Owner’s Manual Saab 9-3 M2001 Safety Security Convertible Instruments and controls Saab 9-3 Audio System OnStar - Telematics Interior equipment, trunk Starting and driving Car care Maintenance and owner assistance Technical data Index © Saab Automobile AB 2000 Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden Printed in Sweden 11 35 47 59 93 117 129 151 191 235 243 257
NOTE IB730 NOTE texts warn of potential damage to the car if the recommendations are not followed. Introduction This manual provides practical guidance on driving and caring for your Saab. The Saab 9-3 is available with a 2.0l turbo-engine, 185 hp or 205 hp or a 2.3l turbo-engine, 230 hp. Although the manual describes the most important differences between model variants, it does not include precise specifications of the different variants.
Instrument panel High/low beam ________________ 75 Parking lights __________________ 75 Daytime running lights ___________ 75 Changing bulbs _______________ 206 Warning and indicator lights _____ Tachometer __________________ Speedometer _________________ Odometer and trip meter ________ Gauge showing turbo pressure ___ Fuel gauge __________________ Temperature gauge ____________ 60 66 66 66 67 68 67 Trip computer (Saab Information Display, SID) __ 69 Night panel __________________ 73 Clock _________
Exterior Driving with a roof rack load ____ 182 Mounting of roof rack __________ 182 Maximum loads ______________ 244 Sunroof _______________ 138 Convertible _____________ 48 Washing the car ________ 226 Waxing and polishing ____ 227 Touching-up of paintwork _ 227 Anticorrosion treatment ___ 228 Service program ________ 239 Hood release handle __________ 192 Engine compartment: washing __ 226 Headlight switches _______ 75 High/low beam control stalk 75 Turn signal & lane change indicators ___________
Interior Internal rearview mirror ________ 143 Door mirrors ________________ 143 Vanity mirror ________________ 140 Interior lighting switch _________ 139 Interior lighting: changing bulbs __ 210 Safety belts _____________ 12 Safety-belt care ________ 224 Airbag _________________ 28 Child seats _____________ 19 Child safety lock catch ____ 39 Power steering _________ 251 Steering-wheel adjustment 137 Airbag _________________ 28 Glove compartment _____ 141 Seat adjustment ________ 130 Safety belts __
Engine bay Engine: description ____________ 194 Engine oil, level control and topping up _______________ 196 Engine oil: changing ___________ 196 Oil grade_____________________ 247 Brake system ________________ Brake fluid __________________ Brake pads __________________ ABS brakes _________________ 251 200 200 170 Fuse panels ___________ Changing a fuse ________ Table of fuses __________ Relays _______________ 212 212 214 216 Warning labels ___________ 7 V.I.N.
WL1 WL2 WL3 WL4 Warning labels Radiator fan: Drive belt: The radiator fan can cut in even after engine has been switched off. Danger! Moving belt Coolant: Never open while engine is hot. Escaping coolant under pressure can cause serious injuries. A/C system: Refrigerant at high pressure. Do not undo or remove any connections in the A/C system until the system has been emptied. Working the wrong way may result in injury. Work on the A/C system must be left to qualified personnel only.
IB994 CANADA IB1195 8 Wheel changing: Intended for the Saab 9-5 and 9-3. Use the jack only on firm, level ground. Use blocks. Max. jack load: 2200 lbs. (1000 kg). For further information, see the manual. USA AIR BAG WARNING Flip visor over WARNING WL9 Belt beam CANADA Long loads 50 10 111 WARNING DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. • Children 12 and under can be killed by the air bag. • The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place for children. • NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in the front.
IB934 9 Soft top, Saab 9-3 Convertible IB1705 Push the handle in before driving away. There would otherwise be a risk of injury. Jack Keep hands away from moving parts of the convertible top. Failure to do so may cause personal injury. Do not raise or lower top with passengers in the rear seat. Personal injury may result from head contact with top. WL16 – The jack is designed solely for use in changing a wheel or fitting snow chains.
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Safety IB1301 Safety belts...................... Head restraint.................. Child safety......................
Safety Safety belts Research has established that it is dangerous for rear-seat passengers not to wear their safety belts. WARNING Safety belts must be worn at all times by all car occupants. Child safety, see page 19. Check that the tongue of the belt lock engages properly. To reduce the risk of head injuries in the event of a collision, the roof pillars and side edges of the headlining incorporate cushioning material (Convertible: windscreen pillars and upper part of windscreen rail).
Safety Safety-belt pretensioners Correct position for safety belt The belts of the front seats are fitted with automatic pretensioners, which are activated in the event of a severe frontal collision or very violent rear-end collision. They serve to reduce the forward movement of the body by tensioning the belt. The belt pretensioners do not activate in less violent frontal or rear-end collisions.
Safety • 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. IB1304 Never fasten the safety belt with the shoulder belt behind the body or pull the belt off the shoulder and under the arm. IB1305 WARNING To fasten the belt Front seat belts Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and inserting the tongue in the buckle.
IB818 IB819 Safety The belt guide on the door pillar Belt guide The belt guide on the door pillar can be set to five different heights. Set the guide as high as possible without causing the belt to chafe against the throat. In the case of a short person the guide can be lowered until the belt comes about an inch (a few centimetres) from the throat but still provides safe restraint. Raise the belt guide by pushing it upwards to the desired position.
Safety Safety belts, rear seat (the central head restraint is an accessory) Safety belts, rear seat Three-point safety belts are provided for all three rear-seat passengers (2 for Convertible model). Fasten the belts by pulling the belt across you and inserting the tongue into the buckle. Check that it is securely fastened. Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle and pull the belt towards the shoulder to tighten the lap belt part. The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as possible.
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.
Safety The front seats in the Saab 9-3 are equipped with Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). These reduce the risk of whiplash injury if the car is hit from behind. In the event of a rear-end collision, 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.
Safety Child safety Car safety tips Protect your children from getting trapped in the trunk of a car WARNING WARNING • Children must always be suitably restrained in the car. All child restraints and booster seats are designed to be secured in vehicle seats by the lap belt or the lap belt of a lap-shoulder belt. If the child restraint is not properly secured, a child can be endangered in a crash. • NEVER put a child seat in the front. • Children 12 and under can be killed by the airbag.
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, but restraints must be suitable for the size of the child. Always follow the child seat/booster cushion manufacturer´s instructions when installing these devices in your vehicle. Make sure you are acquainted with the legal requirements for seating children in the car.
Safety 21 LATCH IB1683 LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers for CHildren) consists of two types of attachments for child restraints in the rear set, ISOFIX and top tether. ISOFIX are lower attachments located where the seat and back cushions come together. Top tether are upper attachments located between beltbeam and parcel shelf, see page 23 and 24. Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints. Illustration showing lower attachments (ISOFIX) in the rear seat.
LATCH installation To facilitate the proper fitting of new specially-design child restraints, 9-3's except Convertibles have rigid lower anchorages (ISOFIX) and top tether anchorages in the two outboard rear seating positions. There is an additional top tether anchorage for the center rear seating position. LATCH is a U.S./Canadian government standard for an uniform method of fitting child restraints without using the standard safety belts.
Child tether anchorages, Coupé and 5-door models Child restraints with a tether strap must be anchored according to law. WARNING Child 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. • Harnesses. • Attaching other items or equipment to the vehicle. • Load securing device. The belt anchorage beam is provided with three top tether anchorages.
Safety Child tether anchorages, Convertible models Child restraints with a tether strap must be anchored according to law. WARNING Child 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. • Harnesses. • Attaching other items or equipment to the vehicle. • Load securing device. The car is provided with two top tether anchorages.
Safety 25 Child restraints installed in the rear seat IB1688 Child restraints installed in the rear seat Fixing points for child restraint tethers IB1178 Child restraint that are approved for rearward facing installation in the rear seat can be positioned in any of the three rear places. If the child restraint is positioned in the center place, the child restraint support legs should be used. The tethers should be fixed to the beam beneath the driver´s and passenger´s seat.
Safety Integrated booster seat (accessory) Folding out 1 Press in the latches and lift and remove the car’s regular head restraint. Turn it 180° and remount it. Make certain that it is locked securely in place. 2 Lift up the booster seat’s headrest. 3 Pull out the upper part of the opener strap and lower the seat itself. Make certain that it is locked in the lowered position. IB825 Integrated booster seats are available as part of the rear seat backrest.
Safety Folding booster seat a Pull the upper part of the release strap out and fold up the seat itself. Make sure that it is locked firmly in its folded-up position. b Press the booster seat’s headrest all the way down. c Press in the latches on the car’s regular head restraint. Remove it, rotate it 180° and remount it. Make certain it is locked correctly. WARNING • Use only the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt system when restraining the child in the booster seat.
Safety Airbag (Supplemental Restraint System "SRS") 2 WARNING The supplementary restraint system (SRS) 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 occupants. If a fault is detected in the SRS, the AIR BAG warning light on the main instrument panel will come on (see pages 62 and 32).
Safety Operation of the airbag in a front-end collision. WARNING Moment of impact. • Even if the car is equipped with an SRS (airbag), safety belts must still always be worn by all occupants. Sensor detects retardation and sends a signal via the control module to a gas generator that inflates the airbag. The inflating airbag cushions the driver. Airbag now fully inflated. IB828 The airbag starts to deflate.
Safety Front passenger seat 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 an accident could seriously injure or kill a child. The airbags are interconnected and have a common warning light, AIR BAG. The passenger airbag module is housed in the fascia above the glove compartment and is marked ”SRS AIR BAG”.
• 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 an authorized Saab dealer. Otherwise there is a risk that the side impact sensor and the moisture barrier in the door could be damaged.
Safety AIR BAG warning light WARNING • If the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle, it means the airbag system may not be working properly. • 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.
Safety Frequently asked questions on function of the airbag Do you still need to wear a safety belt if airbags are fitted? 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 collision, which means, of course, that it provides no protection in minor frontal collisions, major rear-end or side-on collisions or if the car rolls over.
Safety Are the smoke and fumes given off when the airbag operates at all harmful? Most people who have remained in a car with little or no ventilation for several minutes complained only of minor irritation of the throat and eyes. Avoid as much as possible getting dust on your skin as there is a risk of skin irritation. If this trouble persists, you should consult a doctor.
Security 35 Security IB1534 Doors................................. Central locking ................. Car alarm ..........................
Security Central locking 1 WARNING Door handle Doors Opening handle Open the door by lifting the opening handle from below. If the door is stuck (e.g. if frozen), hold the handle from above to secure a better grip. Key The key unit consists of a mechanical key with integrated remote control. The mechanical key is used for manual locking and unlocking. The remote control is used for remote locking and unlocking.
Security 37 Locking/unlocking the car The key contains delicate electronics. • Do not expose it to water. • Avoid rough handling. • Do not place the key where it may be subjected to high temperatures, e.g. on the fascia. • The key may malfunction if it becomes very cold. Warm it in your hands for a couple of minutes. • Never open the key except to change the battery. For changing the battery, see page 39. To check the number of keys that are programmed for the car; see page 45.
