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Owner’s Manual
Saab 9-5, Model Year 2003
Safety 11
Security 41
Instruments and controls 55
Saab 9-5 Audio System 89
OnStar - Telematics 111
Interior equipment and trunk 123
Starting and driving 151
Car care and technical information 197
Maintenance and owner assistance 253
Specifications 257
Index 273
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Saab Automobile AB 2002
Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden
Printed in Sweden
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    1 Owner’s Manual Saab 9-5, Model Year 2003 Safety Security Instruments and controls Saab 9-5 Audio System OnStar - Telematics Interior equipment and trunk Starting and driving Car care and technical information Maintenance and owner assistance Specifications Index © Saab Automobile AB 2002 Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden Printed in Sweden 11 41 55 89 111 123 151 197 253 257 273 ...
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    2 NOTICE IB1734 NOTICE 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 9-5 is available with the following engine variants: • 2.3t Ecopower • 2.3 Turbo Ecopower • 3.0t V6 Ecopower Although this manual describes the most important differences between model variants, it does not include precise specifications of the different variants. Some differences also occur to meet special legal requirements in different countries. Importation and distribution of Saab automobiles, spare parts and accessories are handled exclusively by General Motors of Canada Limited in Canada and by Saab Cars USA, Inc. in the U.S.A. We recommend that you read through the manual before taking the car out for the first time and that you keep it in the car for future reference. To find a specific item, use the overviews given on pages 3–7. A list of co ...
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    3 Instrument panel Indicator and warning lights ______ Speedometer _________________ Odometer and trip meter ________ Fuel gauge___________________ Temperature gauge ____________ 56 63 62 63 63 Saab Information Display (SID) ___ Night panel___________________ Clock _______________________ 65 69 70 Hazard warning lights_____ 74 Parking lights____________ 71 High/low beam __________ 71 Daytime running lights_____ 71 Instrument illumination ____ 73 Changing bulbs __________ 214 Wipers and washers______ 75 Rear-window wiper (9-5 Wagon) _______________ 76 Rain sensing wipers (option) 75 Washers _______________ 213 Wipers and washers______ 212 Turn signal and lane change indicators ______________ 73 High beam flasher ________ 71 Cruise control ___________ 171 Front fog lights___________ 74 Saab 9-5 Audio System ___ 89 Steering-wheel controls ___ 106 Electric heating, front seats ______ Ventilated front seats ___________ ...
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    4 Exterior Sunroof ________________ Washing the car _________ Waxing and polishing _____ Touching up the paint _____ Anti-corrosion treatment ___ Driving with a roof rack load______ Fitting the roof carriers (accessory) Maximum roof load ____________ Rearview mirror _______________ 132 244 245 245 246 185 185 258 126 Hood _______________________ Engine compartment: washing ___ Headlights _____________ 71 High/low beam __________ 71 Turn signal and lane change indicators______________ 73 Headlight washers _______ 75 Changing bulbs _________ 214 Headlights ______________ 71 Rear light cluster, 9-5 Sedan 219 Rear lights clusters, 9-5 Wagon ________________ 221 Changing bulbs __________ 214 Central locking __________ Trunk lid lock, 9-5 Sedan __ Tailgate, 9-5 Wagon ______ Child safety locks ________ Car alarm ______________ 42 46 47 45 48 Tires pressure ________________ Wheels and tires ______________ Braking_____________ ...
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    5 Interior Steering wheel adjustment _ Airbag _________________ Power steering fluid_______ Steering-wheel controls ___ Sentronic, manual mode ___ Interior lighting ________________ Sunroof _____________________ Dome light, front ______________ 134 132 223 Rearview mirrors ______________ Door mirrors__________________ Sun visors ___________________ 124 33 208 106 167 125 125 135 Safety belts ____________ 17 Airbag_________________ 32 Child safety ____________ 23 Child safety locks ________ 45 Safety belts ____________ 243 Seats__________________ 12 Electric heating, front seats_ 15 Ventilated front seats______ 15 Safety belts _____________ 17 Child safety _____________ 23 Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Sedan ________________ 139 Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Wagon ________________ 142 Upholstery and trim_______ 243 Side airbags ____________ 36 Glove compartment ______ 136 IB581 Manual transmission _____ 162 Automatic transmi ...
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    6 Engine compartment, 4-cyl engine Warning labels __________ V.I.N. number ___________ Engine number __________ Gearbox number _________ Color code______________ Engine ______________________ Checking the oil level ___________ Oil changing__________________ Engine oil, specification _________ 202 203 204 261 8 269 269 269 269 Braking______________________ ABS brakes __________________ Brake and clutch fluid___________ Brake system _________________ Brake pads___________________ 172 173 207 265 265 Fuses _________________ Changing a fuse _________ Relays ________________ Table of fuses ___________ 226 228 229 226 Temperature gauge ______ Driving in hot weather_____ Driving in cold weather ____ Coolant________________ Coolant capacity_________ 63 181 179 206 260 Power steering fluid_______ 208 Steering, technical data ___ 265 152 211 263 156 Important considerations for driving Turbo unit __________________ ...
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    7 Engine compartment, 3.0t V6 Warning labels __________ V.I.N. number ___________ Engine number __________ Gearbox number ________ Color code _____________ Engine ______________________ Checking the oil level ___________ Oil changing__________________ Engine oil, specification _________ 202 203 204 261 8 269 269 269 269 Braking______________________ ABS brakes __________________ Brake and clutch fluid___________ Brake system _________________ Brake pads___________________ 172 173 207 265 265 Fuses _________________ Changing a fuse _________ Relays ________________ Table of fuses ___________ 226 228 229 226 Temperature gauge ______ Driving in hot weather_____ Driving in cold weather ____ Coolant________________ Coolant capacity_________ 63 181 179 206 260 Ignition switch ___________ Drive belts ______________ Spark plugs _____________ Catalytic converter _______ IB1738 Power steering fluid_______ 208 Steeri ...
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    8 Warning labels A/C system Refrigerant at high pressure. Always drain the A/C system before undoing any connections. Failure to follow prescribed procedures can result in injury. System to be serviced by authorized personnel only. See Workshop Service Manual for correct procedures. The A/C system complies with SAE J639. Refrigerant: 825 g of R134a. Refrigeration oil: 120cc of PAG ND-8 oil or Saab 4759106 SK 20 oil Drive belt Moving belt. Do not touch while engine running. Radiator fan The radiator fan can cut in even after engine has been switched off. IB336 Brake fluid CLEAN FILLER CAP BEFORE REMOVING. USE ONLY DOT 4 FLUID FROM SEALED CONTAINER. Jack (Text printed on jack) Use on Saab 9-5 & 9-3.Use on level ground only. Use vehicle support stands. Safe working load 2000 lbs. (1,000 kg). For more information see your owner´s manual. Battery Coolant: Never open when engine hot! • No sparks, flames or smoking. • Shield eyes, explosive ...
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    9 Contact an authorized Saab workshop if a Xenon headlight requires replacement. (Only cars with Xenon headlights.) Long loads Always SECURE LOAD to prevent it from shifting during transport. An unsecured load could cause passenger injuries in braking situations or in the event of a crash. Cover sharp edges with a protective wrap. CANADA IB336 USA 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 • Sit as far back as possible from the air bag • ALWAYS use SEAT BELTS and CHILD RESTRAINTS (This label only used in some countries) Jack is designed only for changing a tire or mounting tire snow chains. Car must be level and the jack must be placed on a firm and level ground. Never crawl under the car when it is jacked up. Jacking Instructions 1 Set parking brake and shift transmission to park. 2 Fit top ...
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    10 Examples of symbols that can be found in your car No sparks, flames or smoking. Buckle up Headlights Windshield wipers Coolant temperature Radiator fan Use protective goggles Airbag Direction indicators Windshield washers Battery charging Fuel Keep out of reach of children. Electric windows Parking lights Defroster Foot brake Battery acid contains sulphuric acid. Central locking Hazard warning lights Rear window heating Coolant level Refer to the Owner’s Manual. Never place a rear-facing child seat in this seat. Front fog lights Ventilation fan Engine oil pressure Risk of explosive gas. Rear fog lights ABS brakes ...
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    Safety 11 Safety IB1740 Seats ................................. Head restraint................... Safety belts....................... Child safety....................... Airbag................................ 12 16 17 23 33 ...
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    Safety Seats The following seat adjustments can be made to achieve a comfortable driving position: WARNING The seats are actuated by powerful motors. Bear this in mind when adjusting the seat, and make sure that nothing gets caught and damaged. Ensure that nothing can be trapped when adjusting the seat. Bear in mind that children can be injured if they play with the electrically-operated seats. Always remove the ignition key when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the electrically adjustable seats, for example, due to children playing. Both front seats are electrically operated. On certain models the driver´s seat is equipped with a memory function. To facilitate getting into the car, both seats can be adjusted when either of the front doors is open. For safety reasons, if the door is closed, the seat can only be adjusted when the ignition is ON. Note, however, that both seats can be adjusted for 30 seconds after both doors have be ...
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    IB403 IB402 13 IB1161 Safety Legroom adjustment Backrest rake angle Lumbar support To adjust the legroom, push the lower control forward or back. To adjust the backrest, move the upper control forward or back. Turn the smaller wheel for stepless adjustment of the lumbar support. WARNING The backrest should be upright during driving, so that the safety belt, airbag and backrest can provide optimum protection in the event of emergency braking or a crash and in particular a rear-end collision. ...
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    Safety Programmable driver’s seat (certain models only) In certain models the driver´s seat is equipped with a programmable memory function. This function also includes the door mirrors. Adjust the seat and door mirrors. To save the settings, press and hold the M button and, at the same time, press one of the preselect buttons (1, 2 or 3). The Saab Information Display (SID) will chime to confirm that the settings have been saved. IB404 14 To recall the programmed settings, press the appropriate preset button, whereupon the seat and mirrors will be adjusted automatically. To change the settings stored in a preset button, adjust the seat and mirrors as before and save the new settings by pressing M and the appropriate preset button. To facilitate reversing, the passenger side door mirror can be tilted down automatically, e.g. to show the curb. To do this, select reverse and press the tiny button adjacent to the door-mirror control. When you deselect reverse, ...
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    Ventilated front seats (standard on certain models/certain markets) Ventilated front seats, that enhance seating comfort in hot weather, are available standard on 9-5 3.0t Arc models and as an option on Aero models (certain markets). Ventilated seats are equipped with two fans that extract the moist air from between the seat and the body. The fans have three speeds and are OFF when the switch is set to 0. Electric heating, front seats (option) Both front seats have adjustable and thermostat-controlled heating of the seat cushion and backrest, available as an option. Heating is adjustable in three stages. In position 0 it is turned off. 15 IB407 IB406 IB405 Safety Electrically heated seat cushions in the rear seat (option on certain models)) Electrically heated seat cushions for the two outer seats in the rear are available as an option on certain models. The ON/OFF control button for the cushion heating is located on the back of the center cons ...
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    16 Safety Head restraint WARNING • Adjust the head restraint so that your head is optimally supported and the center of the head restraint is at ear height, thus reducing the likelihood of neck injury in a crash. IB400 The front seats in the Saab 9-5 are equipped with Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). These reduce the risk of whiplash injury if the car is hit from behind. In the event of a rear-end crash, the body is forced back against the backrest. This, in turn, causes the mechanism to press the head restraint forward and upward, thus limiting the backward movement of the head. The SAHR is a mechanical system, actuated by body weight. The mechanism is built into the top of the backrest, where it is connected to the head restraint. Therefore, the SAHR does not need to be replaced after a minor rear-end crash. IB460 • Raise the head restraints in the seat that are occupied. The head restraint can be raised or lowered and is adjustable in v ...
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    Safety 17 Safety belts WARNING Safety belts must be worn at all times by all car occupants. Child safety, see page 23. Check that the locking tongue is properly locked in the belt lock. Three-point inertia-reel safety belts are provided for all seats. Research has established that it is just as dangerous for rear seat passengers not to wear their safety belts as it is for front seat passengers. In the event of a crash, the rear-seat passengers not wearing a seatbelt will thrown forward against the front-seat backrests. The stresses imposed on the front seat passengers and belts are multiplied and can result in needless injury or even death for all car occupants. FASTEN BELTS IB409 WARNING WARNING Adjustments of the safety belt should be done when the car is stationary so that attention to traffic is not reduced. Bear in mind that in certain states it is a legal requirement for all occupants of the car to wear a safety belt. Safety-belt rem ...
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    18 Safety Safety belt pretensioners WARNING If the car is involved in a crash, the safety belts, belt pretensioners and other components must be inspected by an authorized Saab dealer and replaced as necessary. Never make any alterations or repairs to the safety belt yourself. Visit an authorized Saab dealer for any necessary repairs. WARNING Proper positioning of the safety belt is extremely important. An out of position safety belt can result in the wearer sliding underneath the belt in a crash (submarining) and injury can result from the lap portion cutting into the abdomen. IB410 The belts of the front seats are fitted with automatic pretensioners and force limiters. These are activated in the event of a severe frontal or rear-end crash and a side-on collision, provided that the safety belts are being worn. The pretensioners serve to reduce the forward movement of the body by tensioning the belt. The force limiters reduce belt loads on the body b ...
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    Safety 19 • 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. IB411 Never fasten the safety belt with the shoulder belt behind the body or pull the belt off the shoulder and under the arm. IB412 WARNING To fasten the belt Front safety belts Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and inserting the tongue in the buckle. Check that it is securely fastened. Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle and pull the belt towards the shoulder to tighten the lap belt part. Then grip the belt at the shoulder, pull it out and, without letting go, allow the slack to be taken up by the reel. Make sure that the belt is well in on the shoulder. Because the lower belt-anchorage points are on the seat, the belt buckle follows the movement of the seat during seat adjustment. Press t ...
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    20 Safety Belt height adjustment IB414 The front safety belts and the outside belts in the rear (9-5 Sedan) are equipped with automatic height adjustment. After fastening the belt, grasp it at chest height, pull it out and, without letting go, allow the slack to be taken up by the reel. Make sure that the belt is well in on the shoulder. Safety belt use during pregnancy Pregnant women must always wear a safety belt to protect both themselves and the unborn child. The lap belt should be placed low, across the hips and over the upper thighs. ...
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    21 IB416 IB415 IB??? Safety Securing an item on the rear seat Safety belt, rear seat Safety belt, rear seat Three-point safety belts are provided for all three rear seat passengers. Fasten the belt by pulling out the strap carefully and inserting the tongue in the lock. Check that it is securely fastened. Then grip the diagonal part of the strap near the lock and pull the belt upwards towards the shoulder to tighten the lap strap. The lap strap should lie low over the hips. The diagonal part should lie as far in on the shoulder as possible. To release the belt, press the red button on the belt lock. See page 243 for the checking of belt function, cleaning, etc. WARNING • Make sure that the belt does not become trapped when the backrest is folded down or raised (see page 139). • If a cargo has to be placed on a seat, it must be properly secured with the safety belt. This reduces the risk of the cargo being thrown about during hard braking or a ...
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    22 Safety • Check that the belt is not twisted or lying against sharp edges. • Make sure you use the correct safety belt buckle. The buckles for the center and left-hand rear seats are close together. WARNING Safety belts are designed to bear upon the bony structure of the body, and should be worn low across the front of the pelvis or the pelvis, chest and shoulders, as applicable; wearing the lap section of the belt across the abdominal area must be avoided. Safety belts should be adjusted as firmly as possible, consistent with comfort, to provide the protection for which they have been designed. A loose belt will greatly reduce the protection afforded to the wearer. Care should be taken to avoid contamination of the webbing with polishes, oils and chemicals, and particularly battery acid. Cleaning may safely be carried out using mild soap and water. The belt should be replaced if webbing becomes frayed, contaminated or damaged. It is essential to rep ...
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    Safety Child safety WARNING • NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in the front. • 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 of a lap-shoulder belt or LATCH. If the child restraint is not properly secured, a child can be injured or killed in a crash. • Children 12 and under can be killed by the airbag. • According to crash statistics, the BACK SEAT is SAFER for properly restrained children than the front seat. • Sit as far back as possible from the air bag. Car safety tips 23 Protect your children from getting trapped in the trunk of a car WARNING • Never leave your children unattended in a car, even for a short time. – Children can suffer heat stroke – perhaps die – in a matter of minutes. – Children can put the car into gear and hurt themselves or others. • At gas stations, take the keys from the car while filling the tank. • Neve ...
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    Safety The same attention must be given to child safety in the car as is given to adults. Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints. 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. Make sure that it is possible to fit a child restraint in accordance with the manufacturer’s child seat instructions. When fitting child seats in cars you must always read the instructions supplied by the manufacturer. IB1832 24 LATCH LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers for CHildren) consists of top tether and lower anchorage (“ISOFIX”) for child restraints in two outboard the rear seats. ISOFIX are lower attachments located where the seat and back cushions come together. Top tethers are upper ...
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    Safety To facilitate the proper fitting of new specially-designed child restraints, rigid lower anchorages (ISOFIX) have been installed to the vehicle that shall be used with the top tether anchorages in the two outboard rear seating positions. There is an additional top tether anchorage for the center rear seating position that is to be used together with the safety belt. LATCH is a U.S./Canadian government standard for an uniform method of fitting child restraints without using the standard safety belts. Only certain child restraints are equipped to utilize these rigid lower anchorages behind where the seat cushion and seat back come together. LATCH child seats also utilize a top tether strap that is found on some newer child seats that still require installation with the standard safety belts. There are two bars attached to the car body for each specially designed LATCH child restraint. A small label is located on the seat back just above the outer attachment ...
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    IB1685 Safety IB1684 26 Rigid 2-point lower attachment with top tether For the top tether, only use the strap supplied with the child restraint. Always follow the installation instructions supplied with the child restraint. The availability of LATCH child restraints may be limited. When fitting child seats in cars you must always read the instructions supplied by the car seat manufacturer. Semi-rigid 2-point lower attachment with top tether ...
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    Safety 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. Child restraints with a tether strap must be anchored according to Canadian and USA laws. If you have any questions regarding child tether anchorages please contact your Saab dealer. 9-5 Sedan: 1 Open the cover that is right behind the child restraint. Make sure it locks. 2 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. 3 Secure the lower part of the child restraint by means of the lower anchorages (ISOFIX) or the safety belts as described in the child restraint mounting instruction. 4 Route the tether under the headrest. 5 Attach the tether to the anchorage. 6 Tighten the tether so that the back of the child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest. 7 Pull the child restraints to make a second check that the restraints are securely attached at both the lower ...
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    Safety 9-5 Wagon: 1 Fold the backrest of the rear seat forward, see page 139. 2 Fold the anchor that is right behind the child restraint to its upright position. 3 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. 4 Raise the head restraint to its upper position and then route the tether under the head restraint. 5 Attach the tether to the anchor. 6 Raise the backrest of the rear seat. Make sure it locks properly. 7 Secure the lower part of the child restraint by means of the safety belt or lower anchorages (ISOFIX) as described in the child restraint mounting instruction on the previous page. 8 Tighten the tether so that the back of the child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest. 9 Pull the child restraints to make a second check that the restraints are securely attached at both the lower anchorages bars and the top tether strap. WARNING Make sure the child-restraint anchorages are folded all the way up or down otherwise it can obstruct locking th ...
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    Safety In fitting a child seat that is intended to be secured in position by the lap portion of the safety belt, make use of the locking function of the buckle. Locking the lap portion of the belt lessens the risk that the seat will work loose while the car is in motion. The button for the locking function is located on the back of the buckle. 1 Position the child seat in the back of the car. 2 To activate the locking function, move the locking button on the tongue of the belt to the position marked ”CHILD SEAT” (item 1 in the figure) in order to activate the locking function. 3 Secure the base of the child seat with the lap portion of the safety belt in accordance with the installation instructions accompanying the child seat. 4 Grasp the shoulder part of the safety belt and pull it upwards to tighten the lap portion against the child seat. 5 Check for correct locking function by pulling on the lap portion of the belt. The belt must not unreel. IB822 Loc ...
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    Safety Installation of child restraint using the standard safety belt Child restraints that are approved for rearward facing installation in the rear seat can be positioned in any of the three rear places. If you intend to install another make of child restraint make sure that it is possible to fit it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. WARNING Failure to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions on the use of this child restraint system can cause your child to strike the vehicle´s interior during a sudden stop or crash. Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints up to 3 years. WARNING A special accessory is available for locking the center armrest so that a child seat can be installed in the middle seat. See your Saab dealer for details. When a rear-facing child seat is fitted in the center position of the rear seat in the Saab 9-5 Sedan the center armrest must be secured in place with this strap. If this is not done, the center ar ...
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    Safety 31 Integrated booster seat (accessory) Folding down 1 Pull the opening strap on the side of the booster seat outwards to release the catch securing the seat. 2 Fold down the booster seat cushion by grasping the upper edge and pulling outwards. Fastening the safety belt WARNING Never wear a safety belt with the diagonal strap positioned behind your back or slipped off the shoulder and under your arm. 1 2 IB1915 The integrated booster seat in the back is intended for children weighing 33–80 lbs. (15–36 kg) and between 38 and 54 inches (97 and 137 cm) tall. When seated in the integrated booster seat, the child must wear the standard three-point safety belt. Whatever the age or weight of the child, it is vital that the safety belt be worn correctly. The seat should always be kept clean and intact to ensure that it continues to function as intended. • Seat the child well back in the seat, snug against the backrest. • Pull out the sa ...
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    32 Safety WARNING • Use only the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt system when restraining the child in the booster seat. • The seat must not be modified or changed in any way. • Never leave a child unattended in the car. • The car’s regular head restraint must always be turned 180° back to its original position after the integrated booster seat is folded away. • Check to ensure that the belt is not twisted or rubbing against any sharp edges. Label in integrated booster seat ...
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    Safety Airbag WARNING To reduce risk of injury: • Always wear your safety belt. • Always adjust your seat so that you are as far back as possible but still able to reach the steering wheel and controls comfortably. • Children 12 and under or shorter than 55 inches (140 cm) should always travel in the rear as the vehicle is equipped with an airbag on the passenger side. The AIRBAG system comprises an airbag in the steering wheel, a front passenger airbag and side airbags in the front seats. The system supplements the protection provided by the safety belts to further enhance the safety of the occupants. If a fault is detected in the AIRBAG, the AIR BAG warning light on the main instrument panel will come on (see pages 58 and 38). When the system is triggered by impact of a frontal crash, the airbags in the steering wheel and passenger side of the dash board are inflated, after which they deflate through vents in the back of the bags. The front airbags a ...
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    Safety • Never rest your hands or forearms on the steering-wheel center padding. Moment of impact. • If the AIR BAG warning light remains on after the car has been started or comes on while you are driving, have the car checked immediately by an authorized Saab dealer. The warning light could signify that the airbags may not inflate in a crash, or they could even inflate without a crash. See page. 58. The sensors detect deceleration and send a signal via the central sensor to the gas generator that inflates the airbag. IB419 34 Inflated airbag (driver side) Inflation and deflation together take less than 0.1 second. The inflating airbag cushions the driver. Airbag now fully inflated. IB417 The airbag starts to deflate. ...
