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Owner’s Manual
Saab 9-3 M2004
Safety 10
Security 39
9-3 Convertible 53
Instruments and controls 73
Interior equipment 115
Starting and driving 139
Car care 191
Customer Assistance and Information 261
Technical data 267
Index 283

© Saab Automobile AB 2003
Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden
Printed in Sweden

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WARNING
Failure to heed warnings may cause
personal injury.

NOTICE
NOTICE texts warns of potential damage
to the car if the recommendations are not
followed.
Since the policy at Saab is one of continual
improvement, we retain the right to incorpo-
rate modifications and to alter specifications
We recommend that you read through the
during production without prior notice.
manual before taking the car out for the first
Introduction time and keep it in the car for future refer- If you have any questions concerning your
ence. car, its equipment, the warranty conditions,
This manual provides practical guidance on
driving and caring for your Saab. etc., your Saab dealer will be pleased to
To find a specific item, use the overviews
help, or you may call the Saab Customer
The Saab 9-3 will be available with the fol- given on page 3–6. A list of content is given
Assistance Center in the U.S. at 1-800-955-
lowing engine variants: at the beginning of each section of the man-
9007 or email them at saab-
ual, and there is also a comprehensive
• 2.0t 175 hp crm@saabusa.com. In Canada, please
index at the back of the book.
contact the Saab Customer Assistance
• 2.0 Turbo 210 hp Supplied with the car is a Warranties and Center at 1-800-263-1999.
Although this manual describes the most Service Record booklet which contains
important differences between model vari- important warranty information and speci-
ants, it does not specify the equipment or fies the regular maintenance to be carried Enjoy the road ahead!
features included on individual models. out. Also included is a Quick Reference Saab Automobile AB
Importation and distribution of Saab auto- Guide, an Infotainment System manual, tire
mobiles, spare parts and accessories are warranties and (U.S. customers), a dealer Saab Automobile AB does not accept liability for
handled exclusively by Saab Cars USA, Inc. directory with Roadside Assistance Pro- any damage caused by the fitting of spare parts,
in the United States and by General Motors gram information. exchange parts or accessories that are not
of Canada Limited in Canada. approved by Saab Automobile AB.

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Instrument panel Fuel gauge __________________ 81
Odometer and trip meter ________ 79
Speedometer ________________ 79
Tachometer __________________ 78
Temperature gauge____________ 80
Turbo gauge _________________ 80 Clock _______________________ 88
Warning and indicator lights _____ 74 Profiler ______________________ 83
Saab Information Display (SID) ___ 83
Cruise Control ___________ 159
Direction indicators _______ 93
High/low beam control stalk 92

Replacing wiper blades ___ 206
Washers and wipers______ 95
Changing bulbs __________ 208 Washer fluid ____________ 206
Front fog lights___________ 93
Headlight levelling ________ 91
High/low beam __________ 92
Parking lights____________ 91
Rear fog light____________ 93
Automatic climate control __ 103
Car care and maintenance _ 255
Hazard warning lights_____ 94
Manual climate control ____ 98
Seat heating ____________ 102
Seat heating, ACC _______ 111

Ashtray _____________________ 126
Cigarette lighter _______________ 126

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Exterior Maximum loads _______________ 268 Hood _______________________ 192
Mounting holes for roof carriers ___ 182 Washing the engine bay_________ 249
Roof load ____________________ 182

Anti-corrosion treatment ___ 253
Body __________________ 251 Changing bulbs _________ 208
Service program _________ 262 Dipswitch ______________ 91
Sunroof ________________ 120 Direction indicators_______ 93
Touching up paintwork ____ 251 Front lights _____________ 210
Washing _______________ 250 Headlight levelling (Bi-
Waxing and polishing _____ 251 Xenon) _______________ 91
Headlight switches _______ 91
Headlight washers _______ 206
Brake lights _____________ 215
Changing bulbs __________ 208
Light switches ___________ 91 Central locking __________ 40
Taillights _______________ 215 Child safety locks ________ 44
Lock buttons ____________ 40
Trunk lock ______________ 43

Folding down the rear seat _ 134
Lighting ________________ 215
Load-through hatch_______ 136
Spare wheel ____________ 138
Braking _____________________ 160
Tools __________________ 138 Economical motoring _____ 173
Changing wheels______________ 245
Trunk __________________ 134 Fuel filler door __________ 147
Spare wheel _________________ 243
Tire pressure ________________ 277 Fuel gauge _____________ 81
Tire pressure monitor __________ 229 Fuel grade _____________ 271
Tires _______________________ 231 Refueling ______________ 147
Towing_________________ 184 Wheels _____________________ 275
Towing hook eyes ________ 184 Winter driving ________________ 175
Towing a trailer __________ 178

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Interior Interior rearview mirror _________ 129 Interior lighting: changing bulbs ___ 220
Vanity mirror _________________ 124 Interior light switches ___________ 123
Door mirrors__________________ 128 Sunroof _____________________ 120

Airbag _________________ 28 Airbag_________________ 28
Steering wheel adjustment _ 116 Child safety locks ________ 44
Steering _______________ 273 Child seats _____________ 21
Safety belt care _________ 248
Safety belts ____________ 11

Fuses _________________ 222
Glove compartment ______ 126
Storage compartments____ 126

Electric windows _________ 117
Automatic transmission ___ 153
Changing gears _________ 152
Manual transmission _____ 152

Child seats _____________ 21 Ashtray and cigarette lighter _____ 126
Folding down the rear seat _ 134 Break-In Period _______________ 151
Rear seat ______________ 134 Driving in hot/cold climates ______ 175
Safety belts _____________ 11 Ignition switch ________________ 140
Seat adjustment _________ 16 Parking brake_________________ 167
Seat heating ____________ 102, Parking _____________________ 167
111 Starting the engine ____________ 142
Upholstery care__________ 249

ACC) _____________ 255 Spark plugs _____________ 272 Turbo gauge ____________ 80 Topping-up fluid _________ 206 Wash/wipe stalk switch____ 95 Washer fluid ____________ 206 Engine oil: checking level __ 196 Washer jets ____________ 207 Automatic transmission _________ 153 Power steering________________ 201 Battery ______________________ 202 Transmission: technical data _____ 272 Fluid: checking/topping up _______ 201 Battery charge ________________ 202 Manual transmission ___________ 152 Jump starting _________________ 187 .6 Engine bay Changing engine oil____________ 197 Coolant: checking/topping-up ____ 199 Engine: description ____________ 193 Driving in hot climates __________ 177 Engine: technical data __________ 270 Radiator_____________________ 270 Important considerations for driving 144 Temperature gauge ____________ 80 Oil grade and viscosity__________ 270 Color code______________ 278 Engine number __________ 278 ABS brakes_____________ 160 Gearbox number _________ 278 Brake pads _____________ 200 Warning labels __________ 7 Brake system ___________ 274 Vehicle identification number 278 Brake fluid______________ 200 Alternator ______________ 205 Drive belt_______________ 205 Changing a fuse _________ 222 Exhaust emission control __ 145 Fuse table _____________ 227 Ignition system __________ 272 Fuses _________________ 222 Simple troubleshooting Relays ________________ 227 (A/C.

Compressor oil: 150 cc PAG oil SP-10 alt. • Sulfuric acid can cause blindness or severe KEEP OUT OF REACH FROM CHILDREN. explosive gases can cause blindness or injury • Sulphuric acid can cause blindness or severe burns • Flush eyes immediately with water. • Shield eyes. Do not open battery causer la cécité ou des blessures. FLAMES OR SMOKING DE REMPLISSAGE • SHIELD EYES AVANT DE L’ENLEVER. Get medical help fast Coolant: • Do not tip battery. The A/C system complies with SAE J639. Ne pas fumer. ENFANTS MAINTENANCE-FREE BATTERY-P/N 53 52 000 12V/700A/125min(SAE) 12V/700A/70Ah (EN) BATTERIE SANS ENTRETIEN-P/N 53 52 000 12V/700A/125min(SAE) 12V/700A/70Ah (EN) Saab Automobile AB 53 53 057 Manufactured by Tudor Spain (Exide Technologies) 12102-EP Saab Automobile AB 53 53 085 Fabriquée par Tudor Espagne (Exide Technologies) 12103-EP Battery: • No sparks. l'oau Consulter un médecin rapidement. • KEEP OUT OF REACH FROM CHILDREN UTILISER SEULEMENT DU LIQUIDE DOT 4 PROV- • ACID ENANT D’UN CONTE- • SEE OWNER’S MANUAL NANT SCELLÉ. • Rincer immédiatement les yeux avec de Get medical help fast. 7 Warning labels Radiator fan: Radiator fan may start at any time. Do not loosen or remove the A/C system fittings before discharging the A/C system. Charge: 680 g R134a. • Flush eyes immediatly with water • Éviter les étincelles et les flammes. flames or smoking • Shield eyes. brûlures graves. • Ne pas pencher ni ouvrir la batterie. flames or smoking. • EXPLOSIVE GAS . A/C system: Refrigerant at high pressure. explosive gases can cause • Protéger les yeux car les gaz explosife peuvent blindness or injury. System to be serviced by qualified personnel only. Saab oil 4759106 LEVEL INDICATOR INDICATEUR DE NIVEAU DARK / NOIR OK CLEAR LOW CLAIR BAS DANGER/POISON 700 CCA (SAE) DANGER/POISON 700 CCA (SAE) 12102-EP 12103-EP • No sparks. Improper service methods may cause personal injury. • Do not tip battery. • L'acide sulfurique peut causer la cécité ou des GARDER HORS DE LA PORTÉE DES 000 000 burns. Do not open battery CANADA Never open when engine hot! NETTOYER LE BOUCHON • NO SPARKS. For instructions consult dealer man- ual.

Use on level ground only. This label is only found on Changing wheels: cars with xenon headlights. CANADA 6 Mount spare wheel and tighten bolts enough so wheel is not loose. Safe working load 1980 lbs. loosen wheel bolts one-half turn. • Vehicle must be level and jack must be placed on firm and level ground. . JACKING INSTRUCTION USA 1 Set parking brake and shift transmission to park. Loosen wheel bolts completely and remove wheel. Tighten wheel bolts in a crisscross DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur sequence. (900 kg). 4 Using socket wrench in tool kit. • Never crawl underneath vehicle when it is jacked up. 5 Raise vehicle so that tire clears ground. • 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 Contact a Saab dealer if a xenon headlight requires replacement. 2 Fit top of jack into jacking point next to wheel to be changed. Use vehicle support stands. 3 Crank jack so that vehicle begins to lift. 7 Lower vehicle.8 Jack • Jack is designed only for changing a tire or mounting tire snow chains.

Stability unlock Program Trunk lid. lock Rear fog light ABS brakes Central Electronic locking. opening . 9 Example of symbols that can be found in your car No sparks. Windshield Coolant tem- flames or Buckle up Headlights Radiator fan smoking wipers perature Refer to the Owner’s Airbag Direction Windshield No charge to Fuel Manual indicators washers battery Never place a rear-facing Shield eyes child seat in Parking lights Defroster Foot brake this seat Keep out of reach of Electric Hazard warn. of rear window Cabin fan phuric acid switches lights pressure Risk of Central explosive gas locking. Rear window windows Coolant level ing lights heating children Battery acid Deactivating Front fog Engine oil contains sul.

10 Safety Safety Safety belts ___________ 11 Seats ________________ 16 Head restraints ________ 20 Child safety ___________ 21 Airbag________________ 28 .

a rear-seat (SID). the safety belt reminder in the main instrument panel • Safety belts must be worn at all times will come on if the driver has not buckled up. by all occupants. • Check that the locking tongue is prop- erly locked in the belt lock. see page 21. Safety 11 Safety belts Three-point inertia-reel safety belts are provided for all seats. When the ignition is switched on. • Buckle up and adjust your safety belt Safety belt reminder before driving off so that you can pay full attention to the traffic. . imposed on the front seat passengers and belts are multiplied and can result in needless injury or even death for all car occupants. or until the driver fastens his belt. passenger not wearing a safety belt will be thrown forward against the front-seat backrests. In addition an audible signal sounds for 4– • Child safety. The front seat passenger is reminded to buckle up by the Saab Information Display Driver seat safety belt reminder • In the event of a crash. The stresses Use your seatbelt. The results of studies show that it is equally WARNING important to wear safety belts in the rear seat as in the front seats. 8 seconds.

Make sure that the shoulder belt is not in contact with the neck or throat. It is advisable to remove thick items of • Never fasten the safety belt with the clothing. the car tilts. • An out of position safety belt can result • Check to ensure that the belt is not twisted in the wearer sliding underneath the or rubbing against any sharp edges. necessary. the shoulder as possible. injury can result from the lap portion Pull the belt tight – particularly important cutting into the abdomen. Saab recom- mends the use of a child seat for children up to the age of 10. • Children up to 6 years of age must always be seated in a child seat. the brakes are applied hard or a crash occurs. belt in a crash (submarining) and • There should not be any slack in the belt. when thick outer clothing is worn. The retractor locks up auto- matically if the belt is jerked or withdrawn sharply. • Children who have grown out of a child seat should be restrained by the car’s standard three-point belts. . the retractor will allow the wearer freedom of movement. In the event of a crash • Only one person per safety belt! those sharing a belt risk being crushed together and injured. Proper positioning of the safety belt is The shoulder strap must be as far in on extremely important. safety belt. • For most of the time a safety belt is worn. a booster seat/cush- ion may be necessary.12 Safety Correct position for safety belt Consider this: • Position the lap strap snugly and low WARNING across the hips so that it just touches the thighs. If it is. Correct seating position shoulder belt behind the body or pull the belt off the shoulder and under the • Refrain from tilting the backrest more than arm. as the safety belt provides better protection when the seat is in the • Two people must never share one more upright position.

Raise the belt guide by pushing it upward to the desired position. etc. The safety Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle Adjust the belt so that it is as high up as pos- belts follow the seats when the legroom is and pull the belt towards the shoulder to sible without rubbing against the neck. Check that it is safety belts can be set at different heights. The front belt guide in the Convertible is not The front safety belts have their lower adjustable due to belt in seat. Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and insert. Position the lap part low across the hips. securely fastened. anchorage points on the seats. cleaning. To adjusted. the guide can be lowered until the belt tion of the safety belts. Sport Sedan possible. Refer to page 248 for how to check the func. release the belt. comes about an inch (a few centimetres) from the throat but still provides safe restraint. The belt guide on the door pillar for the front Press the red button on the belt buckle to ing the tongue in the buckle. . Safety 13 To fasten the belt Press the red button to release the belt The belt guide on door pillar Front safety belts The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as Belt height adjustment. avoid chafing in the case of a short person. Check that the guide locks in its new position. depress the catch release button while lowering the guide. To lower it. tighten the lap belt part.

Convertible: The front and rear safety belts Safety belt use during pregnancy are equipped with pretensioners and force Pregnant women must always wear a limiters. ing" the safety belt slightly to absorb the rized Saab dealer for any necessary body’s kinetic energy as gradually as possi- repairs. The force limiters Never make any alterations or repairs to reduce belt loads on the body by "slacken- the safety belt yourself. The safety belt pretensioners serve to reduce the movement of the body by ten- sioning the belt incl. The front safety belt pretensioners The lap belt should be placed low. The safety belt pretensioners are only acti- If the car is involved in a crash. a roll over crash. components must be inspected by an The safety belt pretensioners serve to authorized Saab dealer and replaced as reduce the forward movement of the body necessary. Visit an autho. The pretensioners are activated in safety belt to protect both themselves and the event of a violent frontal or side-on the unborn child. by tensioning the belt. tion is in use. the safety vated if the safety belt in question is in use belts. .14 Safety Safety belt pretensioners Sport Sedan: The front safety belts are equipped with pretensioners and force limit- ers. ble. crash. The pretensioners are activated in the WARNING event of a violent frontal or side-on crash. belt pretensioners and other but not activated should the car roll over. across are only activated if the safety belt in ques- the hips and over the upper thighs. The force limiters reduce belt loads on the body by "slackening" the safety belt slightly to absorb the body’s kinetic energy as gradu- ally as possible.

. • If a cargo has to be placed on a seat. See page 248 for the checking of belt func- tion. Fasten the belts by pulling the belt across you and inserting the tongue into the buckle. This reduces the risk of the cargo being thrown about during hard Rear safety belts braking or a crash. The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as possible. Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle and pull the belt towards the shoulder to tighten the lap belt part. which could cause personal injury. see page 67 WARNING • Make sure that the belt does not become trapped when the backrest is folded down or raised (see page 134). • Check that the belt is not twisted or lying against sharp edges. Press the red button on the buckle to release the belt. Check that it is securely fastened. cleaning. it must be properly secured with the safety belt. The buckles for the center Securing an item on the rear seat and left-hand rear seats are close together. etc. • Make sure you use the correct safety belt buckle. rear seat Safety belts rear seat. The three rear seats all have three-point safety belts with inertia reels. Convertible. Safety 15 Safety belts.

both seats Convertible. 4 Head restraint height Lastly.passenger seats Sport Sedan. driver’s seat • Legroom Sport Sedan . Repeated lifting of the lever will Convertible .both seats tion.passenger seats Lift the lever to raise the seat. adjust the position of the steering Manually adjusted front seats wheel (see page 116).passenger seats increase the height in steps. both front seats Convertible .passenger seats .driver’s seat See pages 102 and 111.both seats Convertible .only electrically adjustable will lower the seat in steps. • Height Electric heating.16 Safety Seats We recommend that adjustments to the driver’s seat be performed in the following order: WARNING 1 Height 2 Legroom Never adjust the driver’s seat except 3 Backrest rake angle when the car is stationary. • Lumbar support firmness Press down the lever to lower the seat. front seats (option) Sport Sedan . Sport Sedan . The lever is • Backrest rake angle spring-loaded to return to its neutral posi- Sport Sedan . Height adjustment Convertible . front seats • Head restraint height Sport Sedan . The following seat adjustments can be made to achieve a comfortable driving Electrically adjustable front seats position: See page 18.driver’s seat Repeated downward presses of the lever Convertible .

it may move while the car in the event of emergency braking or a is being driven and it could result in injury crash. Safety 17 Adjusting the legroom Adjusting the backrest Adjusting the lumbar support Legroom adjustment Backrest rake angle Lumbar support. Sport Sedan Lift the lever under the front of the seat and Adjust the firmness of the lumbar support by slide the seat to the desired position. To find the most comfortable position. in particular a rear-end crash. turn the knob to provide stepless adjustment of the backrest. WARNING WARNING The backrest should be upright during driving. turning the knob. . so that the safety belt. If not. to the occupant in the event of a crash. airbag and Check that the seat is locked in the new backrest can provide optimum protection position.

• Bear in mind that children can be injured if they play with the electrically. for example. Electrically section of the front lever. . Adjusting the height and angle Adjusting the legroom operated seats. Ensure that nothing can be trapped behind the seat when adjusting it. there are two exceptions: • To facilitate getting into the car. both seats can be adjusted when either of the front doors is open. see page 19. and make sure that noth- ing gets caught and damaged. due to children playing. adjustable front seats with memory Adjust the angle of the seat with the front function. Adjust the height of the seat with the rear Adjust the legroom with the front lever.18 Safety Electrically adjustable front seats (option) WARNING • The seats are actuated by powerful motors. • Always remove the remote control when you leave the car to prevent Height adjustment and seat angle Legroom adjustment personal injury caused by the electri- cally adjustable seats. • The seats can be adjusted up to 2 minutes after both doors have been closed (applicable only to cars without window and sunroof pinch protection). With the doors closed the seats can only be adjusted when the ignition is ON. section of the front lever. Bear this in mind when adjust- ing the seat. However.

Safety 19 Adjusting the rake angle Adjusting the lumbar support Memory function buttons Driver’s seat in Sport Sedan Backrest rake angle Lumbar support. in particular a rear-end crash. WARNING WARNING The backrest should be upright during The legroom of the electrically operated driving. . backrest can provide optimum protection whether or not a front door is open and in the event of emergency braking or a irrespective of the position of the ignition crash. switch. Adjust the rake angle of the backrest with the rear lever. so that the safety belt. airbag and driver’s seat can always be adjusted. driver’s seat Memory function (option) Adjust the firmness of the lumbar support by turning the knob.

The memory function end crash. The front and rear head restraints can be The SAHR is a mechanical system. all seat settings can Head restraint. fully to improve rearward vision when the iting the backward movement of the head. The mechanism is built door mirror can be angled down. These need to be replaced or repaired after a rear- seat and door mirrors adopt their pro. where it is con. rear seats are unoccupied. also includes the door mirror settings. raised and lowered to a number of positions. the settings have been saved. . thus lim. thus reducing the likelihood of 2 Press and hold the M-button and then neck injury in a crash. actu. The memory also includes the door mirror settings. A chime will sound to confirm that that are occupied. the SAHR does not normally Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). • Raising: grasp the head restraint on both page 128. turn. When the door is open and Head restraints before the remote control has been inserted Sport Sedan into the ignition switch. the body is • Lowering: Press the head restraint forced back against the backrest. height. To facilitate reversing. head is optimally supported and the The lumbar support is not included by center of the head restraint is at ear the memory function. see page 66. from behind. all seat settings can be adjusted. sides and pull it straight up. Convertible. press one of the preselect buttons (1. In the event of a rear-end crash. reduce the risk of neck injury if the car is hit grammed positions. To recall programmed settings. the passenger-side ated by body weight.20 Safety When the ignition is ON. nected to the head restraint. in forward and downward. This. press and The front seats are equipped with Saab hold the desired memory button until the Therefore. WARNING Storing and restoring settings • Adjust the head restraint so that the 1 Adjust the seat and the door mirrors. refer to into the top of the backrest. be adjusted for up to 20 minutes. causes the mechanism to press the The rear head restraints can be lowered head restraint forward and upward. 2 • Raise the head restraints in the seats or 3).

and keep the keys out of chil- airbag • Never allow children to climb on top of dren´s sight and reach. for children • Keep the rear fold-down seat closed to • Always look for children before back. the front way. take the remote locked in by mistake. • Sit as far back as possible from the • To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. help prevent children from getting into • NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in ing your car out of a garage or drive. cars. • DEATH or SERIOUS – Children can put the car into gear and hurt themselves or others. shorter than 55 inches control out of the car while filling the (140 cm) can be killed by the tank. • Always lock the doors and trunk of your car. the trunk from inside the car. perhaps die. Small children can drown in a short time in less than an inch of water. trapped in the trunk of your car • Children must always be suitably – Children can suffer heat stroke. • The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place or under motor vehicles. even for a short time. • ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and • Supervise young children around CHILD RESTRAINTS buckets of water while washing your car. in a matter of minutes. • Teach children not to play in or around restrained in the car. airbag never let a car idle in the garage. . • Watch children when loading or INJURY can occur unloading the car so they don´t get • Children 12 and under or • At gas stations. Safety 21 Child safety WARNING WARNING WARNING • Never leave children unattended in a Protect children from getting car.

a minimum for all children under the age of 3 (approx. facilitate proper fitting of child restraints a child seat anchor symbol. Saab recommends the use of a booster seat for children up to the age of 10. The top tethers must be appropriate for the size of the child. in the car. When fitting child restraints in cars you When fitting child restraints in cars you must must always read the instructions sup. In this vehicle. If you have any questions regarding LATCH facing child seat for as long as this is please contact your Saab dealer. child restraint or booster The LATCH system is installed in the car to see page 25. possible . However. see picture on next page. fitting a child seat. always read the instructions supplied by the plied by the child restraint manufacturer. child restraint manufacturer. cushion and seat back come together. Label restraint in accordance with the manufac. consists of a symbol of a child restrained in turer’s child restraint instructions. a seat inside a circle. .22 Safety General information on child safety LATCH The LATCH system consists of top tether The same attention must be given to child LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers and lower anchorages (also called ISOFIX). They are covered by a lid with cushion. are located on top of the parcel shelf Always consult your Saab dealer before equipped to utilize the LATCH system. LATCH is installed at the two dard for a uniform method of fitting child outboard seating positions in the rear seat. There is a label above the inner lower Make sure that it is possible to fit a child anchorage. Only certain child restraints are position (not Convertible). Children travel most safely when properly and there is a top tether on the rear center restrained. 15 kg). (Convertible: behind the head restraints). safety in the car as is given to adults. Saab recommends the use of a rear. the type of restraint restraints without using the standard safety belts. Use a child seat approved for the weight of the child. for CHildren) is a US/Canadian safety stan. The lower Make sure you are acquainted with the designed for and equipped with LATCH anchorages are located where the seat legal requirements for seating children attachments.

Safety 23 Lower anchorages (ISOFIX) in the rear seat. Convertible . Sport Sedan Lower anchorages (ISOFIX) in the rear seat.

The availability of LATCH child restraints is limited. 1 in illustration. . 4 Press the child restraint rearward.24 Safety LATCH child seat installation Before starting the installation. lining up the inner restraint attachment arm Rigid 2-point lower anchorage with top Semi-rigid 2-point lower anchorage with with the label. tether top tether 5 Connect the restraint attachment arms to the anchorages 3 in illustration. only use the strap sup- plied with the child restraint. Only use the belt supplied with the child restraint. 7 Attach the top tether strap to the in-car anchorage and tighten according to the restraint instructions. plied by the child restraint manufacturer. For the top tether. 3 Press the child restraint down on the seat. 6 Follow the child restraint instructions to When fitting child restraints in cars you confirm that both restraint attachment must always read the instructions sup- arms are properly attached to the bars. 2 in illustration. 1 Place the child restraint on one of the designated outboard rear seat cush- ions. 2 Slide the attachment on the child restraint in between the seat cushion and backrest. please read through this instruction. 8 Pull the child restraint to make a second check that the restraint is securely attached at both the lower anchorage bars and the top tether strap. see page 25 and 26. and the child seat installation instruction.

anchorages please contact your Saab bars on the safety belts and the top dealer. Sport Sedan correctly fitted child restraints. 6 Close the cover to the middle position. 1 in illustration.S. Safety 25 Child tether anchorages for forward facing child seats Sport Sedan Convertible. attached according to Canadian and U. follows: 8 Pull the child restraint to make a second safety standards. tether strap. 1 Open the cover that is right behind the check that the restraint is securely If you have any questions regarding child attached at both the lower anchorages child restraint. . see page 26 WARNING Child top tether anchorages are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by Child tether anchorages in parcel shelf. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult safety belts. 4 Lower the headrest and route the tether over it. The car is provided with three top tether 7 Tighten the tether so that the back of the anchorages. 3 in illustration. 2 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. 3 Secure the lower part of the child restraint by means of the lower anchor- ages (ISOFIX) or the safety belts as described in the child restraint installa- tion instruction. 5 Attach the tether to the anchorage. 2 in illustration. Use the one that is right behind child restraint is pressed hard against Child restraints with a tether strap must be the child restraint and attach the restraint as the backrest.

WARNING dealer. described in the child restraint installa- If you have any questions regarding child tion instruction. 2 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. ages (ISOFIX) or the safety belts as . the child restraint and attach the restraint as follows: 6 Pull the child restraint to make a second check that the restraint is securely 1 Remove the head restraint on the seat. tether strap. 5 Tighten the tether so that the back of the If the size of the child restraint makes it The car is provided with two top tether child restraint is pressed hard against anchorages.S. 7 Put the head restraint back on and make 3 Secure the lower part of the child sure it is sucure mounted. safety standards. How to take away the head restraint Top tether anchorages in the rear seat Under no circumstances are they to be 1 Raise the head restraint used for adult safety belts. on. place it in the trunk. attached at both the lower anchorages ing position where the child restraint bars on the safety belts and the top shall be fitted. anchorages please contact your Saab 4 Attach the tether to the anchorage. Use the one that is right behind impossible to put the head reatraint back the backrest. highest position.26 Safety Child tether anchorages for forward facing child seats Convertible WARNING Child top tether anchorages are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. 2 Push the catch forward and pull the head restraint straight upward Child restraints with a tether strap must be attached according to Canadian and U. Adjust it in its restraint by means of the lower anchor.

4 Pull the shoulder belt tight to secure the When fitting child restraints in cars you child restraint in position. 5 Check for correct locking function by plied by the child restraint manufacturer. pulling on the belt. be positioned in any of the three rear places. 3 Pull out the belt completely until it stops. from the child restraint manufacturer. buckle. dance with the manufacturer’s instructions. must always read the instructions sup. ing sound ceases. Safety 27 Installation of child restraint using If fitting a child restraint that is intended to be The safety belt locking function will be deac- the standard safety belt secured in position by the standard safety tivated when the safety belt is retracted. WARNING Locking the belt lessens the risk that the 2 Disengage the safety belt from the child seat will work loose while the car is in restraint. according to the instructions Failure to follow all the manufacturer’s motion. ward facing installation in the rear seat can Then let the belt slowly pull in the slack. 2 Route the belt in the restraint according to the installation instruction of the restraint. make use of the locking function of the 1 Disengage the safety belt latch from the belt. function is in work. The belt must not unreel. instructions on the use of this child 1 Position the child restraint in the back restraint system can cause your child to 3 Let the safety belt retract until the click- seat. Child restraints that are approved for rear. strike the vehicle´s interior during a sudden stop or crash. Clicking sound indicates that the lock Make sure that it is possible to fit it in accor. . belt.

It is also possible for Convertible: The side airbags help only the safety belt pretensioners to be acti- WARNING protect the head also.1 second. Stage II will automatically be acti- • Always adjust your seat so that you • Safety belt pretensioners for front seats vated later to neutralize the gas generator in are as far back as possible but still and outer rear seats. able to operate the pedals and reach The airbag system supplements the protec- the steering wheel and controls tion provided by the safety belts to further comfortably. passenger airbag. than 55 inches (140 cm) must always When the system is activated at the moment travel in the rear seat as the car is fitted of impact. The whole operation takes roughly 0. the airbag inflates and then with a passenger airbag. enhance the safety of occupants taller than • Passengers 12 and under or shorter 55 in.28 Safety Airbag Airbag system components Note: The sensor reacts differently depending on • Airbag in steering wheel whether or not the front safety belts on the • Airbag in instrument panel in front of driver’s and passenger sides are used. (Sport Sedan only) impact. The steering wheel and passenger airbags are so-called smart airbags. flated. the airbag. deflates through holes in the back. (140 cm). Sit- passenger seat uations can therefore arise where only one • Side airbags in front seat backrests of the airbags inflates. . • Never fit a child seat in front of the quicker than the blink of an eye. The driver and passenger airbag system compensates for safety belt usage and the force of the crash at the moment of impact. vated and for the airbags to remain unin- • Inflatable curtains along length of headlin. To reduce risk of death or serious injury: ing (from front to rear roof pillars) If only Stage I is activated at the moment of • Always wear your safety belt.

The driver and passenger front airbags are There are two impact sensors on the front triggered by violent front-end crashes. the positive terminal of the battery will be disconnected. Inflated airbag (driver’s side). inflatable curtains (Sport Sedan) and roll over bars (Convertible). such as the force of the crash and the angle of impact. They bumper. Safety 29 If the airbag system registers forces equiv- alent to a high-speed crash (airbags inflated to Stage II). these impacts.and register that the car is involved in a crash. The control module also controls whether other components of the airbag system are to be deployed: safety belt pretensioners. See page 204. the control module determines whether or not to inflate the airbags. Inflation and deflation of airbag takes approx. side-impacts. Very are not activated by minor front-end soon after the moment of impact. under the lacquered shell. Both front airbags inflated Contact Saab dealer. .1 s The car is equipped as standard with a passenger airbag. Using this information and data from the central sensor in the control module. the inflatable curtains will also be activated (Sport Sedan) see page 34. the airbag warning lamp on the main instrument panel will come on and the Saab Information Display (SID) will display: Airbag malfunction. 0. Which airbag system components are deployed depends on a number of factors. If the airbags are deployed. if the car overturns or by rear. If a fault arises in the airbag system during a journey.

30 Safety Airbag system Accessories and other equipment must 1 Steering wheel with integral airbag not be fitted to the surfaces marked as 2 Passenger airbag these are where the airbags inflate in the 3 Side airbag event of a crash. side-impact protection (Sport Sedan only) 8 Electronic control module and central sensor (SDM) . 4 Inflatable curtain (Sport Sedan only) 5 Sensors in front bumper 6 Sensor. side-impact protection 7 Sensor.

. consult a doctor. and with your seat as far back as is tion should be washed with clean • Never rest your hands or forearms on practical. have injury if the airbag should inflate. See page not provide protection against a • Some components of the airbag will 77. airbag inflates which could cause you In the event of eye irritation. In some incident. circumstances the airbag can cause • Fumes are generated by the chemical minor burns or abrasions to the body reaction that inflates the airbag. Always use your safety belt. such as a pipe. have in your mouth. or they could and deflates extremely rapidly. back against the backrest when the possible. flush the injury or death. Skin surfaces that show signs of irrita- in contact with the backrest of the seat. In case of persistent irritation. for light could signify that the airbags may • Note that because an airbag inflates instance. not inflate in a crash. safety belts must still same applies to anything you might authorized Saab dealer. least 20 minutes. Safety 31 WARNING • Never attach anything to the steering • If the airbag warning light remains wheel or passenger side of the instru. it will even inflate without a crash. on after the car has been started or • Even if the car is equipped with ment panel.Otherwise you will be thrown water and a mild soap as soon as the steering-wheel center padding. The warning always be worn by all occupants. second impact occurring in the same be warm for a short time. • Always sit with the whole of your back when the airbag inflates/deflates. The the car checked immediately by an AIRBAGS. as this could result in comes on while you are driving. The airbag needs eyes thoroughly with clean water for at room in which to inflate.

CHILD RESTRAINTS cushions the driver. INJURY can occur WARNING • Children 12 and under or shorter than 55 inches Never secure a rear-facing child seat in (140 cm) can be killed by the Sensors detect a the right front seat of a car equipped with airbag deceleration and send a passenger airbag. Airbag now fully crash. . Serious injury or moderate to severe frontal. or near-frontal death could result if the airbag is inflated in a crash. The pas. An open glove a passenger airbag. airbag The airbag systems are interconnected and • ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and The inflating airbag have a common warning light . the front The system is the same as that used on the • Sit as far back as possible from the driver’s side. compartment door could cause leg injuries in the event of a crash. pied.32 Safety Operation of the steering wheel airbag in Front passenger seat a front-end crash WARNING • DEATH or SERIOUS Moment of impact. Inflation of the airbag • The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place a signal via the control in the event of a crash could seriously for children module to a gas gen- erator that inflates the injure or kill a child. • The glove compartment must be The car is equipped as standard with closed while travelling. • NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in airbag. the seat or to sit on the lap of a front Both airbags will be inflated in the event of a seat passenger. senger airbag module is housed in the fascia above the glove compartment and is • Never allow a child to stand in front of marked "AIRBAG". even if the passenger seat is unoccu- inflated. The airbag starts to deflate.

in the area of the side airbag must immediately be repaired by an authorized Saab dealer. are front of the seat as. The side impact protection interfere with the function of the airbag of the Sport Sedan also includes inflatable in the event of a crash. these items must be changed in the seat positions that were occupied. would be occupied by the inflated air. Safety 33 Side-impact protection The side airbags. • Keep feet on the floor – never put feet • This car is equipped with side airbags There are two sensors on each side of the up on the dash. WARNING The front seats and outer rear seats have safety belt pretensioners. After bag. • The side-impact protection will only be activated in the event of a side-on crash and not in the event of a rear- end crash or the car rolling over. one on each side ble soft top) are designed to absorb energy. • Damage or wear to the seat cover. of the car. one at the rear of each door sill and one the window. • Never place any object in the area that impact protection sensors. Never fit • For optimum protection. or the seat seam. Failure to observe this warning in the lower part of each C-pillar. sit upright in accessories to the pillar trim or headlining the seat. in addition to being integrated in the outside edges of the front a hazard to passengers. inflating as intended and thus not side of impact. . The side- could result in the side airbags not impact protection is only activated on the • Do not carry anything in your lap. either. fitted. sills. These are located at rear of the softening possible blows to the head. the head protection and inflatable curtain (Sport Sedan). The same curtains (see page 34. applies to the mounting of accessories on the dash. this could seat backrests. Head protection Convertible: The Convertible has two side The pillar trim and headlining (not Converti. a crash. For the Convertible’s Roll-over protection see page 68. which help protect the • Never place anything on the dash or in upper body (head also in Convertible). with your safety belt correctly as these could reduce the effectiveness of fastened. while the safety belt preten- providing the intended protection sioners on both sides are deployed. on the seat or out of and no extra seat cover should be car.

• Do not stack loads so high that they could encumber the inflatable curtain in the event of a crash. the roof pillars and headlining incorporate cushioning material. Sport Sedan WARNING • Do not sit with your head rested against the side window. Resting the head against the window could prevent the inflatable curtain from providing the intended protection. • To reduce the risk of head injuries in the event of a crash.34 Safety Inflatable curtains. roof pillars or side panels as this could prevent the side- impact protection from providing the intended protection. Inflated side airbag with head protection. . The Sport Sedan Convertible items of clothing must not contain heavy or sharp objects. The inflat- able curtain is designed to inflate between the window and the head. Do not use wire coat hangers. on the rear seat courtesy handles. • Do not position a sun visor or similar item in the area that would be filled by the inflatable curtain. • Hang only light clothes from the hooks Inflated side airbag and inflatable curtain. Do not attach anything to the car’s headlining.

The inflatable curtains inflate at the same time as the side airbags in the front seats in case of a side-on impact. which protect the head. . sport Sedan Prohibited seating position for the steering wheel and passenger airbags). Bear this in mind. If the airbag system registers forces equiv- alent to a high-speed frontal crash (Stage II Inflated inflatable curtain. the inflatable curtains will also be deployed. for example. The inflatable curtains reduce the risk of head injuries to the occupants of the car’s outer seats. The inflat- able curtain comes down from the headlin- ing and covers a large portion of the side windows. The inflatable curtains deploys into the window area between the front and rear roof pillars. For optimal protection. do not sit too close to the door. if someone is sleeping in the car. are concealed along the lengths of the headlining (all the way from front to rear roof pillars). Safety 35 The inflatable curtains.

others. • Airbags and safety belt pretensioners must be deployed under controlled conditions before the car is scrapped or any of the system’s components are removed. . or they could even • During any welding. it means • Under no circumstances should any the airbag system may not be working modifications be made that affect the properly.36 Safety Airbag warning lamp Servicing the airbag system Scrapping or working on airbag and The airbag system must be inspected as belt pretensioners part of the normal service program but oth- WARNING erwise may be regarded as maintenance- free. • All work involving the scrapping or replacement of airbags or belt preten- sioners must be carried out by autho- rized personnel only. • Airbag-system components must never be transferred for use in another vehicle. inflate in a crash. have your vehicle serviced • Before quick drying paint in the vicinity right away if the airbag readiness light of the electronic control module. steering wheel or the airbag’s electri- • The airbags in your vehicle may not cal circuitry. module’s grounding points and wiring must be covered. cables must be disconnected and • To help avoid injury to yourself or covered. the stays on after you start your vehicle. Airbags or belt pretension- ers that have been deployed as a result of a crash must be replaced by new ones. See page 77. WARNING • If the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle. both battery inflate without a crash.

The safety belts help to reduce the sideway the airbag to inflate? Do not attempt to drive the car after an movement of the body in a crash. the front airbags angle of the impact. Airbags inflate extremely rapidly and with crashes. a adult in the seat. square on from the front. or near-frontal crash. snow drift or a hedge) or a solid object at a low impact speed. Moreover. crash. the airbag will not neces- sarily be triggered.or side. the speed of the car on will only be actuated in a moderate to severe The airbag inflates very quickly and power- fully in order to protect an adult. How do I position the seat to leave room for same incident. If the are available through your Saab dealer. Don’t have your seat too far forward. But they also ensure that. airbags provide no protection When do the airbags in the steering wheel function of the airbag against a secondary impact occurring in the and passenger side of the dash board same incident. So there is no doubt about inflate? Do you still need to wear a safety belt if air. For short will make the optimum contact with the drivers. the benefit of wearing safety belts at all bags are fitted? The airbag will only be inflated under certain times. of course. . depending on such factors as the force and safety system. nents merely supplement the car’s normal room to inflate. and the resistance to deformation of frontal. even if it is possi- Recline the seat back to increase the dis. the airbag tance between you and the airbag. i. which means. For instance. the impacting object. ble. airbag has been inflated. in a serious frontal minor frontal crashes. or near-frontal crash. always! The airbag system compo- Do not sit too close to the airbag: it needs severe frontal. if the car has hit tion.e. major rear. special accessory pedal extensions What won’t trigger the airbag? occupant. if a crash occurs in which the airbags are inflated. Safety 37 Frequently asked questions on In addition. The airbag will not be activated in all frontal occupant meets the airbag in an offset posi.g. predetermined conditions in a moderate to Yes. that they provide no protection in are thrown forward. the protection afforded will be reduced. The airbag can only be activated once in the crashes or if the car rolls over. great force – to be fast enough to protect an something relatively soft and yielding (e. before they impact.