Security The interior locking buttons on each door affect only the respective door on sedan. The driver´s door lock button will lock/unlock both on the Convertible. If the car is left with the doors open, the interior lighting will be switched off automatically after 20 minutes, to prevent a dead battery. Central locking IB995 IB1527 WARNING Switch for operation of central locking 1 To lock 2 To unlock Locking by key (1) Turn the key clockwise: all doors and trunk lid locked.
Security 39 inside of the battery cover. Avoid putting fingerprints on the flat sides of the battery. Dispose of the old battery properly when you buy a new one. These batteries contain substances that are environmentally hazardous. Keep the battery and small parts of the key out of the reach of children. IB849 IB1288 WARNING Changing the key battery Child safety lock catch Open the battery cover using a thin round tool (1.5 mm or less) pressed inwards and downwards.
Security Trunk switch Trunk lock The trunk does not unlock when the other doors are unlocked. The trunk button on the driver’s door is inoperative when the car is locked or moving at a speed greater than 2.7 mph (4 km/h). • The button on the key. • The trunk switch on the inside of the driver’s door (if the car is unlocked and at a standstill). • The key in the trunk lock. The key hole has a cover plate that must be carefully pushed aside.
Security Car alarm 1 WARNING The car alarm (anti-theft system) is activated/deactivated when the car is locked/unlocked by the key (remote or by the key in the driver´s door. All the doors plus trunk lid and hood are monitored by microswitches, and window-glass sensors will trigger the alarm if any glass is broken. 3 2 IB1524 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.
Security Activating the car alarm Window glass sensor The car alarm cannot be activated if the driver’s door is open or if the ignition switch is in position ON. If, on the other hand, 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.
Security Alarm signals When the car alarm is armed, it will be triggered if any door, the trunk lid or hood, is opened, or if a window is broken. 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. • Siren wailing for 30 seconds.
Security Overview of functions Locking/ activation Hazard warning lights flash once (0.5 seconds). Horn chirps once. The LED will come on for 10 seconds. Unlocking/ deactivation Hazard warning lights flash twice. Horn chirps twice. The LED will come on for two seconds. Unlocking/ deactivation of trunk lid alarm Hazard warning lights flash three times. Horn chirps three times. The LED will flash three times per second for 10 seconds. Alarm triggered Hazard warning lights flash for 5 min.
Security 45 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 third second. Deactivation. Comes on for 2 seconds. SID message Reason/action SERVICE THEFT ALARM Probably a faulty sensor or siren. Have the car checked by an authorized Saab dealer. KEY NOT ACCEPTED Fault in key transmitter or in ignition-switch receiver.
Security 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.
Convertible 47 IB1361 Convertible General safety instructions ................................ Folding the soft top ......... Raising the soft top ......... Manual raising of the soft top ................................... Fault messages in SID..... Central operation of the windows, 9-3 Convertible Trunk, 9-3 Convertible ..... Rear seat........................... Cleaning the soft top, 9-3 Convertible ..................... Interior lighting................. Manually opening the fuel filler door ........
Convertible Convertible General safety instructions • Never touch the hinges and struts of the soft top nor the upper beam of the windshield while operating the soft top. • After raising the soft top, always check that it is properly secured to the top beam of the windshield with the soft top locking device before driving the car away. After folding it down you should check that the tonneau cover latches have engaged properly. Otherwise it may come loose while you are driving and cause injury.
Convertible 49 Folding the soft top Before operating the soft top, read through the section ” General safety instructions” on page 48. WARNING • Do not touch the hinges or struts of the soft top during folding, because of the pinch hazard. • Do not operate the soft top with passengers in the rear seat or bystanders right next to the car, because of the risk of head injuries. NOTE If you drive away while the soft top is being raised or lowered it will stop when the car exceeds 6 mph (10 km/h).
Convertible IB839 IB838 1 The rear window is raised. 2 The tonneau cover is opened. 3 Roof and rear window are folded down. Switch for operating the soft top 3 Slide the ROOF button backwards until the soft top is completely folded away, the tonneau cover is closed and the SID has given an OK signal (beep). Slide the ROOF button backwards a second time to lower the windows. 4 Check that there are no fault messages on the SID; see page 54. IB936 1 Lowering 2 Raising 4 Tonneau cover is closed.
Convertible 51 1 4 2 IB840 3 Raising the soft top WARNING • Do not touch the hinges or struts of the soft top during rasing the top, because of the danger of being injured. • Do not operate the soft top with passengers in the rear seat or bystanders right next to the car, because of the risk of head injuries. IB841 The front-edge locking of the tonneau cover Locking handle 1 Pull the handle out and lift it 2 Push the handle in 1 Start the engine and let it idle.
Convertible 4 Raise the side windows by sliding the ROOF button forward a second time. Alternatively, use the central operating switch for the side windows. 5 Check that there are no fault messages on the SID; see page 54. Manual raising of the soft top Manual operation of the soft top must be resorted to only to raise it in an emergency (e.g. in case of an electrical or hydraulic fault).
IB939 Convertible Manual raising of the soft top 9 (ill. 1) Stand at the side of the car and open the tonneau cover by grasping its black part. 10 (ill. 2) Get into the car and stand on the lowered backrest. WARNING Do not touch the hinges and struts of the soft top during raising. Keep your hands clear of the upper beam of the windshield - this is a pinch hazard area. Do not operate the soft top with passengers in the rear seat or with bystanders right next to the car. 11 (ill.
Convertible Fault messages in SID The following CHECK messages are included in the soft top system and can be displayed on the SID together with a beep. SID displays Cause Action CHECK SOFT • The soft top storage bag is hooked up. TOP STORAGE • An item in the trunk under the soft top is obstructing the soft top. • Unhook and lower the soft top storage bag, see page 56. • Make sure that no item in the trunk is lying against the soft top storage.
Convertible Central operation of the windows, 9-3 Convertible WARNING Remember the risk of personal injury when raising the windows. Check that all persons travelling in the car have their head, hands and fingers away from the windows before raising them. On the center console is a switch (see illustration) for the simultaneous closing or opening of the four side windows.
Convertible Trunk lid lock Unlocking the trunk lid by using the remote trunk release button on the driver’s door is possible only when the top is fully lowered or raised (note that the ignition must be in position ON when the top is lowered). The trunk button on the driver’s door is inoperative when the car is locked.
Convertible Cleaning the soft top, 9-3 Convertible Trunk Pass-Through in the rear seatback for long, narrow loads A trunk pass-through is provided in the rear seatback support so that long narrow objects can be carried. Before using this trunk pass-through, the rear seatback must be lowered. Suspend the top storage bag by means of the hooks as previously described on page. 56. IB857 NOTE NOTE The trunk pass-through can only be used when the top is raised.
Convertible Use mild soap, lukewarm water and a sponge for washing. Rinse the top thoroughly with plain water to get rid of all the soap. Flush the cleaning agent off the bodywork as well, since it can cause discoloration if it is left to dry on the paintwork. If further cleaning is needed after soap and water have been used, a mild shampoo may be employed. First rinse the soft top, then use shampoo on the complete top and scrub with a small soft hand brush.
Instruments and controls IB946 Warning and indicator lights ............................... Instruments ...................... Trip computer SID............ Switches ........................... Wipers and washers ........ Manual climate-control system............................. Automatic climate control (ACC) ...............................
Instruments and controls Warning and indicator lights Main instrument panel 1 2 3 50 40 80 4 60 70 100 120 A number of warning and indicator lights will come on when the ignition is switched on prior to starting (see page 65). Under normal conditions, these should go out a few seconds after the engine has started.
Instruments and controls Warning charging This light comes on together with if the battery is not charging. 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 203). If the belt has broken, the engine may overheat (cooling system will not function properly), the belt is slack or broken, battery charging will be poor and engine cooling unsatisfactory.
Instruments and controls Anti-lock brake warning This light will come on if a fault has occurred in the ABS system. On certain variants and as well as 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). Conventional braking without the ABS function will still be available. For safety reasons, stop the car and check the level of the brake fluid (see page 200).
Instruments and controls Central warning light This light comes on and a chime will sound if a fault has been detected in any system that is critical to safety. Any of the following can activate the central warning light and alarm: • • • • • • Airbag system. Low oil pressure in engine. Parking brake is on (when car is moving). Brake fluid level low. Fault detected in ABS system. Electronic brake force distribution (distribution of brake pressure between front and rear wheels). • Engine overheating.
Instruments and controls Automatic transmission fault indicator WINTER Mode Indicator On cars with automatic transmission the indicator light comes on when, in the D position, you press the WINTER button on the center console next to the gear selector. When the car is in the Winter mode it starts in 3rd gear, which gives a better grip in slippery conditions by reducing the tendency to spin the wheels. Quit Winter mode by again depressing the WINTER button; see also page 168.
Instruments and controls The TCS lamp in the tachometer lights up when the TCS system is activated, i.e. when the friction between the tires and road surface is insufficient for the car to accelerate as desired. You may also experience that the engine does not respond as normal when the accelerator is depressed. Operation of the TCS indicates reduced cohesion between the tires and the road, and that extra care should be taken by the driver.
Instruments Tachometer 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 exceeding approximately 6,200 rpm (2.0 Turbo) and 6,400 rpm (2.3 Turbo). IB341 IB606 Instruments and controls IB340 66 Odometer and trip meter The odometer records the distance travelled in miles on U.S.
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 enters the red zone, the warning light will come on and an alarm chime will sound. 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.
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 holding the charging pressure down, you should contact an authorized Saab dealer. If the speed exceeds 143 mph (230 km/h), the increase in speed will be limited by the lowering of the boost pressure.
Instruments and controls Trip computer SID Outside temperature (Frost warning) (Saab Information Display) IB744 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.
Instruments and controls Entering values for the functions Setting the date Values can be entered for the following functions: SPD ∅ (SPEED AVERAGE), DIST, ARRIV, ALARM and SPD W. 1 Select the desired function using or . 2 Press the SET button for at least one second (figures start to flash and a chime sounds). 3 Use or to increase or decrease the value (press CLR to reset). 4 Press SET to record the value. 1 Use to select TEMP/DATE.
Instruments and controls Calculation of arrival time and average speed Using DIST as a trip meter The settings must be made before the journey is started. Calculation of arrival time: 1 Select DIST using the button. 2 Hold SET until display starts flashing. 3 Set the destination distance using or . 4 Press SET to store settings. When ARRIV is selected during the journey, the arrival time based on the average speed over the past 20 minutes will be displayed.
Instruments and controls Calculating the requisite average speed: 1 Press to select DIST. 2 Hold the SET button for two seconds. 3 Set the distance to be covered using or . 4 Press SET to store settings. 5 Press to select ARRIV. 6 Hold the SET button for two seconds. 7 Set the desired arrival time using or . 8 Press SET to display the average speed you need to maintain to arrive at the desired time. At the beginning of a journey, the SPD Ø and ARRIV functions will display current values.