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    Safety 3 5 6 7 6 IB1743 7 Accessories and other equipment must not be fitted to the surfaces marked as these are where the airbags inflate in the event of a crash. 4 5 1 2 AIRBAG system with belt pretensioners 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Central sensor Belt pretensioners (for both front safety belts) Steering wheel with integral airbag Passenger airbag Side-airbag sensor Side airbag Front sensors IB1742 2 35 ...
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    Safety Front passenger seat WARNING Never secure a rear-facing child seat in the right front seat of a car equipped with a passenger airbag. Inflation of the airbag in the event of a crash could seriously injure or kill a child. The airbags are interconnected and have a common warning light. The passenger airbag module is housed in the fascia above the glove compartment and is marked ”SRS AIRBAG”. (SRS = Supplementary Restraint System) Both airbags will be inflated in the event of a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal crash, even if the passenger seat is unoccupied. WARNING • Children 12 and under can be killed by the airbag • The back seat is the safest place for children • Never allow a child to stand in front of the seat or to sit on the lap of a front-seat passenger. Serious injury or death could result if the airbag is inflated in a crash. • Never place anything on the dash or in front of the seat as, in addition to being a hazard to pas ...
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    Safety 37 WARNING IB1182 IB1707 • This car is equipped with side airbags and no extra interior trim should be fitted. Failure to observe this warning could result in the side airbags not inflating as intended and thus not providing the intended protection either. Side airbag inflated impact condition. The side airbag trigger will be commanded based on the characteristics of this pressure rise. Side airbag components 1 2 3 4 Side airbag Sensor Moisture barrier Text on seat • Never place any object in the area that would be occupied by the inflated airbag. • For optimum protection, sit upright in the seat, with your safety belt correctly fastened. • The sensors for the side airbags are fitted in the front doors. We advise against doing any work on the doors that could affect the moisture barrier in the door or the airbag sensors. It is essential that the moisture barrier (thick plastic film) in the front door is not damaged in any wa ...
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    38 Safety • The side airbags will inflate only in the event of a side impact; not in the event of a front or rear-end crash or of the car’s rolling over. • Damage or wear to the seat cover, or the seat seam, in the area of the side airbag must immediately be repaired by an authorized Saab dealer. • Do not modify the speaker installation in the front doors or install speakers other than those specifically approved by Saab. Crash sensing Crash sensing and diagnostic modules have been used in many automobiles since air bags were first produced. The technical information gained from these modules can be useful to understanding the circumstances that led to the air bag deployment. In addition, information from many field events can be used in the aggregate to help manufactures and others better understand real world crashes. This, in turn, can lead to improved automotive safety. Your vehicle is equipped with two electronic frontal sensors, which helps the sen ...
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    Safety Scrapping or working on airbags and belt pretensioners WARNING • Under no circumstances should any modifications be made that affect the steering wheel or the airbag’s electrical circuitry. • Before starting any welding work on the car, always disconnect the negative (–) battery lead and cover the conductor. • Airbags and belt pretensioners must be deployed under controlled conditions before the car is scrapped or any of the system’s components are removed. Airbags or belt pretensioners that have been deployed as a result of a crash must be replaced by new ones. • Airbag-system components must never be transferred for use in another vehicle. • All work involving the scrapping or replacement of airbags or belt pretensioners must only be carried out by knowledgeable personnel. Frequently asked questions on function of airbags Do you still need to wear a safety belt if airbags are fitted? Yes, always! The airbag merely supplements the car’s normal safety ...
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    40 Safety What won’t trigger the front airbags? The airbag will not be activated in all front-end crashes. For instance, if the car has hit something relatively soft and yielding (e.g. a snow drift or a hedge) or a solid object at a low impact speed, the airbag will not necessarily be triggered. How loud is the inflation? The noise of the inflation is certainly loud, but it is very short-lived and will not damage your hearing. For a short time afterwards you could experience a buzzing noise in your ears. Most people who have experienced it cannot remember the noise of the inflation at all – all they remember is the noise of the crash. Can you still use a child seat in the front if a passenger airbag is installed? Definitely not! Children 12 and under can be injured or killed by the airbag. The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place for children. NEVER put a child seat in the front. Are the smoke and fumes given off when the airbag operates at all harmful? Most ...
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    Security 41 Security IB446 Doors................................... Central locking ................... Car alarm ............................ 42 42 48 ...
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    Security Doors Door handles Pull the handle to open the door. If the door is stuck (e.g. if frozen), hold the handle from above to secure a better grip. Central locking 1 WARNING Leaving children or pets unattended in a locked car is dangerous. It is also dangerous to leave children in a vehicle with the ignition key. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. Key / Remote control 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. The key fits all the car’s locks. The key supplied with the car has a code number on a black plastic tag that needs to be quoted for ordering additional keys. You should therefore make a careful note of the number. The key contains a unique electronic code for your car. When the key is inserted in the ignition, the code is checked. If it matches, the car can be star ...
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    Security 43 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 instrument panel. • The key may malfunction if it becomes very cold. Warm it in your hands for a couple of minutes. • Never open the key. For changing the battery, see page 45. To check the number of keys that are programmed for the car; see page 52. Electronic starting interlock (immobilizer) Each time the key is removed from the ignition, the electronic starting interlock is activated and the car is thus immobilized, see also page 49. Reprogramming lock system functions Certain lock system functions can be reprogrammed by your authorized Saab dealer; see page 271. When the car is locked and unlocked the theft alarm is also affected. Remote locking (1) Press once on the control: all doors locked. The hazard warning lights will flash once ...
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    44 Security WARNING The remote control also works from inside the car. Therefore, hold the key in such a way that the buttons are not unintentionally pressed when the key is turned, or inserted or removed from the ignition switch. 1 2 Locking/unlocking by key IB451 IB1555 Otherwise, the doors may be unintentionally locked or the tailgate unlocked. On Sedan models, the trunk may even be opened. Switch for operation of central locking 1 To lock 2 To unlock Locking by key (1) When the car is locked and unlocked the theft alarm is also affected. Turn the key clockwise: all doors locked. The trunk lid/tailgate cannot be opened now from inside using the switch on the driver’s door. Unlocking by key (2) Turn the key counterclockwise once: the driver´s door will unlock. Turn the key counterclockwise twice: all doors, but not trunk lid/tailgate, unlocked. The central locking can also be operated from inside the car by means of the switch on ...
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    Security If the car is left with the doors open, the interior lighting and the courtesy lights in the doors will be switched off automatically after 20 minutes, to prevent a flat battery. In such cases the electrically operated seats will not function. Changing the key battery • Intruders entering the car when it is moving slowly or at a standstill. • Injury resulting from a door bursting open in the event of a crash. However, you must also remember that locked doors can hamper rescuers in the event of a crash. IB1871 WARNING Having the doors locked when you are driving will reduce the likelihood of: • Passengers, especially children, opening doors and falling out of the car. 45 Child safety lock on rear doors Child safety locks The rear doors are equipped with child safety locks that are operated by means of a catch adjacent to the door lock. Insert a key and turn the catch 45° clockwise or counterclockwise as indicated by the label on the do ...
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    46 Security Trunk lid switch • The button on the key • The trunk lid switch on the inside of the driver’s door (if the car is unlocked and at a standstill) Remote unlocking is confirmed by the direction indicators flashing three times. The trunk lid switch on the driver’s door is inoperative when the car is locked. Locking The trunk lid release is locked automatically when closed. IB1833 IB457 Unlocking The trunk lid is unlocked using: Trunk Release Handle Trunk lid lock, 9-5 Sedan Trunk Release Handle The trunk lid lock is independent of the central-locking system. The trunk lid release switch on the driver’s door is inoperative when the car is locked from the outside or moving at a speed greater than 2.7 mph (4 km/h). There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release handle located inside the trunk on the latch. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle down to open the trunk from the inside. NOTICE The ...
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    Security Unlocking The tailgate is unlocked using: • The button on the key • The tailgate switch on the inside of the driver’s door (if the car is unlocked and at a standstill) or • Manually, using the key in the trunk lock. The keyhole is protected by a cover plate that can be removed carefully as illustrated. Remote unlocking is confirmed by the direction indicators flashing three times. If the alarm is activated (the car is locked), the alarm will sound if the trunk lid is unlocked with a key. However, if the trunk lid is opened using remote unlocking, the alarm will not be triggered. Locking The tailgate is locked using: • The IB1879 The tailgate is not unlocked when the other car doors are unlocked. The tailgate button on the driver’s door is inoperative when the car is locked or moving at a speed greater than 2.7 mph (4 km/h). Use the key to pry out the cover plate covering the lock, 9-5 Wagon Unlocking the tailgate with a key, 9-5 Wagon but ...
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    48 Security Car alarm 1 WARNING The car alarm (anti-theft system) is activated/deactivated when the car is locked/unlocked by the remote control or by the key, see page 43. The antenna for the alarm system is located in the center console. All the doors plus trunk lid/tailgate and hood are monitored by microswitches, 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. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. Remote control 1 Activate/lock 2 Deactivate/unlock 3 Unlock trunk/tailgate Unlocking the tailgate (9-5 Wagon) Your Saab 9-5 is equipped with an Electronic starting interlock (immobilizer), see page 49 for details. The car alarm is armed 10 seconds after the car has been locked by the remote control. During this ten-second delay period, the doors, t ...
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    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 ON position. 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-seconds delay period, it will be excluded from the alarm function. If it is then closed, a new delay period of ten seconds will start, and the door (or trunk or hood) will once again be secured by the alarm system. As usual, the LED will be on continuously during the new delay period and will start to flash once every other second after the 10-seconds period has elapsed. The car-alarm system incorporates a sensor that monitors the window glass for the sound of breakage. The sensor is fitted inside the rear dome light. To avoid false alarms, such as the alarm being triggered by noise from passers by when the windows have been left open, or when children or pets are left inside t ...
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    50 Security Alarm signals When the car alarm is armed, it will be triggered if any door, or 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. The alarm signals will stop if the alarm is deactivated (car unlocked) during the alarm period. The alarm siren has a long-life battery (approx. 10 years), see ”SERVICE THEFT ALARM”, on page 52. When the battery goes dead, the siren must be replaced: it is not possible to change the batteries. NOTICE • It is possible to inadvertently deactivate the car alarm and at the same time unlock the car, if the button on the key is pressed by mistake when the car is still within its range. • When locking the car by remote control i ...
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    Security Overview of functions Locking/ activation Hazard warning lights flash once and the horn chirps once. The LED will come on for 10 seconds. Unlocking/ deactivation Hazard warning lights flash twice and the horn chirps twice. The LED will come on for two seconds. Unlocking/ deactivation of trunk lid/tailgate alarm Hazard warning lights flash three times and the horn chirps three times. The LED will flash three times per second for 10 seconds. Alarm triggered Hazard warning lights flash for 5 min. Siren wails for 30 seconds. To switch off the alarm, deactivate the system in the normal way (unlocking). Window-glass sensor The sensor detects if any window is broken and triggers the alarm. To disable the sensor, see page 49. Key The range of the key is normally 5–10 yds. (5– 10 metres), although it can be substantially more than this in ideal conditions (range can vary greatly depending on the position of the car and its surrounding ...
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    52 Security Overview of LED signals and SID messages Status LED signal Activation (during 10-second delay). Comes on for 10 seconds. Alarm activated (after delay). Flashes once every other second. Deactivation. Comes on for 2 seconds. Alarm not activated. Off. SID message Reason/action SERVICE THEFT ALARM Probably a fault in one of the sensors or the alarm siren. Have the car checked by an authorized Saab dealer. KEY NOT ACCEPTED Fault in key transmitter or in ignition-switch receiver. Turn ignition switch to ON and press the unlock button on the key. Start the engine. Have the car checked by an authorized Saab dealer. Door, trunk lid/tailgate or hood open Flashes three times per secor opened during delay period. ond for 10 seconds. Unlocking the trunk lid/tailgate. Flashes three times per second for 10 seconds. Closing of door, trunk lid/tailgate or hood after delay period. Comes on for 10 seconds. REPLACE KEY BAT ...
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    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. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. 53 ...
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    Instruments and controls 55 Instruments and controls VOL PUSH ON ECON OFF PULL BAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 Indicator and warning lights ................................. Instruments ........................ Saab Information Display (SID)................................... Switches ............................. Automatic climate control (ACC) ................................. …F …C BAS TRE FAD DOLBY B NR AS SEARCH OFF CLEAR SET IB1939 ECON 56 62 65 71 77 ...
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    56 Instruments and controls Indicator and warning lights A number of indicator and warning lights will come on when the ignition is switched on prior to starting. Under normal conditions, these should go out a few seconds after the engine has started (see page 62). Warning, oil pressure (engine oil) This light will come on together with if the engine oil pressure is dangerously low. If the light flashes or comes on while you are driving, stop the car, switch off the engine and check the engine oil level (see page 203). Main instrument panel 1 2 3 4 5 Tachometer Indicator and warning lights Speedometer Indicator and warning lights Pressure gauge 6 7 8 9 Fuel gauge Engine temperature gauge Trip meter reset button Odometer and trip meter NOTICE Under no circumstances must the car be driven when this warning light is on. Low oil pressure can result in serious engine damage. ...
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    Instruments and controls Warning, charging This light will come on together with if the battery is discharging. If it comes on while you are driving, stop the car as soon as possible and switch off the engine. Check the alternator drive belt (see page 211). If the belt has broken, the engine may overheat (cooling system will not function properly), the battery will not be charged, the A/C compressor will not run and power assistance for the steering will be lost. Brake warning light This light will come on together with if there is insufficient brake fluid in the reservoir (see pages 207). If the ABS warning light is on at the same time, the ABS system may be inoperative because of a fault (see ”Anti-lock brake warning”, page 58). WARNING Never drive the car when these warning lights are on. Danger of brake failure! Have the brake system checked at once by an authorized Saab dealer. 57 Parking brake warning light This light will show when the park ...
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    58 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 207). If the level is normal, depress the brake pedal firmly two or three times. Now check the level again. If the level is still normal, you may drive the car, with considerable caution, to the nearest authorized Saab dealer to have the brake system checked. WARNING • If the ABS is inoperative, there is a danger of the rear wheels locking up on hard braking. • If the level of brake fluid in the reservoir is below the MIN mark, the car should be towed to an authorized Saab dealer. Airbag w ...
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    Instruments and controls CHECK message indicator This light indicates that there is a message in the Saab Information Display (SID). A chime will also sound (see page 69). Central warning light This light will come 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. • Alternator not charging properly. Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE) WARNING An illuminated ”Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” indicator light indicates an engine-related problem. While your car may be able to be driven with the ”Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” indicator light illuminated (Limp-ho ...
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    60 Instruments and controls Bi-Xenon headlight fault indicator (certain variants only) Indicator, cruise control This light shows when the cruise-control system is active (see page 171). Indicator, high beam This light shows when the headlights are on high beam (see page 71). This light indicates that there is a fault in the Bi-Xenon headlight system, which consists of xenon headlights and an automatic levelling system. If a fault arises in the Bi-Xenon headlight system, the headlights will be angled down to avoid dazzling drivers in oncoming traffic. Adjust your speed accordingly as visibility will be reduced. NOTICE Indicator, rear fog light This light shows when the rear fog light is on (see page 72). The rear fog light is switched off automatically when the engine is switched off. When the fog light is next needed, it will have to be switched on manually again. The rear fog light consists of one light so it should not be mistaken for brake light ...
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    Instruments and controls Automatic transmission, fault indicator On a car with an automatic transmission, this warning symbol is illuminated if a fault has been detected in the transmission. Switch the ignition off and on again to check if the fault persists. Even if the fault persists, it is still possible in most cases to drive the car (see page 165). Have the automatic transmission checked by an authorized Saab dealer as soon as possible. NOTICE If the control module has actuated the Limp-home function for the automatic transmission, the car will remain in 5th gear when D is selected, making it very sluggish. To overcome this, select position L to prevent unnecessary wear on the transmission. The transmission then starts in 2nd gear. When the car is moving you can select position D. When the indicator light is on, the car must not be driven with a trailer attached. Indicator TCS/ESP OFF (option, certain models only) The indicator light goes on when the ...
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    Tachometer Autochecking of lights, main instrument panel The above warning and indicator lights should come on when the ignition is switched on prior to starting. They should go out after about 3 seconds. The following lights light up until the engine is started, presuming that no fault exists: • Central warning light . • Oil pressure warning light • Warning, charging . IB340 Instruments 1 Cars with automatic transmission . The tachometer indicates the engine speed in thousands of revolutions per minute. The needle may be allowed to enter the broken red zone on the dial only for an instant. A safety cut-out function (in the fuel system) prevents the engine speed from exceeding approximately 6,200 rpm. IB341 Instruments and controls IB1922 62 Odometer and trip meter The odometer records the distance traveled in miles on U.S. vehicles and on Canadian vehicles the distance indicated is in kilometres, and the trip meter in miles a ...
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    Instruments and controls 40 20 10 80 100 70 120 80 140 90 100 180 110 200 120 220 260 240 130 160 150 140 160 Speedometer (U.S. speedometer shown) The speedometer receives signals from the wheel sensors in the ABS system. If the NIGHT PANEL mode has been selected, the scale will be illuminated up to 87 mph (140 km/h). The remainder of the scale will be illuminated if the speed of the car exceeds 84 mph (135 km/h). IB343 20 60 IB345 60 30 50 IB1851 40 63 Fuel gauge Temperature gauge Fuel-tank capacity, 18.5 US gal. (70 liters). The fuel gauge shows the amount of fuel left in the tank. When this is down to about 2.5 gal. (10 liters), a warning light on the main instrument panel will come on (see page 59). Use the Saab Information display (SID) to check the approximate distance that can be traveled on the remaining fuel (see page 65). The temperature gauge shows the temperature of the coola ...
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    64 Instruments and controls NOTICE If the needle, despite the above action, enters the red zone, stop the car immediately, let the engine idle. Check fuse 1 (radiator fan) in the fuse panel under the hood, see page 230. If the needle repeatedly enters the red zone, stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so and check the coolant level by looking at the level visible through the plastic tank – do not remove the cap. If the coolant level falls below the MIN mark, the Saab Information Display (SID) will display the message ”FILL COOLANT FLUID”. WARNING Never open the cap of the expansion tank completely when the engine is hot, open with care. The pressure in the cooling-system can cause hot coolant and steam to be released. Failure to heed this warning may result in personal injury. IB344 If the needle stays in the red zone, stop the engine. Pressure gauge The turbo gauge indicates the air volume for combustion, which is equivalent to the engine lo ...
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    Instruments and controls 65 Saab Information Display (SID) The Saab Information Display (SID) shows CHECK messages and incorporates eight trip-computer functions. The SID is also used by the Audio System. WARNING Selector lever indication (Automatic transmission) The position of the selector lever is indicated on the main instrument panel. If manual mode is selected, the current gear is also displayed. 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. SET NIGHT PANEL IB346 CLEAR Trip computer Selecting the function Use the button to scroll through the following functions: DIST Distance to destination / Trip meter. ARRIV Estimated time of arrival. ALARM Alarm function. SPD W Speed warning (chime). Use the button to scroll through the following functions: TEMP Outdoor temperature and Date. D.T ...
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    66 Instruments and controls Outdoor temperature (Frost warning) Regardless of which function has been selected, except Night Panel Mode, SID will automatically display the outdoor temperature when it is between 26° and 38°F (–3° and +3°C). This also applies if the temperature has moved outside the range of 21° to 43°F (–6° to +6°C) but is again between 26° and 38°F (–3° and +3°C). WARNING Remember that roads can be icy even at temperatures of above 38°F (+3°C), especially on bridges and stretches of road that are sheltered from the sun. Entering values for the functions Setting the date Values can be entered for the following functions: SPD ∅, 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 CLEAR to reset). 4 Press SET to record the value. Average fuel consumption The avera ...
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    Instruments and controls Turning the Alarm and Speed warning on or off Calculation of arrival time and average speed 1 Select the Alarm or Speed-warning function. 2 Press SET to turn on the function. Press CLEAR to turn off the function. When either function is on, ALARM/SPD W respectively will be visible on the display. An asterisk * will be visible on the far right of the display when either function is selected. The Alarm and Speed-warning settings will not be cancelled when the engine is switched off. When the Alarm has been set to come on at a specified time, it will only be activated once – it will not come on at the same time every day. Press SET to turn it on again. The Alarm will continue to beep for one minute if not switched off. The settings must be made before the journey is started. Calculation of arrival time: 1 Select DIST using the button. 2 Set the destination distance. 3 Press SET. When ARRIV is selected during the journey, the arri ...
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    68 Instruments and controls To calculate the arrival time if a specified average speed is maintained 1 Select DIST using the button. 2 Set the distance to be covered. 3 Press to select SPD Ø. 4 Set the average speed you intend to drive. 5 Press SET to display the estimated arrival time. At the beginning of a journey, the SPD Ø and ARRIV functions will display current values. If values are set during the journey, the new values will be displayed after a delay of about 10 seconds. Calculating the requisite average speed: 1 Press to select DIST. 2 Set the distance to be covered. 3 Press to select ARRIV. 4 Set the desired arrival time. 5 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. If values are set during the journey, the new values will be displayed after a delay of about 10 seconds. Resetting values To reset the ...
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    Instruments and controls CHECK messages When the engine is started, CHECKING will appear on the display for about four seconds, while the SID checks are being performed. When a CHECK message is generated while the car is being driven, a chime will sound, INFO DISPL will illuminate on the main instrument panel, and the message will appear on the SID. The number of messages that can be displayed by the SID varies with the specification of the car. If more than one CHECK message has been generated, the + symbol will appear to the left of the text on the display. The messages appear in order of priority. If a new fault occurs while another message is being displayed, the message relating to the new one will appear for 10 seconds, after which the display will return to the earlier one. Press CLEAR once to acknowledge a message, whereupon it will be cleared from the display. It will not be displayed again before the ignition has been switched off and then on again. The ...
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    70 Instruments and controls The following conditions will wake up the respective displays in the Night-Panel mode: • Setting of the Audio system, SID or ACC (display comes on for ten seconds). • CHECK message generated in the SID. • High engine revs cause the rev counter to be illuminated until the engine speed has fallen again. • If the quantity of fuel remaining falls below 4 gallons (15 liters), the fuel gauge will be illuminated. • If the engine temperature rises above normal, the temperature gauge will be illuminated. • If the speed of the car exceeds 84 mph (135 km/h), the entire speedometer will be illuminated. • In cars with automatic transmission, if the selector lever is moved from D to position M or L, the selector indication on the main instrument panel will be illuminated. To restore the displays and lighting to the normal mode, press the Night-Panel button. Units and language versions The SID has four sets of units: METRIC IMP. 1 IMP. 2 ...
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    Instruments and controls 71 Switches IB350 The parking lights and daytime running lights come on automatically when the ignition switch is ON. Note to owners in the U.S.: If you do not want Daytime Running Lights, this feature can be disconnected: switch off the engine and remove fuse No. 35 (see page 228). Note to owners in Canada: Daytime Running Lights must not be disconnected as they are a Canadian Federal legal requirement. Light switches Headlights Parking lights The parking lights can be switched on regardless of the position of the ignition switch. Do not use parking lights when driving. Note: The lighting switch must be in parking light or headlight position (low beam position only) to operate the fog lights (see page 74). 2 IB1594 1 Daytime running lights The headlights come on automatically when the ignition is ON and go off when the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position. The parking lights, however, can be on when t ...