The with little or no ventilation for several min- wards you could experience a buzzing airbag cannot be relied on to operate as utes complained only of minor irritation of noise in your ears. has been detected in the system. It is advisable to consult a passenger airbag is installed? doctor afterwards. Never put a rear-facing child seat in the front. The back seat is the safest place for chil- dren. You should therefore take the sible getting dust on your skin as there is a cannot remember the noise of the inflation car to an authorized Saab dealer as soon as risk of skin irritation. For a short time after. bring on an attack. Always use seat belts and child restraints.38 Safety How loud is the inflation? What should I do if the AIR-BAG warning Are the dust and fumes given off when the The noise of the inflation is certainly loud. in which case you should follow the normal procedure advised by Can you still use a child seat in the front if a your doctor. Avoid as much as pos- Most people who have experienced it erroneously. light comes on? airbag operates at all harmful? but it is of an very short duration and will not If the warning light is on. it means that a fault Most people who have remained in a car damage your hearing. Sit as far back as possible from the air bag. the incident may crash. . If you suffer from asthma. intended and it might even be activated the throat and eyes. at all – all they remember is the noise of the possible. Definitely not! Children 12 and under or shorter than 55 inches (140 cm) can be killed by the air- bag.

Security 39 Security Doors ________________ 40 Central locking ________ 40 Car alarm _____________ 48 .

deprogrammed automatically. If the code is badly injured or even killed. tional key. The car is supplied with two remote con- trols. this code is checked.40 Security Doors Central locking A key code number is supplied with your car. at least one old one is This key does not fit the ignition switch. When a new key is pro- The remote control contains a mechanical grammed into the car. Saab dealer. Contact your manual as the remote control. and referred to in this obtained as soon as possible. the car will not start. This number needs to be quoted for Open the door by lifting the door handle. . incorrect. It is possible to have up to five remote Remote control controls programmed for the car at any one The remote control and ignition key are inte. Therefore. a replacement should be grated in one unit. required for the locking system’s electronic unit to recognize the new (ordered) remote control. keep this Saab Information Display (SID) if a door is number in a safe place. not closed (text displayed first when vehicle Leaving children or pets unattended in a The remote control contains an electronic speed exceeds 15 mph (25 km/h) and the locked car is dangerous. Close doors. time. Once the new remote control has been pro- grammed. referred to in this manual as the tradi. the lost key will be key. Therefore you should carry two remote controls separately. When the door has still not been closed): ous to leave children in a vehicle with the remote control is inserted into the ignition ignition key. ordering a new traditional key (contained in The following message appears on the WARNING the remote control). It is also danger. If one is lost. the old unit that is lost will not work. and programmed. This traditional key can be used Note: in an emergency to lock or unlock the If a new remote control has to be ordered driver’s door from outside (see page 42). especially on long journeys. A child or others could be switch. code that is unique to your car.

refer to page 46. and the trunk lid switch is tures. enabled. Checks number 1 Locks car tion. • For details on changing the battery. it may be subjected to high tempera. 4 Turns on exterior and cabin lighting. Remote control become very cold to prevent malfunc. Security 41 Remote control functions NOTICE Button Pressed once Pressed Hold and twice press the button more The remote control contains delicate than 2 s electronics. of remote con- 2 Unlocks car and turns on cabin lighting trols. panic alarm. see page 3 Unlocks and opens trunk lid. • Warm the remote control in your Unlocks and slightly opens hands for a couple of minutes if it has trunk lid. taillights and license plate lighting.g. Turns on exterior Panic alarm Activates panic function and cabin lighting (activates *) (for 30 s) or alarm manu- turns off lighting ally). . Unlocks driver´s The other Comfort door. and trunk lid. *) parking lights. see • Do not place the remote control where unlocked page 117. • Avoid rough handling. e. on the instrument panel. see and deactivates page 50. 45. doors are opening. side direction indicators. Locks all doors • Do not expose it to water.

(This key only fits the front left-hand door. ignition key.) 2 Carefully remove the cover plate from the keyhole in the door. Remote locking Locking/unlocking the front left-hand door Saab Information Display (SID). Saab Information Display (SID) will display: Never lock anyone in the car. It is also danger. 3 Unlock the door with the key. the car alarm. the same frequency as the remote control If remote unlocking should fail to work may cause interference to the remote con- trol signal. The hazard warning lights will flash twice to ous to leave children in a vehicle with the confirm. A child or others could be If a fault arises in the locking system. on the reverse of the remote control. Remote locking and unlocking also control Contact Saab dealer.42 Security Locking/unlocking the car Remote unlocking Pressing the button once: the driver´s WARNING door is unlocked. To silence the alarm. see page with the traditional key Press the button once: all doors and 83. insert the remote control into the igni- tion switch. Intermittent malfunctioning The hazard warning lights will flash once to Equipment in the vicinity of the car that uses confirm. retry from another 1 Remove the traditional key from the angle and aim at the receiver located by the remote control by pressing the emblem steering wheel. The car alarm will be tripped. In this case. . 1 Lock 2 Unlock the trunk lid locked. locked car is dangerous. Press a second time to unlock the rest of the doors and enable the Leaving children or pets unattended in a trunk lid switch. Lock system failure. the badly injured or even killed.

If the bat. If you must leave the car. you will not be able to remove the or on the inside of the driver’s door is remote control. . Security 43 Locking a car with dead battery Trunk lid The steering wheel lock requires sufficient Opening battery voltage to lock and unlock. 1 Lock the car by pressing down the lock Closing buttons on the doors. remain inactive. pressed once. 2 Lock the front left door from outside with If the doors are locked when the trunk lid is the traditional key (see page 42). The trunk lid is unlocked and slightly opened tery voltage drops below a certain level while the remote control is in the ignition when the button on the remote control switch. proceed as The hazard warning lights will flash three follows: times to confirm. The closed it is armed and the movement sensor car is now locked but the car alarm will Opening button on driver’s door in the cabin will be armed. The trunk lid is locked when closed.

If the car is left with one or more doors open. This is to prevent . The button on the passenger door works in the same way except that this first unlocks the passen- ger door. these will cease to operate. the door can only be opened from Central locking switch outside the car. should be activated to prevent uninten- • Locking the car with the remote control tional opening from the inside. this will unlock the driver’s door. renders these buttons inoperative. Press the button a second time to unlock the remaining doors and the trunk lid. Child safety locks Switches on front doors WARNING The central locking can also be operated If small children are carried in the rear from inside the car using the button by each seat. Also. During this operation the rear doors remain locked. • If you are sitting in the car and press the button on the driver’s door. Child safety locks The rear doors are equipped with child safety locks that are activated by means of a catch next to the door latch. the interior lighting will be switched off auto- matically after 20 minutes. When the child safety lock is in the locked position. if the car has electrically adjustable seats. the safety locks on the rear doors front door handle.44 Security the battery from running flat. Insert a screwdriver or the traditional key (enclosed in the remote control) and turn it 45° in the direction shown on the label on the door.

Checking the number of remote controls NOTICE To check the number of remote controls that The trunk release handle was not are programmed for the car: designed to be used to tie down the trunk 1 Insert the remote control into the ignition lid or as an anchor point when securing switch and turn it to ON. Example of SID message: 2: standard key Key No: 1 . the trunk from inside. Pull the release handle down to open 280). Improper use of the trunk release could damage it 2 Press the button on the remote Trunk Release Handle control within 15 seconds. and which of these (1–5) is in the ignition switch. 3 The Saab Information Display (SID) will now display the number of remote controls that are programmed for your car. items in the trunk. Certain lock system functions can be This handle will glow following exposure to reprogrammed at a Saab dealer (see page light. Security 45 Trunk Release Handle Reprogramming lock system There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release functions handle located inside the trunk on the latch.

46 Security
Changing the key battery Battery type: For optimum performance in
all temperatures and good service life, Saab
recommends the use of a Sony or Pana-
WARNING sonic CR2032, 3V lithium battery.
The battery should last for about 4 years of
Keep the battery and other small compo- normal use.
nents of the remote control out of reach of The battery type is marked on the inside of
children. the remote control. Avoid leaving finger-
prints on the faces of the battery.
NOTICE 1 Press the emblem on the reverse of the
remote control to remove the traditional
The electronics of the remote control are key.
sensitive to electrostatic discharge. Incor-
rect handling when changing the battery Press the emblem to remove
can damage the remote control. Avoid the traditional key
touching electronic components of the
remote control with your hands.
2 Insert the tip of the key into the small slot
and turn the key to split the remote
When the voltage of the remote control bat-
tery drops below a certain level, the Saab control.
Information Display (SID) will display:

Remote control battery low.

Change the battery as soon as possible to
avoid malfunctioning.

Security 47
5 After changing the battery in the remote Immobilizer
control, it is only possible to use the The remote control contains an electronic
remote control a limited number of times code that is unique to your car. When the
before synchronization with the car is remote control is inserted into the ignition
lost. Therefore, do not press the buttons switch, this code is checked and the LED on
on the remote control repeatedly directly the dashboard double-flashes for
after changing the battery. 3 seconds. If the code is correct, the car can
Unlock the car and insert the remote be started.
control into the ignition switch to
synchronize the remote control and car. Each time you remove the remote control
from the ignition, the electronic starting
If the central locking system does not work interlock is activated, the LED double-
after changing the battery and the car is flashes for 3 seconds and the car becomes
locked, proceed as follows: immobilized. If an incorrect remote control is
1 Unlock the front left door with the tradi- now inserted into the ignition switch (e.g.
Change the battery and fit together
tional key. If the car has a car alarm, this the remote control of another car), the
the two halves of the remote control
will be tripped. immobilizer will remain operative (the LED
2 Open the door and insert the remote will not flash for 3 s) and it will not be possi-
3 Change the battery. Fit the new battery control into the ignition switch. If the car ble to start the car.
so that it is positioned in the same way has a car alarm, this will be silenced. If the immobilizer system malfunctions, the
as the old battery, with the positive (+) The remote control and receiver unit are Saab Information Display (SID) displays:
side facing down. now synchronized.
4 Fit the two halves of the remote control Immobilizer failure.
together and press them together until Try starting again.
you hear a click. Avoid pressing the Contact Saab dealer.
buttons. Reinsert the traditional key into
the remote control.

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If, when inserted into the ignition switch,
there is a problem checking the electronic
Car alarm The alarm is armed 11 seconds after the car
has been locked by remote control.
code of the remote control, the following During the delay period, the LED shines
message will appear on the SID: WARNING constantly. It will then start to flash once
every 3 seconds. The LED is located on the
Key not accepted. Leaving children or pets unattended in a dashboard.
Contact Saab dealer. locked car is dangerous. It is also danger- If a door or the trunk lid is open when the car
ous to leave children in a vehicle with the is locked with the remote control, the LED
ignition key. A child or others could be will flash 3 times per second for
Visit a Saab dealer to have the problem badly injured or even killed. 11 seconds. Check that the doors, hood
checked and rectified. and trunk lid are closed.
The car alarm is armed when the car is If the signal persists, contact a Saab dealer
locked with the remote control. to have the problem checked and rectified.
The car alarm will not be armed if you Locking the trunk lid: If you unlock the
lock the car with the traditional key (see trunk lid from outside the car with the
page 42). button on the remote control, you must lock
All the doors, the hood and the trunk lid are
monitored by the alarm. the car with the button to arm the car
alarm.

Security 49
To avoid any inconvenience, make sure that What trips the alarm? Switching off the alarm if tripped
anyone using the car is familiar with how the The alarm will be tripped if: If the alarm has been triggered (direction
car alarm and the locking system work. indicators flashing and horn sounding) it can
If the alarm has been tripped since the car • a door, the hood or the trunk lid is opened be turned off by pressing one of the buttons
was last locked, the Saab Information Dis- • somebody tries to hotwire the car on the remote control or, if you are sitting in
play (SID) will display: the car, by turning the ignition to ON (see
Signals when the alarm is tripped below).
If the alarm is triggered, the following alarm
Alarm has been triggered signals will be set off: Turns off lights and horn.
since being armed. Unlocks car.
• all direction indicators flash for 5 minutes.
• the horn sounds for 30-second intervals Turns off lights and horn.
If a fault arises in the car alarm system, the with 10-second breaks (max. 10 cycles). Car remains locked.
Saab Information Display (SID) will display:
The signals can vary between markets Turns off lights and horn.
and due to legal and insurance require- Unlocks trunk.
Theft protection failure. ments. Turns off lights and horn.
Contact Saab dealer. Turns on exterior and cabin light-
ing. Car remains locked.
Arming the car alarm If sitting in the car: Turn the remote
The alarm is armed when all doors, the hood control to ON in the ignition switch
and the trunk lid are closed and you lock the
car with the remote control.

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Panic function
NOTICE The car alarm includes a panic function.
• It is possible to inadvertently deacti- This function allows the alarm to be started
vate the car alarm and at the same manually, for example, to attract attention.
time unlock the car, if the button on the The panic alarm can only be activated while
key is pressed by mistake when the the car is stationary. The alarm is silenced if
car is still within its range. the car is driven off.
• When locking the car by remote When the alarm is tripped, the lights and
control in extremely cold weather, it is horn come on for 3 minutes or until you
advisable to check that the lock press one of the remote control buttons.
system has operated properly. To do To start the alarm manually proceed as
so, check that the interior locking follows:
buttons are all down.
If not, unlock and relock the car again. • Press and hold the button on the
remote control for more than 2 seconds,
or if you are sitting in the car...
• Press and hold the or button on
one of the front doors for more than
2 seconds.
To switch off the alarm:
• Press one of the remote control buttons
or, if you are sitting in the car, the or
buttons on one of the front doors.

Some car alarm functions and indications can be reprogrammed. . 4 years. press one of the remote control buttons or turn the remote control ON in the ignition switch. disarming Remote control Normal life: approx. Alarm triggered Direction indicators flash for 5 min. Remote control Normal range: 5–16 yds. Unlocking/ Direction indicators flash three times. battery Change the battery when the SID displays: disarming trunk Remote control battery low. page 46. (5–15 metres). In favorable conditions the range can be signif- Unlocking/ Direction indicators flash twice. See Changing the lid key battery. icantly greater. The horn sounds for 30-second intervals with Contact a Saab dealer for details of the possibilities and refer to 10-second breaks (max. 10 cycles) or until you page 280. Security 51 Overview of functions Locking/arming Direction indicators flash once.

See page 45. Immobilizer failure. Alarm has been triggered The alarm has been tripped period. valid remote control Contact Saab dealer. Battery needs replacing. Alarm armed Flashes once every 3 s. LED and Saab Information Display (SID) messages SID message Reason/action Activity LED signal Key not accepted. Remote control battery low. checked. the hood or the tailgate is Flashes for 11 s then flashes car. Off.52 Security Quick guide. Disarming Extinguishes. . 2: standard key Check of the number of remote Alarm not armed Off. Try starting again. since being armed. open or opened during the delay once every 3 s. See page 46. Error when immobilizer code Change of status of immobilizer Double-flashes for 3 s. Car immobilized but not locked. Contact Saab dealer. inserted or removed from ignition switch. Key No: 1 controls programmed for your A door. Error when remote control Arming (delay period) Shines for 11 s. inserted into ignition switch. since the car was last locked. system.

Convertible _________ 67 . 9-3 Convertible 53 9-3 Convertible Advice on soft top Roll-over protection ____ 68 operation ___________ 54 Electric windows _______ 69 Operating the soft top __ 55 Interior lighting ________ 70 Raising the soft top Unlocking the trunk lid manually ___________ 60 manually ____________ 71 SID warnings and Placing two golf bags messages __________ 63 in the trunk __________ 72 "Easy entry"__________ 65 Head restraints _______ 66 Safety belts. rear seat.

folded away. against washing the Convertible in an • Washing the soft top. • After rain or washing the car. top. shield rail.54 9-3 Convertible Advice on soft top • Roof racks and ski holders must not be mounted on the soft top. see page 250. . Folding a wet or damp soft top can cause water damage in the car and mildew to form on the soft top. Saab advises overloading the drive system. allow the soft top to dry completely before folding it. raise or fold • Do not operate the soft top in tempera. WARNING operation • On no account should anything be put into the stowage space of the soft top (under • Never touch the hinges and struts of • Once you have raised the soft top and the soft top cover) since this could cause the soft top nor the upper rail of the before driving off. If the soft top is left can damage the soft top. Do not leave the soft top • Note that certain automatic car washes partially open/closed. it fully until notified that operation is com- tures below 23°F (–5°C). plete by the SID. before driving off. cover is locked. This applies to in an intermediate position it will collapse car washes that use mechanical feelers progressively after 20 seconds to prevent bearing against the body. • When operating the soft top. always check that the an obstruction when the soft top is being windshield while operating the soft soft top is properly engaged with the wind. • Do not place any objects on the covers • Do not operate the soft top while there • Once you have folded the soft top and over the roll bars as this can hamper their are bystanders close to the car. automatic car wash. check that the soft top function.

The completion of folding or raising the soft • Keep children out of reach. b Folding shield after raising. pinch hazard. This speed can be pro- grammed (0–25 mph/0–40 km/h) at a Saab dealer. Hold the switch in the • Do not touch the hinges or struts of the desired position until the soft top is fully soft top during opening due to the folded or raised. 9-3 Convertible 55 Operating the soft top Read the "Advice on soft top operation" section on page 54 before operating the soft top. . operation is halted when the speed of the car exceeds 20 mph (30 km/h). WARNING The soft top is operated with the switch on the instrument panel. top is indicated by a chime. are bystanders close to the car. The movement of the car and force of the wind can seriously damage the components of the soft top system. NOTICE If you drive off while raising or folding the soft top. a Raising • Check that the soft top engages prop- erly with the upper edge of the wind. • Make sure that the soft top cover has locked properly after folding the soft Switch for operating the soft top top. Error messages that can appear on the SID • Do not operate the soft top while there are shown on page 63.

Folding 1 Start the engine and let it idle. . • Battery voltage must exceed 10 V. 2" (5 cm). Clearance for soft top operation: height. Refer to page 63.56 9-3 Convertible Opening Remote opening (option) The following conditions must be fulfilled for You can fold the soft top when outside the the soft top to be folded: car by pressing and holding the • Vehicle speed must not exceed 20 mph (unlock) button on the remote control. min. • Outside temperature must exceed 23°F (–5°C). See (30 km/h). 7. • There must be sufficient space in the trunk for the soft top. If there is a malfunc- tion a text message will be shown on the SID. Completed folding is indi- cated by a chime. 2 Press and hold the soft top button until the soft top is fully folded and the soft top cover raised. If you continue to hold the button after the chime.2 ft (2. behind car. min. • The trunk lid must be locked. also page 117.2 m). all the windows will open after a brief delay.

9-3 Convertible 57 1 Rear window raised. Soft top storage in 3 Soft top folded.2 ft (2. luggage compartment lowered. a 7.2 m) b 2" (5 cm) . 4 The soft top cover is closed. 2 The soft top cover is opened.

Clearance for soft top operation: height. 7.2 m). • The trunk lid must be locked. Refer to page 63. All side windows are opened slightly to protect the seals when the soft top is raised.58 9-3 Convertible Raising The following conditions must be fulfilled for raising the soft top: • Vehicle speed must not exceed 20 mph (30 km/h). Raising 1 Start the engine and let it idle. 2" (5 cm).2 ft (2. all the windows will be closed after a short delay. If there is a malfunc- tion a text message will be shown on the SID. behind car. If you hold the button pressed up after the chime. 2 Press and hold the soft top button until the soft top is fully raised and the soft top cover closed. min. min. • Battery voltage must exceed 10 V. . Check that the hooks in the soft top hold it securely to the upper edge of the wind- shield. Completed raising is indi- cated by a chime.

2 m) b 2" (5 cm .2 ft (2. 4 The rear window is lowered. 9-3 Convertible 59 1 The soft top cover is opened. 2 The soft top is raised. a 7. 3 The soft top cover is closed.

g. due to an electrical fault). forward the two wire catches. . the steps 3-6 and 9-10 together. must be released from the hydraulic sys. This could cause personal injury and damage the soft top mecha- nism. one on the left and one on right-hand side.60 9-3 Convertible Raising the soft top manually WARNING Only raise the soft top manually in an emergency (e. trunk must be unlocked manually. there will be a delay of 20 seconds before it 2 Remove the two covers from the side Tools under luggage compartment floor is possible to raise it manually (the pressure trim in the trunk. Refer to 3 Unlock the soft top cover by pressing page 71. This can damage the soft top mechanism. Do not touch the soft top button on the instrument panel while closing the soft top manually. 1 Find the lug wrench. Wire catch for unlocking soft top cover Do not fold the soft top having closed it manually. one from either side. If there are two of you. it is easiest if you tem). Allen key and If the soft top has been folded mechanically screwdriver. stand on either side of the car and perform If the car is without electrical power.

9-3 Convertible 61 Soft top cover opened Manual closing started Soft top pulled towards windshield 4 Close the trunk lid fully as otherwise it 7 Before raising the soft top. upward and top must be opened. • Keep your hands clear of the front Stand in the rear seat and raise the soft windshield rail. cal clearance. WARNING catches in the leading edge of the soft 5 Open the soft top cover. . Stand in the rear backward. turn clockwise to open the catches. driver. top. This • Pinch hazard may cause personal operation requires 7. • Do not touch the hinges and struts of seat and pry off the cover with the screw- 6 Tip forward the front seat backrests. Using the tool. the soft top during raising.2 ft (2. the two will obstruct the soft top cover. Pull it towards the windshield.2 m) of verti- injury.

soft top cover and the trunk lid. The rear window must make a tight seal against the soft top cover. anticlock- must not move upward. Turn roughly possible to lock the soft top cover after tool (the same tool as used to lock the 1/4 turn anticlockwise. . Use the lug there. cover. NOTICE wise on the right had side of the soft top To avoid damaging the paintwork on the and clockwise on the left-hand side. take care Look at the soft top cover when locking when closing the soft top cover. The soft top nism. Sit in the rear seat and insert the wrench and the Allen key. 10 Press down the rear edge of the soft top The soft top system must be checked and as far as possible towards the soft top rectified without delay at a Saab dealer. the rear window. Check that the manual raising. It is not cover. Close the soft top cover.62 9-3 Convertible Soft top locked to windshield rail Closing the soft top cover Rear window locked to soft top cover 8 Sit in one of the front seats and lock the 9 Lift up the rear window fully and hold it 11 Now lock the rear window to the soft top soft top to the windshield rail. soft top to the windshield rail) into the soft top is properly locked in place by hexagonal hole in the soft top mecha- pressing up the front edge. Turn roughly 1/4 turn.

Failure of the soft top to lock automatically to • Move the car so that it is standing level if on Try again. Soft top cover not locked. . Soft top may be Displayed if the soft top is folded at temperatures damaged if operated below 23°F (–5°C). a steep slope. Soft top power pack overheated. the windshield. Remove cargo carrier to operate soft top. Contact Saab dealer. Try again. Only manual operation possible. Open trunk. Fold the soft top again. Move goods away from top storage area. 9-3 Convertible 63 SID warnings and messages The following messages associated with the soft top system and can be displayed on the SID together with a chime: Cause Suitable action Soft top front not locked. Move the object hindering soft top operation. at low temperature. • Press the soft top button to fold the soft top slightly. Allow to cool.

Passenger front seat The backrest is not locked. Close the trunk lid. page 65. Raise the backrest fully to locked position. Clear obstacles and try again. The voltage of the car battery is too low to allow soft top operation. Open/close soft top Complete soft top operation. completely to open trunk. see roll over bars. completely before driving Close trunk. page 68. Press down the roll bars and try again. Raise the backrest fully to locked position. Open/close soft top Complete soft top operation. see unlocked.64 9-3 Convertible Battery low. Driver seat unlocked. see page 65. Soft top obstructed. Contact Saab dealer. . The backrest is not locked. Release and lower One or both roll bars are extended.

the front seats can be slid forward. Manually adjusted passenger seats Electrically adjustable front seats 1 Raise the handle by the head restraint 1 Raise the handle by the head restraint on the seat. has returned to its previous position. The back- rest and the entire belt-in seat must be locked in position. To facilitate getting in and out of the rear "Easy entry" function. . position. 9-3 Convertible 65 "Easy entry" WARNING • Always check that the backrest locks properly when returned to normal position. 3 The seat now moves to its foremost Repositioning: position. 1 Tip back the backrest. Repositioning: 2 Slide the seat back to the desired 1 Tip the backrest back to its normal position. on the seat. Make sure the backrest and seat are prop. especially if a rear-facing child seat is fitted behind the backrest. • Check that the fore-and-aft position of the seat is properly locked. Illustration shows an electrically adjustable seat (option) seat. 2 Raise and hold the handle until the seat erly locked in position. 2 Tip the backrest and slide the seat 2 Tip the backrest forward. otherwise the occu- pant of the seat is at risk of injury during braking or in the event of a crash. forward.

ward and downward. head restraint forward and upward. The SAHR is a mechanical system. causes the mechanism to press the sides and pull it straight up. . In the event of a rear-end crash. • Raise the head restraints in the seats that are occupied. thus lim. The rear head restraints can be lowered fully to improve rearward vision when the rear seats are unoccupied. • Lowering: Press the head restraint for- iting the backward movement of the head. These reduce the risk of neck injury if the car is hit Front head restraint from behind.66 9-3 Convertible Head restraints WARNING • Adjust the head restraint so that the head is optimally supported and the center of the head restraint is at ear height. in • Raising: grasp the head restraint on both turn. raised and lowered to a number of positions. where it is con. actu- ated by body weight. The front and rear head restraints can be nected to the head restraint. the body is forced back against the backrest. The front seats are equipped with Saab Rear head restraint Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). thus reducing the likelihood of neck injury in a crash. The mechanism is built into the top of the backrest. This.

Safety belts. Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and insert- ing the tongue in the buckle. refer to page 15. rear seat. it must be properly secured with the safety belt. Refer to page 248 for how to check the func- tion of the safety belts. WARNING • If a cargo has to be placed on a seat. Position the lap part low across the hips. • Check that the belt is not twisted or lying against sharp edges. • Make sure you use the correct seat- belt buckle. cleaning. 9-3 Convertible 67 Safety belts. Convertible The two rear seats have three-point safety belts with inertia reels. 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. which could cause personal injury. This reduces the risk of the cargo being thrown about during hard braking or a crash. . rear seat. For how to secure loads on the rear seat. Convertible Press the red button on the belt buckle to release the belt. The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as possible. etc.

If the bars are not locked they may cause per- sonal injury.68 9-3 Convertible Roll-over protection WARNING • The roll bars have powerful springs that rapidly extend the bars in the event of an crash/roll-over. • If the bars are pushed back down manually they will not provide the intended protection in the event of a crash/roll-over. A catch by each roll bar must first be the windshield frame and the seatbelt pre. The roll bars and seatbelt pretensioners are 1 Release the catch and press the roll bar deployed automatically if the car turns over forcibly down until it locks in position. The soft top cannot be operated tensioners. These are also 2 Fit the two covers. you must have the system checked immedi- ately at a Saab dealer. they can be pushed back manually. bar behind each rear seat head restraint. deployed in frontal and side-on crashes. Roll bar Release of roll bar catch The roll-over protection is part of the car’s If the roll bars are deployed for any other crash safety system and consists of a roll reason. as a result of a crash. released. . while the roll bars are extended. If the roll bars have been lowered manually.

due to has been disconnected. The pinch protec- children playing. individually. window: Raise the button all the way and If calibration fails twice in a row. Window switches tion will not work if the windows are not • The person operating the electric calibrated. head out through an open window window closes both side windows. window openings. fully closed. window is responsible for ensuring Perform calibration as follows: that no one. for example. ing the side windows. hands or fingers in the 1 Make sure the soft top is raised. Pinch protection (option) is ually. the four windows will Automatic closing of a front side be raised and lowered several times. especially a child. the rear side window is also low- ered. Automatic opening: Press the button all the way down and release it. available for the front side windows. has their head. May cause serious The illuminated switch will change color or fatal injuries! from green to amber (deactivated). • Do not stick any part of the body or the 4 Press and hold the soft top button up Soft top folded – The button for the front until a chime sounds. • Always remove the remote control Calibrating front electric windows from the ignition switch when you with pinch protection (option) leave the car to prevent personal The window lifts should be calibrated if auto- injury caused by the activation of the matic closing does not work or if the battery electric windows. the passenger door. Soft top raised – The windows open individ. Soft top raised – The windows are operated 3 Make sure the ignition is ON. 9-3 Convertible 69 Electric windows Deactivating the passenger door window button WARNING With the button on the driver’s door. before raising the window. while the car is moving. have the car To open release it. During calibration. . refer to page 117. dows. The rear side window must be checked and rectified at a Saab dealer. If the soft top is folded. you can deactivate the window button on Bear in mind the pinch hazard when clos. Soft top folded – The button for the front For further information on the electric win- window opens both side windows. To close 2 Make sure the doors are closed.

If a door is left open with the ignition OFF. switched off automatically after 20 min to 3 Right-hand reading light • Approx. 2 Turn off the cabin lighting with the center button. refer to page 218. ing and courtesy lighting in the doors. prevent the battery from running flat. For changing bulbs. The light switches are located in the roof con. the lighting will be • When the ignition is turned on. two front reading lights. sole. The lighting OFF. 1 Left-hand reading light 2 Cabin light If the trunk lid is left open. For changing bulbs. This is canceled when the ignition switch is turned to position ON or when the car is locked with the remote control. refer to page 220. comes on when the cover is raised and goes out when it is closed. 20 s after closing all doors. .Convertible when the trunk lid is opened and closed. 1 Open the driver’s door. Sun visor The cabin lighting comes on: An illuminated vanity mirror is provided on • When a door is opened and the ignition is the inside of the sun visors. The interior lighting can be switched off completely. footwell light- out when it is closed. the interior lighting goes out automatically after 5 min so as not to drain the battery. • When the car is locked. The lights are dimmed out gradually. see illustration. • When the remote control is removed from the ignition switch.70 9-3 Convertible Interior lighting Glove box The glove compartment lighting comes on The interior lighting consists of a front roof when the compartment is opened and goes light. Trunk lighting The lighting goes out: The trunk lighting comes on and goes out Front interior lighting .

1 Take the traditional key out of the remote control by pressing the emblem on the reverse (see page 46). . 9-3 Convertible 71 Unlocking the trunk lid manually If the trunk lid is not unlocked by the central locking system. it can be unlocked manually. a credit card or similar so as not to damage the paintwork. Unlocking the trunk lid manually Contact a Saab dealer to have the central locking system checked. 2 Carefully prise off the round cover using your nails. 3 Unlock the trunk lid using the traditional key.

. 3 Put in the second bag in the same way as the first. Proceed as follows. but lie it on its narrow side Position of first golf bag Position of second golf bag (see illustration). Turn the bag so that it lies on its widest side and slide it for- ward. 1 Start by inserting the narrow end of the first bag to the right.72 9-3 Convertible Placing two golf bags in the trunk There is sufficient space in the trunk of the Convertible for two golf bags. 2 Lie down the bag. in under the soft top storage (see illustration).

main instrument panel _ 81 Saab Information Display (SID)________________ 83 Switches _____________ 91 Wipers and washers ____ 95 Manual climate-control system______________ 98 Automatic climate- control system (ACC)__ 103 . Instruments and controls 73 Instruments and controls Warning and indicator lights _______________ 74 Instruments ___________ 78 Information display.

Antilock braking warning This warning light illuminates when a fault arises in the antilock brake system. .74 Instruments and controls Main instrument panel (Arc panel shown) Warning and indicator lights The following warning and indicate lights are found on the main instrument panel. The following message is shown on the Saab Information Display (SID): Antilock brake malfunction. Main instrument panel Contact Saab dealer. 1 Tachometer 5 Engine temperature gauge 2 Speedometer 6 Information display 3 Turbo gauge 7 Trip meter reset button The brake system will continue to function 4 Fuel gauge but without ABS modulation.

brake smoothly. stop in a suita- ble place. Instruments and controls 75 This light indicates a malfunction in the fuel Warning. serviced at an authorized Saab dealer as The car should be checked immediately soon as possible. cates an engine-related problem. switch off the engine. Low oil pressure can mode). WARNING Saab Information Display (SID): diately in a safe place. stop imme. engage neutral. etc. page 144). The operator Turn off engine. If the warning light flashes or The following message is shown on the comes on while you are driving. you are advised to have your car cause serious engine damage. While Contact Saab dealer. NOTICE your car may be able to be driven with the “Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” Never drive the car when the oil pressure indicator light illuminated (limp-home NOTICE warning lamp is on. The car may still be (engine oil) (CHECK ENGINE) driven with care but the performance of the engine will be somewhat diminished (see This light will come on if the engine oil pres. Engine malfunction. sure is too low. oil pressure Engine malfunction or ignition system.) . should be prepared to take action if such unsafe conditions arise (e. Continued driving without this problem Saab Information Display (SID): being corrected might cause serious Oil pressure low. switch off the engine and check the oil level (see page 196). An illuminated “Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)” indicator light indi. further damage to your car and create Make a safe stop.g. at a Saab dealer to prevent more serious The following message is shown on the faults from arising. unsafe driving conditions.

High beam Indicator Brake warning light If the level is normal. If this is the case. and lights will come on. This light indicates brake system checked. Antilock vehicle. to the nearest Saab dealer to have the you if there is a problem. Also. If the level is still normal. drive carefully and contact voir is below the MIN mark. If it doesn´t come may drive the car. the vehicle a Saab dealer as soon as possible. This distrib- This light indicates when the front fog lights The following message is shown on the utes the brake pressure between the front are on (see page 93). immediately at a Saab dealer. • If the level of brake fluid in the reser. turn the ignition key to ON. you (see page 92). depress the brake pedal firmly two or three times. optimum braking performance irrespective Brake fluid level low. the . Danger of Make a safe stop. in such a way as to achieve The front fog lights are switched off auto. when the brake fluid level is too low (see Front fog lights (option) The brake system provides Electronic page 200). the fol- lowing message will appear on the Saab WARNING Information Display (SID): • Never drive the car if these two lights Brake malfunction. they Contact Saab dealer. have it fixed so it will be ready to warn tion. Make a safe stop. brake failure! Contact Saab dealer. Now check This light shows when the high beam is on This light should come on briefly when you the level again. will have to be switched on manually. matically when the engine is switched off. stop the car and check the level of the brake fluid (see page 200). When the fog lights are next needed.76 Instruments and controls For safety reasons. Saab Information Display (SID): and rear wheels. braking warning on page 74 and TCS OFF or ESP OFF indicator (certain variants only) • Have the brake system checked on page 82. of the car’s load. Refer to should be transported on a recovery Brake warning light on page 76. If a fault arises in the EBD function. are on at the same time. with considerable cau- on. Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). .

have your vehicle serviced • Always apply the parking brake when right away if the airbag readiness light parking. • Always apply the parking brake before removing the remote control. Contact Saab dealer.Deployment of the airbags without a ates on the rear wheels. . crash. the Start or Drive position. after you start your vehicle. The parking brake is mechanical and oper. . see page 167. Instruments and controls 77 WARNING Seatbelt reminder Airbag warning light This light reminds the driver to buckle up. One or more of the following Saab Information Display (SID): light conditions may occur: This light comes on when the parking brake Airbag malfunction. . WARNING • To help avoid injury to yourself or others. .Deployment of the airbags in crashes less severe than intended. This light comes on if a potentially serious • If the airbag readiness light stays on fault has occured in the airbag system.Non-deployment of the airbags in the is applied (see page 167). it means The following message is shown on the the airbag system may not be working Parking brake warning properly. event of a crash. stays on after you start your vehicle. This light will come on for about four sec- • Do not apply the parking brake while onds when the ignition switch is turned to the car is moving.

in turn. Cruise control indicator light This light comes on when the system is engaged.78 Instruments and controls Indicator. Autochecking of lights. fuel This light comes on when there is less than about 2. parking lights are on. They should go out in thousands of revolutions per minute. red zone. which.5 gallons (10 litre) of fuel left in the tank. can cause the catalytic converter to be damaged by overheating. after about 4 seconds once the engine has A protective function (interruption of the fuel started or after the fault-free self-diagnosis supply) limits the engine speed within the of each system or function. air can be drawn in with the fuel. . NOTICE If the car runs out of fuel. main Instruments Headlight and parking instrument panel The warning and indicator lights shown Tachometer light indicator above should come on when the ignition The tachometer displays the engine speed This light indicates that the headlights or switch is turned to ON.

S. mation about vehicle speed from the ABS’s dian vehicles the distance indicated is in wheel sensors. It receives infor- elled in miles on U. • Ignition ON: Press once – resets the trip meter.S. Press twice – resets the trip meter. Cars with manual transmission • Ignition OFF: Press once – enables you to read the odometer and trip meter. Cars with automatic transmission Speedometer (U. . speedometer shown) Odometer and trip meter The speedometer displays the speed of the The odometer records the distance trav. vehicles and on Cana. Instruments and controls 79 Reset button The reset button is positioned immediately to the left of the speedometer. car in miles per hour (mph). and the trip meter in miles and tenths (kilometres and tenths of kilometres on Canadian vehicles). kilometres.

If the needle repeatedly enters the red zone. . choose the Under certain barometric conditions the highest possible gear ratio and the lowest needle may enter the first part of the red possible engine speed. The turbo gauge indicates the air volume completely when the engine is hot. If the needle continues to rise. or under heavy engine loads). At low loads and when the engine is used for to be released. stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so and check the coolant level (see page 199). open ature of the coolant. braking. switch off the engine. and avoid shifting zone without necessarily indicating that a down. the needle will move within the can occur at high outside air temperatures white zone.80 Instruments and controls NOTICE If the needle. Failure to heed this warn- If the needle goes into the red zone (which ing may result in personal injury. is at normal operating temperature. despite the above action. The pressure in the cooling- in the middle of the scale when the engine system can cause hot coolant and steam the engine load. fault has arisen. stop the car in a suit- able place and allow the engine to idle. enters the red zone. The needle should be used for combustion. WARNING Temperature gauge Turbo gauge Never open the cap of the expansion tank The temperature gauge shows the temper. which is equivalent to with care.

because the monitoring system is main instrument panel limiting the boost pressure. The information shown here varies depending When the speed of the car exceeds on whether the car has a manual transmis- 143 mph (230 km/h). a warning light on displayed in the center of the display. • The odometer reading is shown on the Fuel gauge left-hand side of the display. power. . The pres- sure gauge then moves towards the middle Cars with manual transmission: of the white field. right-hand side of the display. you should contact a Saab dealer as soon as possible. the main instrument panel comes on. see page 147. • The trip meter reading is shown on the Refueling. Instruments and controls 81 If the needle repeatedly enters the red zone and the engine at the same time loses Information display. acceleration is limited sion or automatic transmission.5 gallons (10 litre) • Various information and faults are of fuel is left in the tank. by reducing the boost pressure. When less than about 2. Under the speedometer is a display. indicating a drop in engine power and consequently the car’s speed.

. The same precautions as normal for safe cornering and driving on slippery roads must be adopted (see Information symbol. Operation of the TCS or ESP indicates WARNING • The odometer and trip meter readings are reduced cohesion between the tires and the shown on the left-hand side of the display. road. When gears are selected manually. If there is a malfunction. Read information on SID This symbol comes on when a message or This symbol lights up when the system is warning is displayed on the Saab Informa. speeds. to enable the driver to maintain higher the right-hand side of the display. tion Display (SID). and that extra care should be taken by The system improves ride comfort and • Various information and faults are the driver. disengaged using the ESP button. safety during normal driving. however not be regarded as a system The car is equipped as standard with TCS • The selected gear position is shown on and ESP. It must displayed in the center of the display. Gear selector indicator (cars with automatic trans- mission) The current gear position is displayed on the right-hand side of the information display. the letter M (manual) and the selected gear are displayed (see page 158).82 Instruments and controls Cars with automatic transmission: TCS OFF or TCS or ESP OFF indicator (certain ESP indicator variants only) This symbol lights up when the system is operative. pages 169/ 171). the symbol cannot be turned off by pressing the ESP button.

