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Owner’s Manual Saab 9-3 M2001
Saab 9-3 Audio System 93
OnStar - Telematics 117
Interior equipment, trunk 129
Starting and driving 151
Car care 191
Maintenance and owner assistance 235
Technical data 243
Index 257

© Saab Automobile AB 2000 Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden Printed in Sweden



NOTE texts warn 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 during production without prior notice. If you have any queries concerning your car, its equipment, the warranty conditions or the like, your Saab dealer will be pleased to help.

Introduction This manual provides practical guidance on driving and caring for your Saab. The Saab 9-3 is available with a 2.0l turbo-engine, 185 hp or 205 hp or a 2.3l turbo-engine, 230 hp. Although the manual describes the most important differences between model vari- ants, it does not include precise specifica- tions of the different variants. Some differ- ences also occur to meet special legal requirements in different countries. Importation and distribution of Saab auto- mobiles, spare parts and accessories are handled exclusively by General Motors of Canada Limited in Canada and by Saab Cars USA, Inc. in the U.S.A. We recommend that you read through the manual before taking the car out for the first

time and that you keep it in the car for future reference. To find a specific item, use the overviews given on pages 3-6. A list of contents is given at the beginning of each section of the manual, and there is also a comprehensive index at the back of the book. Supplied with the car is a Warranties and Service Record booklet and a tire warranty folder which specifies the regular mainte- nance to be carried out. The book also con- tains important warranty conditions:


WARNING texts warn against the danger of injury if the specified instructions are not followed.

Best wishes, Saab Automobile AB

Saab Automobile AB does not accept liability for any damage caused by the fitting of spare parts, exchange parts or accessories that are not approved by Saab Automobile AB. The specifications, design particulars and illus- trations included in the manual are not binding.

Instrument panel

High/low beam ________________ 75
Parking lights __________________ 75
Daytime running lights ___________ 75
Changing bulbs _______________ 206

High/low beam control stalk 75
Direction indicators _______ 76
Cruise Control __________ 169

Rear fog light ___________ 77
Front fog lights___________ 77

Instrument lighting ________ 78

Steering-wheel-mounted controls, Audio System __ 109

Warning and indicator lights _____ 60
Tachometer __________________ 66
Speedometer _________________ 66
Odometer and trip meter ________ 66
Gauge showing turbo pressure ___ 67
Fuel gauge __________________ 68
Temperature gauge ____________ 67

Ashtrays ___________________ 141
Cigarette lighter ______________ 141

Trip computer (Saab Information Display, SID) __ 69
Night panel __________________ 73
Clock _______________________ 74

Washers and wipers ______ 78
Rear-window wiper _______ 79
Replacing wiper blades __ 204

Audio system____________ 94
Cassette player _________ 100
CD player _____________ 103

Hazard warning lights _____ 76

Climate control system: manual _______________ 80
Climate control system: automatic _____________ 84
Car care ______________ 191

Seat heating controls ____ 135


Sunroof _______________ 138
Convertible _____________ 48
Washing the car ________ 226
Waxing and polishing ____ 227
Touching-up of paintwork _ 227
Anticorrosion treatment ___ 228
Service program ________ 239

Taillights ______________ 208
Stop lights _____________ 208
Light switches ___________ 75
Changing bulbs _________ 206

Towing ________________ 185
Towrope attachment eyes _ 185
Towing a trailer _________ 179

Trunk lid lock ___________ 144
Lowering the rear seat ____ 144
Trunk _________________ 147
Spare wheel ___________ 149
Tools _________________ 149
Lighting _______________ 208

Driving with a roof rack load ____ 182
Mounting of roof rack __________ 182
Maximum loads ______________ 244

Hood release handle __________ 192
Engine compartment: washing __ 226

Headlight switches _______ 75
High/low beam control stalk 75
Turn signal & lane change indicators ______________ 76
Headlamp wipers _______ 204
Changing bulbs ________ 206

Central locking __________ 36
Interior locking buttons ____ 37
Trunk lock ______________ 40
Child safety lock catch ____ 39
Car alarm (Anti-theft system) 41