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    72 Instruments and controls Courtesy Headlight Feature A delay function allows the headlights to remain on low beam for about 30 seconds after the driver’s door has been closed. To activate this function, In poor visibility, avoid following the tail lights of the vehicle in front. If the vehicle stops suddenly, you may be unable to avoid a crash and therefore risk injury to yourself and others. IB351 • Switch off the ignition and remove the key • Open the driver’s door • Pull the high/low beam control stalk towards the steering wheel like you are flashing the high beam, see page 71. The low beam headlights will now come on immediately after the driver’s door has been closed (within 30 seconds) and will remain on for about 30 seconds. The length of time for this function can be adjusted by your authorized Saab dealer. WARNING Rear fog light Rear fog light Press the button to switch on the rear fog light, which will only come on if the headligh ...
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    Instruments and controls 73 Instrument illumination To switch on the turn signals/lane change 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). The stalk also has an intermediate, spring-loaded position that is useful for signalling when changing lanes or passing. The respective indicator lights on the instrument panel flash at the same frequency as the direction indicators. 1 0 2 IB1595 IB352 Turn signal and lane change indicators Turn signal and lane change indicators 1 Right indicators 2 Left indicators Instrument illumination The brightness of the instrument illumination can be varied by means of the dimmer switch adjacent to the headlight switch. (See also Night panel on page 69). In daylight or other equally bright light, the instrument and switch illumination is automatically extinguished. ...
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    74 Instruments and controls Front fog lights The front fog lights can be activated in both low beam headlight and parking light positions. Fog lights should only be used in poor visibility conditions. Make sure you are familiar with the applicable provincial/state law regarding the use of fog lights. Reversing lights The reversing lights come on automatically when reverse gear is engaged or selected with the ignition switched on. IB356 IB355 WARNING Hazard warning lights Hazard warning lights When this button is pressed, all the turn signal indicators and a symbol in the button flash simultaneously. If the ignition is on, both indicator lights on the instrument panel will also flash. If the hazard warning lights are left on for some time, the flasher frequency will be reduced to save the battery. Hazard warning lights should only be used if the car constitutes a hazard to other road users. Switch on the hazard flashers if the car has to be ...
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    Instruments and controls Wipers and washers 1 There are three intermittent wiper positions. Moving the control stalk to the spring-loaded position between 0 and 2 will produce a single sweep of the wipers. The wipers are designed for optimal cleaning at all driving speeds. At higher speeds, it may be possible to detect a slight ”sweeping” sound. This may be due to the increased air pressure on the blades at higher speeds. 1 4 0 2 Rain sensing wipers (option) WARNING Turn the rain sensor off if the ignition is ON when clearing snow and ice from the windshield, to avoid personal injury. 0 1 2 3 4 IB359 3 IB569 2 Headlight washers If low beam is on, the headlights are washed every fifth time the windshield washers are used or if 2 minutes have elapsed since the windshield was last washed. The headlight washers cannot be activated separately. The headlight washers are of the high-pressure type, which means that other parts of the c ...
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    76 Instruments and controls most position (1). When a higher degree of sensitivity is selected, the wipers make one sweep of the windshield for reference. The rain sensor has a daylight and a night time mode. The sensor measures the amount of available light and automatically selects the appropriate mode. The sensor is more sensitive at night. The function of the rain sensor is impaired by dry snow. 1 2 The rear-window wiper and washer are operated with the same stalk switch as used for washing and wiping the windshield and headlights. This stalk has two additional switches, ON/OFF and . The ON position provides intermittent wiping. The position provides washing and wiping. After a few sweeps the wiper stops or reverts to intermittent wiping, if this has been chosen. About 15 seconds after completion of the washing/wiping of the rear window, the wiper makes a single sweep to wipe away any remaining washer fluid. A spring-loaded position between the O ...
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    Instruments and controls 77 Automatic climate control (ACC) ºF AUTO ºC 2 4 5 AUTO 1 6 3 ECON 7 ACC panel 1 2 3 4 5 ºF ºC ECON OFF Temperature setting: LH side AUTO: All settings selected automatically Manual setting of fan speed Manual setting of air distribution Rear-window heating: ON/OFF The incoming air is treated in three stages: first it passes through a filter; it is then dehumidified and cooled and, finally, if required, heated. The filter is a combined particle and charcoal filter. It is so efficient that levels of noxious substances such as benzene and toluene are also reduced. 6 7 8 9 9 OFF 8 IB367 The ACC system automatically works to maintain the desired temperature inside the car. The system will achieve the desired temperature in the quickest possible way. Note that selecting a higher or lower temperature than that desired will not speed up the process. For the ACC system to be most ef ...
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    78 Instruments and controls The system has five sensors: 1 Outdoor temperature sensor Interior temperature sensor Sun sensor (mounted on top of the fascia) Two blended-air temperature sensors (mounted inside the front floor vents) Note If anything is placed over the sun sensor, the ACC system will not function properly. IB362 • • • • Panel vent Panel vents IB368 2 1 Interior-temperature sensor 2 Sun sensor The panel vents swivel universally, so that air can be directed as desired. In winter, for instance, the outer vents can be directed onto the door windows for enhanced demisting. The flow of air through the panel vents can be controlled individually for each vent by means of the adjacent control. The climate control system works best if the panel vents are open. If you find the air cold or that it is drafty, start by directing the air away from the body. If the center vent is aimed up, it will cool the interior temperature sensor a ...
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    IB369 Instruments and controls Air vent at rear side window Temperature control Settings when HI selected: The cabin is divided into two temperature zones: • Maximum heat • Air distribution to windshield and floor • Recirculation OFF (even if manually selected before) • Fan: high speed • Settings shown on ACC display Settings when LO selected: • The driver’s zone • The passenger zone (front and rear seats) The desired temperature can be set between 58 and 82°F (15 and 27°C). In addition, there are also HI and LO settings (see below). The HI and LO settings for the passenger zone can only be selected if they are also selected for the driver’s zone. The displayed temperature is not the absolute temperature but corresponds to the comfort level normally experienced at that temperature after allowance has been made for the air flow, relative humidity, solar radiation, etc., currently prevailing inside the car. • The most usual temperature setting i ...
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    80 Instruments and controls Temperature, air distribution, fan speed and recirculation will all be controlled automatically. In falling temperatures the A/C compressor is switched off at 32°F (0°C). In rising temperatures the A/C compressor is switched on at 41°F (+5°C). If at the start the outside air temperature is 32–41°F (0 – +5°C), the A/C compressor is switched off. • Pressing AUTO once will cancel all previous manual selections. • Pressing AUTO a second time will result in all the automatically selected settings being displayed. When the engine is started, the A/C system is in AUTO mode, apart from any currently set program, see page 83 and 84). A/C compressor OFF. No cooling of inlet air. Temperature, air distribution and fan speed still under automatic control. IB372 IB370 Pressing AUTO will cancel all manual settings. If a manual function is selected, it will be locked in but other functions will be controlled automatically. The selected ...
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    IB374 The rear-window and door-mirror heating is controlled manually. Switch off the heating as soon as the rear window is clear, to avoid imposing a heavy load on the battery longer than necessary. Note, however, that the heating will go off automatically after 2–10 minutes (depending on the outdoor temperature) or sooner if the voltage in the electrical system falls below 10 V. The ACC system can be programmed to switch on the heating automatically when the outdoor temperature is below 41°F (+5°C) and the temperature inside the car is below 50°F (+10°C) (see ”Programming I and II”, on pages 83 and 84). Recirculation is selected automatically for effective cooling, but it can also be switched on/off manually. Although recirculation does not substantially affect the air quality, it is useful to prevent unpleasant smells or fumes being drawn into the car from outside. IB375 81 To increase the fan speed in steps. If, after being off, the ignition is switche ...
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    82 Instruments and controls Press once: Defrosting of all windows will take place (air flow to rear side windows shut off) with: Defroster & floor vents ACC67 • • • • • Floor vents and rear side windows ACC68 The fan running at high speed. Air being distributed to the defroster vents. Normal temperature control will operate. Recirculation will be OFF. Heating of the rear window and door mirrors will be switched ON. The defroster function will continue to operate until a new selection is made, although the heating for the rear window and door mirrors will be switched off automatically after 2–10 minutes, depending on the temperature outside. Press twice: Air will be directed onto the windshield with no increase in the fan speed. The heating for the rear window will not be switched on. To revert to the previous selection, press the AUTO button. ACC66 ACC65 Air distribution Floor & panel vents ...
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    Instruments and controls 83 Programming I ACC69 Manual selections can be programmed into the ACC system so that these will take effect when the car is started. Note that the ignition must be switched off for at least ten minutes after programming for the selections to be saved in the system’s memory. Panel (and center rear vent) Starting in cold weather To start with, the system will automatically select the defroster setting, maximum heat and low fan speed. As the engine warms up, air will also be distributed through the floor vents and the fan speed will be increased. As the temperature inside the car nears the selected value, both the fan speed and the heat will be decreased to a level determined by the system. Starting in hot weather The system will automatically distribute air through the panel vents at high fan speed and will switch on the A/C compressor (unless the ECON switch has been pressed). If the outdoor temperature is above 86°F (30°C), the s ...
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    84 Instruments and controls Programming II It is also possible to customize the ACC system, e.g. to adapt to driving and weather conditions. Function Operation in AUTO mode after Programming II Standard operation in AUTO mode The A/C compressor will not activate unless the outdoor temperature is above 55°F (+13°C). –This function saves fuel by delaying the activation of the A/C compressor. However, in wet weather it is advisable to have the A/C compressor running when outdoor temperatures are below 57°F (+14°C), as the A/C system reduces the likelihood of the windows fogging up. A/C compressor cuts in when outdoor temperature is above 41°F (+5°C) Recirculation will be switched on if the speed of the car is less than 6 mph (10 km/h) and will be switched off when the speed has risen above 20 mph (30 km/h), but not if the ECON mode has been programmed according to ”Programming II”. –This function is useful to prevent fumes being drawn int ...
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    Instruments and controls To program a function or to cancel a programmed function, press and hold in the relevant button until the corresponding symbol has flashed four times on the display and a chime has sounded. Make sure the ignition is ON. Function Text displayed on SID during programming Text displayed on SID when cancelling program ACC: LO TEMP A/C CTRL ACC: NORMAL A/C CTRL ACC: RECIRC ACC: SPEED CTRL ACC: RECIRC ACC: NORMAL CTRL ACC: AUTO RDEFR CTRL ACC: MANUAL RDEFR CTRL Example: To have the ACC system switch the heating for the rear window and door mirrors ON/OFF automatically, press and hold in until the symbol has flashed four times on the display and a chime has sounded. The display shows: ACC: AUTO RDEFR CTRL Once a function has been recorded under ”Programming II”, it will remain in the system until you cancel the program. AUTO will still show on the display after a function has been saved in ”Programming II”. 85 C ...
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    86 Instruments and controls Condensation When the A/C system is running, the intake air is dehumidified, and the resultant condensation is drained off through two outlets underneath the floor of the car, in the vicinity of the front doors. It is therefore perfectly normal for water to be seen dripping from these outlets when the car is parked. Greater amounts of condensation will result in warmer, more humid ambient air. Formation of ice and mist in extremes of weather It is only in the most extreme conditions that icing and misting of window glass are likely to be a problem, e.g. in torrential rain or severe cold coupled with high relative humidity, or when passengers are perspiring heavily or wearing wet clothes. The following measures are recommended if such problems should occur: 1 Select AUTO and 70°F (21°C) for both temperature zones. 2 Select Defroster. If this is not enough... 3 Increase the fan speed. If this is not enough... 4 Select a higher t ...
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    Instruments and controls Afterheater, V6-engine cars The afterheater enables a comfortable temperature to be maintained inside the car even after the engine has been switched off. The heater can be activated up to 10 minutes after the engine has stopped, although the coolant temperature must be at least 104°F (40°C) for the heater to operate. To start the heater: 1 The ignition should be OFF. 2 Press and hold the AUTO button on the ACC panel for about a second, until a chime is sounded and the following appears on the SID: ”SPARE HEATER ACTIVATED”. After five seconds, the SID will indicate how much heat is available (0–100 %). To switch off the heater: 1 Press the OFF button on the ACC panel. The heater will also be switched off if the ignition is turned ON. The following settings will be used when the heater is running: • Air distribution in AUTO mode. • Recirculation not active but can be selected manually. • Fan speed is automatic and cannot be change ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System 89 Saab 9-5 Audio System IB1198 Quick guide to the Saab 9-5 Audio System ........... Sound controls................. Radio ................................. Cassette player ................ CD player .......................... CD changer....................... Programmable functions. Steering-wheel controls .. Security lock..................... Technical data .................. Fault codes ....................... 91 93 94 96 99 101 105 106 106 107 109 ...
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    90 Saab 9-5 Audio System To get the best out of your Saab 9-5 Audio System, we recommend that you read through this entire section. The Saab 9-5 Audio System is available in two versions: Premium on the 9-5 Linear and Prestige on the 9-5 Arc and 9-5 Aero (Prestige system is also available as an option in the U.S. on the 9-5 Linear model.) Both models have been specially matched to the Saab 9-5 cabin. The two systems are comprised of a radio, CD player and cassette player. A six-disc CD changer for installation in the luggage compartment is available as a dealer-installed accessory/option. The Premium system has seven speakers: three mounted in the fascia (the center speaker further enhances the overall sound image) and one in each door. The Prestige system (harman kardon) has nine speakers (9-5 Sport Wagon has eight speakers): three mounted in the fascia (the center speaker further enhances the sound image), one in each door and two subwoofers in the rear w ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System Quick guide to the Saab 9-5 Audio System 1 2 3 4 5 6 Preset station buttons Press once: play the preset station. Press & hold briefly: store a new station. Radio (see page 94) 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. If the Audio System is switched on when the ignition key is not in the switch, the system will automatically be switched off after one hour has elapsed since a control button on the radio was last pressed. OFF To switch the system OFF, press the volume button or remove the ignition key. VOL To adjust the volume, rotate the VOL control. BAL To adjust the balance between the left and right channels, pull out and turn the VOL control. BAS Press to release the button, and adjust the bass level. Lock the setting by pushing the button in. TRE Press to release the button, and adjust the treble. Lock th ...
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    92 Saab 9-5 Audio System Cassette player. See page 96 Remove CD. Press once: Selects cassette player when other source active. When tape playing: Dolby B/C ON/OFF. CD changer (accessory/option). See page 101 Switch to playback other side of tape. Press once: Change to CD changer when CD player is active. Press twice: Change to CD changer when radio or cassette player is active. Press & hold briefly (a chime will sound): Random playback of entire magazine. CD RDM Eject. SEEK Press once: Track search on current disc. Press & hold briefly: Rapid play. Press SEEK (mid-segment) once: Switch between Rapid play (PLAY) and Fast track search (TRACK). Press SEEK (mid-segment) & hold briefly (a chime will sound): Scan/disc. Press SEEK (mid-segment) & hold (2 chimes): Scan/magazine. SEEK Press once: Music search (next track). Press & hold briefly: Fast forward/rewind. Press SEEK (mid-segment) (a chime will sound): Blank skip ON/OFF. CD p ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System 93 Sound controls ON/OFF The Audio System will come on: • When the volume control is pressed. • When the ignition is switched ON, if the Audio System was on when the ignition key was last removed. The Audio System will be switched off: VOL – Volume BAL – Balance Pull out and rotate the VOL control to adjust the balance between the left and right speakers. When the control is released, it reverts to the volume function. DOLBY B NR IB1154 • 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 on the Audio System was last pressed after the ignition key was removed. BAS – Bass TRE – Treble Rotate clockwise to increase the level and counter-clockwise to reduce it. The Bass and Treble controls must be pressed first to release them. FAD – Fader The fader control adj ...
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    94 Saab 9-5 Audio System Radio Press the RADIO/BAND button 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 and hold in the desired button (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. IB1088 Press once (release within a second) to select a preset station, e.g. Tuning (2) Waveband selector (3) Automatic seek tuning: Press briefly to search for higher frequencies or for lower frequencies. Manual tuning: To switch to the manual-tuning function, press or and release quickly (a chime will sound and the M indicator will appear on the display). The function will revert to automatic seek tuning two seconds after the last manual frequency change has been made. Press the RAD ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System Press and hold in the AS/SEARCH button for more than a second to initiate a search for the six strongest stations. Each time the system finds and stores a station, the number on the far right of the display will change. If the system cannot find six stations with good reception, the remaining preset buttons will be empty. If one of these empty buttons is pressed, U**** (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. The radio will automatically search for the strongest national weather service station in the area. When a weather band station is received, the display indicates ”WB”. The strongest station generally provides the most accurate information for the area in which you are traveling. To exit the Weather Band ...
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    96 Saab 9-5 Audio System Cassette player VOL PUSH ON deck, with the exposed tape to the right. Playback will start with the side that is facing up (indicated by A on the display). The display will now be as follows: 1 2 3 4 5 6 SEEK TAPE (1) Turn on the cassette player by pressing or by inserting a cassette in the 5 PULL BAL 2 BAS TRE FAD DOLBY B NR 1 AS SEARCH RADIO CD BAND RDM 3 Playback direction (2) To play the other side of the tape, press . The deck will automatically change the playback direction when the end of the tape is reached, be it during playback, fast forward/rewind or music search. 4 IB1090 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 automatically senses whether the tape is normal or metal (Type I or Type II). Dolby® noise reducti ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System 97 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). When the Blank-skip function is active (display: BL SKIP ON), unrecorded gaps that are longer than 15 seconds will automatically be skipped. When auto music search is in progress, the following will show on the display: To perform a backward search, press instead. A forward search will continue until a gap of at least 4 seconds is found, or until you press or (mid-segment). Pressing and holding the button during a search will initiate the fast-forward function. Press once to cancel fast-forward. Press and hold (mid-segment) briefly ...
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    98 Saab 9-5 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, contact an authorized Saab dealer. Cleaning-due indicator After 30 hours’ playing time, the following message will appear on the display: The message will be displayed for ten seconds each time the cassette player is selected. A cleaning tape should be used to clean the heads inside the cassette player to maintain good reproduction and to prevent unnecessary wear. To reset the playing-time meter: 1 Remove the current tape. 2 Load the cleaning tape and play it for the required time. 3 Remove the cleaning tape and reload the other one. ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System CD player 99 3 NOTICE 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. When all the tracks have been played, the CD player will restart playback from track 1. To cancel playback, press the eject, RADIO or TAPE button. VOL PUSH ON PULL BAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 SEEK BAS TRE AS SEARCH FAD DOLBY B NR RADIO BAND CD RDM 2 IB1096 Do not use writeable CDs in your Audio System. In certain cases, this type of CD is only suitable for home use and can therefore cause operational problems (overheating). Track search (1) Rapid play (passage search) ...
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    100 Saab 9-5 Audio System Fast track search Random playback (RDM) (2) Press (mid-segment) once to switch between the CD-PLAY and CD-TRACK modes. Press and hold the CD/RDM button to select/deselect random playback of the current disc. When this function is selected, RDM will appear at the bottom of the display. Press once to move from the current track to the next during random playback. Press once to repeat the current track during random playback. Pressing and holding or will start Rapid play. 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. Choose the mode that you find most convenient: CD PLAY Pressing and holding or briefly starts Rapid play CD TRACK Pressing and holding or briefly starts Fast track search SCAN To start the SCAN function, which enables you to hear a sample of each track on the disc, press and hold (mid-segment). The ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System 2 101 3 CD changer in luggage compartment, Saab 9-5 Sedan CD changer (accessory) NOTICE Do not use writeable CDs in your Audio System. In certain cases, this type of CD is only suitable for home use and can therefore cause operational problems (overheating). 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. CD changer in luggage compartment, Saab 9-5 Wagon To load the CD changer (which is installed in the luggage compartment and can accommodate six CDs) proceed as follows: 1 Slide the top back. 2 Lift out the CD magazine. 3 Press back the catch on the magazine. 4 Withdraw one CD tray at a time and swap/load the CD (label side up). 5 Slide the tray back into the magazine. Note the position of the magazine for loading (see picture). Insert the entire magazine carefully inside the CD changer and slide back the cover. ...
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    102 Saab 9-5 Audio System If the magazine in the CD changer is empty, the following will appear on the display: VOL PUSH ON 1 PULL BAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 SEEK BAS TRE FAD AS SEARCH DOLBY B NR RADIO BAND CD RDM 3 Selecting CDs (1) When the CD changer is operating, the radio preset buttons work for the six CDs in the magazine. Press the button for the corresponding CD. If the selected CD is already being played, playback will restart from the first track. IB1104 If the CD changer is activated right after a magazine has been loaded, the following will appear on the display: 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: 2 If the selected CD-tray is empty, the following will appear on the display: After two seconds, the st ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System 103 If for some reason the CD selected by the preset button cannot be played, playback of the current CD will continue. Track search (2) Rapid play When or is pressed and held, rapid play will be initiated, with the time and track showing on the display, e.g.: VOL PUSH ON 1 PULL BAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 2 SEEK BAS TRE FAD AS SEARCH DOLBY B NR RADIO BAND CD RDM 3 If the button is depressed for more than 5 seconds, the rapid play will be even faster. Rapid play stops when the button is released. Fast track search Press SEEK (mid-segment) once to switch between the CD-PLAY and CD-TRACK modes. 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. Choose the mode that you find most convenient: CD PLAY Pressing and holding or briefly starts Rapid play CD TRACK Pressing and ...
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    104 Saab 9-5 Audio System SCAN Scanning the current CD: To start the SCAN function, which enables you to hear a sample of each track on the disc, press and hold (mid-segment). The display shows that SCAN is in progress and which track is currently being sampled. For instance, if you started SCAN while playing track one, the following display will appear: The sample playback starts 30 seconds after the start of the track and lasts for 8 seconds. When all the tracks on the disc have been scanned, the system will revert to playback of the track that was playing when SCAN was selected. Press any segment of the SEEK button during scanning to play the current track from the beginning and simultaneously cancel the SCAN function. Scanning the entire magazine: Press and hold (mid-segment two chimes) to start a scan of the entire magazine. A message similar to the following will appear on the display: The sample playback starts 30 seconds after the beginning o ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System Programmable functions WARNING These functions should only be carried out when the car is stationary. Adjusting the volume The default setting for START VOL is volume setting 9, and that for TEL VOL is volume setting 14 (the highest volume setting is 30). • Maximum START VOL 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 desired function. The following volume settings can be preselected: • START VOL – maximum volume level when the Audio System is switched on • TEL VOL – preset volume level when an in-car phone is activated • SP D VOL – speed-dependent volume. The Audio System will automatically adjust the volume level to compensate for background noise, such as road noise, which increases with vehicle speed. • LOUDNESS ON/OFF – boosting of the highest and lowest frequency ranges to enhance the sound image when the ...