Contact Saab dealer. alarm and climate control system. The warnings and indications that can be Stability control failure. (ESP) on page 165. Press the CLEAR button to acknowledge a SID message. the message Adjustments can be made with the control will be displayed again the next time you unit situated between the main instrument start the car. car’s systems. control unit and display of the first message. 2 Turn the INFO dial until the appropriate system is selected. indications. If so. If there is more than one message on the SID. . panel and the audio system. Profiler sage but do nothing about it. If you acknowledge a mes. the SID: warnings. Various types of information are shown on Contact Saab dealer. the current warnings and indications are displayed. a plus sign will be displayed to the left See also Traction Control System (TCS) on SID. trip com- puter information and information from the or car’s Infotainment System. Select Exit once you have made the desired settings. such as the clock. have the system checked at a Saab dealer. When the engine is switched off. This is called You can adjust the settings of several of the Profiler. These are known as 1 Activate Profiler by pressing the Profiler. Instruments and controls 83 The following message is shown on the Saab Information Display (SID): Saab Information Display (SID) Traction control failure. 3 Confirm selection by pressing the INFO dial. shown on the SID are listed on page 281. CUSTOMIZE button. Each message will be page 163 and Electronic Stability Program displayed for 10 seconds.

The list shown below includes the Rear Defroster systems that can be found in your car. Dist Function can also be used as a trip meter Arriv Estimated time of arrival Average speed since func- Speed Ø tion last reset Speed W Speed warning (chime) . Temp Outdoor temperature Rain Sensor. The driver’s attention can SPA off A/C Mode otherwise easily be distracted from the road.T. Dual/Single Zone Set Clock Default Settings SID contains the following functions: Set Alarm 08:30 System Settings. page 88. page 112.E. Fan Settings It is strongly recommended that the SID SPA on settings be changed only when the car is Air Distribution stationary. Clock / Alarm.84 Instruments and controls The number of systems that are displayed Climate System. WARNING Heated Seats Park Assistance. Average fuel consumption Fuel Ø Low since function last reset Service Info Date Date Distance to destinations. Trip computer function of the SID on the SID depends on the car’s equipment level. page 96. page 89. Language Estimated range (distance to High D. page 172. Unit empty fuel tank) Medium Speed Scale Illum.

• Speed Ø 2 Press and hold the CLEAR button for • D. with the following INFO dial. side of the display. • Speed Ø Using DIST as a trip meter • D. meter is running. • Arriv Remember that roads can be icy even at 2 Press and hold the CLEAR button for • Trip (Dist used as trip meter) temperatures of above 38°F (+3°C). 1 second.E. 30 miles (50 km). the INFO dial. WARNING 1 Select Dist using the INFO dial. . 38°F (–3 and +3°C).) • Fuel Ø 4 Press the INFO dial to finish setup. (even in NIGHTPANEL mode) if the outdoor 1 Select one of the functions using the temperature rises or falls to between 26 and 3 Turn the INFO dial to change the value. 3 seconds) until audible confir- road that are sheltered from the sun. 2 Press and hold the CLEAR button especially on bridges and stretches of An arrow will now appear on the right-hand (approx. 1 second. INFO dial. approx. Instruments and controls 85 When the engine is started.T. Outdoor temperature 2 Press and hold the INFO dial until given Resetting the trip computer The Temp function is always activated audible confirmation. (Press CLEAR to reset the value. • Dist (preset to 100 miles (100 km) if not • Speed Ø ture is between 26 and 38°F (–3 and previously set) • Trip (Dist used as trip meter) +3°C). • Date The selected function will now be reset. exceptions: • Speed W (preset to 55 mph (90 km/h) • Fuel Ø • Temp is displayed if the outside tempera.T.E is displayed if less than or equal to • Arriv approx. indicating that the trip mation is given. the function that Setting values Resetting a single function was selected when the engine was 1 Select one of the functions using the 1 Select the function you wish to reset with switched off is displayed.

1 Then use the INFO dial to select the INFO dial. starting value for the trip meter will be the last distance set for the Dist function. Dist will act as a trip meter beginning at 100 miles. 1 Select the Dist function using the First. set the distance under Dist. 2 Press and hold the INFO dial until given indicates when the speed warning function 3 Set the distance to the destination using audible confirmation. average speed. time will be added to the previously calcu. be?) 2 Press and hold the INFO dial until given To calculate the arrival time.86 Instruments and controls Speed warning Calculating the arrival time Calculating the arrival time if a specified This value is preset to 55 mph (90 km/h). the INFO dial. . Dist will function as a trip meter. Select Arriv during the journey to display 4 Press the INFO dial to finish setup. If you take a break. the distance This function should be used before starting audible confirmation. 3 Adjust the speed using the INFO dial. you can check the distance left by By selecting Dist during the journey. you selecting Dist. The speed of the car must lated arrival time. exceed 12 mph (20 km/h). can see how much distance is left to travel. Dist was set. This function should be used before starting drive and know what my average speed will 1 Select Speed W using the INFO dial. Disengage the function with the CLEAR the arrival time based on the average speed The time of arrival is updated during the button. The that was set previously. 4 Confirm the setting by pressing the INFO dial. is exceeded. out a journey. is active. Similarly. A star on the right-hand side of the display audible confirmation. must first be given. this journey based on the average speed since the INFO dial. out a journey. (When will I arrive if I know how far I have to average speed is maintained The value can be set to between 0 and drive?) (When will I arrive if I know how far I have to 150 mph (0 and 250 km/h). The tip meter starts from the distance meter (see Using DIST as a trip meter). Example: The Dist function is set to 100 miles. Re-engage the function using since Dist was set. 3 Turn the INFO dial to set the estimated An audible alarm will sound if the set speed 4 Press the INFO dial to finish setup. After the count-down has reached 0 miles. 2 Press and hold the INFO dial until given Speed Ø function. After the distance to destination has When Dist reaches zero it acts as a trip decreased to zero.

set the distance under Dist. the car. 80 miles shown for 10 seconds. All other instrument lighting will be switched Arriv function. 5 Turn the INFO dial to set the month. audible confirmation. 2 Press and hold the INFO dial until given 8 Confirm the setting by pressing the Note: All indicator and warning lights and audible confirmation. the distance must first be given. 1 Then use the INFO dial to select the 6 Press the INFO dial. the journey. (50 km) of driving) are even shown in Night This average speed will be updated during Panel model. (when the remaining fuel The average speed (Speed Ø) will be is only sufficient for approx. +3°C)) and D.T. When the NIGHTPANEL button is pressed. most important instruments and displays 3 Turn the INFO dial to set the year.E. only the speedometer will be illuminated. or rises to between 26 and 38°F (–3 and 4 Press the INFO dial to finish setup. First. In this mode. messages will operate normally if required. Instruments and controls 87 Calculating the requisite average speed Setting the date NIGHTPANEL (What average speed do I need to maintain 1 Select the Date function using the To improve night-driving conditions inside to get to my destination in time?) INFO dial. the Night Panel mode can be This function should be used before starting 2 Press and hold the INFO dial until given selected. mation displayed is reduced. 7 Turn the INFO dial to set the day. 3 Turn the INFO dial to set the estimated Temp (when the outside temperature falls time of arrival. 4 Press the INFO dial. off and the needles drop to zero. . the amount of infor- out a journey. INFO dial. will be illuminated. and only the To calculate the requisite average speed.

1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to Profiler.88 Instruments and controls Under Profiler you can choose whether the Clock Explanation of setting the clock. RDS Adjust: 1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to Profiler. In order to use this function. 3 Press in the INFO dial. 5 Select Manual. Clock / Alarm the level of RBDS informa- Select 0–160 mph or 0–90 mph. 4 Select Set Clock. tion. the car's radio must be 2 Select System Settings using the INFO tuned to a FM station known dial. entire speedometer scale (0–160 mph) or Settings can be made from Profiler. Saab has no control over 4 Select Speed Scale Illum. only part of the scale (0–90 mph) should be Set Clock illuminated in NIGHTPANEL mode. 3 Press in the INFO dial. 0–90 mph . being Set Clock transmitted by radio sta- System Settings tions. RDS Adjust Speed Scale Illum. to transmit a time signal. 2 Select Clock / Alarm using the INFO dial. or the content. Manual: Manual 0–160 mph Use the INFO dial to set Clock manually.

4 Select Set Alarm 08:30. Use the INFO dial. A preset alarm time exists. 5 Press in the INFO dial. 2 Select Clock / Alarm using the INFO dial. If the alarm is activated (Set Alarm 08:30 Select Alarm on or Alarm off. Set Alarm 08:30: guage. Instruments and controls 89 Alarm Explanation of setting the alarm time. If the alarm is not activated: set using the INFO dial. units and service information. A new alarm time can be set. System Settings Settings can be made from Profiler. 4 Select the desired heading using the on): select Alarm on or Alarm off. Set Alarm 08:30 Under this heading you can make system 1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to settings. such as change the display lan- Profiler. Clock / Alarm Set Alarm 08:30 Alarm 09:40 Set Alarm 08:30 on Alarm on Alarm off . Profiler. 1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to 3 Press in the INFO dial. 2 Select System Settings using the Set Alarm 08:30 on: INFO dial. 3 Press in the INFO dial. INFO dial.

This is normally done at the dealer in connection with a service. Italian service. Language Service Data (The number of languages can vary Language Oil quality: xxx %. Speed Scale Illum. 100% is equivalent Speed Scale Illum. .90 Instruments and controls Service Info Explanation of the various selections under System Settings System Settings. Unit Reset Service Ind. to new engine oil. Spanish Time for main and intermediate service. between markets. Select the proportion of the speedo- Swedish meter to be illuminated in NIGHT- Time for main service PANEL mode. 0–160 mph Service Type: 0–90 mph The type of service that is required is shown here.: The service indicator can be reset here. Service Info Metric Are you sure? Service Data: Imperial Yes No The approximate condition of the oil US is shown here. The num- English ber of languages can vary between Service Type markets.) xxxx days to service. Select the desired language. French Time for service. Unit German Time for intermediate Select the desired group of units. Reset Service Ind.

Check fuse 20 in the engine bay Parking lights fuse box (see page 227). The parking lights can be turned on irre. driving. the basic headlight alignment. The parking lights may be used in combina. a reminder to turn them off will sound. If a fault arises in the automatic headlight levelling system. Adjust your speed accord- ingly as the range of the headlights will be reduced. Headlight levelling malfunction. . with self-calibrates each time The parking lights and daytime running the vehicle is started. the headlights will be High beam can not be activated in this posi. Headlights Low beam headlights are turned on when the ignition switch is turned to ON and turned off when the switch is turned back to LOCK. angled down to avoid dazzling drivers in tion but headlight flasher can. Instruments and controls 91 Switches Headlight levelling (cars with Bi-Xenon headlights) Cars with Bi-Xenon headlights are Daytime Running Lights equipped with an automatic headlight level- ling system. lights come on automatically when the igni- tion switch is in the ON position. Special equipment is required for adjusting tion with the front fog lights (see page 93). oncoming traffic. Light switches A fault in the system will produce the follow- spective of the position of the ignition ing message on the Saab Information Dis- switch. If the parking lights are on and the play (SID): driver’s door is opened. Do not use the parking lights alone while Contact Saab dealer.

92 Instruments and controls Courtesy Headlamp Feature A delay function allows the low beam head- lights and back-up lights to remain on for about 30 seconds after the driver’s door has been closed. 2 Open the driver’s door. (Headlight switch must be PANEL button). 2 High/low beam Instrument lighting High/low beam The brightness of the instrument lighting To switch between high and low beam. The low beam headlights and reversing Dipswitch lights will come on and remain on for Adjusting instrument illumination 1 Headlight flasher 30 seconds when the door is closed. The high beam will remain on until you release the stalk. remove the remote control. ON. pull can be adjusted by pressing the button (+ or the control stalk all the way towards the .) The symbol on the main instrument panel shows when the high beam is on.signs on the button above the NIGHT- steering wheel. Headlight flasher To flash your headlights. To activate this function: 1 After turning off the engine. pull the control stalk half-way towards the steering wheel. 3 Pull the control stalk all the way towards the steering wheel. .

Instruments and controls 93 Front fog light switch Rear fog light switch Turn signal & lane change indicators 1 Right 2 Left Front fog lights (certain variants Rear fog light only) To turn on the rear fog light. This frequency is also doubled if a trailer is being towed and one of its indicator bulbs breaks. started. When the car is next when the engine is switched off. with which the indicators flash will be sions governing the use of front fog sions governing the use of rear fog light. Acquaint yourself with the legal provi. If the engine is restarted ing the rear fog light switch. press the rear The front fog lights should be used in poor fog light button on the instrument panel. the fog lights will have to be car is next started. the rear fog wheel is centered. The stalk switch has an intermediate. indicating a right or left turn. lights. light will remain on. These are automatically turned off when the The rear fog light is automatically turned off spring-loaded position that is useful for sig- engine is switched off. the front fog lights will restarted within 30 seconds. The Turn signal & lane change indicators visibility. the frequency Acquaint yourself with the legal provi. . If the engine is celled automatically when the steering within 30 seconds. remain on. that are can- fog light switch. doubled. the rear fog light will have The stalk switch also has fixed positions for switched back on manually by pressing the to be switched back on manually by press. headlights or front fog lights must be on. If an indicator bulb breaks. When the nalling when changing lanes or passing.

the park- car constitutes a hazard to other road users. Priority of audible information The button for the hazard warning lights is Sound from various functions in the car. . located on the climate control panel. When reverse is disengaged. ing assistance (if fitted) will be heard instead of the direction indicators. the active when you engage reverse. the direction indicators are if. the direction indicators will be heard. when reverse gear is engaged or selected such as extra lights. Hazard warning light switch Back-Up Button for accessory. tized. for example. Hazard warning lights with the ignition switched on. place the triangle/flare even further back.94 Instruments and controls WARNING Switch on the hazard flashers if the car has to be left at the roadside on account of a crash. the most with which the indicators flash will be important function at that time will be priori- doubled. Sport Sedan The back-up lights come on automatically This button can be used for accessories. engine trouble or a flat tire. (50–100 metres) behind your vehicle. if they are still active. they should be set up along the side of the road 50–110 yds.g. If you carry a warning triangle or flares. all the direction assistance and seatbelt reminders. If the car is not clearly visible (e. the frequency tions are active simultaneously. over the brow of a hill or bridge). Hazard warning lights should only be used If. come indicators and the symbol in the button flash from the same sound source: the car’s simultaneously. because of an accident or breakdown. If two or more of these func- If an indicator bulb breaks. sound system. such as the direction indicators. parking When the button is pressed.

This function is optional. proceed as follows: played on the SID: Windshield wipers 0 OFF 1 Switch off the engine and remove the Washer fluid level low. . recirculation can be acti- When the ignition is next switched on the vated automatically while the windshield is wipers will return to their home position. The headlights are washed at the same time as the windshield if the headlights are on. Refill. There are 5 delay periods (20 km/h). The recirculation symbol will how- ever not light up. the wipers will make an addi- from which to choose. 1 Single sweep remote control. 15 seconds. The following message is dis- the windshield. The headlights are washed every fifth time the windshield washers are used or if two (2) minutes have elapsed since the wind- shield was last washed. washed. The headlight washers are not activated at speeds in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h). Position 1 is a spring-loaded position that When the washers are operated. the headlight washers are tion when the ignition is turned off. depending on In position 2 you can set the delay period for how long the washers were kept on. Instruments and controls 95 Wipers and washers Washers Activate the washers by pulling the stalk Windshield wipers switch towards the steering wheel. 1 quart (1 litre). the wipers will produce a single sweep of the wipers. Headlight washers (certain variants culation is the factory default setting as long only) as the system is working in full "AUTO" mode with no customized settings. When the washer fluid level drops below The wipers always return to their home posi. deactivated. variants only) entering the car. contact a Saab dealer. This automatic recir. 4 or 5 sweeps. will make 3. If intermittent wiping using the thumbwheel on the speed of the car is less than 12 mph the stalk switch. 2 Intermittent wiping 2 Activate the wipers within the next 3 Low speed 16 seconds by pressing the stalk switch 4 High speed To prevent the smell of washer fluid from 5 Windshield and headlight washing (certain down. ranging from 2 to tional sweep after roughly 8 seconds. This is in order to prioritize the To leave the wipers positioned vertically on windshield.

much water is on the windshield. 0 OFF 1 Single sweep 2 AUTO . In the If the system malfunctions. the wipers will future. NOTICE Turn the rain sensor off before washing Control for setting wiper delay the car in an automatic carwash.rain sensor engaged The rain sensor automatically controls the 3 Low speed windshield wipers. If the stalk switch is left in the AUTO position cipitation. when the engine is switched off. . value. 5 Windshield and headlight washing (certain variants only) The system varies the frequency of wiping between single sweeps and continuous wiping. the sensor compares the amount of operate at low speed when the stalk switch water on the windshield with this reference is set to the AUTO position. to avoid Windshield wipers with rain sensor damaging the windshield wipers. The wipers make one sweep for reference to see how to reactivate the sensor.96 Instruments and controls Rain sensor (option) WARNING Turn the rain sensor off if the ignition is ON to avoid personal injury when clearing snow and ice from the windshield. depending on the amount of pre. The sensor is located on 4 High speed the windshield beside the rearview mirror. when the engine is next started it must first be moved Activate the rain sensor by lifting the stalk to the 0 or 3 position and then back to AUTO switch to the AUTO position.

the windshield. Medium 3 Press in the INFO dial. Low The sensor is set to low sensitivity (wip- Rain Sensor ers operate only with a large amount of High water on the windshield. for reference. The sensitivity of the rain sensor can be adjusted under Profiler. . Medium Low The sensitivity of the sensor is also affected by the amount of daylight. 5 Confirm this selection by pressing the INFO dial. i. If you increase the High sensitivity. down- pour). The sensor is somewhat more sensitive at night. the wipers will make one sweep The sensor is set to high sensitivity. The sensor is set to normal sensitivity. 4 Select the sensitivity by turning the dial. Instruments and controls 97 Adjusting sensitivity Explanation of sensor sensitivity. 2 Select Rain Sensor using the INFO dial. This adjustment is automatic. This is one of the Default Settings.e. The wipers start when there is only 1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to a small amount of water on Profiler..

the Temperature control windows will need to be cleaned more fre. and finally. The air is evacuated via openings in the parcel shelf. it is then dehu- midified and cooled. all windows and the sunroof should be Control panel: manual climate control 6 Rear window/door mirror heating shut. front right seat with a quality glass cleaner. 1 Temperature 7 Hazard warning lights To reduce potential misting on the insides of 2 Fan speed 8 Air conditioning (A/C) 3 Air distribution 9 Seat heating. the glass should be cleaned 4 Seat heating. speed. It is then led through outlets on either side of the car behind the rear bumper. . How often this 5 Recirculation will need to be done depends on how clean the air is . Fan The temperature of the incoming air can quently. It passes through a filter before reaching the climate control system and delivery into the cabin. be infinitely varied using the temperature The output of air is controlled by the fan control. The incoming air is treated in three stages: first it passes through a filter.98 Instruments and controls Manual climate-control system Fresh air for the cabin is drawn in through an inlet grille at the bottom edge of the wind- shield. it is heated. To optimize the performance of the A/C sys- tem.if there are smokers in the car. if required. front left seat the windows.

driven at high engine speeds on a highway. defroster. turn the distribution knob one step clockwise. It will take longer for the engine to warm up if the car is driven has been set to defroster or floor. than if it is the outer vents on the fascia. during the summer. panel and floor vents. panel and floor: When the engine is warmer and the temperature gauge starts to rise. As the winter comfort setting. . panel and floor (11 o’clock position) How quickly the engine warms up will depend on how the car is To counter cold drafts from the front side windows when the control driven. • defroster. Once the windshield is clear. the • defroster and floor air distribution control should be turned to . maximum heat and defroster to heat the cabin and demist the wind- The control also permits settings in between the three main settings shield as quickly as possible. Instruments and controls 99 Air distribution Recommended settings in severe cold The air distribution control is used to direct the flow of air to the On starting with a cold engine. • panel and floor If the rear seat passengers desire more warmth to the feet. set the fan speed to 2 or 3 and select defroster. for example. fan setting 4 may be chosen. we recommend that the distribution Do not use fan speed 5. a small flow of air issues from in a high gear at low engine speeds. This is primarily intended for rapid cooling knob be turned to . such as in town.

panel and floor .100 Instruments and controls Settings for various weather conditions Defroster Winter – defroster Panel Winter – comfort setting Summer – overcast Floor Summer – sunny Defroster.

can be directed as desired. In this mode. Also. The amount of air can be individually con. densation will form. the reg- Information Display (SID): ular air intake will be closed. The warmer the ambient air The incoming air is treated in three stages: and the higher the humidity. surfaces such as the floor air ducts. the outer vents can be directed If necessary. In winter. it entering the car. is recommended to switch off the air condi. provided that the fan control is in be seen dripping from this outlet when the position 1-5. recirculation can be switched onto the door windows for enhanced Convertible: When the soft top or all the on manually to avoid unpleasant air from demisting. the A/C Recirculation Panel vent compressor will be turned off and the follow- ing message will be shown on the Saab When the button is pressed. for instance. so that air temperature. If you tioning to save fuel. is switched on by pressing the but. start by half. The resulting con- The air conditioning is combined with the densation water is drained away through an conventional climate control system and outlet under the car. The air vents swivel universally. windows are open in a hot. Switch the air conditioning (A/C) on first. condensation may form on cold (+10°C). the more con- first it passes through a filter. ing is on. Only use recirculation for a short period trolled by the regulator on each vent. shutting the vent in question. It is therefore perfectly normal for water to ton. of time at temperatures lower than 50°F wish to reduce the airflow. If the engine coolant gets too hot. it is then dehu. it is heated. humid climate. Instruments and controls 101 Condensation water Air conditioning (A/C) When the A/C compressor is on. the incom- ing air is dehumidified. . Air vents Use recirculation when you wish for rapid A/C off due to high engine cooling at very high outside temperatures. if the air condition. if required. and finally. Mist or ice may otherwise form on the windows. car is parked. such as to avoid unpleasant air. the air inside the cabin is recirculated. midified and cooled.

102 Instruments and controls Electrically heated rear Electric heating. front window/external mirrors seats (option) This button is located under the fan speed The seat cushions and backrests of the front control. Always switch off the heating as soon as the The heating is thermostatically controlled rear window is free from ice and mist. 104°F (40°C). Switch off the seat heating once the seat is Refrain from placing sharp objects on the warm. Convertible: The rear window heating is not turned on if the soft top is folded down. to avoid damaging the heating element. seats are heated. be turned off automatically after 12 minutes. parcel shelf. It will and set at approx. .

the windows. the windows will need to be cleaned more frequently. It is then led through outlets on either side of the car behind the rear bumper. 5 A/C To optimize the performance of the air con. will need to be done depends on how clean the air is . The Automatic Climate-Control system (ACC) automatically maintains the desired cabin temperature. front left seat higher or lower than the final tempera. Instruments and controls 103 Automatic climate- control system (ACC) Fresh air for the cabin is drawn in through an inlet at the bottom edge of the windshield. The air is evacuated via openings in the parcel shelf. ACC panel 10 Manual increase of fan speed Note that heating or cooling is not 1 Temperature setting: left-hand side 11 Hazard warning lights speeded up by setting the temperature 2 Manual setting of air distribution 12 Manual decrease of fan speed 3 Recirculation 13 Seat heating. 4 AUTO (automatic regulation) ture you desire. It passes through an effective filter before reaching the climate control system and delivery into the cabin. The system will achieve the desired temper- ature in the quickest possible way. it is then dehu. How often this it is heated. The incoming air is treated in three stages: To reduce potential misting on the insides of first it passes through a filter. front right seat fascia must be open. all windows and the sun. The air vents in the 9 Seat heating.if there are smokers in the car. regardless of the weather outside. . if required. the glass should be cleaned midified and cooled. with a quality glass cleaner. and finally. 6 Defroster ditioning system. 7 Rear window heating 8 Temperature setting: right-hand side roof should be shut.

• Air distribution to air vents in fascia The amount of air can be individually con- trolled by the regulator on each vent. instance. • Recirculation ON (depending on outside temperature). .104 Instruments and controls Temperature control The displayed temperature is not the actual The cabin is divided into two temperature air temperature but corresponds to the zones: comfort level normally experienced at that temperature after allowance has been 1 Driver’s zone. The cabin temperature can be set to Settings when HI is selected: between 58–82°F (15–27°C). In winter. start by half- display). settings can is worn. for • High fan speed (6 bars on the fan display). the outer vents can be directed be selected for the passenger zone if the driver has selected the same setting. • Make sure the air vents are open when Panel vent tings under Profiler (see page 112). HI and LO can only can be directed as desired. mixture of the two zones. (1°C) steps. HI (maximum heating and high fan speed) and • Maximum heat Air vents LO (maximum cooling and maximum fan • Air distribution to windshield and floor The air vents swivel universally. radiation. be made separately for the driver’s zone • Change the temperature setting in 2°F and passenger zone. Settings when LO is selected: onto the door windows for enhanced • Maximum cooling demisting. and so on. the between 66–74°F (19–23°C). Select between single and dual zone set. made for the airflow. shutting the vent in question. currently prevailing The temperature in the rear seat will be a inside the car. If you • Maximum fan speed (8 bars on the fan wish to reduce the airflow. depending entire cabin is treated as one zone. so that air speed) can be selected. relative humidity. solar 2 Passenger zone. In addition. cooling the cabin in warm weather. • The most usual temperature setting is If you choose the single zone setting. If you on personal preference and what clothing choose the dual zone setting.

The warmer the ambient air and the higher the humidity. the more con- densation will form.and cabin sensor. the ACC system will not be able to regulate the cabin climate as intended. The resulting con- densation water is drained away through an outlet under the car. especially in strong sunshine. It is therefore perfectly normal for water to be seen dripping from this outlet when the car is parked. Note: If the sun sensor is covered. Instruments and controls 105 The system uses four sensors: • Outside air temperature sensor • Cabin air temperature sensor • Sun sensor • Blended air temperature sensors (located in the heater unit and the outer panel vent duct).and cabin sensor. Convertible 1 Sun sensor 1 Sun sensor 2 Cabin temperature sensor 2 Cabin temperature sensor . The sun sensor is located centrally on the top of the fascia. Sport Sedan Sun. Condensation water When the A/C compressor is on. Sun. the incom- ing air is dehumidified.

the outside air temperature is between 32°F and 40°F (0 and +5 °C). • AC – The system cools and dehumidifies the culation will be controlled automatically. provided that no air distribution set- tings are programmed under Profiler (see page 112). See also Profiler on page 112. switched on at approx. • AC-OFF – The A/C compressor is switched off. Pressing AUTO once will cancel all previous manual air distribution selections. This function has two modes: Temperature. When the engine is started. it will be locked in but other functions will be controlled automatically. In rising temperatures the A/C compressor is The incoming air is not cooled or dehumidified. incoming air. manually with the AC button. The A/C compressor must be turned on and off The selected temperature is always maintained automatically. . This symbol is not shown in the In falling temperatures the A/C compressor is display. when starting the car. air distribution. If. the A/C compressor is switched on.106 Instruments and controls Functions Pressing AUTO will cancel all manual settings. the ACC system will be in AUTO mode. 40°F (+5 °C). 32°F (0 °C). The compressor can only be turned on or off while the engine is running. If a manual function is selected. fan speed and recir. switched off at approx.

To re- engage the A/C. repeatedly) the button to reduce the fan speed until • The current air distribution setting is retained. the air distribution will return to its previ. Then release the button and • Recirculation can be selected. to avoid damaging the heating element. ous setting and fan speed will increase. the fan is switched off. • Defroster The A/C compressor will be switched on if it was previously disengaged. and the air distribution The rear window and door mirror heating can be and fan speed will switch to AUTO. . press and hold (or press • The temperature control is set to 0 % heat. controlled manually or automatically (refer to • Higher fan speed Profiler). The A/C compressor will now be disengaged. press it once more. The A/C compressor will be Switch off the rear window and door mirror heating switched on if it was previously as soon as the glass is clear. The heating will be engaged. turned off automatically after 12 minutes. the air distribution will switch to Defroster and the fan speed will increase (6 bars on the display out of a maximum of 8). Instruments and controls 107 When the system is switched OFF: • The fan and A/C compressor are switched off. To turn the system OFF. press one of the following buttons: • The A/C compressor will be switched on if it was previously engaged. Refrain from placing sharp objects on the parcel shelf.

increase/decrease the automatic fan speed. . Pressing the same button twice will return the system to AUTO. This sets the fan speed (fan speed shown on The system will remain in defroster mode until the display). Press the button or selection of buttons to produce the airflow you desire. Airflow to floor vents. Airflow to windshield vents. speed. The following three buttons for air distribution can be selected indi- vidually or in combination. all the front windows are demisted: • High fan speed • The air is directed to the defroster vents • Normal temperature control • Recirculation OFF Press or to increase or decrease the fan • Rear window and door mirror heating ON. Refer also to Profiler regarding the possibility to or button is pressed. Initial air distribution to take effect on starting the engine can be set under Profiler (see page 112). When defroster is chosen.108 Instruments and controls Air distribution Recirculation is controlled manually. You can also select automatic air distribution by pressing the AUTO button. Airflow to facia air vents. Recirculation is not selected when the engine is started (fresh air mode).

front and rear Panel Windshield – floor (front and rear) . Instruments and controls 109 Shown below are several examples of air distribution. Windshield Floor.

110 Instruments and controls Formation of ice and mist in extreme weather conditions It is only in the most extreme conditions that icing and misting of window glass are likely to be a problem.... 4 Select a higher temperature. such as in torrential rain or severe cold coupled with high relative humidity. The following mea- sures are recommended if such problems should occur: 1 Select and set the temperature to 70°F (21°C) 2 Select . Panel – floor (front and rear) Windshield – panel – floor (front and rear) .. If this is not enough. 3 Increase the fan speed. or when passengers are perspiring heavily or wearing wet clothes. If this is not enough.

front Calibration seats (option) Calibration is performed automatically every fifth time the car is started after having The seat cushions and backrests of the front been switched off for more than 2 hours or seats are heated. select "Default • = medium. This automatic recirculation is the factory default setting as long as the system is working in full "AUTO" model with no customized settings. . (before contacting a Saab workshop) • = full. Instruments and controls 111 Electric heating. if the battery has been disconnected. • To prevent the smell of washer fluid from • = low. the button once will turn the heating on at full power. Refer to Profiler on page 112. The recirculation symbol will however not light up. under Profiler (see page 112). Heating is thermostatically controlled. recirculation can be acti- vated automatically while the windshield is washed. Pressing tomizations can be made at a Saab dealer. Settings" under Profiler (see page 112. entering the car. Pressing the button a total of 4 times Tips will turn the heating off. • If you feel that the ACC system is not func- tioning satisfactorily. Further cus- Three heating levels are available. Programming Heating is controlled manually but can also A number of functions can be customized be automatic. contact a Saab dealer. This function is optional.

turning the air conditioning on manually can cause con- densation to form on cold surfaces. Profiler. ual activation is possible by pressing the 5 Confirm this selection by pressing the AC button). Dual/Single Zone or Default Settings by • The A/C compressor is switched off (man. INFO dial. the ACC system Some of the functions of the ACC system switches to manual temperature control. . reverts to the AUTO mode and the previous set temperature. Note: When the soft top or all the windows are open in a hot. • Heating. All manual selections are possible with the Once you have adjusted the ACC system exception of rear window heating. • Recirculation and rear window heating Fan Settings. such as the air ducts. can be customized. air distribution and fan speed are 3 Press in the INFO dial. Air Distribution. A/C Mode. The system adjusts itself as follows: 2 Select Climate System using the • AUTO goes out. Heated Seats. are cut out. turning the dial. ACC display when soft top folded 4 Select Rear Defroster. INFO dial.112 Instruments and controls ACC. There are eleven temperature settings: 0– 1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to 10. humid climate. not affected. CUSTOMIZE will When the soft top is raised. settings under Profiler. the system appear on the ACC display.Convertible Profiler When the soft top is folded.

Medium speed Manual: Explanation of how the ACC system can be Low speed customized under Profiler. . Instruments and controls 113 Climate System A/C Mode Heated Seats Auto Auto: Rear Defroster The front seat heating is controlled Auto A/C off automatically. Windshield This is one of the Default Settings. Dual/Single Zone Select the level by repeatedly Manual pressing the appropriate button on Heated Seats Dual zone the ACC panel: 2 arrows on symbol Single zone = standard. 3 arrows = high. Air Distribution Rear Defroster This is one of the Default Settings. Note: The symbol on Fan Settings Are you sure? the ACC panel goes out if the heat- High speed Yes No ing is turned off automatically by the system. The selected heating setting Manual Default Settings is saved when the engine is switched off. Convertible: The rear window heating cannot be turned on when the soft top is folded. Auto Auto: Manual The rear window and door mirror heating is controlled automatically. Panel Manual: The rear window and door mirror Floor heating is switched on with the button on ACC panel. 1 arrow Auto = low. front seats (option) on page 111. See Electric heating.

This is one of Medium speed: the Default Settings. folded down. If the temper- pressing the AC or AUTO button ature setting for the passenger zone This selection give a slightly lower is changed. The A/C compressor Common temperature setting when Low speed: can be activated temporarily by the engine is started. Floor: The ACC system directs almost all air to the floor. if the engine has engine is started having been Convertible: Fan speed is not regulated switched off for more than 2 hours. The sys- though with continued automatic gagement of the A/C. The A/C will be off the next time the engine is started. Default Settings. down. This is Single zone: A/C compressor OFF (see also one of the Default Settings. each zone (see page 104). Windshield: • The A/C compressor can be set to The ACC system directs almost operate as when the soft top was last all air to the windshield. • The A/C compressor can be on even Manual: when the soft top is folded down. the Default Settings. Dual zone control. been switched off for more than automatically when the soft top is open. This is one of tem saves the settings when the regulation.114 Instruments and controls Fan Settings Dual/Single Zone High speed: A/C Mode Dual zone: This selection give a slightly higher Auto: Individual temperature setting for fan speed than Medium speed Automatic engagement and disen. Single zone con- though with continued automatic trol will return the next time the regulation. 2 hours. A/C off: Normal automatic fan speed. the system will switch to fan speed than Medium speed while on the road and if the outside temperature is above 41°F (+5°C). Air Distribution Convertible: The A/C compressor is Auto: switched off when the soft top is folded The ACC system adapts air tem. Panel: The ACC system directs almost all air to air vents in the fascia. . perature and distribution to the pre. engine is switched off. This is one of the be made at a Saab dealer. Further customizations to this function can vailing conditions. page 106).

Interior equipment 115 Interior equipment Steering wheel adjustment _________ 116 Electric windows ______ 117 Sunroof (optional)_____ 120 Interior lighting _______ 123 Cup holder ___________ 124 Power Outlet _________ 126 Storage compartments _ 126 Rearview mirrors______ 128 Trunk _______________ 134 .

116 Interior equipment Steering wheel adjustment WARNING Only adjust the steering wheel while the car is stationary so that you are not distracted from the traffic. . wheel pad. Horn signal 1 Pull down the lever to release the steer. There is a release lever under the steering Lever for steering wheel adjustment column. Activate the horn by pressing one of the ing wheel. Steering wheel lock. see page 142. you may need to adjust the position of the steering wheel slightly to allow the lock mechanism to engage cor- rectly. 3 Raise the lever to the locked position to lock the steering wheel in position. The height and reach of the steering wheel can be adjusted. When returning the release lever to its locked position. three areas shown above on the steering 2 Adjust the position of the steering wheel.

when the button is released. certain their head. 2 s). Interior equipment 117 Electric windows WARNING Bear in mind the pinch hazard when clos- ing the side windows. hands or fingers in the tion (option) can be operated as long as the car is unlocked and until 20 minutes has variants only) window openings. . refer to page 56. At the end of a journey and having removed the remote control. has Windows having the automatic closing func. passed since the remote control was Comfort opening is the remote opening of removed from the ignition switch. windows and the sunroof. so long as neither of the front doors has been opened. Comfort opening (option. means of switches in the door armrests. the remote Automatic opening: Press the button all control must be in the ON position in the the way down and release it. May cause serious or fatal injuries! • Always remove the remote control from the ignition switch when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the activation of the electric windows. Press down the front edge of the button one optional sunroof start to open (approx. due to children playing. especially a child. for example. ignition switch. Convertible: For the remote opening of the The electric windows are operated by The window will stop when it is fully open or soft top. • Do not stick any part of the body or the Press and hold the unlocking button on the head out through an open window To open remote control until the windows and while the car is moving. For the electric windows to work. Window switches Window switch in rear door • The person operating the electric window is responsible for ensuring that no one. step. before raising the window. you can still operate the windows.

Raise the front edge of the button one step. door window switches and temporary override of window pinch protection Temporary overriding the pinch protec- tion WARNING Make sure nothing obstructs the window when it is closed without pinch protection. Automatic closing (option.118 Interior equipment To close Pinch protection On certain model variants. the electric win- dows are equipped with pinch protection. refer to Calibration on page 119. . WARNING This is activated if something gets trapped between the window pane and door frame Take care when closing a window to when the window is closed. If the window does not close auto. certain vari- ants only): Raise the button all the way and release it. The window will ensure that no one gets caught. stop and lower slightly. Button for temporary deactivation of rear matically. The window will stop when it is fully closed or when the button is released.

. Interior equipment 119 If dirt. in question. ice or similar create so much resis. the switches pinch protection can be temporarily disen- gaged and the window closed. window switches in the rear doors. WARNING The in the driver’s door deactivates the 1 Make sure the ignition is ON. You will hear a chime after successful calibration. the time a window is operated. 3 Close the window in question. Calibration Deactivating the rear window tance that the pinch protection cuts in. Fully open and close the windows at least twice. or if the auto- The pinch protection will be active the next matic closing feature does not work. electric windows must be calibrated for the pinch protection to work. After a loss of battery power. The pinch protection will not be engaged The illuminated switch will change color 2 Press and hold the button on the after a power break until the electric from green to orange (deactivated). driver’s door while operating the window windows have been calibrated.

due to children Sunroof control 3 Manually controlled closing playing. sunroof further. the To open their head. before closing the sunroof. • Do not stick any part of the body or the At the end of a journey and having removed The sunroof will halt when you release the head out through an open window the remote control. has The sunroof is operated by the control in the roof console. The sunroof will since the remote control was removed from open to the comfort position. the automatic closing function. for example. you can still operate the control. . 1 Manually controlled opening 4 Automatic closing 2 Automatic opening 5 Ventilation position • The person operating the electric sunroof is responsible for ensuring that no one. To open the the ignition switch. open the sunroof further.120 Interior equipment Sunroof (optional) WARNING Bear in mind the pinch hazard when clos- ing the electric sunroof. Risk of serious or fatal injuries! • Always remove the remote control from the ignition switch and open one of the front doors when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the activation of the electric sunroof. slide the control rearward a second time. To has been opened. the while the car is moving. sunroof. For the sunroof to work. hands or fingers in the remote control must be in the ON position in Manually controlled opening opening. so long as neither of the front doors sunroof will open to the comfort position. If you do not release the control. especially a child. release the control If the car is equipped with windows having and then once again press it rearward. the sunroof Automatic opening can be opened and closed so long as the car Slide the control rearward to the second is unlocked until 20 minutes has passed position and release it. Slide the control rearward to its first position. the ignition switch.

position. second position. trapped. certain sunroof open) variants only) • To open – press in the control. optional sunroof start to open (approx. 2 s). Press and hold the unlocking button on the Exercise great care when closing the It is also possible to select the ventilation remote control until the windows and sunroof to ensure that nothing gets position when the sunroof is open by press. ing in the control. and opens the sunroof slightly if something obstructs closing. The sunroof will halt when you release the If you wish to open the sunroof fully from control. man- The sunroof pinch protection halts closing ual. Manually controlled closing more to open the sunroof to its ventilation Convertible: For the remote opening of the Slide the control forward to its first position. The sunroof will close roof. . soft top. Comfort opening is the remote opening of WARNING • To close – slide the control forward to the windows and the sunroof. fully. Interior equipment 121 To close Ventilation position (rear edge of Comfort opening (option. The sunroof incorporates an interior. The sunroof will then close If the sunroof is in the ventilation position. Press the control once will not open. sliding sun blind. You can then Slide the control forward to its second posi. the ventilation position. you must first close Automatic closing (certain variants only) it (slide the control forward). it automatically. refer to page 56. slide the control rearward to open the sun- tion and release it.

122 Interior equipment Pinch protection WARNING Make sure nothing obstructs the sunroof when it is closed without pinch protection. ice or similar create so much resis. 3 Close the sunroof with the button on the Turn clockwise to close the sunroof when in roof console. the sunroof can be operated can be temporarily disengaged. the pinch protection trical failure. Use 2 Press and hold the button on the a screwdriver to press in the pin in the slot driver’s door while operating the window in the center of the motor shaft and turn the in question. In an emergency. . Remove the lens from the roof console. screwdriver. The sunroof will stop and open slightly. The sunroof is equipped with pinch protec- tion. open position. such as if there is an elec- roof cannot be closed). The pinch protection will be operative the Turn counter-clockwise to close when in next time the sunroof is operated. protection Emergency operation of the sunroof tance that the pinch protection cuts in (sun. Temporary overriding the pinch protec- tion Button for overriding the sunroof pinch If dirt. ventilation position. This is activated if something gets trapped when the sunroof is being closed. 1 Make sure the ignition is ON. with a screwdriver.