Fuel filler door __________ 157
Refuelling _____________ 157
Fuel grade ____________ 249
Fuel gauge _____________ 68
Fuel economy __________ 176

Tires & Rims_____________ 217 / 252
Tire pressure ___________ back cover Driving in cold weather ________ 177
Brakes and braking ___________ 170
Compact spare wheel _________ 220
Changing a wheel ____________ 221


Internal rearview mirror ________ 143
Door mirrors ________________ 143
Vanity mirror ________________ 140

Interior lighting switch _________ 139
Interior lighting: changing bulbs __ 210

Power steering _________ 251
Steering-wheel adjustment 137
Airbag _________________ 28

Seat adjustment ________ 130
Safety belts _____________ 12
Seat heating ___________ 135
Rear seat _____________ 144
Folding down the rear seat 144
Child seats _____________ 19
Upholstery: cleaning _____ 225

Safety belts _____________ 12
Safety-belt care ________ 224
Airbag _________________ 28
Child seats _____________ 19
Child safety lock catch ____ 39

Glove compartment _____ 141

Manual transmission ____ 161
Automatic transmission __ 162

Center console ______________ 136
Electric windows _____________ 136
Sunroof ____________________ 138
Convertible __________________ 48
Ignition switch _______________ 152
Starting the engine ___________ 153
Engine break-in period ________ 161
Parking ____________________ 174
Driving in hot/cold weather _____ 177

Engine bay

Warning labels ___________ 7
V.I.N. number __________ 253
Engine number _________ 253
Gearbox number ________ 253
Color coding ___________ 253

Ignition system _________ 250
Drive belt ______________ 203
Alternator _____________ 203
Spark plugs ____________ 250
Catalytic converter ______ 156
Simple fault tracing (A/C, ACC) ____________ 232

Turbo-compressor ________ 67
Pressure gauge __________ 67
Important considerations for driving _____________ 154
Technical data: engine ___ 247

Engine: description ____________ 194
Engine oil, level control and topping up _______________ 196
Engine oil: changing ___________ 196
Oil grade_____________________ 247

Brake system ________________ 251
Brake fluid __________________ 200
Brake pads __________________ 200
ABS brakes _________________ 170

Fuse panels ___________ 212
Changing a fuse ________ 212
Table of fuses __________ 214
Relays _______________ 216

Coolant, checking and topping up ________ 198
Coolant, changing ______ 199
Temperature gauge ______ 67
Driving in hot weather ____ 179
Driving in cold weather ___ 177

Washer fluid ___________ 205
Topping up with fluid _____ 205
Washer jets ___________ 205
Wiper/washer control stalk _ 78

Manual transmission __________ 197
Automatic transmission ________ 197
Transmission oil ______________ 197
Gearbox: technical data ________ 250

Steering servo _______________ 201
Fluid checking and topping up ______________ 201

Battery _____________________ 201
Battery charge _______________ 201
Jump starting ________________ 187

Warning labels

Radiator fan: The radiator fan can cut in even after engine has been switched off.

Drive belt: Danger! Moving belt

Coolant: Never open while engine is hot. Escaping coolant under pressure can cause serious injuries.

A/C system: Refrigerant at high pressure. Do not undo or remove any connections in the A/C system until the system has been emptied. Working the wrong way may result in injury. Work on the A/C system must be left to qualified personnel only. For working instructions, see the Workshop Handbook. The A/C system complies with SAE J639. Refrigerant: 770 g of R134a. Compressor oil: 150 cc PAG Oil SP-10, or SAAB oil 4759106 SP-10.


Battery: Contains corrosive sulphuric acid (40%) (cid:127) FLAMMABLE GASES formed when car is running and during charging of battery (cid:127) Always wear eye and face protection when working on the battery (cid:127) Smoking, open flames and sparks can all cause battery to explode (cid:127) Consult the manual before using jumper cables. (cid:127) Battery acid can cause SERIOUS BURNS (cid:127) Keep battery upright (cid:127) Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing

In the event of an accident, flush affected area promptly with water and seek medical help.