Instruments and controls The following CHECK messages may be displayed: Display shows: BRAKE LIGHT FAILURE FRONT LIGHT FAILURE REAR LIGHT FAILURE FOG LIGHT FAILURE WASHER FLUID LEVEL LOW TIGHTEN FUEL FILLER CAP FILL COOLANT FLUID KEY NOT ACCEPTED REPLACE KEY BATTERY SERVICE THEFT ALARM TRANSMISSION OVERHEATING TIME FOR SERVICE 1) See page 208 206 208 209 205 157 198 45 45 45 165 236 1) This message will be displayed approximately 600 miles (1,000 km) before the next scheduled service is due, or when 365 d
Instruments and controls Units and language versions The SID has four sets of units: METRIC IMP. 1 IMP. 2 US km miles miles miles km/h mph mph mph litres gallons gallons US gallons °C °F °C °F 24 hours 12 hours 12 hours 12 hours CHECK messages can be displayed in six language options: English, Swedish, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Selecting units and language 1 Press the CLR and SET buttons at the same time for 4 seconds until an audible signal sounds. 2 Press or units.
Instruments and controls 75 Switches Daytime running lights 2 IB1594 1 IB745 The parking lights and daytime running lights come on automatically when the ignition switch is in the ON position. 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. 15 (see page 214). Note to owners in Canada: Daytime Running Lights must not be disconnected as they are a Canadian Federal legal requirement.
Instruments and controls Courtesy Headlamp Feature 0 2 Turn signal & lane change indicators 1 Right turn signal indicators 2 Left turn signal indicators Turn signal & lane change indicators To switch on the indicators, move the stalk up or down. The stalk has fixed positions for indicating a right or left turn, and the indicators are cancelled automatically (stalk returns to off position) after most turns.
Instruments and controls 77 IB750 Switch on the hazard flashers if the car has to be left at the roadside on account of an accident, engine trouble or a flat tire. If you carry a warning triangle or flares, they should be set up along 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.
Instruments and controls Wipers and washers Windshield wipers The delay of the intermittent operation can be adjusted to between 2 and 15 seconds. Moving the control stalk to the spring-loaded position between 0 and 2 will produce a single sweep of the wipers. Instrument lighting The brightness of the instrument lighting can be varied by means of the dimmer switch adjacent to the headlight switch, the ignition switch shall be in position ON. (See also Night panel on page 73).
Instruments and controls 79 Rear-window wiper Control for setting wiper delay 1 Long delay 2 Short delay The position gives washing and wiping. After a few sweeps the wiper stops, or reverts to intermittent wiping if this has been selected. When washing/wiping of the rear window ends, the wiper makes a single sweep after about 15 seconds to wipe away any remaining washer fluid. Moving the control stalk to the spring-loaded position between OFF and ON will produce a single sweep of the wipers.
Instruments and controls Manual climate-control system IB755 IB032 The air is drawn in through an intake at the bottom edge of the windshield. It passes through an efficient filter before being routed through the climate-control system and into the cabin. The cabin discharge vent is located on the right behind the rear bumper. The air discharge vents should be kept free of snow and ice in the winter. Fan The rate of air flow inside the car is controlled by means of the fan switch.
Instruments and controls 81 IB762 Settings for various weather conditions Winter - defroster IB983 Defroster Winter - comfort incl. rear side windows IB984 Floor Summer - cloudy Panel incl. rear center vent IB985 As the winter comfort setting we recommend that the distribution knob be turned two steps to the left from the Defroster position.
Instruments and controls Air conditioning (A/C) IB794 The air conditioning is combined with the conventional climate-control system and is Air vent at rear side window switched on by pressing the button, provided that the fan control is in position 1-4. 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 air conditioning can be used at outdoor temperatures down to 32°F (0°C).
Instruments and controls Electrically heated rear window/external mirrors The button is located on the climate-control panel. An LED in the button is lit as long as heating is on. Switch off the heating as soon as the rear window is clear. It will go off automatically after about 10 minutes. If the battery voltage is lower than 12 V the heating will be switched off earlier so that the battery can get the benefit of the alternator charge.
Instruments and controls IB794 The air is drawn in through an intake at the bottom edge of the windshield. It passes through an efficient filter before being routed through the climate-control system and into the cabin. The cabin discharge vent is located on the right behind the rear bumper. The air discharge vents should be kept free of snow and ice in the winter. ACC (Automatic Climate Control) automatically maintains the desired cabin temperature, regardless of the weather outside.
Instruments and controls The system uses five sensors: Condensation water • • • • When the A/C compressor is on, the incoming air is dehumidified. The resulting condensation water is drained away through an outlet under the car. It is therefore perfectly normal for water to be seen dripping from this outlet when the car is parked. The warmer the ambient air and the higher the humidity, the more condensation will form. IB763 Outside-air temperature. Cabin-air temperature. Sun sensor.
Instruments and controls IB764 Button Functions The function you have manually selected will be locked in, while other functions remain automatic. Temperature maintenance, except in positions HI and LO, is, therefore always automatic. The active function is shown in the display. A manual selection is cancelled by pressing AUTO or by repeated pressing of the button used to make the manual choice. For further functions, see ”Programming II”, page 91.
Instruments and controls Button Display Button One touch: When Defroster is manually selected you will get demisting of all windows (the air flow to the rear side windows will be shut off) by high fan speed. Air will be routed to the defroster nozzles. Normal temperature control, recirculation and ECON will be switched off but the electric heating of the rear window and outside mirrors will be switched on. Current settings will be shown on the display and AUTO will go out.
Button Press simultaneously Instruments and controls Display Button Display Recirculation is controlled automatically, but there is also manual ON/OFF control. Panel - floor (front and rear) and center rear vent Electrically heated rear window/electrically heated door mirrors are controlled automatically, though they can also be programmed for manual control; see ”Programming II”, page 91. The temperature, air distribution and fan speed will still be controlled automatically.
Instruments and controls Starting in hot weather: The automatic climate control system selects air to the panel vents and high fan speed. Recirculation is switched on about 30 seconds after starting if the selected cabin temperature is markedly lower than the actual temperature. Unless the ECON button has been depressed, the A/C compressor is always switched on at outside temperatures above 32°F (0°C) in order to cool and dehumidify the incoming air, unless the ECON button has been depressed.
Instruments and controls Calibration Programming I If the battery has been disconnected or has run flat, the system will recalibrate automatically. Manual calibration: 1 Start the engine. The manual selections you have made can be saved so that the ACC system always starts up on these selections every time the ignition is switched on. But notice that the ignition must have been off for at least 10 minutes before you try out the saved setting. 2 Press + at the same time.
Instruments and controls Programming II It is also possible to customize the ACC system to adapt to driving and weather conditions. Function Operation in AUTO mode Standard operation in after Programming II AUTO mode The A/C compressor is not switched on until the outside temperature goes above +55°F (+13°C). – This function can be used to save fuel, since the A/C compressor will not be in action for so long a time.
Instruments and controls Useful tips: ACC - 9-3 Convertible If the ACC system is not functioning satisfactorily the following should be tried before you take the car to an authorized Saab dealer. When the soft top is folded down the ACC system goes over to manual temperature setting. Between HI and LO there are eleven (0-10) fixed temperature steps.
Saab 9-3 Audio System 93 IB1194 Saab 9-3 Audio System Quick guide to the Saab 9-3 Audio System ........... Sound controls................. Radio ................................. Cassette player ................ CD player .......................... CD changer....................... General functions ............ Steering-wheel controls .. Security lock..................... Technical data .................. Installation of car phone (option)............................ Fault codes .......................
Saab 9-3 Audio System Saab 9-3 Audio System The Saab 9-3 Audio System comes in two levels, Premium and Prestige. They are specially adapted to the cabin space in the Saab 9-3. The Saab 9-3 Audio System consists of a main unit with a radio and either an in-dash CD player or a cassette player. There is a also a CD player and a CD changer for 6 CD discs available as an accessory. The Premium Audio System has two loudspeakers at the front and two at the rear. Output is 4x20 watts.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Quick guide to the Saab 9-3 Audio System 1 2 3 4 5 6 95 Preset station buttons Press once: play the preset station. Press and hold briefly: store a new station. Radio, see page 98 PUSH ON BAS VOL TRE PULL BAL FAD On To switch the system ON, press the volume button. The last settings used will be activated.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Cassette player. See page 100 TAPE CD player. See page 103 Touch: choice of play when another sound source is active. Touch: change to CD playback when other sound source is active. Press and hold briefly: random playback. CD RDM Changing cassette side. Touch: SEEK at either end to change track. Press and hold briefly: fast playback or fast track changes. Touch center on SEEK: change between functions fast playback (PLAY) and fast track changes (TRACK).
Saab 9-3 Audio System 97 Sound controls ON/OFF The Audio System will come on: • When the volume 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. • When one hour has elapsed since a control button was pressed if the Audio system was switched on when the ignition key was not in the switch. VOL - Volume BAL - Balance Pull out and rotate the VOL control to adjust the balance between the left and right speakers.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Radio Press the RADIO/BAND button (3) to switch to the radio when another source is active. Preset station buttons (1) The small figure on the far right of the display is the number of the preset button selected. Presetting a station Press the desired button and hold it down for more than a second to store the currently tuned station. During this time, the radio will be mute. The sound will return as soon as the station has been stored.
Saab 9-3 Audio System 99 IB1166 find six stations with good reception, the remaining preset buttons will be empty. If one of these empty buttons is pressed, FM or AM**** will appear on the display. When the system leaves the AS mode, it returns to the station that was selected before the AS mode was activated. The AS mode can also be used in the AM band. WB (Weather Band) (5) Press the WB button to select the Weather Band mode.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Cassette player Before playing a tape, make sure that the label is secure and that the cassette is not warped, otherwise the cassette can become jammed in the deck. The cassette player senses automatically whether the tape is normal or metal (Type I or Type II). TAPE (1) Turn on the cassette player by pressing TAPE Playback direction (2) To play the other side of the tape, press .
Saab 9-3 Audio System 101 Music search forward/reverse (5) Fast forward/rewind Auto music search (Blank skip) To search forward for a track, press and release quickly (within half a second). The following will now appear on the display: Press and hold to start fastforward to the end of the tape. The following will now appear on the display: To switch the Blank-skip function ON/OFF, press and hold (mid-segment).
Saab 9-3 Audio System Type II (metal) tapes Tape care The cassette has an automatic tape-type selector. Do not expose cassette tapes to direct sunlight or to extremes of temperature as this can damage the cassette and the tape. Always keep cassettes in their boxes when not in use. If a cassette should become jammed in the deck, seek help from an authorized Saab dealer.