OFF. and cour. is located on the roof console by the rear- view mirror. the interior lighting will come on: on and off automatically when the glove Interior lighting • When the car is unlocked. • When the ignition is turned on. compartment is opened and closed. tesy lights in the doors (certain variants • When the remote control is removed from only). • Approx. The glove compartment lighting is switched activated). Interior equipment 123 Rear lighting 1 Interior lighting always off 1 Reading lights 2 Interior lighting controlled by the doors 2 Roof light 3 Interior lighting on continuously When the switch is in the mid-position (door. . The light switch for the interior lighting the ignition switch. The interior lighting consists of one front and • When a door is opened and the ignition is one rear roof light. If a door is left open and the light switch is in position 2 or 3 and the ignition is OFF. floor lighting. The lighting goes out: • When the car is locked. the interior lighting will be switched off automat- ically after 20 minutes to save the battery. The lights are dimmed out gradually. 20 s after closing all doors.

the ignition switch or the the cover is raised. • Avoid spillage. • The cup holder should not be used to hold cups made of china or glass as these can cause personal injury in the event of a crash. Sun visor with vanity mirror Sun visor NOTICE Illuminated vanity mirrors are provided on Take care not to spill any liquid on the the sun visors. The cup holder between the seats can be raised if you wish to use the compartment for storage.124 Interior equipment Trunk lighting Cup holder The trunk lighting is switched on and off when the trunk lid is opened and closed. in the center console compartment between the front seats and rear seat cushion. Cup holders are provided in the fascia. Soft drinks in particular can cause malfunc- tions. plastic bottles or aluminium cans. particularly of hot drinks. the lighting will be WARNING switched off automatically after 20 minutes to prevent the battery from running flat. The lighting comes on when audio system . • Use only paper mugs. If the trunk lid is left open. like when using the cup holders. .

Interior equipment 125 Cup holder in fascia Cup holder in center console compart. Cup holder in rear seat cushion ment between front seats (certain variants only) .

. for example.126 Interior equipment Power Outlet Storage compartments You can use the electrical socket in the stor- age compartment (certain variants only) under the armrest between the front seats to WARNING charge a mobile phone. 46. the event of a crash. There are additional storage compartments WARNING in the rear seat armrest. below the front ash- tray and in the doors. Use the traditionally key. Overloading can ment. of the socket in the compartment between Convertible has lockable glove compart- the seats is the same. An open glove compart- close the lid without damaging the charger ment door could cause personal injury in lead. see page result in melting or even fire. There is a recess on each side of the compartment The glove compartment must be closed which will accept a lead so that you can while travelling. The maximum output of the cigarette Open the glove compartment with lighter socket is 240 W (20 A). The rating the button on the left of the moulding.

Storage pocket on front edge of seats Storage pocket on back of seats (certain (certain variants only) variants only) . Interior equipment 127 Sliding cover in glove compartment to Card holder Storage compartment between front seats admit cold air (cars with ACC only). for example. This allows the storage of chocolate and chilled drinks.

Return the mirror to its mirrors to their normal positions before normal position by pressing the button driving off.128 Interior equipment Rearview mirrors Door mirrors To adjust The door mirrors are electrically adjustable and heated. Press the button parking in tight spaces. . This is located deck of a ferry. The mirror glass can also be adjusted man- ually by gently pressing the glass in the desired direction. (20 meters). 3 Reversing position (electric/optional) If the car has an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory. 1 Selection of mirror Retracting a door mirror The mirror heating is turned on together with 2 Touch pad for adjustment the rear window heating. the passenger- if knocked. The door mirrors are designed to fold back On certain model variants. Remember to return the door under the touch pad. such as on the car shown in the illustration. the mirror settings are stored in the memory (see Manual retraction Reversing position page 18). 2 Adjust the mirror using the touch pad. The mirrors can also be side mirror glass can be angled down to retracted manually. The controls for adjusting the mirrors are on the driver’s door: 1 Select a door mirror with the upper button. again. This can be useful when facilitate reversing. The mirror will also return to its normal position if you drive forward approx- imately 22 yds.

The mirror returns to its normal state when the strong light source diminishes. This dark- ening is stepless. Certain variants have an autodimming rearview mirror. The lever should be in the normal position when you adjust the mirror. . for example. as the rear-facing sensor may Interior rearview mirror shaded by the trailer. Interior equipment 129 Interior rearview mirror with autodimming The system is activated when the forward- facing sensor detects that it is dark outside and the rear-facing sensor detects. 1 Forward-facing sensor 2 Antidazzle position NOTE! 2 Autodimming ON/OFF 3 Rear-facing sensor Towing a trailer can cause the system to malfunction. The interior rearview mirror is of the antidaz- zle type and can be deflected with the lever on its underside. The rearview mirror is then darkened to prevent the strong light source from dazzling the driver. The autodimming function can be turned Mirror position lever OFF with the switch on the lower edge of the Mirror with autodimming 1 Normal position rear-view mirror. if the car following has not dimmed its headlights.

Buttons for garage opener.e. stop and reverse feature as required by federal safety standards. new vehicle purchase).step two any garage door opener model manufac. you may be operating a garage door or Programming gate operator. The garage of the way of moving door or gate to opener is now in the train (or learning) mode prevent potential harm or damage. ning with "Programming" . signaling the door to stop and 1 Turn the ignition ON.).130 Interior equipment Interior rearview mirror with garage Preparations for first-time programming opener. garage door opener that lacks the safety The battery in the remote control should be 1–3 Garage opener fairly new for programming to work well. autodimming function and Before programming the garage opener for compass (certain variants only) the first time. 5 Autodimming/compass ON/OFF to train additional devices to a second or tured before April 1. Therefore it is advised to The garage opener can record and store the park outside of the garage. and can be programmed at any time begin- When programming the garage opener. A garage 6 Compass bearing third button. It is also when the indicator light begins to flash risk of serious injury or death. Do not Make sure that people and objects are out hold for longer that 30 seconds. you must delete any factory codes. suggested that upon the sale of the vehicle. . Release both buttons. (after 20 seconds). Begin with "Programming" - door opener which cannot detect an step three. Using a garage door (transmitter) for future programming proce. does not meet current federal Retain your original garage door opener 2 Press and hold the two outer buttons safety standards. see page 132. (buttons one and three) . reverse. autodimming frequencies of three different remote con- Do not use the garage opener with any and compass trols. Press and hold the two outer buttons until WARNING the indicator light begins to flash-after 20 seconds. 3 Position the end of your hand-held transmitter 1-3 inches (5-14 cm) away from the button you wish to program while keeping the indicator light in view. (This includes 4 LED Do not repeat "Programming" . object. 1982.step 2.releasing only opener without these features increases dures (i. Do not hold the the programmed garage opener buttons be buttons for longer than 30 seconds and erased for security purposes.. do not repeat step two to program a second and/or third hand-held transmit- ter to the remaining two buttons.

This can range of the remote control) while usually be found where the hanging programming using the "cycling" method to prevent damaging the electrical motor. cess to prevent possible overheating. constantly. "press/hold/release" sequence a culties programming a gate operator by 5 After the indicator light changes from a second time. head unit. 7 At the garage door opener receiver Switch off the power supply to the garage (motor-head unit) in the garage. Do not repeat step two. ter until the frequency signal has success- tons. repeat this sequence a third time to Note: If programming a garage door 6 Press and hold the just-trained button complete the programming process. Note: There are 30 seconds in which to ini. Canadian radio-frequency laws require 4 Simultaneously press and hold both the 8 Firmly press and release the "learn" or transmitter signals to "time-out" (or quit) chosen and hand-held transmitter "smart" button. release brand of the garage door opener (or (regardless of where you live). Gate Operator / Canadian Programming from below or left side of the mirror. programming is complete Note: To program the remaining two but. noted in the "Gate Operator / Canadian Pro. programmed button. and. opener or gate operator. door openers may require you to replace 9 Return to the vehicle and firmly press. other rolling code equipped device). begin with "Programming" . steps 7-9 to complete the programming of a rolling code equipped device (most com. programming.step fully been accepted by the garage opener. replace both the mirror and hand-held transmit. gate operators are designed to this Programming Step 4 with procedures hold for two seconds and release the "time-out" in the same manner. three. begin with "Programming" . three.every two the button is pressed and released. Interior equipment 131 The transmitter should face the mirror antenna wire is attached to the motor. Repeat the If you live in Canada or you are having diffi- gramming" section.) which may not be long enough for the until step 5 has been completed. locate door or gate (or park the car beyond the the "learn" or "smart" button. garage opener to pick up the signal during Note: Some gate operators and garage tiate step nine. (The name and color of after several seconds of transmission - buttons. "Programming " step 4 with the following: ter buttons. NOTICE monly a garage door opener).) seconds and then turns to a constant Proceed with "Programming" step five to light continue with "Programming" complete. Do not repeat step two. . (The indicator light will flash slowly and then If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two rapidly.S. Do not release the buttons the button may vary by manufacturer. seconds ("cycle") your hand-held transmit- Note: To program the remaining two but. Similar to this Canadian law. depending on the using the "Programming" procedures slow to a rapidly blinking light. 4 Continue to press and hold the button and your device should activate when tons. The garage opener should now activate unplug the device during the "cycling" pro- If the indicator light stays on your rolling code equipped device.step while you press and release . some U. it is advised to and observe the indicator light.

and (2) this device must accept any interference. the hand-held transmitter 2 The indicator light will begin to flash after of the device may also be used at any time. garage door 1 Press and hold the desired button. home/office lighting.132 Interior equipment Reprogramming a single button Opening a garage door To program a device to the garage opener To operate. autodimming below).step 3. gate operator. proceed with "Programming" - step 3. including inter. 20 seconds. NOT release the button. this device may not cause harmful interference. A 0 indicates that autodimming is This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. DO opener. For convenience. When autodimming is switched on. simply press and release the using a button previously trained. follow programmed button. Press button 5 briefly to switch autodimming Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate on or off. security system. The garage opener is now in the train (or 6 Compass bearing learning) mode and can be programmed This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. at any time beginning with "Programming" Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) . and (2) must accept any interference received. . Activation will now these steps: occur for the trained device (i. this device may not cause interference. the equipment. Without releasing the button. including interfer- ence that may cause undesired operation of this device. Release both buttons. See page 129 for a description Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) of operation.e. entry door lock. Autodimming ference that may cause undesired operation.). Do 5 Autodimming/compass ON/OFF not hold for longer that 30 seconds. Erasing the three buttons To erase programming from the three but- tons (individual buttons cannot be erased but can be "reprogrammed" as outlined Buttons for garage opener. etc. follow the step noted: and compass • Press and hold the two outer buttons until 1–3 Garage opener the indicator light begins to flash-after 4 LED 20 seconds. switched off. a 1 is displayed briefly in the compass win- Canada only: dow.

a manual calibration is needed perform as follows: 3 Press button 5 repeatedly to change the zone number. The compass displays the car’s direction of travel: N. The zone number is now also shown. If. The compass bearing is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the mirror and is updated every other second. Changing zones The earth’s magnetic field varies depending on one’s position on the globe. The compass will now 2 Drive in circles (max. E. Interior equipment 133 Compass The compass is built into the rearview mir- ror. see illus- tration on page 132. etc. Once the correct zone the compass bearing are displayed is selected. drive as normal until "CAL" is no longer displayed. 9 s). There are 15 zones from 1 Press and hold button 5 until "CAL" and which to choose. release the button and wait (approx. If you drive your car from one magnetic zone to another Compass zones in USA Compass zones in Canada the compass setting will need to be changed to ensure a correct bearing. for any reason. Switch the compass display on and off by pressing button 5 for 3 seconds. NE. shown in the display on the mirror (6 s). . 5 mph/8 km/h) or display the bearing. 4 seconds. Calibration is performed automatically 2 Press and hold button 5 until "ZONE" is during travel. 1 Study the illustrations to determine the Calibration correct zone.

• Adjust the head restraints for the rear seats to be occupied to a suitable height before riding in the car. Sport Sedan Convertible: The rear seat can not be folded. make sure that it is locked correctly on both sides. This is imperative since the center safety belt is mounted in the backrest. See also page 183. WARNING • Never drive the car if the backrest is not correctly locked into position as this increases the risk of personal injury in the event of heavy braking or a crash. Small children are very susceptible to heat stroke. During sunny weather the temperature in the passenger and trunk can climb to 160–180°F (70–80°C). . • Never leave a child or animal unattended in the car. • When folding the backrest back upright. This is imperative since other- wise objects in the trunk could force their way into the cabin during heavy breaking or a crash. • When folding the backrest back upright. make sure that it is locked correctly on both sides. There is always a danger of loose objects being thrown forward and causing injury if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a crash. • Keep hands well clear of all moving parts.134 Interior equipment Trunk Folding down the rear seat. • Never place heavy objects on the parcel shelf.

see page 138. Emergency opening of the narrow backrest. 2 Fold the backrest forward. 1 Unlock the backrest by pulling the appropriate handle in the trunk. . Next to the hinges in the trunk are handles for unlocking the rear seat backrests. Trunk Release Handle. the rear seat is split so that the narrow and the wide part can be folded down separately. the follow- ing message is displayed on the SID (equivalent message displayed for right-hand backrest): Rear left seat backrest unlocked. Note: When returning the backrest to its upright position. make sure that it locks properly in place and that the safety belt does not get caught. Interior equipment 135 For greater flexibility. If the left-hand backrest is not properly locked in position. The operation is easier if the front seats are not too far back and the rear seat head restraints are fully lowered. see page 137.

Alternatively. Sport Sedan Convertible: There are no load-through hatch. To lock: Open the hatch and lock the lock. narrow items to be carried inside the car. This avoids the danger of the car moving off if a long item were to knock the gear or selector lever into gear. There is a lock on the rear side of the hatch. . as this will alter its handling characteristics (see page 268).136 Interior equipment Load-through hatch. WARNING • Always secure the load firmly. for example using the middle safety belt. you can unlock the hatch from the trunk. To unlock: Fold down the wide section of the backrest and unlock the lock. The position of the lock is designed to prevent unautho- rized persons from accessing the trunk from inside the cabin. switch off the engine and apply the parking brake. Close the hatch. This reduces the danger of personal injury result- ing from the displacement of the load on hard braking or in the event of a crash. A load-through hatch is incorporated in the rear seat backrest to enable long. • Fold down the armrest and open the hatch by lifting the handle. Before loading or unloading long items. The hatch is now locked. Use this to lock or unlock the hatch. • Do not exceed the load capacity of the car.

Improper use of the trunk. This will avert the danger of trunk release could damage it. The handling WARNING characteristics of the car can be NOTICE affected since a load in the trunk will • Lay heavy bags on the floor. ALWAYS keep face and body out of recoil path. luggage flying around if the car should brake suddenly or be involved in a crash. Trunk Release Handle Tie down eyes in the trunk • The rear seat must be in the upright position to protect against load displacement in the event of a crash. car. Trunk Release Handle Tie down eyes There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release There are tie down eyes in the trunk that • Do not exceed the load capacity of the handle located inside the trunk on the latch. as this will alter its handling char- This handle will glow following exposure to loads should be placed as far forward and acteristics (see page 268). . DO NOT overstretch. should be used to secure loads. Interior equipment 137 • Secure small items if the backrest is folded down. Place alter the car’s center of gravity. how the car is loaded. Pull the release handle down to open as low down as possible in the trunk. The trunk release handle was not smaller and lighter bags on top. Avoid eye injury. DO NOT use when strap has visible signs of wear or damage. Small items can also be thrown around inside the car and cause personal injury. designed to be used to tie down the trunk • Secure heavy and bulky items using lid or as an anchor point when securing the four lashing eyes provided in the items in the trunk. • The elastic cargo net is only designed for light objects that are to be kept in place while driving • Elastic cargo net: WARNING. • Match your speed and driving style to the trunk from inside. light. In general.

on parcel shelf . for example. the lighting will be electricity (not possible to open trunk lid) switched off automatically after 20 minutes and you need to access the trunk for a warn- to prevent the battery from running flat. • Remove the cover and depress the yellow lever forward. opened in an emergency if the car is without If the trunk lid is left open. Cover over emergency opening lever. see page 243. Tools and spare wheel. ing triangle.138 Interior equipment Trunk lighting Emergency opening of the narrow On the underside of the parcel shelf is a light backrest that is switched on and off when the trunk is The narrow section of the backrest can be opened and closed.

Starting and driving 139 Starting and driving Ignition switch ________ 140 Economical driving_____ 173 Steering wheel lock ____ 142 Driving in cold weather__ 175 Starting the engine ____ 142 Driving in hot climates __ 177 Important considerations Towing a trailer ________ 178 for driving __________ 144 Driving with a roof rack Refueling ____________ 147 load ________________ 182 Engine Break-in Period _ 151 Driving with a load _____ 183 Manual transmission___ 152 Driving with the trunk lid Automatic transmission 153 open________________ 183 Cruise control ________ 159 Driving in deep water ___ 183 Braking ______________ 160 Driving at night ________ 184 Traction Control System Towing the car_________ 184 (TCS) ______________ 163 Driving with the compact Electronic Stability spare tire ____________ 187 Program (ESP) ______ 165 Jump starting _________ 187 Parking brake_________ 167 For long trips __________ 190 Parking ______________ 167 Saab Parking Assistance 170 .

If dirt or vate the steering wheel lock and make liquid gets into it. operate properly. • Never remove the remote control Take care not to spill drinks or to drop while the car is moving. . This will acti- crumbs over the ignition switch. • Apply the parking brake before remov- NOTICE ing the remote control. Brush snow off clothing before getting into the car. selector lever is in position P. If snow from clothing falls into the ignition switch and melts. the switch may not it impossible to steer the car. the ignition switch can seize (freeze). the remote before leaving children unattended in control can only be removed when the the car.140 Starting and driving Ignition switch WARNING The ignition switch is located on the center console between the front seats. In cars • Always remove the remote control with automatic transmission.

Starting and driving 141 To allow the various systems in the car time LOCK position to register that the remote control has been The position lights. Do not leave the remote control in the OFF position with the engine not running as this could cause the battery to run flat in a matter of hours. Do not leave the remote control in the ON position when the engine is not running. the remote control will spring back to the ON position. do not turn turned on. Cars with automatic transmission: Move the gear lever to P. Cars with manual transmission: The remote control can be removed regardless of the position of the gear lever.starter position The starter motor operates (automatic transmission: selector lever must be in P or N) when the remote control is turned to this position. some indicator and warning lights will come on in the main instrument panel. The car has an electronic restart lock. ON position The entire electrical system is operative. If the engine fails to start. When released. The gear lever is locked in position. Turn the remote control to the OFF position to disconnect the electrical system. the remote control must first be turned back to a position between OFF and LOCK before the starter motor can be operated again. ST . hazard warning lights and interior lighting can be inserted into the ignition switch. These should go out after about 3 seconds. This is the only position in which the remote control can be removed. See also page 154. . Cars with automatic transmission: The gear lever is not locked. the remote control for roughly half a second. OFF position Parts of the electrical system are operative. When you turn the remote control to ON.

Never start the car from outside the again. The displayed on the SID: lock engages when the remote control is removed from the ignition and unlocks when Steering lock malfunc. the following message will be Starting the engine The steering wheel lock is electronic. lock the car by . with the traditional key (see page 42). A click can be Make a safe stop. • Do not rest or sleep in the car when parked with the engine running.g. heard when the steering wheel lock locks Contact Saab dealer. If the car is parked with one front wheel If the steering wheel lock malfunctions while . • When starting the engine: and unlocks.142 Starting and driving Steering wheel lock If a fault arises affecting the steering wheel lock. which may not succeed on first attempt you must switched off. • Cars with automatic transmission: select position P to remove the ignition The following message is shown on the SID: key. If you do restarted once the engine has been forwards or backwards. gear lever is not in the neutral position. remove the remote control before trying If you have to leave the car. The key can only be removed in Steering wheel locked. wheel. . Try again. Be alert to the danger of CO – always open the garage doors before starting the engine in the garage. need to turn the steering wheel slightly this may prevent the removal of the remote the clutch pedal must be fully when you insert the remote control to allow control or prevent the car from being depressed or the car will jump the steering wheel lock to unlock. this gear position.Depress the clutch pedal fully. doors. This could lead to serious If the steering wheel lock does not disen. through a window that is the remote control into the ignition switch.Sit down in the driver’s seat. e. cause a crash. If the touching the curb. for example. gage it will not be possible to turn the remote car is now locked but the alarm is inactive. There is a risk of depressing the accelerator which could lead to engine damage. Lock the front left door from outside down. Pull out key. Turn the steering wheel and insert pressing down the lock buttons on the vehicle. you may the remote control is in the ignition switch. The personal injury. . control in the ignition switch. WARNING the remote control is inserted. odorless. • There is also a danger of CO poison- ing if the exhaust system is leaking. turn steering • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless. poisonous gas.

3 Start the engine. Cars with manual transmission brake pedal will sink. proceed as before the warning and indicator lights have 1 The selector lever must be in the P or N follows: gone out. 3 Start the engine. Let the remote control least 3 minutes after starting. fuel supply). Do not apply full throttle for at . if the clutch was released too quickly). This is perfectly 2 Press the accelerator to the floor and run To start the engine the clutch pedal must normal. Let the remote control will prevent the engine being flooded 1 Make sure the parking brake is applied. Do not drive away position. essential that you turn the ignition to should be started as follows: Note! Once the engine has started. Do not apply full throttle for at least 3 minutes after starting. spring back as soon as the engine has (fully depressed accelerator cuts off the started and is running smoothly. do not touch the accelerator when restarting Allow the engine to idle for about the engine. the starter motor for 5-10 seconds. position.do not touch the accelerator. (e. attempts in very cold weather. Starting and driving 143 Starting the engine Cars with automatic transmission Useful tips on starting the engine Avoid racing the engine or loading it heavily The selector lever must be in the P or N If the engine has failed to start after several before it has warmed up. the ON before depressing the accelerator). . 10 seconds.g. Allow the engine to idle for about 3 Now start the engine in the normal way 10 seconds. This be fully depressed. spring back as soon as the engine has If the engine stalls immediately after starting started and is running smoothly. 1 Turn the ignition switch to ON (it is The engine has an automatic choke and 2 Keep your foot on the brake pedal. 2 Depress the clutch pedal but do not touch the accelerator.

1 Starting and driving • The system is optimized for AON 90. performance will fall slightly and heavy • Under certain barometric conditions throttle valve. since regulated by ignition and fuel • A protective function (interruption of the lated according to the tendency of the supply) fuel supply) limits the engine speed. If a fault is detected in the a Saab dealer as soon as possible. the grade of fuel in the tank. Severe engine damage The engine management system has a to the initiation of a monitoring system will occur if gasoline lower than 87 that limits the boost pressure.stop the engine • If the engine sounds strange there is a driving when it is idling. malfunction.144 Starting and driving Important 2 Stopping the engine NOTICE • Do not rev the engine immediately considerations for before switching it off .000 rpm under a heavy load. This can occur • engine performance will be reduced when the engine is running at about • the cruise control will not function 3. • The maximum boost pressure is regu. This means: use the recommended grade of fuel. . and is perfectly safe for the engine. Contact a Saab dealer 3 Regulating the charging pressure immediately. However. altitude) the needle may enter the first limp-home mode. engine to knock. Short-lived knocking is perfectly normal. wear. is a sign that the control system is work- ing normally. If the needle of the turbo gauge also be run safely on gasoline with a repeatedly enters the red zone. the engine management loading and laboring should be (high outside temperature and/or high system will set the throttle system to the avoided. • The use of fuel with too low an octane • Do not use full throttle until the engine One of the advantages of boost pres. For optimum performance. part of the red zone without necessarily • idling control will be poor (uneven idling indicating that a fault has arisen. due Limp-home than AON 87. although not lower engine may suddenly lose power. engine internal functions. This controlled form of knocking. followed by a reduction in the boost pressure. Contact diagnostic feature that checks a number of octane is used. the lower octane rating. • Isolated instances of knocking can occur with low-octane fuel. so as to avoid unnecessary sure regulation is that the engine can damage. The • the capacity of the A/C compressor will be extent of this knocking will depend on limited. rating can cause serious engine is warm.

• Always be alert to any misfiring of the the instrument panel will come on (see page trol device incorporated in the car’s exhaust engine (not running on all cylinders) and 75). as soon as you have Use only unleaded gasoline. At the as soon as possible. ease off the accelerator slightly. bump started (manual transmission only) Contact Saab dealer. and also to avoid damage to the catalytic converter. • If the engine fails to start (in severe cold or if the battery is flat). However. The following message is shown on the SID: metal alloy). the following points must be should go out or start to shine constantly. honeycomb insert. Leaded gasoline is detrimental to the catalyst and started the engine. after this If "Engine malfunction (CHECK time. The light components. switch off the engine to avoid serious (indicating that the engine is misfiring and tinues to function properly. ENGINE)" warning light starts to flash To ensure that the catalytic converter con. the car can be Reduced engine power. If. observed: If the light continues to flash despite easing off the accelerator. to settle and run smoothly. It consists of a metal canister with a any loss of power or performance. damage to the converter and its associated Contact a Saab dealer for advice. allow NOTICE it to idle for up to 5 minutes to give it time the function of the catalytic converter. . NOTICE or started using jump leads to a donor battery. If it is misfiring. Have the car checked as soon as possible at a Saab dealer. the catalytic converter can be damaged). Have the car checked at a Saab dealer system. you may continue to drive the car but at the mini- mum throttle permitted by the current traf- fic situation. the cells of which have first sign of a malfunction. the engine still fails to run properly. the light catalytic converters ance with the service program. reduce speed walls coated in a catalytic layer (precious and take the car to a Saab dealer. it is important that it oxygen sensor and will seriously impair runs on all cylinders. Starting and driving 145 If the diagnosis function detects a fault in the Important considerations with • Have the car serviced regularly in accord- engine management system. "Engine malfunction (CHECK ENGINE)" in The catalytic converter is an emission con.

The catalytic converter gets very hot and could there. If the car runs out of gas. the engine must start to run on all cylin- ders. NOTICE fore start a fire. converter the engine compartment and under the 1 Engine control module car at a rate equivalent to the ram-air 2 Oxygen sensor effect that would obtain at the corre. in turn. in with the fuel. . can cause • If you bump start the car when the engine the catalytic converter to be damaged by is already at normal working temperature. which. Abort bump starting if the engine fails to start immediately. overheating. air must be blown into Engine management system with catalytic conditions. 3 Catalytic converter sponding road speed. to ensure adequate cooling. and If the engine is being run with the car on a could represent a breach of the warranty rolling road or dynamometer. air may be drawn • Never drive off if the engine is misfiring. Failure to strictly follow these instructions WARNING can result in damage to the catalytic con- verter and associated components.146 Starting and driving • Never park the car on dry grass or other combustible material.

gasoline can contain a number Therefore: the combustion and automatically adapts to of additives containing oxygen. • 2. 4 Cease refueling the first time the pump stops.AON 90. No open or Saab are: 5 % by volume of methanol.0 Turbo engine 210 hp .0t engine 175 hp – AON 90. Fuel should not come common type of ether used is MTBE • do not use a mobile phone at the same (methyl tertiary butyl ether). Refueling • The use of fuel with too low an octane 1 Switch off the engine. The most the fuel used. The most exposed flames near gasoline • Do not overfill. located in the right- damage. . For optimum performance Saab recom- mends: All Saab gasoline engines can be driven on • 2. expansion is needed for when the temperature rises. or NOTICE 10 % by volume of ethanol. The maximum oxygen level is Always use the correct grade of fuel: restricted by national regulations. common of these are alcohol or some type • never smoke while refueling of ether. WARNING gasoline with an octane rating between AON 87–93. other than as engine fuel If fuel containing a mixture of alcohol is • gasoline is extremely flammable and used. 3 Insert the fuel pump nozzle beyond the flange on the filler pipe and let the first mark (a ring. of which fuel right up the filler pipe as room for time as refueling may contain a maximum of 15 % by volume. The engine management system monitors Sometimes. Do not withdraw the nozzle while filling is in progress. a pimple or the first spring- coil) rest on the flange. rating can cause serious engine 2 Open the filler cap. Starting and driving 147 Refueling Only use fuel from a well-known oil company. Gasoline fumes are highly explosive. hand rear fender. • never use gasoline for any purpose unleaded AON 87–93. the maximum levels approved by can cause severe burns.

Slide the white hot weather. . • Do not fill fuel all the way up the filler pipe. Fuel tank volume when nozzle trips to shut off. Refer to page 175 for information regarding gasoline anti-freeze. To secure the cap after refueling fit the cap to the fuel pipe and turn it to the right until three clicks are heard.148 Starting and driving NOTICE Do not overfill. • Fill to maximum filling capacity. the cap straight out. When slot located on the fuel door. pull ring on the cap into the slot. (2 liters). • 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 should not come right up the filler pipe as expansion room is needed when the temperature rises. may vary by Filler cap Filler cap removed for refueling 0. The gasoline must be allowed Filler cap The fuel door has a built in fuel cap holder room for expansion especially during Open the cap by turning it to the left. The most effective way to prevent conden- sation forming in the tank (and thus avoid possible running problems) is to keep the tank full. you feel the spring release in the cap.5 gal.

Starting and driving 149
Recommended fuel: To avoid deposit formation on the fuel injec- Other, less common, fuel additives used by
For optimum performance we recommend tors which can cause poor driveability, use some gasoline dealers are also acceptable,
90 AON for 175 hp engines and 93 AON for only quality gasolines that contain deter- provided that the resultant gasoline is not
210 hp engines. gents and corrosion inhibitors. Because more than 2.7 % oxygen by weight. In many
gasolines sold at retail gas stations vary in cases, you may not be able to determine the
Octane rating is determined according to their composition and quality, you should exact type or percentage by volume of fuel
the formula: switch to a different brand if you begin expe- additive in the gasoline you purchase for
riencing driveability and/or hard starting your car.
MON + RON problems shortly after refueling your car. In Some Canadian and U.S. gasolines contain
2 recent years, a variety of fuel additives and an octane enhancing additive called meth-
alcohols or oxygenates have been blended lycyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl
with gasoline. These types of gasolines may (MMT). If such fuel is used, your emission
where MON is the Motor Octane Number, be found in all parts of the United States and
and RON is the Research Octane Number. control system performance may deterio-
Canada, but particularly in geographic rate and the malfunction indicator lamp on
The average of these two values is the areas and cities that have high carbon your instrument panel may turn on. If this
octane rating of the gasoline as it appears monoxide levels. Saab approves the use of occurs, return to your authorized Saab
on the pump at a retail gas station. This such "reformulated" gasolines in its prod- dealer for service.
value is sometimes referred to as the "Anti- ucts, which help in reducing pollution from
Knock Index" (AKI) or the "Average Octane However, these blended gasolines are reg-
all motor vehicles, provided that the follow- ulated and should never exceed these rec-
Number" (AON). ing blending percentages are met by such ommended blend percentages and service
fuels: station operators should know if their gaso-
• Up to 10 % ethanol by volume, with corro- lines contain detergents and oxygenates,
sion inhibitors. and have been reformulated to reduce vehi-
• Up to 15 % MTBE by volume (methyl cle emissions. Nevertheless, if you begin to
tertiary butyl ether). notice a problem with the way your car starts
or runs shortly after it has been refueled, try
Up to 5 % methanol by volume, with an a different brand of gasoline.
equal amount of a suitable co-solvent and
added corrosion inhibitors.

150 Starting and driving
Fuel (Gasoline Engine)
NOTICE NOTICE Use regular unleaded gasoline rated at 87
octane or higher. Use of gasoline with an
Higher concentrations of methanol than The engine control module (ECM) moni- octane rating lower than 87 can result in
listed above, or the use of methanol- toring the engine parameters also stores severe engine damage. Damage caused by
blended gasoline without suitable co- fault codes. incorrect fuel being used is not covered
solvents and corrosion inhibitors, can under the terms of the New Car Warranty
Under certain circumstances, this may and will be the responsibility of the owner. It
damage your car’s fuel system, leading to cause constant illumination of the Engine
the need for repairs which are not is recommended that the gasoline meet
malfunction (CHECK ENGINE) lamp specifications which were developed by the
covered by Saab’s product warranty.
, thus indicating a fault that must be American Automobile Manufacturers Asso-
checked by your Saab dealer, see page ciation (AAMA) and endorsed by the Cana-
75. dian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Associa-
tion for better vehicle performance and
NOTE: always observe the following two engine protection. Gasolines meeting the
measures: AAMA specification could provide improved
• Make sure that the fuel filler cap is driveability and emission control system
screwed on correctly before the performance compared to other gasolines.
engine is started. Screw on the fuel
filler cap until you hear a distinct click.
In Canada, look for the
Avoid driving with the fuel low level indi- "Auto Makers’ Choice" label on
cator illuminated. The symbol illuminates the fuel pump.
when less than approximately 2.5 gallons
(10 litres) of fuel remains in the tank.
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 accel-
erating 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, con-
stant knock that means you have a problem.

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If your vehicle is certified to meet California
Emission Standards (indicated on the
Some gasolines that are not reformulated
for low emissions may contain an octane-
Engine Break-in Period
underhood emission control label), it is enhancing additive called methylcyclopen- Pistons, cylinder bores and bearings need
designed to operate on fuels that meet Cal- tadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT); ask time to obtain uniform, wear-resistant
ifornia specifications. If such fuels are not your service station operator whether or not surfaces.
available in states adopting California emis- the fuel contains MMT. Saab does not If a new engine is driven too hard, this grad-
sions standards, your vehicle will operate recommend the use of such gasolines. If ual process of bedding-in will not be possi-
satisfactorily on fuels meeting federal spec- fuels containing MMT are used, spark plug ble and the life of the engine will be short-
ifications, but emission control system per- life may be reduced and your emission ened.
formance may be affected. The malfunction control system performance may be During the first 1,200 miles (2,000 km),
indicator lamp on your instrument panel affected. The Engine malfunction (CHECK do not exceed 5,000 rpm.
may turn on and/or your vehicle may fail a ENGINE) light on your instrument panel
smog-check test. See "Engine malfunction may turn on. If this occurs, return to your In addition, refrain from driving the car at full
(CHECK ENGINE)" on page 75. If this authorized Saab dealer for service. throttle, other than for brief instances,
during the first 1,800 miles (3,000 km).
occurs, return to your authorized Saab
dealer for diagnosis to determine the cause Wearing in new brake pads
of failure. In the event it is determined that New brake pads take time to bed in, about
the cause of the condition is the type of fuels 90 miles (150 km) if the car is driven largely
used, repairs may not be covered by your under stop-and-go conditions or about
warranty. 300 miles (500 km) of highway driving.
To extend the useful life of the pads, avoid
hard braking as much as possible.

152 Starting and driving

Manual transmission
Clutch interlock
To start the car, the clutch pedal must be
depressed.
When changing gear, fully depress the
clutch pedal and then release it smoothly. It
is inadvisable to drive with your hand resting
on the gear lever, as this can increase the
wear on the gearbox.
There are two manual gearbox versions:
a 5-speed gearbox and a 6-speed gearbox.
Reverse gear on the 6-speed gearbox is to
the left of 1st gear. Raise the ring under the Gear positions, 5-speed Gear positions, 6-speed
gear knob to engage reverse.
Before reverse (R) can be engaged, you
must lift the ring underneath the gear knob.

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

Starting and driving 153
Automatic transmission
WARNING
• Depress the brake pedal when shifting
the selector lever from P or N.
Indication of gear position on main
• The car must be at a standstill before
instrument panel
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 The engine can only be started when the
moving when a drive position is subse- selector lever is in the P or N position.
quently selected, this could cause a When the car is stationary, the engine must
crash or damage the automatic trans- Selector lever be idling when you move the selector lever
mission. 1 Position for manual gear selection from one position to another. If not, the
• Never park the car with the selector transmission could be damaged.
lever in a drive position, even if the
parking brake is on. The remote control can only be removed
when the selector lever is in the P position. NOTICE
• If you want to leave the car with the
engine running, move the selector After selecting a drive position, pause
lever to P or N and apply the parking briefly to allow the gear to engage (the car
brake. starts to pull a little) before you acceler-
ate.
The automatic transmission has an elec-
tronic control module. The control module
receives information including accelerator
position and road speed. Using this and
other information, it controls the hydraulic
pressure of the transmission to ensure that
gear changing is as smooth as possible.

known as Park Brake Shift Lock. . change pattern is changed. moved between certain positions. the gear selected automatically to avoid unneces. speed and temperature of the transmission. sary gear changes and undesired increases in transmission temperature. stop the car as must be pressed in at the same time as the soon as it is safe to do so and allow the brake pedal is held depressed. 2 If the temperature of the transmission fluid exceeds 275°F (135°C). the gear selector lever detent (catch) If this message appears. which changes module senses the engine load. tern for the first few minutes after a cold start so that the catalytic converter reaches its 3 If the temperature of the transmission working temperature more quickly. Temporary override of Park Brake Shift Lock. change pattern is again changed. engine Selector lever detent torque will be limited to 147 ft. The transmission has a security function Make a safe stop. see page 156.lbs. vehicle gear change patterns. To move Open hood to cool down. fluid exceeds 302°F (150°C). The following message is shown on the SID: Park Brake Shift Lock Gearbox too hot. 1 If the temperature of the transmission A suitable gear change pattern is then fluid exceeds 257°F (125°C). against overheating. The transmission control vided by the control module. engine to idle until the message has gone The detent button on the selector lever has out. the gear selector lever out of the P or N posi- tion. The selector lever should be in to be pressed in before the lever can be position P. (200 Nm).154 Starting and driving Adaptive gear change patterns Thermal transmission protection The adaptive gear change pattern function The transmission has built-in protection adapts gear changing to the prevailing driv. This protection is pro- ing conditions. the gear Certain variants use a special change pat.

driving with a trailer on hilly roads. Starting and driving 155 Lock-up Driving in hilly country with a heavy Descending hills The transmission’s torque converter has a load If the speed of the car increases while lock-up function. The adaptive gear change patterns are When the accelerator is pressed down fully. the transmission fluid overheating. Overheating can cause the brakes to fade! Towing Towing of cars with automatic transmission. the next higher gear will be overheat. thus the gearbox is strained.000 rpm. always powerful engine braking. despite the acceler- converter in 3rd. e. Kick-down works in manual mode in 4th and 5th gears if the engine WARNING speed is lower than 2. a down change is made to optimize acceler- ation. Overheating reduces the service selected at the optimum engine speed. life of the fluid. manually select a drive with the selector lever in the D posi. unless you ease off the accelerator before reaching this. Remember to use the braking effect of the engine (1st. Kick-down tion. 4th and 5th gears.g. then active. This can lock the torque The transmission fluid can overheat when descending a steep hill. when ator being released. If you desire more sumption. for overtaking. for example. see page 184. the control module will reducing the engine speed and fuel con. lower gear (see page 158). To avoid change down to 4th gear. 2nd or 3rd gear) when you are descending long or steep hills to spare the brakes. . High air temperatures or a faulty oil cooler can also cause the transmission fluid to Following this.

If the fuse is OK the battery may be dead. Select 5th possible to move the selector lever out of gear manually or move the selector lever the park position. 2nd Due to electrical problems it may not be gear must be selected manually. Temporary override of Park Brake Shift 2 Lift up the rubber mat in the storage Lock compartment ahead of the selector lever. Contact a Saab dealer to have the problem checked and rectified. Check fuse 6 in the engine bay fuse box. Contact Saab dealer.156 Starting and driving Limp-home Temporary override of Park Brake Shift If the transmission malfunctions. If for some reason the selector lever The following message is shown on the SID: has to be moved out of the park position (i. 4 Remove the tool. Select 2nd gear when driving at low speeds and 5th gear at higher speeds. the control Lock module will activate limp-home mode.e. NOTICE able. . only 2nd and 5th gears are avail. Limited performance. In this mode. to tow the car a short distance) do as Gearbox malfunction. otherwise it should remain on. described below. even if the ignition is to D (see page 158). 5 Release the parking brake if the car is to be moved immediately. 1 Apply the parking brake. to press and hold the plastic lever while moving the selector lever from P to N. Use a thin tool. 3 Under the floor of the storage compart- ment is a yellow plastic lever. ON. such as a screwdriver.