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    106 Saab 9-5 Audio System Steering-wheel controls Security lock 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. 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: NEXT: RADIO mode: preselect buttons 1⇒2⇒...⇒ 6⇒1⇒... TAPE mode: Play other side of tape. CD mode: Inoperative. CD-changer mode: Select CD in magazine 1⇒2⇒...⇒ 6⇒1⇒... << SEEK >>: RADIO mode: Auto/manual tuning. TAPE mode: Music search/Fast forward or rewind. CD/CD-changer mode: Track search/Rapid play. IB385 Control functions: Audio System controls on steering wheel SRC (source) Press repeatedly to switch between RADIO ⇒ TAPE ⇒ CD ⇒ (CD c ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System Technical data Tone controls Bass ______________________ ±10 dB at 100 Hz Treble _____________________ ±10 dB at 10,000 Hz Power output Premium __________________ 150 W 110 W at 1 % THD (total harmonic distortion) and 13.5 V Prestige __________________ 200 W 150 W at 1 % THD (total harmonic distortion) and 13.5 V Radio module Radio system _______________ Number of presets: FM ______________________ AM ______________________ Frequency range: FM ______________________ AM ______________________ WB_______________________ Tuning steps: Automatic seek tuning: _______ PLL dual-synthesizer tuner 3x6 2x6 87.9–107.9 MHz 530–1710 kHz 162.40–162.55 MHz FM 200 kHz AM 10 kHz WB 50 kHz Manual tuning: _____________ FM 200 kHz AM 10 kHz 107 Frequency range (FM) ________ 40–15000 Hz ±1 dB Distortion (FM) ______________ < 0.5 % Cassette player Fast forward/rewind __________ < 120 seconds (C-60) Frequency range _____________ 40–16000 Hz ...
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    IB389 Antennas Multipath propagation The Audio System has three antennas incorporated in the rear window; two for FM diversity and one for AM. Multipath propagation occurs when radio waves from an FM transmitter are reflected by, e.g. large buildings, causing them to arrive slightly later than the direct waves. This can create interference to radio reception. To avoid this problem as much as possible the system is equipped with two FM antennas, so called FM diversity. NOTICE Refrain from placing hard or sharp objects on the rear parcel shelf, to avoid damaging the antenna leads. Do not use sun protective film which contains metal particles on the rear window, this can be the cause of radio interference. The car has a factory-fitted roof antenna for a mobile phone/OnStar. Roof loads may negatively affect telecommunication. IB1743 Saab 9-5 Audio System IB386 108 Accessories and other equipment must not be fitted to the surfaces marked as the ...
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    Saab 9-5 Audio System Adjusting the frequency steps North America/Europe If the car is taken from North America to Europe, the radio’s frequency steps can be adjusted. • Press and hold (mid-segment) and switch the radio on at the same time. The preset stations will be cancelled and replaced by default frequencies. 109 Fault codes WARNING NOTICE 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 are the codes for some faults 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. TAPE ERR 01 Tape broken or mechanical fault in deck. TAPE ERR 02/03 Tape snarled up or mechanical fault in deck. TAPE ERR 11 Cassette jamm ...
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    OnStar - Telematics 111 OnStar - Telematics Using OnStar................... 112 OnStar is Easy............................ OnStar Services Button.............. Emergency button ...................... White dot button ......................... System status light ..................... 112 112 113 113 113 The OnStar Center.......... 114 Connecting to the OnStar center Your personal identification number (PIN) ........................................... 114 114 Additional Services......... 116 Personal Calling: ........................ 116 114 114 115 115 115 115 115 Virtual Advisor: ............... OnStar Subscriber Website .......................... 120 Limitations....................... 121 Additional Information.... 122 115 Warranty .................................... A Note About Privacy ................. Transferring OnStar.................... OnStar Subscription Information 122 122 122 ...
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    112 OnStar - Telematics Your new vehicle comes equipped with advanced telematics hardware and one full year of Onstar Directions and Connections. 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. Here’s how to activate your OnStar service: 1 Push the blue OnStar button located in your Saab. After a prerecorded message explaining the benefits of OnStar, you will be greeted by a live OnStar advisor. The advisor will activate your OnStar service. 2 Provide the information requested by the advisor to activate your account and set up your personal profile. This will take approximately 10–15 minutes. Using OnStar Welcome to OnStar. This section gives you all the information you need to get started u ...
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    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.” An 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. White dot button Press this button at the end of a call. You’ll hear the words ”OnStar Request Ended.” Also, press this button to answer a call from the OnStar Center, or cancel a call if one of the other buttons is accidentally pressed. This button is also used to access OnStar Personal Calling services which are described on page 116. System status light Solid Green — Indicates the OnStar system in the vehicle is powered ON and ready to make calls or receive calls from the O ...
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    114 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 OnStar advisor will ask for your PIN in order to provide assistance. Changing your PIN is easy. Call the OnStar Center and provide the advisor with your current number, and he or she will assist you in setting up a new number. If you have forgotten your PIN, just call the OnStar Center. For security reasons, we will send your PIN to you in the mail. In addition to using the 3-button system found in your Saab, there are two other ways to connect to the OnStar Center. Toll-Free Call To take advantage of your OnStar services from outside your Saab, you can call OnStar toll-free at 1-888-4-OnStar (1-888-466-7827). Remember to have your ...
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    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. They 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. This important information can help assist with diagnosis and treatment. **** Stolen vehicle tracking OnStar doesn’t just protect you, it protects your Saab, too. If your vehicle is ever stolen, just contact OnStar by calling 1-888-4-ONSTAR. They will put you in touch with the authorities and aid them in locating your Saab. Ask your insurance carrier about possible premium discounts. Accident Assist™ Accident Assist™ provides step-by-step guidance about wha ...
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    116 OnStar - Telematics Online Concierge services From shopping to travel to entertainment and more, OnStar’s online concierge can help you make the most of your time. Login to www.myonstar.com and simply select a city, choose a category and ask away. Get instant answers in a live online chat with an OnStar Advisor or send an email if you prefer. You can also view OnStar’s recommendations for top picks in eight categories like dining, travel and sports and recreation. Additional Services Personal Calling As an OnStar Safe and Sound Plan or Directions and Connections Plan subscriber, you have access to OnStar Personal Calling. OnStar Personal Calling provides you with a nationwide wireless phone service in your Saab that you can activate simply by pressing a button and using your voice. You can use Personal Calling in your Saab to place or to receive calls. The voice-activated system will dial the number. Your party will answer through your stereo speakers. W ...
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    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. Speak numerical digits one at a time, and then wait for confirmation before going to the next digit. Help – The system will provide a list of available commands. Clear – When you are entering digits, this command will erase the last digit entered. Cancel – This command takes you from the current function to the ”Ready” prompt. If the last response from the system was ”Ready,” this command will exit voice recognition. Voice Command Error Messages Pardon – The system has not been able to match your command with a word that it knows. Repeating ...
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    118 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.” To store a number: 1 Press the OnStar White Dot button 2 Say ”STORE” OnStar will respond ”Ready” OnStar will respond ”Number Please” 3 Say the 1st OnStar will repeat the Digit number 4 Say the 2nd OnStar will repeat the Digit digit Continue saying numbers in this manner until finished 5 Say ”STORE” OnStar will respond again ”Nametag Please” 6 Say ”<new OnStar will respond nametag>” ”Again” 7 Say ”<new OnStar will respond nametag>” ”Once More” 8 Say ”<n ...
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    OnStar - Telematics Contact OnStar 1 Press the OnStar White Dot button 2 Say ”Units” 3 Say ”Add” OnStar will respond ”Ready” OnStar will respond ”Verify or 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. 119 Security/Locking your System Volume Control You can set up a four-digit Personal Security Code to ensure that unauthorized people do not use the calling capability of your system. With security set to ON, the system will not allow any personal calls. You must turn security OFF before calls can be made. The volume of the audio portion of Personal Calling is controlled with your steering wheel volume controls or with the radio volume knob. 1 Press the OnStar White Dot button 2 Say ”Secur ...
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    120 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. Using simple voice commands, you can browse your personal topics and skip or listen to those you choose. You can also search for additional information on special topics that interest you. To find out how to set up a customized profile, visit the OnStar subscriber website at www.onstar.com, or turn to the OnStar subscriber website section on page 31 of this guide. If you do not have Internet access, you can still take advantage of the OnStar Virtual Advisor services as a default profile will be set up for you. * *Availabilit ...
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    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. Every Virtual Advisor enrollee will receive an E-mail account. OnStar Subscriber Website As an OnStar subscriber, you have access to the OnStar subscriber website. The subscriber website will provide you with important facts about your OnStar subscription and allow you to customize your Virtual Advisor Mobile Profile. All this allows you to access up-to-the-minute information that can make your driving experience safer and more enjoyable. The subscriber website was designed to provide you w ...
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    122 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. Virtual Advisor: Existing OnStar and Personal Calling 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. Additional Information Warranty OnStar is warranted as part of the Saab new vehicle limited warranty. A Note About Privacy At OnStar, we know you want to protect your privacy, and we take subscriber privacy very ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk 123 IB394 Interior equipment and trunk Steering wheel adjustment ..................... Rearview mirrors............. Electric windows............. Sunroof ............................ Interior lighting................ Sun visors........................ Ashtrays........................... Glove compartment ........ Cup holders ..................... Trunk ................................ Spare wheel and tools .... Fuel filler door ................. Opening the fuel filler door in an emergency... 124 125 131 132 134 135 135 136 138 139 149 150 150 ...
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    124 Interior equipment and trunk Steering wheel adjustment IB1563 Fore-and-aft and tilt adjustment of the steering wheel is possible. Pull down the lever fully until you hear a click. Move the steering wheel to the desired position and then raise the lever. The lever should lock with a click. Make sure that the lever is fully locked before driving off. WARNING Horn The horn is sounded by pressing the central part of the steering wheel. Press closest to the steering wheel rim. IB408 Never adjust the steering wheel unless the car is stationary. To adjust the steering wheel ...
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    125 IB568 Interior equipment and trunk Adjusting the door mirrors 1 Select mirror 2 Use touch pad to adjust mirror Rearview mirrors Door mirrors The door mirrors have auto dimming function (option) and the passenger side door mirror is of the wide-angle ‘‘aspheric” type. The door mirrors are designed to fold back if knocked. They can also be fully retracted for parking in tight spaces, such as on the car deck of a ferry. Remember to fold them out again before driving off. NOTICE The door mirrors should be fully retracted before the car enters an automatic car wash. Door mirror folded in The adjusting switch is on the driver’s door. If the car is equipped with a programmable driver’s seat, the settings of the door mirrors can also be stored in the preset buttons for the seat (see page 14). Cars equipped with a programmable driver’s seat also have the ability to angle the passenger’s mirror down when reversing, e.g. for a better view of the curb. 1 ...
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    126 Interior equipment and trunk Interior rearview mirror with garage opener, autodimming and compass (certain variants only) WARNING Make sure that people and objects are out of the way of a moving door or gate to prevent potential harm or damage. When programming the garage opener, you may be operating a garage door or gate operator. Rearview mirror 1 Day position 2 Night position Rearview mirror The rearview mirror has day/night positions that can be selected by means of a knob beneath the mirror. Adjust the mirror in day position. Do not use the garage opener with any garage door opener that lacks the safety stop and reverse feature as required by federal safety standards. (This includes any garage door opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982.). A garage door opener which cannot detect an object, signalling the door to stop and reverse, does not meet current federal safety standards. Using a garage door opener without these features increa ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk Preparations for first-time programming Before programming the garage opener for the first time, you must delete any factory codes. Press and hold buttons 1 and 3 for about 20 seconds until the LED starts to flash. This will delete the factory codes and initiate the programming phase. Programming the garage opener The garage opener can record and store the frequencies of three different remote controls. The battery in the remote control should be fairly new for programming to work well. 1 Turn the ignition to ON. 2 Hold the garage door remote control 3–7 cm from the rearview mirror. Sit where you can see the LED (4) during programming. 3 Press the remote control button and the desired button on the rear view mirror at the same time. 4 The LED will now start to flash, slowly at first and then rapidly. The rapidly flashing LED indicates that programming is complete and that you can release the buttons. Reprogramming a button that h ...
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    128 Interior equipment and trunk If the garage door remote control uses rolling security codes, proceed as follows having programmed the garage opener: 1 Localise the button labelled "learn" or "smart" on the motor unit of the garage door. The location and colour of this button varies between makes. 2 Press and release the "learn" button on the motor unit. Step 3 must be performed within 30 seconds of Step 2. 3 Press the programmed button on the rearview mirror twice (some garage doors require the button to be pressed three times; refer to the door’s instruction manual). Gate programming & Canada programming The remote control may stop transmitting during programming. If so, continue to hold the button on the rearview mirror and release and press the button on the remote control every other second, "cycling" until programming is completed. The LED will flash slowly at first and then rapidly. The rapidly flashing LED indicates that programming is complete an ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk Rearview mirrors with auto dimming function (accessory/option) 1 Forward-facing sensor 2 ON/OFF switch, auto dimming function 3 Rear-facing sensor The autodimming is activated and deactivated with a short push on button 2. If the mirror is equipped with Garage Door Opener (option) the letter 1 is displayed on compass bearing display briefly when auto dimming is activated. When deactivating the letter 0 is displayed. The interior rearview mirror has two sensors, one forward-facing and one rear-facing. They also activate and deactivate the auto dimming feature on door mirrors. The system is activated when the forward-facing sensor detects that it is dark outside and the rear-facing sensor detects. For example, if the car following has not dimmed its headlights. The rearview mirrors are then darkened to prevent the strong light source from dazzling the driver. This darkening is stepless. The mirrors return to their normal states when t ...
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    130 Interior equipment and trunk Compass The compass is integrated in the rearview mirror. The compass bearing is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the mirror and is updated every other second. The compass displays the car’s direction of travel: N, NE, E, etc. Switch the compass display on and off by pressing button 5 for 3 seconds. Compass zones in Canada Changing zones The earth’s magnetic fields vary depending on one’s position on the globe. If you drive your car from one magnetic zone to another the compass setting will need to be changed to ensure a correct bearing. 1 Study the illustrations to determine the correct zone. 2 Press and hold button 5 until "ZONE" is shown in the display on the mirror (6 s). The zone number setting now is also shown. 3 Press button 5 repeatedly to change the zone number. There are 15 zones from which to choose. Once the correct zone is selected, release the button and wait 4 seconds. The compass will now disp ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk 131 Electric windows Bear in mind the pinch hazard when the side windows are being wound up. • Always remove the ignition key when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the electric windows, for example, due to children playing. • The person operating the electric windows is responsible for ensuring that no one, especially children, has their head, hands or fingers in the window openings, before raising the windows. Raising the windows could otherwise cause serious or fatal injuries. The electric motors of the front windows are equipped with overload protection (integrated thermal protection). This protection operates when the windows are wound down automatically (switch pressed fully down). IB429 WARNING 1 Window switches 2 Switch for rendering rear door window switches inoperative To open: Front windows: press the front of the switch Rear windows: Press the back of the switch. The switches for the fr ...
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    132 Interior equipment and trunk IB445 Child safety: rear windows (ON/OFF) Switch for rear side window The window switches on the rear doors can be rendered inoperative by the ON/OFF switch in the panel on the center console. When the switch is ON, the rear side windows can be operated by the switch on each rear door. The switch’s back lighting will be activated. When the switch is OFF, the rear side windows can only be operated from the panel on the center console. When off, the switch’s back lighting will also be switched off. Sunroof (Option in Canada) WARNING Bear in mind the pinch hazard when closing the sunroof. • Always remove the ignition key when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the electric sunroof, for example, due to children playing. • The person operating the electric sunroof is responsible for ensuring that no one, especially children, has their head, hands or fingers in the opening, before closing the sunroof ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk IB431 2 3 IB430 1 133 Sunroof control Manual operation of sunroof 1 To open 2 To close 3 Ventilation position To open: • Slide the control towards the rear to open the sunroof to the comfort position. To open it fully, slide the control back a second time. Press the control to stop it earlier. To close: • Slide the control forwards until the sunroof is closed. Ventilation position • Press the middle of the control (when sunroof closed). • To close: slide the control forwards. To fully open the sunroof from the ventilation position, slide the control back. The sunroof incorporates an interior, manual, sliding sun blind. After the car has been waxed, the sunroof may squeak or squeal on opening to the ventilation position. If this should occur, fully open the sunroof and, using washer fluid, wash the seal along the front edge, together with the paintwork that is in contact with the seal when the roof is cl ...
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    134 Interior equipment and trunk 1 1 2 2 1 IB357 IB358 3 1 Interior lighting on continuously 2 Lighting comes on when a door is opened 3 Lighting always off Interior lighting The interior lighting consists of one dome light in the front and one in the back, a map-reading light in the front, two reading lights in the back, floor courtesy lights in the front (in some model variants) and door courtesy lights on all doors. The courtesy lights come on automatically when the respective door is opened. Each reading light has its own switch adjacent to the lamp. The switch for the dome lights is on the front overhead panel. When the switch is in the mid-position (door-activated), the interior lighting will come on: 1 Reading lights 2 Dome light • When the car is unlocked from the outside. • When any door is opened. • When the ignition key is withdrawn from the ignition switch. When the switch on the overhead panel is in the mid-posit ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk 135 Sun visor Front ashtray IB434 2 IB1285 IB1180 1 Rear ashtray 1 Press soft to open/close 2 Pull out one side at an angle Sun visors The car is equipped with double sun visors. One section of the visor can be independently pivoted to the side window. A vanity mirror is provided on the back of the sun visors. The vanity mirrors are illuminated when the cover is raised. Ashtrays (accessory) The car can be equipped with three ashtrays: one in the instrument panel fascia, and one in each rear door. A cigarette lighter is fitted adjacent to the front ashtray, and there is also one in the back of the center console. Front ashtray 1 To open the ashtray, push gently on the center/upper part of the front and release to allow it to spring out. 2 Close the ashtray in the same way. To remove the ashtray, open it and after that pull left side out at an angle. To refit, line up the slots on either side and slide ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk The car is provided with cigarette lighters next to the front ashtray and in the rear end of the center console. The cigarette lighter socket can also be used as power point, e.g. for a mobile phone. The ignition should be in the ON position. The cigarette lighter sockets can also be used for accessories (e.g. to charge a mobile phone) when the ignition is ON. WARNING The maximum combined load for the two cigarette lighter sockets is 240 W (20 A). Glove compartment 1 WARNING The glove compartment must be closed while travelling. An open glove compartment door could cause leg injuries in the event of a crash. The glove compartment can be cooled by the air conditioning (ACC) system. Cold air can be directed to the glove compartment for keeping drinks cool, etc. Slide the cover towards you to admit cold air. Additional storage facilities are provided (see next page). 2 IB1115 Cigarette lighters (accessory/certain mark ...
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    IB438 On leading edge of front seats On the back of the front seats Console between front seats At bottom of door pillars adjacent to front-seat backrests Center armrest for rear seat IB440 In the doors IB439 137 IB441 IB437 IB436 Interior equipment and trunk ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk WARNING 1 • The cup holder should not be used to hold cups made of china, glass or hard plastic as these can cause injury in the event of a crash. 2 Cup holder in fascia 1 Press symbol to open 2 Lift bottom to close Cup holders Cup holders are provided in the instrument panel fascia, in the center console compartment between the front seats, and in the rear-seat armrest. To access the cup holder in the instrument panel, press the symbol and release. To access the cup holder in the rear seat armrest, lower the armrest and press the front edge of the holder. Close in the same way. The number of cup holders provided may vary between models. • Avoid spillage, particularly of hot drinks. • Avoid putting oversized cups in the cup holder. IB444 IB1153 • Use only for paper cups or aluminium cans. Cup holder in rear armrest Press the edge to open/close. NOTICE Take care not to spill any liquid on the audio sys ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Sedan The rear seat is split and the two sections can be folded independently. Folding down of the rear seat is easier if the front seats are not all the way back, and the rear head restraints are folded down. 1 Raise the rear seat cushions by pulling the loop located between the cushion and the backrest. A small pad will open up first. Continue pulling the loop until the entire rear seat cushion is raised. 2 Tip the seat cushion forward. 3 Press the button adjacent to the respective backrest to release it. 4 Fold down the backrest. 3 2 4 1 IB1849 Trunk 139 WARNING • Rear-seat passengers should always ensure that the head restraint is raised and in proper position for the seats to be occupied. • Keep hands well clear of all moving parts. Outer safety belt hooked onto courtesy handle • Never place heavy objects on the rear window shelf. There is always a danger of loose objects flying about ...
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    140 Interior equipment and trunk • Place heavy items closest to the backrest and stow smaller and lighter items on top. • Secure heavy and bulky items using the four tie down points provided in the trunk. This will avert the danger of luggage flying around if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a crash (see page 141). • Secure small items if the backrest is folded down or the load-through hatch is open. Small items can also be thrown around inside the car and cause personal injury. • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its handling characteristics (see page 258). • Make sure that the seat cushions and backrests are properly secured when folding them back to their normal position. Check that the button (item 3 on page 139) is flush with the surround before entering the back seat. The tail pipe of the exhaust system can become very hot during driving. Bear this in mind when loading and unloading the car so that children, for e ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk 141 Trunk pass-through hatch 1 Fold down the armrest. 2 Raise the hatch by lifting the handle. Before loading or unloading long items, switch off the engine and apply the handbrake. This averts the danger of the car moving off suddenly if a long item were to knock the gear or selector lever into gear. IB463 A trunk pass-through hatch is incorporated in the rear seat backrest to enable long, narrow items to be carried inside the car. Items should not weigh more than 33 lbs. (15 kg) nor be more than 2 yards (2 metres) in length. See the label on the hatch. WARNING • Anchor the load securely (e.g. using middle safety belt) to avoid danger of injury resulting from displacement of load on hard braking. • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car, as this will alter its handling characteristics (see page 258). Tie Downs IB464 Four tie downs for securing the load are fitted inside the trunk. Place the load as far in as pos ...
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    142 Interior equipment and trunk IB1868 IB1212 Safety belt located in its belt clip Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Wagon Both the narrow and wide sections of the rear seat can be folded separately. Folding is facilitated if the front seats are not located too far back. The wide section cannot be folded separately if a cargo net is mounted on the rear of the backrest. 1 Make sure that the head restraint is in the down position. For height adjustment refer to page 16. 2 Put the safety belts for the outer seat places in their respective belt clips, which are located near the backrest (see illustration). 3 Raise the rear seat cushions by pulling the loop located between the cushion and the backrest. A small pad will open up first. Continue pulling the loop until the entire rear seat cushion is raised. 4 Fold the narrow section (right) of the backrest forward by raising the opening handle on the right-hand side. 5 Fold the wide section of the backrest forward in the ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk 143 WARNING • Do not travel in the back seat without ensuring that the head restraint is set at a suitable height for the seats to be occupied. • Never allow anyone to sit on a folded backrest. • Check that the safety belt lock is not trapped under the seat cushions when these are raised back up. • If the car is equipped with a pull-out cargo net on the rear of the backrest, take extra care when folding the rear seat so that no one is injured by the net’s storage cassette on the right-hand side. IB1213 • Always be aware of the risk of pinching when handling moving parts of the seating. • Never place heavy objects on the parcel shelf. There is always a danger of loose objects flying about and causing injury if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a crash. • Make sure that the backrests are locked when they are folded back upright. Check that the two red warning-indication flags are fully down. This indicates that the ...
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    144 Interior equipment and trunk Load anchoring WARNING • Put heavy loads as low down and as far forward as possible in the luggage compartment, i.e. against the back of the rear seat. • Never stack cargo so high that any part of the cargo lies above the edge of the backrest, if a cargo guard (accessory) is not being used. • Always tie down the cargo so that it cannot be thrown forward during heavy braking or in the event of a crash. • Unsecured and heavy cargo can increase the risk of injury during hard braking, sudden avoidance maneuvers and in the event of a crash. • For the best load anchoring, use the special cargo bolts and load straps (accessory). • Load the cargo bolts evenly. Never attach more than one strap to each tie down eye. • Provide protection on sharp edges to prevent damage to the load straps. • Never use the elastic floor net and elastic side net when the rear seat is folded down. These nets are only intended to keep light objects ...
