Changes or modiﬁcations to this system by other than
an authorized service facility could void authorization to
use this equipment.
III uses a radio frequency transponder in
the key that matches a decoder in your vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped
with the PASS-Key
III is a passive
This means you do not have to do anything different to
arm or disarm the system. It works when you insert or
remove the key from the ignition.
When the PASS-Key
III system senses that someone is
using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter
and fuel systems.
The starter will not work and fuel will stop being delivered
to the engine. Anyone using a trial-and-error method to
start the vehicle will be discouraged because of the high
number of electrical key codes.
When trying to start the vehicle, if the engine does not
start and the SECURITY light comes on, the key may
have a damaged transponder. Turn the ignition off and
If the engine still does not start, and the key appears to be
undamaged, try another ignition key. At this time, you
may also want to check the fuse. See Fuses and Circuit
Breakers on page 5-95. If the engine still does not start
with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your
vehicle does start, the ﬁrst key may be faulty. See your
dealer who can service the PASS-Key
III to have a new
It is possible for the PASS-Key
III decoder to learn
the transponder value of a new or replacement key.
Up to 10 keys may be programmed for the vehicle.
This procedure is for programming additional keys only.
Canadian Owners: If you lose or damage your keys,
only a GM dealer can service PASS-Key
have new keys made. To program additional keys you
will require two current driver’s keys. You must add
a step to the following procedure. After Step 2 repeat
Steps 1 and 2 with the second current driver’s key.
Then continue with Step 3.
2005 - Saab 97X Owner Manual