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  1. Hello, I am a new member and new Saab owner – I have a 2005 9-3 Arc Convertible which I’ve had for about a month and already driven from Ontario to Alberta with no issues. The other day, was going for dinner and car would not start. Display show “immobilization system failure, try to start again or contact service”. Called CAA and they diagnosed the battery (original!) so replaced it and seemed fine for a week. Then another afternoon driving, the warning came on again and the speedometer needle dropped. After getting home the car would not start again, same error. Took to my dealership and they said battery showed 60% and would not charge beyond, so they tried a new battery and it started fine. Put my new battery back in and it was fine again, but I feel like it’s only a matter of time before it doesn’t start again. I can’t find anyone in London Ontario who can diagnose Saab’s – any help or guidance would be so appreciated!

    1. You can start by searching the internet for “saab 9-3 immobilizer failure” and reading up on people’s experiences.

      From what I can tell, it’s possible that a bad car battery (as opposed to the one in your key) can cause issues.

      But then the question goes to what may be wrong with the new battery that CAA installed. First of all, if the old battery was indeed original, there’s nothing wrong with the electrical system of the car. Take the car to another shop that can do a battery test. If the CAA battery can’t hold what it’s supposed to, then I would go back to CAA. But we don’t really know what’s what until another place tests the battery.

      Saab of London has closed up shop, but there may be a successor. I’m not sure if Saab of KW is any more than a name these days, but you could contact them if you can’t find anyone closer.

  2. Hi. I am new to the club. I have a 2004 saab 9.3 arc convertible which I purchased new. The second year I owned the car I started to have problems with the radio not coming on – took it to the dealer and they told me it was a fuse and they replaced it. It happened again but only perhaps twice a year – still they told me it was a fuse.. Dealership closed and the radio continued to have problems, Took it to Budd’s and they told me they re-programmed it and that was ok for about 2 years. Now it is off more than on. Budd’s tells me its the amplifier under the front seat and I need a new one at a cost of $1200.00 yet it seems like it could be a loose wire….has anyone else had this problem and if so what was the solution….someone else has suggested an after market new radio but I hate to change the original. Thanks for any help.

    1. The 2004 9-3 had a fibre-optic system that’s a bit problematic to fix or troubleshoot. The amplifier may indeed be the problem. There’s no wiring per se between the components. You can search for “Saab 9-3 amp1” for more info. (I don’t own a 9-3 so I haven’t researched this in depth.)

      Of course buying a new amp from Saab is going to be expensive. If it is indeed the problem, a good working amp from a scrap car would be a much cheaper solution. I have not tracked who is selling them for how much. In your position, I would contact Zoom Auto on Midland at Lawrence, 416-642-3010. They may be able to 1) verify the diagnosis; and 2) have a line on a good used one, as they regularly part out Saabs.

  3. I have a Saab9-5 2011…Help!….Budds Chev is saying I have a malfunctioning rear passenger side tail light assembly (?)… the turn signal blinks normally for three seconds then blinks very quickly after that….. Budds says part is not available…I found a 2010 passenger side tail light assembly for a Saab 9-5 … on e-bay… can this be used on a 2011? thanks

    1. Wow, not many of those 9-5s out there. Maybe the Budd’s parts guys can tell you if 2010 and 2011 share the same part number. Normally I’d say junkyards would have interchange info as well, but I don’t see them knowing anything about the second-gen 9-5. Good luck!

  4. I have 1982, Saab 900, 4 door, automatic for sale.

    It has had a electrical fire in the engine compartment; so wiring and some plastic components have obviously suffered.

    This could be an electrically inclined persons hobby car; or any ones parts car.

    The rest of the car is mint.

  5. May be the immobilizer module behind the left front fender. Check out ericthecarguy on Youtube He will walk you through it & provide a link for a module rebuilder.

  6. I have a 2000 Saab 9-5 Wagon with an unusual problem. Very occasionally the car won’t start immediately. I just here a quiet humming noise when I turn the key and the starter motor does not engage. After 15 to 20 minutes turning the key, the car starts and runs normally without stalling. This problem only happens twice over a 4 or 5 week period. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what was it and how was it repaired ?

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