157 Starting and driving Selector lever positions N You must press the brake pedal to move P the selector lever from the neutral position (N). The transmission shifts automatically to R. hotter than necessary. Pause for a moment before applying the acce- lerator. movement. The engine can be started but make sure The engine can be started. depress the brake pedal and press in the detent To prevent the engine and transmission becoming (catch) on the selector lever. between all gears from 1st to 5th. the transmission is disengaged from the is mechanically blocked. when stuck in a traffic jam. At traffic lights. stationary. . engine. leave the selector lever in the drive position (D). The detent release button must be The drive position (D) is the normal one for forward pressed before the selector lever can be moved driving. The selector lever is locked and the transmission In neutral. e.g. accelerator position and the speed of the car. the parking brake is on to prevent unexpected To move the selector lever out of the P position. R Only select the reverse position (R) when the car D stationary. select N for long stops with Only select the park position (P) when the car is the engine running. the timing of Wait until reverse gear has engaged before which depends on factors such as the current touching the accelerator. to allow the gears to engage.

The selector lever will return to a position adjacent to the letter M after each gear change. If the road surface is slippery. position.000 rpm). Select a higher gear by pressing the selector lever forward or a lower gear by pulling it back. as opposed to the D using the selector lever and the steering wheel controls. On these models. The steer- position. it is possible to change gear manually When the selector lever is in the M position. An example of when you may wish to make manual gear changes is when overtaking. . you may wish to start off in 2nd or 3rd to reduce the risk of wheel spin. Manual gear selections are displayed on the main instrument panel. manual gear selection Move the selector lever to the manual position (M) (to the left position D) to select gear manually. the desired gear can be selected but the gear by pressing the left-hand button. The letter M and the current gear are displayed. the engine is much more responsive to changes in accel- ing wheel controls are only active when the selector lever is in the M erator position. Starting and driving 158 Sentronic. transmission will not change down until the engine speed is low enough to avoid overrevving. When descending steep hills you should select a Steering wheel controls for manual gear low gear to increase the braking effect of the selection (optional on certain variants) engine and thus spare the brakes. The accelerator has a different feel. Certain variants also have steering wheel controls for manual gear selection. to enable you to remain in a low gear for an extended period of time. Kick-down only operates for 4th and 5th gears (below 2. Select a higher gear by pressing the right-hand button and a lower When changing down.

(Cruise control system) 2 Move the thumbwheel up to SET/+ or SET/– when the car has reached the WARNING desired speed (above 15 mph (25 km/ h)).6 km/h) (when cruise cruise control system can be activated. the system will be ON the next time the engine is started. using cruise control. If you switch off the engine while the cruise control is ON. • Accelerate to the desired speed. the brakes must be applied once control to SET/+ or SET/–. Do not use the cruise control system in To increase the preset speed wet or icy conditions. the following ways: For safety reasons (brake system func. The system has the following functions: • Hold the control in the SET/+ position until Tap brakes lightly before the desired speed is reached (when 1 ON: engaged cruise control already engaged). when the engine has started. Starting and driving 159 Cruise control To set the desired speed 1 Slide the switch to ON. 2 OFF: disengaged 3 SET/+: sets the speed and increases the set speed 4 SET/ –: sets the speed and decreases the set speed 5 RESUME: re-engages the system at the set speed The CRUISE indicator light in the main instrument panel comes on when the switch is slid to ON. . before the • Jog the control to SET/+ to increase the Cruise control switches speed by 1 mph (1. in dense traffic or on You can increase the speed in any of winding roads. The following message is shown on the SID: control already engaged). Jog the tion).

If the car has speed. transmission). sion).6 km/h). This the desired speed is reached. on control to SET/+ or SET/–. and in extremely damp weather. select a low gear to utilize the • When position N is selected (cars with braking effect of the engine. delay in the braking effect may be noticed. Jog the important when driving in heavy rain. temporarily You can help to prolong the life of the brakes Slide the switch to the left towards OFF. with a drop of several hundred yards (hun- accelerator.160 Starting and driving To reduce the preset speed To re-engage the system Braking You can reduce speed in any of the follow. select 1st or 2nd To disengage the system gear. In such conditions a slight speed by 1 mph (1. automatic transmission. dry the brakes by • Hold the control in the SET/– position until depressed (cars with manual transmis. The car will It is good practice to try your brakes period- ing ways: return to the previously set speed. Accelerate. without shifting down (manual the system temporarily. To disengage the system roads with a lot of surface water. should also be done after the car has been Temporary increase in speed • When the switch is slid to To disengage washed. in snow or • Jog the control to SET/– to reduce the The system will be disengaged: in salty slush. to exceed the set speed such • When the switch is slid to OFF. • As soon as the brake or clutch pedal is To minimize this delay. This is particularly speed must exceed 15 mph (25 km/h). moderately over long stretches. such as when negotiating long descents as for overtaking. applying them lightly now and again. . but by thinking ahead and braking harder over only as far as to disengage the cruise con. Vehicle ically while driving. short periods. the car will return to the set dred metres). To avoid the brakes becoming overheated. • Brake to the desired speed. Slide the switch to RESUME. rather than braking more trol. automatic transmission). When you release the • When the TCS/ESP system is operative. Allow the switch to spring back.

neously. SID (and corresponding symbol on main • The same applies after the car has press the brake pedal down hard instrument unit) if a fault is detected: been washed or when the weather is without letting up (do not pump the very humid. the road surface is dry. on a wet road ABS system is not designed to allow The ABS has a built-in diagnostics function surface or in salty slush. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) modu- tions allow. The Adjustment takes place up to 12 times per pedal also feels hard and unrespon. (e. sive. touch the brake pedal periodically to loss of directional stability. This • The brake pressure required when the information is processed continuously to engine is off. the road.g. and steer the car to safety. • To stop as quickly as possible. when the car is ensure that the adjustment of the brake being towed) is roughly four times the pressure will be as exact as possible. especially when driving in optimum braking performance irrespective heavy rain. whether The following message will appear on the dry the brakes out. Starting and driving 161 ABS brakes The brake system provides Electronic WARNING Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). To rectify this. normal pedal force required. the brakes may take longer than normal driving safer. The the brake discs and pads warm up and pressure is automatically reduced just dry. through water collected on • The additional safety afforded by the of the car’s speed or load. In such condi. pedal). before the wheel locks up and then increases again to the point at which the • The brakes are power assisted and it wheel is just about to lock. in snow. declutching simulta. in such a way as to achieve time to time. without page 74). This distri- butes the brake pressure between the front • It is prudent to try your brakes from WARNING and rear wheels. drivers to drive faster but to make which will switch on the ABS warning light tions. • Overheating can cause the brakes to fade! . wet or slippery. if a fault is detected in the system (see normal to take effect. brake quite heavily so that lates the brake pressure to each wheel. Antilock brake malfunction. • Avoid parking the car with wet brakes. and if the traffic condi. The wheel sen- should be kept in mind that the servo sors send information to the brake system’s unit only provides the power assis- electronic control module for every 4 or so tance when the engine is running. inches (decimetre) that the car rolls. Contact Saab dealer. second. Before parking.

When the ABS system operates you will feel the brake pedal pulsate and hear a ticking noise. snow or ice but. . Apply the brake pedal with full force (you cannot press too hard). This means that the driver can brake gently to test the condi- tion of the road and adapt their driving accordingly. Braking with ABS brakes. declutch and if nec- essary steer to safety.162 Starting and driving The ABS system will not reduce the braking distance on loose gravel. Do not release the brake pedal before the car has come to a halt or the danger is past! The above is critical. It is well worth practising the use of ABS brakes on a skid pan or other suitable facility. the ABS system will Indication that the system is operating: operate even when only light pressure is pulsating brake pedal and ticking noise applied to the brake pedal. both of which are perfectly normal. steer- ing control is retained. because the wheels cannot lock up. Braking with ABS – evasive steering If the road is slippery.

making sure that both wheels rotate at the same speed. the TCS functions like an electronic differ- How the system works ential lock.: as a system to enable the driver to main- tain higher speeds. if the inside front wheel ing) wheels are rotating faster then the rear rotates faster than the other wheels.g. the torque from the engine is lights up under the speedometer if: reduced to eliminate the difference. in which case grip and. the TCS system that one or both of the wheels would lose helps to improve the car’s directional their grip were the car not equipped with the stability. surfaces (e. The TCS must not be regarded TCS. The Traction Control System (TCS) is designed to prevent wheelspin. the system eliminates wheelspin. If so. • When cornering.g. Starting and driving 163 Traction Control If the two front wheels are rotating at the same speed but are turning faster than the TCS OFF System (TCS) rear wheels. The same precau. • there is a fault in the ABS system WARNING The advantages of the TCS become most • the system has been switched off apparent when the cohesion between the manually. hence. • a fault has been detected and the system Anti-spin system The process continues until all the wheels has therefore been switched off are rotating at the same speed. front wheels and the road surface is so low When driving normally. The together with greater stability. wheels. • When the car is pulling away or accelerat- tions must be adopted as normal for safe ing with the front wheels on different cornering and driving on slippery roads. system also functions when the car is reversing. This • When the car is pulling away or accelerat- enables the car to achieve the best possible ing on a slippery surface. one slippery and one dry). It then monitors whether one driving wheel is rotating faster than the other. The TCS uses information from the ABS wheel sensors to detect when the front (driv. . maximum tractive effort. e. the faster wheel is retarded until both wheels are rotating at the same speed.

It may be necessary to switch off the system if the car has become bogged down. The TCS cannot be switched off if the car is trav- elling faster than 35 mph (60 km/h). When the remote control is turned to the ON position. TCS indicator Contact Saab dealer. . The fact that the TCS is operative indicates that the limit for grip has been exceeded and that the driver must exercise greater care. The cruise control system (if active) will automatically be disengaged if the TCS is The light under the speedometer operative. You can switch the system off manually with the TCS button. Press TCS to switch it on again. TCS button The following message is shown on the SID: Traction control failure. that is when one of the wheels has lost its grip. comes on when the TCS is operative.164 Starting and driving Turning the TCS off The TCS is switched on automatically when the engine is started. for instance. If a fault is detected in the ABS. the TCS will be switched off automatically. whereupon the light under the speedometer will come on. the lamp is lit for about 4 seconds while the system performs self-diagnosis.

It is a avoid a skid safety system that helps the driver to stabi- lize the car in unusual circumstances that can otherwise be difficult to handle. the traction control system (TCS). . tain higher speeds. yaw rate. lateral acceleration. the intentions of the driver and as a system to enable the driver to main. The car has sensors that measure WARNING wheel speed. The values provided by these sensors helps to improve the car’s directional are used to calculate the actual direction of stability. steering wheel position and braking pres- When driving normally. the ESP is engaged. The ESP must not be regarded the car. The same precau- tions must be adopted as normal for safe If this direction does not agree with that cornering and driving on slippery roads intended by the driver. whether the ESP should be engaged. The engine output is then also reduced to prevent the driving wheels from spinning. The ESP improves the driver’s chances The Electronic Stability Program employs Illustration of how the system applies the of retaining control over the car in critical both the antilock braking system (ABS) and brakes on one or several wheels to help situations. steering wheel position. calculated from the must be adopted. Starting and driving 165 Electronic Stability How the ESP system works The Electronic Stability Program can help to Program (ESP) prevent the car from skidding by braking one or several wheels independently of the Anti-skid system driver. the ESP system sure.

(60 km/h). The springs. Stability control failure. Turning ESP system off NOTICE ESP button The system can be turned off manually with Changes to the chassis. The ESP is always engaged during braking. whereupon the light change of wheels. the When the remote control is turned to the ON following message will be displayed on position. such as a the ESP button. Operation of the ESP indicates reduced The cruise control system (if active) will cohesion between the tires and the road. • the system has been switched off manually . the lamp is lit for about 4 seconds the SID: while the system performs self-diagnosis. The TCS is also disengaged. shock absorbers or under the speedometer will come on. The light under the speedometer Contact Saab dealer. • a fault has been detected and the system even if it has been switched off manually has therefore been switched off with the ESP button. could affect the function of the ESP OFF car must be travelling slower than 35 mph ESP system. driver. comes on for a short period of time when the ESP system is operative.166 Starting and driving ESP indicator light If a fault is detected in the system. Always consult your Saab dealer before lights up under the speedometer if: changing any chassis components. automatically be disengaged if the ESP is and that extra care should be taken by the operative.

the indicator light on the main instru- ment panel will come on. driving. lift the lever slightly. If the car is to be tended in the car. In warm. remove the remote wheels. This is especially appropriate if the car is standing on a hill. or only depressed as little as necessary so as to stop the car from rolling. If the parking brake is applied when the car starts off. • Always apply the parking brake before • Park where the vehicle will not create removing the remote control. Release parking brake. car can reach 160–180°F (70–80°C). To facilitate releasing the parking brake. Starting and driving 167 Parking brake Parking WARNING WARNING • Always apply the parking brake when • Never leave children or pets unat- you park the car. . When the parking brake is applied. If conditions allow. sunny left parked for a long time. pull the release button on the under- side of the lever and lower the lever. when the parking brake is applied. the following message will appear • Apply the parking brake. To release the parking brake. an obstruction or a hazard to other • Do not use the parking brake while road users. it is best if the brake pedal is not depressed. depress the brake pedal. the temperature inside the page 169. control and lock the car. The parking brake lever is situated between on the SID: • Shift into Reverse (automatic trans- the front seats. refer to weather. a fire. The brake acts on the rear mission: select P). • Do not park on dry grass or other Correct hold combustible material. The catalytic • Grasp the parking brake lever in such a way that no fingers get trapped when converter gets very hot and could start you release the parking brake.

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NOTICE
Empty the car yourself and bear in mind:
• Never leave a mobile phone, camera,
computer or similar object visible in
the car.
• Clothing, packages and bags attract
thieves.
• Do not leave small objects such as
CDs, sunglasses and coins visible.
• If possible, park in a well-lit, conspicu-
ous parking space.
• Thieves strike whenever and wher- 1 Downhill with curb. 2 Uphill with curb. Turn 3 Uphill or downhill with-
ever they are given the opportunity. Turn the wheels toward the wheels away from the out curb. Turn the wheel
the curb and edge the car curb and edge the car towards the edge of the
forwards until the wheel backward until the wheel road so that the car,
Parking on a hill lightly touches the curb. lightly touches the curb. should it move, will not
When parking on a steep hill, turn the front roll towards the middle of
wheels so that they will be blocked by the the road.
curb if the car should move.
If the car is parked with one front wheel
touching the curb, for example, you may
need to turn the steering wheel slightly
when you insert the remote control to allow
the steering wheel lock to unlock.

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Long-term parking • Park the car in a dry, covered and well-
If the car is not going to be used for some ventilated building. Leave the parking
time, e.g. three to four months, the following brake OFF!
steps are recommended: • Convertible: If the car is stored, the soft
top should be closed.
• Drain the washer fluid reservoir and • If necessary, use wheel chocks and leave
hoses. the parking brake off.
• Wash and wax the car. Clean the rubber • Disconnect the negative (–) battery lead.
seals on the hood, trunk lid and doors, If frost is likely to occur during the storage
and lubricate them with glycerol period, remove the battery and store it in
(glycerine). a frost-free place.
• After washing the car, dry the brake discs • If it is not possible to stand the car on axle
to avoid corrosion by taking the car out on stands, increase the tire pressure to
the road and applying the brakes a few 43 psi (3 bar).
times.
Leave all the door windows open a crack
• Fill the fuel tank to prevent condensation and cover the car with a non-plastic
forming in it. tarpaulin – not one made of plastic which will
• Top up the coolant and check the anti- not breath.
freeze before the onset of winter.

170 Starting and driving

Saab Parking
Assistance
Saab Parking Assistance
(option)

WARNING
Responsibility always lies with the driver
when reversing.
• The parking aid system can facilitate
parking and reversing. Area monitored by the sensors seen from Area monitored by the sensors seen from
• Bear in mind that small objects, such the side above
as a child lying on the ground, and
narrow objects cannot always be
The system uses four sensors in the rear The system is activated automatically when
detected by the system. bumper. These emit ultrasound signals that reverse is engaged or selected. Audible
bounce back to the sensors off any objects confirmation is given and the following text
Saab Parking Assistance facilitates parking behind the car. The system, however, is shown on the SID:
and reversing. There are four sensors in the cannot always detect small or narrow
rear bumper that detect objects up to 6 ft objects, such as a post, since the surface Parking assistance active
(1.8 meters) behind the car. area presented to the car is too small.
If the car is heavily laden, the system may If a warning message, such as the seatbelt
falsely indicate that there is an object within reminder, is shown on the SID when reverse
the detection range. This is since the sen- is engaged, the audible signals from the
sors are angled towards the ground when parking assistance system will not be heard
the car is tail-heavy. since the warning message has priority.
When the sensors detect an object within
the monitored area, pulses of sound (- - - -)
will be heard. The frequency of these pulses
increases as the car comes closer to the
object.

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If you stop the car with reverse gear You can temporarily deactivate the Saab
engaged, the sound pulse will stop after Parking Assistance as follows:
2 seconds. The sound pulses will return if NOTICE
you continue to reverse. If the car rolls for- • Engage reverse and press the CLEAR
The sensors must be kept clean to func- button on the SID control panel.
ward while reverse is engaged, the system tion well. Ice, snow and dirt can affect
is silenced. The system will be reactivated the next time
their sensitivity.
When the distance to the object is less you engage reverse.
than 1 ft. (30 cm), a continuous tone will Large quantities of snow or dirt covering Error messages
be heard. the sensors can prevent the parking If the system malfunctions, the following
assistance system from detecting any
When an object is approximately 3 ft. message will appear on the SID:
objects.
(90 cm) from the car, the sound pulses
Do not spray the sensors with a pressure Parking assistance
change character markedly (frequency
washer, as this can damage them. malfunction.
increases). A distance of about 3 ft. (90 cm)
Contact Saab dealer.
is suitable if you wish to load or unload the
trunk. Reversing alongside a wall If the system is subject to interference, the
If the distance between an object and a If the distance between an object and a following message will be shown on the
corner sensor does not change for corner sensor does not change for SID:
3 seconds, for example if you are reversing 2 seconds, for example if you are reversing
alongside a wall, the system will switch to alongside a wall, the system will switch to
monitoring straight back. The system indi- Parking assistance sensor
monitoring straight back. The system indi- interference.
cates if the distance to the wall decreases cates if the distance to the wall decreases
again. again.
If a trailer is hitched up and correctly con- Cars with trailer hitch If this message appears, clean the sensors.
nected to the trailer contact by the tow bar, If the car has a ttrailer hitch and its wiring is The sensors are located in the black trim on
the system is automatically deactivated. correctly connected to the car’s electrics, the rear bumper
the Saab Parking Assistance automatically
compensates for the protrusion of the tow
bar.
If a camper or trailer is hitched up and the
trailer hitch wiring is correctly connected to
the car’s electrics, the system is automati-
cally deactivated.

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The system can be switched off using Explanation of SPA on and SPA off.
Profiler.
1 Press the CUSTOMIZE button to go to SPA on
Profiler. Saab Parking Assistance is activated
2 Select Park Assistance using the automatically when reverse is
INFO dial. engaged. The system warns of objects
3 Press in the INFO dial. behind the car.
4 Select SPA on or SPA off. If a trailer is hitched up and correctly
connected to the trailer connector, the
5 Confirm this selection by pressing the system will be deactivated automati-
INFO dial. cally. You can also deactivate the sys-
tem temporarily with the CLEAR button
Park Assistance if reverse has been engaged and the
SPA on system is active.
SPA off SPA off
Saab Parking Assistance deactivated.

consumption. – 23. Weather conditions It is clear from the diagram that both dis- Summer temperatures give better fuel tance driven and outside temperature have economy than winter ones. If idling.7 mpg (16 l/100 km) at outside temp. climate. frequent braking and much changing down all give higher fuel consumption. after a cold start. Consump. of 68°F (+20°C) (increase of 20%). • Do not warm up the engine while the car is stationary. engine at normal temperature. driving technique. for example to operating temperature. speed. Driving techniques tion: short journeys of 3–5 miles (5–8 km) do not give the engine enough time to • To obtain the best running economy. the use of studded tires and roof racks. unnecessary acceleration. and towing a caravan all increase fuel consumption. with reach its optimum temperature. Starting and driving 173 Economical driving How to read the diagram: If fuel consumption with the engine at Factors affecting fuel consumption normal temperature is 28 mpg (10 l/ The fuel consumption of a car is greatly 100 km). Even distance affects consump. • Frequent gear changing in traffic. engine takes longer to reach its normal neys. and from cold will be: so on. and . of –4°F (–20°C) (increase of 100%). the average consumption and wheel bearings also take longer to will be 60–80% above the normal level.000–4.000 miles (5. – 14 mpg (20 l/100 km) at outside temp. Percentage increase in fuel consumption can be as much as about 10%. starting in cold weather. Breaking-in – 17. warm up.000–7. of engine starting from cold compared to tion increases in cold weather because the If the car is normally driven on short jour. the actual fuel consumption affected by driving conditions.5 mpg (12 l/100 km) at outside temp. the engine will take much longer to reach its optimum temperature.000 km)). regard to fuel consumption and general ditions also have a marked effect on fuel wear. The transmission and from work. The difference a significant impact on fuel consumption. the car must be serviced regularly. 3–5 miles (5–8 km). Wind con. road 3 miles (5 km) after the engine has started conditions. Fuel consumption may be somewhat of 32°F (0°C) (increase of 60%). • High speed. higher during the break-in period (the first 3.

wear.5 hours is unnecessary. this in the trunk. accessory in starting the engine and avoid high engine that something is wrong and that the car U. The engine heater is effective at outside temperatures up to 60–70°F (+15–+20°C). Drive off as soon as possible after Increased fuel consumption can indicate equipment in Canada. Always shift up as soon as traffic conditions allow and Never switch off the engine while driving • Exhaust emissions substantially reduced as the effect of the brakes and power over short runs. • Driving in a low gear gives rise to higher • Lower fuel consumption. Longer than 1. be made if the above advice is followed. (the amount of fuel saved driving downhill is If the car is equipped with a removable. steering will be greatly reduced. less than the additional amount required to electric cabin heater that is not in use.S.) speeds. store climb the hill). The following are just some of the benefits • Drive as smoothly and thoughtfully as Practical road tests have demonstrated that to the car and the environment of using an possible. It is preferable for the tire pressure Wet roads increase fuel consumption. fuel consumption than driving in a high • Reduced wear on the engine. unpaved roads and driving in hilly country pressure increases fuel consumption. the shorter the time Incorrect tire pressure increases tire the engine heater needs to be connected. . as do to be slightly high than too low. • Check the tire pressure once a month. drive in the highest gear as much as possible. Road conditions The warmer it is outside. Engine block heater (standard period.174 Starting and driving engine wear is at its greatest during this • Check the fuel consumption regularly. gear because of the higher engine speed WARNING • Inside of car warms up faster. for any given road speed. needs to be checked at a Saab dealer. Under. Match your driving to the substantial savings in fuel consumption can engine block heater: prevailing traffic conditions.

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Driving in cold weather Condensation is caused by temperature
fluctuations, either in the outside temper-
The car is equipped with tires designed to
provide optimum grip on both wet and dry
In cold weather, special attention should be ature alone or when the car is alternately roads, although this has been achieved at
paid to the following: parked outdoors and in a garage. the expense of somewhat reduced grip on
The car is equipped with tires designed to snow and ice. For regular driving on snow
• Before driving off, make sure that the provide optimum grip on both wet and dry and ice, we therefore recommend that
wiper blades have not frozen to the wind- roads, although this has been achieved at winter tires be fitted. However, winter tires
shield. the expense of somewhat reduced grip on achieve this extra grip at the expense of grip
• Remove any snow from the heating snow and ice. For regular driving on snow on bare road surfaces.
system air intakes between the hood and and ice, we therefore recommend that Winter tires, particularly studded tires, gen-
the windshield. winter (snow) tires be fitted. erally make driving safer on snow and ice.
• If necessary, inject oil into the locks to • Convertible: Avoid operating the soft top Acquaint yourself with the legal provi-
prevent them from freezing. Use molyb- at temperatures below 23°F (–5°C). sions governing the use of different
denum-sulphide oil (MoS2). If the locks
types of winter tires and snow chains.
freeze, exercise care when unlocking the Studded tires are not allowed in some
car (manual unlocking) to avoid breaking countries. If winter tires are fitted, the same
the key. Warm up the key or use a de-icer. type must be fitted to all four wheels. Your
• It is particularly important when the roads Saab dealer will be pleased to advise you on
are slippery that the brakes and tires are the best tires for your car.
in good condition.
• For how to check the level of antifreeze in
the engine coolant, see page 199.
• Add gasoline anti-freeze when refueling
several times before the onset of winter.
This will prevent condensation water in
the fuel tank from freezing and causing
interruptions in the fuel supply. The likeli-
hood of condensation is lowest when the
fuel tank is full.
If the car is parked outside and the
temperature is below zero, carburetor
spirit is of little use as it cannot remove
water that has already frozen. Park the
car in a warm place so that any ice that
may have built up melts, then add carbu-
retor spirit when refueling.

176 Starting and driving
Remember that tires age: it may therefore Driving with tire chains
be necessary to change winter tires before Snow chains must only be fitted to the wheel
they reach the legal wear limit, as they grad- and tire dimensions that Saab recommends
ually lose their friction properties with age. in "Technical data" on page 267.
If you get into a front wheel skid and the car Contact a Saab dealer regarding approved
has a manual transmission, the best tire chains. See also page 237.
response is to freewheel, which means
declutching so that the wheels neither drive
nor brake, and to cautiously steer in the WARNING
desired direction.
If the car has automatic transmission, ease • Do not drive at speeds above 30 mph
off the accelerator slightly and steer cau- (50 km/h) when tire chains are fitted.
tiously in the desired direction. • Tire chains can reduce directional
If you get into a rear wheel skid, steer in the stability.
same direction as the movement of the rear
of the car. • Do not fit tire chains to the car’s rear
wheels.

NOTICE
• Check the links frequently for wear.
• Check that the chains do not foul the
wheel arch liner at full lock.
• Refer to the "Technical data" section
on page 267, for information on wheel
and tire dimensions approved for the
fitting of tire chains.

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Driving in hot climates 2 If the engine is idling and the needle on
the temperature gauge falls, wait until a
Always check the coolant level before start- normal temperature is shown (about in
ing a journey. When the engine is cold, the the middle of the scale) before switching
coolant must not lie above the KALT/COLD off the engine. If the coolant needs to be
mark on the expansion tank (boundary topped up, carefully unscrew the
between the upper and lower sections of the expansion tank cap.
tank). Fill as required with a mixture of 50 %
At the end of a journey, allow the engine to antifreeze and 50 % clean water. Use an
idle for 2–3 minutes before switching it off. antifreeze approved by Saab.
If the needle on the temperature gauge
enters the red zone, the following message WARNING
will be shown on the SID:
Hot engine. • Exercise care when opening the hood
Make a safe stop. if the engine is overheated. Never
Run engine on idle. remove the expansion tank cap
completely when the engine is hot.
1 Stop the car but do not switch off the • The cooling system is pressurized -
engine. Do not remove the cap on the hot coolant and vapour can escape.
cooling system expansion tank, even if These can cause injury to your eyes
the tank is empty. The engine tempera- and burns. Open the cap slowly to
ture should decrease. If the temperature release the pressure before removing
continues to rise with the engine idling, it.
the engine must be switched off.
3 Have the car’s cooling system checked
at a Saab dealer.

178 Starting and driving

Towing a trailer Trailer hitch attachment
Trailer hitch attachments are available as
accessories. These are designed for a max-
WARNING imum trailer weight of 3500 lbs (1588 kg),
with trailer brakes.
• Do not drive with a trailer on inclines An electrical socket is provided for connect-
steeper than 15 %. The load on the ing the trailer electrics. This is located under
drive (front) wheels will be so low that the floor trim by the left-hand tail light.
the wheels can start to spin and The Saab genuine electrical socket enables
prevent further progress. a battery in the trailer on tow to be charged
• In addition, the car’s parking brake while driving. Also, if the car has SPA, this
may not always be sufficient to hold is deactivated automatically if a trailer is
the car and trailer securely, as the hitched up and correctly connected to the
wheels may start to slide. Saab genuine trailer socket.
• Always apply the trailer’s parking Saab recommendations:
brake when unhitching it. There is • Use a genuine Saab trailer hitch that is
otherwise a risk of personal injury or designed and tested for your Saab.
damage to the bumper should the
trailer start to roll. • Contact your Saab dealer for advice on
• When you hitch up the trailer be sure which trailer hitch is designed for your car.
to attach its safety chains to the holes
by the hitch.

Make sure you are familiar with the legal
requirements regarding speed limits for
towing, maximum trailer weights, trailer
braking requirements, and also any spe-
cial driving licence provisions.

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The following driving time limits are based The following message will be displayed on
NOTICE on the capacity of the cooling system in hot the SID if the transmission fluid becomes
weather, i.e. approximately 104°F (+40°C). too hot:
• Use only a genuine Saab trailer hitch,
since other models can damage the Gradient of Max. trailer Time limit, Gearbox too hot.
car’s bodywork and electrical system. hill, % weight, lbs. minutes Make a safe stop.
(kg) Open hood to cool down.
• Consult a Saab dealer for guidance on 6-8 2200 (1000) unlimited
how to connect a trailer hitch. If this message appears, stop the car as
9-11 1760 (800) max. 15
soon as it is safe to do so and allow the
• Exercise care when driving on uneven 12-14 1100 (500) max. 15 engine to idle until the message has gone
roads or against the curb if the car is out. The selector lever should be in
heavily laden. This particularly applies max. 15 880 (400) max. 15
position P.
to cars with 17" wheels.
When negotiating long hills, bear the follow- When continuing your journey, manually
ing important considerations in mind. select a low gear in which the engine speed
Recommendations for cars with is about 3,500 rpm until the incline eases
automatic transmission Rises in coolant temperature are indicated (see page 158).
by the temperature gauge in the main instru-
The following driving time limits are based ment panel.
on the capacity of the cooling system in hot WARNING
The following steps are taken in order as the
weather, i.e. approximately 86°F (+30°C).
temperature of the transmission increases:
Gradient of Max. trailer Time limit, Remember to use engine-braking (selec-
hill, % weight, lbs. minutes • Gear change pattern is altered tor position M1, M2, or M3) to spare the
(kg) • A/C compressor is switched off brakes when you are driving on a long or
6-8 3330 (1500) unlimited • Max. engine torque is reduced steep downhill slope.
9-11 3080 (1400) max. 15 Overheating can cause the brakes to
fade!
12-14 2645 (1200) max. 15
max. 15 2200 (1000) max. 15

Distribution of load in trailer WARNING a Light Remember to use engine-braking (selec. Overheating can cause the brakes to fade! . on certain engine variants. imum engine torque will be limited. of the car and trailer combination.180 Starting and driving Recommendations for cars with Trailer hitch load manual transmission The weight distribution on the trailer makes Rises in coolant temperature are indicated a lot of difference to the handling properties by the temperature gauge in the main instru. or 3) to spare the brakes c Heavy when you are driving on a long or steep downhill slope. (50–75 kg). the load in the trunk 3. select a low total load for the car. two-wheel trailer. zone. Note that this load must be included in the When continuing your journey. the max. 2.500 rpm until the incline eases. on the towball is 110–165 lbs. may have to be reduced by the correspond- ing amount. the A/C compressor will be switched The trailer should be loaded so that the load off and. concentrate the load over When the needle is just outside the red the wheels and keep it as low as possible. b Moderate tor position 1. With a ment panel. If this now exceeds the gear in which the engine speed is about specified load capacity.

Get someone to help you keep an eye out • Make sure that all items on or in the behind the trailer as the door mirrors do not camper or trailer are properly secured. • Make sure the trailer’s safety cable is correctly attached. select it drags along the ground. Also. adjusted. besides the standard also have a considerable effect on these exterior lighting (e. as the car’s handling will be different towing a trailer increases the strain on the and its braking performance reduced. load" on page 183. and it is connected to the car via the trailer • Make sure all wheel bolts are properly Drive carefully: connector. • Check all bulbs. • over railway crossings • Make sure the trailer’s electrical cable is • when meeting large vehicles properly connected and is not so long that If the car has automatic transmission. Starting and driving 181 Checks before driving Driving considerations Make sure that the car and trailer are in Always take extra care when towing a NOTICE good working order. power supply. • Make sure that the trailer’s jockey wheel is raised and locked. • Check that the rearview mirrors provide the best possible rearward vision. always provide sufficient rearward vision when reversing. to be provided with a separate tightened. . • Check the distribution of the load so that the car and trailer are well balanced. make gear M1 when ascending or descending sure the cable is not too short and risks steep hills. a • Check and if necessary adjust the tire characteristics. the camper or trailer must • Make sure that the equipment joining the • descending hills have a 13-pin connector as specified in car and trailer is properly secured and • on uneven roads ISO 11446. Reversing • Check the car and trailer brakes. breaking when turning a corner. This is essential since trailer. trailer’s braking system and suspension trical equipment. interior lighting. The If the camper or trailer has additional elec- car. See also "Driving with a fan or a charger for a separate battery) pressure of the car and trailer.g.

4 Bolt the roof carriers to the brackets in the roof.182 Starting and driving Driving with a roof rack load WARNING • A roof load will affect the car’s center of gravity and aerodynamics. fuel Mounting holes for roof carrier economy may suffer when driving with a roof rack. 1 Open the four covers on the roof of the car. Be aware of this when cornering and driv- ing in crosswinds. • Due to higher aerodynamics drag. Note that the roof load must be included in the car’s maximum per- missible payload and axle load. 3 The roof carriers are marked front and back. Strong. sturdy roof carriers designed spe- cially for your car are available from your Saab dealer. 220 lbs. 2 Insert a screw with washer into each roof carrier foot. Always secure roof loads securely. Fit a seal onto each screw. . (100 kg). 5 Check that the roof carriers are firmly The maximum permissible roof load is mounted. • Adjust your speed to the prevailing conditions.

into the cabin. The engine will be • Heavy loads mean that the car’s center of and set the cabin fan to its highest speed seriously damaged if water enters the gravity is further back. • Never exceed the permissible load of the roof box. • Ensure that the tire pressure is correct – slight overinflation is preferable to under- inflation. close all windows and the sunroof (if fitted) sucked into the engine. Starting and driving 183 Driving with a load Driving with the trunk lid Driving in deep water The handling characteristics are affected by how the car is loaded. Water can otherwise be page 137). . than 7 in. intake system. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front. For further information on tires see page 231. since exhaust fumes can be drawn Do not drive in puddles or water deeper as low as possible in the trunk. • Do not exceed the car’s permissible gross vehicle weight or axle load (see page 268). As a result. • The braking distance of a loaded car is always greater. than 3–4 mph. the car setting. (20 cm) and do not drive faster • Secure the load to the lashing eyes (see If you must drive with the trunk lid open. even if there is room for more. • Roof loads can negatively affect telecom- munication. will sway more during evasive steering. open Avoid driving with the trunk lid partly or fully NOTICE • Place the heaviest load as far forward and open.

screwed in tightly. when the engine is off. will therefore be much heavier than • Make sure that all bystanders keep a usual. • The steering wheel lock disengages when the remote control is inserted into the ignition switch. heavier than the vehicle on tow. starting a long journey. Heavy meals have a position if the car is moved with the tendency to induce tiredness. Much greater pressure than normal will therefore be required to operate • The towing eye is only designed for • The number of drivers under the influence the brake pedal.184 Starting and driving Driving at night Towing the car Front towing eye Bear in mind the following points. of drugs is likely to be greater at night than towing the car on roads. especially when driving at night: WARNING WARNING • Nighttime driving requires your full concentration • Remember that the brake servo does • Make sure that the towing eye is not operate when the engine is off. . Count on your journey taking thread! slightly longer. • Nor does the steering servo operate be used to pull the car out of a ditch. • Wild animals prefer to move at dusk and • The steering wheel lock must be dawn. • Make sure you are well rested before car needs to be recovered. in case the towing • Avoid driving at night if you have poor eyesight. • Never drive with the towing eye fitted make sure they are clean. Night vision deteriorates with • The towing vehicle should always be eye or tow rope should snap. Take a break every other hour. if the battery has sufficient charge. • Keep your car’s headlights. suitable distance. • Check the headlight levelling setting (see page 91). Also. It must not during the day. car when it is on tow. The age. The steering for example. • Do not stare at the headlights of oncom- ing vehicles. to the front bumper. disengaged before towing the car. engine not running. It has a left-hand • Do not rush. • The ignition switch must be in the ON • Only eat light meals. if you wear glasses. Return it to its • Always seek professional help if the designated storage space. windows and • Never allow passengers to ride in the mirrors clean. towing eye or tow rope could catapult off and cause seriously injury.

Never use the towing eyes to pull the car this cover to open it. The towing eye has a left-hand thread! Engage neutral (automatic transmission: 3 Insert the wheel wrench into the eye to move the selector lever to N). Turn on the tighten it properly. Engage neutral (automatic transmission: move the selector lever to N). parking lights. 2 Screw in the towing eye. Starting and driving 185 Front towing eye fitted. . unstuck. NOTICE If the car is equipped with a towbar. this can 1 Press the knob on the upper section of be used instead of the towing eye. (tapped hole) for the towing eye. Rear towing eye Never use the towing eyes to pull the car The towing eye has a left-hand thread! unstuck. Drive carefully and do not exceed the speed limit for vehicles on tow. The front towing eye is stowed by the spare Rear towing eye Towing the car wheel. Turn on the hazard warning lights. On the left-hand side of the bumper The car has a permanent towing eye at the is a cover concealing the attachment point rear under the bumper.

as this acts on the rear wheels. a tow truck or flatbed truck must be called out. If the car needs to be transported over a longer distance. • If the car is to be towed with the front wheels off the ground. Whatever the speed limit. take extra care not to damage the spoiler and/or underbody. Attachment points for anchorage straps Always observe the speed limit for vehicles on tow. make sure the parking brake is off. as necessary. the car must not be towed at speeds exceeding 30 mph (50 km/h) nor for a distance of more than 30 miles (50 km). There are attachment engine can be started as described under points for this purpose on the underside of "Jump starting" on page 187. NOTICE Cars with automatic transmission: If a car with sports (lowered) chassis is transported. or similar.186 Starting and driving Always try to keep the towrope taut by Transporting the car gently applying the brake of the car on tow. the strapped down. Vehicle recovery If the car has to be transported on a flatbed The engine cannot be started by towing or truck. • The car must be towed front first. the car. The attachment points are oblong hole that have been reinforced to cope with the stresses that arise during this type of transport. In an emergency. This will avoid the towrope being jerked violently. it must be securely pushing the car. for example on a flat bed NOTICE truck. .

wash Observe the following when the compact but only while driving to the closest work. • Refit the standard tire as soon as possi- ble. could ignite this gas that collects tire can overheat affecting the car’s • Do not fit the wheel cover . highly • Avoid driving against the curb. To avoid damaging a alloy wheel of a goggles when working on the battery. • The spare tire or punctured tire must NOTICE • The battery contains corrosive sulphu- be stowed under the trunk floor. 3. vicinity of the battery.500 km).000 miles (approx. this can be temporarily • If battery acid gets into the eyes or placed outside up in the spare wheel well splashes onto skin or clothing.the maximum life of the tire is only just over 2. Starting and driving 187 Driving with the Important considerations when driving with a compact spare tire: Jump starting compact spare tire • The car’s ground clearance is reduced. punctured tire. The • Do not use snow chains. the affected area liberally with water. acid gets into the eyes or a large quan- • The compact spare is light and easy to As a general rule. A spark • Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h). conceal the warning text. . Therefore. always roadholding. and ric acid. Always wear a face mask or secured in place with the retaining nut. • The car must not be driven with more than WARNING WARNING one compact spare tire at a time. • Do not drive further than necessary with the compact spare fitted . • When working on the battery. If spare tire is fitted: shop. medical help.this would around the battery. explosive gas can build up. well secured in the trunk (see page 137). avoid sparks and open flames in the • Tire pressure: refer to page 275. all heavy loads must be tity makes contact with the skin. seek handle when changing a tire.

cable should exist. be damaged. An electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Put an automatic transmission in P (Park) or a manual transmission in 4 Open the hood and locate the battery. It must have a NOTICE 12-volt battery with a negative ground WARNING If you leave your radio on. If a vehicle cannot be started by pushing or poor connection on the negative jumper pulling it. clothing and tools away from any underhood electric fan. and bad grounding could damage the electrical systems. it is possible for damage to be caused to electrical It is essential when a donor battery is to be systems/components of either vehicle Jump starting used to jump start the car that the jump should inadvertent contact be made. and radios. Find the positive (+) and negative (–) termi- nals on the battery. Keep hands. cle. . badly damaged. Turn off lights that are not needed. Neutral. even if 2 Get the vehicles close enough so the you have a manual transmission. but be sure the have an automatic transmission.188 Starting and driving NOTICE NOTICE Ignoring these steps could result in costly If the other system is not a 12-volt system damage to your vehicle that would not be with a negative ground. If you jumper cables can reach. This will avoid sparks and help WARNING save both batteries and it could save your radio. To jump start your vehicle: 1 Check the other vehicle. your vehicles are not touching each other. it could be system. covered by your warranty. 3 Turn off the ignition on both vehicles. leads be connected correctly to prevent You would not be able to start your car arcing. Set the parking brake firmly on each vehi. The repairs would not be You could be injured if the vehicles roll. both vehicles can covered by your warranty. Trying to start your car by pushing or pull- ing it could damage your vehicle.