(cid:127) 8



AIR BAG WARNING Flip visor over


Wheel changing: Intended for the Saab 9-5 and 9-3. Use the jack only on firm, level ground. Use blocks. Max. jack load: 2200 lbs. (1000 kg). For further information, see the manual.


Belt beam Warning for pinch risk due to movable parts when beam is in unlocked position.


50 10 111

WARNING DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. (cid:127) Children 12 and under can be killed by the air bag. (cid:127) The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place for children. (cid:127) NEVER put a rear-facing child seat in the front. (cid:127) Sit as far back as possible from the air bag. (cid:127) ALWAYS use SEAT BELT and CHILD RESTRAINTS

Long loads Always SECURE LOAD to prevent it from shift- ing during transport. An unsecured load could cause passenger injuries in braking situations or in the event of a collision. Cover sharp edges with a protective wrap. (cid:127) Max. weight 30 lbs. (15 kg). (cid:127) Max. length 6 ft. (2 metres). See your Owner’s Manual before securing loads.


Soft top, Saab 9-3 Convertible Push the handle in before driving away. There would otherwise be a risk of injury.

Keep hands away from moving parts of the convertible top. Failure to do so may cause personal injury. Do not raise or lower top with passengers in the rear seat. Personal injury may result from head contact with top.

Child lock safety catch Locked. The door can not be opened from inside.

Jack – The jack is designed solely for use in changing a wheel or fitting snow chains. – The car must be standing level and the jack must be positioned on a firm, level surface. – Never crawl under the car while it is raised on the jack. USE

1 Apply the parking brake and engage first or reverse gear; if the car has automatic transmission, select P. 2 Fit the jack at the jacking point nearest to the wheel

that is to be changed.

3 Wind up the jack until the car just begins to lift. 4 If there is a wheel cover, remove it by inserting a

screwdriver behind it and prying it off.

5 Loosen the wheel bolts by half a turn, using the tool

in the toolkit.

6 Wind up the jack so that the wheel clears the ground. Unscrew all the wheel bolts and take the wheel off.

7 Fit the spare wheel and tighten the wheel bolts

enough for the bolts and wheel to seat correctly.

8 Lower the car. Tighten the wheel bolts in the

sequence shown by the figure.


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Safety Safety belts...................... Head restraint.................. Child safety...................... Airbag (Supplemental Restraint System "SRS")


12 18 19



Safety belts


Safety belts must be worn at all times by all car occupants. Child safety, see page 19. Check that the tongue of the belt lock engages properly. To reduce the risk of head injuries in the event of a collision, the roof pillars and side edges of the headlining incorporate cushioning material (Convertible: wind- screen pillars and upper part of wind- screen rail). These areas must not be modified in any way. Work on these areas must only be carried out at an authorized Saab dealer.

Three-point inertia-reel safety belts are pro- vided for all seats.

Research has established that it is danger- ous for rear-seat passengers not to wear their safety belts.


In the event of an accident, the rear-seat passengers can be thrown forward against the front-seat backrests, impos- ing much higher stresses on the front-seat passengers and belts and resulting in needless injury to everyone in the car.


For safety reasons, you should adjust safety belts only while the car is station- ary.


Safety-belt reminder When the ignition is switched on, the ”fasten belts” reminder will light up for 6 seconds or until the driver and any passengers are wearing their belts. An audible alarm will also sound for six seconds or until the driver has fastened his belt.

Safety-belt pretensioners The belts of the front seats are fitted with automatic pretensioners, which are acti- vated in the event of a severe frontal colli- sion or very violent rear-end collision. They serve to reduce the forward movement of the body by tensioning the belt. The belt pretensioners do not activate in less violent frontal or rear-end collisions.


If the car is involved in a collision, the safety belts, belt pretensioners and other components must be inspected by an authorized Saab dealer and replaced as necessary. Never make any alterations or repairs to the safety belt yourself but visit an author- ized Saab dealer.

Correct position for safety belt (cid:127) The lap part of the belt should be pulled as tightly as comfortable and as low as possible across the hips, so that it is just touching the top of the thighs. The shoul- der belt should be well in on the shoulder but not touching the neck.


