    The auto dimming function can be turned
    OFF with the switch on the lower edge of the
    rear-view mirror.
    NOTE
    Towing a trailer can cause the system to
    malfunction, as the rear-facing sensor may
    sense light from the trailer.

    1 Forward-facing sensor
    2 ON/OFF switch, auto dimming function
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    Compass
    The compass is integrated in the rearview
    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.

    Compass zones in Canada

    Compass zones in US

    Changing zones

    Calibration

    The earth’s magnetic fields vary 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.

    Calibration is performed automatically
    during travel. If an accessory, such as a
    mobile phone, is fitted and it can be
    assumed that the compass is affected, the
    compass may need to be calibrated manually.

    1 Study the illustrations to determine the
    correct zone.
    2 Press and hold button 5 until "ZONE" is
    shown in the display on the mirror
    (6 seconds). The zone number setting
    now is also shown.
    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 seconds).
    2 Drive in circles (max. 5 mph/8 km/h) or
    drive as normal until "CAL" is no longer
    displayed.



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    Moonroof 3
    WARNING
    Bear in mind the pinch hazard when closing the moonroof.

    • The person operating the electric
    moonroof is responsible for ensuring
    that no one, especially children, has
    their head, hands or fingers in the
    opening, before closing the moonroof.
    Operating the moonroof could otherwise cause serious or fatal injuries.
    • Do not extend your arm, head etc. out
    of an open moonroof while driving.

    1
    2
    Moonroof control
    1 To open
    2 To close
    3 Ventilation position

    To close:
    • Slide the control forwards until the moonroof is closed.
    Ventilation position

    The moonroof is operated by the switch on
    the overhead panel above the rearview mirror. The moonroof can be opened partially
    or fully.
    To open:
    • Slide the control towards the rear to open
    the moonroof to the comfort position.
    To open it fully, slide the control back a
    second time. Press the control to stop it
    earlier.

    3
    IB430

    • Always remove the ignition key when
    you leave the car. This prevents personal injury caused by the electric
    moonroof, for example, due to children playing.

    • Press the middle of the control (when
    moonroof closed).
    • To close: slide the control forwards.
    To fully open the moonroof from the ventilation position, slide the control back.
    The moonroof incorporates an interior,
    manual, sliding sun blind.
    If the car is newly waxed, the moonroof may
    creak when opened to the ventilation position or when driving with the moonroof

    closed. The sound comes from the area
    where the front edge of the moonroof meets
    the metal roof. Open the moonroof fully and,
    using washer fluid, clean the seal on the
    leading edge of the moonroof and the
    painted surface against which this seals
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    1
    2

    Manual operation of moonroof

    Emergency operation of
    moonroof
    In an emergency (e.g. if there is an electrical
    failure) the moonroof can be operated by a
    screwdriver. Remove the cover at the front
    of the moonroof opening, insert a screwdriver in the groove, and rotate.
    Rotate counterclockwise to close moonroof.

    IB357

    IB431

    3

    1 Interior lighting on continuously
    2 Lighting comes on when a door is opened
    3 Lighting always off

    Interior lighting
    The interior lighting consists of one dome
    light in the front and one in the back, a
    map-reading light in the front, two reading
    lights in the back, floor courtesy lights in the
    front (in some model variants) and door
    courtesy lights on all doors.
    The courtesy lights come on automatically
    when the respective door is opened. Each
    reading light has its own switch adjacent to
    the lamp.

    The switch for the dome lights is on the front
    overhead panel. When the switch is in the
    mid-position (door-activated), the interior
    lighting will come on:
    • When the car is unlocked from the
    outside.
    • When any door is opened.
    • When the ignition key is withdrawn from
    the ignition switch.
    Lighting goes out 30 seconds after the
    doors have been closed or:
    • when the ignition is switched ON,
    provided that the cabin lighting control is
    in the center position
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    Luggage-compartment lighting
    The luggage-compartment lighting comes
    on automatically when the trunk is opened
    and goes out when the trunk is closed.

    2

    The lighting will also be switched off automatically after 20 minutes if the trunk has
    been left open.

    IB358

    1

    IB1180

    1

    1 Reading lights
    2 Dome light

    There is also a light in the sun visors. The
    light comes on when the cover over the
    vanity mirror is opened.
    When the ignition is OFF, if a door has been
    left open for 20 minutes, the interior lighting
    will be switched off automatically to save the
    battery.

    Sun visor

    Sun visors
    If the car is equipped with double sun visors.
    One section of the visor can be independently pivoted to the side window.
    A vanity mirror is provided on the back of the
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    Power Outlet 3
    WARNING
    The maximum combined load for the two
    power outlets is 240 W (20 A).
    You can use the electrical socket to charge
    a mobile phone, for example.

    Glove compartment
    WARNING
    The glove compartment must be closed
    while travelling. An open glove compartment door could cause leg injuries in the
    event of a crash.
    The glove compartment can be cooled by
    the air conditioning (ACC) system. Cold air
    can be directed to the glove compartment
    for keeping drinks cool, etc.
    Slide the cover to open/close the air inlet.

    Storage facilities
    Additional storage facilities are provided
    (see next page).

    IB1286

    126

    Sliding cover in glove compartment to
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    Console between front seats

    Center armrest for rear seat 3

    On the back of the front seats 3

    IB441

    On leading edge of front seats 3

    IB439

    In the doors

    127

    IB438

    IB437

    IB436

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    Interior equipment and trunk
    WARNING

    1
    • The cup holder should not be used to
    hold cups made of china, glass or hard
    plastic as these can cause injury in the
    event of a crash.

    2

    Cup holder in fascia
    1 Press symbol to open
    2 Lift bottom to close

    • Avoid spillage, particularly of hot
    drinks.
    • Avoid putting oversized cups in the
    cup holder.

    IB444

    IB1153

    • Use only for paper cups or aluminium
    cans.

    Cup holder in rear armrest 3
    Press the edge to open/close.

    NOTICE

    Cup holders
    Cup holders are provided in the instrument
    panel fascia, in the center console compartment between the front seats, and in the
    rear-seat armrest (certain variants only).

    Take care not to spill any liquid on the
    audio system, ignition switch or the like
    when using the cup holders. Soft drinks in
    particular can cause malfunction.

    Cup holder in center console 3

    To access the cup holder in the instrument
    panel, press the symbol and release.

    The number of cup holders provided may
    vary between models.

    IB443

    To access the cup holder in the rear seat
    armrest, lower the armrest and press the
    front edge of the holder. Close in the same
    way.



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    129

    Trunk
    WARNING

    Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Sedan
    The rear seat is split and the two sections can be folded independently. Folding down of the rear seat is easier if the front seats are
    not all the way back, and the rear head restraints are folded down.
    1 Raise the rear seat cushions by pulling the loop located between
    the cushion and the backrest.

    • Never leave a child or animal unattended in the car. During
    sunny weather the temperature in the passenger and luggage
    compartments can climb to 158–176°F (70–80°C). Small children are very susceptible to heat stroke.

    2 Tip the seat cushion forward.

    • Rear-seat passengers should always ensure that the head
    restraint is raised and in proper position for the seats to be
    occupied.

    3 Press the button adjacent to the respective backrest to release it.

    • Keep hands well clear of all moving parts.

    4 Fold down the backrest.

    • Never place heavy objects on the rear window shelf. There is
    always a danger of loose objects flying about and causing
    injury if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a
    crash.
    • Before folding up the backrest, hang the outer safety belts
    onto the hook on the respective courtesy handle to prevent
    them from becoming trapped.

    1

    • Check that the seatbelt locks do not get trapped under the
    seat cushions when these are raised back up.

    2

    • Make sure that the backrest is locked when it is restored to an
    upright position. Check that the back rest release button (3) is
    flush with the surround before entering the rear seat. This indicates that the backrest is locked.

    3

    IB459

    4



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    Interior equipment and trunk
    WARNING

    • Place heavy items closest to the backrest and stow smaller
    and lighter items on top.
    • 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.

    • Secure small items if the backrest is folded down or the
    load-through hatch is open. Small items can also be thrown
    around inside the car and cause personal injury.

    IB461

    • Secure heavy and bulky items using the tie down points
    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 (see page 131).
    Outer safety belt hooked onto courtesy handle

    • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its
    handling characteristics (see page 258).
    • Make sure that the seat cushions and backrests are properly
    secured when folding them back to their normal position.
    Check that the button (item 3 on page 129) is flush with the
    surround before entering the back seat.

    IB4140

    The tail pipe of the exhaust system can become very hot during
    driving. Bear this in mind when loading and unloading the car so
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    131

    Trunk pass-through hatch
    A trunk pass-through hatch is incorporated in the rear seat backrest
    to enable long, narrow items to be carried inside the car.
    Items should not weigh more than 33 lbs. (15 kg) nor be more than
    2 yards (2 metres) in length. See the label on the hatch.
    1 Fold down the armrest.
    Before loading or unloading long items, switch off the engine and
    apply the parkingbrake. This averts the danger of the car moving off
    suddenly if a long item were to knock the gear or selector lever into
    gear.

    IB463

    2 Raise the hatch by lifting the handle.

    WARNING
    • Anchor the load securely (e.g. using middle safety belt) to
    avoid danger of injury resulting from displacement of load on
    hard braking.
    • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its
    handling characteristics (see page 258).

    Tie Downs

    IB4141

    The tie downs for securing the load are fitted inside the trunk. Place
    the load as far in as possible.



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    Interior equipment and trunk

    Folding the rear seat, 9-5 SportCombi
    Both the narrow and wide sections of the rear seat can be folded
    separately. Folding is facilitated if the front seats are not located too
    far back. The wide section cannot be folded separately if a cargo net
    (accessory) is mounted on the rear of the backrest.
    1 Make sure that the head restraint is in the down position. For
    height adjustment refer to page 21.
    2 Put the safety belts for the outer seat places in their respective
    belt clips, which are located near the backrest (see illustration).
    IB1211

    3 Raise the rear seat cushions by pulling the loop located between
    the cushion and the backrest.
    4 Fold the narrow section (right) of the backrest forward by raising
    the opening handle on the right-hand side.
    5 Fold the wide section of the backrest forward in the
    corresponding manner.
    6 Adjust the front seats for optimal driving/passenger comfort.

    NOTICE

    Safety belt located in its belt clip

    IB3127

    The safety belts for the outer seating positions should be put in
    their respective belt clips near the backrest to prevent them from
    being pinched when the rear seat is raised to the upright position.