Saab 9-3 Audio System 103 CD player (option) NOTE To select the CD mode, load a CD into the deck or, if one is already loaded, press the CD/RDM button. Insert the CD, label-side up, and allow the mechanism to load it automatically. Playback of the first track will start and the following message will appear on the display: A tiny, amber-colored LED indicator to the left of the disc tray is illuminated when a disc is loaded.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Fast track changes Touch SEEK (mid-segment) to switch between the CD PLAY and CD TRACK modes. CD PLAY Pressing and holding or starts Rapid play. CD TRACK Pressing and holding or activates track changes. IB1165 The CD PLAY and CD TRACK modes change the function of and . The selected mode will also be active the next time the system is switched on.
Saab 9-3 Audio System CD changer 105 3 (accessory) Important! Always keep the sliding cover closed to keep dust out of the CD changer, so that it will continue to provide satisfactory service for a long time. To load the CD changer, which is installed in the trunk and can accommodate six CDs, proceed as follows: 1 Slide the cover back. 2 The CD magazine will automatically eject after it has retrieved all discs. 3 Press the catch on the magazine to one side.
Saab 9-3 Audio System If the CD changer is activated immediately after a magazine has been loaded, the following will appear on the display: IB1164 The CD number will change as each CD is played. After a magazine has been loaded, playback will start with the first track on the first CD when the CD changer is selected, and the following will appear on the display: Selecting CDs (1) When the CD changer is operating, the radio preset buttons work for the six CDs in the magazine.
Saab 9-3 Audio System After two seconds, the status of the trays in the magazine (i.e. loaded or empty) will be shown on the display, e.g.: If for some reason the CD selected by the preset button cannot be played, playback of the current CD will continue. Track change (2) Touch or repeatedly to move to preceding or following tracks. Pressing once will restart playback from the beginning of the current track. Thus, to play the preceding track, touch twice.
Saab 9-3 Audio System General functions • Maximum START VOL WARNING These functions should only be carried out when the car is stationary. Volume-preset mode To select the volume-preset mode, press and hold the WB button at the same time as you switch the Audio System on. Use the button to select the required function. The following volume settings can be preselected: • START VOL - maximum volume level when the Audio System is switched on.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Steering-wheel controls Security lock 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 codes match. If not, the following will appear on the display: To facilitate use of the Audio System and to promote safer driving, most of the functions can be operated using the integral remote controls on the steering wheel.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Technical data Tone controls Bass _________________________ Treble ________________________ Power output __________________ Radio module Radio system __________________ Number of presets FM __________________________ AM __________________________ Frequency range FM __________________________ AM __________________________ WB___________________________ Scanning steps Automatic seek tuning: ___________ ±12 dB at 40 Hz ±10 dB at 15,000 Hz 4 x 20 W (4 x 12 W at 1% THD (total harmoni
Saab 9-3 Audio System 111 Antenna The antenna of the Audio System is motorized. Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupé and 5-door: The antenna is located on the roof. NOTE IB977 For the cleaning of the motorized antenna, see the section headed "Washing", page 226. The car has a factory-fitted roof antenna for a car phone. Roof loads may negatively affect telecommunication. IB978 Remove the antenna if you wash the car in a car wash, to avoid it being damaged.
Saab 9-3 Audio System AM IB388 IB979 IB980 FM Sources of FM interference Cross-modulation Radio waves, FM/AM Interference to FM reception can be caused by the electrical systems in other vehicles, particularly if the signal from the transmitter is weak. Car phones can also produce interference. To maintain good radio reception do not tint the rear windshield, particularly with film containing small metal flakes.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Installation of car phone (option) IB981 WARNING Sources of AM interference AM reception is prone to interference, e.g. from electrical systems on other vehicles, high-tension power lines and lightning. To prevent crashes while using a cell phone: • Do not use the cell phone in distracting traffic situations. Turn it off if traffic is heavy. • Dial sensibly, at a stoplight or safely off the road. • Consider installing hands-free or speaker phone.
Saab 9-3 Audio System • Requires accessory module for use with OnStar system, standard on all Saab models. • "TELEPHONE" appears on the SID when phone is in use. • Volume level for ongoing conversation can be adjusted by volume controls on steering wheel or on audio-system module. See also ”Volume-preset mode”, page 108. • If the sound is a bit fuzzy, adjust by means of the volume control on the phone set. • Phone battery is charging when ignition is ON and phone in its cradle.
Saab 9-3 Audio System Fault codes NOTE Great care should be exercised in trying to rectify a fault. If you are at all unsure, contact an authorized Saab dealer. The Audio System has a built-in diagnostics function. If a fault is detected, a fault code is generated to help dealer technicians to diagnose the fault. Below is an example of a fault code that you might be able to rectify yourself. Fault code Possible cause CD/CDC ERROR 12/17/19 CD is dirty, loaded wrong side up or defective.
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OnStar - Telematics 117 OnStar - Telematics Using OnStar................... 118 OnStar is Easy............................ OnStar Services Button.............. Emergency button ...................... Call answer/end button ............... System status light ..................... 118 118 119 119 119 The OnStar Center.......... 120 Connecting to the OnStar center Your personal identification number (PIN) ........................................... 120 Additional Services.........
OnStar - Telematics Your new vehicle comes equipped with advanced telematics hardware and a full year of Onstar premium service. Saab Telematics is a sophisticated in-vehicle system allowing convergence of wireless communications, GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites and advanced vehicle electronics. You must activate immediately to ensure you receive your full year of service, as your prepaid subscription begins at the time of delivery.
OnStar - Telematics Emergency button In an emergency, press this button to connect with an OnStar Advisor. Your call will be given the highest priority, and you will hear a tone followed by the words ”Connecting to OnStar Emergency.” The Advisor will locate your Saab, find out what kind of assistance you require, and contact the nearest emergency services provider who can dispatch ambulance, fire, police or other emergency services. Please use this button only for true emergencies.
OnStar - Telematics The OnStar Center Your personal identification number (PIN) Connecting to the OnStar center When you signed up with OnStar, you were asked to provide a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You’ll need your PIN to access many of OnStar’s services. If, for example, your vehicle has been stolen, an Advisor will ask for your PIN in order to provide assistance. Changing your PIN is easy.
OnStar - Telematics Roadside assistance** OnStar Med-Net*** There’s nothing worse than being stranded on the road with car trouble. No matter what the problem is (flat tire, out of gas, or engine trouble), just call OnStar. We will contact the help you need to get you quickly back on the road. OnStar MED-NET securely stores your personal medical information (e.g., physician’s name, emergency contacts, medications, chronic conditions) and, in an emergency, can quickly send it to a medical facility.
OnStar - Telematics Concierge services From the simple to the extraordinary, OnStar Concierge is always ready to help. Whether it’s tickets to that ”hard-to-get” play, or even complete planning of your next vacation, OnStar Concierge can make all the arrangements you need — at home or on the road. There is no additional cost to you for the efforts of the OnStar Concierge.
OnStar - Telematics Voice Commands Universal Commands Personal Calling is made available through your voice commands to the system. This allows you to verbally control all of the phone functions. Your OnStar wireless phone system has been programmed to respond to a wide variety of voices and accents. You should speak distinctly in a normal speaking volume. It is not necessary to exaggerate your voice or to speak loudly.
OnStar - Telematics Storing/Deleting Numbers in Memory Deleting a Number from Memory Units Remaining To delete a nametag: OnStar keeps track of the amount of calling time you have purchased and used in units. The number of total remaining units is stored within the OnStar system, and can be accessed easily. (Nametags) Storing a number Your OnStar system can store up to 20 numbers (up to 32 digits each) in memory that can be dialed by simply repeating the ”nametag.
OnStar - Telematics Contact OnStar OnStar will respond 1 Press the OnStar DOT ”Ready” button 2 Say ”Units” OnStar will respond ”Verify or Add” 3 Say ”Add” You will be connected to OnStar for replenishment You will need your OnStar Personal Identification Number (PIN) to authorize the charge to your credit card on file. If you are not in your Saab, you may call an OnStar Advisor at 1-888-4-ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) to request unit replenishment.
OnStar - Telematics Virtual Advisor (expected availability fourth quarter 2000) Once you have activated Personal Calling, you can enjoy your time in your Saab even more with the OnStar Virtual Advisor. This service allows you to listen to your favorite news and information topics, such as weather reports, stock quotes and sports scores. You can even listen to your e-mail, whenever you want, without ever taking your eyes off the road.
OnStar - Telematics News Headlines The OnStar Virtual Advisor will provide current headlines for many different categories, including: • • • • • • International News Headlines National News Headlines Technology Headlines Business Headlines Sports Headlines Entertainment Headlines E-mail Reader The OnStar Virtual Advisor allows you to listen, and soon respond, to your e-mails any time you want. E-mail availability is based on the address(es) you provide to OnStar.
OnStar - Telematics OnStar Operation: OnStar uses existing emergency service providers and cellular and satellite technologies. OnStar requires cellular service to be available and operating for features to function properly. Personal Calling: Existing OnStar service agreement required. Additional usage charges apply for Personal Calling. Interim 2001 model year availability in select markets. For system limitations and details, call 1-800-ONSTAR-7 or visit www.onstar.com.
Interior equipment, trunk 129 IB941 Interior equipment, trunk Seats ................................. Steering-wheel adjustment ................................ Electrical windows........... Sunroof (option)............... Interior lighting................. Cup holder ........................ Ashtrays............................ Glove compartment ......... Rear-view mirrors ............ Trunk, Coupé and 5-door Tools and spare wheel .... Manually opening the fuel filler door ........................
Interior equipment, trunk Seats WARNING Never adjust the driver’s seat except when the car is stationary. Side airbags (SRS) See page 30. Head restraint See page 18. IB801 • Height (driver´s seat) • Legroom • Backrest rake angle • Lumbar support • Head-restraint height We recommend that adjustments to the driver’s seat be performed in the following order: 1 Height 2 Legroom 3 Backrest rake angle Lastly, adjust the steering wheel (see page 137).
Interior equipment, trunk 131 Backrest rake angle To find the most comfortable position, turn the knob to provide stepless adjustment of the backrest. WARNING Adjusting the backrest 1 Catch, backrest (Coupé and Convertible versions) Front seats, Coupé and Convertible versions Both front seats have release levers on the outside of the backrest. The passenger seat also has a release on the inside of the backrest so that the driver can tilt the backrest for the convenience of rear-seat passengers.
Interior equipment, trunk Manually adjustable front seats with ”Easy Entry” function, Coupé and Convertible versions Manual seats have a feature called ”Easy Entry”, which facilitates movement to and from the rear seat. Activate ”Easy Entry” as follows: 1 Raise the release lever and hold it in its uppermost position until the backrest is tipped forward. 2 Slide the seat forward. The whole seat is now shifted to its forward position. Resetting: 1 Slide the seat back to the desired position.
Interior equipment, trunk 133 Electrically adjustable front seats (certain variants) 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. Both seats can be operated from outside when one of the front doors is opened, to improve access to the car. For safety reasons, if the door is closed, the seat can only be adjusted when the ignition is ON.