Proper positioning of the safety belt is extremely important. An out of position safety belt can result in the wearer sliding underneath the belt in a collision (subma- rining) and injury can result from the lap portion cutting into the abdomen.

(cid:127) Check to ensure that the belt is not twisted

or rubbing against any sharp edges.

(cid:127) There should not be any slack in the belt. Pull the belt tight – particularly important when thick outer clothing is worn.



Sit correctly before putting the belt on

(cid:127) Refrain from tilting the backrest more than

necessary, as the safety belt provides better protection when the seat is in the more upright position.

(cid:127) Only one person per safety belt!


If two people share a belt, they risk injury by being crushed together in the event of an accident.

(cid:127) For most of the time a safety belt is worn, the retractor will allow the wearer freedom of movement. The retractor locks up auto- matically if the belt is jerked or withdrawn sharply, the car tilts, the brakes are applied hard or a collision occurs.



(cid:127) Children who have grown out of a child seat should be restrained by the car’s standard three-point belts. Make sure that the shoulder belt is not in contact with the neck or throat. If it is, a booster seat/cush- ion may be necessary.


Never fasten the safety belt with the shoulder belt behind the body or pull the belt off the shoulder and under the arm.

To fasten the belt

Press the red button to release the belt.

To release the belt, press the red button on the belt buckle, as illustrated. See page 224 for the checking of belt func- tion, cleaning etc.

Front seat belts Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and insert- ing the tongue in the buckle. Check that it is securely fastened. Because the lower belt-anchorage points are on the seat (9-3 5-door), the belt buckle follows the movement of the seat during seat adjustment. In the 9-3 Coupé and 9-3 Convertible, the lower outer anchorage point is in the rear of the sill, which makes it all the more important that the lap strap is not slack during use. Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle and pull the belt towards the shoulder to tighten the lap belt part. The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as possible.



Safety belt use during pregnancy Pregnant women must always wear a safety belt to protect both themselves and the unborn child. The lap belt should be placed low, across the hips and over the upper thighs.

The belt guide on the door pillar

Belt guide The belt guide on the door pillar can be set to five different heights. Set the guide as high as possible without causing the belt to chafe against the throat. In the case of a short person the guide can be lowered until the belt comes about an inch (a few centimetres) from the throat but still provides safe restraint. Raise the belt guide by pushing it upwards to the desired position. To lower it, the release button must first be depressed. Check that it has engaged in its new position by pulling up and down.



Safety belts, rear seat (the central head restraint is an accessory)

Securing a load on the rear seat

Safety belts, rear seat Three-point safety belts are provided for all three rear-seat passengers (2 for Convert- ible model). Fasten the belts by pulling the belt across you and inserting the tongue into the buckle. Check that it is securely fastened. Grasp the shoulder belt close to the buckle and pull the belt towards the shoulder to tighten the lap belt part. The belt must be as far in on the shoulder as possible. Press the red button on the belt buckle to release the belt.


(cid:127) Make sure that the belt does not

become trapped when the backrest is folded down or raised (see page 144). (cid:127) If you must carry an item of luggage on a seat, ensure that it is held securely by the safety belt. This will reduce the risk of injury by flying objects in the event of an accident.

(cid:127) Protect the belt from sharp edges.

See page 148 for securing of load. See page 224 for the checking of belt func- tion, cleaning etc.



Belts should not be worn with straps twisted.

Each belt assembly must only be used by one occupant; it is dangerous to put a belt around a child being carried on the occu- pant´s lap.


No modifications or additions should be made by the user which will either prevent the safety belt adjusting device from oper- ating to remove slack, or prevent the safety belt assembly from being adjusted to remove slack.


Safety belts are designed to bear upon the bony structure of the body, and should be worn low across the front of the pelvis or the pelvis, chest and shoulders, as applicable; wearing the lap section of the belt across the abdominal area must be avoided.

Safety belts should be adjusted as firmly as possible, consistent with comfort, to provide the protection for which they have been designed. A loose belt will greatly reduce the protection afforded to the wearer.