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    133

    Parcel shelf, 9-5 SportCombi
    WARNING
    • Do not travel in the back seat without ensuring that the head
    restraint is set at a suitable height for the seats to be occupied.
    • Never allow anyone to sit on a folded backrest.
    • Always be aware of the risk of pinching when handling moving
    parts of the seating.
    • Never place heavy objects on the parcel shelf. There is always
    a danger of loose objects flying about and causing injury if the
    car should brake suddenly or be involved in a crash.
    • Make sure that the backrests are locked when they are folded
    back upright. Check that the two red warning-indication flags
    are fully down. This indicates that the backrests are locked.
    • Check that the safety belt lock is not trapped under the seat
    cushions when these are raised back up.
    • Never leave a child or animal unattended in the car. During
    sunny weather the temperature in the passenger and luggage
    compartments can climb to 158–176°F (70–80°C). Small children are very susceptible to heat stroke.
    The tail pipe of the exhaust system can become very hot during
    driving. Bear this in mind when loading and unloading the car so
    that children, for example, do not burn themselves.

    Fold the parcel shelf as follows:
    1 Press the rear edge of the shelf downwards and forwards.
    2 Continue pressing the folded section forward until it is folded over
    the front section.
    Extend the parcel shelf as follows:
    1 Hold the rear edge of the shelf and pull it back.
    2 The shelf rests on a track located beneath the rear side windows.
    Make sure that the rear corner fits in the recess. Otherwise it will
    not lie flat.
    Alternative location of the parcel shelf if this is removed:
    • Folded up on the floor at the rear of the luggage compartment.
    • On its end on the floor behind the front seat backrest.



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    Interior equipment and trunk

    Folding the narrow section of the backrest
    The folding is facilitated if the front seat is not too far back.
    1 Make sure that the head restraint is in the down position. For
    height adjustment refer to page 21.
    2 Put the safety belt in the belt clip near the backrest.
    3 Raise the rear seat cushion by pulling the loop located at the rear
    of the cushion.
    4 Fold the narrow section (right) of the backrest forward by raising
    the opening handle.

    NOTICE
    The safety belts for the outer seating positions should be put in
    their respective belt clips near the back rest to prevent them being
    pinched when the rear seat is raised to the upright position, see
    illustration page 132.

    IB3128

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    Interior equipment and trunk
    Load anchoring
    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 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 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 maneuvers and in the event of a crash.
    • For the best load anchoring, use the
    special cargo tie down eye and load
    straps 3.
    • Load the cargo tie down eyes evenly.
    Never attach more than one strap to
    each tie down eye.

    • Provide protection on sharp edges to
    prevent damage to the load straps.
    • Never use the elastic floor net 3 and
    elastic side net (accessory) when the
    rear seat is folded down. These nets
    are only intended to keep light objects
    tidy, not for the anchoring of loads.
    • 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 position is a basic
    requirement for protection against
    cargo displacement in the event of
    a crash.
    • Cargo can intrude into the passenger
    compartment during a sudden stop or
    front crash if the outer safety belts are
    not fastened. Check that the two red
    warning-indication flags are fully
    down. This shows that the backrests
    are locked.

    135

    WARNING
    • Match the speed and driving style
    according to how the car is loaded.
    The driving characteristics of the car
    can be affected because the center of
    gravity is altered when there is a cargo
    in the luggage compartment.
    • An object weighing 55 lbs. (25 kg) corresponds to a weight of 2200 lbs.
    (1000 kg) in a head on crash at
    32 mph (50 km/h).
    • Adjust the car’s load (passengers and
    luggage) so that the gross vehicle
    weight or the axle weight is not
    exceeded, see page 258.
    Driving with the trunk lid/tailgate open,
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    Cargo tie down eye 3 mounted on the longitudinal rails 3
    On the floor of the luggage compartment
    there may be two longitudinal aluminium
    rails (CargoTracks™) where accessory
    cargo tie down eye can be mounted.

    Example of cargo anchoring
    Items for load anchoring:
    • Cargo tie down eye 3.
    • Special load straps 3.

    Fitting a lashing eye:
    1 Hold it between your forefinger and
    middle finger with the ring up.
    2 Press down the spring center section
    with your thumb.
    3 Insert the center section into one of the
    holes and move the lashing eye forward
    or back slightly to fit it into the middle of
    the recess in the rail.
    4 Release it.
    5 Check that the lashing eye is firmly fitted
    by pulling on it.

    Items to keep light objects tidy 3:
    • Elastic floor cargo net 3.
    • Elastic side cargo net for the right-hand
    side of the luggage compartment 3.
    The elastic nets may only be used to keep
    light objects tidy, not for anchoring.
    The floor net should be attached to the
    cargo tie down eye that are mounted on the
    CargoTracks™. Place the tie down eyes as
    far forward and as far back as possible on
    the CargoTracks™.

    IB1215

    IB1216

    Interior equipment and trunk

    IB4092

    136

    Elastic cargo net for lighter objects.
    The side netting should be attached to the
    two tie down eyes which are included in the
    accessory kit and to two of the eyes
    mounted on the right-hand CargoTrack™
    on the floor.
    The cargo tie down eyes, load straps and
    elastic nets are stored in the two floor lockers on the right- and left-hand side of the
    luggage compartment. The lockers are
    opened by lifting the respective fabric loop.

    NOTICE
    Do not place any objects so that the
    demisting and antenna elements on the
    inside of the window could be damaged.



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    137

    Cargo net 3

    1 Remove the rearmost covers from the
    roof.

    Cover over the fixing point for the cargo
    net

    2 Fasten the attachments at the top of the
    net to the two attachment points in the
    roof.

    You can also install the cargo net directly
    behind the front seats when the rear seats
    are folded.

    3 Secure a lashing eye furthest forward on
    each of the CargoTracks (see previous
    page). Attach the hooks on the net to
    these eyes. Tension the straps.

    1 Remove the front covers from the roof.
    2 Fasten the attachments at the top of the
    net to the two attachment points in the
    roof.

    Attaching the cargo net to the roof

    Hook attached to a lashing eye

    3 Wrap each strap around the tube
    running under the rear edge of each
    front seat and attach the hook to the eye
    on the strap.

    IB4091

    Install the net behind the rear seat backrest.

    IB1217

    The cargo in the luggage compartment
    must be anchored properly, even if the
    cargo net is correctly in position. The only
    purpose of the net is to prevent light
    objects from being thrown about in the
    cabin during heavy braking or in the event
    of a crash.

    IB1218

    WARNING



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    Interior equipment and trunk
    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 the inside.

    Storage tray 3 under luggage
    compartment floor,
    9-5 SportCombi
    Secure the luggage compartment floor in
    the open position using the hook on the
    underside of the floor. The storage tray must
    be located under the luggage compartment
    floor. The cargo net can be stored here
    when not in use for example.
    Maximum recommended weight on the
    storage tray is 22 lbs. (10 kg).

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

    IB1833

    IB4093

    NOTICE

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    139

    IB3878

    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 ________
    Starting the engine ____
    Important considerations
    for driving___________
    Refueling ____________
    Engine Break-In Period_
    Gear changing ________
    Cruise control ________
    Braking ______________
    Electronic Stability
    Program (ESP®) ______
    Parking brake ________
    Parking ______________
    Saab Parking
    Assistance 3 ________

    140
    141
    144
    146
    150
    150
    159
    160
    163
    165
    165
    168

    Economical motoring __
    Driving in cold weather
    Driving in hot weather _
    Towing a trailer 3 _____
    Driving with a roof rack
    load________________
    Driving with a load ____
    Driving with a spare
    wheel fitted _________
    Driving with the trunk
    lid/tailgate open______
    Driving in deep water __
    Towing the car________
    Jump starting ________

    170
    172
    173
    174
    179
    179
    181
    181
    181
    181
    184



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    Starting and driving
    ON position
    ST

    LOC
    K

    OFF O
    N

    All electrical circuits working.
    Do not leave the key in the ON position
    when the engine is not running.

    LOCK position
    IB1120

    Engage reverse and turn the key to LOCK.
    Automatic transmission: select ”P”.
    The gear lever is locked. This is the only
    position in which the key can be removed.

    Ignition switch

    The parking lights, hazard warning lights
    and interior lighting all work.

    The combined ignition switch and
    gear-lever lock is located in the center console between the front seats. The ignition
    key can only be removed when reverse is
    engaged (automatic transmission: selector
    in ”P” position).

    OFF position

    The key fits all the locks on the car. The key
    number is specified on the small plastic
    strap that comes with the keys when the car
    is delivered. Keep a note of the key number
    in a safe place, as you will need to quote it if
    ordering a replacement key.
    See also page 44.

    Gear lever no longer locked.
    Certain electrical circuits operational.

    Turn the key to OFF to switch off the electrical circuits. In the ON position certain warning and indicator lights come on as a check,
    and they normally are extinguished after
    about 3 seconds.

    ST (starter) position
    The starter operates when the key is turned
    to this position. When released, the key will
    spring back to the ON position.
    If the engine fails to start, the key must first
    be turned back to the position between OFF
    and LOCK before the starter can be operated again.
    When the starter motor is running, several
    electrical circuits are disconnected to facilitate starting.



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    Starting and driving
    If the car does not start

    NOTICE

    141

    Starting the engine

    If the text

    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.

    WARNING

    ”Key not accepted.
    Contact service.”
    is shown on the SID, after a failed start
    attempt, the cause could be a fault in the
    transmitter in the key, or in the receiver in
    the ignition lock. The following should be
    done:

    • Always remove the key before leaving
    the car.

    • Turn the key back to the LOCK position.

    • Always apply the parking brake before
    removing the ignition key.

    • Press one of the buttons on the remote
    control (the LED stops blinking).

    • Turn the key to ON.

    • Start the engine.
    Try another key. If this works, then the fault
    is in the first key.
    We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer for checking and rectification.
    Note:
    Certain electronic items, such as cellular
    phones, may affect the starting producedure. Be sure that all devices are clear of the
    key/ignition switch area.

    WARNING
    • When starting the engine:
    – Sit down in the driver’s seat.
    – Depress the clutch pedal fully. 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 wound down
    window. This could lead to serious
    personal injury.
    • Engage reverse (R) (position P for
    automatic transmission) 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.
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    Starting and driving

    • The tail pipe of the exhaust system
    can become very hot during driving.
    Bear this in mind when loading and
    unloading the car.
    • 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 the risk that exhaust
    gases may enter the cabin.