If they the unit. 12 Remove the cables in reverse order to you. it probably needs service. 9 Attach the cable to the discharged battery’s negative terminal. . • 16V continuous • 18V for 60 min. Using a battery charger/starter unit Connect it to the positive (+) terminal of To avoid damaging the car’s electrical WARNING the good battery. must be followed when charging the battery Using a match or flame of any kind near a 8 Now connect the negative (–) cable to or jump starting the car. prevent electrical shorting. 10 Start the vehicle with the good battery frozen. you could get a shock and also the the positive terminal before connecting the vehicles could be damaged. Do not get it on you. gas from the chemical 11 Try to start the vehicle with the discharged battery. nected to the car during charging or jump Battery fluid contains acid that can burn starting. Use a remote positive system and electronics. Use a • If the charger or starter unit can be set to flashlight if you need more light. Starting and driving 189 7 Do not let the other end touch metal. that they do not touch each other or any conditions produce a voltage greater flush the area with water and get medical other metal. 12V Be sure the electrolyte in the battery is not must be selected. different voltages (6V/12V/18V/24V). Before you connect the cables. Do not connect (+) to (–) or you will get a short that could injure you or would damage the battery and maybe other parts as well. Discharged batteries will freeze. If you acciden. than: help immediately. disconnect the battery clamp from do. frozen battery. You can suffer burns or be blinded. after a few tries. here are some basic things you should know. unit to the battery. 6 Connect the red positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the vehicle with the discharged battery. the following rules (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. If it does not start • No other apparatus that are grounded or reaction inside the battery can build up connected to the mains must be con- under the ice and cause an explosion. and run the engine for a while. Take care • The charger or starter unit must under no tally get it in your eyes or on your skin. • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions When connecting jumper cables to a supplied with the charger or starter unit. battery can cause battery gas to explode. Positive (+) will go to positive (+) and negative (–) will go to negative (–). the good battery’s negative terminal. 5 Check that the jumper cables do not If you are unsure about the charge rating of have loose or missing insulation.

including the compact spare tire. fuses. • Check the battery charge. You can check some points yourself before- hand: • Check that no oil or fuel leaks out of the engine or gearbox/transmission. Check also for leaks. • Take an extra remote control and keep it separate. • Check the coolant and power steering fluid levels. • Inspect the drive belt (poly-V-belt) and replace if it shows any signs of wear.190 Starting and driving For long trips Before starting off on a long journey. it is advisable to have your car inspected by your Saab dealer. such as spare bulbs. a drive belt (poly-V-belt) and the like. • Check the tires for tread pattern and air pressure. • Check for the presence of the tool kit and jack in the car. . • Check the brakes. • Check all bulbs. Obtain a few important items to take along on your journey. wiper blades.

Car care 191 Car care Hood ________________ 192 Fuses ________________ 222 Engine ______________ 193 Automatic tire pressure Engine bay ___________ 195 monitoring __________ 229 Engine oil ____________ 196 Tires _________________ 231 Air filter______________ 198 Compact spare tire _____ 243 Transmission fluid ____ 198 Changing a tire ________ 245 Coolant ______________ 199 Safety belts ___________ 248 Brake/clutch fluid and Upholstery and trim ____ 249 brake pads__________ 200 Textile carpeting _______ 249 Power steering________ 201 Engine bay____________ 249 Battery ______________ 202 Washing ______________ 250 Drive belt ____________ 205 Waxing and polishing ___ 251 Wipers and washers ___ 206 Touching up the paint___ 251 Wiper blades _________ 206 Anti-corrosion treatment 253 Changing bulbs _______ 208 Recovery and/or recycling of automotive materials ____________ 255 Air conditioning (A/C) ___ 255 .

without slamming it. Open the hood in the following way: 1 Pull the release handle.192 Car care Hood The handle of the hood lock is located on the left under the instrument panel. Hood release handle Hood release catch plate . 3 Press the lever of the catch upwards and raise the hood. When you close the hood you should drop it from a height of about 12 inches (30 cm). 2 The hood moves to the half-locked posi- tion and is stopped by a safety catch at the front edge.

The engine family and The systems for controlling emissions to the and 16 valves. service program. located on the right (viewed or emit chemicals known to the State of from the front). California State Stan. The effect occurs • sequential multiport fuel injection system twice in each revolution of the engine. a correctly tuned engine They produce forces and torques that are are equipped with the following systems: will also give maximum fuel economy. engine noise. . certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. These engine families meet applicable EPA In addition to meeting the exhaust emission The balance shafts are chain-driven and Federal Standards. tified on a label affixed to the left front inner adjustment at the intervals specified in the shafts that reduce engine vibrations to a fender. atmosphere require regular checking and The engine is equipped with two balance. some of its constituents. opposed to those generated by the pistons and connecting rods. California to cause cancer and birth defects and reproductive harm. minimum. regulations and thereby helping to keep the rotate at twice the speed of the crankshaft. Car care 193 Engine Engine families Emission control Saab cars imported into the United States The engine is a transverse four-cylinder in- line engine with twin overhead camshafts and Canada meet all applicable emission systems control standards. dards and Canadian Federal Standards and environment clean. appropriate tune-up specifications are iden. • crankcase emissions control system and at the same time reducing unwanted Engine exhaust. • three way catalytic converter WARNING teracting the vibration from its moving parts. • evaporative emission system. coun. is integrated with the engine. and certain vehicle components contain The gearbox. In addi- tion.

“Refueling”. • Intake air temperature. these systems and has on-board diag. ignition timing and turbo- charger boost pressure to provide excellent engine performance while maintaining low emissions and fuel consumption.194 Car care Saab Trionic engine management ORVR (Onboard Refueling Vapor system NOTICE Recovery) The Saab Trionic engine management All hydrocarbons formed when refueling will system is a unique Saab development that The Trionic engine management system be recovered by the car and not released combines sequential multiport fuel injection. The ECM receives information regarding engine knocking from a sophisticated feed- back function in the ignition discharge unit. as soon as possible. the Tri- onic system can control fuel injector open- ing duration. • The oxygen content of the exhaust gases. The hydrocarbon/ such as: car will continue to operate. By processing all of this information. You should ter purge valve and into the engine where it • Intake manifold pressure. When the engine is subsequently tem. but perfor. absorbed in an evaporative emission canis- charger boost pressure control into one sys. nostic capabilities (OBD II). air mixture passes through the evap canis- mance may be diminished. continuously monitors the operation of into the atmosphere. have your car checked by a Saab dealer is burned. • Throttle position. The hydrocarbons are electronic distributorless ignition and turbo. . clicked 3 times. make sure you screw the • Crankshaft position. The through a shut-off valve. filler cap on and keep turning until it has • Engine coolant temperature. When refueling. the evaporative emission canister is The Trionic engine control module (ECM) the main instrument illuminates. If the Engine ter. see page 147. malfunction (CHECK ENGINE) light in started. the gradually purged as air is sucked into it monitors many different engine parameters Trionic ECM has detected a problem.

Car care 195 Engine bay 1 Oil filler cap 2 Coolant reservoir 3 Brake and clutch fluid reservoir 4 Battery 5 Fuse box 6 Washer-fluid reservoir 7 Power-steering fluid reservoir 8 Engine-oil dipstick .

. see a clean rag before carrying out the page 263.000 km) and when driving Checking the oil level at high speeds or with a trailer. Make sure you screw on the oil filler cap NOTICE properly after topping up the oil to avoid run- ning problems. the oil Check the engine oil level regularly. Check the engine oil level regularly. The level must not be below the MIN mark on the dipstick. essary to top up the oil between services. see page 270. required more frequently if the car is 3 Take the dipstick out and wipe it off with being used under certain conditions. Make sure you screw on the oil filler cap properly after topping up the oil to avoid run- ning problems.000 miles or 5. The distance between the MIN and MAX marks is equivalent to 1.0 qt (1. Recommended oil grade. consumption may be higher than normal.0 l). It is therefore often nec- Top up as necessary with oil of the recom. NOTICE 2 Switch off the engine and wait for 2–5 minutes. mended grade (see page 270). The engine should be at Change of engine oil and oil filter may be normal operating temperature. It is normal for an engine to consume a cer- tain amount of oil. 3. Excess engine oil could Oil filler cap and dipstick result in abnormal oil consumption. check. but nor should it be above the MAX mark. 1 Park the car on a level ground. Too high oil level can damage the engine.196 Car care Engine oil During the Break-in Period (approx.

Take care. The oil should be drained when the engine • Prolonged and repeated exposure of is warm. as the oil may be animals. These get very hot Run the engine to normal temperature and when the engine has been running. • Do not touch the turbocharger or 4 Fill with new oil. Do not dispose of oil into the ground or down a drain. The car must stand on level the skin to engine oil can cause seri. 2 Refit the drain plug with a new washer. ous skin disorders. refer to “Tech- WARNING nical data”. has drained (see page 198). exhaust manifold. 1 Unscrew the drain plug in the bottom of the sump and leave the oil to drain into a • Used engine oil contains chemicals suitable receptacle for at least that have caused cancer in laboratory 10 minutes. Car care 197 Changing engine oil Engine oil and oil filter should be changed according to the service program. washing thoroughly with soap and water. ground. Avoid prolonged skin contact whenever possible. • Protect the environment. Always protect your skin by hot. check the oil level. 3 Change the oil filter once the engine oil Drain plug • Keep oil out of reach of children. Used engine oil is particularly flammable. . • Do not spill oil on hot parts of the engine as this could cause a fire. Dispose of all used oil and oil filters at an appropriate disposal facility. For oil volumes and grades.

To ensure reliable operation. Apply a small Transmission fluid amount of new engine oil to the O-ring. WARNING • Remove the filter cap. Check and top up the oil in accordance with Oil filter the service program. Automatic transmission Check and top up the oil in accordance with the service program. 3 Fit a new filter. The correct tightening torque is 25 Nm (18 lbf. only use 2 Remove the filter. ft). • Lift the cap slightly and carefully pry apart the cap and the filter housing. escapes from the filter. 4 Fit a new O-ring in the cap.198 Car care Changing filter Air filter 1 Unscrew the oil filter cap. Manual transmission 5 Screw on the cap. . Have paper towelling an air filter recommended by Saab or a rag at hand to catch the oil that Automobile AB.

and Coolant expansion tank let the engine cool before removing the cap. The properties of the coolant are retained Coolant on hot surfaces constitutes a for the entire service life of the car. Loosen the cap carefully. Never remove the expansion-tank Top up with a mixture of equal parts of filler cap when the radiator is boiling. Coolant level low. Lower concentrations should be avoided. There- fire risk. This ratio gives the best cooling effect. Car care 199 Coolant The expansion tank is transparent to facili- tate checking the coolant level. as necessary. engine and cooling system. in view of the corrosion risk. When the engine is cold. the follow. These the thermostat opens. fore. run the engine until warm so that when the filler cap is released. it is not necessary to change the cool- ant. • The cooling system is pressurized – If the expansion tank is empty when coolant hot coolant and vapor can escape is added. . the coolant must WARNING not lie above the KALT/COLD mark on the expansion tank (boundary between the • Proceed with caution if the radiator is upper and lower sections of the tank. Saab-approved antifreeze and clean water. burns. Other brands of antifreeze can damage the Refill. The coolant contains 45 % antifreeze and ing message appears on the SID: anti-corrosion fluid. • Exercise care when adding coolant. Top up the tank can cause injury to your eyes and again. see boiling when you open the hood. illustration). If the coolant level drops too low.

this must be carried out at a Saab sage appears on the SID: dealer. Contact Saab dealer. mix the antifreeze with the appropriate quantity of drinking water or distilled WARNING water before adding it to the system. the fall in fluid level is moderate. Do not use DOT 5 fluid. If coolant must then be drained and replaced The brake and clutch fluid reservoir is trans- parent to facilitate checking of the fluid level. important that brake fluid be changed tion. Top up as necessary with DOT 4 brake fluid. in time. Make a safe stop. regularly. normal brake pad wear. Brake fluid level low. the life.200 Car care Brake/clutch fluid and NOTICE brake pads If the cooling system needs topping up. life-time reservoir corresponds to the amount of and Service Book. topping up is not The fluid level should lie between the MAX necessary. Brake fluid reservoir Note: If incorrect coolant is used or added. Because it is hygroscopic. Refer to the Warranty the brake pads wear. and MIN marks. thus properly with the coolant before the ther. as specified in the service program. water from the air and. The MAX level in the replaced with life-time coolant. . due to at regular intervals. Checking time properties will be affected. It is therefore mostat has opened to allow full circula. If the brake fluid should require chang- If the level drops too low. reducing its performance. it absorbs engine could still freeze and be damaged. Brake fluid deteriorates as it becomes If undiluted antifreeze is added. could allow This is because the antifreeze will not mix vapor to form in the brake system. the old. Use only new brake fluid from a sealed container. properties are no longer retained and the brake fluid required with new brake pads. Even if the The brake fluid level will fall somewhat as Brake fluid should be changed according to coolant is flushed from the system and the service program. the following mes- ing.

Power steering It is not possible to detect. It is therefore essential that brake pads Power steering fluid on hot engine be checked regularly. Car care 201 The foot brake and parking brake are self- adjusting. whether WARNING the brake pads are worn and need replac- ing. the area Clean round the cap before unscrewing it. lift. screw down the cap completely and then remove it again. The wheels should point directly forwards since it can cause the paint to bubble and during this check. use only Saab genuine about 68°F (+20°C). If any brake fluid is spilled. the brake pads. Avoid spilling brake fluid onto paintwork. Brake pads should only be changed at a The oil level should lie between the MAX Saab dealer. . If the oil is colder. Wipe the dipstick. as specified in the components constitutes a fire risk. Power steering fluid reservoir should be flushed with large quantities of water as quickly as possible. level will be lower. To check the level. in accordance with the service program. through abnormal pedal or parking brake lever travel. To ensure optimum brake and MIN marks when the oil temperature is performance. Check the level of the power steering fluid in NOTICE the reservoir regularly. Top up with “CHF 11S power steering fluid”. service program. and at a higher tempera- tures the level will be higher.

• If battery acid gets into the eyes or Battery should be changed if indicator is splashes onto skin or clothing. Check the charge state and electrolyte level seek medical help. always avoid sparks and Contact Saab dealer. the following message explosive gas can build up. around the battery. compressor may not work. If acid gets into the eyes or a large quantity makes contact with the skin. terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead NOTICE compounds. Batteries should therefore always be stored away from sub-zero temperatures. . Wash your hands after handling A discharged battery can freeze and frac- ture. wash light the affected area liberally with water. If the battery is not being charged while the • When working on the battery. Always wear a face mask or Checking the battery electrolyte level. Level correct if level indicator dark. • Battery posts. highly engine is running.202 Car care Battery If frequent short journeys are made. of the battery regularly. Therefore. A spark will appear on the SID: could ignite this gas that collects Battery not charging. open flames in the vicinity of the battery. Make a safe stop. the battery may not be charged and the A/C goggles when working on the battery. ric acid. the battery may need extra charging. belt is damaged. If the • The battery contains corrosive sulphu. Check the drive belt (see page 205). This can be done with a battery charger or by taking WARNING the car for a long run. the engine may overheat.

Car care 203 Always connect the positive (red) cable to the battery’s positive (+) terminal. such as a mobile phone. tor lead is disconnected while the engine is running. Always disconnect both battery leads when boost charging the battery. incorrectly. • Do not connect the battery termi- nals. unlock the battery cover. see page 187. A car with standard equipment specifica- tions and a fully charged battery can be left for up to 40 days and still have a sufficient charge for starting. • Exercise special care when removing and fitting the positive (+) cable so as not to damage the battery disconnect switch. • Serious damage can occur to the car’s Turn the two retainers a quarter turn to Battery bracket electrical system if a battery or alterna. the charge may only be sufficient for about 15 days. + and –. . NOTICE • If boost charging never use anything but a 12-volt charger. If extra equipment is fit- ted. and the negative (black) cable to the negative (-) terminal of the battery.

If there are visible signs of damage. A disconnect switch by the battery’s positive terminal cuts Battery disconnect switch with reset off the battery from the alternator and starter button motor when the airbags and seatbelt pre- tensioners are detonated. . have the car checked at a Saab dealer before resetting the disconnect switch. NOTICE Exercise special care when removing and fitting the positive (+) cable so as not to damage the battery disconnect switch.204 Car care Battery disconnect switch WARNING If the battery disconnect switch has tripped. do not reset it until you have visu- ally inspected the car’s electrical system. A crash could cause a short circuit in the alternator or starter motor.

• The radiator fan is electric and can start even when the engine is switched off. Drive belt NOTICE A slipping or broken poly-V-belt can Serious damage can be done to the car’s result in: electrical system if an alternator lead is disconnected while the engine is running. Car care 205 Drive belt WARNING • Keep hands and clothing clear of drive belts when engine is running. It is driven by a automatically by the belt tensioner. . poly-V-belt from the crankshaft pulley. • Always stop the engine before inspecting the drive belt. • no charge to the battery • no A/C compressor function The alternator is situated on the right-hand The belt tension is critical and is adjusted side of the engine.

Change of wiper blades Washer fluid reservoir To fit new blades: Washers 1 Press in the catch (1).2 litres). clean the windshield with washer fluid.5 qts. (6. Slide the entire blade out from the arm. 2 Pull the complete wiper blade down- wards so that it comes away from the WARNING wiper arm. Take care not to spill washer fluid concen- trate onto hot surfaces. fit new blades. This is particularly important if the car has been through an automatic car wash. If wiper performance is still unsatisfactory. The reservoir capacity is 6. Washer fluid concentrate can contain flammable ingre- dients such as alcohol. as these sometimes leave a wax coating on the wind- shield. If poor wiper performance is experienced.206 Car care Wipers and washers Wiper blades Check and clean all wiper blades regularly. .

This function is optional. the headlight washers are deactivated. This is in order to prioritize the windshield. can To prevent the smell of washer fluid from be cleaned with a pin if necessary. entering the car. which are adjustable. . The recirculation symbol will how- ever not light up. The following message is displayed on the SID: Washer fluid level low. Fill with a mixture of washer fluid and water as recommended by the table on the packaging to reduce the risk of freezing and to ensure effective cleaning (see also Washer jets page 95). contact a Saab dealer. recirculation can be acti- vated automatically while the windshield is washed. Headlight washers are only available on certain markets. The washer jets. Refill. Car care 207 When the washer fluid level drops below 1 quart (1 litre).

license plate lighting. failure message will be shown on the SID (a too high wattage bulb The radiator fan can cut in even when the engine is switched off. Example of SID message: Left low beam failure. The following bulbs are not checked: parking lights. . If the following message is displayed but the bulb shines. fit the same type of bulb (e. switch off the engine Wrong bulb fitted to avoid the danger of fingers and hands being injured by moving If a dipped or main beam bulb of too high a rating is fitted. bulbs should fail. page 257. Note: Autochecking of lights When changing bulbs.208 Car care Changing bulbs If a brake light bulb fails If a brake light bulb fails. Switch off the ignition before changing a bulb. to avoid possible short-circuiting.g. side marker lights and side direction indicators. reversing lights. front fog lights. it is most likely that an incorrect bulb has been fitted. WARNING All rear light bulbs are of the same type and rated 21 W. If one of these Headlight aiming. NOTICE Right high beam failure. a bulb parts. Change the broken bulb when possible. Before changing a bulb in the engine bay. with the exception of the license plate lighting which is rated 5 W. safety are monitored by the car’s electrical system. a message will be displayed on the SID. the adjacent taillight will act as a brake light to ensure traffic safety. Long-Life) The bulbs that are most important from the point of view of traffic as that removed. can damage the reflector).

Cars with Bi-Xenon headlights have automatic levelling. Headlight alignment is adjusted automatically to the car’s load to prevent dazzling drivers in oncoming traffic. Contact Saab dealer. The level- ling system is comprised of two sensors. main and dipped beam (certain variants only) WARNING Bi-Xenon headlights are high tension. If a fault is detected in the system. Car care 209 Bi-Xenon headlight. The lamps soon reach full intensity. headlight changed When the lights are switched on a very high voltage activates the xenon gas. and a control unit by the engine bay fuse box. must be carried out by dealer personnel. Contact a Saab dealer to have a Bi-Xenon The lamp units consist of a gas discharge lamp containing xenon. . All work on Bi-Xenon head- lights. Bi-xenon headlights produce roughly two times as much light as halogen bulbs and have a significantly longer service life. including changing bulbs. one on the front suspen- sion and one on the rear suspension. the following message will be dis- played on the SID: Headlight levelling malfunction.

1 Remove the cover from the rear of the headlight. 5 Pull up the fuse panel in front of the battery (certain variants). Do not fit bulbs with a higher rating than 55 W as this could see page 228.210 Car care Retainers on the battery cover Changing the low beam bulb 4 Refit the cover over the rear of the headlight. . 2 Twist the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw the holder from the reflector. halogen Left-hand side Left-hand side 5 Refit the air pipe to the front of the battery box. in the leading edge of the cover and remove the cover. 2 Release the two retainers (a quarter of a turn counterclockwise) 7 Refit the battery cover. Furthermore. Low beam. 1 Lift aside the hose running along the side of the battery cover. 6 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe. damage the headlight reflector. the car’s wiring is Both sides not designed to cope with higher wattages. 3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe. NOTICE 4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge of the battery box. Insert the bulb holder into the reflector and twist it clockwise until it locks. 3 Change the bulb without touching the glass with your fingers.

in the leading edge of the cover and remove the cover. Furthermore. 5 Pull up the fuse panel in front of the battery (certain variants). 3 Change the bulb without touching the glass with your fingers. 1 Remove the cover from the rear of the headlight. 1 Lift aside the hose running along the side of the battery cover. the car’s wiring is Both sides not designed to cope with higher wattages. 2 Release the two retainers (a quarter of a turn counterclockwise) 7 Refit the battery cover. Insert the bulb holder into the reflector and twist it clockwise until it locks. 6 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe. damage the headlight reflector. NOTICE 4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge of the battery box. Car care 211 Retainers on the battery cover Changing the high beam bulb 4 Refit the cover over the rear of the headlight. 2 Twist the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw the holder from the reflector. 3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe. halogen Left-hand side Left-hand side 5 Refit the air pipe to the front of the battery box. Do not fit bulbs with a higher rating than 55 W as this could see page 228. . High beam.

212 Car care Both sides: 1 The bulb holder has a bayonet fitting. 4 Remove the air pipe from the front edge 4 Withdraw the bulb holder from the lamp of the battery box. 2 Release the two retainers on the battery 2 Remove the battery cover. 3 Remove the cover from the rear of the 3 Pull up the washer fluid filler pipe. cover and remove the cover. look in through the headlight lens when fitting the bulb. 7 Refit the battery cover. unit. . Left-hand side: 5 Refit the washer fluid filler pipe. Parking lights Front turn signal bulbs 6 Refit the battery cover. Turn the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw it. Check that the new bulb is firmly seated. side of the battery cover. headlight. 1 Lift aside the hose running along the 1 Lift aside the hose running along the side of the battery cover. 6 Refit the cover over the rear of the head- light. 4 To facilitate fitting. 5 Fit the new bulb. 3 Fit the new bulb. 2 The bulb also has a bayonet fitting. Press in the bulb and twist it counter- clockwise. The parking light bulb is located in the same Left-hand side: reflector as the main beam bulb.

2 Remove the protective cover. Car care 213 1 Undo one screw in the wheel housing. Release the two spring clips securing the bulb. Side-mounted turn signal bulbs Front fog lights 1 Slide the lamp fitting forward so that its rear end can be pulled out. Try not to touch the glass part of the bulb with your fingers. supported only by a jack. . The height of the beam can be adjusted using a screwdriver inserted through the hole in the lower grille adjacent to the lens. 3 To fit. front edge of the lamp fitting so that the groove in the spring engages the plastic edge. WARNING 2 Turn the bulb holder counterclockwise and withdraw it from the lamp fitting. Lower the air shield. 3 Unplug the connector. engage the two catches on the rear edge of the lamp fitting with the • Always use axle stands. 4 Change the bulb. • Never crawl under a car that is Change the bulb. Then press in the the information on jacks on pages 245 and 246. Refer to edge of the opening.

3 When refitting. 4 Rear fog light (left-hand side) 4 Rear fog light (left-hand side) 5 High-mounted stop light 5 High-mounted stop light 2 Fit the new bulb.214 Car care Taillights. . make sure that the groove in the spring engages the plastic edge of the bumper trim. Convertible Side marker lights 1 Turn signals 1 Turn signals 2 Taillights/stop lights 2 Taillights/stop lights 1 Slide the lens rearward so that its front 3 Reversing lights 3 Reversing lights part can be pulled out. Sport Sedan Taillights.

bayonet fitting. the adjacent tail- light will act as a brake light to ensure traffic safety. Car care 215 If a brake light bulb fails. Press the bulb holder home so that the plastic lug snaps into place. Stop lights. Change the broken bulb when possi- ble. 2 Carefully remove the bulb holder with 2 Lift the plastic lug on the lamp housing the broken bulb. bulb. . 4 Refit the bulb holder. Convertible 1 Lower the cover in the trim behind the 1 Remove the cover. Sport Sedan bulbs. 3 Carefully remove the entire bulb holder 3 Change the bulb. lights.The bulb holder has a that secures the bulb holder. Change the 4 Refit the bulb holder and cover. taillights and turn signal Stop lights. unit from the lamp housing. taillights and turn signal bulbs.

216 Car care Changing bulbs Reversing lights and rear fog light. 2 Unlock the plastic rivets by pressing in 3 Refit the bulb holder. Lock the rivets in place by the rivets. Pull out the that it snaps into place. of the rivet’s collar. Change the 1 Remove the two screws securing the grab handle to the inside of the trunk lid. pressing the center buttons in until flush with the collar. 1 Press down the plastic lug on the bulb Reversing lights and rear fog lights. screwdriver supplied with the car to unlock 2 Fit the trim in place on the trunk lid. You can use the button on the handle of the the rivets. screwdriver supplied with the car to unlock 3 Fit the rivets. Convertible Removing the trunk lid trim 2 Carefully remove the entire bulb holder Removing the trunk lid trim 1 Remove the two screws securing the unit from the lamp housing. Sport Sedan holder. bulb. the centre of each rivet no more than rivets by taking hold of the rivet’s collar. To refit the trunk lid trim 3 mm. grab handle to the inside of the trunklid. Press the lug so 2 Unlock the plastic rivets by pressing in the center of each rivet. Pull out the rivets by taking hold You can use the button on the handle of the 1 Withdraw the center of the rivets. .

2 Fit the new bulb. rear. ease out the trailing end first. 3 Insert the guide lugs on the front edge of both sides of the front edge. The bulb holder has a 1 Pull down the rear edge of the lens. 3 Fit the rivets. 2 Fit the trim in place on the trunk lid. Sport Sedan Dome light. Car care 217 Changing bulbs 1 Carefully remove the bulb holder with Dome light. 2 Fit the new bulb. the lens and press the lens home. Lock the rivets in place by pressing the center buttons in until flush with the collar. To refit the trunk lid trim 1 Withdraw the center of the rivets. 1 Remove the entire overhead panel: bayonet fitting. . Sport Sedan the broken bulb. front. 3 Refit the bulb holder. and then 2 Fit the new bulb.

2 If the center bulb needs replacing.218 Car care Hatch opened for replacement of center Reverse side of the light fitting. Change the bulb from the reverse of the lighting fitting. 3 Position the front edge of the light fitting and press the fitting up towards the windscreen rail. If one of the outer bulbs needs replacing. The Dome light. The bulb has a bayonet fitting. open the hatch over the bulbs. turn the light fitting round. . Pull the bulb out of the bulb holder. Convertible bulb arrows mark the outer bulbs 1 Pull down the rear edge of the light fitting.

screwdriver. 2 Fit the new bulb. 1 Remove the lamp housing using a short shelf. . 1 Remove the lamp fitting by pulling down 3 Make sure the seal on the lens is 2 Fit the new bulb. 3 Insert the connector side first when refit- screws. Car care 219 License plate lighting Glove compartment lighting (certain Trunk lighting. 3 Insert the connector side first when refit. 2 Fit the new bulb. one end. 4 Refit the lens and tighten the two ting the lamp. Sport Sedan 1 Undo the two screws and remove the variants only) The lamp fitting is located under the parcel lens. correctly seated. ting the lamp.

Trunk lighting. variants only) 2 Change the bulb. we rec- ommend that you visit a Saab dealer. ting the lamp. 2 Fit the new bulb.220 Car care Other bulbs If any other bulbs need changing. using a screwdriver. . 1 Release one edge of the lamp fitting 3 Insert the connector side first when refit. Convertible Courtesy/floor lighting (certain 1 Remove the lamp in the rear end first. 3 Insert the connector side first when refit- ting the lamp.

reversing lights 4 PY21W 21 Direction indicator. courtesy lighting. Car care 221 Bulb table No. trunk lighting. front/rear 5 R10W 10 Rear dome lighting. trunk lighting. parking lights. glove compartment lighting. rear 8 WY5W/W5W 5 Side-mounted turn signal (yellow). Sport Sedan 7 T4W 4 Reading light. front dome lighting NOTICE Only fit lamps of the specified rating. Designation Watt- age 1 H7 55 Headlight 2 H3 55 Front fog lights 3 P21W 21 Taillights. . Lamps of the wrong wattage could damage the wiring harness and electronics. brake lights. Convertible 6 R5W 5 License plate lighting. rear fog light.

the following should be heeded: • Always consult an Saab dealer before modifying or adding any electrical Sound fuse / Blown fuse equipment. the page 224). cates its amperage. . • If a MAXI fuse blows. fuse has blown. it means that there is a major fault in the electrical system. Have the car checked without delay by an Saab dealer. • If the same fuse blows repeatedly. • Never replace a fuse with one having To check if a fuse has blown. If the filament is broken. There is space To avoid the risk of short-circuiting and/or for spare fuses in the hatch on the left-hand fire breaking out in the electrical system. end of the dash. The color of the fuse indi.222 Car care Fuses The fuses are housed in three fuse panels: one behind a hatch on the left-hand end of the dash. one in the engine bay (additional WARNING small unit in front of battery) and one on the left-hand side of the trunk. have the electrical system checked by an Saab dealer. Failure to do so can result in the electrical system being damaged. first remove it a higher rating than specified (see from the panel.

squeeze and remove the fuse. Have the car checked at a Saab dealer. Simply push the tool onto the fuse. Each MAXI fuse protects a number of electrical circuits and functions and therefore has a higher rating (amper- age) than the standard fuses. These are designed to protect the car’s electrical system from being damaged. No spare MAXI fuses are supplied with the car. The car also has a number of large fuses known as MAXI fuses. NOTICE If a MAXI fuse blows. . A special tool for removing fuses is provided on the hatch on the left-hand end of the dash. there is a major fault Fuse panel in end of dash in the electrical system. Car care 223 Some fuses and relays may be fitted but not MAXI fuses connected to the car’s electrical system.

glove compartment 13 10 Accessories 14 20 Radio. - 20 7. Infotainment System 15 30 Control module in driver’s door 16 . brake light switch. sound system I.5 Headlight levelling switch 21 7. - 3 10 Hands-free. SID 26 5 Yaw sensor (cars with ESP) 4 10 Main instrument unit. Car care 224 12 15 Interior lighting incl. - 17 . control panel. - automatic climate control (ACC) 5 7. clutch pedal switch Fuse panel in end of fascia 22 30 Cigarette lighter No. electrical socket in storage compart- ment between seats 11 10 Data link connection (diagnostics) . CD-player/CD-changer in cabin.5 Hands-free. manual climate control.5 Brake light switch 7 20 Dash fuse panel. fuel filler door 8 30 Control module in passenger front door 9 10 Dash fuse panel 10 30 Trailer socket. Function 23 40 Cabin fan 1 15 Steering wheel lock 24 7.5 Control module in front doors. fan 19 . manual climate control. Park Brake Shift Lock (automatic transmission) 6 7.5 Airbag control module 2 5 Steering column unit.5 Manual climate control. Amp. - 18 7. ignition switch 25 . 27 .

tire pressure monitoring 18 15 Sunroof 19 7. trailer lights 11 . right reversing light. - 12 . high-mounted brake light. CD changer in trunk (accessory) 25 30 Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory . - 13 .225 Car care Trunk fuse panel.5 Saab Parking Assistance (SPA). rain sensor.5 DVD player (navigation system) 21 7. Amp. sound system III 23 . Function 1–5 MAXI - 6 30 Control module in left rear door 7 30 Control module in right rear door 8 20 Trailer 9 . left-hand side No. - 14 . - 15 15 Seat heating. Sport Sedan 16 15 Seat heating. right seat 17 7.5 Autodimming rearview mirror. - 24 10 Movement sensor.5 Telematics (OnStar) 20 7. - 10 30 Left-hand brake light. left seat Trunk fuse panel. right tail- light. control module in rear doors 22 30 Amplifier. rear right turn signal.

- Trunk fuse panel. rear left turn signal. license plate light- ing. electrically adjustable front seat 28 . left taillight. left reversing light. trailer lights 27 10 Convertible: Lumbar support. Car care 226 26 30 Right-hand stop light. rear fog light. - 29 . Convertible . trunk lighting.

- 10 .227 Car care 13 . high speed 19 20 Parking heater. . low speed 18 30 Windshield wiper motor. right low beam. Function 24 20 Extra lights 1 . left and right side turn signal. Amp. - 12 . battery disconnect switch 5 . 26 30 Front left turn signal. right high beam. 25 20 Amplifier. front left fog light 17 30 Windshield wiper motor. front left parking light. left high beam 3 20 Horn 27 MAXI –37 4 10 Engine control module. front right turn signal. - 11 .- 6 10 Selector lever. - 15 30 Washer fluid pump. - . sound system II 2 10 Engine control module. front right trol module fog light. windshield Fuse panel in engine bay 23 . - 9 . automatic transmission con. - 14 . - No. - 22 30 Washer fluid pump. automatic transmission 7 . left low beam. - 8 . headlights 16 30 Front right parking light. auxiliary heater 20 10 Headlight levelling 21 .

headlights MAXI R15 . engine (ECM/EVAP/injectors) . Car care 228 Relays R 1 Washer fluid pump. windshield R 2 - R 3 - R 4 - R 5 Extra lights R 6 Horn R 7 - R 8 Starter motor R 9 Windshield wipers ON/OFF R10 - R11 Ignition +15 Fuse panel in front of battery R12 Windshield wipers. high/low speed No. Amp. probe) 3 10 A/C compressor 4 30 Main relay Relays 1 Secondary air injection pump 2 A/C-compressor 3 Preheated oxygen sensors (lambda probe) 4 Main relay. Function R13 - 1 60 Secondary air injection pump (certain models) R14 Washer fluid pump. preheated oxygen sensors (lambda R16 . 2 20 Fuel pump.

Car care 229 Automatic tire pressure Tire pressure information is sent wirelessly to the receiver. The pressure monitoring system consists of The system does not warn if a tire is overin- a sensor in each wheel. The sensors are located inside the wheels directly adja- cent to the air valves. If the tire pressure drops If the tire pressure drops 0. which means that the position of the wheels can be WARNING changed without requiring adjustments to the monitoring system. are integrated in the valves. The spare wheel The system is intended to aid the driver. the SID will issue a warning as to which tire is Great care must be taken when changing affected. but require the sensor units to be replaced. The system is “self-learning”. . monitoring The system checks the tire pressure when (option. tires so as not to damage the sensors that Tire pressure low. The sensor batteries have an average life of ble for ensuring that the tire pressure is 10 years. Check tires. The batteries cannot be changed correct. does not have a sensor. Valve with sensor wheel housings and a receiver. certain variants only) the car is travelling over 18 mph (30 km/h).3 bar (4 psi) NOTICE below the recommended pressure. a detector in three flated. Adjust the tire pressure as soon as possible. The driver is always ultimately responsi. front left.

such as pressure is 0. the The message shown above is not displayed SID will issue a warning alarm when the if none of the wheels have sensors. The message shown above will be dis- played on the SID if: • a wheel without pressure sensor is fitted (e. Change the wheel. spare wheel) • one. If the tire pressure continues to drop. Make a safe stop. two.6 bar (9 psi) below the recom. three or four pressure sensors are broken or missing • two or more detectors are missing or broken Valve without sensor • the receiver malfunctions • a fault arises in the system. Contact Saab dealer.g. mended value. .230 Car care Malfunction Tire pressure system failure. Flat tire front left. if winter wheels without sensors are fitted. Reduce speed (avoid heavy braking and violent steering wheel movements) and stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so.

When the temperature of the Notice: Don’t let anyone tell you that tires changes by 50°F (10°C).3 bar (4 psi). It’s not. WARNING right. You could have an air-out and • Tire overloading a serious accident. shows the cor- tires made by a leading tire manufacturer. which is Your new vehicle comes with high-quality The stated tire pressures apply to cold tires. they’re cold. If your tread is badly worn. the tire pres- underinflation or overinflation is all sure will change 0. Tire pressure ranty and where to obtain service. • Too much flexing • Overloading your tires can cause • Too much heat overheating as a result of too much friction.6 km). replace them. see your been sitting for at least three hours or driven increases as the tires become warm (e. 0. . Keep tires at the recom- mended pressure. Check all tires frequently to maintain the recommended pressure. The If your tires have too much air (overinfla- resulting accident could cause serious tion). increase the pressure.e. you can get Never reduce the pressure of a hot tire. you can get the following: injury. punctured or broken by a sudden impact – such as when you hit a pothole. during highway driving) by approximately for details. Car care 231 Tires Inflation . Saab Warranty and Service Record Booklet no more than 1 mile (1. See “Loading Your • Bad wear Vehicle” on page 240. old tires can cause accidents.g. or if your tires have been damaged. • Rough ride • Needless damage from road hazards • Overinflated tires are more likely to be cut. only tires are dangerous. • Unusual wear Tire pressure should be checked • Bad handling when your tires are cold. if necessary. tires that are the same temperature as rect inflation pressures for your tires when you ever have qestions about your tire war. If your tires don’t have enough air (underinflation). • Bad handling • Underinflated tires pose the same • Bad fuel economy danger as overloaded tires. If i. “Cold” means your vehicle has the outside air temperature. on the inside of the trunk lid. The Tire-Loading Information label. • Worn.Tire Pressure Adjust the tire pressure to match the current load and speed of the car (see page 277). If the Poor maintained and improperly uswed the following: tires are hot when you check them.1 bar (2 psi).

Make or when the car is driven hard. The first rotation is the most important. Also check for damaged tires or wheels. It certain that all wheel nuts are properly tight- should be at 60 psi (420 kPa). can make wheel nuts felt through the steering wheel. Right rear to left front. have cooled down. where it is in contact with the ground. tires are properly inflated simply by looking Rust or dirt on a wheel. you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do Tires should be rotated every 7. Left rear tire to right front. Don’t include the compact spare tire in your tire rotation. ancing. See “Changing a tire” on your tires as soon as possible and check page 245. . They help prevent leaks by When you change a wheel. always use the correct rotation pattern. become loose after a time. but be sure to use a scraper or wire (12 500 km). has been parked with hot tires and the tires ened. wheel alignment. adjust the Flat spotting Check your tires once a month or more. remove any Flat spots of this type disappear once the keeping out dirt and moisture.232 Car care When to check After the tires have been rotated. After the car Don’t forget your compact spare tire. When rotating your tires. (20–25 km) of driving at cruising speed. The purpose of regular rotation is to achieve more uniform wear for all tires on the vehi- cle. Left front tire to left rear. In an emergency. usually after 10–15 miles Tire Inspection and Rotation attaches to the vehicle. rust or dirt from places where the wheel tires get hot again. front and rear inflation pressures as shown All tires get hot. brush later. or on the parts to Flat spots can cause vibration that can be at them. a flat spot can form in the How to Check tire. You can’t tell if your moved for a long time.500 miles this. See page 246. especially on long journeys on the Tire-Loading Information label. to get all the Any time you notice unusual wear. rotate rust or dirt off. similar to inflated even when they’re underinflated. Right front to right rear. Radial tires may look properly which it is fastened. Use a good quality pocket-type gage to WARNING The same can occur if the car has not been check tire pressure. valve stems. The wheel that experienced when the wheels need bal- Be sure to put the valve caps back on the could come off and cause an accident. See “When It Is Time for New Tires” on page 233 and “Wheel Replacement” on page 236 for more infor- mation. if you need to.