Care should be taken to avoid contamina- tion of the webbing with polishes, oils and chemicals, and particularly battery acid. Cleaning may safely be carried out using mild soap and water. The belt should be replaced if webbing becomes frayed, contaminated or damaged.

It is essential to replace the entire assem- bly after it has been worn in a severe impact even if damage to the assembly is not obvious.


Head restraint The front seats in the Saab 9-3 are equipped with Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). These reduce the risk of whiplash injury if the car is hit from behind. In the event of a rear-end collision, the body is forced back against the backrest. This, in turn, causes the mechanism to press the head restraint forward and upward, thus lim- iting the backward movement of the head. The SAHR is a mechanical system, actu- ated by body weight. The mechanism is built into the top of the backrest, where it is con- nected to the head restraint. The SAHR does not normally need to be replaced after a rear-end collision.

The head restraint can be raised or lowered and is adjustable in various positions. (cid:127) Raising: grasp the head restraint on both

sides and pull it straight up.

(cid:127) Lowering: depress the catch on the

left-hand side of the attaching point and press the head restraint down.


Adjust the head restraint so that the head is well supported and the center of the head restraint is at ear height, thus reduc- ing the likelihood of neck injury in an acci- dent.

Child safety

Car safety tips


(cid:127) Never leave your children unattended

in a car, even for a short time.

– Children can suffer heat stroke - per-

haps die - in a matter of minutes.

– Children can put the car into gear and

hurt themselves or others.

(cid:127) At gas stations, take the keys from the

car while filling the tank.

(cid:127) Never allow children to climb on top of -

or under motor vehicles.

(cid:127) Always look for children before backing your motor vehicle out of a garage or driveway.

(cid:127) To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning,

never let a car idle in the garage.

(cid:127) Supervise young children around buck-

ets of water while washing your car. Small children can drown in seconds in less than an inch of water.


(cid:127) Children must always be suitably

restrained in the car. All child restraints and booster seats are designed to be secured in vehicle seats by the lap belt or the lap belt of a lap-shoulder belt. If the child restraint is not properly secured, a child can be endangered in a crash.

(cid:127) NEVER put a child seat in the front. (cid:127) Children 12 and under can be killed by

the airbag.

(cid:127) According to accident statistics, the BACK SEAT is SAFER for properly restrainen children than the front seat. (cid:127) Sit as far back as possible from the air




Protect your children from getting trapped in the trunk of a car


(cid:127) Teach your kids not to play in or around


(cid:127) Watch your children when loading or unloading the car so they don´t get locked in by mistake.

(cid:127) Always lock the doors and trunk of your car, and keep the keys out of children´s sight and reach.

(cid:127) Keep the rear fold-down seats closed to help prevent kids from getting into the trunk from inside the car.



The same attention must be given to child safety in the car as is given to adults. Children travel most safely when properly restrained, but restraints must be suitable for the size of the child. Always follow the child seat/booster cushion manufacturer´s instructions when installing these devices in your vehicle. Make sure you are acquainted with the legal requirements for seating children in the car. Make sure that it is possible to fit a child restraint in accordance with the manufac- turer’s child seat instructions. When fitting child seats in cars you must always read the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.

Lockable belt tongue If fitting a child seat that is intended to be secured in position by the lap portion of the safety belt, make use of the locking function of the buckle. Locking the lap portion of the belt lessens the risk that the seat will work loose while the car is in motion. The button for the locking function is located on the back of the buckle. 1 Position the child seat in the back of the


2 To activate the locking function, move the locking button on the tongue of the belt to the position marked ”CHILD SEAT” (item 1 in the figure) in order to activate the locking function. 3 Secure the base of the child seat with

the lap portion of the safety belt in accor- dance with the installation instructions accompanying the child seat.

4 Grasp the shoulder part of the safety belt and pull it upwards to tighten the lap por- tion against the child seat.

5 Check for correct locking function by

pulling on the lap portion of the belt. The belt must not unreel.

Locking the lap belt 1 Locked 2 Unlocked

LATCH LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers for CHildren) consists of two types of attach- ments for child restraints in the rear set, ISOFIX and top tether. ISOFIX are lower attachments located where the seat and back cushions come together. Top tether are upper attachments located between beltbeam and parcel shelf, see page 23 and 24. Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints.