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    Cargo bolts mounted on the longitudinal rails On the floor of the luggage compartment there are two longitudinal aluminium rails (CargoTracks™) where special cargo bolts can be mounted. The cargo bolts are mounted by lifting their locks and inserting them into the rail. Each cargo bolt is moved in the following way: pull up its lock and at the same time move it forward or backward to the desired position. Example of cargo anchoring Items for load anchoring: • Cargo bolts (standard). • Special load straps (accessory). Items to keep light objects tidy: • Elastic floor cargo net. • Elastic side cargo net for the right-hand side of the luggage compartment. The elastic nets may only be used to keep light objects tidy, not for anchoring. The floor net should be attached to the cargo bolts that are mounted on the CargoTracks™. Place the tie down eyes as far forward and as far back as possible on the CargoTracks™. The side netting should be attached to the two tie do ...
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    146 Interior equipment and trunk WARNING Cover over the fixing point for the cargo net Cargo net (accessory) The pull-out cargo net’s storage cassette is mounted on the rear of the backrest. 1 Remove the covers near the two rear fixing points in the roof. Carefully bend in the lower edge of the cover with a screwdriver. 2 Pull the cargo net out directly backwards. 3 Snap the net’s two fasteners into the two fixing points on the roof. 4 Make sure that the hooks on the net’s own storage cassette fit against the net mesh. The pull-out cargo net can also be used when the whole rear seat is folded. There are two front attachment points in the roof for this purpose. Removing the cargo net storage cassette 1 Fold down the entire rear seat (see page 142). 2 Push the cassette to the right. IB1218 • Take extra care when tipping the wide section of the rear seat forwards if the car has a pull-out cargo net on the rear of the backrest. Make sure that no one ...
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    Interior equipment and trunk 147 Sliding floor (accessory) WARNING To avoid personal injury take note of the following: • Do not leave children unsupervised when the sliding floor is drawn out. • Never drive the car with the sliding floor pulled out. • Always use the car’s regular cargo anchoring when transporting a cargo. • Provide protection on sharp edges to prevent damage to the anchoring straps. • The sliding floor must not be changed or modified in any way. • Put the sliding floor in the folded- down position when it is not in use. IB1220 • Be aware of the risk of pinching when handling the sliding floor. Setting up the sliding floor The function of the sliding floor is to facilitate loading and unloading. Securing loads, see page 141. When the car is parked and the floor is pulled out, it can bear the weight of two people (maximum 440 lbs./200 kg). Setting up 1 Lift up the floor. 2 Fold out the support wheels. 3 Set the floor down on ...
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    Loading Loading/Unloading 1 Lift the handle and pull out the sliding floor to the outer locking position. Make sure that the floor is locked correctly. 2 Put on the cargo, but make sure that it does not cover the handle. 3 Lift the handle and push in the floor to the inner locking position. Make sure that the floor is locked correctly. 4 Tie down the load with Saab’s load straps according to the instructions, see page 144. Folding down the sliding floor When the floor is not in use 1 Lift up the floor. 2 Fold down the support wheels. 3 Lay down the sliding floor and make sure that it is locked in its lower position. IB1833 IB1222 Interior equipment and trunk IB1221 148 Trunk Release Handle Trunk Release Handle There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release handle located inside the trunk on the latch. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle down to open the trunk from the inside. NOTICE The trunk release ha ...
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    Stowage of spare wheel and tools under trunk floor Spare wheel and tools The spare wheel, together with the jack and jack handle, front towrope attachment eye and toolkit, are stowed away underneath the trunk. There is also room for a spare bulb kit (accessory). IB1554 IB1753 Interior equipment and trunk Jack location, between spare wheel and sill WARNING Stow all tools carefully away after use, so that they cannot get loose and cause injury in the event of a crash. Driving considerations with compact spare wheel/tire fitted, see page 188. 149 ...
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    Button for releasing filler door Fuel filler door The fuel filler door is opened by means of a button on the driver’s door. The door is spring-loaded, so it opens slightly automatically when released. Refueling, see page 158. IB467 IB1231 Interior equipment and trunk IB466 150 To open fuel filler door in an emergency 9-5 Sedan Opening the fuel filler door in an emergency If the fuel filler door fails to open after the button on the driver’s door has been pressed, it can be opened manually from inside the trunk. 9-5 Sedan: Start by checking fuse 25 (see page 228). A thin cable on the right-hand side in the trunk is connected to the catch for the filler door. To open the door, pull the yellow plastic arrow on the end of the cable. To open filler door in an emergency, 9-5 Wagon 9-5 Wagon: Start by checking fuse 25 (see page 228). On the right-hand side of the luggage compartment, in the storage locker, is a thin wire that is tied to the locki ...
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    Starting and driving 151 B1754 Starting and driving Ignition switch ................. Starting the engine .......... Important considerations for driving ....................... Refueling .......................... Engine Break-In Period ... Gear changing ................. Cruise control .................. Braking ............................. Traction Control System. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) ............... 152 153 155 158 161 162 171 172 175 176 Economical motoring ..... Driving in cold weather... Driving in hot weather .... Towing a trailer................ Driving with a roof rack load ................................. Driving at night ................ Driving with a load .......... Driving considerations with compact spare wheel/tire fitted .............. 178 179 181 181 185 186 187 188 Driving with the trunk lid/tailgate open.............. Driving in deep water....... Towing the car.................. Jump ...
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    152 Starting and driving LOCK position ST LOC K OFF O N OFF position OFF O N Gear lever no longer locked. Certain electrical circuits operational IB1120 ST LOC K Engage reverse and turn the key to LOCK. Automatic transmission: select ”P”. The gear lever is locked. This is the only position in which the key can be removed. The parking lights, hazard warning lights and interior lighting all work. LOC K ST OFF All electrical circuits working. Do not leave the key in the ON position when the engine is not running. Turn the key to OFF to switch off the electrical circuits. In the ON position certain warning and indicator lights come on as a check, and they normally are extinguished after about 3 seconds. ST (starter) position O N ST The combined ignition switch and gear-lever lock is located in the center console between the front seats. The ignition key can only be removed when reverse is engaged (automatic transmiss ...
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    Starting and driving If the car does not start NOTICE Take care not to spill drinks or to drop crumbs over the ignition switch. If dirt or liquid gets into it, the switch may not operate properly. WARNING • Always remove the key before leaving the car. • Always apply the parking brake before removing the ignition key. If the text ”KEY NOT ACCEPTED” is shown on the SID, after a failed start attempt, the cause could be a fault in the transmitter in the key, or in the receiver in the ignition lock. The following should be done: • Turn the key back to the LOCK position. • Turn the key to ON. • Press one of the buttons on the remote control (the LED stops blinking). • Start the engine. Try another key. If this works, then the fault is in the first key. Contact an authorized Saab dealer for checking and rectification. Note: Certain electronic items, such as cellular phones, may affect the starting producedure. Be sure that all devices are clear of the key/ign ...
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    154 Starting and driving • The tail pipe of the exhaust system can become very hot during driving. Bear this in mind when loading and unloading the car. • Do not rest or sleep in the car when parked with the engine running. There is a risk of depressing the accelerator which could lead to engine damage. It is possible for air to enter the lubricating system in conjunction with an oil or oil-filter change, or if the car has been stored for some time. This air can cause the hydraulic cam followers to emit a ticking noise, which can persist for up to 15 minutes after starting. Although this is quite normal and does not indicate any malfunction, it is advisable not to exceed 3,000 rpm before the noise has disappeared. The hydraulic cam lifters are completely service free; the valve clearance is set up at the factory and will not need any subsequent adjustment. Starting the engine Cars with automatic transmission Avoid racing the engine or putting a heavy ...
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    Starting and driving Limp-home mode The car’s engine-management system includes a diagnostic function that checks numerous internal functions after the engine has been shut off. If a fault is detected in the throttle system, the engine-management system puts the throttle system into the limp-home mode. This limits idling control, disables the cruise-control system and limits the capacity of the A/C compressor. If the limp-home mode is in operation (”Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” light on, see below) and the outside temperature is close to or below freezing, you may need to use some throttle on starting (some pressure on the accelerator). If the diagnostic system has detected a fault in the engine-management system, the ”Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” light on the main instrument panel will come on (see page 59), indicating that you should have the car checked as soon as possible by an authorized Saab dealer. NOTICE If the CHECK ENGINE warning light s ...
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    156 Starting and driving 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. • The maximum boost pressure is adjusted automatically to the knocking or pinging tendency of the engine. Occasional, short-lived knocking when the engine is under a heavy load is perfectly normal; the extent will depend on the grade of fuel in the tank. • Isolated instances of knocking are more likely to occur with low-octane fuel. This controlled form of knocking, followed by a reduction in the boost pressure, is a sign that the wastegate is functioning and is perfectly safe for the engine. NOTICE • If the engine sounds strange there is a fault in the system. Have the car checked without delay by an authorized Saab dealer. • The use of fuel with too low an octane rating can cause serious engine damage. WARNING If the engine is being run with the car on a rolling road or dynamometer, ...
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    Starting and driving 3 2 IB1289 3 Oxygen-sensor-controlled injection system 1 Engine control module 2 Oxygen sensor (lambda probe) 3 Catalytic converters battery. However, as soon as you have started the engine, it is important that it runs on all cylinders. If it is misfiring, allow it to idle for up to five minutes to give it time to settle and run smoothly. If, after this time, the engine still fails to run properly, turn off the engine and get in touch with an authorized Saab dealer for advice. B466 • 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. 1 2 157 NOTICE If the car runs out of fuel, it is possible for air ...
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    158 Starting and driving IB1755 Only fuel from well-known oil companies should be used. All Saab gasoline engines can be driven on fuel of grade AON 87–93. For optimum performance we recommend: Refueling WARNING • Never use fuel for any purpose other than as engine fuel. • Fuel is highly flammable and can cause severe burns. Never use an exposed flame in the vicinity of gasoline. Never smoke when filling the vehicle up with fuel. • Do not use the phone when refueling. Gasoline fuels are highly explosive. • AON 90 for 4-cylinder engines • AON 93 for 3.0t V6 and 2.3T Aero, (see page 260). If fuel containing a mixture of alcohol is used, the following restrictions apply: Methanol: max. 5 % by volume. Ethanol: max. 10 % by volume. MTBE: max. 15 % by volume. The fuel filler cap is located in the right rear quarter panel. Refuelling: 1 Switch off engine. 2 Open fuel door 3 Insert the fuel-pump nozzle beyond the flange on the filler pipe. Do not withd ...
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    Starting and driving Recommended fuel: NOTICE • Fill to maximum filling capacity • Stop filling after the first time that the nozzle trips to shut off the flow of fuel. • Filling capacity can differ between different fuel stations and outside temperature. Fuel tank volume when nozzle trips to shut off, may vary by 0.5 gal. (2 liters). • Do not fill fuel all the way up the filler pipe. The gasoline must be allowed room for expansion especially during hot weather. Opening the fuel filler door in an emergency, see page 150. The engine in your Saab 9-5 is designed to operate on unleaded gasoline that has an octane rating of 87 or higher. Octane rating is determined according to the formula: MON + RON 2 where MON is the Motor Octane Number, and RON is the Research Octane Number. The average of these two values is the octane rating of the gasoline as it appears on the pump at a retail gas station. This value is sometimes referred to as the "Anti-Knock Index" ...
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    160 Starting and driving Fuel (Gasoline Engine) NOTICE NOTICE Higher concentrations of methanol than listed above, or the use of methanolblended gasoline without suitable co-solvents and corrosion inhibitors, can damage your car’s fuel system, leading to the need for repairs which are not covered by Saab’s product warranty. The engine control module (ECM) monitoring the engine parameters also stores fault codes. Under certain circumstances, this may cause constant illumination of the ”Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” lamp , thus indicating a fault that must be checked by your Saab dealer, see page 59. NOTE: always observe the following two measures: • Make sure that the fuel filler cap is screwed on correctly before the engine is started. Screw on the fuel filler cap until you hear 3 distinct clicks. • Avoid driving with the fuel low level indicator illuminated. The symbol illuminates when less than approximately 2 gallons (8 litres) of fuel re ...
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    Starting and driving Be sure the posted octane is at least 87. If the octane is less than 87, you may get a heavy knocking noise when you drive. If it’s bad enough, it can damage your engine. If you’re using fuel rated at 87 octane or higher and you hear heavy knocking, your engine needs service. But don’t worry if you hear a little pinging noise when you’re accelerating or driving up a hill. That’s normal, and you don’t have to buy a higher octane fuel to get rid of pinging. It’s the heavy, constant knock that means you have a problem. If your vehicle is certified to meet California Emission Standards (indicated on the underhood emission control label), it is designed to operate on fuels that meet California specifications. If such fuels are not available in states adopting California emissions standards, your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be affected. The ”Engine malfunction (C ...
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    162 Starting and driving Gear changing Shift-up indicator for improved fuel economy (U.S. models only) Manual transmission 1 3 5 2 4 R IB471 To start the engine the clutch pedal must be fully depressed. The gear positions are marked on the gear lever. Before reverse (R) can be engaged, you must lift the ring underneath the gear-lever knob. To change gear, fully depress the clutch pedal and then release it smoothly. It is inadvisable to drive with your hand resting on the gear lever, as this can increase the wear on the transmission. When changing down from 5th to 4th gear, ease the gear lever straight back, without applying any lateral pressure. This will prevent 2nd gear being engaged by mistake, which can result in overreving and possible damage to the engine. Before engaging reverse, wait till the car is at a standstill, release the accelerator and fully depress the clutch. From neutral, press the gear lever firmly to the right before easin ...
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    Starting and driving 163 Automatic 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 backward if reverse is selected). • The car must be at a standstill before P, R or N is selected. You have to have your foot on the brake pedal to move the lever out of P. If the car is still moving when a drive position is subsequently selected, this could cause a crash or damage the automatic transmission. • Never park the car with the selector lever in a drive position, even if the parking brake is on. • If you want to leave the car with the engine running, move the selector lever to P or N and apply the parking brake. Selector lever The electronic control module for the automatic transmission receives information on engine torque and road speed, and also controls the hydraulic pressure in the transmission to ensure that gear changing is as smooth as possible. The positio ...
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    164 Starting and driving Detent positions for selector movement The detent button on the selector lever has to be pressed before the selector can be moved between certain positions. Four modes for the automatic transmission can be selected: Normal, Manual, Sport and Winter. The Normal mode, which provides the best fuel economy, is the default setting when the engine is started. Manual mode (Sentronic): see page 167. When the Sport mode is selected, the throttle angle is altered to provide more power at the same throttle setting. The transmission also changes up later than in Normal mode to provide higher performance. In this mode, the SPORT indicator will appear on the main instrument panel (see page 170). The Winter mode is intended for use when pulling away and driving on icy roads. In this mode, the transmission starts in 3rd gear, to provide better grip, and the WINTER indicator appears on the main instrument panel. When the ignition is turned to OFF, ...
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    Starting and driving 165 Shift Lock override Automatic transmission, fault indicator NOTICE Due to electrical problems it may not be possible to move the selector out of the park position, even if the ignition is ON. If for some reason the selector has to be moved out of the park position (i.e. to tow the car a short distance) do as described below. Park Brake Shift lock The transmission has a security function known as Park Brake Shift Lock. To move the gear selector out of the P position, the brake pedal must be depressed at the same time as the gear selector catch (detente) is pressed in. Check fuse No. 1 (see page 228). If the problem was cured by changing the fuse or battery, you do not have to contact a Saab dealer. If the fuse blows again as soon as the Shift Lock feature is activated you should contact your Saab dealer. If the fuse is OK, check the battery regarding the voltage. 1 Apply the parking brake 2 Make sure the key is in position ...
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    166 Starting and driving Overheated transmission fluid NOTICE If the control module has actuated the Limp-home function for the automatic transmission, the car will remain in 5th gear when D is selected, making it very sluggish. To overcome this, move the selector lever to position L. If the automatic-transmission fluid should overheat, the following message will appear on the SID: ”TRANSMISSION OVERHEATING”. In this event, stop the car in a suitable place, switch off the engine and open the hood. Wait for several minutes then turn on the ignition to check that the message has gone out. When driving subsequent to the transmission fluid overheating, select position M and a gear in which the engine speed is about 3,000 rpm. Overheating of the automatic-transmission fluid can occur when the car is towing a heavy load, such as a camping trailer in hilly country. High ambient temperatures can also increase the temperature of the transmission fluid or the oil c ...
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    Starting and driving Descending hills Sentronic, manual mode If the speed of the car increases while descending a steep hill, despite the accelerator being released, the control module will change down a gear when you brake. If you desire more powerful engine braking, manually select a lower gear. Move the selector lever to the M position. Select a higher gear by flicking the right-hand paddle towards you. Select a lower gear by flicking the left-hand paddle towards you. An example of when you may wish to make manual gear changes is when overtaking, to enable you to remain in a low gear for an extended period of time. Changes from 3rd to 4th and from 4th to 5th can be made when the engine speed is above roughly 2,000 rpm. If the road surface is slippery, you may wish to pull off in 2nd or 3rd to reduce the risk of wheel spin. When descending hills you should select a low gear to increase the braking effect of the engine and thus spare the brakes. Manual ...
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    168 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. The key can be removed. R The reverse (R) position must only be selected when the car is at a complete standstill. The detent-release button must be pressed before the selector lever can be moved to R. Wait until reverse gear has engaged (car starts to creep) before touching the accelerator. N In the Neutral position (N), the transmission is disengaged from the engine. The engine can be started, but first ensure that the parking brake is on, to prevent the car from moving off unexpectedly. To prevent the engine and transmission from becoming hotter than necessary, select N f ...
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    Starting and driving If you move the selector lever from D to L, downchanges will follow a set pattern to avoid damaging the engine or transmission. Manual gear-changing is not recommended on slippery roads. If one of the drive wheels spins excessively, the engine torque will be reduced to avoid damaging the transmission. 169 Adaptive gear-change patterns Adaptive gear-change patterns are selected automatically depending on the engine load and the present temperature of the transmission. The function is available in Normal and Sport modes. The changes occur at a higher engine speed and the car remains in the same gear for longer, if the transmission control module senses that the load has not decreased. These gear-change patterns prevent unnecessary changing up and down, when for example driving up or down long slopes with a trailer or caravan, and to prevent overheating the transmission oil. The adaptive gear-change function is also selected automatically when the tra ...
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    170 Starting and driving SPORT and WINTER modes To select Sport mode, press the ”S” button on the selector lever when the selector lever is in position N or D. In this mode, gear changes will take place at higher engine speeds than in Normal mode, in other words, the transmission will change up later and change down earlier for the same throttle (accelerator) position. The Sport mode will be deselected if: The Winter mode facilitates pulling away and driving on icy roads. Third gear is selected automatically for pulling away to reduce wheelspin. Winter mode can be selected when the engine is running by pressing the ”W” button on the selector-lever surround. It cannot be selected when the selector lever is in position M or L. Note: It is still possible to use kick-down in the Winter mode, in which case a change-down to 1st or 2nd will take place. The Winter mode will be deselected if: • The S button is pressed. • The selector lever is moved to position P,R, ...
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    Starting and driving Cruise control To increase the preset speed Accelerate to the desired speed and press SET/+. You can also increase the speed of the car using the SET/+ button. Press it once to increase the speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h) or hold it in and release when the desired speed is reached. WARNING • Do not use the Cruise control system on wet or icy roads, in dense traffic or on winding roads. • Set the control to OFF when you do not want to use the system, to prevent the system being activated inadvertently. For safety reasons (brake system function) the brakes must be applied once, when the engine has started, before the cruise control system can be activated. The system is operated by means of the controls on the stalk switch: • • • • ON/OFF (switch on/off). RESUME/– (Resume preset speed). SET/+ (to set the desired speed). CANCEL (Cancel operation of system, e.g. to reduce speed temporarily). When the system is ON, the CRUISE indicator l ...
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    172 Starting and driving To cancel temporarily Disengaging the system Move the control stalk to CANCEL (spring-loaded position before OFF position). This will disengage the system but the preset speed will be retained in the system memory. (The memory is deleted when the engine is switched off.) The system will be disengaged: To re-engage the system To revert to the preset speed, slide the switch to RESUME/–. This will only operate when the car’s speed is above 25 mph (40 km/h). To reduce the preset speed The cruise control system will always disengage automatically the moment that either the brake pedal or the clutch pedal is depressed. It is also possible to reduce the speed by means of the RESUME/– button. Sliding the button to RESUME/– once will reduce the speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Holding the button in the RESUME/– position will effect a gradual reduction in speed until the button is released. • When the brake or clutch pedal is depressed ...
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    Starting and driving ABS brakes WARNING • It is prudent to try your brakes from time to time, especially when driving in heavy rain, through water collected on the road, in snow, on a wet road surface or in salty slush. In such conditions, the brakes may take longer than normal to take effect. To rectify this, touch the brake pedal periodically to dry the brakes out. • The same applies after the car has been washed or when the weather is very humid. • Avoid parking the car with wet brakes. Before parking, and if the traffic conditions allow, brake quite heavily so that the brake discs and pads warm up and dry. • The brakes are power assisted and it should be kept in mind that the servo unit only provides the power assistance when the engine is running. • The brake pressure required when the engine is off,(e.g. when the car is being towed) is roughly four times the normal pedal force required. The pedal also feels hard and unresponsive. WARNING • The addition ...
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    Starting and driving Braking with ABS brakes. When the system is operating, the brake pedal will pulsate gently and the system will make a ticking noise. Do not release the brake pedal before the car has come to a halt or the danger is past! That is critical. If the road is slippery, the ABS system will operate even when only light pressure is applied to the pedal. This means that you can brake gently to test the condition of the road and adapt your driving accordingly. It is well worth practicing the use of ABS brakes on a skid pad or other suitable facility. IB477 The ABS system has a built-in diagnostic function which will switch on the Anti-lock brake warning light if a fault is detected in the system (see page 58). The ABS system will not reduce the braking distance on loose gravel or on snow or ice but, because the wheels cannot lock up, some steering control is retained. When the ABS system is working, i.e. modulation of the brake pressure is in pr ...
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    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. If so, the faster wheel is retarded until both wheels are rotating at the same speed. If the two front wheels are rotating at the same speed but are turning faster than the rear wheels, the torque from the engine is reduced to eliminate the difference. To ensure that the system works as designed, the dimensions of all four tires must be the same. The process continues until all the wheels are rotating at the same speed. The advantages of the TCS system become most apparent when ...
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    176 Starting and driving Electronic Stability Program (ESP) (option/certain models only) Turning the TCS off The TCS is switched on automatically when the engine is started. The system can be switched off manually by the TCS button, whereupon 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. The cruise-control system will automatically be disengaged after one second if it is active when the TCS starts to operate. IB1847 IB478 The Electronic Stability Program employs both the antilock braking system (ABS) and the traction control system (TCS). It is a safety system that helps the driver to stabilize the car in unusual circumstances that can otherwise be ...