(1. ride • The tread or sidewall is cracked. cut or and other things during normal service on snagged deep enough to show cord or your vehicle. If your tires have an all-season Treadwear indicator fabric. more places around the tire. which will need. speed rating damage. limit for minimum tread depth in your Wheels/tires combinations that are not country and also any regulations gov. approved by Saab can negatively affect the erning the use of winter (snow) tires. ance. look at the Tire-Loading Information appear when your tires have only 1/16 inch label. form of smooth. traction. • The tire has a puncture. bulge or split. the TPC number will be fol- • The tire has a bump. new tires those supplied with the car. As soon as If you wish to fit other tires or wheels than the indicators become visible. Car care 233 When It Is Time for New Tires Buying New Tires One way to tell when it’s time for new tires is To find out what kind and size of tires you to check the treadwear indicators. lowed by an “MS” (for mud and snow). car’s directional stability.6 mm) of tread remains. The tires installed on your vehicle when it You need a new tire if any of the following was new had a Tire Performance Criteria statements are true: Specification (TPC Spec) number on each tire’s sidewall. which become visible when only 2/ radial) as your original tires. bias-belted or width. That way your vehicle will continue to have • You can see cord or fabric showing tires that are designed to give proper endur- through the tire’s rubber. 32" (1. Saab dealer first as to the possibilities Make sure you are familiar with the legal available. tread design. speed rating.6 mm) or less of tread remaining. load range. treadless strips across the and construction type (bias. steering and brak- ing in both wet and dry conditions. make sure they damage that can’t be repaired well because of the size or location of the The tires incorporate wear indicators in the are the same size. cut or other If you ever replace your tires with those not Treadwear indicators having a TPC Spec number. get • You can see the indicators at three or ones with that same TPC Spec number. handling. . consult your should be fitted without delay. When you get new tires.

must not be exceeded. Store wheels lying flat or hanging – never The speed and load limits of the tires standing upright. A tire and/or wheel could fail suddenly. • cause springs. the vehicle may not handle To ensure that the speedometer is as accu. See • affect the function of the Electronic tires on the same axle have the same “Compact spare tire” on page 243. cause damage to your vehicle. the front tires wheel bearings and body mountings wheels. Always consult your Saab dealer before changing the car’s wheels or tires on your Mixing tires could cause you to lose Do not take it for granted that a wheel/tire Saab. Be sure to Contact a Saab dealer. The If you use bias-ply tires on your vehicle. Wide wheels and tires with side walls that different sizes or types (radial and bias- are too low can: belted tires).234 Car care The wheels and tires have been carefully matched to the characteristics of the car and NOTICE play a key role in its outstanding roadhold. Use only radial-ply tires with the wheels on your vehicle. see page 239. WARNING ing and handling. properly. it was devel- tires should always be fitted in pairs.61 inch (41 mm). WARNING Wheels larger than 17" must not be fitted on the Saab 9-3 for reasons above. etc. permissible offset is 1. so that oped for use on your vehicle. causing a crash. control while driving. shock absorbers and use the same size and type tires on all Because of front wheel drive. Stability Program (ESP). just because it can be fitted to the car. . If you mix tires of combination will work in the best possible way. and you could have a crash. It’s all right to drive with your tend to wear faster than the rear ones. the wheel rim flanges could develop cracks after many miles of driving. Using tires of different sizes may also if wheels of a different dimension are fitted. amount of tread. rate as possible it should be reprogrammed • be damaged in potholes. New to be overloaded compact spare temporarily.

The treadwear grade is a comparative The temperature grades are A (the highest). cause the material of the tire to degenerate The following information relates to the tive performance of tires depends upon the and reduce tire life. can While the tires available on General Motors cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. 109. Traction – AA. C Quality grades can be found where applica. however. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administra. tions on specified government test surfaces inflated and not overloaded. to variations in driving habits. service prac. For exam. underinflation. or peak traction mance Criteria (TPC) standards. apply to deep tread. C The traction grades. Excessive duction tires. The Uni. a tire graded 150 would wear one conditions on a specified indoor laboratory A and a half (1. and ature can lead to sudden tire failure. and does not include acceleration. additional General Motors Tire Perfor. are AA. represent higher levels of performance on walls of most passenger car tires. is established for a tire that is properly inches (25 to 30 cm). from highest to lowest. Car care 235 Uniform Tire Quality Grading Treadwear Temperature – A. winter-type snow tires. hydroplaning. The rela. the laboratory test wheel than the minimum form Tire Quality Grading system does not required by law.) The grades are molded on the side. characteristics. passenger cars and light trucks may vary ing: The traction grade assigned to this tire with respect to these grades. representing the tire’s resistance der and maximum section width. sent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pave.5) times as well on the govern. B. Safety Standard No. they must also is based on straight-ahead braking traction conform to federal safety requirements and tests. A. either separately or in combination. trac. A tire marked C speed. and excessive temper- system developed by the United States actual conditions of their use. when tested under controlled conditions on to the generation of heat and its ability to dis- ple: a specified government test course. Warn. mance which all passenger car tires must tion and temperature performance. Sustained high temperature can ment course as a tire graded 100. B. . A. B. may have poor traction performance. or excessive loading. Grades B and A States. of asphalt and concrete. rating based on the wear rate of the tire B. Those grades repre- space-saver or temporary use spare tires. test wheel. and C. may depart significantly from the norm due grade C corresponds to a level of perfor- tion. For sipate heat when tested under controlled Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature example. ble on the tire sidewall between tread shoul. and C. cornering. (This tices and differences in road characteristics meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle applies only to vehicles sold in the United and climate. or to some limited-pro. which grades tires by treadwear. Warning: The temperature grade for this tire tires with nominal rim diameters of 10 to 12 ment as measured under controlled condi.

If wheel nuts keep problems with bearing life. and wheel nuts for replacement. You could have a collision in have to replace a wheel. use a new GM need to be reset. See “Changing a tire” on page 245. used or how far it’s been driven. wheel bolts your wheels may need to be rebalanced. you will be sure to have the right wheel. However. It could notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle pull. . If you ing one way or the other. vehi- leaks air. the wheel. can be dangerous. This way. one it replaces. vibrating when driving on a smooth road. speedometer or odometer calibra- wheel nuts should be replaced. wheel bolts and ing. formance. replace it (except some aluminum cle ground clearance and tire or tire wheels. cracked or Notice: The wrong wheel can also cause badly rusted or corroded. diameter.g. on braking wheel bolts or wheel nuts. Your dealer will know the kind of wheel you need. the alignment may lose control. Always use the correct wheel.236 Car care Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance Used Replacement Wheels The wheels on your vehicle were aligned and balanced carefully at the factory to give WARNING you the longest tire life and best overall per- WARNING Using the wrong replacement wheels. headlamp aim. make your tires lose air and make you fail suddenly and cause a crash. bumper height. width. See your dealer if any of these conditions exist. original equipment wheel. replace them only or in a skid). Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent. If you notice your vehicle which you or others could be injured. brake cool- coming loose. wheel bolts or wheel nuts on your vehicle Putting a used wheel on your vehicle is Scheduled wheel alignment and wheel bal. WARNING Each new wheel should have the same load-carrying capacity. if you braking and handling of your vehicle. chain clearance to the body and chassis. wheel bolts and wheel nuts for your vehicle. If the wheel tion. should therefore be moved to the front. You can’t know how it’s been ancing are not needed. It could affect the dangerous. offset and be mounted the same way as the these should be fitted to the rear wheels. which can sometimes be repaired). The existing rear wheels with new Saab original equipment parts. When fitting just one new pair of tires. as these are more critical to the direc- If you need to replace any of your wheels. tional stability of the car (e.

here are don’t use tire chains. install them on the front tires. Use only SAE Class ²S² type your tires properly. The area damaged by grip the steering wheel firmly. If the contact continues. Car care 237 Tire Chains Notice: If your vehicle does not have If a Tire Goeas Flat P225/45R17 size tires. But If your vehicle has P225/45 R17 size tires. Follow that manu. In any rear on your vehicle and tire size combination blowout. Gently brake to a stop – well off contacting your vehicle. ator pedal. drive slowly. the flat tire will create a Tire chains used on a vehicle without the instructions. contacting your vehicle. Driving too fast tain lane position. the ends securely fastened. will damage your vehicle. . stop and Take your foot off the accelerator pedal and damage to the brakes. If a tire goes flat. particularly on a curve. the next part shows how to use your jacking equipment to change a flat If you do find traction devices that will fit. and don’t spin the road if possible. your wheels. chains that are the proper size for your it’s much more likely to leak out slowly. damage to your vehicle. and then gently brake to the tire chains could cause you to lose or spinning the wheels with chains on control of your vehicle and you or others a stop well out of the traffic lane. use tire chains It’s unusual for a tire to “blowout” while only where legal and only when you you’re driving. tires. but you can readjust or remove the device if it’s still steer. It may be very bumpy and noisy. Drive slowly do: and follow the chain manufacturer’s If a front tire fails. there’s not enough tighten them as tightly as possible with a few tips about what to expect and what to clearance. If you can hear the chains proper amount of clearance can cause drag that pulls the vehicle toward that side. A rear blowout. suspension or retighten them. may be injured in a crash. Steer to main- slow down until it stops. To help avoid steering the way you want the vehicle to go. other vehicle parts. especially if you maintain WARNING must. Get the vehicle under control by facturer’s instructions. remove your foot from the acceler- and road conditions. Install them on the front tires and if you should ever have a “blowout”. tire safely. acts Use another type of traction device only if much like a skid and may require the same its manufacturer recommends it for use correction you’d use in a skid. If air goes out of a tire.

treadwear. The TIN is molded onto both sides of the tire. height. | | | | | | | Department of Transportation (DOT): imum pressure needed to support that load. Tire Width: The three-digit number indi- cates the tire section width in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall. and and date the tire was g Speed rating manufactured. traction and temperature resis- Tire size: The tire size ia a combination of tance. .S. Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: The United Tire Ply Material: The type of cord and States version of a metric tire sizing system. number of plies in the sidewall and under The letter “P” as the first character in the tire the tread. aspect ratio. Department of Transportation sure. The e Rim diameter TIN shows the manufacturer and plant f Load range code. tire size. P 215 / 55 R 16 93 H ular tire´s width. tires based on ee performance factors: of a typical passenger car tire size. cold tires” on page 277 and “Loading b Tire Width Motor Vehicle Safety standards. c Aspect Ratio Tire Identification Number (TIN): The let- ters and numbers following DOT code are d Belt Rating the Tire Identification Number (TIN). Maximum Cold Inflation Load Limit: Max- imum load that can be carried and the max. Tire Quality Grading” on page 235. a Passenger (P-Metric) Tire with the U. size means a passenger vehicle tire engi- neered to standards set by the U.S Tire and Rim Association. For more information see “Uniform letters and numbers used to define a partic.238 Car care Tire Sidewall Labeling Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG): Tire Size Useful information about a tire is molded Tire manufacturers are required to grade The following illustration shows an example into it´s sidewall. a b c d e f g The Department of Transportation (DOT) For information on recommended tire pres- code indicates that the tire is in compliance sure see “Recommended lowest tire pres. con- struction type and service description. Your Vehicle” on page 240.

d Date of Manufacture 94 Tire load index Load range: The load range represents the H Speed rating load carry capacity a tire is certified to carry. it would mean that the tire´s sidewall is 55% as high as it is wide. 1477 lbs. Speed ratings range from “A” to “Z”. as shown in item “C” of the illus. Car care 239 Aspect ratio: A two-digit number that indi. For example. 91 Tire approved for max.e. 1433 lbs. the section height the type of ply construction in the tire. 130 mph (210 km/h) V Max. 149 mph (240 km/h) W Max. mm Belt Rating: A letter code is used to indicate 45 Aspect ratio. i. The as a percentage of the section TIN-code letter “R” means radial ply construction. a Manufacturer´s Identification Mark struction. if the tire size aspect markings in a tire size is given below for a ratio is “55”. the width letter “D” means diagonal or bias ply con. (670 kg) Speed ratings S Tire approved for speeds up to 110 mph (180 km/h) T Max. Tire markings cates the tire height-to-width measure. An example of the meaning of the different ments. R Radial ply b Tire Size bias ply construction. 118 mph (190 km/h) H Max. 225 Tire section width. Speed Rating: The maximum speed that a Tire load indices tire is certified to carry a load. and the letter “B” means belted. 1355 lbs. (650 kg) 94 Max. 186 mph (300 km/h) . 168 mph (270 km/h) Y Max. tire size of 225/45 R17 94H: tration. (615 kg) 93 Max. 17 Wheel rim diameter 15 in at bead c Tire Type Code Rim Diameter: Diameter of the wheel in seats inches.

See on light duty trucks and some multipurpose all occupants. for the tire manufacturer. Air pressure is expressed in pounds Transportation motor vehicle safety stan- per square inch (psi) or kilopascal (kPa). without passengers and cargo. also gives you important information about Kilopascal (kPa): The metric unit forair the number of people that can be in your Cold Inflation Pressure: The amount of air pressure in a tire. power brakes. vehicle and the total weight that you can carry.Tire Pressure” on page 231. production plant. It is located on the B-pillar forcecing materials. steering. example. Aspect Ratio: The relationship of a tire´s height to its width. The label tells you the Intended Outboard Sidewall: The side of ply cords that extend to the beads are laid at proper size. radio and air conditioning. dards. before Light Truck (LT-Metric) Tire: A tire used Capacity Weight. It outward when mounted on a vehicle. GAWR FRT: Gross Axle Weight Rating for the front axle. Department of the tire. There are 6. This weight is called the Vehicle square inch (psi) or kilopascal (kPa).9 kPa to one psi. Bias Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which the may properly carry.240 Car care Loading Your Vehicle Tire Terminology and Definitions DOT Markings: A code molded into the Air Pressure: The amount of air inside the sidewall of a tire signifying that the tire is in tire pressing outward on each square inch of compliance with the U. “Inflation . of fuel. see “Loading Your Vehicle” on and shows how much weight your vehicle page 240. power seats. see “Loading Your Vehicle” Belt: A rubber coated layer of cords that is on page 269. installed options. the rear axle. GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating see “Loading Your Vehicle” on page 240. Tire-Loading Information/Certification label Cords may be made from steel or other rein.S. degrees to the centerline of the tread. power windows. cargo and all nonfactory. GAWR RR: Gross Axle Weight Rating for might look like. automatic transmission. measured in pounds per pressure. . passenger vehicles. Curb weight: This means the weight of a Load Index: An assigned number ranging motor vehicle with standard and optional from 1 to 279 that corresponds to the load equipment including the maximum capacity carrying capacity of a tire. This is an example of what your vehicle´s located between the plies and the tread. The DOT code includes the Tire Identification Number (TIN). power brand and date of production. and recommended inflation an asymmetrical tire that must always face alternate angles substantially less than 90 pressures the the tires on your vehicle. an alphanu- Accessory Weight: This means the com. and includes the weight of a tire har built up heat from driving. oil and coolant. meric designator which can also indentify bined weight of optional accessories.

traction. See “When It Is Vehicle” on page 240. See “Loading Your Vehicle” on page Occupant Distribution: Designated seat. The side of the tire that contains a white. Treadwear Indicators: Narrow bands. . vehi. laid at substantially 90 degrees to the cen. Speed rating: An alphanumeric code 240. asymmetrical tire that has a particular side Traction: The friction between the tire and accessory weight. temperature and treadwear. See “Loading Your Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: A tire used on 32 inch of tread remains. assigned to a tire indicating the maximum Vehicle Maximum Load on the Tire: Load Outward Facing Sidewall: The side of a speed at which a tire can operate. Rim: A metal support for a tire or a tire and page 235. tread and the bead.and production options Radial Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which ings are determined by tire manufacturers weight. The Maximum Permissible Inflation Pres. brand and or model name molding on sometimes called “wear bars”. See “Uniform Tire Quality Grading” on to which a tire may be inflated. ing positions. “Loading Your Vehicle” on page 240. the road surface. and multipurpose vehicles. tion pressure shown on the tire placard. passenger cars and some light duty trucks Time for New Tires” on page 233. Car care 241 Maximum Load rating: The load rating for Recommended Inflation Pressure: Vehi. cle. occupant weight and that faces outward when mounted on a vehi. across the tread of a tire when only 2/ cold inflation pressure. Vehicle Placard: A label permanently wall bears white lettering or bears manufac. accessory weight. on an individual tire due to curb weight. vided. See “Loading Sidewall: The portion of a tire between the 150 pounds (68 kg) plus the rated cargo Your Vehicle” on page 240. that show equipment tire size and the recommended the other sidewall of the tire. cargo weight. The amount of grip pro. load. Tread Width: The width of the tire´s tread. rating are molded into the sidewall of the sure: The maximum cold inflation pressure terline of the tread.Tire Pressure” on page 231 and vides consumers with ratings for a tire´s sum of curb weight. are seated. a tire at the maximumpermissible inflation cle manufacturer´s recommended tire infla. UTQGS: Uniform Tire Quality Grade Stan- pressure for that tire. attached to a vehicle showing original turer. the ply cords that extend to the beads are using government testing procedures. see dards. Rat- cle capacity weight. tire. a tire information system that pro- Maximum Loaded Vehicle Weight: The “Inflation . designated seating positions multipled by tipled by 150 pounds (68 kg). Normal occupant weight: The number of tube assembly upon which the tire beads Vehicle Capacity Weight: Is the number of occupants a vehicle is designed to seat mul.

Your Saab XXX pounds” on your vehicle´s dealer can advise you of to the correct size placard. That weight may not winter climates where the majority of your 1 Locate the statement “The safely exceed the available cargo driving will be done on snow and ice. the amount of avail- able cargo and luggage load capac- ity is 650 lbs. Winter combined weight of occupants and and luggage load capacity calcu. maintain a proper balance. and there will be five 150 lb. load from your trailer will be trans. 6 If your vehicle will be towing a trailer. . passengers in your vehicle. be riding in your vehicle. Consult this size) and also supply Saab approved winter the driver and passengers that will manual to determine how this tires pre-mounted on steel or alloy rims. tires should be fitted to all four wheels to cargo should never exceed lated in Step 4. reduces the available cargo and 3 Substract the combined weight of luggage load capacity of your vehi- the driver and passengers from cle. For example. 4 The resulting figure equals the avail- able amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. (1400–750 (5x150) = 650 lbs. if the “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs.242 Car care Steps for Determining Correct Load 5 Determine the combined weight of Winter tires Limit luggage and cargo being loaded on Winter (snow) tires are recommended for the vehicle. tire for your car (if different from the original 2 Determine the combined weight of ferred to your vehicle.). XXX kilograms or XXX pounds.

. the tools and the jack with its crank are carried under a panel in the trunk. As the tires age. Fold the carpeting forward to ease access to WARNING the tools and spare tire. The maximum life of the tire is only just over 2. Its use is only permitted when a standard tire has sus- Date code tained a puncture. bulb in the trunk lid (see page 216).000 miles (3. see ularly true on winter tires. Tires should be regarded as perishable The tire pressure should be 60 psi goods. Accordingly. Car care 243 Compact spare tire The spare tire. Put the punctured tire in the progressively harder. Tires have a code that specifies their date of Have the standard tire repaired and refitted manufacture. 2001. and the roadholding spare wheel well under the trunk floor. “Driving with the compact spare tire”. The first two digits denote the as soon as possible. a date code of 3701 signifies that the tire was manufactured in week 37. week number and the last two digits the year. Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) with the Tire date code compact spare fitted. page 187. This type of rivet stowed under the trunk floor. This is partic. The screwdriver handle has a “button” for The spare tire or punctured tire must be removing plastic rivets. the rubber becomes (420 kPa). Compact spare The compact spare is light and easy to handle when changing the tire. and secured must be removed when changing the light in place with the retaining nut. ability of the tires diminishes.500 km).

A general rule is that all heavy loads must be well secured in the luggage compart- ment (see page 137). flat tire. to monitor driving speed since you To avoid damaging an alloy wheel with a must not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).244 Car care Your Saab is equipped with a trip computer Tools under a panel in the trunk NOTICE and you can use its “Speed warning” func- tion. . this can be placed outside up in the spare-wheel well but only while driv- ing to the closest workshop.

despite tight.use wedge-shaped wheel bolt hole threads in the brake hubs chocks! 3 Turn off the engine. • Never crawl under a car that is threads of the wheel bolts if the car has 2 Put the shift lever in PARK (P) (auto- supported only by a jack. • Never start the engine while the car is jacked up. Automatic transmission: move the selector lever to the P position. the wheel that is diagonally correct clamping force. you can put blocks at the front and behind. the other side of the vehicle. the car is on a road. The the event of a crash or if the car rolls vehicle can slip off the jack and roll over • The car jack is designed solely for use over. To be even more certain the vehicle won’t • Position chocks. should be cleaned before the thinner steel wheels are fitted. at the oppo- • Switch on the hazard warning lights if site end. been driven for several years exclu. one ahead and one wise not be possible to achieve the move. • Grit. Find a level place to chains. • If possible. you or other people. To help prevent the support the car during repair work your Saab 9-3. matic transmission. You and they could in changing a tire or fitting snow be badly injured. engage 1st gear (manual transmis- • Special care must be taken if the car is If steel wheels are being installed. If it WARNING lies loose in the car. salt and rust can clog the inner 1 Set the parking brake firmly. level surface. . ening the wheel bolts to the correct being changed. on a slope . • Apply the parking brake and leave the car in gear (1st or reverse). Car care 245 Changing a tire • The jack should be stored correctly under the carpeting in the trunk. That would be the tire on torque. sively with alloy wheels. rear of the tire farthest away from the one opposite to the one to be changed. make sure the jack is standing on a firm. vehicle from moving: or servicing. It must not be used to • Do not use the jack on a car other than change your tire. it could thrown WARNING forward and cause personal injury in Changing a tire can cause an injury. It may other. • Ensure that everybody is out of the car before jacking it up. the sion).

Each jacking point is indicated by an 2 It is not necessary to remove the wheel 4 Clean any rust or dirt from the contact arrow on the sill (see illustration). the lifting plate must be positioned under the normal jacking points. surfaces between the wheel and brake Make sure that the jack fully engages If. cover. 5 Add a thin layer of grease on the bolts Loosen the wheel bolts half a turn. pairs). If a floor jack is used. sill member and that the entire foot of the and pull it straight out. Marking of jacking points Jacking points 1 Wind the jack up to a suitable height before placing it under the jacking point. Steel wheels: 80 ft. none the less. 3 Wind the jack to raise the wheel clear of wheel and screw in the bolts in the Wind up the jack until it just begins to lift the ground. the jack must be positioned at one of the four jacking points (front or rear) under the sill members. Tighten the bolts enough for the bolts and wheel to be seated correctly.246 Car care When the car has to be lifted. see illustration. Fit the The jack must not stand on snow. the jack can also be placed under this. see page 248. NOTICE Apply the jack only to the jacking points indicated on the body. Remove the wheel bolts and sequence shown on page 248 (opposite the car. (110 Nm). ice or similar. jack is steady and flat on the ground. Tightening torque: Light-alloy wheels: 80 ft. . (110 Nm). take hold of the outer edge wheel hub. you wish to remove the disc. 6 Lower the car and tighten the wheel bolts to torque in sequence as shown on the following page. before fitting.lb. lift off the wheel. Do not wipe away the grease in the the jacking point in the underside of the wheel cover.lb. If the car is equipped with a towbar.

Contact a Saab dealer. the marked recess in the wheel cover. Do not wipe away the grease in the wheel faces between the wheel and brake disc. make it impossible to undo the bolts Steel wheels: 80 ft. sure that the valve protrudes through road salt and grit. Driving with tire chains. (110 Nm). the speedometer can be reprogrammed to ensure it is as accurate as possible. see page 176 .lb. hub. ventilation slots in winter. using the wheel wrench in the car’s We advise against using wheels with large toolkit. make ponents are then more exposed to slush. If you fit wheels of a different dimension. as the brake com- • When refitting a wheel cover. Car care 247 Jacking points for floor jack Clean any rust or dirt from the contact sur. impact wrench: not only can this Tightening torque: damage the wheels but it can also Light-alloy wheels: 80 ft. NOTICE 7 Retighten the wheel bolts after twenty or • Do not overtighten the bolts using a so miles. (110 Nm).lb.

The safety belt should lock and it should not be possible to withdraw it further. They must not have suffered rust damage. If a belt is worn or has any fraying edges. oil or chemi- cals. Grease the surfaces indicated with a thin Tightening sequence. belt pretensioners and other asso- ciated components must be inspected at a Saab dealer. wash them with warm water and a detergent or have them replaced. Check the anchorage points in the floor. . the safety belts. Never make any alterations or repairs to the safety belts yourself but visit a Saab dealer. it should be replaced. If the belts get dirty. Safety belts must not come into contact with substances such as polishes.248 Car care Safety belts WARNING If the car is involved in a crash. wheel bolts Check the function of the safety belts regu- layer of grease larly as follows: • Hold the diagonal strap and pull it sharply.

White spirit is recommended for removing mended conditioner – Saab Leather Care Do not use petrol as a cleaning agent or sol- grease and oil stains. it can start to Engine bay remain. Textile carpeting should be vacuum door armrests and headlining. sprays. When using a stain remover. vacuum cleaners that water. The headlights must be covered thin oil. In over. such as soft drinks or and reconditioned twice a year in conjunc. are not earthed (grounded) must not be this is not detrimental to the leather. coarse ronmentally-friendly degreasants. cleaned using a brush or sponge and carpet clothes brush. cleaning agents. water. Then clean with a stain remover. it can usually be removed using look shabby. A medium stiff brush Lotion. always work the patina resulting from use is often consid. shampoo. use a The principal reason for treating leather cleaned regularly. Car care 249 Upholstery and trim Cleaning and caring for leather Textile carpeting upholstery To remove fluff and hairs from the seats. engine degreasant and rinsed with hot The leather upholstery should be cleaned Spots left by liquids. very warm. But if the leather is allowed to become too grubby. indeed. need more regular reconditioning. must be removed at once with an tion with spring and autumn inspections. Remove spots and dirt using ance and to provide it with a protective film. Do not use unknown harsh polishing nance. or a upholstery is to maintain its elegant appear. Avoid absorbent material. . a cloth moistened with lukewarm soapy Discolouration caused by dust and wear mainly affects the lighter shades. nectors. Do not use a pressure washer. The engine bay should be cleaned with an lukewarm soapy water or water alone. dry climates the leather may spraying electrical components and con- ling. Recom. soap or hot water. a moist lint-free cloth. used out of doors. although For safety reasons. Saab recommends the use of envi- agents. from the outside towards the centre to avoid leaving a ring. If a soiled ring or spot should ered desirable in leather. Carpeting can also be vacuum cleaner. such as kitchen towel. vent when carrying out repairs or mainte- may also be used.

avoided when the car is new. To facilitate cleaning. before the car enters an automatic car as these can discolour the paintwork and wash. and impair the performance of the wipers. This is particu- The bodywork must be washed frequently. but wipe it dry with a chamois leather immediately after washing to avoid smears and streaks. Lay a wad of wet paper on the patch of dirt and leave it for a minute or so.250 Car care Washing Use a soft cloth moistened with white spirit to remove splashes of tar or asphalt. as this helps flows. Do not use alcohol-based cleaners on the Clean the outside of the windows with Saab After 5–6 months the paintwork will have plastic lenses of the front or rear lights. as these can dry out larly important when the car is new. soft brush through which the water Keep the glass well polished. a suitable these can cause a crackling effect on the the car has been washed in an automatic detergent can be added to the water. Clean the underside of the car by hand if the car is usu- ally washed in an automatic car wash with- out special facilities for underbody cleaning. used that can contaminate the windshield The door mirrors should be folded in Remove any bird droppings without delay. Automatic carwashes should be NOTICE to prevent misting. as When the car is new. . which lenses. car wash. a clean. Never wash or leave the car to dry in the sun. and this should be done extra thoroughly at the end of winter. use strong cleaners. Do not Clean the inside of window glass using a proprietary window cleaner. This is especially important if hardened. as sometimes a wax treatment is should be lukewarm. the body should be the paintwork. It will then be easy to wash off The underside of the car also needs wash- the dirt. ing regularly. upholstery and trim have a tendency to washed by hand using plain cold water and sweat a little at first. as washer fluid. prove difficult to polish out.

essary tools and materials. as this can damage them. In the case of minor flaws in the paintwork. Car care 251 Convertible: Waxing and polishing Touching up the paint • Wash the soft top with a mild soap solu. Do not wax a new car during the first three Damaged paintwork should be treated as tion and lukewarm water. where the metal has not been exposed and proofing agents. after any dirt has been scraped away using a pointed knife. • on the upper part of the car: max pres. • Cars with Saab Parking Assistance: Do not spray the sensors or closer than 8 in. not across the threads. Wet brake discs reduce the perfor- mance of the brakes. The nec- (20 cm). • Fixed antennae. (20 cm) to the sensors with a pressure washer. in exceptional cases. are available sure of 100 bar and not closer than from your Saab dealer. and stone chip damage yourself. such as for a mobile phone. touch-up paint and brushes. a finger nail brush can also be polish the car before the paintwork has the greater the risk of corrosion. ing the top. (80 cm). Stroke the brush in the direction of started to dull through oxidation. • Avoid automatic car washes touch-up paint can usually be applied directly. restored by professionals. 32 in. do not use abrasive resulting from untreated defects. such as primer. Always wash the car thoroughly before usually extensive and can only be properly • on the lower part of the car (not higher waxing or polishing. must be removed if the car goes through an automatic car wash. • Do not use any drying chemicals or water. For spot clean. In fact. than the door handles): max pressure However. NOTICE • Try your brakes on leaving a car wash. or four months. an undamaged layer of paint remains. you can repair small scratches of 100 bar and not closer than 8 in. Other than corrosion warranty does not cover corrosion the fabric. The anti- used. • If a pressure washer is used be heedful of polishes containing a cutting agent on a new Paintwork damage sustained in a crash is the following recommendations: car. . there is no need to soon as it is discovered: the longer it is left.

252 Car care If corrosion has already set in. the ble. the damaged area should be taken base color. two-coat enamel is knife to scrape off all surface rust. finally. oughly before use and allow each coat to 2 Then apply the primer. which provides the final applied by brush. use a pointed As the name implies. The second coat consists then be primed with two thin coats of primer of a clear enamel. Stir both primer and touch-up paint thor. To achieve the best finish. the clear enamel. 1 Body panel 2 Zinc (certain components only) 7. metal back to the bare metal. 1 Thoroughly clean the damaged area. apply several thin base from moisture and environmental con- layers of topcoat until the surface of the taminants. apply two or three coats of Surface treatment composition primer. repaired area is flush with the surrounding Touch-up stone-chip damage as follows: paintwork.5 µm 3 Phosphate coating 3 –5 µm 4 Cathodic ED 23 µm 5 Intermediate coat 35 µm 6 Metallic base/solid base 11 µm 7 Clear enamel 45 µm . such as the Two-coat enamel result of stone-chip damage. applied in two operations. gloss for the paintwork and protects the After the primer has dried. base color and dry before applying the next. The metal should flakes and binder. The first coat. contains the pigment. If possi.

and to Road salts used for de-icing will collect on corrosion from the inside. After it has dried. use a brush or What causes rust? Steel body panels of automobiles are sub- treatment spray to apply a viscous anti-corrosion ject to rusting whenever air and moisture agent to any worn or damaged areas. most body panels. Your Saab to the underside of the car and inside the cially where salt is used on roads or there is dealer will be pleased to give you further moist sea air. Even after the anti-corrosion warranty has is unchecked. The entire car undergoes a series of anti. prevent the onset of corrosion. pen. . The anti-corrosion treatment on some parts of condensation. like that are thrown up can give rise to cor. hood. may also damage paint and promote rust- rosion where the underseal has worn away. caused by ately exposes metal to air and moisture. Rusting can occur wherever PVC-based coating to protect against stone expired. Body panels may rust through if the process These include electrophoretic priming. gravel and minor crashes immedi- In addition. ing. of body cavities and members with thin. Keep the seams clean and of the car is constantly exposed to wear and Areas of the country with high humidity have at the first sign of any rust. corrosion processes during production. a greater potential for rust problems. The anti-corro- sion warranty does not relieve the car owner of the need to carry out normal maintenance to the rustproofing and to make good any damage. make it a habit to hose the underside of the car often and to inspect the condition of the underseal. Accordingly. where grit. largely as a result the bottom of the car and promote rusting. Seams in the body. are particularly vulnera. grit and salt thrown up from the road. doors and trunk lid. anti-corrosion oil. stones. road salt and the advice. This applies particularly etrating. are continuously damp. espe- prone to damage. it makes good sense to continue to water is trapped or where the car’s panels chip damage and corrosion. The extent of this obviously depends on the conditions in which the car is used. Car care 253 Anti-corrosion Use a hose to clean the underside of the car thoroughly. to manage to penetrate the protective finish. and treatment maintain the rustproofing. such as the ble to corrosion from the outside. especially those in the Damage to paint and undercoating by penetrating rustproofing oil. apply a thin. doors and floor pan are galvanized. Industrial pollution (fallout) wheel arches.

• Wipe the car dry. Pay particular attention to the help protect against rusting. Under adverse heavy rain. Areas noticed on the car the finish should be where metal is exposed will rust quickly washed immediately. conditions. check and clear all warranty. If tion Limited Warranty described in the war. where there is a rapid ing the car inspect body surfaces for Apply the new coating thinly. Dry car. with water to loosen and flush off heavy Rust must be removed. which are the terms and conditions of the Performa. Refer also to clean the car’s underside (floor panels. Repairs of this type are the owner’s • Rinse car thoroughly with clean water. and MUST be repaired immediately by • Begin washing by rinsing the entire car touch-up or professional repainting. and wax at repairs promptly. your car at least once a week. preferably using a chamois. wash the car immediately. . evidenced by a white film on the and remain for prolonged periods. When wash. wheel wells) at least at mid-winter and in exposed to abrasion by flying gravel. Use touch-up paint to repair small pings. After washing or after is best done with a scraper and a steel wire least twice a year. followed by washing with solvent. the composition has worn or flaked off. and arrange for needed before a fresh coat is applied. Frequent any wet areas including the floor mats. washing will prevent paint damage from Have leaks repaired as soon as possi- acid rain and other airborne contami. ble. If any of these contaminants are scratches or minor finish damage. responsibility and are not covered under • After washing. fenders and wheel housings. brush. water. check for leaks. may run off or fall off when dry. While checking for leaks. Water can collect in these areas slush. nants such as tree sap and bird drop. The cleaning 1 Wash the car frequently. etc. drains in doors and body panels. 3 Inspect the car frequently for leaks or steel must be thoroughly cleaned and dried damage. the ranty booklet.corro- purpose (dish washing) detergent and sion material. Use high pressure water to necessary. Major body underbody). the spring. wash paint damage.254 Car care Preventive maintenance 2 Clean the underside of the car during Inspect the undercoating and touch up if The following procedures are necessary to the winter. After lift the floor mats and check underneath extreme exposure to salted snow or them. sand or road salt. otherwise it buildup of dirt. damage should be repaired immediately • Sponge the car with a solution of either and new panels or exposed areas a good quality car soap or mild general should be undercoated with anti. the bare metal concentrations of dirt (include the primed and painted.

system components. A typical car consists of metals (65–75 %). NOTICE • The A/C system is designed for use with R134a refrigerant. paper and tex. • Refrigerant handling requires special equipment and special procedures for charging and draining the system. wood. other personal injury. for instance. there are recycling of automotive a number of checks you can perform your- materials WARNING self. Do not tion that forms on the evaporator is drained monplace for a long time now. air is dehumidified. To facilitate the sorting of other materials. densation will be produced. have the system checked at a Saab dealer. have been the ground. rubber (5 %) and small system must be carried out at a Saab quantities of glass. this may result in a small puddle forming on plastic parts. When the A/C system is running. If the fault persists. • Never mix R 134a with other refriger- ants. • All repairs and adjustments to the A/C Note: plastics (10–15 %). . the more con- plastic. The recycling of metals has been com- • The A/C system is pressurized. however. When the car is parked. The resultant condensa- tiles. The warmer the air and the marked to identify the precise nature of the • Escaping gas can cause eye injury or higher the relative humidity. Car care 255 Recovery and/or Air conditioning (A/C) Troubleshooting If a fault occurs in the A/C system. the intake dealer authorized for this kind of work. break any connections or undo A/C off under the car.

This action saves the gaskets in the inspected under the regular service compressor from being spoiled. Do not use a pressure washer when system . Simplest is to pressure washer. Do not use a is standing in a warm place. enough. .During cold months the air condi- b Check that the condenser (in front of the cleaning the condenser or radiator due to tioning should be switched on once or radiator) has not become clogged with the risk of damage. condenser and radiator to prevent clog. e. do not screen the radiator. • Clean away dirt and insects from the lates with the coolant. use the hose to spray the radiator and condenser The A/C system cannot be switched on (located in front of the radiator) from both when the outside temperature is below 32°F sides (both from the front of the car and (0°C). Note: ging. The Caution: Do not hose down the radia. always have the A/C button pressed in. When washing the car. and air distribution are correctly set. compressor uses a lubricant that circu- and compressor (see page 224). with netting. see NOTICE “Manual climate-control system” on • Applicable to the manual climate control page 98.256 Car care Inadequate cooling Maintenance Other than in extremely cold weather. Turn on the A/C system when the car from inside the engine bay). as this a Check that the controls for temperature will greatly diminish its cooling capacity. twice a month and run for 5–10 minutes dirt and insects. during highway driving once the engine is c Make sure that the compressor drive warm. A/C system will then cut in automatically tor and condenser while the engine is when the outside temperature is high hot. The d Check the fuses for the ventilation fans program. • The compressor drive belt should be belt does not slip (see page 205).g.

The aim has been preset at pendicular to the wall or other flat surface. by moving parts. sion. If your headlights are damaged in a crash. Before checking/adjusting the headlight aiming area should be darkened. • The vehicle must have all four wheels on Headlight aiming is done with the vehicle a perfectly level surface which is level all low beam lamps. NOTICE To make sure that your headlights are aimed properly read all instructions before beginning. If you believe your headlights need to be re- aimed. be correctly aimed if the low beam lamps aiming system equipped with vertical • The vehicle should be placed so it is per. are aimed properly.6 m) from a light • The vehicle should not have any snow. and one person or 160 lbs. • Close all doors. the headlight aim may be affected. . Car care 257 Headlight aiming To check the aim. • The vehicle shall be placed so that the WARNING headlights are 25 ft (7. tank full. it is possible for you to re-aim your headlights as described in the following procedure. danger of fingers and hands being injured low beam headlight being aimed. ice colored wall or other flat surface. aiming device. However. the factory and should normally not need • The vehicle should be unloaded and fuel further adjustments. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage to headlight parts or a not correctly aimed headlight. we recommend that you take it to your Saab dealer for service. switch off the engine to avoid improve your ability to see the beam of the pressure. the vehicle should be properly prepared as follows: • The vehicle should be fully assembled and all other work stopped while headlight aiming is being done. An optical headlamp aimer can also be • Rock the vehicle to stabilize the suspen- The radiator fan can start up even when used and will than replace the wall. the engine is switched off. The high beam lamps will The vehicle has a visual optical headlight the way to the wall or other flat surface. (75 kg) on the drivers seat. this will • Tires should be inflated to the prescribed aiming. The or mud attached to it.

3 Measure the distance from the ground to the aim marker No. 4 Same measurement as (3) but substract 2 inches. Subtract 2 inches. Vertical aiming device 2 25 ft (7. . 2 Locate the marker on the lens. If you find that the headlight needs adjust- ment follow these steps: 4 At the wall or other flat surface.1 on each lens.258 Car care 1 Wall or garage door. 3 Measurement from the ground to the low beam aiming marker on the headlight lens.6 m) between wall and headlight lens. measure 1 Aiming marker on headlight lens 1 Open the hood and locate the vertical from the ground to the recorded dis- aiming devices there are two vertical tance (see point 4) and draw a horizontal aiming devices which shall be turned line the width of the vehicle. simultaneously and the same amount of turns.

Turn off the engine but leave the low aiming. Then follow the instructions in the optical headlight aimer instruction manual and point 1. Car care 259 markers on the headlight lens. This indicated on the headlight until the hori- should allow the beam cut-off of the zontal cut-off of the headlight is aligned headlight being aimed to be seen on the with the horizontal line on the wall. Turn on the low beam headlights. Covering a headlight may cause beam on. flat surface. Both variants: Place a piece of cardboard or equivalent 6 Turn the two vertical aiming screws (although not directly on the lens) in front simultaneously in the same direction of the headlight not being aimed. Horizontal line on wall or other flat surface Correctly adjusted low beam 5 Cars with Bi-Xenon lights: Bi-Xenon lights with automatic headlight NOTICE levelling system must first do a refer- ence run before aiming: Start the engine Do not cover a headlight directly on the and let the headlights do a reference lens to improve beam cut-off when run. 5. 7 If an optical headlight aimer device is used follow point 1 and 2 and center the lens of the optical headlight aimer device at the intersection of the two . and 6 in this instruction. 2. excessive heat build-up that may cause Cars with halogen lights: damage to the headlight.