Interior equipment, trunk Memory function (certain variants) Backrest rake angle Push the rear lever forward or rearward to adjust the rake angle of the backrest. 1 Make the desired adjustments to the seat setting. 2 Store the setting of the seat by keeping the ”M” depressed and at the same time pressing one of the memory buttons, 1, 2 or 3. The SID will acknowledge storage with a chime.
IB810 IB267 Interior equipment, trunk Electrically heated front seats (option on some model variants/markets) Both front seats can be equipped with heating for the seat cushion and backrest. It is switched on and off using the buttons on the instrument panel. The heating is thermostatically controlled. It comes on when the temperature of the seat cushion goes below 79°F (26°C) and turns off when it reaches 97°F (36°C). Shut off the heating once the seat is warm.
Interior equipment, trunk Electrical windows • Bear in mind the pinch hazard when the side windows are being raised. Make sure that all passengers keep their heads, hands and fingers clear of the window openings before you begin raising the windows. Serious personal injury may otherwise be caused. • Always remove the ignition key when leaving the car to avoid the danger of injury arising from unattended children operating the windows. The electric window motors are equipped with overload protection.
Interior equipment, trunk 137 Child safety: rear windows (ON/OFF) IB811 IB1536 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. When the switch is OFF, the rear side windows can only be operated from the panel on the center console.
Sunroof (option) WARNING • Bear in mind the pinch hazard when operating the sunroof. Make sure that all passengers keep their heads, hands and fingers clear of the opening before operating the sunroof. Serious personal injury may otherwise be caused. • Always remove the ignition key when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the sunroof, for example, due to children playing. The sunroof is operated electrically using the ROOF control on the center console.
Rear-seat lighting 1 Interior lighting is off 2 Lighting comes on when a door is opened 3 Interior lighting on continuously Interior lighting The interior lighting consists of one dome light in the front and one in the back. The switch for the interior lighting is on the overhead panel next to the rearview mirror. When the switch is in the mid-position (door-activated), the interior lighting will come on: • When the car is unlocked from outside. • When any door is opened with the ignition off.
Sun visor with vanity mirror Cup holder There are two cupholders, one in the fascia under the SID unit and one in the center-console compartment between the front seats on certain models. Next to the cup holder between the front seats is a coin tray.
Front ashtray Rear ashtray 141 IB835 IB836 IB834 Interior equipment, trunk Glove compartment 1 To unlock 2 To lock Ashtrays (accessory) The car can be equipped with two ashtrays. One is positioned low down on the dash and the other on the back of the center console. Open the front ashtray by lightly pressing on the front. Remove it by depressing the catch on the underside. You do not need to open it in order to take it out. To replace it, just push it straight in.
IB1518 Front edge of front seats Center console between the seats Center console on passenger side Front seat backrests IB1521 In the doors IB1520 IB1519 Interior equipment, trunk IB1517 142
Rear-view mirror Adjusting the door mirrors 1 Day position 2 Night position 1 Select mirror 2 Use touch pad to adjust mirror Rear-view mirrors The rear-view mirror has day/night positions that can be selected by means of a knob beneath the mirror. Adjust the mirror for best vision in the day position and pull the tab on the bottom of the mirror toward you for the night position. Door mirrors The door mirrors are electrically adjustable. The controls are on the driver’s door.
Interior equipment, trunk Trunk, Coupé and 5-door WARNING When the entire rear seat has been lowered, you must remove the rear window shelf. Otherwise it could come loose and cause personal injury during a collision. Trunk lid lock Unlock the trunk lid by pressing on the key, by pressing the remote release button on the driver’s door or by using the key. The alarm horn sounds three times and the lights flash when the trunk is released with the remote control. Programming features, see page 255.
Interior equipment, trunk 4 Lower the entire backrest cushion by pulling this same handle (item 3) forward. At the same time, pivot the beam backwards. IMPORTANT: When you replace the belt beam using the handle (item 3), you must verify that it is properly locked and that the two red "warning tabs" go down (thereby indicating that locking has taken place properly). 5 To increase the volume, the rear head restraints can be removed before the backrest cushion is lowered.
Interior equipment, trunk To provide more flexibility, the rear seat is divided so that you can lower the narrower (right) part separately. IB1308 1 Tilt the seat cushion forward by pulling the loop located between the backrest and the seat cushion. 2 Stand the seat cushion on end behind the front seats. 3 Release the right backrest cushion by means of the latch on the belt beam’s right side just behind the head restraint. 4 Lower the right backrest cushion.
Removing the parcel shelf 1 Open the trunk lid. 2 Unhook the rubber ties. 3 Lift the rear parcel shelf and pull it away from the guide pins in the front edge of the shelf support. 147 IB090 IB853 Interior equipment, trunk Load opening (trunk pass through) A load opening is provided in the backrest so that you can carry long narrow objects. Switch off the engine and set the parking brake before loading or unloading long objects.
Interior equipment, trunk WARNING IB854 Load opening: Tie downs Four tie downs for securing the load are fitted inside the trunk. Place the load as far in as possible. Trunk lighting To the left in the trunk is a light which goes on and off when the trunk lid is opened and closed. The lighting can also be turned on and off using the button on the light housing. If the trunk lid is left open, the lighting will go off after 20 minutes to prevent the battery from being drained.
IB858 IB1259 Interior equipment, trunk Tools and spare wheel The tool kit and compact spare wheel are kept beneath the carpeting in the trunk. The jack handle is stored in a bag under the spare wheel. The screwdriver handle has a "button" for removing a certain type of plastic rivet. WARNING After use, return tools and the spare wheel to their designated locations to reduce the risk of personal injury in the event of an accident.
Interior equipment, trunk Manually opening the fuel filler door If the fuel filler door (which is controlled by the central locking system) does not unlock, proceed as follows. Check fuse 25. If it is blown or its replacement blows, you can release the lock motor from the door as follows: 1 Use a sharp knife to release the pre-cut rectangle on the right in the upholstery in the trunk so that you can access the two retaining screws that secure the lock motor to the fuel filler door.
Starting and driving 151 IB943 Starting and driving Ignition switch ................. Starting the engine.......... Important considerations for driving....................... Refueling .......................... Engine Break-in Period... Manual transmission ...... Automatic transmission . Cruise Control ................. Braking ............................. Parking ............................. Economical motoring ..... 152 153 154 157 161 161 162 169 170 174 176 Driving in cold weather ...
Starting and driving IB862 LOCK position Put the gear lever in reverse and turn the ignition key to the LOCK position. For cars with automatic transmission, select the Parking (P) position and turn the ignition key to the LOCK position. The gear lever is now locked. The key can only be removed when the gear lever is in this position. The parking lights, the hazard warning lights and the interior lighting can still be illuminated.
Starting and driving Starting the engine WARNING • Always remove the key before leaving the car. • Always apply the parking brake before removing the ignition key. NOTE 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.
Starting and driving Starting the engine Useful tips on cold climate starting The engine has an automatic choke and should be started as follows: Cars with manual gearbox To start the engine the clutch pedal must be fully depressed. 1 Depress the clutch pedal 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 50 seconds.
Starting and driving 2 Stopping the engine • Do not rev the engine immediately before switching it off - stop the engine when it is idling. 3 Regulating the charging pressure • The system is optimized for fuel with an octane rating of AON 90. For cars with 205 hp engines and the Viggen, the system is optimized for AON 93. One of the advantages of the system is that it enables the engine to be run safely on lower-grade fuel, although not lower than AON 87.
Starting and driving NOTE 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 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.
Starting and driving • Never park the car on dry grass or other combustible material. The catalytic converter gets very hot and could therefore start a fire. • Never drive off if the engine is misfiring. • If you 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. NOTE If the car runs out of fuel, it is possible for air to get into the fuel system.
Starting and driving Recommended fuel: For optimum performance we recommend: IB016 • AON 90 for 2.0 Turbo 185 hp engines. • AON 93 for 2.0 Turbo 205 hp engines and 2.3 Viggen. Octane rating is determined according to the formula: NOTE • 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.
Starting and driving Other, less common, fuel additives used by some gasoline dealers are also acceptable, provided that the resultant gasoline is not more than 2.7% oxygen by weight. In many cases, you may not be able to determine the exact type or percentage by volume of fuel additive in the gasoline you purchase for your car. Some Canadian and U.S. gasolines contain an octane enhancing additive called methlycyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT).
Starting and driving Fuel (Gasoline Engine) Use regular unleaded gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher. It is recommended that the gasoline meet specifications which were developed by the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and endorsed by the Canadian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association for better vehicle performance and engine protection.
Engine Break-in Period Manual transmission Pistons, cylinder bores and bearings need time to obtain uniform, wear-resistant surfaces. 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).
Starting and driving Automatic transmission When the car is stationary, the engine must be idling 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. WARNING • Make it a habit to keep your foot on the brake when selecting a drive position, to prevent the car from creeping forward (or backwards if reverse is selected).
Starting and driving Indication of gear position on the main instrument panel The detent button on the selector lever has to be pressed before the selector can be moved between certain positions. Three modes for the automatic transmission can be selected: Normal, Sport and Winter. The Normal mode, which provides the best fuel economy, is the default setting when the engine is started.
Starting and driving Lock-up function Park Brake Shift Lock The automatic transmission has a lock-up function, which renders the torque converter inoperative in 3rd and 4th gears. The result is reduction in the engine speed and, hence, fuel consumption. When the lock-up function comes into operation, it may give the impression of an overdrive being engaged. The transmission has a safety function called Park Brake Shift Lock.
Starting and driving Automatic transmission fault indicator If the symbol appears on the main instrument panel, the system has detected a fault in the automatic transmission or its control module (see page 64). 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 4th gear, and gear changes (if necessary) will have to be made manually.
Starting and driving 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. R The reverse (R) position must only be selected when the car is at a complete standstill.
Starting and driving If the gear selector lever is moved from position D to 1, a change-down to 3rd gear will occur at about 110 mph (180 km/h). A change-down to 2nd gear will occur at about 75 mph (120 km/h) and to 1st gear at about 40 mph (65 km/h). When position 1 is selected, all the other gears will be locked out. Manual gear-changing is not recommended on slippery roads.
Starting and driving The SPORT and WINTER modes To select Sport mode, press the ”S” button on the selector lever when the selector lever is in position N, D, 3, 2 or 1. In this mode, gear changes will take place at higher engine speeds than in Normal mode, in other words, the transmission will shift up later and shift down earlier for the same throttle (accelerator) position. The Sport mode will be deselected if: • • • • The S button is pressed. The selector lever is moved to position P or R.
Starting and driving Cruise Control Temporary increase in speed Press the accelerator to override the preset speed, e.g. for overtaking. When you release the accelerator, the system will revert to the preset speed. WARNING • Do not use the Cruise-control system on wet or icy roads, in dense traffic or on winding roads To cancel temporarily • OFF (system is disconnected; the system is always in the OFF position when the engine is started). • ON (system switched on). • SET/+ (to set the desired speed).