    Starting the engine
    Avoid racing the engine or putting a heavy
    load on it before it has warmed up. Drive
    away as soon as the oil warning light has
    been extinguished to enable the engine to
    attain its normal temperature as quickly as
    possible.
    The engine has an automatic choke and
    should be started as follows:
    Cars with manual transmission

    It is possible for air to enter the lubricating
    system in conjunction with an oil or oil-filter
    change, or if the car has been stored for
    some time. This air can cause the hydraulic
    cam followers to emit a ticking noise, which
    can persist for up to 15 minutes after starting. Although this is quite normal and does
    not indicate any malfunction, it is advisable
    not to exceed 3,000 rpm before the noise
    has disappeared.
    The hydraulic cam lifters are completely
    service free; the valve clearance is set up at
    the factory and will not need any subsequent adjustment.

    To start the engine the clutch pedal must
    be fully depressed.
    1 Depress the clutch pedal fully but do not
    touch the accelerator.
    2 Start the engine. Let the ignition key
    spring back as soon as the engine has
    started and is running smoothly – at very
    low temperatures, you may need to run
    the starter for up to 25 seconds. Wait
    20–30 seconds before running the
    starter again, to give the battery time to
    recover.
    Note:
    On cars with manual transmission, if the
    starter fails to engage when the ignition key
    is turned to the start position, make sure the
    clutch pedal is full depressed. Mispositioned floor mats or other obstructions
    under the clutch pedal may affect starting.

    Let the engine idle for about 10 seconds.
    Do not open the throttle wide for at least
    2–3 minutes after starting.
    Cars with automatic transmission 3
    1 The selector lever must be in the P or N
    position.
    2 Keep your foot on the brake pedal.
    3 Start the engine. Let the ignition key
    spring back as soon as the engine has
    started and is running smoothly – at very
    low temperatures, you may need to run
    the starter for up to 25 seconds. Wait
    20–30 seconds before running the
    starter again, to give the battery time to
    recover.
    Let the engine idle for about 10 seconds. Do
    not open the throttle wide for at least
    2–3 minutes after starting.



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    Starting and driving
    Useful tips on cold climate
    starting
    If the engine has failed to start after several
    attempts in very cold weather, press and
    hold the accelerator down to the floor and
    run the starter for 5–10 seconds. This will
    prevent the engine being flooded (excessively rich fuel-air mixture).
    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.

    Limp-home mode
    The engine management system has a
    diagnostic feature that continually checks a
    number of internal functions.
    If, for example, a fault is detected in the
    throttle valve, the engine management
    system will go into Limp-home mode.This
    limits:
    • idling control,
    • disables the cruise-control system and
    • limits the capacity of the A/C compressor.
    If the limp-home mode is in operation (”Service Engine Light also known as CHECK
    ENGINE” light on, see below) and the outside temperature is close to or below freezing, you may need to use some throttle on
    starting (some pressure on the accelerator).
    If the diagnostic system has detected a fault
    in the engine-management system, the
    ”Service Engine Light also known as
    CHECK ENGINE” light
    on the main
    instrument panel will come on (see page
    58), indicating that you should have the car
    checked as soon as possible by a workshop. We recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab dealer.

    143

    NOTICE
    If the CHECK ENGINE warning light
    starts to flash, ease off the accelerator
    slightly. If the light does not cease to flash
    within 5 seconds, stop the car in a suitable place as soon as possible and turn
    off the engine. The car must be towed to
    a workshop. We recommend that you
    contact an authorized Saab dealer.
    If the CHECK ENGINE warning light
    flashes, it indicates that the engine is misfiring which can result in damage to the
    catalytic converter.



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    Starting and driving

    Important
    considerations for
    driving
    The engine-management system in the
    Saab 9-5 is called Saab Trionic T7. The
    system manages the ignition, fuel injection
    and turbo boost pressure.
    The Trionic T7 system developed by Saab
    is an intelligent engine-management
    system designed to achieve optimum drivability under differing driving conditions.
    The system makes adjustments automatically, for instance, if the car is being driven
    at altitude (oxygen-deficient air), for different grades of fuel (AON 87–93) and for different load conditions.
    1 Starting and driving
    • Refrain from using full throttle before
    the engine has warmed up (before
    needle in mid-range on temperature
    gauge).
    • A safety function prevents the engine
    from revving faster than 6,000 rpm by
    limiting the induction air.
    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

    • 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.
    • The maximum boost pressure is
    adjusted automatically to the knocking
    or pinging tendency of the engine.
    Occasional, short-lived knocking when
    the engine is under a heavy load is
    perfectly normal; the extent will depend
    on the grade of fuel in the tank.
    • Isolated instances of knocking are
    more likely to occur with low-octane
    fuel. This controlled form of knocking,
    followed by a reduction in the boost
    pressure, is a sign that the wastegate is
    functioning and is perfectly safe for the
    engine.

    NOTICE
    • If the engine sounds strange there is a
    fault in the system. Have the car
    checked without delay by a workshop.
    We recommend that you contact an
    authorized Saab dealer.
    • The use of fuel with too low an octane
    rating can cause serious engine
    damage.

    WARNING
    If the engine is being run with the car on a
    rolling road or dynamometer, longer than
    for a standard state emission inspection,
    to ensure adequate cooling, air must be
    blown into the engine compartment and
    under the car at a rate equivalent to the
    ram-air effect that would be obtained at
    the corresponding road speed.



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    Important considerations with
    catalytic converters

    • Never park the car on dry grass or other
    combustible material. The catalytic
    converter gets very hot and could therefore start a fire.

    1

    NOTICE

    • Never drive off if the engine is misfiring.

    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. The fuel
    and ignition systems are particularly
    important in this context.
    • 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 as soon as
    possible. We recommend that you
    contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    2

    3

    3
    2

    • If you jump start the car when the engine
    is already up to normal temperature, the
    engine must start to run on all cylinders.
    Stop jump-starting if the engine fails to
    start immediately.
    IB3879

    Use only unleaded gasoline. Leaded gasoline is detrimental to the catalyst and
    oxygen sensor and will seriously impair
    the function of the catalytic converter.
    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 (mixture of
    precious metals).

    145

    Oxygen-sensor-controlled
    injection system
    1 Engine control module
    2 Oxygen sensor (lambda probe)
    3 Catalytic converters

    • If the engine fails to start (in very cold
    weather or if the battery is flat), the car can
    be push started (manual gearbox only) or
    started using jumper cables 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 five minutes to give it time
    to settle and run smoothly. If, after this
    time, the engine still fails to run properly,
    turn off the engine and get in touch with a
    workshop for advice. We recommend that
    you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    NOTICE
    If the car runs out of fuel, it is possible for
    air to get into the fuel system. If this
    happens, the catalytic converter may
    overheat and be damaged.
    Failure to follow these directions could
    result in the catalytic converter and associated components being damaged, and
    could represent a breach of the warranty
    conditions.



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    Starting and driving

    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.

    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 58.
    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 gallons (8 litres) of fuel
    remains in the tank.



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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.

    When refueling, hang the fuel cap inside
    the fuel door

    Fuel cap

    The most effective way to prevent condensation forming in the tank (and thus avoid
    possible running problems) is to keep the
    tank well filled.

    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.

    Before the onset of freezing temperatures in
    winter, it may be advisable to add gasoline
    anti-freeze to the fuel a few times to dispel
    any condensation in the system.

    When you put the fuel cap back on, turn it to
    the right (clockwise) until you hear 3 clicks.
    Make sure you fully install the cap.

    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.

    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 indicator light
    on page 58.

    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



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    Starting and driving

    Filling a portable fuel container
    WARNING
    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:
    • 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)

    system performance compared to other
    gasoline.

    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 - 93 octane.
    Gasoline Specifications
    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

    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.
    California Fuel
    If your vehicle is certified to meet California
    Emission Standards (see the underhood
    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
    smog-check test. See Service Engine Light
    also known as CHECK ENGINE indicator
    light on page 58. 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.



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    Additives
    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.
    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
    (MMT); ask the attendant where you buy
    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.

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    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.



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    Starting and driving

    Engine Break-In Period

    Wearing in new brake pads

    Gear changing

    Pistons, 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.

    Manual transmission 3

    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.
    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,
    during the first 1,800 miles (3,000 km).

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

    To start the engine the clutch pedal must
    be fully depressed.
    The gear positions are marked on the gear
    lever. Before reverse (R) can be engaged,
    you must lift the ring underneath the
    gear-lever knob.
    To change 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 transmission.
    When changing down from 5th to 4th gear,
    ease the gear lever straight back, without
    applying any lateral pressure. This will prevent 2nd gear being engaged by mistake,
    which can result in overreving and possible
    damage to the engine.
    Before engaging reverse, wait till the car is
    at a standstill, release the accelerator and
    fully depress the clutch. From neutral, press
    the gear lever firmly to the right before
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    Automatic transmission 3
    1 3 5

    WARNING

    2 4 R

    IB471

    • Make it a habit to keep your foot on the
    brake when selecting a drive position,
    to prevent the car from creeping forward (or backward if reverse is
    selected).

    NOTICE
    When the reverse gear is to be engaged
    the car must be at a standstill with the
    accelerator fully released. Lift the reverse
    lock-out collar and push the gear lever
    firmly to the right in neutral before easing
    it into reverse.

    Towing
    Towing of cars with manual transmission, see page 181.

    • 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.

    Selector lever
    The electronic control module for the automatic transmission receives information on
    engine torque and road speed, and also
    controls the hydraulic pressure in the transmission to ensure that gear changing is as
    smooth as possible.
    The position of the selector lever is shown
    by the symbols adjacent to the lever and
    also by a symbol on the main instrument
    panel. If manual mode (M) is selected, the
    current gear is also displayed on the main
    instrument panel.
    The ignition key can only be removed when
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    Starting and driving
    Three modes for the automatic transmission can be selected: Normal, Manual and
    Sport.
    Normal mode
    The Normal mode, which provides the best
    fuel economy, is the default setting when
    the engine is started.

    IB3853

    Manual mode (Sentronic): see page 156.

    Selector-lever indicator on main instrument panel
    When the car is stationary, the engine must
    be at idling speed when the selector lever is
    moved.
    You must have your foot on the brake
    pedal to move the lever out of park.
    If the accelerator is depressed while the
    lever is moved, this will result in abnormal
    wear in the transmission.