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    Starting and driving ESP indicator light The indicator light in the tachometer comes on for a short period of time when the ESP system is operative. Operation of the ESP indicates reduced cohesion between the tires and the road, and that extra care should be taken by the driver. Turning ESP off the ESP button, whereupon the light on the main instrument panel will come on. The ESP system cannot be switched off if the car is travelling faster than 35 mph (60 km/h). The ESP is always operative during braking, even if it has been switched off manually. WARNING When driving normally, ESP will help to improve the stability of the car. This does not mean that car can be driven faster. The same care and prudence as normally applied should be displayed on cornering and when driving on slippery roads. IB1841 The system can be turned off manually with Increased stability with ESP. The system applies the brakes to the wheels as shown to prevent the car from ...
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    178 Starting and driving Economical motoring a major impact on fuel consumption after the engine has started from cold. Thus, if the car is mainly used for short journeys of 3–5 miles (5–8 km), the fuel consumption will be 60–80 % higher than normal. 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. Driving technique Breaking-in Weather conditions Fuel consumption can be as much as 10 % lower in summer than in winter. The higher consumption in cold weather is explained by the longer time it takes for the engine to reach normal operating temperature, and for the transmission and wheel bearings to warm up. Fuel economy is also affected by the distance driven: short journeys of 3– 5 miles (5–8 km) do not give the engine enough time to reach normal temperature. Strong winds ...
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    Starting and driving • Driving in a low gear results in higher fuel consumption than in a high gear because of the higher engine speed for a given road speed. Always change up to a higher gear as soon as traffic conditions allow and use the highest gear as much as possible. • Check the air pressure in the tires once a month. Incorrect pressures increase tire wear. It is better to have slightly higher pressure than lower. • Check fuel consumption regularly. Increased consumption can indicate that something is wrong and that the car needs to be checked by an authorized Saab dealer. Practical trials on the roads have demonstrated that substantial savings in fuel consumption can be made if the above advice is heeded. Road conditions Wet roads increase fuel consumption, as do unpaved roads and driving in hilly country (the amount of fuel saved driving downhill is less than the additional amount required to climb the hill). WARNING Never switch the engine off whi ...
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    180 Starting and driving • Check the anti-freeze in the engine coolant, see page 206. The car´s trip computer will warn you when there is a risk of slippery conditions. For further information on this function, see page 66. The car is equipped with tires designed to provide optimum grip on both wet and dry roads, although this has been achieved at the expense of somewhat reduced grip on snow and ice. For regular driving on snow and ice, we therefore recommend that winter (snow) tires be fitted. Winter (snow) tires, particularly studded tires (where use is legally permitted), generally make driving safer on snow and ice. Acquaint yourself with the legal provisions governing the use of different types of winter tires and snow chains. Studded tires are not allowed in some countries. If winter tires are fitted, the same type must be fitted on all wheels. Your Saab dealer will be pleased to advise you on the best tires for your car. Remember that tires age. It m ...
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    Starting and driving Driving in hot weather • Always check the coolant level before starting a journey. The level should be just below the MAX mark. • 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. Do not remove the cap on the expansion tank even if the tank is empty. If the needle on the temperature gauge continues to rise while the engine is idling, switch off the engine. 2 Wait until the needle has dropped back to indicate normal temperature (roughly midway, in the white zone) before stopping the engine. If the coolant needs topping up, unscrew the cap on expansion tank carefully. Top up, as necessary, ideally with a 50/50 mixture of Saab-approved coolant and water. If only water is available, use that, but remember to have the coolant mixture checked as soon a ...
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    182 Starting and driving Trailer weight Maximum recommended trailer weights for different gradients, with a view to comfort and drivability for manual and automatic cars, are shown on the drawing. Make sure you are familiar with the law regarding speed limits for towing, maximum trailer weights, trailer-braking requirements, and also any special driving-licence provisions (see also page 259). WARNING • When towing a trailer, do not attempt to negotiate a hill having a gradient in excess of 15 %. The weight distribution over the front wheels of the car will be insufficient to prevent wheelspin, making further progress impossible. • In addition, the parking brake may not always be able to hold the car and trailer securely, with the result that the wheels can start to slide downhill. • Always apply the trailer’s handbrake when unhitching it. There is otherwise a risk of personal injury or damage to the bumper should the trailer start to roll. The specified ...
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    Starting and driving Use Normal mode when driving with a trailer or trailer on hilly roads. The adaptive gear change pattern function will prevent the transmission from overheating. Rises in coolant temperature are indicated by the temperature gauge in the main instrument panel. The following can also occur: • the A/C-compressor can be shut off • the gear-change pattern is changed • the CHECK message TRANSMISSION OVERHEATING can appear on the SID If TRANSMISSION OVERHEATING appears on the SID, stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so, switch off the engine and open the hood. Wait several minutes and then turn on the ignition to check that the message has been extinguished. When continuing your journey, select manual mode (M) and a gear in which the engine speed is about 3,000 rpm (see page 168). WARNING Remember to use engine-braking (selector position D or L) to spare the brakes when you are driving on a long or steep downhill slope. Brake failure can res ...
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    Starting and driving IB106 184 Distribution of load in trailer a Light b Moderate c Heavy Trailer hitch load The weight distribution on the trailer makes a lot of difference to the handling properties of the car and trailer combination. As regards single-axle trailers, whenever possible, concentrate the load over the wheels and keep it as low as possible. The trailer should be loaded so that the maximum load on the towbar ball is 5 % to 7 % of the trailer weight with a maximum permissible tongue weight of 110–165 lbs. (50–75 kg). Note that this load must be added to the total load for the car. If this now exceeds the specified load capacity, the load in the lug- Attach the safety chains to the holes as illustrated. gage compartment will have to be reduced by a corresponding amount. WARNING When you connect the trailer be sure to attach its safety chains to the holes as illustrated. ...
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    Starting and driving 185 Driving with a roof rack load The maximum permissible roof load is 220 lbs. (100 kg). Note that the roof load is included in the car’s maximum permissible load (see page 258). Strong, sturdy roof carriers designed specially for the car are available from your Saab dealer. Always secure the roof load safely. Fitting the roof carriers (accessory) 9-5 Sedan The carrier feet are marked with a top view of the car and arrow indicating their positions. 1 Slip the plastic cover onto the adjustable foot of the carrier (foot with knob for tightening) to protect the paintwork during assembly. 2 Open all the doors. Fold back the rubber strip and find the fixing holes. 3 Start on the left-hand side of the car. Rest the carrier carefully across the roof, with the rigid foot towards you. Hold the foot clear of the roof to avoid damaging the paintwork. Fold back the rubber strip and insert the pins on the foot into the fixing holes. Make s ...
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    186 Starting and driving Driving at night Fitting the roof carriers (accessory) 9-5 Wagon 1 Clean the car’s roof rails. 2 Check the markings on the cross members to see which is the front and which is the rear roof carrier. 3 Place the cross members on the roof rails, on their respective sides of the center supports. The cross members must not be placed beyond the front or rear joint on the rail. Ensure that the distance between the cross members is at least 28 inches (700 mm). If a roof box is to be fitted, the cross members must be positioned so that the tailgate can be opened fully without hitting the roof box. 4 Using your thumb, press the bracket so that it lies snugly against the outside of the roof rail. Make sure that the roof carriers are seated centrally on the rubber IB1295 IB1294 Bear in mind the following points when driving at night: spacers and that these sit correctly on the roof rail. Pull the spacers down slightly on the inside ...
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    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 141. • The load should be such that the car´s total weight or axle weight are not exceeded, see page 258. • Heavy loads mean that the car’s center of gravity is further back. As a result, the car will sway more during evasive steering. • Never exceed the permissible load in the roof box, even if there is room for more. • Ensure that the tire pressure is correct – slight overinflation is preferable to underinflation. • The braking distance of a loaded car is always greater. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front. • Roof loads can negatively affect telecommunication. Tire pressure, see page 269 and back cover. Tires WARNING Check the tire pressure at least once a month and before long journeys. Underinflation can result ...
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    188 Starting and driving Driving considerations with compact spare wheel/tire fitted Driving with the trunk lid/tailgate open Avoid driving with the trunk lid/tailgate partly or fully open, since exhaust fumes can be drawn into the cabin. If you must drive with the trunk lid/tailgate open, all windows and the sunroof (if fitted) must be closed and the cabin fan on at its highest speed setting. WARNING The following should be observed when the compact spare wheel (T115/70 R16) is fitted: The compact spare is light and easy to handle when changing the wheel. Do not drive further than necessary with the compact spare fitted – the maximum life of the wheel is only just over 2000 miles (3,500 km). Have the standard wheel repaired and refitted as soon as possible. IB1769 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 car’s ground clearance ...
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    Starting and driving 189 Towing the car NOTICE WARNING • Do not drive the car with the front towing eye in position. If it catches the curb, for example, the engine subframe could be damaged. • Nor does the steering pump operate when the engine is off. The steering will therefore be much heavier than usual. • The towing vehicle should always be heavier than the vehicle on tow. • Never allow passengers to ride in the car being towed. • Always seek professional help if the car needs to be towed. Transporting the car NOTICE If a car with a sport (lowered) chassis is transported, for example on a flat bed truck, take extra care not to damage the spoiler and/or underbody. IB2427 • Remember that the brake servo does not operate when the engine is off. Much greater pressure than normal will therefore be required to operate the brake pedal. Front towing eye Front towing eye WARNING • Make sure that the towing eye at the front is screwed in ti ...
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    190 Starting and driving . NOTICE • Cars with automatic transmission: the car must be towed front first. • If the car is to be towed with the front wheels off the ground, make sure the parking brake is off, as this acts on the rear wheels. IB483 • Never use the towing eyes to pull the car unstuck. Rear towing eye Never use the towing eyes to pull the car unstuck Rear towing eye Considerations when towing the car The car has a permanently mounted towing eye at the back. If the car is equipped with a trailer hitch, this can be used instead of the towing eye. Gear lever in neutral (in cars with automatic transmission: selector lever at N (neutral)) Turn on the parking lights. Drive carefully and do not exceed the speed limit for vehicles being towed. Always try to keep the towrope taut by gently applying the brake, as necessary. This will avoid the towrope being jerked violently. The local regulations on towing speeds must be followed. ...
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    Starting and driving 191 Jump starting WARNING If your battery has run down, you may want to use another vehicle and some jumper cables to start your Saab. Follow the steps below to do it safely. – WARNING • They contain enough electricity to injure you. If you do not follow these steps exactly, some or all of these things can hurt you. NOTICE Ignoring these steps could result in costly damage to your vehicle that would not be covered by your warranty. Trying to start your car by pushing or pulling it could damage your vehicle, even if you have a manual transmission. If you have an automatic transmission, your vehicle cannot be started by pushing or pulling it. – + + IB484 Batteries can cause injury. They can be dangerous because: • They contain acid that can burn you. • They contain gas that can explode or ignite. You could be injured if the vehicles roll. Set the parking brake firmly on each vehicle. Put an automatic transmission ...
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    192 Starting and driving WARNING An electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep hands, clothing and tools away from any underhood electric fan. WARNING Using a match or flame of any kind near a battery can cause battery gas to explode. You can suffer burns or be blinded. Use a flashlight if you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. The battery installed in your new Saab has filler caps. Be sure the right amount of water is there. Add distilled or boiled water if the level is too low. If you don’t, explosive gas could be present. Be sure the electrolyte in the battery is not frozen. Discharged batteries will freeze. When connecting jumper cables to a frozen battery, gas from the chemical reaction inside the battery can build up under the ice and cause an explosion. Battery fluid contains acid that can burn you. Do not get it on you. If you accidentally get it in your eyes or on your skin, flush t ...
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    Starting and driving 193 Saab Parking Assistance (Option) • Bear in mind that small and/or narrow objects cannot always be detected by the system. The parking aid system facilitates parking and reversing. There are four sensors in the rear bumper that detect objects up to 6 feet (1.8 metres) behind the car. The system uses four sensors in the rear bumper. These emit ultrasound signals that bounce back to the sensors off any objects behind the car. The system, however, cannot always detect small or narrow objects or objects that do not reflect ultrasound back towards the car, such as pipes, or the corner of a house or rectangular post. IB1300 Responsibility always lies with the driver when reversing. • Saab Parking Assistance can facilitate reversing at low speeds, such as when reverse parking. IB1299 WARNING Area monitored by the sensors seen from the side Area monitored by the sensors seen from above The system is activated automatica ...
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    194 Starting and driving The system can be disengaged for when driving with a trailer. Press and hold the CLEAR button on the SID when the display shows "PARK ASSIST", until the display shows "PARK ASSIST OFF". The system is re-engaged in the same way. The system is also always activated when the ignition key is turned to ON. Pressing a SID button briefly will not disengage the system, the display will simply show the previously selected function. NOTICE To function well, the sensors must be kept clean. Ice snow and dirt can affect their sensitivity. Do not spray the sensors or closer than 8 in. (20 cm) to the sensors with a pressure washer, as this could damage them. Ice, snow and dirt can affect the sensitivity of the sensors. In such cases a continuous tone will sound warning the driver that the system cannot measure the distance to an object. You can turn the system off by pressing and holding the CLEAR button for 1.5 seconds. If the text "PARK ASSIS ...
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    Starting and driving 195 Parking NOTICE IB360 WARNING Parking brake WARNING • Always apply the parking brake when the car is parked. • Always apply the parking brake before removing the ignition key. • Never use the parking brake when the car is moving. The parking brake is situated between the front seats and acts on the rear wheels. When the parking brake is on, the indicator light on the main instrument panel will be on. To release the parking brake, lift the lever slightly, press the release button and release the lever by pushing down on it. • Do not leave children or pets unattended in the car. In warm, sunny weather, the temperature inside the car can reach 160–180°F (70–80°C). • Park where the vehicle will not create an obstruction or a hazard to other road users. • Do not park on dry grass or other combustible material. The catalytic converter gets very hot and could start a fire. • Apply the parking brake. • Shift to Reverse for manua ...
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    196 Starting and driving Parking on a hill When parking on a steep hill, turn the front wheels so that they will be blocked by the curb if the car should move. Long-term parking • Run the engine to normal temperature before long-term parking. • Drain the washer-fluid reservoir and hoses. • Wash and wax the car. Clean the rubber seals on the hood, luggage compartment lid and doors, and lubricate them with glycerol (glycerin). • After washing the car, dry the brake discs by taking the car out on the road and applying the brakes a few times. • Fill the fuel tank with fuel to prevent condensation forming in it. • Top up the coolant and check the antifreeze before the onset of winter. • Park the car in a dry, covered and well-ventilated building. Leave the parking brake OFF! • Disconnect the negative (–) battery lead. If frost is likely to occur during the long-term parking, remove the battery and store it away from the frost. • Ideally, the car should be p ...
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    Car care and technical information 197 772 Car care and technical information Hood ................................. Engine compartment, 4-cyl. engine ................... Engine compartment, 6-cyl. (3.0t V6)................. Emission control systems Engine............................... Engine oil ......................... Transmission fluid........... Coolant ............................. Brake and clutch fluid ..... Power steering fluid ........ Air filter............................. 198 199 200 201 202 203 205 206 207 208 208 Battery .............................. Drive belts ........................ Wipers and washers ....... Changing bulbs ............... Fuses ................................ Wheels.............................. Compact spare wheel ..... Flat spotting..................... Air conditioning (ACC) ... Safety belts ...................... Upholstery and trim ........ Textile carpeting.............. Washing the car ...
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    198 Car care and technical information Hood WARNING Never hold your fingers between the hood and safety catch if lowering but not closing the hood. In cold weather, when the mechanism is stiff, the hood might need to be released from twice the height to lock properly. Check that the hood is now closed securely. IB486 1 Pull the release handle. 2 The front of the hood will now spring up, providing access to the secondary safety catch. 3 Push the catch upwards, lifting the hood at the same time. The hood can now be lifted right up. To close the hood, release it from a height of about 8 in (20 cm). Do not press down on it. IB487 The hood release handle is located underneath the instrument panel. To open the hood: Hood release handle Hood secondary safety catch ...
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    Car care and technical information Engine compartment, 4-cyl. engine Engine compartment, 4-cyl. engine 10 9 2 8 3 7 4 6 5 IB1773 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Engine-oil dipstick/filler cap Reservoir, brake/clutch fluid Fuse box Expansion tank, coolant Washer-fluid filler cap Battery Dipstick, automatic transmission fluid Turbo unit Ignition discharge module Reservoir, power-steering fluid 199 ...
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    200 Car care and technical information Engine compartment, 6-cyl. (3.0t V6) Engine compartment, 6-cyl. (3.0t V6) 10 9 9 2 3 8 4 5 7 6 IB1774 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Engine-oil dipstick Engine-oil filler cap Reservoir, brake/clutch fluid Fuse box Expansion tank, coolant Washer-fluid filler cap Battery Dipstick, automatic transmission fluid Ignition discharge module Reservoir, power-steering fluid ...
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    Car care and technical information Engine families Saab cars imported into the United States and Canada meet all applicable emission control standards. The engine family and appropriate tune-up specifications are identified on a label affixed to the left front inner fender. These engine families meet applicable EPA Federal Standards, California State Standards and Canadian Federal Standards and are equipped with the following systems: • • • • • Sequential multiport fuel injection system. Three way catalytic converter. Crankcase emissions control system. Evaporative emission control system. On-Board diagnostic (OBD II) system. Emission control systems The systems for controlling emissions to the atmosphere require regular checking and adjustment at the intervals specified in the service program. In addition to meeting the exhaust emission regulations and thereby helping to keep the environment clean, a correctly tuned engine will also give maximum fuel e ...
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    Car care and technical information ORVR (Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery) Engine Hydrocarbon vapors formed when refueling will be recovered by the car and not released into the atmosphere. The hydrocarbons are absorbed in a evaporative emission canister. When the engine is subsequently started, the evaporative emission canister is gradually purged as air is sucked into it through a shut-off valve. The hydrocarbon/air mixture passes through the evap canister purge valve and into the engine where it is burned. When refueling, make sure you screw the filler cap on and keep turning until it has clicked at least 3 times. Otherwise, it is possible for the CHECK ENGINE light to illuminate and a ”TIGHTEN FUEL FILLER CAP” message to appear on SID. Refueling, see page 158. 2.3-liter engine The 2.3-liter model is a transverse, 4-cylinder in-line engine with twin overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder. This engine is equipped with balance shafts that reduce engin ...
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    Car care and technical information 203 Engine oil Checking the oil level IB491 IB1123 Check the engine-oil level regularly. This should be done after the engine has been run to normal temperature and then allowed to cool for 2–5 minutes, with the car standing on level ground. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean before checking the level. Engine-oil filler cap and dipstick, 4-cylinder engine Engine-oil dipstick and filler cap, 3.0t V6 4-cylinder engine 3.0t V6 engine The oil level must not be allowed to drop below the MIN mark on the dipstick, nor should oil be filled beyond the MAX mark, as this can lead to excessive oil consumption. The distance between the MIN and MAX marks on the dipstick corresponds to a volume of approximately 1.05 qts (1 liter). When necessary, add oil of the recommended grade via the dipstick tube. The oil level must not be allowed to drop below the MIN mark on the dipstick, nor should oil be filled beyond the MA ...
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    204 Car care and technical information Oil changing The engine oil must be changed in accordance with the service program, see page 254. Oil volume and grade, see page 261. Oil changing should be carried out on a warm engine. NOTICE 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. 3 Fit a new filter and tighten it by hand. 4 Refit the drain plug with a new washer. 5 Fill with new engine oil. Run the engine to normal temperature and check the oil level. • Most trips are less than 5 to 10 miles (8 to 16 km). This is particularly important when outside temperatures are below freezing. IB493 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: ...
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    Car care and technical information 205 Transmission fluid • Prolonged and repeated exposure of the skin to engine oil can cause serious skin disorders. • Avoid prolonged skin contact whenever possible. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water after any contact. Manual transmission Check and top up the fluid in accordance with the service program. If original fluid cannot be obtained for topping up (see page 264), automatic transmission fluid Dexron III (synthetic oil) can be used. If so, the car should be taken to an authorized Saab dealer immediately to have the reason for low fluid level corrected and original fluid installed. • Keep oil out of reach of children. Automatic transmission • Do not touch the turbocharger or manifold. These get very hot when the engine has been running. Check the fluid level as follows: • Do not spill oil on hot parts of the engine as this could cause a fire. Used engine oil is particularly flammable. ...
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    206 Car care and technical information Coolant Note: If incorrect coolant is used or added, the life-time properties will be affected. Even if the coolant is flushed from the system and replaced with life-time coolant, life-time properties are no longer retained and the coolant must then be drained and replaced at regular intervals. WARNING • Exercise care when adding coolant. Coolant on hot surfaces constitutes a fire risk. The expansion tank is transparent to facilitate checking of the coolant level. When the engine is cold, the coolant must not lie over the KALT/COLD mark on the expansion tank. If the message ”FILL COOLANT FLUID” is displayed on the SID, check the level of fluid in the expansion tank. Top up, as necessary, with equal parts of clean water and Saab-approved coolant. If the expansion tank is empty when coolant is added, run the engine to normal temperature and top up again, as necessary. NOTICE IB1338 • Proceed with caution if ...
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    Car care and technical information Brake and clutch fluid Brake pad wear indicators WARNING The combined brake and clutch-fluid reservoir is transparent to facilitate checking of the fluid level. The level should be between the MAX and MIN marks. Top up, as necessary, with DOT 4 fluid. Do not use DOT 5 brake fluid. Use only new brake fluid from a sealed container. Check that there are no leaks in the brake system. The brake fluid level will fall somewhat as the brake pads wear. The MAX level in the reservoir corresponds to the amount of brake fluid required with new brake pads. If the fall in fluid level is moderate, due to normal brake pad wear, topping up is not necessary. Changing of the brake fluid should be carried out by an authorized Saab dealer. IB1188 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 ...
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    208 Car care and technical information Power steering fluid Air filter WARNING WARNING Check the level of the power steering fluid in the reservoir regularly, in accordance with the service program. The wheels should point forward during the check. Clean around the cap before it is unscrewed. Clean the dipstick. Screw in the cap completely again before checking the level. The oil should lie between the MAX and MIN marks when the oil temperature is about 70°F (+20°C). If the oil is colder the level can be lower, and in higher temperatures the level can be higher, both of which are acceptable. Top up with ”Power Steering Fluid CHF 11S”. For Service and Repair, parts equivalent to those used by Saab should be used. Be aware that some non standard replacement parts may put you in an unsafe condition, even if they might fit. IB501 Do not fill the power steering fluid to above the MAX mark. Too much fluid can result in leakage. Power steering f ...
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    Car care and technical information 209 Battery • If battery acid gets into the eyes or splashes the skin or clothing, wash the affected area liberally with water. If acid gets into the eyes or a large quantity makes contact with the skin, seek medical help. The battery is provided with a cover to protect it from radiated heat. If the battery is exposed to high temperatures, its life will be shortened. To remove the cover, release the two clips along its long sides. The cover fits the standard battery installed in the car. If a new battery is to be fitted, make sure that its dimensions are the same as the standard one. The battery is maintenance free and should be changed if the electrolyte level is too low. IB1779 • Work on the battery may entail an explosion hazard, since the battery gives off hydrogen which forms an explosive mixture with the oxygen in the air. For this reason, always avoid sparks or open flames when working near the battery. • T ...