Starting and driving Disengaging the system The system will be disengaged: • When the brake or clutch pedal is depressed. • When the switch is moved to CANCEL. • 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). Braking To avoid overheating the brakes, (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.
Starting and driving 171 ABS brakes 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.
Starting and driving Traction Control System How the system works The traction control system (TCS) is designed to prevent wheelspin. This enables the car to achieve the best possible grip and, hence, maximum tractive effort, together with greater stability. The TCS system uses information from the ABS system’s wheel sensors to detect when the front (driving) wheels are rotating faster then the rear wheels. It then monitors whether one driving wheel is rotating faster than the other.
Starting and driving The TCS is switched on automatically when the engine is started. The system can be switched off manually by the TCS button, whereupon TCS OFF on the main instrument panel will come on. The TCS system cannot be switched off if the car is travelling faster than 35 mph (60 km/h). It may be necessary to switch off the system if the car has become bogged down, for instance. Press TCS to switch it on again. If a fault is detected in the ABS system, the TCS will be switched off automatically.
Starting and driving Parking WARNING Parking brake The parking brake lever is located between the front seats. The brake acts on the rear wheels. When the parking brake is on, the indicator lamp on the main instrument panel will be lit. To release the brake, lift the lever slightly, press the pawl button, and let the lever down. WARNING • Always apply the parking brake when the car is parked. • Always apply the parking brake before removing the ignition key.
IB879 Starting and driving 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 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 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.
Starting and driving Economical motoring 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. 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.
Starting and driving • Driving in a low gear results in higher fuel consumption than in a high gear because of the lower 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.
Starting and driving • Check the anti-freeze in the engine coolant, see page 198. The car´s trip computer will warn you when there is a risk of slippery conditions. For further information on this function, see page 69. 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.
Starting and driving Driving in hot weather • Always check the coolant level before starting a journey. When the engine is cold, the coolant must not be above the KALT/COLD mark on the expansion tank. • 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. If the needle on the temperature gauge enters the red zone: 1 Bring the car to a standstill but leave the engine running.
Starting and driving Maximum recommended caravan weights for different gradients IB1270 Trailer weight NOTE Saab 9-3 Viggen cannot be equipped with a trailer hitch because of the design of the body and chassis. Maximum recommended trailer weights for different gradients, for best comfort and driveability for manual and automatic cars, are shown in the drawing.
Starting and driving Recommendations for cars with automatic transmission 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 3330 (1500) 8-9 3330 (1500) 10-15 1890 (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).
Starting and driving Driving with a roof rack load Trailer hitch 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. IB880 The weight distribution on the trailer makes a lot of difference to the handling properties of the car and trailer combination.With single-axle trailers, whenever possible, concentrate the load over the axle and keep it as low as possible.
Starting and driving 183 Installing the roof carriers (accessory) IB882 1 Slip the plastic cover onto the adjustable foot of the carrier (the foot with a knob for tightening) to protect the paintwork during assembly. 2 Open all the doors. Fold back the rubber strip and locate the fixing holes. On Coupés, the cover plates for the rearmost points of attachment must be removed. 3 Position the carrier gently across the roof, with the rigid foot towards you.
Starting and driving 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 148. • The load should be such that the car´s total weight or axle weight are not exceeded, see page 245. • Heavy loads mean that the car’s center of gravity is further back. As a result, the car will sway more during evasive steering.
Starting and driving Avoid driving with the trunk lid partly or fully open, since exhaust fumes can be drawn into the cabin. If you must drive with the trunk lid open, all windows and the sunroof (if fitted) must be closed and the cabin fan on at its highest speed setting. Driving in deep water NOTE Do not drive in water deeper than 11” (30 cm) and do not drive faster than at idling speed. Water can otherwise be sucked into the engine. The engine will be damaged if water enters the intake system.
Starting and driving Towing a car with manual gearbox IB885 IB1331 The gear lever must be in neutral. Switch hazard lights on. Drive carefully and do not exceed the speed limit for vehicles in tow. Always try to keep the towrope taut by gently applying the brake as necessary. This will avoid the towrope being jerked violently. Rear towing eye Front towing eye, Saab 9-3 Viggen Saab 9-3 Viggen The front towing eye is stored in a storage bag beside the spare wheel.
Starting and driving Towing a car with automatic transmission The following rules must be observed if a car with automatic transmission is to be towed. The gear selector must be in the N position. Switch hazard lights on. Drive carefully and do not exceed the speed limit for vehicles in tow. Always try to keep the towrope taut by gently applying the brake as necessary. This will avoid the towrope being jerked violently. NOTE The car must be towed front first.
Starting and driving NOTE 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. To jump start your vehicle: 1 Check the other vehicle. It must have a 12-volt battery with a negative ground system.
Starting and driving WARNING Using a match or flame of any kind near a battery can cause battery gas to explode. You can suffer burns or be blinded. Use a flashlight if you need more light. Be sure the 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.
Starting and driving Driving considerations with compact spare wheel/tire fitted WARNING Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) as the tire can overheat and adversely affect the handling of the car. The tire should be inflated to 60 psi (420 kPa). The following should be observed when the compact spare wheel (T115/70 R16) is installed: The compact spare is light and easy to handle when changing the wheel.
Car care 191 IB944 Car care Hood release handle ....... Engine .............................. Engine bay ....................... Engine oil ......................... Transmission fluid .......... Coolant ............................. Brake- clutch fluid and brake pads ..................... Power steering ................ Battery .............................. Drive belt.......................... Wipers and washers ....... Wiper blades .................... Changing bulbs ............... Fuses ............
Car care Hood release handle WARNING Never hold your fingers between the hood and safety catch if lowering but not closing the hood. IB887 1 Pull the release handle. 2 The hood moves to the half-locked position and is stopped by a safety catch at the front edge. 3 Press the lever of the catch upwards and raise the hood. When you close the hood you should drop it from a height of about 8 inches (20 cm), without slamming it.
Car care Engine bay IB1625 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Engine-oil dipstick Brake-fluid reservoir Power-steering fluid reservoir Fuse box Coolant reservoir MAXI fuses Washer-fluid reservoir Battery Drive belt Air filter 193
Car care Engine The engine is a transverse four-cylinder in-line engine with twin overhead camshafts and 16 valves. The engine is equipped with two balance shafts that reduce engine vibration to a minmimum. The balance shafts are chain-driven and rotate at twice the speed of the crankshaft. They produce forces and torques that are opposed to those generated by the pistons and connecting rods.
Car care 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.
Car care Engine oil Oil changing The engine oil must be changed in accordance with the service program, see page 239. Oil volume and grade, see page 247. Oil changing should be carried out on a warm engine. Oil filler cap and dipstick 1 Unscrew the drain plug in the bottom of the sump and leave the oil to drain into an oil tray or other suitable receptacle for at least ten minutes. Take care, as the oil may be hot. 2 After the oil has been drained, unscrew and remove the oil filter.
Car care Change of engine oil and oil filter may be required more frequently (5000-mile intervals (8,000 km)) if any one of the following conditions apply to the car: • Most trips are less than 5 to 10 miles (8 to 16 km). This is particularly important when outside temperatures are below freezing. • Most trips include extensive idling (such as frequent stop-and-go driving). • Most trips are through dusty areas. • You frequenty tow a trailer or use a carrier on top of your vehicle.
Car care (80°C). This can be achieved by driving the car for about 30 min on the open road. 2 With the engine idling, move the selector lever to D and wait for at least 15 seconds. Next, move the selector lever to R and wait for 15 seconds again. Finally, move the selector lever to P. Let the engine idle. 3 Wipe the dipstick clean with a lint-free cloth and put it back. 4 With the fluid at normal temperature, the level should be between the MAX and MIN marks on the dipstick.
Car care NOTE IB893 Always mix the antifreeze with the appropriate volume of water before adding it to the cooling system. Radiator drain cock The corrosion-inhibiting properties of the coolant deteriorate over time, but coolant approved by Saab can be used for year-round protection. Change the coolant as specified in the service program (page 239) and use only coolant approved by Saab – other makes may need changing more frequently and may damage the system.
Car care Brake- clutch fluid and brake pads Brake pad wear indicators 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, see page 239.
Car care Power steering Battery WARNING WARNING IB896 Do not fill the power steering fluid to above the MAX mark. Too much fluid can result in leakage. Power steering fluid on hot engine components constitutes a fire risk. Check the level of the power-steering fluid in the reservoir regularly, in accordance with the service program. The wheels should point forward during the check. Clean around the cap before it is unscrewed. Unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick.
Car care Correct fluid level in the battery The liquid level in the car battery must be checked at regular intervals. NOTE Never use tap water to top up the battery. Use distilled or boiled water. Tap water contains salts and minerals that accelerate the corrosion of the battery electrodes, which can shorten the life of the battery. The charge level should be checked with a battery-acid tester. The specific gravity of the acid in a fully charged battery should be 1.28. A specific gravity of 1.
Car care Drive belt WARNING NOTE Serious damage can occur to the car’s electrical system if an alternator lead is disconnected while the engine is running. The alternator is situated on the right-hand side of the engine. It is driven via a poly-V-belt from the crankshaft pulley. The poly-V-belt also drives the water pump, the A/C compressor and the steering servo pump. The belt tension is critical, and is adjusted by an automatic belt tensioner. See also page 61, "Warning charging".
Car care Wipers and washers IB901 Check and clean all wiper blades regularly. We recommend Saab washer fluid for cleaning. If poor wiper performance is experienced, clean the windshield with Saab washer fluid. This is particularly important if the car has been through an automatic car wash, as this sometimes leave a wax coating on the windshield. If wiper performance is still unsatisfactory, fit new blades. IB902 Wiper blades Windshield and rear window 1 Push the catch in (1).
IB899 IB900 Car care Washer-fluid reservoir Washer The reservoir holds 5 quarts (4.7 litres). When the SID message "WASHER FLUID LEVEL LOW" appears there is about 1.5 quarters (1.4 litres) left. Fill with quality washer fluid, available from your Saab dealer and follow the instructions on the package to reduce the risk of freezing. Note: If the reservoir is run dry and the car has a rear-window wiper, then after refilling you cannot wash the rear window until you have first washed the windscreen.
Car care Changing bulbs WARNING Before changing a bulb in the engine bay, switch off the engine to avoid the danger of fingers and hands being injured by moving parts. IB903 The radiator fan can cut in even when the engine is switched off. NOTE Switch off the ignition before changing a bulb, to avoid possible short-circuiting. Headlight 1 2 3 4 5 Unscrew the cover from the back of the light units. Unplug the connector. Unhook the spring clip by pushing it forward and then to the side.