    NOTICE
    After selecting a drive position, pause
    briefly to allow the gear to engage (the car
    starts to pull a little) before you accelerate.

    Sport mode
    Detent positions for selector movement
    The detent button on the selector lever has
    to be pressed before the selector can be
    moved between certain positions.

    When the Sport mode is selected, the transmission changes up later than in Normal
    mode to provide higher performance. In this
    mode, the SPORT indicator will appear on
    the main instrument panel (see page 158).
    Adaptive gear-change pattern
    Adaptive gear-change pattern is a transmission function in the Normal and Sport
    modes which matches gear changing to
    current driving conditions. The transmission
    control module senses the load on the
    engine and temperature of the transmission. A suitable gear change pattern is then
    selected automatically to avoid unnecessary gear changes and undesired temperature increases in the transmission.



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    Lock-up function

    Park Brake Shift Lock

    The automatic transmission has a lock-up
    function, which can render the torque converter inoperative in 3rd, 4th and 5th gears,
    thus reducing the engine speed and fuel
    consumption.

    The transmission has a security function
    known as Park Brake Shift Lock. To move
    the gear selector out of the P position, the
    brake pedal must be depressed at the same
    time as the gear selector catch (detent) is
    pressed in.

    When the lock-up function comes into operation, it may give the impression of an overdrive being engaged.

    Shift Lock override

    Kick-down

    NOTICE

    When the accelerator is pressed down hard,
    a change-down to the next gear will be
    effected to provide maximum acceleration,
    e.g. for overtaking.

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

    Following this, the next higher gear will be
    selected at the optimum engine speed for
    acceleration or, if you ease off the accelerator, before reaching this.

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    Check fuse No. 1 (see page 216). If the
    problem was cured by changing the fuse or
    battery, you do not have to contact a workshop.
    If the fuse blows again as soon as the Shift
    Lock feature is activated you should contact
    a workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    If the fuse is OK, check the battery regarding
    the voltage.
    1 Apply the parking brake
    2 Make sure the key is in position ON
    3 Use a small tool such as a screwdriver
    and push the lever (see picture) downwards so that the detent button can be
    pressed approx. 10 mm
    4 Move the selector out of position P to N
    5 Remove the tool
    6 Release the parking brake if the car is to
    be moved immediately; otherwise keep
    it applied.



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    Starting and driving
    Automatic transmission 3,
    fault indicator

    If ”Automatic transmission 3, fault indicator”
    light appears on the main instrument panel,
    the system has detected a fault in the automatic transmission or its control module
    (see page 62).
    This also means that the Limp-home mode
    has been selected, to guard against further
    damage being done to the transmission. In
    this mode, the automatic transmission
    starts in 5th gear, and gear changes (if necessary) will have to be made manually.
    Stop the car in a safe place. Switch off then
    restart the engine. If the fault is intermittent,
    the transmission will operate as normal
    despite the fault indicator being on. Have
    the car checked at a workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab
    dealer.
    It is not possible to select the SPORT or
    Sentronic mode when the Limp-home mode
    is active.
    Gear changes must be made manually.
    The following gears will be engaged in the
    respective selector positions when the automatic transmission is in Limp-home mode:
    Position

    R

    D

    M

    L

    Gear

    Reverse

    5th

    5th

    2nd

    Overheated transmission fluid
    NOTICE
    If the control module has actuated the
    Limp-home function for the automatic
    transmission, the car will remain in 5th
    gear when D is selected, making it very
    sluggish.
    Select position L to prevent unnecessary
    wear on the transmission. The transmission then starts in 2nd gear. Once the car
    is moving you can select position D.
    When the indicator light is on, the car
    must not be driven with a caravan or
    trailer attached.

    If the automatic-transmission fluid should
    overheat, the following message will appear
    on the SID:
    ”Gearbox too hot.
    Make a safe stop.”
    In this event, stop the car in a suitable place,
    switch off the engine and open the hood.
    Wait for several minutes then turn on the
    ignition to check that the message has gone
    out. When driving subsequent to the transmission fluid overheating, select a gear in
    which the engine speed is about 3,000 rpm.
    Overheating of the automatic-transmission
    fluid can occur when the car is towing a
    heavy load, such as a camping trailer in hilly
    country. High ambient temperatures can
    also increase the temperature of the transmission fluid or the oil cooler may be faulty.
    Contact a workshop. We recommend that
    you contact an authorized Saab dealer (see
    also page 174).



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    Starting and driving
    Driving on hilly roads 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 in Normal mode. 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. Contact an authorized Saab
    dealer (see also page 174).

    Towing
    Towing of cars with automatic transmission,
    see page 181.

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    Descending hills
    WARNING
    Remember to use engine-braking (selector position D or L) to spare the brakes
    when you are driving on a long or steep
    downhill slope.
    Brake failure can result from overheated
    brakes!
    If the speed of the car increases while
    descending a steep hill, despite the accelerator being released, the control module will
    change down a gear when you brake. If you
    desire more powerful engine braking, manually select a lower gear.



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    Starting and driving

    Sentronic, manual mode 3

    When the selector lever is in the M position,
    as opposed to the D position, engines are
    much more responsive to changes in accelerator position. The accelerator has a different feel.

    Move the selector lever to the M position.
    Select a higher gear by pushing the
    right-hand paddle
    on the steering
    wheel. Select a lower gear by pushing the
    left-hand paddle
    on the steering wheel.

    When in manual mode, kick-down operates
    for 4th and 5th gears (below 2,000 rpm).
    Kick-down cannot be activated in 1st, 2nd or
    3rd gears.

    Changes from 3rd to 4th and from 4th to 5th
    can be made when the engine speed is
    above roughly 2,000 rpm.
    If you select a gear that is judged too high by
    the system, the selected gear position will
    be shown briefly on the main instrument
    panel and then the gear that is actually
    engaged.

    IB3880

    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.
    Paddles on the steering wheel for
    changing gear manually

    If the road surface is slippery, you may wish
    to pull off in 2nd or 3rd to reduce the risk of
    wheel spin.
    When descending hills you should select a
    low gear to increase the braking effect of the
    engine and thus spare the brakes.
    Manual gear selections are shown on the
    main instrument panel. The selector position and the current gear are displayed.

    For optimum performance, gear changes
    should be made before reaching 6,000 rpm.
    To avoid damaging the engine and transmission, the transmission will shift up a gear
    if the engine is in danger of overrevving. You
    may feel a slight jolt before this gear change
    is effected.



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    Selector positions
    P
    To shift out of the P position you must
    depress the brake pedal and the ignition
    must be ON.
    The parking position (P) must only be selected
    when the car is at a complete standstill. The
    selector lever is locked and the transmission is
    mechanically immobilized. Always apply the
    parking brake after parking the car.
    The engine can be started. The key can be
    removed.
    R
    The reverse (R) position must only be selected
    when the car is at a complete standstill. The
    detent-release button must be pressed before
    the selector lever can be moved to R. Wait until
    reverse gear has engaged (car starts to creep)
    before touching the accelerator.
    N
    In the Neutral position (N), the transmission is
    disengaged from the engine. The engine can be
    started, but first ensure that the parking brake is
    on, to prevent the car from moving off unexpectedly.
    To prevent the engine and transmission from
    becoming hotter than necessary, select N for
    stops other than brief ones, e.g. if stuck in a traffic jam.
    The normal drive position (D) is recommended
    for waiting at traffic lights.

    157

    D
    The Drive position (D) is the position for normal
    motoring. Gear changes between 1st and 5th
    will take place automatically, the timing of which
    is determined by the throttle (accelerator) position and the speed of the car.
    After moving the selector lever to D, pause to
    give the gear time to engage (car starts to pull).
    M
    Move the selector lever from position D to M to
    allow you to change gear manually. Refer to
    page 156.

    L
    Select position L if you wish to drive in 1st gear.
    No upchanges will be made if you pull off in position L. If you move the selector lever from position D or M to L at a high vehicle speed, the
    transmission will automatically shift down
    through 4th, 3rd and 2nd gears to 1st gear,
    depending on the car’s speed. Use this position
    for descending steep hills if the car is heavily
    loaded to spare the brakes.



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    If you move the selector lever from D to L, down shifts will follow a
    set pattern to avoid damaging the engine or transmission.
    Manual gear-changing is not recommended on slippery roads.
    If one of the drive wheels spins excessively, the engine torque will
    be reduced to avoid damaging the transmission.

    Adaptive gear-change patterns
    Adaptive gear-change patterns are selected automatically depending on the engine load and the present temperature of the transmission. The function is available in Normal and Sport modes.
    The changes occur at a higher engine speed and the car remains in
    the same gear for longer, if the transmission control module senses
    that the load has not decreased. These gear-change patterns prevent unnecessary changing up and down, when for example driving
    up or down long slopes with a trailer or caravan, and to prevent overheating the transmission oil. The adaptive gear-change function is
    also selected automatically when the transmission oil becomes too
    hot, to protect the transmission itself from damage and to lower the
    oil temperature.
    The adaptive gear-change pattern function is deselected when:
    • The engine is switched off.
    • The load is reduced so much that the function is no longer
    required.
    • ”Automatic transmission 3, fault indicator”
    instrument panel, see page 154.

    appears on main

    SPORT modes
    To select Sport mode, press the ”S” button on
    the selector lever when the selector lever is in
    position N or D.
    In this mode, gear changes will take place at
    higher engine speeds than in Normal mode, in
    other words, the transmission will change up
    later and change down earlier for the same throttle (accelerator) position.
    The Sport mode will be deselected if:
    • The SPORT button is pressed.
    • The selector lever is moved to position P,R, M
    or L.
    • The engine is switched off.
    • ”Automatic transmission 3, fault indicator”
    appears on main instrument panel, see
    page 154.



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    Cruise control

    When you release the accelerator, the
    system will revert to the preset speed.

    To cancel temporarily

    WARNING

    Move the control stalk to CANCEL
    (spring-loaded position before OFF position). This will disengage the system but the
    preset speed will be retained in the system
    memory. (The memory is deleted when the
    engine is switched off.)

    • Do not use the Cruise control system
    on wet or icy roads, in dense traffic or
    on winding roads.

    The system is operated by means of the
    controls on the stalk switch:

    IB3881

    • Set the control to OFF when you do
    not want to use the system, to prevent
    the system being activated inadvertently.
    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.

