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  1. Radio just stopped working on Tuesday – lights are still on but no display or sound including turn signal sounds and roof closing beeps – checked the fuse at end of dash and in the trunk but they were both fine – not sure where the amp is (2005 9-3 Arc Convertible) I usually got to Budds but really don’t want to pay the $$ if it’s something simple – is this something the TECH II might be able to pinpoint? Thanks in advance!! Looking forward to hopefully attending an event in the near future! 🙂

    1. Tech II could help. We are planning a tech session.

      Your car has an optical bus for audio. Unfortunately if any one component stops working, or the optical cable is broken anywhere, the whole thing stops working.

      There are alternatives to Budds, such as Beacon in Etobicoke or Zoom in Scarborough.

  2. Picked up a CD Changer for my 2003, 9-5 Aero. Need access to Tech II to divorce from donor car and marry it to my VIN. Is there a club Tech II that I am able to borrow?

    1. Got it married at Beacon Motors. Don’t need the Tech II for this purpose anymore, but is there one available for club members to tinker with?

    1. Hi YellowHed! You are welcome to start by posting a free classified ad on our website. If you come to the winter drive or any other club event in the future we can also check your car with the club’s Tech 2 to see if it can tell what is wrong with the radio.

  3. Hello! I have a Saab 9-3 Turbo Wagon, 2006. There is a slight crack on the windsheild and my radio is no longer working due to a glitch in the computer system If I had a knowledgeable mechanic, i would get this fixed! I am looking to sell it as I’m a student and can no longer afford repairs. It’s in great condition. I am wondering if someone is interested in buying it? Thank you for your interest!

  4. Hi:
    Looking for a garage in Calgary who specializes in Saabs.
    I have a 2006 Sport Combi needing minor repairs before putting it up for sale.
    Jim Baxter

  5. HI everyone,
    Survived the ice storm of 2018 but my 2005 9-3 Aero convertible may not have…After sitting for 3 days not moving, I went to start it to move it for snowblowing purposes. Car was hard to start and turn over and then ACC panel was black with no indicators on… Called Christian (he says hello) and he suggested a new battery, check fuses and see if blower fan behind cabin filter spun..did all 3 and still no ACC panel light or action…Got very cold driving around…any suggestions that I may have totally missed?

  6. Hi there,

    Just recently purchased a mid 2000’s Saab 9-5. Car has been running great! Until today that is. I suspect that the shift cable has either broken or something has happened to the bushing. Anyone in the Toronto area know of a good mechanic? Maybe one that specifically knows there way around a Saab? I would greatly appreciate any help!

    1. Manual or automatic transmission?

      Anyway, in the east end (now that Jeremy’s has closed), you can try Zoom on Midland at Lawrence. In the west end, GB Autos on The Queensway, or Beacon Motors on Norseman, or Lang Autocars on Advance Road. All these know Saabs well.

      I tend to take my cars to Zoom when I don’t want to do the work myself.

  7. 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 Again,

      This just happened again today. Car was sitting all day in hot sun, started the car drove 2 minutes to get gas, then it wouldn’t start again and got the same immobilization error. I disconnected the battery and re-connected, still no luck. Then after waiting for help in the shed after 5 minutes I tried again and the ACC panel showed “refuel now” and it started. (gs tank is full). I feel like I have a gremlin in my car…. Any chance getting a scan might at least show any error codes and if so, anyone know who has a Tech 2 with Saab software?? TIA

      1. The Club does have a Tech II available. Whether it would be able to diagnose the problem on the spot is an open question. Where are you located, and do you ever come to Club events?

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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