IB904 1 Retaining screw 2 Turn signal bulb Front turn signal bulb To change the bulb, the complete lamp unit has to be removed. 1 Loosen the screw (1). There is no need to remove it completely. 2 Carefully remove the complete lamp unit. 3 Grasp the two plastic tabs and turn the bulb holder counterclockwise. 4 Pull the bulb holder out of the lamp unit and change the bulb. 5 Check that the new bulb is firmly in place and has good contact.
Front fog lights 1 Slightly turn the bulb holder counterclockwise. 2 Unplug the connector. 3 Remove the bulb. WARNING Never crawl under a car that is supported only by a jack, use axle stands; for further information about jacking up the car, see page 222.
1 Open the hatch on the inside of the trunk. 2 Press down the plastic tab that secures the bulb holder. 3 Carefully pull the entire bulb holder out of the lamp unit. Replace the dead bulb. 4 When refitting the bulb holder, fit it in first at the lower edge. Then push the bulb holder in so that the plastic tab snaps into place. Dome light, front 1 Insert a screwdriver on one side and pry gently upwards. Remove the cover lens. 2 Change the bulb.
Glove-compartment lighting (detach the whole lamp unit with a short screwdriver applied at the lower edge) License plate lighting (the glass is held in place by two screws) IB914 IB913 Car care IB910 210 Reading lamps, rear seat (Convertible) Reading lamps, 9-3 Convertible Detach the whole lamp unit by inserting a screwdriver into the notch and carefully prying the lamp unit out. Pull the bulb holder out of its bracket and change the bulb.
Car care 211 Bulb table No. Wattage Cap 1 60/55 P 43t-38 Headlight 2 55 P 14.5s Front fog light 3 1,2 W 2 x 4.6d Ashtray; cigarette lighter; warning light for safety belts 4 21 BA 15s Rear fog light; reversing light 5 21/5 BAY 15d Stop/taillight 6 PY 21 yel BAU 15s Direction indicator, front/rear 7 5 BA9 Reading lamps, rear (Coupé and 5-door) 8 10 SV 8.5 Dome light; trunk; glove compartment 9 5 W 2.1 x 9.
Car care Fuses 15 10 15 15 20 20 20 15 15 10 20 15 15 15 10 10 10 10 10 30 30 15 30 IB917 15 30 20 20 10 20 15 Sound fuse/Blown fuse 15 • If a MAXI fuse blows, it means that there is a major fault in the electrical system. Have the car checked without delay by an authorized Saab dealer. 30 • If the same fuse blows repeatedly, have the electrical system checked by an authorized Saab dealer.
Car care DICE / TWICE IB920 DICE = Dashboard Integrated Central Electronics TWICE = Theft-Warning Central Electronics DICE and TWICE are electronic control modules. DICE controls, among other things: MAXI fuse for soft-top system (Convertible) MAXI fuses The MAXI fuses are housed in the fuse box under the hood. These fuses can be checked in the same way as the other fuses. The MAXI fuses are designed to protect the car’s electrical system from being damaged.
Car care 15 15 10 15 15 30 A B C 1 2 3 4 5 6 15 15 20 20 20 20 20 10 10 10 6A 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 15 15 15 20 10 30 30 10 16B 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 10 10 10 10 10 15 15 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 15 30 30 20 10 32 33 34 35 36 IB918 30 37 38 39 Fuse holder on the end of the instrument panel 6 6A 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 16B 17 30 7.5 30 15 7.5 10 7.5 20 15 30 20 30 30 15 Fuses No.
Car care Relay holder No. Amp 21 10 22 15 23 20 24 7.
Car care Fuses and relays No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 MAXI 1 MAXI 2 Item A B C1 C2 Amp 10 15 40 10 15 10 10 10 10 7.5 – – 7.5 10 15 30 50 Function Horn Front fog lights Radiator fan, low speed Vacuum pump A/C-compressor Left low beam Right low beam Left high beam Right high beam Headlight wipers – Extra lights APC Extra heater; water pump (Europe) Extra heater (Europe) Radiator fan, high speed ABS Amp Function Low beam High beam Extra heater (Europe) Vacuum pump (Turbo aut.
Car care Wheels Alternative wheels and tires If you wish to fit other tires or wheels than those supplied with the car, consult your Saab dealer first as to the possibilities available. Wheels/tires combinations that are not approved by Saab can negatively affect the car´s directional stability, steering and braking in both wet and dry conditions. Do not assume that a wheel/tire combination will function properly just because it will bolt on.
Car care Rotating the tires WARNING When fitting just one new pair of tires, these should be fitted to the rear wheels, as these are more critical to the directional stability of the car (e.g. on braking or in a skid). The existing rear tires should therefore be moved to the front. Always move left rear to left front and right rear to right front, so that the direction of rotation remains the same. Because of front wheel drive, the front tires tend to wear faster than the rear ones.
Car care 219 Uniform Tire Quality Grading (US) Traction Temperature Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section width. For example: Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature A The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B and C. These grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete.
Car care Date code Wear indicators Date code Wear indicators Tires should be regarded as perishable goods. As the tires age, the rubber becomes progressively harder, and the roadholding ability of the tires diminishes. This is particularly true on winter tires. Tires now have a date-code marking for the year of manufacture. The first two digits denote the week number and the last two digits the year. The ”<” symbol points to the year.
Car care Changing a wheel WARNING IB1262 IB1261 • The car jack is designed solely for use in changing a wheel or fitting snow chains. It must not be used to support the car during repair work or servicing. Spare wheel (under the carpet in the trunk), Saab 9-3 Viggen When changing a wheel, take the tool kit out first, then the spare wheel. NOTE To avoid damaging a punctured alloy wheel this can be placed outside up in the spare-wheel well but only while driving to the closest workshop.
IB1538 Car care IB924 222 Position for jack When it is time to raise the car, apply the jack to one of the four jacking points (front or rear) located beneath the sills. If a floor jack is used it can be applied to the standard jacking points used by the dealer or centrally under the front of the engine subframe. If the car is equipped with a trailer hitch, the jack can also be placed under the hitch. NOTE Do not position the jack under the rear axle or under the rear floor.
IB1174 Position for jack, Saab 9-3 Viggen 8 Lower the car and tighten the wheel bolts to the correct torque in the sequence shown (opposite pairs). Tightening torque: Light-alloy wheels: 80 ft.lbs (110 Nm). Steel wheels: 80 ft.lbs (110 Nm). Do not overtighten the bolts using an impact wrench: not only can this damage the wheels but it can also make it impossible to undo the bolts using the wheel wrench in the car’s toolkit.
Car care IB923 Flat spotting Removing the wheel cover All tires get hot, especially on long journeys or when the car is driven hard. After the car has been parked with hot tires and the tires have cooled down, a flat spot can form in the tire, where it is in contact with the ground. The same can occur if the car has not been moved for a long time. Flat spots can cause vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel, similar to that experienced when the wheels need balancing.
Car care Upholstery and trim To remove fluff or hairs from the seat upholstery or headlining, use a moist, lint-free cloth or a special lint remover (brush or roller). Remove any dirty marks using a cloth moistened with lukewarm soapy water. When using a stain remover, always work from the outside towards the center to avoid leaving a ring. If a soiled ring or spot should remain, it can usually be removed using lukewarm soapy water or water alone.
Car care Engine bay Washing Clean the engine compartment using an engine detergent and rinse with hot water. Cover the headlights. If using a high-pressure washer do not aim the spray nozzle on the: The bodywork must be washed frequently. When the car is new, the body should be washed by hand using plain cold water and a clean, soft brush, or in a brushless carwash that uses mild detergent. Automatic carwashes with brushes should be avoided when the car is new.
Car care 227 Touching up the paint NOTE • Try your brakes on leaving a car wash. Wet brake discs reduce the braking effect. • Clean the rod of the electrically powered antenna about once a month with a clean, dry rag. IMPORTANT! Use no oil, nor any silicone-based cleaning product. • Fixed antennas must be removed when going through an automatic car wash.
Car care Anti-corrosion treatment As the name implies, two-coat enamel is applied in two operations. The first coat, the base color, contains the pigment, metal flakes and binder. The second coat consists of a clear enamel, which provides the final gloss for the paintwork and protects the base from moisture and environmental contaminants. Touch-up stone-chip damage as follows: 1 Thoroughly clean the damaged area. 2 Then apply the primer, base color, and finally, the enamel.
Car care IB926 Preventive maintenance Drainage holes in doors What causes rust? Steel body panels of automobiles are subject to rusting whenever air and moisture manage to penetrate the protective finish. Body panels may rust through if the process is unchecked. Rusting can occur wherever water is trapped or where the car’s panels are continuously damp. Damage to paint and undercoating by stones, gravel and minor accidents immediately exposes metal to air and moisture.
Car care Inspect the undercoating and touch up if necessary. Pay particular attention to the fenders and wheel housings, which are exposed to abrasion by flying gravel, etc. If the composition has worn or flaked off, the steel must be thoroughly cleaned and dried before a fresh coat is applied. The cleaning is best done with a scraper and a steel wire brush, followed by washing with solvent. Apply the new coating thinly, otherwise it may run off or fall off when dry.
Car care 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 A-pillar trim: PC/ABS. Windshield trim: PP, PP/EPDM. Seals: EPDM. Rear-window casing PUR. Trim panel ABS. C/D-pillar trim PP. Rear light cluster: PMMA. Corner filler panel PPO/PA. Rear bumper Expanded PP core PP/EPDM sheathing. Fuel tank PE. Side-window casing: PP/EPDM. Side trim PVC. A-pillar upholstery textile trim: polyester. Rearview mirror: ABS. Sill scuff plate: PP/EPDM. Wheel-arch liner: PP. Wheel cover: PA. Direction-indicator lamp lens: PMMA.
Car care Air conditioning (A/C system) NOTE • The A/C system is designed for use with R134a refrigerant. • Refrigerant handling requires special equipment and special procedures for charging and draining the system. • All repairs and adjustments on the A/C system must be carried out by a Saab dealer authorized for this kind of work. • Never mix R134a and R12 refrigerants. WARNING • The A/C system is pressurized. Do not break any connections or undo A/C system components.
Car care Maintenance • The drive belt for the compressor should be inspected under the regular service program. • Clean dirt and insects away from the condenser and radiator to prevent clogging. When washing the car, use the hose to spray the radiator and condenser (located forward of the radiator) from both sides (both from the front of the car and from inside the engine bay). Do not use a pressure washer. Caution: Do not use the hose when the engine is hot.
Car care NOTE To make sure that your headlights are aimed properly read all instructions before beginning. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage to headlight parts or a not correctly aimed headlight. A B 2 1 Vertical adjustment A Vertical aiming device B Vertical aim level IB1170 Open the hood and locate the vertical aim level (B) that you can see through the top of the headlight lens.
Maintenance and owner assistance 235 Maintenance and owner assistance IB1367 Maintenance schedule..... Owner assistance ............ Reporting Safety Defects (U.S.A.) ............................ Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian government ................................ Saab Original Service Program M2001 USA, Canada, (9-3 Models) .....