    Cruise-control switches

    To set the desired speed
    Move the switch to ON. Accelerate to the
    desired speed (minimum speed: 25 mph
    (40 km/h))and press SET/+.

    • ON/OFF (switch on/off).
    • RESUME/– (Resume preset speed).
    • SET/+ (to set the desired speed).
    • CANCEL (Cancel operation of system,
    e.g. to reduce speed temporarily).
    When the system is ON, the CRUISE indicator light will appear on the main instrument panel and will be extinguished when
    the system is switched OFF. If CANCEL is
    selected, CRUISE will flash once.

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    To increase the preset speed
    Accelerate to the desired speed and press
    SET/+.
    You can also increase the speed of the car
    using the SET/+ button. Press it once to
    increase the speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h) or
    hold it in and release when the desired
    speed is reached.

    Temporary increase in speed
    Press the accelerator to override the preset
    speed, e.g. for overtaking.

    To re-engage the system
    To revert to the preset speed, slide the
    switch to RESUME/–. This will only operate
    when the car’s speed is above 25 mph
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    To reduce the preset speed

    Disengaging the system

    Braking

    The cruise control system will always disengage automatically the moment that either
    the brake pedal or the clutch pedal is
    depressed.

    The system will be disengaged:

    It is also possible to reduce the speed by
    means of the RESUME/– button.
    Sliding the button to RESUME/– once will
    reduce the speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h).
    Holding the button in the RESUME/– position will effect a gradual reduction in speed
    until the button is released.

    • When the switch is moved to CANCEL.

    To avoid the brakes becoming overheated,
    (e.g. when negotiating long descents with a
    drop of several hundred feet), select a low
    gear to use the braking effect of the engine.
    If the car has automatic transmission, move
    the selector lever to position D or L.

    • When the brake or clutch pedal is
    depressed.
    • When the switch is moved to OFF.
    • When the engine is switched off.
    • When the selector lever is moved to position N (cars with automatic transmission).
    • When the ESP® system is operative for
    more than 1 second.

    When driving fast, you can help to prolong
    the life of the brakes by thinking ahead and
    braking harder for short periods, rather than
    braking more moderately over long
    stretches.

    Brake pad wear indicators
    The outboard brake pads on the front
    wheels incorporate pad-wear indicators.
    When the lining is down to 3 mm, the pad
    will produce a screeching, squealing or
    scraping noise when the brakes are applied.
    New pads should be fitted without delay.
    Brake pads should only be replaced by a
    workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.



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    Starting and driving
    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.

    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 hardwithout letting up (do not pump the
    pedal), declutching simultaneously, and steer the car to safety.

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    ABS (antilock braking system) modulates
    the brake pressure to the respective
    wheels. Wheel sensors detect if a wheel is
    about to lock, and the control module
    reduces the pressure to that wheel and then
    increases it once more until the tendency is
    detected again.
    The brake system is equipped with an Electronic Brake-force Distribution device
    (EBD), which 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 and
    load.



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    The ABS system has a built-in diagnostic
    function which will switch on the Anti-lock
    brake warning light if a fault is detected in
    the system (see page 60).

    Press the pedal down hard (you cannot
    press too hard) and steer the car to safety.

    Braking with ABS brakes.
    When the system is operating, the brake
    pedal will pulsate gently and the system
    will make a ticking noise.

    Do not release the brake pedal before the
    car has come to a halt or the danger has
    passed!
    If the road is slippery, the ABS system will
    operate even when only light pressure is
    applied to the pedal. This means that you
    can brake gently to test the condition of the
    road and adapt your driving accordingly.
    It is well worth practicing the use of ABS
    brakes on a skid pad or other suitable
    facility.

    IB3883

    When the ABS system is working, i.e. modulation of the brake pressure is in progress,
    the brake pedal will pulsate and a ticking
    noise will be heard. All this is perfectly normal.

    IB3882

    The ABS system will not reduce the braking
    distance on loose gravel or on snow or ice
    but, because the wheels cannot lock up,
    some steering control is retained.

    Braking with ABS – evasive steering



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    Electronic Stability
    Program (ESP®)
    WARNING
    When driving normally, the ESP® system
    will help to improve the stability of the car.
    This does not mean that car can be driven
    faster. The same care and prudence as
    normally applied should be displayed on
    cornering and when driving on slippery
    roads.
    The 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 would otherwise be more difficult to handle.

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    How the ESP® system works
    The 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
    acceleration, lateral acceleration, steering
    wheel position and braking pressure. The
    values provided by these sensors are used
    to calculate the actual direction of the car. If
    this direction does not agree with that
    intended by the driver, calculated from the
    steering wheel position, the ESP® is
    engaged.
    The ESP® system improves the driver’s
    chances of retaining control over the car in
    critical situations.
    To ensure that the system works as
    designed, the dimensions of all four tires
    must be the same.

    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.



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    Starting and driving

    The ESP® indicator light
    The
    indicator light on the main instrument 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.

    The ESP® OFF-indicator light
    The
    on if:

    light on the main instrument comes

    • A fault has been detected and the system
    has therefore been switched off.
    • The system has been switched off manually.
    When the ignition key is turned to the ON
    position, the lamp is lit for about four seconds while the system undergoes a
    self-test.

    Temporarily turning the ESP®
    system off
    The system can be turned off manually with
    light
    the ESP® button, whereupon the
    on the main instrument panel will come on.
    The ESP® system cannot be switched off if
    the car is travelling faster than 35 mph
    (60 km/h).
    The ESP® system is always operative
    during braking, even if it has been switched
    off manually.

    IB4475

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    ESP® button

    NOTICE
    Suspension modifications, such as
    changing the type of wheels, dampers or
    springs, can affect the function of the
    ESP® system.
    Always consult a workshop before changing any suspension components. We recommend that you contact an authorized
    Saab dealer.



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    Starting and driving

    Parking brake

    Parking

    WARNING

    WARNING

    • Always apply the parking brake when
    you park the car.

    • Do not 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).

    The parking brake is situated between the
    front seats and acts on the rear wheels.
    When the parking brake is on, the indicator
    light
    on the main instrument panel will
    be on. To release the parking brake, lift the
    lever slightly, press the release button and
    release the lever by pushing down on it.

    IB4761

    • Always apply the parking brake
    before removing the ignition key.
    • Do not use the parking brake while
    driving.

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    • Park where the vehicle will not create
    an obstruction or a hazard to other
    road users.
    • 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.
    • Shift to Reverse for manual transmission (automatic transmission: move
    selector lever to P (Park)), and remove
    the ignition key. 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
    your car.

    • 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.

    1
    1 Pointing downhill and
    against the curb
    – Turn the wheels into
    the curb and edge the
    car forward until the
    wheels touch the curb.

    2
    2 Pointing uphill and
    against the curb
    – Turn the wheels away
    from the curb and edge
    the car back until the
    wheels touch the curb.

    3

    IB485

    • Clothing, packages and bags attract
    thieves.

    3 Pointing uphill or
    downhill – no curb
    – Turn the wheels
    towards the edge of the
    road. If the car should
    start rolling, it will not run
    into the road.



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    Starting and driving
    Long-term parking
    If the car is not going to be used for some
    time, e.g. 3–4 months, the following steps
    are recommended:
    • Run the engine to normal temperature
    before long-term parking.
    • Drain the washer-fluid reservoir and
    hoses.
    • Wash and wax the car. Clean the rubber
    seals on the hood, luggage compartment
    lid and doors, and lubricate them with
    glycerol (glycerin).
    • After washing the car, dry the brake discs
    by taking the car out on the road and
    applying the brakes a few times.

    • Fill the fuel tank with fuel 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!
    • Disconnect the negative (–) battery lead.
    If frost is likely to occur during the
    long-term parking, remove the battery
    and store it away from the frost.
    • Ideally, the car should be put up on
    blocks, with the wheels off the ground. If
    this is not possible, inflate the tires to
    about 43 psi (300 kPa).
    • Leave all the windows open a crack and
    cover the car with a fabric tarpaulin – not
    one made of plastic.

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    Saab Parking
    Assistance 3
    WARNING

    • Bear in mind that small and/or narrow
    objects cannot always be detected by
    the system.
    The parking aid system facilitates parking
    and reversing. There are four sensors in
    the rear bumper that detect objects up to
    6 feet (1.8 metres) behind the car.

    IB1300

    • Saab Parking Assistance can facilitate
    reversing at low speeds, such as when
    reverse parking.

    IB1299

    Responsibility always lies with the driver
    when reversing.

    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 or objects that do not reflect ultrasound back towards the car, such as pipes,
    or the corner of a house or rectangular post.

    The system is activated automatically when
    reverse is engaged or selected. When the
    sensors detect an object within the monitored area, the SID will display the text
    "PARK ASSIST" and pulses of sound
    (- - - - -) will be heard. The frequency of the
    pulses increases as the car comes closer to
    the object.
    When the distance to the object is less
    than 12 in. (30 cm), a continuous tone
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    NOTICE
    Reverse slowly so that you have time to
    stop the car when the continuous tone is
    heard at approx. 12 in. (30 cm).
    When an object is approximately 3 feet
    (90 cm) from the car, the sound pulses
    change character markedly. A distance of
    about 3 feet (90 cm) is suitable if you wish
    to load or unload the luggage compartment.
    If the distance between an object and the
    corner sensors does not change for three
    seconds, e.g. 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.
    The system can be disengaged for when
    driving with a trailer. Press and hold the CLR
    button on the steering wheel when the display shows "PARK ASSIST", until the display shows "PARK ASSIST OFF". The
    system is re-engaged in the same way. The
    system is also always activated when the
    ignition key is turned to ON.

    Pressing a steering wheel button briefly will
    not disengage the system, the display will
    simply show the previously selected function.

    NOTICE
    To function well, the sensors must be kept
    clean. Ice snow and dirt can affect their
    sensitivity.
    Do not spray the sensors or closer than
    8 in. (20 cm) to the sensors with a pressure washer, as this could damage them.
    Ice, snow and dirt can affect the sensitivity
    of the sensors. In such cases a continuous
    tone will sound warning the driver that the
    system cannot measure the distance to an
    object. You can turn the system off by pressing and holding the CLR button for
    1.5 seconds.
    If the text "PARK ASSIST FAILURE" is displayed on the SID, have the system
    checked by a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

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    Economical motoring
    Factors affecting fuel
    consumption
    Fuel consumption is greatly affected by the
    general driving conditions, the way in which
    the car is driven and at what speeds, the
    weather, the state of the road, the condition
    of the car, 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) than stated.