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    210 Car care and technical information Charging/replacing the battery To avert the danger of short-circuiting between the positive (+) terminal on the battery and the inlet manifold on the engine, always disconnect the negative (–) battery lead first and reconnect it last. Connect the positive lead to the positive (+) battery terminal (red), and the negative lead to a good ground point, e.g. the lifting lug at the front of the engine. To remove the battery, always disconnect the negative (black) lead first and reconnect it last when fitting the new battery. The battery size must comply with DIN 53735 MFI 230/2.16. • Never reverse the polarity of the battery by connecting the leads to the wrong terminals. The red, positive lead connects to the positive (+) terminal, and the black, negative lead to the negative (–) terminal. • Serious damage can be done to the car’s electrical system if a battery or alternator lead is disconnected while the engine is runni ...
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    Car care and technical information 211 Drive belts WARNING The alternator is situated on the right-hand side of the engine, adjacent to the bulkhead. 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. NOTICE Serious damage can be done to the car’s electrical system if an alternator lead is disconnected while the engine is running. The belt tension is critical and is adjusted automatically by the belt tensioner. See also page 57, ”Warning, charging”. IB542 • The fan can start even when the engine is switched off. IB543 • Keep hands and clothing well clear of drive belts when engine is running. • Always stop engine before inspecting drive belts. Routing of the Poly-V-belt: 4-cylinder engine Routing of the Poly-V-belt: 3.0t V6 ...
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    212 Car care and technical information Wipers and washers 1 Changing the windshield wiper blades Lift the wiper arm off the windshield 1 Depress the catch. 2 Pull the complete blade assembly down to free it from the wiper arm, and then lift it off the arm. IB508 2 IB506 Check and clean all wiper blades regularly. If poor wiper performance is experienced, clean the windshield with a quality glass cleaner. This is particularly important if the car has been through an automatic car wash, as these sometimes leave a wax coating on the windshield. If wiper performance is still unsatisfactory, fit new blades. Cleaning/adjusting the washer jets Washer jets The washer jets can be adjusted and, if necessary, unclogged by means of a pin. ...
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    Adjusting the washer jet on the rear window wiper, 9-5 Wagon Washer-fluid filler cap 213 IB1783 IB1784 Car care and technical information The headlights have high-pressure washers Washers Use a small screwdriver to adjust the washer jet on the rear window wiper of the 9-5 Wagon, as illustrated. The washer-fluid reservoir holds 6.4 quarts (6 liters). When "WASHER FLUID LEVEL LOW" comes up on the SID, the reservoir is down to about 1 quart (1 liter) of fluid. Add at least 50 % of washer- fluid to water to prevent freezing and for effective cleaning. WARNING Take care not to spill washer fluid concentrate onto hot surfaces. Washer fluid concentrate contains flammable ingredients such as alcohol. ...
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    214 Car care and technical information Changing bulbs NOTICE WARNING Before changing a bulb in the engine bay, switch off the engine to avoid danger of fingers and hands being injured by moving parts. The radiator fan can start up even when the engine is switched off. Bi-Xenon headlights are high voltage and must therefore be changed at an authorized Saab workshop. Work involving high-voltage components is potentially lethal. • Do not fit bulbs with a higher rating than 55 W, since the headlight reflector and the wiring of the car are not designed for a higher wattage. • Switch off the ignition before changing a bulb, to avoid possible short-circuiting. • Do not touch the glass of the bulbs with your fingers. The oil on your skin can shorten the life of the bulb. Bi-Xenon headlight (certain models only) NOTICE • Since the headlight lenses are made of plastic, rinse dried-on dirt with water and allow it time to soften up before cleaning the lenses. Avoid rubb ...
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    Headlight bulb for high beam (Halogen) On cars equipped with Bi-Xenon lamps the Halogen lamps are used only for high beam flasher if the daytime running lights are deactivated and the headlight switch is in the off position (otherwise Bi-Xenon lamp is utilized): 1 Unscrew the cover from the back of the lamp unit. To improve accessibility to the right-hand headlight, hold aside the induction air hose. To improve accessibility to the left-hand headlight, remove the battery cover. Release the two clips along the long sides of the cover. 2 Unplug the connector. 3 To remove the spring clip, push it in and then move it to the right. 4 Remove the bulb. 5 Without touching the glass with your fingers, insert the new bulb. 6 Line up the bulb with the guide in the reflector and secure it with the spring clip. Look through the headlight lens to help fit the bulb correctly. 7 Plug in the connector. 8 Screw on the cover. Make sure that the guide on the cover is aligned with the rec ...
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    Car care and technical information 1 Unscrew the cover from the back of the lamp unit. To improve accessibility to the right-hand headlight, hold aside the induction air hose. To improve accessibility to the left-hand headlight, remove the battery cover. Release the two clips along the long sides of the cover. 2 Unplug the connector. 3 To remove the spring clip, push it in and then move it to the right. 4 Remove the bulb. 5 Without touching the glass with your fingers, insert the new bulb. Look through the headlight lens to help fit the bulb correctly. 6 Line up the bulb with the guide in the reflector and secure it with the spring clip. 7 Plug in the connector. 8 Screw on the cover. Make sure that the guide on the cover is aligned with the recess in the lamp housing. Make sure the cover is correctly fitted before locking it in place Contact an authorized Saab workshop if a Bi-Xenon headlight requires replacement IB1910 Headlight bulb for low beam (Ha ...
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    Parking-light bulb (cars with halogen low beam) Parking-light bulb (cars with Bi-Xenon low beam) Parking-light bulb (cars with halogen low beam) Parking-light bulb (cars with Bi-Xenon low beam) The parking-light bulb is adjacent to the bulb for low beam. The parking light bulb is adjacent to the Bi-Xenon lamp. 1 Unscrew the cover from the back of the lamp unit. 2 Withdraw the bulb holder. 3 Change the bulb. 217 1 Unscrew the cover from the back of the lamp unit. 2 Take hold of the lamp leads and pull out the bulb holder. The lamp leads are reinforced to facilitate changing bulbs. 3 Change the bulb. Look through the headlight lens to help fit the bulb correctly. IB1788 IB1909 IB1787 Car care and technical information Front fog lights Front fog lights 1 From under the front bumper, grip the bulb holder and twist counterclockwise. 2 Unplug the connector. 3 Change the bulb. Refit in the reverse order. WARNING • Never crawl und ...
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    218 Car care and technical information 2 3 1 Catch seen from engine bay, left-hand side Front turn signal bulbs To change the bulb, the complete lamp unit has to be removed. 1 Depress the catch, accessed from the engine bay. 2 Carefully pull out the lamp unit. 3 The bulb holder has a bayonet fitting. Grip the holder and twist it counterclockwise. 4 Withdraw the bulb holder from the lamp unit. 5 The bulb also has a bayonet fitting. Press in the bulb and twist it counterclockwise. 6 Fit the new bulb and check that it is correctly seated. IB1876 Catch seen from engine bay, right-hand side IB1789 IB1790 IB1875 3 Front turn signal bulb 1 Catch 2 Bayonet pin 3 Plastic lugs To re-install the lamp unit 1 Align the catch with the recess in the lamp housing holder. 2 Press the lamp housing towards the headlight slightly and press the housing towards the rear of the car. 3 Make sure the locating pin and the two plastic lugs enter t ...
  • Page 219

    Car care and technical information 1 4 219 4 1 6 1 Lower the flap (secured with catches). 2 Squeeze the two plastic lugs and remove the bulb holder. 3 The bulb has a bayonet fitting. Press in the bulb and twist it counterclockwise. 4 Change the bulb. Rear light clusters 1 2 3 4 5 6 IB1877 The bulbs for the lamps in the rear light cluster are accessed from the luggage compartment. 2 3 Direction indicators Taillights Stop lights and taillights Reversing lights Rear fog light High-mounted brake light 1 Trunk lid light and taillights, 9-5 Sedan 4 4 Before changing bulbs in the trunk, you must first release the trim at the foot of the trunk. This involves removing the handle and the three trim fasteners (studs). 1 1 Unscrew the handle on the inside of the tailgate. 2 Using the peg in the top of the screwdriver handle, push in the button in the center of the studs. 3 Remove the studs. Changing bulbs 2 3 1 Squeeze ...
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    220 Car care and technical information 2 3 3 2 2 The bulb has a bayonet fitting. Press in the bulb and twist it counterclockwise. 3 Change the bulb. Refitting the trim 1 Reset the studs by pushing back the center buttons so that they protrude by 0.2 inch (5 mm). 2 Insert the studs through the trim and tailgate panel. Press the center buttons in, flush with the collar. 3 Screw the handle back onto the trunk. IB1227 IB519 IB518 1 High-mounted stop lights 1 Panel 2 Retaining clips 3 Bulbs High-mounted stop lights, 9-5 Sedan The bulbs can be accessed after the panel in the rear headlining has been removed. 1 Remove the panel by carefully pushing in the two clips, one at the time. 2 Release the bulb holder, which is retained by a clip at either end. 3 Withdraw the bulb gently straight back. 4 Push in the new bulb. 5 Refit the bulb holder. 6 Replace the panel by carefully pushing the panel towards the headlining so that the two clip ...
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    Reassembly: 1 Place the two ”hinges” in the recess in the tailgate. 2 Then push the ”hinges” into the recess and close the cover. 3 Turn the lock a quarter turn. Rear lights clusters, 9-5 Wagon 1 Open the tailgate. 2 Remove the cover by turning the two catches anticlockwise one quarter turn. 3 Remove the two screws securing the light cluster to the body. 221 IB1793 IB1228 IB1881 Car care and technical information 4 Pull the light cluster rearwards and angle it outwards (it is seated quite firmly). 5 Release the fastener from the body. Reinsert the fastener into the groove in the light cluster. Press in the fastener until you hear a click. 6 Take out the bulb holder by twisting it slightly counterclockwise. 7 Press in the bulb and twist it counterclockwise. 8 Change the bulb. 9 Check that the new bulb works. ...
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    Reassembly: 1 Align the fastener with the hole in the body. 2 Press the lamp unit home into the body until you hear a click. 3 Fit the screws and cover. Loading lighting, 9-5 Wagon 1 Pull down the glass cover at the outer edge. 2 Bend one of the contacts so that the bulb can be removed. 3 Change the bulb. On refitting, insert the connector-end of the lamp fitting first. IB520 IB1335 Car care and technical information IB1919 222 License-plate light 1 Undo the two screws and remove the lamp glass. 2 Withdraw the bulb. 3 Change the bulb. 4 Check the seal before fitting the glass. ...
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    Side direction indicators 1 Slide the lamp fitting forward and pull out the back. 2 Remove the bulb. 3 Change the bulb. On refitting, make sure that the spring in the lamp fitting engages the edge of the opening in the body panel. Courtesy lights (doors and floor) and luggage-compartment lighting 1 Insert a screwdriver carefully into the slot in the end of the lamp fitting. Ease the fitting off to gain access to the bulb. 2 Bend out one of the contacts and remove the bulb. 3 Change the bulb. On refitting, insert the connector-end of the lamp fitting first. 223 IB523 IB522 IB521 Car care and technical information Dome light, front 1 Ease the leading edge of the glass out of the overhead panel. 2 Release one of the contacts and remove the bulb. 3 Fit the new bulb. ...
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    224 Car care and technical information Other bulbs IB524 IB525 If any other bulbs need changing, you are advised to take the car to an authorized Saab dealer. Dome light, rear 1 Remove the entire overhead panel: ease out the trailing end first, and then both front edges. 2 Fit the new bulb. Glove-compartment illumination 1 Insert a small screwdriver in the slot in the end of the lamp fitting and ease it out to gain access to the bulb. 2 Bend out one of the contacts and remove the bulb. 3 Fit the new bulb. On refitting, insert the connector-end of the lamp fitting first. ...
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    Car care and technical information 1 2 3 4 5 225 Bulb table 7 8 9 10 # Cap Wattage 1 H7 55 2 H1 55 Fog light 3 P21W 21 Reversing lamp; side reversing lamp; rear fog lamp; cornering lamp Headlight 4 P21/5W 21/5 Stop/tail lamp 5 P21W 21 Direction indicator, front/rear 6 R10W 10 Dome light; courtesy lights; glove compartment; luggage compartment 7 R5W 5 Safety belt reminder 8 H6W 5 Reading light, overhead panel 9 T4W 4 Reading light, rear 10 WY5W/ W5W 5 Side indicators (yellow);/ High-mounted stop light (9-5 Sedan); parking lights; license plate illumination 11 W2W 1,2 Switches; front ashtray 11 NOTICE IB1336 6 Only fit lamps of the specified rating. Lamps of the wrong wattage could damage the wiring harness and electronics. A special kit containing spare bulbs and fuses is available as an accessory fro ...
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    226 Car care and technical information Fuses WARNING To avoid the risk of short-circuiting and/or fire breaking out in the electrical system, the following advice should be heeded: • Always consult an authorized Saab dealer before modifying or adding any electrical equipment. Failure to do so can result in the electrical system being damaged. • Never replace a fuse with one having a higher/lower rating than specified (see page 228). The color of the fuse indicates its amperage. • If the same fuse blows repeatedly, have the electrical system checked by an authorized Saab dealer. • If a MAXI fuse blows, it means that there is a major fault in the electrical system. Have the car checked by an authorized Saab dealer. IB527 The fuses are housed in two fuse panels: one at the end of the instrument panel on the driver’s side, and one under the hood. To check if a fuse has blown, first remove it from the panel (see below). If the filament is broken, the fus ...
  • Page 227

    Car care and technical information IB1795 DICE / TWICE Maxi fuses under the hood 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. Each Maxi fuse protects a number of electrical circuits and functions and therefore has a higher rating (amperage) than the standard fuses. No spare Maxi fuses are supplied with the car. NOTICE 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. DICE = Dashboard Integrated Central Electronics TWICE = Theft-Warning Central Electronics DICE and TWICE are electronic control modules that monitor and control a variety of functions, including: DICE controls (among other things): • Front lights and interior lighting • Instrument illumination • Intermittent wiper op ...
  • Page 228

    228 Car care and technical information 7 10 Engine injectors 8 15 Trunk lighting; trunk lock; door lighting, circulation pump; parking assistant; SID 5 6 9 15 Audio System; CD changer 6B 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 10 15 Heating, rear seat; sunroof 11 30 Electrically adjusted passenger seat AB C 1 2 3 4 16B 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 12 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 7,5 Automatic transmission 13 20 Audio System, amplifier 14 30 Ignition system, engine 15 20 Fuel pump 16 20 DICE (direction indicators) 16B – – 17 20 Engine-management system; main instrument; DICE/TWICE Amp Function 18 40 Door-mirror heating; rear-window heating A 30 Trailer lights 19 10 OnStar; Telematics B 10 Automatic transmission 20 15 ACC; interior lighting; rear fog light; high beam flasher 21 10 Audio System; rear-view mirror; lo ...
  • Page 229

    Car care and technical information 10 Engine-management system; SID; main instrument 28 7,5 Airbag 29 7,5 ABS/TCS/ESP 30 7,5 Starter motor 31 7,5 Cruise control; water valve; fog lights, front; rain sensor 32 33 15 B C1 C2 D G Ventilated front seats 7,5 Direction-indicator switch 34 30 Cigarette lighter (front/rear) 35 15 Daytime running light 36 30 Electric windows, left 37 30 Windshield wipers; rain sensor 38 30 Electric heating, front seats 39 20 Limp-home solenoid (automatic transmission); OnStar; telematics Relay panel under instrument panel # Function A – B A Electric heating of rear seat C1 – C2 – D – E Main relay (engine management system) F Fuel filler flap E F H I K L1 L2 J IB1796 27 229 Relay panel under instrument panel (cont.) G H I J K L1 L2 Fuel pump Ignition switch Rear-windo ...
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    230 Car care and technical information Fuse box under hood Fuses # Amp Function 3 2 1 1 40 Radiator fan, high speed 2 60 ABS/TCS/ESP 3 – – 4 7,5 Load angle sensor (cars with xenon headlights) 5 15 Heater 6 10 A/C; car alarm siren 7 15 Bulb test 8 – – 9 – – 10 15 High beam headlight, left Relays 11 15 Low beam headlight left # 12 15 High beam headlight, right 1 Bulb test; head light; high beam flasher 13 15 Low beam headlight, right 2 Headlight washer 14 30 Radiator fan, high speed 3 Front fog lights 15 15 Fog lights (front spoiler) 4 Wiper, rear (9-5 Wagon) 16 30 Wiper, rear; headlight washers 5 – 17 15 Horn 6 – 18 – – 7 Rain sensor 8 Radiator fan, low speed 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 5 1 2 6 9 12 15 ...
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    12 Horn 13 Extra lights (accessory) 14 High beam headlight 15 Low beam headlight 16 – 17 Windshield wipers 231 IB1798 Car care and technical information Location of wallet for spare bulbs and fuses (accessory) ...
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    232 Car care and technical information 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. The wheels and tires have been carefully matched to the characteristics of the car and play a key role in its outstanding roadholding and handling. To ensure that the speedometer is as accurate as possible it should be reprogrammed if wheels of a different dimension are fitted. Contact an authorized Saab workshop. Tire pressure NOTICE Always consult your Saab dealer before changing the wheels and tires on your Saab. Wide wheels and tyres with sidewalls that are too low can: • be damaged ...
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    Car care and technical information Important! Remember to adjust the tire pressures if you change the load in the car or intend to cruise at a substantially higher or lower speed than normal. Rotating 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 wheels 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 the car has front-wheel drive, the front tires tend to wear faster than the rear ones. New tires should always be fitted in pairs, so that tires on the same axle have the same amount of tread. The tread should be at least 3 mm deep. The wheels should be marked, L (left) and R (right), when changing between summer and winter (snow) tires. This ensures that the direction of rotation ...
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    Car care and technical information Uniform Tire Quality Grading (US) 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 Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one half (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics and climate. Traction WARNING The traction grade assigned to a tire is based on straight-ahead braking, traction test and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning or peak traction characteristi ...
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    Car care and technical information Temperature WARNING The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. IB1564 The temperature grade for a tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Date c ...
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    Spare wheel (under panel in luggage compartment) IB534 IB1232 Car care and technical information IB1186 236 Panel hooked back, 9-5 Sedan Compact spare wheel NOTICE The compact spare is light and easy to handle when changing the tire. Its use is only permitted when a standard tire has sustained a puncture. The maximum life of the tire is only 2000 miles (3,500 km). Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) with the compact spare fitted. The compact spare should be inflated to 60 psi (420 kPa). Carry the punctured tire in the spare-wheel well under the luggagecompartment floor. Have the standard tire repaired and refitted as soon as possible (see also page 188). To avoid damaging a punctured alloy wheel it can be placed outside up in the spare-wheel well but only while driving to the closest workshop. A general rule is that all heavy loads must be well secured in the luggage compartment, see page 141 and 144. Hanging up the cover and spare wheel com ...
  • Page 237

    Car care and technical information Changing a wheel WARNING • 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. • Never crawl under a car that is supported only by a jack. • Special care must be taken if the car is on a slope – use wheel chocks! • Position chocks, one ahead and one behind, the wheel that is diagonally opposite to the one to be changed. • Switch on the hazard warning lights if the car is on a road. • Apply the parking brake and leave the car in gear (1st or reverse). Automatic transmission: move selector to the P position. • Ensure that everybody is out of the car before jacking it up. • Never start the engine while the car is jacked up. • The jack must stand on a firm, level surface. • Stow the jack in the place provided for it under the panel in the floor of the trunk. Secure it properly to avoid injury to passengers in the event of ...
  • Page 238

    Car care and technical information Jack location, between spare wheel and sill IB1838 IB1554 Position for jack The collapsible jack handle is stowed in a cloth bag by the spare wheel. With the help of your foot, extend the handle as illustrated IB1553 Positioning the jack IB1704 238 ...
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    IB1130 Car care and technical information Jacking points for a trolley jack To jack up the car, apply the jack to one of the special jacking points under the sills. If a floor jack is used, it can be applied to the standard jacking points used by the dealer. A floor jack can lift both front wheels or both rear wheels off the ground simultaneously. A jack stand must then be applied underneath the front of the engine subframe (at the fixing point for the towrope-attachment eye) or to the rear towrope-attachment eye (or under the trailer hitch, if fitted). 239 NOTICE Apply the jack only to the jacking points indicated on the body. ...
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    240 Car care and technical information IB2428 NOTICE Clean any rust or dirt from the contact surfaces between the wheel and brake disc. 1 Put the car in 1st gear (automatic transmission: move selector to the P position) and apply the parking brake. 2 Wind the jack up to a suitable height before placing it under the recess in the sill. Make sure that the jack fully engages the recess in the sill and that the base of the jack is steady and flat on the ground. 3 Remove the wheel cover (where applicable). Loosen the wheel bolts by half a turn. 4 Wind the jack to raise the wheel clear of the ground. Remove the wheel bolts and lift off the wheel. 5 Clean any rust or dirt from the contact surfaces between the wheel and brake • When refitting wheel covers (where applicable), make sure that the valve protrudes through the marked hole in the wheel cover. • Do not overtighten the bolts using an impact wrench: not only can this damage the wheels but it can als ...
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    Car care and technical information 241 IB539 IB1800 Flat spotting Tightening sequence, wheel bolts WARNING Grit, salt and rust can clog the inner threads if the car has been driven for several years exclusively with alloy wheels. If steel wheels are now fitted, the bolt hole threads in the brake hubs should be cleaned before the thinner steel wheels are fitted. It may otherwise not be possible to achieve the required clamping force despite tightening the bolts to the correct torque. 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 appear 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 give rise to vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel, similar to that experienced when the wheels need balancing. Flat ...
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    242 Car care and technical information Air conditioning (ACC) WARNING • All repairs and adjustments on the A/C system must be carried out by a Saab dealer authorized for this kind of work. • The A/C system is pressurized. Do not break any connections or undo A/C system components. • Escaping refrigerant gas can cause visual impairment or other injury. NOTICE • The A/C system is designed for use with R134a refrigerant. • Refrigerant handling requires special equipment and special procedures for charging and draining the system. • Never mix R134a and R12 refrigerants. Fault diagnosis Maintenance If a fault occurs in the A/C system, there are a number of checks you can perform yourself. If the fault persists, however, have the system checked by an authorized Saab dealer. Important! When the A/C system is running, the intake air is dehumidified, and the resultant condensation is drained off through two outlets underneath the floor of the car in the ...
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    Car care and technical information Safety belts WARNING If the car is involved in a crash, the safety belts, belt pretensioners and other components must be inspected by an authorized Saab dealer. Never make any alterations or repairs to the safety belt yourself but visit an authorized Saab dealer. Regularly check the function of the safety belts as follows: • Hold the diagonal strap and pull it sharply. The safety belt should lock and it should not be possible to withdraw it further. Check the anchorage points in the floor. They must not have suffered rust damage. There must be no frayed threads in the webbing. Safety belts must not come into contact with substances such as polishes, oils or other chemicals. If the straps are dirty, wash them with warm water and a detergent or have them replaced. 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). Remov ...