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Customer Assistance and Information 261 Customer Assistance and Information Maintenance schedule __ 262 Owner assistance ______ 264 Reporting Safety Defects (USA) _______________ 265 Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian government__________ 265 Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorder ____________ 266 .

tools and technical assistance and pur.262 Customer Assistance and Information Maintenance schedule SERVICE INTERVALS TIME FOR MAIN SERVICE will be set when additional maintenance is necessary. NOTICE Authorized Saab dealers are equipped and sage is set by the engine management system which calculates service intervals The Check-up will be done by your Saab trained to meet your Saab’s service needs. vice bulletins from Saab and are able. through their franchise agreement. . If mileage accumula- Saab service schools. and maintenance required at a maximum of chase original equipment service and 2 years. Today’s complex automobiles should only TIME FOR MAIN AND INTERMEDIATE be entrusted to the most knowledgeable SERVICE service professionals. replacement parts. obtain Saab special tion does not occur. based on several factors including driving habits. dealer at no charge and should be done They regularly receive up-to-date Saab ser. due for regular maintenance. the message will be set. safety and reliability of the three different messages that will appear: Failure to perform scheduled maintenance Saab automobile in normal use. When Inspection Service at 30 days. This mes. mileage driven and elapsed time days. is displayed. to attend since the last service. There are appointment. such The maintenance schedule begins with an The Maintenance Schedule prescribes a as air filter or spark plug replacement. ambient temperature. Proper mainte. along with several inspections and addi- tional maintenance such as air filter or spark plug replacement. indicates that an oil/filter change is required nance is always a good practice! along with several inspections. service message will illuminate on the Saab of a Saab that is reasonable and necessary Instrument Display (SID) when the car is contact your Saab Dealer for a service to ensure the proper emission control sys. tems function. A Saab dealer is your indicates that an oil/filter change is required best choice. number of as close as possible to the scheduled 30 vice manuals and parts and technical ser- cold starts. components when the car is operated under TIME FOR INTERMEDIATE SERVICE certain severe conditions. A time for service program to the purchaser/operator the message Time for service. Additional in a timely manner may result in serious maintenance is recommended for specific damage to key components or systems.

If possible. regulated hazardous waste removal. include the labor required to replace wear service classifications stated in the “Techni. system warranties. when necessary. extra automatic trans. Nor is labor to perform other service or The use of extra additives in the oil is not ment that all necessary maintenance has repairs found to be necessary as a result of necessary and is not recommended. whenever performed. cated in the new car and emission control items. Use only a Saab vice records. When the car is brought to a Saab dealer for location. the inspections included in these times. Customer Assistance and Information 263 Engine oil and filter changes Service record retention Service costs Changing the engine oil and filter is required It is the owner’s responsibility to retain ser. The Warranties and Service Record Book- let has provisions to record extra oil changes. tional. recy- • Most trips include extensive idling cling expenses or other operation costs may (frequent stop-and-go traffic). scheduled maintenance. mission fluid services necessary for severe service conditions. Saab’s recommended ser- approved long-life oil filter and engine oils copies of all shop work orders for all service vice times for each service point do not meeting the SAE viscosity ratings and API and repairs. they are performed. vice manager. completed the service. HOW THE SERVICE RECORD IS ORGA. the technician will If your driving habits match this description. tires. taxi or other commercial applica. sign the maintenance record. These conditions dealership will also sign and stamp the cause the engine oil to break down faster. and been done. are also addi- 16 km). . when outside temperatures are below Dealer charges for general shop material. This is particularly important coupons for documenting extra engine oil and filter changes. The person have the engine oil and filter changed in. such as wiper blades. NIZED for such work when necessary. record with the dealer identification stamp. may be harmful to turbochargers. you should keep vice work vary. responsible for quality assurance at the between normal services. When the technician has tions. brake pads or cal data” section of this Owner’s Manual. present the War- • If the vehicle is used for delivery service. HOW TO USE THE SERVICE RECORD COUPONS also be applied to service and repair • Most trips are through dusty areas (such invoices and are apt to vary by dealer and as construction zones). As indi. freezing. ranties & Service Record Booklet to the ser- police. and brake fluid changes. There are additional Transmission fluid changes or suspension • Most trips are less than 5–10 miles (8– alignment. except as mended if your vehicle is operated under The service record is comprised of a series covered under an applicable Saab warranty any of the following conditions: of coupons on which to record services as or any optional extended service contract. Dealer pricing practices and labor for ser- at every service point. Additional labor and parts will be charged More frequent oil changes are recom. it is important to docu.

.S.S.S. In the U. Consult your Saab dealer for prices for your model. Perforation Warranty. please call the Saab Customer Assistance Centre at 1-800-263-1999. In Canada. address allows Saab to contact you in the ranty. fessional technicians. including the New Car War. If the booklet is lost or and 9-5 car lines can be ordered through misplaced. and Canada) Warranties and service problem Two change of address cards are provided assistance at the end of the Warranties and Service For complete information about all applica. It also contains owner assistance information including Saab Factory Service Manuals for the Saab 9-3 Roadside Assistance. Inc. consult the Warranties and Ser. Record Booklet.264 Customer Assistance and Information Owner assistance Change of Address Notification (U. Knowing your current ble warranties. Vehicle Emis. a new one may be ordered your dealer. sion Warranty and Emission Perforation Please help us keep our records up to date Warranty. vice Record Booklet which accompanies Service information this Owner’s Manual. geared to use by pro- Saab. These are comprehensive through a Saab dealer or by contacting manuals on CD rom. event of a recall or service campaign. for your own peace of mind. Canadian or U. A list of authorized Saab sales and service dealers is available for those planning to travel in the United States and Canada. The toll-free number to call from all 50 states is 1-800-955-9007. travelers may call the Customer Assistance Center in the country in which they are traveling. there is a national Customer Assistance Center at Saab Cars USA.

Oshawa. it may order a recall and remedy campaign.C.S. L1H 8P7. you should Administration (NHTSA) in addition to noti. of Transportation. U. please call our dealer. it may open an investigation. D. 8880. your will notify us. Customer Assistance and Information 265 Reporting Safety Reporting Safety Defects (USA) Defects to the Canadian If you believe that your vehicle has a defect government which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death. Ontario. we certainly hope you in individual problems between you. 1908 Colonel Sam Drive. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline. In Canada. General Motors of Canada Limited area) or write to: NHTSA. Ottawa. Saab Customer Assistance Centre at 1- To contact NHTSA. 20590. . Inc. Or write: 9393 (or 202/366-0123 in Washington D. immediately notify Transport Canada.C. Department Customer Assistance Centre. Inc. K1G 3J2. you may either call the 800-263-1999. In addition to notifying Transport Canada in However. and if it finds that You may write to Transport Canada at Box a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles. in fying Saab Cars USA. and believe that your inform the National Highway Traffic Safety vehicle has a safety defect. NHTSA cannot become involved a situation like this. or Saab Cars USA. If NHTSA receives similar complaints. Ontario. addition to notifying General Motors of Canada Limited. Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424. you should immediately If you live in Canada. Washington.

through the discovery process. These data have been used to the vehicle or SDM. (a) with the consent of the vehicle owner or. Your vehicle uses on-board vehicle comput. such as law enforcement. if the vehicle is leased. Saab will not access infor- Your vehicle. (b) in response to an official request of tions for airbag deployment. such tions for research purposes. improve vehicle crash performance and Please check the OnStar subscription ser- may be used to improve crash performance vice agreement or manual for information of future vehicles and driving safety. and the severity read the information if they have access to of a collision. or Diagnostic Module (SDM) in your vehicle (c) share summary data which is not tied to may record information about the condition a specific vehicle with non-Saab organiza- of the vehicle and how it was operated. . seat belt usage. once Saab collects or receives stored only in a crash or near crash event by data. to monitor condi. vehicle Others. on-board systems are somewhat like the data recorders on many airplanes. (b) make it available for research where In a crash or near crash event. special equipment Data Recorder is needed and access to the vehicle or the SDM is required. to provide anti. lock braking and to help the driver control (c) as part of Saab’s defense of litigation the vehicle in difficult driving situations. computer appropriate confidentiality is to be main- systems. throttle position.266 Customer Assistance and Information Vehicle Data Collection and Event To read this information. (d) as required by law. data recorder (EDR). Saab may computer systems commonly called event (a) use the data for research needs. like other modern motor vehi- mation about a crash event or share it with cles. with the consent of ers to monitor emission control components the lessee. to optimize fuel economy. has a number of sophisticated com- others other than puter systems that monitor and control sev- eral aspects of the vehicle’s performance. ular operations to facilitate repair of detected malfunctions. such as conversation of vehicle occupants. other information is In addition. such as the Airbag Sensing and tained and need is shown. may have speed. but they do not record sounds. access to the special equipment that can airbag performance data. airbag readiness. or Some information may be stored during reg. as engine speed. police or similar government office. These on its operations and data collection.

Technical data 267 Technical data General data __________ 268 Engine _______________ 270 Engine oil_____________ 270 Fuel__________________ 271 Engines ______________ 271 Electrical system_______ 272 Drive belt _____________ 272 Manual transmission ___ 272 Automatic transmission _ 273 Suspension ___________ 273 Steering ______________ 273 Brake system__________ 274 Wheels and tires _______ 275 Plates and labels _______ 278 .

2'' (2038 mm) Maximum height ____________________ 57.ft. driver) __________ 5 Turning circle: V.4 m) Curb to curb ______________________ 35.268 Technical data General data Overall length. (2025–2050 kg) . with full fuel tank.1" (740 mm) Convertible _______________________ 3570–3700 lbs. Trunk volume (SAE): (1620–1680 kg) Sport Sedan ______________________ 15. (235 l) Convertible _______________________ 4460–4520 lbs.ft.8 m) Curb weight Trunk length: (i.5'' (4635 mm) Overall width. standard tools and spare wheel): Rear seat raised ___________________ 40. (10. (11. Rear seat lowered__________________ 69. plate Measured at vehicle extremities _______ 37. Number of seats (incl.3'' (1506 mm) Permissible load (in addition to the driver) = GVW minus curb weight. must not be exceeded. soft top folded ___________ 8.e.0 cu. (352 l) Sport Sedan ______________________ 4120–4340 lbs. (425 l) Gross vehicle weight (GVW): Convertible.I.3 cu.N.3'' (2675 mm) Track: Front ____________________________ 60. including bumpers: ______ 182.8'' (1468 mm) Wheelbase ________________________ 105. 120 mm The precise curb weight of the vehicle and load capacity are specified in the vehicle registration documents.4 ft.4 ft. soft top raised ___________ 12. front or rear. (1870–1970 kg) Convertible. Ground clearance at GVW ____________ approx. full washer fluid res- ervoir.8'' (1036 mm) Sport Sedan ______________________ 3200–3420 lbs. The maximum permissible axle load.ft. including door mirrors _____ 80.0'' (1524 mm) Rear ____________________________ 59.8'' (1774 mm) (1450–1550 kg) Convertible _______________________ 29.4 cu.

Convertible. CD changer) are Convertible. Convertible _______________________ 820 lbs. (1050 kg) fitted. trailer Maximum combined weight of driver and with brakes _______________________ 60 mph (100 km/h) passengers ______________________ When towing a trailer. 60/40 % folded down. .g. (1150 kg) Note that if some accessories (e. front __________________ 2540 lbs. (372 kg) Maximum theoretical towing speed.) ____________ 750 lbs. Technical data 269 Maximum axle load: Sport Sedan. 3500 lbs. Weight distribution: • When carrying a load in the trunk. (100 kg) (450 kg) The combined weight of occupants and Recommended towball load ___________ 110–165 lbs. (100 kg) Trailer: Maximum load in trunk: Trailer with brakes ___________________ Max. (272 kg) The above speed and weight restrictions are those specified by Saab Automobile AB. (1125 kg) WARNING Sport Sedan. 50/50 % Maximum roof load. front/rear (Sport Sedan and Con- vertible) __________________________ approx. Sport Sedan _______ 220 lbs. (68 kg)). make sure that it is lashed Curb weight + driver (150 lbs. towbar. particularly when part or all of the rear seat is front/rear (Sport Sedan and Convertible) approx. (340 kg) of the rear tires by 20 kPa (3 psi). (1010 kg) • The GVW and maximum axle loads must not be exceeded. rear ___________________ 2310 lbs. front _________________ 2480 lbs. (420 kg) See also page 180. the available load capacity is reduced by the weight of these. (1588 kg) Sport Sedan ______________________ 175 lbs. 1000 lbs. (80 kg) Trailer without brakes ________________ Max. Note that national restrictions may apply to trailer speeds and weights (see page 178). Convertible _______________________ 220 lbs. Convertible (4x150 lbs. rear __________________ 2230 lbs. GVW. down securely. cargo should never exceed: (50–75 kg) Sport Sedan ______________________ 925 lbs. increase the pressure Sport Sedan (5x150 lbs.) _____________ 600 lbs.

Other oil companies also have engine oils approved according to the table above. with the help of our skilled service personnel. not all synthetic oils will meet your engines requirements. Cylinder bore_______________________ 3. We recommend that you. (7. the steering wheel is Servicing/Oil changes: turned. be sure to select a fully synthetic engine oil When the engine fulfilling GM-LL-A-025 requirements. You should only use oil that meets your engines specific requirements . service intervals. deposits.1 l) glecting to meet above mentioned requirements.5 qts. choose your oil from that selection. wear increasing. However. by that dual-mass flywheel protecting the engine from harmful. (1. camshafts.in.270 Technical data Engine Engine oil Type: Four cylinders. load increases. Use only engine oils ap- 900 rpm. Saab Automobile AB will not take responsibility for any damage that might occur due to ne- Coolant capacity ____________________ 7. Among those there are oils specially designed to meet your engines specific needs. To ensure being able to take advantage of the Saab specified Idling speed________________________ 720 rpm.386'' (86 mm) All gasoline engines .998 l) LL-A-025 requirements. By using oils approved by balancer shafts. At your Saab dealers you can find Saab Genuine or Mobil en- gine oils.386'' (86 mm) Approved oils: Stroke ____________________________ 3. e. fuel economy and environmental issues 16 valves. Service should be done according to Antifreeze _________________________ Saab-approved the recommended service intervals to optimize your engine's antifreeze function through out its entire life. the idling To be able to use recommended service intervals the need to speed is raised to use only approved engine oils is vital. two are the base for our choice of oil. Long service intervals. Saab you minimise the tendencies for oil sludge build. To meet demands in Saab's extended service intervals all en- double overhead gines are filled with specially designed synthetic factory fill oils. proved for your engine. Oils meeting these standards may be identi- fied as synthetic.g.Fully Synthetic Engine Oil fulfilling GM- Swept volume ______________________ 122 cu.

2.lb. (265 Nm) shown. When the message for service is displayed you need to have the required service done as soon as possible. For best Fuel tank capacity___________________ 16. the fuel economy. 2. It is important to reset the service indicator in order to optimize the time to the next service. EEC at 5500 rpm ____________ 175 hp (129 kW) Your vehicle has a display (SID) where time for service will be Maximum torque.lb. The thickness influences. EEC at 2500 rpm ____ 195 ft. After the service your service personnel will reset the service in- dicator.0 Turbo Ecopower Under normal circumstances the service indication will come on at or around 15 000 miles or 2 years. Rating. gal. 2.S.0t (175 hp) ______________________ Unleaded 90 AON (GM-LL-A-025) but with other viscosities than what we recom. Those engine oils are also accepted.05 U. Fuel Viscosity is a measurement of the oils thickness.0t Ecopower When to change engine oil. (61 l) function Saab recommends: For optimum performance For gasoline engines.5:1 considerably.5:1 the right engine oil is used.3 qts.0 Turbo (210 hp) _________________ Unleaded 90 AON mend as a first choice. Saab recommends: Some oil companies have engine oils meeting our requirements 2. SAE 0W-30 engine oil. (300 Nm) For this service system to work it is of outmost importance that Compression ratio _________________ 9. Oil capacity. among other things. including filter (oil change) __ 6. EEC at 5300 rpm ____________ 210 hp (155 kW) Maximum torque. (6.0 l) . The recommended oils are all you will need for good engine performance and protection. Rating. Technical data 271 Recommended oil viscosities. Based not only on mileage but also on driving condi- tions the mileage at which a service will be indicated can vary Compression ratio _________________ 9. Engines Don't add anything to your oil. Extra engine oil additives. EEC at 2500 rpm ____ 221 ft.

mph (km/h) at 1000 rpm in highest Drive belt gear (5th gear) ____________________ 27–30 (43–48) Speed.9–1.272 Technical data Electrical system Manual transmission Voltage ___________________________ 12 V Type _____________________________ Fully synchronized Battery capacity ____________________ 70 Ah with final drive gear and differential Starter motor _______________________ 1. (3.0 Turbo _________________ 3.8 l).472'' (1028 mm) gear (6th gear) ____________________ 29–34 (46–55) Drive belt .9 qts. to Spark plugs ________________________ NGK PFR6T-10G level plug Electrode gap ______________________ 0.8 kW Oil type (for topping up)_______________ Saab MTF 0063 Alternator rating: ____________________ 140 A/14 V Oil capacity: Firing order ________________________ 1-3-4-2 5-speed _________________________ 1.15 qts.0 l) Speed.0 mm 6-speed. (1. mph (km/h) at 1000 rpm in highest Outside length ______________________ 40. 2.

Maximum deflection of springs: fully-automatic with hydraulic torque Front ____________________________ 7.2 litres) rack-pinion type and Oil type ___________________________ Saab 3309 telescopic jointed steering column Clutch type ________________________ Hydraulic plate Number of turns. Technical data 273 Automatic transmission Suspension Type _____________________________ Electronically con. M Steering __________________________ Power-assisted steering gear of Oil capacity.0t and 2. Spring type. R. brake Oil type ___________________________ Power steering fluid bands and one-way CHF 11S couplings Speed (mph/km/h) at 1000 rpm in top gear: 2. D. total ____________________ 7. lock to lock___________ 3. planetary Rear ____________________________ 8. front and rear ____________ Coil springs trolled. (7. N.0 clutches. Lock-up function in selector positions 3. Selector lever positions _______________ P.6 qts. front and rear ______________ Gas-filled dampers final drive.0T _____________________ 28–30/46–49 .3'' (212 mm) gears and integral Dampers. 5-speed. Steering 4 and 5.0'' (178 mm) converter.

94 in. Foot brake (ABS)____________________ Hydraulic disc (285 mm) **) brakes with vacuum servo unit.96 in. Front ____________________________ 9. variants also have (292 mm) **) ventilated rear discs).² (32 cm²) Brake fluid _________________________ To DOT 4. (278 mm) front wheels (some Rear (certain variants only) *) ________ 11.274 Technical data Brake system Disc diameter: Front ____________________________ 11.49 in.6 qt. Convertible Oil capacity_______________________ 0.30 in. nally split circuits.22 in. *)15" wheels and 16" aluminium wheels Do not use DOT 5. must not be fitted to these variants since the diameter of the brake discs does not allow this. Front (certain variants only) *) ________ 11. EBD function Total friction area of brake pads: (see page 161).6 l) Oil type __________________________ CHF 11S . Diago.89 in.² (60 cm²) Park brake_________________________ Acts on rear wheels Rear ____________________________ 4. (302 mm) **) ventilated discs on Rear ____________________________ 10. **) ventilated Hydraulic unit for soft top. (0.

Pressure _________________________ 420 kPa (60 psi) Exercise care when driving on uneven roads or against the curb Maximum life______________________ 2200 miles if the car is heavily laden.5 x 16" wheel ____________________ 205/55 R16 91 Q (50 km/h).5 x 15" wheel ____________________ 205/65 R15 91 Q Contact your Saab dealer regarding suitable snow chains. Maximum speed ___________________ 50 mph (80 km/h) Permitted wheel offset is 41 mm. M+S Max. Technical data 275 Wheels and tires NOTICE Summer tires Snow chains: 6. . 6. This particularly applies to cars with (3500 km) 17" wheels.5 x 16"_______ 205/55 R16 M+S or Winter (snow) tires: 215/55 R16 6.5 x 15"_______ 205/65 R15 M+S or Always contact a Saab dealer if you plan to fit other wheels or 205/65 R15 tires than those fitted as standard. permissible speed with snow chains fitted is 30 mph 6. M+S or 215/55 R16 93 Q Snow chains must not be fitted to wheels larger than 17".5 x 15" _________________________ 205/65 R15 94 H Snow chains must not be fitted to the rear wheels. and may only 6. 7 x 17" wheel _____________________ 225/45 R17 94 Q M+S RF/XL Compact spare: NOTICE Wheel ___________________________ 4 x 16" Wheels larger than 17" must not be fitted for reasons stated on Tire _____________________________ 125/85 R16 99 M page 234.5 x 16" _________________________ 215/55 R16 93 H be used with the following wheel-tire combinations: 7 x 17"___________________________ 225/45 R17 94 W Wheels Tires RF/XL 6.

5 x 15" x – 6.5 x 16" x x 7 x 17" x x *) Not recommended in combination with sport chassis.0t 2. RF/XL = Reinforced (or Extra Load) tire.0 Turbo Summer tires 205/65 R15 94 H x – 215/55 R16 93 H x – 225/45 R17 94 W RF/XL x x Winter (snow) tires 205/65 R15 94 Q x – 205/55 R16 91 Q *) x x 215/55 R16 93 Q x x 225/45 R17 94 Q RF/XL x x Wheel sizes 6. .276 Technical data Recommended tire/engine combinations 2.

/120– (190–) 280/41 280/41 degrees the tire pressure will correspondingly increase or decrease Winter tires by 2 psi/10 kPa./0–100 (0–160) 280/41 280/41 215/55 R16 93 Q 1–3 pers. during 225/45 R17 94 W 1–3 pers. and decrease as they cool./100– (160–) 280/41 260/38 The tire pressure will increase as the tires become warm (e./0–100 (0–160) 240/35 240/35 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 290/42 290/42 Spare wheel 125/85 R16 99 M Max 50 (80) 420/60 420/60 ./0–100 (0–160) 280/41 280/41 205/55 R16 91 Q 1–3 pers. 1–5 pers./0–120 (0–190) 240/35 240/35 When the temperature of the tires increases or decreases by 10 1–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 220/32 220/32 *) Do not exceed posted speed limits./0–100 (0–160) 240/35 220/32 The values for tire pressure in table above are for tires at 68°F 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 240/35 240/35 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 220/32 220/32 By cold tires is meant tires that are the same temperature as the sur- 1–5 pers. 215/55 R16 93 H 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) 240/35 220/32 (20°C)./0–100 (0–160) 240/35 240/35 4–5 pers.g. RF/XL 4–5 pers./100– (160–) 260/38 260/38 rounding air temperature. 205/65 R15 91 Q 1–3 pers./0–100 (0–160) 280/41 280/41 225/45 R17 94 Q 1–3 pers. cold tires Tire size Load/speed Front Rear mph (km/h) *) kPa/psi kPa/psi Summer tires 205/65 R15 94 H 1–3 pers./0–120 (0–190) 240/35 240/35 highway driving). 4–5 pers./0–100 (0–160) 250/36 250/36 RF/XL 4–5 pers. Technical data 277 Recommended lowest tire pressure.

. number and barcode. inside wind- shield 2 Gearbox number 3 Engine number 4 USA: Label for color codes (trim and body) Canada: Label for tire pressure and color codes (trim and body) 5 Certification label 6 Chassis number (stamped on body).N. 1 V.I. engine and gearbox numbers. Technical data 278 Plates and labels When contacting your Saab dealer it may sometimes be necessary to quote the car’s vehicle identification.

0t 5 Model series ___ D = 9-3 Arc 8 Engine variant __ Y = 2.0 Turbo F = 9-3 Vector 9 Check digit_____ 0-9 or X 10 Model year ____ 4 = 2004 1 = Trollhättan 11 Factory _______ 6 = Graz 12 Serial number __ 000001-999999 .279 Technical data Position: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 | | | | | | | | | | | | Vehicle identifi.Y S 3 F D 4 9 Y X 4 1 016584 cation number: | | | | | | 1 2 3 4 5 6 = identification codes for certain chassis components 1 Region ________ Y = Northern Europe 4 = 4-door 6 Body version ___ 2 Country _______ S = Sweden 2 = Convertible 3 Manufacturer ___ 3 = Saab Automobile AB 5 = 5-speed manual 7 Gearbox _______ 6 = 6-speed manual 4 Product line ____ F = 9-3 9 = 5-speed automatic B = 9-3 Linear S = 2.

optional. recirculation can be acti- Saab dealer • Cabin lighting switched on when the car vated automatically while the windshield alarm is tripped. Contact your programmable functions. deselected (may desirable in hot Consult a Saab dealer for further informa. . the defroster vents can be • The length of time the lights are on. programmable functions. contact a Saab dealer. • Length of audible and visual acknowl- edgements.280 Technical data Several of the systems in your Saab Car alarm Automatic Climate System (ACC) can be customized to better suit Listed below are a number of examples of • To prevent the smell of washer fluid from your individual needs. • Trunk lid locked when car driven off or 30 s after being shut. Some functions are governed by legal requirements and cannot therefore be Courtesy Headlamp Feature • To increase the flow of air to the panel and reprogrammed. is washed. floor vents. The recirculation symbol will Central locking system • Panic function can be enabled on cars however not light up. • Whether the reversing light or tail lights should come on as well as the dipped • Convertible: A/C compressor not Listed below are a number of examples of beam. entering the car. switched off when the soft top is open. This function is without car alarm. • Possibility to have the trunk lid unlocked when doors unlocked. tion. • Audible confirmation of arming/disarming the car alarm. • Automatic unlocking when car stopped and remote control removed from the igni- tion switch. yes/no. climates).

Tap brakes lightly before Theft protection failure. Rear left seat backrest Make a safe stop. unlocked. Try again. Lock system failure. Technical data 281 Warning and indications that can be Airbag malfunction. Engine malfunction. Contact Saab dealer. Contact Saab dealer. A/C off due to high engine Pull out key. Use your seatbelt. Remote control battery low. Turn off engine. Hot engine. Make a safe stop. Make a safe stop. turn steering Make a safe stop. Contact Saab dealer. Key No: 1 Contact Saab dealer. Steering wheel locked. using cruise control. Contact Saab dealer. Symbol Text Antilock brake malfunction. 0: valet key Make a safe stop. Contact Saab dealer. Gearbox too hot. Washer fluid level low. Rear right seat backrest Refill. Limited performance. Contact Saab dealer. Stability control failure. Contact Saab dealer. Reduced engine power. Headlight levelling Immobilizer failure. Release parking brake. Traction control failure. Contact Saab dealer. 2: standard key Brake malfunction. temperature. . Steering lock malfunc. unlocked. Brake fluid level low. Oil pressure low. Contact Saab dealer. Try starting again. Gearbox malfunction. Key not accepted. Contact Saab dealer. malfunction. Make a safe stop. Contact Saab dealer. Refill. shown on the SID Contact Saab dealer. Contact Saab dealer. Contact Saab dealer. Battery not charging. Make a safe stop. Alarm has been triggered Coolant level low. Contact Saab dealer. Open hood to cool down. Run engine on idle. wheel. since being armed.

failure. High mounted brake light front left. Right low beam failure. rear right. system failure. Right rear position light Left low beam failure. failure. Time for service.282 Technical data Parking assistance Left front turn signal Flat tire rear left. Tire pressure low. Tire pressure low. rear left. interference. Right high beam failure. Close doors. . Left rear position light Left high beam failure. failure. Check tires. Make a safe stop. Left brake light failure failure. Right brake light failure. Right rear turn signal Flat tire front right. Tire pressure low. Make a safe stop. Check tires. Contact Saab dealer. Parking assistance sensor Left rear turn signal Flat tire rear right. Make a safe stop. Tire pressure Rear fog light failure. Check tires. Right front turn signal Flat tire front left. Contact Saab dealer. failure. Make a safe stop. failure. front right. Check tires. failure. Tire pressure low.

Convertible _________ 70 Anti-corrosion treatment __________ 253 Car alarm ______________________ 48 Antilock braking system __________ 161 Anti-spin ______________________ 163 Car transport ___________________ 186 Care of air conditioning ___________ 256 D Ashtrays ______________________ 126 Change of address notification _____ 264 Date codes. rear doors _______ 44 Door mirrors ___________________ 128 Battery _______________________ 202 Child seats _____________________ 21 Drive belt ______________________ 205 Bedding-in of new brake pads _____ 151 Cigarette lighter _________________ 126 Drive belt. length ________________ 272 Before towing a trailer ____________ 181 Cleaning the engine bay __________ 249 Driver’s seat with memory __________ 19 Bi-xenon headlights _____________ 209 Cleaning upholstery _____________ 249 Driving at night _________________ 184 . head light levelling _______________________ 91 Climate control system. Convertible ___________ 218 controls _______________________ 45 Dome light. tires _____ 242 Automatic climate control (ACC) ____ 103 Changing the battery. boost starting _______ 187 B Child safety _____________________ 21 Door handles ____________________ 40 Child safety locks. 130 Changing engine oil _____________ 197 Determining correct load. A/C _________ 101 ACC _________________________ 103 Convertible _____________________ 53 Adjustment. washing _____________ 251 Air conditioning _________________ 101 Air filter _______________________ 198 C Coolant _______________________ 199 Cruise control __________________ 159 Airbag _________________________ 28 Cabin lighting __________________ 123 Cup holder _____________________ 124 Anchorage eyes ________________ 137 Cabin lighting. Convertible _____ 56 A Braking _______________________ 160 Clutch interlock _________________ 152 Bulb changing __________________ 208 Compact spare _________________ 243 A/C __________________________ 101 Bulb table _____________________ 221 Compass ______________________ 133 ABS brakes ____________________ 161 Buying new tires ________________ 233 Condensation water. Brake fluid. warning and Changing a tire _________________ 245 Deep water. driving through _______ 183 indicator lights __________________ 78 Changing bulbs _________________ 208 Definitions and terminology. steering wheel ________ 116 Convertible. tire ____ 240 Autodimming _______________ 129. tires ________________ 243 Autochecking of lights. manual _____ 98 Closing the soft top manually. Sport Sedan __________ 217 Checks before towing a trailer _____ 181 Donor battery. grade _______________ 274 Convertible ____________________ 60 Brakes ________________________ 160 Closing the soft top. Index 283 Index Bi-xenon headlights. remote control _ 46 Direction indicator stalk switch ______ 93 Automatic tire pressure monitoring __ 229 Changing wiper blades ___________ 206 Direction indicators _______________ 93 Automatic transmission ___________ 153 Checking the number of remote Dome light.

cleaning ____________ 249 Fuses ________________________ 222 If a tire goes flat _________________ 237 Engine heater __________________ 174 Ignition switch __________________ 140 Engine immobilizer _______________ 47 Immobilizer _____________________ 47 .284 Index Driving in cold climates ___________ Driving in deep water ____________ 175 183 Engine number _________________ 278 Engine oil. Convertible _______ 69 Folding down the rear seat ________ 134 Heated door mirrors _____________ 102 Electrical system. Driving with a roof load ___________ 182 Engines _______________________ 271 Convertible ____________________ 54 Driving with the compact spare wheel 187 Event Data Recorder ____________ 266 Glove compartment ______________ 126 Driving with the trunk lid open ______ 183 Extra electrical socket ____________ 126 Glove compartment lighting ________ 219 E F H EDR _________________________ 266 Facilitating entry to rear seat. 111 Flat spots. technical data ____________ 270 General safety instructions. tires _________________ 232 Headlight levelling ________________ 91 Electric windows ________________ 117 Floor jack _____________________ 246 Headlights ______________________ 91 Electric windows. checking _____________ 196 G Driving in hot climates ____________ 177 Engine oil. Convertible _________ 66 Economical motoring ____________ 173 Filler cap ______________________ 148 Head restraints __________________ 20 Electric engine heater ____________ 174 Filling up ______________________ 147 Headlight flasher _________________ 92 Electric heating. Handbrake _____________________ 167 ESP. garage door opener _________ 130 Driving techniques ______________ 173 Engine oil. automatic Driving with a heavy load on hilly Engine temperature gauge _________ 80 transmission ___________________ 82 roads ________________________ 155 Engine. anti-skid system ____________ 165 Convertible ____________________ 65 Hazard warning lights _____________ 94 Easy entry. Convertible ____________ 65 Factors affecting fuel consumption __ 173 Head restraint. car alarm ______________ 51 backrest _____________________ 138 Emergency operation of the sunroof _ 122 Fuse panel in luggage compartment _ 225 Fuse table _____________________ 224 I Engine bay. front seats ___ 102. grade ________________ 270 GDO. description ______________ 193 Gearbox number ________________ 278 Driving with a load ______________ 183 Engine. volume _______________ 271 Gear selector indicator. technical data ____ 272 Front fog lights __________________ 93 Hood _________________________ 192 Electrically adjustable seats ________ 18 Front towing eye ________________ 184 Horn __________________________ 116 Electronic Stability Program (ESP) __ 165 Fuel gauge _____________________ 81 Horn button ____________________ 116 Electronic steering wheel lock _____ 142 Fuel grade _____________________ 271 Emergency opening of the narrow Functions.

Convertible ____________________ 70 ORVR ________________________ 194 Oil capacity. car alarm ___________ 50 L Maintenance schedule ___________ 262 Manual climate control ____________ 98 Park Brake Shift Lock ____________ 154 Park Brake Shift Lock. tires __________________ 231 Instrument illumination. tires _______________ 239 N Interior lighting _________________ 123 Loading your vehicle _____________ 240 New tires. engine ______________ 271 Jump starting __________________ 187 Luggage compartment lighting. automatic transmission _ 156 Inflation. Opening handles _________________ 40 changing _____________________ 219 Opening the soft top. driver’s seat _____________ 19 Parking on a hill _________________ 168 Leather upholstery. changing ____ 219 Intermittent malfunctioning. Milometer _______________________ 79 Important information. Convertible ______ 63 Pinch protection. reclamation 255 Parking brake __________________ 167 Laying the car up _______________ 169 Memory. Convertible ____ 56 Outside mirrors _________________ 128 K Owner assistance _______________ 264 Key ___________________________ 40 M Kick-down _____________________ 155 MAXI fuses ____________________ 223 Main instrument panel _____________ 74 P Main/dipped beam _______________ 92 Panic function. buying ________________ 233 Interior lighting. central Locks __________________________ 40 locking _______________________ 42 Long-term parking _______________ 169 Luggage compartment ___________ 134 Luggage compartment lighting _ 124. location ________ 278 Manual tripping of car alarm ________ 50 Parking aid ____________________ 170 Lashing eyes ___________________ 137 Materials used in the car. Convertible ________ 70 Load-through hatch ______________ 136 Night driving ___________________ 184 Interior rearview mirror ___________ 129 Locking a car with flat battery _______ 43 Number plate lighting. petrol-engined Convertible ____________________ 70 Mug holder ____________________ 124 cars with catalytic converters _____ 145 Limp-home ____________________ 144 Indicator lights ___________________ 74 Limp-home. electric windows __ 118 . tire sidewall ____________ 238 Manual gearbox ________________ 152 Parking _______________________ 167 Labels and plates. adjusting ____ 92 Load carriers. cleaning _______ 249 Messages on SID. Index 285 Important considerations for driving _ 144 Lighting in luggage compartment. temporary LATCH (child safety) ______________ 22 Manual gear selection ____________ 158 override ______________________ 156 Labeling. 138 O J Luggage compartment lighting. roof _______________ 182 Load indices.

checking ______________ 248 Plates and labels. customized settings _______ 83 Rev counter _____________________ 78 Ski hatch ______________________ 136 Reversing lights _________________ 94 Spare wheel ___________________ 243 Roll bars. SDM _________________________ 266 Switches _______________________ 91 Convertible ____________________ 60 SID ___________________________ 83 Reading lights. Convertible _________ 70 SPA __________________________ 170 Rear fog light ___________________ 93 Rear seats. checking _____ 201 Remote control __________________ 40 Service information ______________ 264 Power steering fluid. wheel _____________ 236 Service record retention __________ 263 Pressure.286 Index Pinch protection. towing a trailer _____ 179 Seatbelts. Convertible _____ 68 Roof lighting ___________________ 123 Speedometer ____________________ 79 Starting the engine ______________ 142 Quality grading. location ________ 278 gearbox. tires ______________ 239 Q Roll-over protection. cleaning _________ 249 Recirculation ___________________ 101 Seatbelts _______________________ 11 Tie down eyes __________________ 137 Recommendations for automatic Seatbelts in rear seat. folding down _________ 134 Saab Information Display __________ 83 Saab Parking Assistance _________ 170 T Rear towing eye ________________ 185 Saab Trionic engine management TCS __________________________ 163 Rear window heating ____________ 102 system ______________________ 194 Technical data __________________ 268 Rearview mirrors ________________ 128 Safety belts _____________________ 11 Textile carpeting. grade ________ 273 Remote locking malfunction ________ 42 Service intervals ________________ 262 Pressure gauge _________________ 80 Replacement. tires _____________ 235 Roof lighting. sunroof _________ 122 Recommendations for manual Seatbelts. Convertible ___ 67 Tightening torque. changing ___________ 217 Steering wheel adjustment ________ 116 Quick guide. Convertible _____________ 68 Speed ratings. tires __________________ 231 Reporting safety defects __________ 265 Signalling. head restraint _____________ 20 Sunroof _______________________ 120 Raising the soft top manually. care _________________ 248 Tire chains _____________________ 237 . manual gear selection ___ 158 Position lights ___________________ 91 Refueling ______________________ 147 Service costs ___________________ 263 Power steering fluid. remote control ________ 41 Running-in _____________________ 151 Steering wheel lock ______________ 142 Steps for determining correct load limit _________________________ 242 R S Storage compartments ___________ 126 Sun visor ______________________ 124 Rain sensor _____________________ 96 SAHR. wheels _________ 247 transmission. horn _________________ 116 Profiles. towing a trailer _________ 180 Seats __________________________ 16 Polishing and waxing ____________ 251 Recommended fuel grades ________ 147 Securing a load _________________ 137 Poly-V-belt ____________________ 205 Recommended snow chains _______ 275 Sentronic.

manual ____________ 152 Warning triangle _________________ 94 Transporting the car _____________ 186 Warnings and messages on SID. changing __________________ 245 Wiper blades ___________________ 206 Tire. automatic __________ 153 Warning lights ___________________ 74 Transmission. grade ___________ 272 Warning labels ___________________ 7 Transmission. Treadwear indicators ____________ 233 Convertible ____________________ 63 Trip computer ___________________ 84 Washer fluid ___________________ 206 Trip meter ______________________ 79 Washer jets ____________________ 207 Troubleshooting. tires ____________ 233 Wheel replacement ______________ 236 . cleaning _____________ 249 Wing mirrors ___________________ 128 Tire sizes _____________________ 275 Useful tips on night driving ________ 184 Winter driving __________________ 175 Tire terminology and definitions ____ 240 Useful tips on starting ____________ 143 Winter tires ____________________ 242 Tire. spare _____________________ 243 Wipers _________________________ 95 Tires _________________________ 231 Tools and spare wheel ___________ 243 V Touching up paintwork ___________ 251 Vanity mirror ___________________ 124 Towbar _______________________ 178 Vehicle Data Collection ___________ 266 Towbar load ___________________ 180 Vehicle identification number ______ 278 Towing _______________________ 184 Vehicle recovery ________________ 186 Towing a trailer _________________ 178 Towing the car _________________ 185 Traction Control System (TCS) _____ 163 Transmission oil. Index 287 Tire date code __________________ 243 Tire inspection and rotation _______ 232 U Wheels and tires. automatic _ 229 Upholstery care _________________ 249 Windshield wipers ________________ 95 Tire sidewall labeling ____________ 238 Upholstery. sizes ___________ 275 When it is time for new tires _______ 233 Tire markings __________________ 239 Uniform tire quality grading ________ 235 Windshield washers ______________ 95 Tire pressure monitoring. opening ________________ 43 Washing a Convertible ___________ 251 Turbo gauge ____________________ 80 Waxing and polishing ____________ 251 Wear indicators. A/C and ACC ____ 255 Washers _______________________ 95 Trunk lid. driving when open _______ 183 Washing ______________________ 250 Trunk lid. checking ________ 198 W Transmission oil.

288 Index Notes .