    Weather conditions
    Fuel consumption can be as much as 10 %
    lower in summer than in winter. The higher
    consumption in cold weather is explained by
    the longer time it takes for the engine to
    reach normal operating temperature, and
    for the transmission and wheel bearings to
    warm up. Fuel economy is also affected by
    the distance driven: short journeys of
    3–5 miles (5–8 km) do not give the engine
    enough time to reach normal temperature.
    Strong winds can also affect fuel consumption.

    How to read the graph above:
    If fuel consumption with the engine at
    normal temperature is 28 mpg
    (10l/100 km), the actual fuel consumption 3
    miles (5 km) after the engine has started
    from cold will be:
    – 23.5 mpg (12l/100 km) at outside temp.
    of 68°F (20°C) (increase of 20 %).
    – 17.7 mpg (16l/100 km) at outside temp.
    of 32°F (0°C) (increase of 60 %).
    – 14 mpg (20l/100 km)) at outside temp. of
    –4°F (–20°C) (increase of 100 %).
    As can be seen, both the distance travelled
    by the car and the outside temperature have
    a major impact on fuel consumption after
    the engine has started from cold. Thus, if the
    car is mainly used for short journeys of
    3–5 miles (5–8 km), the fuel consumption
    will be 60–80 % higher than normal.

    IB311

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    Percentage increase in fuel consumption
    of engine starting from cold compared to
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    Starting and driving
    Driving technique
    • To obtain the best running economy, not
    only regarding fuel consumption but
    general wear also, regular service is
    required.
    • High speed, unnecessary acceleration,
    heavy braking and much low gear work all
    gives rise to higher fuel consumption.
    • Frequent gear changing in traffic, starting
    in cold weather, the use of studded tires
    and roof racks, and towing a trailer all
    increase fuel consumption.
    • Do not run the engine when the car is
    stationary.
    If idling, it will take much longer before the
    engine becomes hot. Engine wear is
    greatest during this warming-up phase.
    Therefore drive away as soon as possible
    after the engine is started and avoid high
    revving.

    • Driving in a low gear results in higher fuel
    consumption than in a high gear because
    of the higher engine speed for a given
    road speed. Always change up to a higher
    gear as soon as traffic conditions allow
    and use the highest gear as much as
    possible.
    • Check the air pressure in the tires once a
    month. Incorrect pressures increase tire
    wear. It is better to have slightly higher
    pressure than lower.
    • Check fuel consumption regularly.
    Increased consumption can indicate that
    something is wrong and that the car
    needs to be checked by a workshop. We
    recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.
    Practical trials on the roads have demonstrated that substantial savings in fuel consumption can be made if the above advice
    is heeded.

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    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).

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



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    Engine block heater 3

    Driving in cold weather

    The following are just some of the benefits
    to the car and the environment of using an
    engine block heater:

    Before starting a journey in cold weather
    you should check the following:

    • Lower fuel consumption.

    • That the wiper blades have not become
    frozen to the windshield/glass.

    • Exhaust emissions substantially reduced
    over short runs.
    • Reduced wear on the engine.
    • Inside of car warms up faster.
    The engine heater is effective at outside
    temperatures up to 58–68°F (+15–20°C).
    The warmer it is outside, the shorter the time
    the engine heater needs to be connected.
    Longer than 1.5 hours is unnecessary.
    If the car is equipped with a removable,
    electrical cabin heater that is not in use, this
    should be stored in the luggage compartment.

    • Brush any snow away from the air intake
    for the heater system (opening between
    hood and windshield).
    • It may be advisable to lubricate the
    door-lock cylinder (use molybdenum
    disulphide, MoS2) to prevent its freezing.
    If the lock has frozen, take care not to
    break the key (or use the remote control)
    – heat it first or spray it with de-icer.
    • Periodically during the winter, add gasoline anti-freeze to the fuel to dispel any
    condensation in the fuel tank which could
    freeze and cause problems in the system.
    Keep the tank well filled to reduce the risk
    of condensation forming.
    If the car is parked outside in freezing
    weather, fuel additives (gasoline
    anti-freeze) will not do any good 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 filling
    up the tank. Condensation is caused by
    changes in the outdoor temperature or by
    the car being parked alternately in a
    garage and outside.

    • It is particularly important when the roads
    are slippery that the brakes and tires be in
    good condition.
    • Check the anti-freeze in the engine coolant, see page 193.
    The car´s trip computer will warn you when
    there is a risk of slippery conditions. For further information on this function, see
    page 68.
    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 (snow) tires be fitted.
    Winter (snow) tires, particularly studded
    tires (where use is legally permitted), 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.



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    If winter tires are fitted, the same type must
    be fitted on all wheels. Your Saab dealer will
    be pleased to advise you on the best tires for
    your car.
    Remember that tires age. It may therefore
    be necessary to change them before they
    reach the legal wear limit, as they gradually
    lose their friction properties.
    The best response if the car gets into a
    front-wheel skid is to freewheel (manual
    gearbox only), i.e. disengage the clutch (so
    that the wheels are neither driven or
    retarded by the engine.
    If the car has automatic transmission, ease
    up on the accelerator and steer carefully in
    the desired direction.
    In a rear-wheel skid, steer in the same direction that the rear of the car is moving.

    173

    Tire chains 3

    Driving in hot weather

    If you want to fit tire chains (where legally
    permitted) they should only be fitted to the
    tires recommended under ”Specifications”
    (see page 261).

    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..

    Consult your Saab dealer for details of
    approved tire chains.

    At the end of a journey, if the engine has
    worked hard, allow it to idle for two or three
    minutes before switching it off.

    WARNING
    • Do not exceed 30 mph (50 km/h)
    when tire chains are fitted.
    • Tire chains can reduce the directional
    stability of the car.
    • Tire chains must not be used on the
    rear wheels.

    NOTICE
    • Check the links frequently for wear.
    • Check that the chains do not contact
    the wheel-arch liner at full lock.
    • See section ”Specifications”,
    page 261, for information on allowable
    wheel dimensions for the fitting of tire
    chains.

    If the needle on the temperature gauge
    enters the red zone:
    1 Bring the car to a standstill but leave the
    engine running. Do not remove the cap
    on the expansion tank even if the tank is
    empty. If the needle on the temperature
    gauge continues to rise while the engine
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    2 Wait until the needle has dropped back
    to indicate normal temperature (roughly
    midway, in the white zone) before stopping the engine. If the coolant needs
    topping up, unscrew the cap on expansion tank carefully.
    Top up, as necessary, ideally with a
    50/50 mixture of Saab-approved coolant
    and water. If only water is available, use
    that, but remember to have the coolant
    mixture checked as soon as possible.

    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 As soon as possible, have the cooling
    system checked by a workshop. We
    recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    Towing a trailer 3
    WARNING
    • When towing a trailer, do not attempt
    to negotiate a hill having a gradient in
    excess of 15 %. The weight distribution over the front wheels of the car will
    be insufficient to prevent wheelspin,
    making further progress impossible.
    • In addition, the parking brake may not
    always be able to hold the car and
    trailer securely, with the result that the
    wheels can start to slide downhill.
    • Always apply the trailer’s parkingbrake when unhitching it. There is otherwise a risk of personal injury or
    damage to the bumper should the
    trailer start to roll.

    Trailer hitch attachment 3
    Trailer hitch attachments are available as
    accessories. These are designed for a maximum trailer weight of 3500 lbs. (1588 kg),
    see also page 259.
    Use only the electrical trailer hitch socket
    provided in the trailer hitch kit. 3
    Saab recommends:
    • Use a Saab original hitch kit attachment
    which is designed and tested by Saab.

    • Consult your Saab dealer regarding the
    appropriate hitch kit for your car.
    If the car has a 13-pin genuine Saab electrical socket, the trailer/caravan can be
    equipped with rear fog lamp and reversing
    lamps.
    The caravan can also have interior and
    exterior lighting when the car’s ignition is off.
    Do not put a load on the battery for so
    long that it becomes discharged and the
    car cannot be started.
    There is also access to power in the caravan
    during a journey, the caravan battery can be
    charged for example.

    NOTICE
    Only use a towbar that has been
    approved for your car. We recommend
    that you entrust towbar installation to an
    authorized Saab workshop, which can
    also provide important information such
    as trailer weight. Your authorized Saab
    workshop 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 consult an
    authorized Saab dealer for guidance on
    how to connect the trailer hitch electrical
    system.



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    Trailer weight
    Maximum recommended trailer weights for
    different gradients, with a view to comfort
    and drivability for manual and automatic
    cars, are shown on the drawing.
    Make sure you are familiar with the law
    regarding speed limits for towing, maximum trailer weights, trailer-braking
    requirements, and also any special
    driving-license provisions
    (see also page 259).
    The specified trailer weights and gradients
    assume that the journey starts at the hill and
    therefore apply only to short periods.

    Maximum recommended trailer weights
    for different gradients

    175

    Recommendations for driving in hilly
    terrain
    The following time limits are based on the
    capacity of the cooling system in warm
    weather, i.e. approximately 86°F (30°C).
    Gradient Maximum
    of hill, % trailer weight,
    lbs. (kg)
    6–7
    3300 (1500)
    8–9
    3300 (1500)
    10–15
    1870 (850)

    Maximum duration, minutes
    unlimited
    15 max
    15 max

    The following time limits are based on the
    capacity of the cooling system in hot
    weather, i.e. approximately 104°F (40°C).
    Gradient Maximum
    of hill, % trailer weight,
    lbs. (kg)
    6–7
    2000 (900)
    8–9
    2000 (900)
    10–15
    1000 (450)

    Maximum duration, minutes
    unlimited
    15 max
    15 max.



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    Starting and driving

    When negotiating long hills, bear the following important considerations in mind:

    Recommendations for cars with
    automatic transmission

    • Use Normal mode when driving with a
    caravan or trailer on hilly roads. The
    adaptive gear change pattern function will
    prevent the transmission overheating.

    Rises in coolant temperature are indicated
    by the temperature gauge in the main instrument panel.

    • 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 engine increases:
    • Gear change pattern is altered.
    • A/C compressor is switched off.
    • 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.“
    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.