Maintenance and owner assistance Maintenance schedule The Maintenance Schedule prescribes a service program to the purchaser/operator of a Saab that is reasonable and necessary to ensure the proper emission control systems function, safety and reliability of the Saab automobile in normal use. Additional maintenance is recommended for specific components when the car is operated under certain severe conditions.
Maintenance and owner assistance Service record retention Service costs Service instruction coupons and record stubs are provided in the Saab Warranties and Service Record Booklet which accompanies this Owner’s Manual. The coupons are arranged in the order that normal service should be performed. The edge of each coupon is shaded to correspond to the type of service point: Dealer pricing practices and labor for service work vary.
Maintenance and owner assistance Change of Address Notification (U.S. and Canada) Two change of address cards are provided at the end of the Warranties and Service Record Booklet. Knowing your current address allows Saab to contact you in the event of a recall or service campaign. Please help us keep our records up to date for your own peace of mind. Service information Factory Service Manuals for the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 car lines can be ordered through the dealer.
Maintenance and owner assistance 239 20,000 (32,000 km) 30,000 (48,000 km) 40,000 (64,000 km) 50,000 (80,000 km) 60,000 (96,000 km) 70,000 (112,000 km) 80,000 (128,000 km) 90,000 (144,000 km) 100,000 (160,000 km) Service # Engine and engine compartment E Engine oil and filter (a.) R Engine coolant freezing point and level R Engine coolant flush and replace (max.
30,000 (48,000 km) 40,000 (64,000 km) 50,000 (80,000 km) 60,000 (96,000 km) 70,000 (112,000 km) 80,000 (128,000 km) 90,000 (144,000 km) 100,000 (160,000 km) Service # 1 Engine and engine compartment (cont.
20,000 (32,000 km) 30,000 (48,000 km) 40,000 (64,000 km) 50,000 (80,000 km) 60,000 (96,000 km) 70,000 (112,000 km) 80,000 (128,000 km) 90,000 (144,000 km) 100,000 (160,000 km) Service # Chassis R Ball joint clearance, outer and inner steering joints and rubber boots R Shock absorbers and bushes; tightness and condition R Tire pressure, tread depth and wear, including spare (c.) R Rotate tires, front to rear R Brake pads and discs; wear and condition (d.
70,000 (112,000 km) 80,000 (128,000 km) 90,000 (144,000 km) 100,000 (160,000 km) 10 11 " " " ! # " " " ! " " # " ! " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " 50,000 (80,000 km) 9 40,000 (64,000 km) 8 30,000 (48,000 km) Chassis (cont.
Technical data 243 IB993 Technical data General particulars .......... Engine ............................... Engine oil.......................... Fuel.................................... Engine variants ................ Electrical system.............. Drive belts......................... Manual transmission ....... Automatic transmission .. Suspension....................... Steering............................. Brake system.................... Rims and tires .................. Plates and labels.........
Technical data General particulars Overall length, with bumper(s): Coupé/5-door/Convertible____________ Viggen __________________________ Overall width, including door mirrors _____ Maximum height ____________________ Maximum height when the soft top is being operated (Convertible) ______________ Wheelbase ________________________ Track: front, Coupé/5-door/Convertible _______ front, Viggen ______________________ rear, Coupé/5-door/Convertible _______ rear, Viggen ______________________ Ground clearance at
Technical data Weight ready for driving (i.e. with full fuel tank, washer- fluid reservoir, standard tools and spare wheel) Coupé ___________________________ 2980-3170 lbs. (1350-1440 kg) Viggen, Coupé ____________________ 3130-3160 lbs. (1420-1435 kg) 5-door ___________________________ 3020-3220 lbs. (1370-1460 kg) Viggen, 5-door ____________________ 3170-3210 lbs. (1440-1455 kg) Convertible _______________________ 3110-3300 lbs. (1410-1495 kg) Viggen, Convertible ________________ 3250-3260 lbs.
Technical data Maximum permitted load in trunk Coupé and 5-door at curb weight plus 4 passengers à 155 lbs. (70 kg) _______ 130 lbs. (60 kg) For each passenger less in the rear seat the load may be increased by 100 lbs. (45 kg) Convertible at curb weight and 3 passengers à 155 lbs. (70 kg) _______ 120 lbs. (55 kg) Coupé and 5-door at curb weight and rear seat right down ________________ 475 lbs. (215 kg) WARNING • The GVW and maximum axle loads must not be exceeded. Note that if some accessories (e.
Technical data Engine Type _____________________________ 4 cyl, 2 overhead camshafts, 16 valves and 2 balancer shafts Cylinder bores ______________________ 3.54" (90 mm) Stroke: 2.0 Turbo_________________________ 3.071" (78 mm) Viggen __________________________ 3.543” (90 mm) Swept volume: 2.0 Turbo_________________________ 121 cu.in. (1,985 dm3) Viggen __________________________ 140 cu.in. (2.
Technical data Under ACEA nomenclature, oils are divided into Class A for gasoline engines and Class B for diesel-engined passenger cars. There is a further class for heavy diesel engines. Each class is divided into three grades: 1, 2 and 3, where grades 2 and 3 normally encompass semi and fully-synthetic oils. The diesel class B also has a fourth grade, B4, which encompasses tests and regulations aimed at improving the performance of direct injection engines.
Technical data Fuel Fuel-tank capacity __________________ 17 U.S. gal. (64 l) For optimum performance, we recommend the following: 2.0 Turbo 185 bhp__________________ 90 AON, unleaded gasoline, minimum 87 AON 2.0 Turbo 205 bhp and Viggen ________ 93 AON*), unleaded gasoline, minimum 87 AON *) If the car is filled with 90 AON gasoline and the outdoor temperature is above 77-86°F (25-30°C), a slight decrease in engine performance may be noticeable. 249 Engine variants 2.
Technical data Electrical system Manual transmission Voltage ___________________________ Battery capacity ____________________ Starter motor ______________________ Alternator rating ____________________ Firing order ________________________ Spark plugs: 2.0 Turbo 185 bhp__________________ 2.0 Turbo 205 bhp__________________ Viggen __________________________ Electrode gap ______________________ 12 V 60 Ah 1.4 kW 130 A/14 V 1-3-4-2 NGK PFR 6H-10 NGK PFR 6H-10 NGK PFR 6H-10 0.95 mm (0.
Technical data Suspension Spring type, front and rear ____________ Maximum deflection of springs: front, Coupé/5-door/Convertible _______ front, Viggen ______________________ rear, Coupé/5-door/Convertible _______ rear, Viggen ______________________ Dampers, front and rear ______________ Brake system Coil springs 6.4" (163 mm) 6.5” (165 mm) 8.3" (212 mm) 7.
Technical data Rims and tires Rim size: Coupé/5-door/Convertible____________ Viggen __________________________ Viggen must use 6.5 x 16 or 7.5 x 17 Contact an authorized Saab dealer if you wish to fit other wheels than those fitted as standard. Tire sizes (summer tires): 6.5 x 15 (not Viggen) _______________ 6.5 x 16__________________________ 7.5 x 17 Viggen only ________________ Tire sizes (winter tires): 6 x 15 (not Viggen) _________________ 6.
Technical data 253 Plates and labels In contacts with your Saab dealer it may sometimes be necessary to quote the car’s chassis, engine and gearbox numbers. 1 Modification identity plate (in the spare wheel compartment). 2 V.I.N. number inside windshield. 3 Certification label. 4 Gearbox number. 5 Engine number. 6 Label for tire pressures and color codes (trim and body). 7 Chassis number. 8 Chassis number (stamped on body). 9 Vehicle Emission Control Information.
Technical data position: IB541 VIN: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 | | | | | | | | | | | | Y S 3 D F 5 8 K 7 1 2 005543 | | | | | | 1 2 3 4 5 6 = identification codes for certain chassis details 1 - Region ____________ Y = Northern Europe 2 - Country _______ S = Sweden 3 - Manufacturer ___ 3 = Saab Automobile AB 4 - Product line ____ D = 9-3 5 - Model series ___ D = 9-3 S with driver’s and passenger’s airbag F = 9-3 SE with driver’s and passenger’s airbag P = 9-3 Viggen with driver’s and pas
Technical data Several of the systems in your Saab car may be adjusted to better fit your individual needs Some functions are governed by legal requirements and cannot therefore be reprogrammed. Consult an authorized Saab dealer for further information. Car alarm/central locking system: • The level of the siren when locking/ unlocking, HIGH or LOW. • The number of blinks when locking/ unlocking, 1 to 7. • Automatic locking of the trunk when the car is driven, 1 to 8 mph (2-14 km/h), YES or NO.
Technical data Saab 9-3 Audio System: The following functions can be adjusted by the driver (see page 108): • Maximum starting volume (when the radio is switched on). • Telephone volume (if the car is equipped with a phone connected to the audio system). • Speed dependent volume (volume increases or decreases with vehicle speed). • Loudness. Alarm System: The glass breakage sensor can be temporarily disabled, see page 42.
Index Index Brakes ________________________ 170 Braking _______________________ 170 Bulb table _____________________ 211 A A/C system, fault diagnosis ________ 232 A/C system, maintenance _________ 232 ACC __________________________ 84 ACC, useful tips _________________ 92 Adjustment, steering wheel ________ 137 Air conditioning (A/C), fault diagnosis and maintenance ______________ 232 Airbag _________________________ 28 Alarm __________________________ 41 Alarm functions __________________ 44 Alarm sign
Index E Economical motoring ____________ 176 Electrical system, technical data ____ 250 Electrical window _______________ 136 Electrically adjustable seats _______ 133 Electrically heated front seats ______ 135 Electrically heated rear seat _______ 135 Electrically heated rear window _____ 83 Electronic starting interlock _________ 37 Emergency opening, fuel filler door _ 150 Emergency operation of the soft top, Convertible ____________________ 52 Emergency operation of the sunroof _ 138 Emission cont
Index Leather upholstery, care of ________ 225 Load eyes _____________________ 148 Locks __________________________ 36 Lowering rear seat ______________ 144 Luggage compartment ___________ 144 Luggage compartment, Convertible __ 56 Luggage-compartment lighting _____ 148 M Main beam _____________________ 75 Main instrument panel _____________ 60 Maintenance schedule ___________ 236 Manual climate-control system ______ 80 Manual raising of the soft top, Convertible ____________________ 52 Manual transmission
Index Service information ______________ 238 Service intervals ________________ 236 Service record retention __________ 237 Side airbags ____________________ 30 Ski hatch ______________________ 147 Snow tires _____________________ 252 Soft top storage, Convertible _______ 56 Spare wheel ___________________ 149 Speedometer ___________________ 66 Starting the engine ______________ 153 Steering-wheel adjustment ________ 137 Storage compartments ___________ 142 Sunroof _______________________ 138 Switches