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    244 Car care and technical information Washing the car 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 car washes with brushes should be avoided when the car is new. Do not use automatic car washes for the first five or six months, before the paintwork has hardened properly. Thereafter, use a high quality car wash soap added to lukewarm water. Do not use a pressure washer at close range on stone chip damage, scratches or other damage to the paintwork. The paint can otherwise start to flake. Remove any bird droppings without delay, as these can discolor the paintwork and prove difficult to polish out. Use a soft cloth moistened with methyl alcohol to remove splashes of tar or asphalt. Do not use strong cleaners, as these can dry out the paintwork. NOTICE Avoid using any alcohol-based cleaners on the fro ...
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    Car care and technical information Waxing and polishing Touching up the paint Do not wax a new car during the first three or four months. In fact, there is no need to polish the car before the paintwork has started to go dull through oxidation. Other than in exceptional cases, do not use abrasive polishes containing a cutting agent on a new car. Always wash the car thoroughly before waxing or polishing. Damaged paintwork should be treated as soon as it is discovered: the longer it is left, the greater the risk of corrosion. The anti-perforation warranty does not cover corrosion resulting from untreated defects. Paintwork damage sustained in a crash is usually extensive and can only be properly restored by professionals. However, you can repair small scratches and stone-chip damage yourself. The necessary tools and materials, such as primer, touch-up paint and brushes, are available from your Saab dealer. In the case of minor flaws in the paintwork, where ...
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    246 Car care and technical information IB1334 Two-coat enamel Surface-treatment composition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Body panel Zinc (certain panel sections only) 7.5 µm Phosphate coating Cathodic ED 28 µm Intermediate coat 35 µm Metallic base 15 µm Clear enamel /solid enamel 40 µm 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 Apply the primer, base color and finally, the enamel. To achieve the best finish, apply two or three coats of primer. Anti-corrosion treatment The entire car is corrosion-protected at the factory in different stages by an electrolytic immersion coating and a polyester-based protective coating ...
  • Page 247

    Car care and technical information What causes rust? Preventive maintenance Steel body panels of automobiles are subject to rusting whenever air and moisture manage to penetrate the protective finish, and body panels may rust through if the process is unchecked. Rusting can occur wherever water is trapped or where the car’s panels are continuously damp. Damage to paint and undercoating by stones, gravel and minor crashes immediately exposes metal to air and moisture. Road salts used for de-icing will collect on the bottom of the car and promote rusting. Areas of the country with high humidity have great potential for rust problems, especially where salt is used on roads or there is moist sea air. Industrial pollution (fallout) may also damage paint and promote rusting. The following procedures are necessary to help protect against rusting. Refer also to the terms and conditions of the Sheet Metal Coverage described in the warranty booklet. 1 Wash the car frequ ...
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    248 Car care and technical information 4 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, as otherwise it may run off or fall off when dry. For long trips Before setting off on a long journey, it is advisable to have your car checked over by your Saab dealer. Obtain a few important items to take along on your journey such as spare bulbs, wiper blades, fuses, a Poly-V-belt and the like. You can check some points yourself beforehand: • Make sure that the engine is in good condition. • Check that no oil or gasoline leaks out of the engine or gearbox/transmission. • Check the coolant and power steering ...
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    Car care and technical information 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 A-pillar trim: PP, PP/EPDM Windshield trim: PP, PP/EPDM Seals: EPDM C-pillar trim: ABS Rear light cluster: PMMA Rear bumper, cellular core: expanded PP; sheathing: PP/EPDM Side-window casing: PP/EPDM Fuel tank: PE Side trim: PVC A-pillar upholstery trim: PC/ABS, textile Rearview mirror: ABS Sill scuff plate: PP/EPDM Wheel-arch liner: PP Wheel cover: PA Direction-indicator lamp lens: PMMA Washer-fluid reservoir: PE Front spoiler: PP/EPDM Front bumper, cellular core: expanded PP; sheathing, grille: PP/EPDM Fan shroud: PP Scuttle panel finisher: PC/ASA ABS ASA Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene Acrylonitrile-styrene (acrylic plastic) EPDM Ethylene-propylene rubber PA Polyamide (plastic) PC Polycarbonate (plastic) PE Polyethylene PMMA Polymethyl methacrylate POM Acetal plastic PPO Polyphenylene oxide (plastic) PP Polypropylene PUR Polyurethane PVC Polyvin ...
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    250 Car care and technical information Headlight aiming WARNING Before checking/adjusting the headlight aiming, switch off the engine to avoid danger of fingers and hands being injured by moving parts. The radiator fan can start up even when the engine is switched off. The vehicle has a visual optical headlight aiming system equipped with vertical aiming device. The aim has been preset at the factory and should normally not need further adjustments. If your headlights are damaged in a crash, the headlight aim may be affected. If you believe your headlights need to be re-aimed, we recommend that you take it to your Saab dealer for service, however, it is possible for you to re-aim your headlights as described in the following procedure. NOTICE To make sure that your headlights are aimed properly read all instructions before beginning. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage to headlight parts or a not correctly aimed headlight. To che ...
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    Car care and technical information 251 1 Wall or garage door 25 ft (7.6 m) between wall and headlight lens. Measurement from the ground to the low beam aiming marker on the headlight lens. Same measurement as (3) but substract 2 inches for vehicles with halogen lamps and 3 inches for vehicles with xenon lamps. If you find that the headlight needs adjustment follow these steps: 1 Open the hood and locate the vertical aiming device. 2 Locate the marker on the lens. 3 Measure the distance from the ground to the aim marker on each lens. Subtract 2 inches if the vehicle is equipped with halogen lamps, record this distance. Subtract 3 inches if the vehicle is equipped with xenon lamps, record this distance. 4 At the wall or other flat surface, measure from the ground to the recorded distance (see point 4) and draw a horizontal line the width of the vehicle. Vertical aiming device Aiming marker on headlight lens IB1952 1 2 3 4 3 IB1950 4 ...
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    IB1954 Car care and technical information IB1953 252 Horizontal line on wall or other flat surface Correctly adjusted low beam 5 Turn on the low beam headlights and place a piece of cardboard or equivalent (although not directly on the lens) in front of the headlight not being aimed. This should allow the beam cut-off of the headlight being aimed to be seen on the flat surface. 6 Turn the vertical aiming screw until the horizontal cut-off of the headlight is aligned with the horizontal line on the wall. NOTICE Do not cover a headlight directly on the lens to improve beam cut-off when aiming. Covering a headlight may cause excessive heat build-up which may cause damage to the headlight. ...
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    Maintenance and owner assistance 253 Maintenance and owner assistance IB1941 Maintenance schedule..... Owner assistance ............ Reporting Safety Defects (U.S.A.) ............................ Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian government .................... 254 255 256 256 ...
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    254 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. Proper maintenance is always good advice! Authorized Saab dealers are equipped and trained to meet your Saab’s service needs. They regularly receive up-to-date Saab service manuals and parts and technical service bulletins from Saab and are able, through their franchise agreement, to attend Saab service schools, obtain Saab special tools and technical assistance and purchase original equipment service and replacement parts. Today’s complex automobiles should only be entrusted to the most knowledgeable service professionals. A Saab dealer is your best ...
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    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. Saab’s recommended service times for each service point do not include the labor required to replace wear items, such as wiper blades, brake pads or tires. Nor is labor to perform other service or repairs found to be necessary as a result of the inspections included in these times. Additional labor and parts will be charged for such work when necessary, except as covered under an applicable Saab warranty or any optional extended service contract. Transmission fluid changes or suspension alignment, when necessary, are also additional. ...
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    256 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 9-5 car line can be ordered through the dealer. These are comprehensive manuals on CD rom, geared to use by professional technicians. Consult your Saab dealer for prices and for a listing for your model. Reporting Safety Defects (U.S.A.) If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Saab Cars USA, Inc. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if i ...
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    Specifications 257 IB603 Specifications General.............................. Engine ............................... Fuel.................................... Engine oil.......................... Engine variants ................ Electrical system.............. Drive belts......................... Manual gearbox................ Automatic transmission .. Suspension....................... Steering............................. Brake system.................... Wheels and tires .............. Plates and labels.............. 258 260 260 261 262 263 263 264 264 265 265 265 267 269 ...
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    Specifications General Gross vehicle weight (GVW) Overall length, including bumpers: 9-5 Sedan_______________________ 9-5 Wagon ______________________ Overall width, including door mirrors ____ 190.0 in (4827 mm) 190.1 in (4828 mm) 80.4 in (2042 mm) Maximum height: 9-5 Sedan_______________________ 58.1 in (1475 mm) 9-5 Wagon ______________________ 59.1 in (1501 mm) Wheelbase _______________________ 106.4 in (2703 mm) Ground clearance __________________ approx. 6.6 in (167 mm) Maximum train weight (GVW + max. trailer weight) Maximum axle load, front IB1917 258 Maximum axle load, rear Permissible load (in addition to driver) = GVW minus curb weight The maximum permissible axle load, front or rear, must not be exceeded. The maximum permissible axle load, front or rear, must not be exceeded. Track: Front __________________________ 59.9 in (1522 mm) *) Rear ___________________________ 59.9 in (1522 mm) *) Turni ...
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    Specifications Luggage compartment Volume (SAE): 9-5 Sedan_______________________ 9-5 Wagon, rear seat upright ________ 9-5 Wagon, rear seat folded _________ Luggage compartment, length, 9-5 Sedan: Rear seat upright _________________ Rear seat folded down _____________ Luggage compartment, length, 9-5 Wagon: Rear seat upright _________________ Rear seat folded __________________ 259 Trailer: 15.9 cu.ft. (450 litres) 31.4 cu. ft. (890 litres) 73.0 cu. ft. (2067 litres) 43.0 in (1092 mm) 67.5 in (1714 mm) 42.8 in (1087 mm) 61.2 in (1732 mm) WARNING • The GVW and maximum axle loads must not be exceeded. Note that if some accessories (e.g. towbar, CD changer) are fitted, the available load capacity is reduced by the weight of these. • When carrying a load in the luggage compartment, make sure that it is tied down securely, particularly when part or all of the rear seat is folded down. Maximum towing speed, trailer with brakes 60 mph (100 km/h) Trail ...
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    260 Specifications Engine 4-cylinder ________________________ 3.0t V6 ___________________________ Cylinder bores ___________________ Fuel Four cylinders, twin overhead camshafts, 16 valves and two balancer shafts. V-6 engine, double overhead camshafts on each cylinder bank, 24 valves 3.54 in (90 mm) Stroke: 4-cylinder engine _________________ 3.54 in (90 mm) 3.0t V6 _________________________ 3.34 in (85 mm) Swept volume 4-cylinder engine _________________ 139.7 cu.in (2.290 litres) 3.0t V6 _________________________ 180.6 cu.in (2.962 litres) Idling speed 4-cylinder _______________________ 3.0t V6 _________________________ Antifreeze ________________________ 825 rpm 700 rpm Saab-approved antifreeze Coolant capacity 4-cylinder _______________________ 7.6 qts (7.4 litres) 3.0t V6 _________________________ 7.4 qts (7.2 litres) Fuel grade ________________________ Unleaded gasoline AON 87–93. The use of fuel wi ...
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    Specifications Engine oil Oil recommendation: We recommend the use of Saab or Mobil oils, available from your Saab dealer, for regular oil changes. These oils fulfil Saab’s requirements as wells as the most stringent requirements set by API and ACEA classifications. Basic recommendations for Saab engines: SAE 5W-30 or 0W-30, 5W-40. The oil should be semi or fully synthetic and fulfill grade requirements for ACEA A3/B3, API SJ or higher. In addition to API and ACEA the ILSAC GF-3 specification is approved for use in applicable markets. Fully synthetic oils with viscosity’s 0W-40/50 of well known brands and fulfilling minimum ACEA A3/B3 are also recommended, especially for extreme driving conditions. 261 Oil specification. Oil for gasoline engines is classified by the API (American Petroleum Institute) and ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Associations) standards. API classifies engine oil into grade classes SH (since 1993) and SJ (since 1996). The SJ class ful ...
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    262 Specifications Engine variants Viscosity: The viscosity of oil is classified according to the SAE standard. Nowadays, multigrade oils are always used in cars. The properties of these oils facilitate starting the car in cold weather but mean that the oil is also viscous enough to coat al moving parts under high pressures and with high outside air temperatures. Multigrade oils are graded with two viscosity’s, e.g. 5W-30, where 5W meets certain viscosity requirements at –4°F (–20°C), while 30 fulfils requirements at 212°F (100°C). 2.3t Ecopower Rating, EEC at 5500 rpm ____________ 185 hp (136 kW) Maximum torque, EEC at 1800 rpm ____ 206.5 ft.lb (280 Nm) Compression ratio _________________ 9.3:1 2.3 Turbo Ecopower (”Aero” model engine) Rating, EEC at 5300 rpm ____________ 250 hp (184 kW) Oil capacity incl. filter (on changing): 4-cylinder _______________________ 4.1 qts (4.0 litres) 3.0t V6 _________________________ 4.6 qts (4.5 litres) Maximum ...
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    Specifications Electrical system 263 Drive belts Voltage __________________________ 12 V Engine variants Battery capacity ___________________ 70 Ah Starter motor ______________________ 1.4 kW 4-cylinder, poly-V-belt ________________ 102.84 in (2612 mm) Outside length 3.0t V6, poly-V-belt __________________ 79.53 in (2020 mm) Alternator rating 4-cylinder _______________________ 140 A/14 V 3,0t V6 _________________________ 130 A/14 V Firing order: 4-cylinder _______________________ 1–3–4–2 3.0t V6 _________________________ 1–2–3–4–5–6 Spark plugs: NGK BCPR 6ES-11 0.0414 in (1.05 mm) 2.3 Turbo Aero ___________________ NGK PFR 6H-10 Electrode gap ____________________ 0.0374 in (0.95 mm) 3.0t V6 _________________________ NGK BKR 7ES-11 Electrode gap ___________________ 0.0414 in (1.05 mm) Drive belt, 4-cylinder IB543 Electrode gap ____________________ IB542 2.3t __________________ ...
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    264 Specifications Manual gearbox Automatic transmission Type ____________________________ All-synchromesh 5-speed with final drive and differential Oil ______________________________ Saab MTF 0063 Oil capacity _______________________ 1.9 qts (1.8 litres) Oil volume (on changing) ____________ 1.6 qts (1.5 litres) Clutch type _______________________ Hydraulic, single dry-plate clutch of diaphragm-spring type Speed (mph / km/h) at 1000 rpm in 5th gear: 4-cylinder _______________________ 27–29 / 43–47 Type _____________________________ Electronically controlled 5-speed, fully automatic with hydraulic torque converter, planetary gear set and integral final drive Lock-up function in selector positions 3, 4 and 5. Selector-lever positions ______________ P R N D M L Transmission-fluid capacity, dry transmission (incl. torque converter and oil cooler) 7.5 qts (7 litres) If fluid change required, approximately 3.5 litres can be dr ...
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    Specifications Suspension Spring type, front and rear ___________ Brake system Coil springs Maximum deflection of springs: Front __________________________ 7.09 in (180 mm) Rear ___________________________ 7.87 in (200 mm) Dampers, front and rear _____________ 265 Gas-filled dampers Steering Footbrake (ABS) ____________________ Hydraulic disc brakes with vacuum servo unit. Diagonally split circuits; ventilated discs on front wheels. EBD function, see page 172. Handbrake ________________________ Acts on rear wheels Brake fluid _________________________ DOT 4 Steering _________________________ Power-assisted steering of rack-and-pinion type; telescopic steering-column shaft with universal joints Number of turns, lock to lock __________ 2,9 Power-steering fluid ________________ Power-steering fluid CHF 11S Brake-fluid capacity _________________ 0.925 qts (900 ml) Disc diameter: Front ___________________________ 11.34 ...
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    266 Specifications Wheels and tires (recommended dimensions) 2.3t 2.3 Turbo 3.0t V6 Summer tires 205/65 R 15 94 V X – – 215/55 R 16 93 V X X X 225/45 R 17 94 W X X X 195/65 R 15 91 Q X – – 205/55 R 16 91 Q X X – 215/55 R 16 93 Q X X X X – – Winter tires Wheel sizes 6 x 15” 6,5 x 16” X X X 7 x 17” X X X 15" wheels must not be fitted to the 2.3 Turbo 3.0t V6 since the size of the brake discs prohibits this. Speed ratings and load indices, see page 233. Always contact an authorized Saab dealer if you wish to fit other wheels or tires than those fitted as standard. ...
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    Specifications 267 Compact spare: NOTICE Wheel __________________________ 4 x 16 Tire ____________________________ T115/70 R16 Pressure ________________________ 60 psi (420 kPa) Maximum life ____________________ 2,200 miles (3500 km) Snow chains: Snow chains must not be fitted to the rear wheels, and may only be used with the following wheel-tire combinations: Wheels Tires Maximum speed _________________ 50 mph (80 km/h) 6 x 15*)_____ 205/65 R15 6.5 x 16_____205/55 R16 M+S or 215/55 R16 Snow chains must not be fitted to 17" wheels. Max. permissible speed with snow chains fitted is 30 mph (50 km/h). Contact an authorized Saab dealer for advice on snow chains. NOTICE Wheels larger than 17” must not be fitted. Wheel offset must be 49 mm. Vehicles with 12.05 in (306 mm) front brake discs must not use 15” rims. 15" wheels must not be fitted to the 2.3 Turbo or 3.0t V6 since the size of the brake discs prohibits this. ...
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    268 Specifications Lowest recommended tire pressure, cold tires Tire size Load/speed mph (km/h) 1) 205/65 R15 94 V 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 1–5 pers./100– (160–) 215/55 R16 93 V 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 1–5 pers./100– (160–) 225/45 R17 94 W 1–3 pers./0–120 (0–190) 4–5 pers./0–120 (0–190) 1–5 pers./120– (190–) 195/65 R 15 91 Q 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) Winter tire 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) for 2.3t 205/55 R16 91 Q 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) Winter tire. 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) All variants except 3.0t V6. 215/55 R16 93 Q 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) Winter tire. 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) All variants. T115/70 R16 Max 50 (80) Spare wheel Front psi/kPa Rear psi/kPa 33/230 33/230 41/280 35/240 35/240 42/290 35/240 35/240 43/300 33/230 36/250 30/210 30/210 38/260 32/220 32/220 39/270 33/230 33/230 42/290 33/230 36/250 32/220 39/270 32/220 39/270 32/220 39/270 32/220 39/270 ...
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    Specifications 269 Plates and labels When consulting your Saab dealer, it may be necessary to quote the car’s V.I.N., engine and gearbox numbers. IB1948 US Modification identity plate. V.I.N. number, inside windshield. Certification label. Gearbox number. Engine number. Tire pressures and color codes (body & trim), label. 7 Chassis number plate. 8 Chassis number, stamped on body. 9 Vehicle Emission Control Information. CANADA 1 2 3 4 5 6 ...
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    270 Specifications 2 | S 3 | 3 4 | E 5 | F 6 | 4 7 | 9 8 | E 9 | 6 10 11 12 | | | 3 3 045842 IB1917 position: 1 | V.I.N.: Y | 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 ______ E = 9-5 5 Model series ______ B = 9-5 Linear with driver’s and passenger-side airbags D = 9-5 Arc with driver’s and passenger-side airbags H = 9-5 Aero with driver’s and passenger-side airbags 6 Body version _____ 4 = 4-door 5 = 5-door 7 Gearbox __________ 5 = Manual 5-speed 9 = Automatic 5-speed 8 Engine variant _____ E = G= Z= 2.3t 2.3 Turbo 3.0t V6 9 Check digit ________ 0–9/X 10 Model year ________ 3 = 2003 11 Factory ___________ 3 = Trollhättan 12 Serial number ______ 000001–999999 ...
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    Specifications Several of the systems in your Saab car can 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 sound 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. • Preclude the unlocking of the trunk while the car is driven, YES or NO. • Automatic locking of the trunk after 1 second–4 minutes if it has not been opened, YES or NO. • Automatic locking of the trunk when it is closed, YES or NO. • Automatic locking of all doors when the car is driven above 7.5 mph (12 km/h), YES or NO. Saab Information Display: • Outdoor temperature display can be adjusted. Miscellaneous: • Select the on-time for heated rear seat. • Cool ...
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    Index Index A A/C system, fault diagnosis ________242 A/C system, maintenance _________242 ABS brakes ____________________172 ACC __________________________77 ACC functions ___________________80 ACC, automatic climate control ______77 ACC, calibration _________________85 ACC, condensation _______________86 ACC, programming _______________83 ACC, useful tips _________________85 Adjusting the steering wheel _______124 Adjustment, seats ________________12 Afterheater, V6-engine cars ________87 Air conditioning (A/C), fault diagnosis and maintenance ______________242 Air distribution, ACC ______________82 Airbag _________________________33 Alarm __________________________48 Alarm functions __________________51 Alarm signals _______________ 48, 51 Alternator _____________________211 Alternator drive belt _________ 211, 263 Alternator rating ________________263 Anticorrosion treatment ___________246 Antidazzle rear-view mirror ________129 Ashtrays ______________ ...
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    274 Index Door handles ____________________42 Door mirrors ___________________125 Doors, locks & luggage compartment _41 Drive belt ______________________263 Drive belt, alternator _____________211 Drive belts, length _______________263 Driver’s seat, programmable ________14 Driving at night _________________186 Driving in hot weather ____________181 Driving with a load _______________187 E ESP __________________________176 Electric heating seat ______________15 Electric heating, front seats _________15 Electric windows ________________131 Electrical system, technical data ____263 Electrically heated rear seat ________15 Electronic Stability Program, ESP ___176 Electronic starting interlock _________43 Emergency operation of sunroof ____133 Emission control systems _________201 Engine bay, 3.0t V6 ______________200 Engine bay, 4-cyl _______________199 Engine bay, cleaning _____________245 Engine number _________________269 Engine oil, grade ____________ ...
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    Index Light switches ___________________71 Luggage-compartment lighting _____134 M Main instrument panel _____________56 Main/dipped beam _______________71 Maintenance schedule ___________254 Manual gearbox, technical data ____264 Maxi fuses _____________________227 Milometer ______________________62 Motoring abroad ________________248 N Night Panel _____________________69 O Oil capacity, engine ______________260 Oil change, engine ______________204 Oil specification _________________260 OnStar ________________________111 Outdoor temperature ______________65 Owner assistance _______________255 P Paintwork, touching-in ____________245 Parking Assistance ______________193 Parking lights ___________________71 Plates and labels ________________269 Poly-V-belt ____________________211 Power steering _________________208 275 Power-steering fluid _____________208 Pressure gauge __________________64 Programming I, ACC ______________83 Programming II, A ...
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    276 Index Speed rating ___________________232 Speedometer _______________ 62, 63 Starting in cold weather, ACC _______83 Starting in hot weather, ACC _______83 Steering wheel adjustment ________124 Steering, technical data __________265 Stone-chip damage, repairing ______245 Storage compartments ___________136 Sun visors _____________________135 Sunroof _______________________132 Suspension ____________________265 Suspension, technical data ________265 Switches _______________________71 Symbols _______________________10 Systems, adjustment _____________271 T TCS OFF _______________________61 Table of fuses __________________228 Tachometer _____________________62 Tailgate, opening ________________46 Tank gauge _____________________63 Technical data __________________257 Telematics _____________________111 Temperature control, ACC _________79 Temperature gauge, engine ________63 Temperature zones, ACC __________79 Textile carpeting ________________243 T ...
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