    When continuing your journey, select
    manual mode and a gear in which the
    engine speed is about 3,000 rpm until the
    incline eases (see page 157).

    WARNING
    Remember to use the braking effect of the
    engine (position D or L) when you are
    descending long or steep hills to spare
    the brakes.
    Brake failure can result from overheated
    brakes!



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    Recommendations for cars with manual
    gearbox
    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 engine increases:
    • A/C compressor is switched off.
    • engine torque is reduced.
    When continuing your journey, select a gear
    in which the engine speed is about
    3,000 rpm until the incline eases.

    Driving considerations
    Always take extra care when towing a
    trailer, as the car’s handling will be different
    and its braking effect reduced. The trailer’s
    braking system and suspension also have a
    considerable effect on these characteristics, see also ”Driving with a load” page 179.
    If the car has automatic transmission, select
    position D when ascending steep hills. This
    ensures that the adaptive gear change patterns are operational, see page 158. Use
    position D or L for steep descents.

    NOTICE
    WARNING
    Utilize the braking effect of the engine
    (1st, 2nd or 3rd gear) when you are
    descending long or steep hills to spare
    the brakes.
    Brake failure can result from overheated
    brakes!

    If the ”Automatic transmission 3, fault
    indicator” indicator
    comes on, cease
    towing until the problem has been rectified.

    Checks before driving
    Make sure that the car and camper or trailer
    are in good working order. This is essential
    since towing a camper or trailer increases
    the strain on the car.
    • Check and if necessary adjust the tire
    pressure of the car and camper or trailer.
    • Make sure all wheel bolts are properly
    tightened.
    • Make sure that the equipment joining the
    car and camper or trailer is properly
    secured and adjusted.

    177

    • Make sure the camper or 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 camper or trailer
    brakes.
    • Make sure that all items on or in the caravan or trailer are properly secured.
    • Make sure that the camper or trailer’s
    jockey wheel is raised and locked.
    • Check the distribution of the load so that
    the car and camper or trailer are well
    balanced.
    • Check that the rearview mirrors provide
    the best possible rearward vision.
    • Make sure the camper or trailer’s safety
    cable is correctly attached.



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    Starting and driving

    Trailer hitch load
    The weight distribution on the trailer makes
    a lot of difference to the handling properties
    of the car and trailer combination. As
    regards single-axle trailers, whenever possible, concentrate the load over the wheels
    and keep it as low as possible.

    Note that this load must be added to the total
    load for the car. If this now exceeds the
    specified load capacity, the load in the luggage compartment will have to be reduced
    by a corresponding amount.

    WARNING
    When you connect the trailer be sure to
    attach its safety chains to the holes as
    illustrated.

    IB106

    The trailer should be loaded so that the
    maximum load on the towbar ball is 5 % to
    7 % of the trailer weight with a maximum
    permissible tongue weight of 110–165 lbs.
    (50–75 kg).
    Distribution of load in trailer
    a Light
    b Moderate
    c Heavy

    Attach the safety chains to the holes as
    illustrated



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    Driving with a roof rack
    load
    WARNING
    • A roof load will affect the car’s center
    of gravity and aerodynamics. Be
    aware of this when cornering and driving in crosswinds.
    • Suit your speed to the prevailing conditions.
    • Due to higher aerodynamic 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 is included in the
    car’s maximum permissible load (see
    page 258).
    Strong, sturdy roof carriers 3 designed specially for the car are available from your
    Saab dealer. Always secure the roof load
    safely.

    Driving with a load
    The driving characteristics of the car are
    affected by the way it is loaded.
    • Place heavy loads as far forward and as
    low as possible in the trunk.
    • Secure the load to the tie downs, see
    page 131.
    • The load should be such that the car´s
    total weight or axle weight are not
    exceeded, see page 258.
    • 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 in the
    roof box 3, 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.
    • Roof loads can negatively affect telecommunication.
    Tire pressure, see page 263.
    Additional information on tires, see page
    220.

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    Tires
    WARNING
    Check the tire pressure at least once a
    month and before long journeys. Underinflation can result in:
    • Punctures
    • Separation of the tire and tread
    • Damage to the sidewalls
    • Damage to the rims on poor roads
    • Poor handling characteristics
    • Premature tire wear
    • Increased fuel consumption.

    The tire pressure should match the current
    load and speed of the car; for cars sold in
    U.S. see page 229; for cars sold in Canada
    see page 263.
    The tire pressures given apply to cold tires,
    that is tires that are the same temperature
    as the outside air temperature.
    The tire pressure increases as the tires
    become warm (e.g. during highway driving)
    with approximately 0.3 bar (4 psi). When
    the temperature of the tires changes by 50°
    (10°C), the tire pressure will change 0.1 bar
    (2 psi).

    Never reduce the pressure of a hot tire. If the
    tires are hot when you check them, only
    increase the pressure, if necessary.
    Underinflated tires wear more quickly than
    slightly overinflated tires.
    If a valve is leaking, simply unscrew it and fit
    a new one.
    Important! Remember to adjust the tire
    pressures if you change the load in the car
    or intend to drive at substantially lower or
    higher speeds than normal.



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    Driving with a spare
    wheel fitted
    See page 236.

    Driving with the trunk
    lid/tailgate open
    Avoid driving with the trunk lid/tailgate partly
    or fully open, since exhaust fumes can be
    drawn into the cabin.
    If you must drive with the trunk lid/tailgate
    open, all windows and the moonroof 3 must
    be closed and the cabin fan on at its highest
    speed setting.

    Driving in deep water
    NOTICE
    Do not drive in water deeper than
    12 inches (30 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.

    181

    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 being towed.
    • Always seek professional help if the
    car needs to be towed.



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    Front towing eye
    WARNING
    • Make sure that the towing eye at the
    front is screwed in tightly.

    NOTICE
    • Do not drive the car with the front
    towing eye in position. If it catches the
    curb, for example, the engine subframe could be damaged.
    • Refit the plastic plug in the hole when
    the towing eye has been removed, to
    keep dirt and moisture out of the
    threads.

    Front towing eye

    IB3886

    • Make sure that all bystanders keep a
    suitable distance, in case the towing
    eye or tow rope should break. The
    towing eye or tow rope could catapult
    off and cause serious injury.

    IB3885

    • The towing eye is only designed for
    use when the car is being towed on the
    road. It must not be used to pull the
    car out of a ditch, for example.

    Rear towing eye

    The front towing eye is stored with the spare
    wheel.

    Rear towing eye

    The attachment point (tapped hole) for the
    towing eye is midway along the engine subframe at the front of the car.

    The car has a permanently mounted towing
    eye at the back. If the car is equipped with a
    trailer hitch, this can be used instead of the
    towing eye.

    Remove the plastic plug and screw in the
    towing eye securely.
    To ensure that the towing eye is in far
    enough, insert the handle of the wheel
    wrench through the eye for additional
    leverage.



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    Towing the car

    183

    Transporting the car

    NOTICE

    NOTICE

    • Never use the towing eyes to pull the
    car unstuck.

    If a car with a sport (lowered) chassis is
    transported, for example on a flat bed
    truck, take extra care not to damage the
    spoiler and/or underbody.

    Gear lever in neutral (in cars with automatic
    transmission: selector lever at N (neutral))
    Turn on the parking lights.
    Drive carefully and do not exceed the
    speed limit for vehicles being towed.
    Always try to keep the towrope taut by
    gently applying the brake, as necessary.
    This will avoid the towrope being jerked
    violently.
    The local regulations on towing speeds
    must be followed.
    The highest permissible towing speed is
    30 mph (50 km/h), unless the legal limit is
    lower. The longest permissible towing distance is 30 miles (50 km). If the car has to
    be transported farther than that, summon a
    tow truck. A flat bed tow truck is the preferred method to tow.
    Failure to follow these guidelines can result
    in damage.

    Never use the towing eyes to pull the car
    unstuck
    Cars with automatic transmission

    NOTICE
    • 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.
    The car cannot be push started. In an emergency, it is possible to start the engine using
    jump leads (see the section, ”Jump starting”
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    Starting and driving

    Jump starting

    To jump start your vehicle:
    1 Check the other vehicle. It must have a
    12-volt battery with a negative ground
    system.

    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.
    If your battery has run down, you may want
    to use another vehicle and some jumper
    cables to start your Saab. Follow the steps
    below to do it safely.

    NOTICE

    IB3931

    If the other system is not a 12-volt system
    with a negative ground, both vehicles can
    be damaged.

    NOTICE
    Ignoring these steps could result in costly
    damage to your vehicle that would not be
    covered by your warranty.
    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.

    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 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 all lights that are not needed,
    and radios. This will avoid sparks and



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    help save both batteries and it could
    save your radio.

    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 underhood electric fan.

    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 battery has enough water.
    The battery installed in your new Saab
    has filler caps. Be sure the right amount
    of water is there. Add distilled or boiled
    water if the level is too low. If you don’t,
    explosive gas could be present.
    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.
    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.

    185

    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 a major metal
    engine part with a good ground. 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 black negative (–)
    cable to the good battery’s negative
    terminal.



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    WARNING

    Do not let the other end touch anything
    until the next step. The other end of the
    negative cable does not go to the dead
    battery. It goes to a major metal part with
    a good ground on the engine of the vehicle with the discharged battery.
    9 Attach the cable at least 18 inches
    (45 cm) away from the discharged
    battery, but not near engine parts that
    move. To avoid an arc which could detonate the hydrogen gas around the
    battery, the final connection must be at
    least 18” from the battery.
    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.
    12 Remove the cables in reverse order to
    prevent electrical shorting. Take care
    that they do not touch each other or any
    other metal.

    Charging the battery/Jump
    starting
    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 3 or starter unit 3 can be
    set to different voltages
    (6V/12V/18V/24V), 12V must be
    selected.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
    supplied with the charger or starter unit.
    • Nothing that is plugged into an electrical
    outlet should be connected to the car
    during charging or jump starting.
    • The charger or starter unit must under no
    conditions produce a voltage greater
    than:
    • 16V continuous
    • 18V for 60 min.
    • 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.



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    IB3888

    Car care and technical information

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

    Hood ________________
    Engine compartment __
    Emission control
    systems ____________
    Engine ______________
    Engine oil ____________
    Transmission fluid ____
    Coolant ______________
    Brake and clutch fluid__
    Power steering fluid ___
    Air filter _____________
    Battery ______________
    Drive belts ___________
    Wipers and washers ___
    Changing bulbs _______
    Fuses _______________

    188
    189
    190
    192
    192
    193
    193
    194
    196
    196
    197
    199
    200
    202
    214

    Tires ________________
    Automatic tire pressure
    monitoring system ___
    Compact spare tire ____
    Safety belts __________
    Upholstery and trim ___
    Textile carpeting ______
    Washing the car ______
    Waxing and polishing__
    Engine compartment __
    Touching up the paint _
    Air conditioning (ACC) _
    Anti-corrosion treatment
    For long trips_________
    Recovery and/or
    recycling of automotive
    materials ___________
    Headlight aiming ______

    220
    232
    235
    240
    241
    241
    242
    243
    243
    243
    244
    246
    247

    248
    248



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    Hood
    The hood release handle is located underneath the instrument panel. To open the
    hood:
    1 Pull the release handle.

    To close the hood, release it from a height
    of about 8 - 16 in (20-40 cm). Do not press
    down on it.

    WARNING
    Never hold your fingers between the hood
    and safety catch if lowering but not closing the hood.
    Check that the hood is now closed securely.

    Hood release handle

    IB3890

    3 Push the catch upwards, pushing the
    hood downward a little bit at the same
    time. The hood can now be lifted right
    up.

    IB3889

    2 The front of the hood will now spring up,
    providing access to the secondary
    safety catch.

    Hood secondary safety catch



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    Engine compartment
    Engine compartment
    1 Engine-oil dipstick/filler cap
    2 Reservoir, brake/clutch fluid
    3 Fuse box
    4 Expansion tank, coolant

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5 Washer-fluid filler cap
    6 Battery
    7 Turbo unit
    8 Ignition discharge module
    9 Reservoir, power-steering fluid

    8

    7

    6

    5
    IB3637

    9

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    Engine families
    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 affixed to the left front inner
    fender.
    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 control system
    • On-Board diagnostic (OBD II) system.

    Emission control
    systems
    The systems for controlling emissions to the
    atmosphere require regular checking and
    adjustment at the intervals specified in the
    service program.
    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
    CA 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.



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    Saab Trionic engine
    management system
    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.
    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 and
    • 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” lamp
    in the main
    instrument illuminates, this indicates that
    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 Saab dealer
    as soon as possible.

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    ORVR (Onboard Refueling Vapor
    Recovery)
    Hydrocarbon vapors formed when refueling
    will be recovered by the car and not
    released into the atmosphere. The hydrocarbons are absorbed in a 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.
    When refueling, make sure you screw the
    filler cap on and keep turning until it has
    clicked at least 3 times. Otherwise, it is possible for the CHECK ENGINE light to illuminate.
    Refueling, see page 146.



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    Engine

    The oil level must not be allowed to drop
    below the MIN mark on the dipstick, nor
    should oil be filled beyond the MAX mark, as
    this can lead to excessive oil consumption.

    The 2.3-liter model is a transverse, 4-cylinder in-line engine with twin overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder.

    The distance between the MIN and MAX
    marks on the dipstick corresponds to a
    volume of approximately 1.05 qts (1 liter).

    The balance shafts are chain driven and
    rotate at twice the speed of the crankshaft.

    When necessary, add oil of the recommended grade via the dipstick tube.

    They produce forces and torques that are
    opposed to those generated by the pistons
    and connecting rods, an effect that occurs
    twice for each revolution of the engine.
    Engine noise is also reduced as the
    counter-rotating shafts counteract the vibration from the moving parts of the engine.

    Recommended oil grade, see page 260.

    The transmission, located on the right
    (viewed from the front), is integrated with
    the engine. All models have front-wheel
    drive.

    IB601

    This engine is equipped with balance shafts
    that reduce engine vibration to a minimum.

    Balance shafts

    NOTICE
    • Do not operate the engine with a low
    oil level.

    Engine oil

    • Change engine oil and oil filter as prescribed in the service programme.
    • Only use the recommended oil type.

    Checking the oil level
    Check the engine-oil level regularly. This
    should be done after the engine has been
    run to normal temperature and then allowed
    to cool for 2–5 minutes, with the car standing on level ground. Remove the dipstick
    and wipe it clean before checking the level.

    Follow the three points listed above to
    avoid severe engine damage.
    More frequent oil changes are recommended if your vehicle is operated under
    certain conditions, see page 252.



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    Manual transmission
    Check and top up the fluid in accordance
    with the service program.

    Automatic transmission
    Check and top up the fluid in accordance
    with the service program.

    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.
    There is an overpressure in the cooling system. Coolant temperatures can sometimes
    exceed 212°F (100 °C).
    The expansion tank is transparent to facilitate checking of the coolant level.
    When the engine is cold, the coolant shall lie
    on or just above the KALT/COLD mark on
    the expansion tank.

    IB1338

    Transmission fluid

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    Coolant expansion tank
    If the message
    ”Coolant level low.
    Refill.”
    is displayed on the SID, check the level of
    fluid in the expansion tank.
    Top up, as necessary, with equal parts of
    clean water and Saab-approved coolant.
    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.
    If the expansion tank is empty when coolant
    is added, run the engine to normal temperature and top up again, as necessary.



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    The cooling system is charged at the factory
    with coolant containing a 45 % concentration of a combined antifreeze and corrosion
    inhibitor. A weaker mixture will result in
    reduced anticorrosion protection. For
    protection against freezing in very cold
    weather, a stronger concentration will be
    needed.
    A 60 % concentration of antifreeze will provide protection at temperatures down to
    –58°F (–50°C).
    The coolant does not normally have to be
    changed during the service life of the car.
    The type of coolant used has a reddish color
    and should not be mixed with other types of
    coolant. Saab Original coolant should be
    used all year round. Only use coolant
    approved by Saab.
    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
    at regular intervals.

    Brake and clutch fluid
    NOTICE
    Always mix the antifreeze with the
    appropriate volume of water before
    adding it to the cooling system.
    If pure 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.

    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 the fluid level
    The combined brake and clutch-fluid reservoir is transparent to facilitate checking of
    the fluid level.
    The level should be between the MAX and
    MIN marks. Top up, as necessary, with
    DOT 4 fluid. Do not use DOT 5 brake fluid.



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    Brake pad wear indicators

    Use only new brake fluid from a sealed
    container.

    The outboard brake pads on the front
    wheels incorporate pad-wear indicators.
    When the lining is down to 0.11 in (3 mm),
    the pad will produce a screeching, squealing or scraping noise when the brakes are
    applied. New pads should be fitted without
    delay.

    Check that there are no leaks in the brake
    system.

    The vehicle´s regular braking system is
    adjusted automatically, but the parking
    brake has to be adjusted manually. This
    work, involving adjustment of the parking
    brake cables and brake pads, must only be
    carried out by a workshop. We recommend
    that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.

    IB1188

    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.
    Changing of the brake fluid should be
    carried out by a workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized
    Saab dealer.

    195

    Brake and clutch-fluid reservoir
    It is not possible to detect, through abnormal
    pedal or parking brake-lever travel, whether
    brake pads are worn and need replacing. It
    is therefore essential that brake pads be
    checked regularly, as specified in the
    service program.

    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 by a
    workshop. We recommend that you contact an authorized Saab dealer.



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    Power steering fluid

    Air filter

    WARNING

    WARNING
    • For Service and Repair, parts equivalent to those used by Saab should be
    used.

    • Power steering fluid on hot engine
    components constitutes a fire risk.

    • Be aware that some non standard
    replacement parts may put you in an
    unsafe condition, even if they might fit.

    Check the level of the power steering fluid in
    the reservoir regularly, in accordance with
    the service program.
    The wheels should point forward during the
    check.
    Clean around the cap before it is
    unscrewed. Clean the dipstick. Screw in the
    cap completely again before checking the
    level.
    The oil should lie between the MAX and MIN
    marks when the oil temperature is about
    70°F (+20°C). If the oil is colder the level can
    be lower, and in higher temperatures the
    level can be higher, both of which are
    acceptable.
    Top up with ”Power Steering Fluid CHF 11S
    or CHF 202”.

    IB501

    • Do not fill the power steering fluid to
    above the MAX mark. Too much fluid
    can result in leakage.

    Power steering fluid reservoir



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    Battery
    WARNING

    The battery is provided with a cover to
    protect it from radiated heat. If the battery is
    exposed to high temperatures, its life will be
    shortened. To remove the cover, release
    the two clips along its long sides.

    • Work on the battery may entail an
    explosion hazard, since the battery
    gives off hydrogen which forms an
    explosive mixture with the oxygen in
    the air.
    For this reason, always avoid sparks
    or open flames when working near the
    battery.

    The cover fits the standard battery installed
    in the car. If a new battery is to be fitted,
    make sure that its dimensions are the same
    as the standard one.

    • The battery contains corrosive sulfuric
    acid. Always wear a face mask or
    goggles when working on the battery.

    A discharged battery can freeze and fracture. Batteries should therefore always be
    stored away from frost.

    • If battery acid gets into the eyes or
    splashes the 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.

    If frequent short journeys are made, the battery may need to be given a booster charge.
    This can be done either using a battery
    charger or by taking the car for a long run.

    • Battery posts, terminals and related
    accessories contain lead and lead
    compounds. Wash your hands after
    handling.

    197

    Charging/replacing the battery
    NOTICE
    To avert the danger of short-circuiting
    between the positive (+) terminal on the
    battery and the inlet manifold on the
    engine, always disconnect the negative
    (–) battery lead first and reconnect it last.

    The battery is maintenance free.

    NOTICE

    A car with a standard equipment specification 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 car phone, the charge may
    only be sufficient for about 15 days.

    Connect the positive lead to the positive (+)
    battery terminal (red), and the negative lead
    to a good ground point, e.g. the lifting lug at
    the front of the engine.
    To remove the battery, always disconnect
    the negative (black) lead first and reconnect
    it last when fitting the new battery.
    The battery size must comply with DIN
    53735 MFI 230/2.16.



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    NOTICE

    • Serious damage can occur to the car´s
    electrical system if a battery or alternator lead is disconnected while the
    engine is running.
    • The nut on the battery clamp should
    be tightened to a torque of 10 Nm.

    IB3130

    • Never reverse the polarity of the battery by connecting the leads to the
    wrong terminals. The red, positive
    lead connects to the positive (+) terminal, and the black, negative lead to the
    negative (–) terminal