Illustration showing lower attachments (ISOFIX) in the rear seat. Top tethers are located behind the head restraints, one for each seat position, see page 23 and 24.



LATCH installation To facilitate the proper fitting of new spe- cially-design child restraints, 9-3's except Convertibles have rigid lower anchorages (ISOFIX) and top tether anchorages in the two outboard rear seating positions. There is an additional top tether anchorage for the center rear seating position. LATCH is a U.S./Canadian government standard for an uniform method of fitting child restraints without using the standard safety belts. Only certain child restraints are equipped to utilize these rigid lower anchor- ages behind where the seat cushion and seat back come together. LATCH child seats also utilize a top tether strap that is found on some newer child seats that still require installation with the standard safety belts. There are two bars attached to the car body for each specially designed LATCH child restraint. A small circular label is located on the seat back just above each attachment bar to facilitate installing the child restraint.

1 Place the child restraint on one of the designated outboard rear seat cushions. 2 Press the child restraint rearward, lining

up the restraint attachment arms with the labels.

3 Follow the child restraint instructions to

confirm that both restraint arms are properly attached to the bars.

4 Attach the top tether strap to the in-car anchorage and tighten according to the restraint instructions, see page 23 and 24.

5 Pull the child restraint to make a second check that restraint is securely attached at both the lower anchorage bars and the top tether strap.

For the top tether, only use the strap sup- plied with the child restraint. Always follow the installation instructions supplied with the child restraint. The availability of LATCH child restraints may be limited. Child restraints using rigid lower anchor- ages (ISOFIX) cannot be fitted where a inte- grated booster seat is installed.

Rigid 2-point lower attachment with top tether

Semi-rigid 2-point lower attachment with top tether

Child tether anchorages, Coupé and 5-door models

Child restraints with a tether strap must be anchored according to law.


Child tether anchorages are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for: (cid:127) Adult safety belts. (cid:127) Harnesses. (cid:127) Attaching other items or equipment to

the vehicle.

(cid:127) Load securing device.

The belt anchorage beam is provided with three top tether anchorages. Use the one that is located just behind the child restraint and attach the restraint as follows: 1 Open the luggage compartment. 2 Unhook the rubber straps. 3 Lift the parcel shelf slightly and pull it

clear of the guide pins in the front edge of the shelf support.

4 Fold the anchorages up as illustrated. 5 Raise the headrest to provide access to

the anchor. The child restraint tether must be routed under the headrest. To make it more comfortable for the child, the headrest may be removed.

6 Attach the tether to the anchorage that is located just behind the child restraint.

7 Secure the lower part of the child

restraint by means of the seat belt as described in the child restraint mounting instruction.

8 Tighten the tether so that the back of the

child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest.

Fold the anchorages down when not in use.



Child tether anchorage, Coupé and 5- door models. The tether strap is not a part of the child tether anchorage.

Forward facing child restraint in center rear position When installing a forward facing child restraint in the center rear position the child restraint must be fitted using the standard safety belt together with the top tether anchorage.



Child tether anchorages, Convert- ible models

Child restraints with a tether strap must be anchored according to law.


Child tether anchorages are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for: (cid:127) Adult safety belts. (cid:127) Harnesses. (cid:127) Attaching other items or equipment to

the vehicle.

(cid:127) Load securing device.

The car is provided with two top tether anchorages. Use the one that is right behind the child restraint and attach the restraint as follows: 1 Lower the convertible top fully. 2 Switch off the ignition when the top stor- age covers are in their straight up posi- tion.

3 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. 4 Unlock the backrest and lower it about

8 in. (20 cm).

5 Insert the child restraint´s upper tether between the bottom of the headrest and the top of the backrest.

6 Run the hook and the tether over the

cross-member behind the headrest.

7 There are slits in the fabric where the top

bag is joined to the cross-member. Insert hook and strap through the slit opening.

8 Attach the tether to the anchorage. This might be easier if you insert your other hand between the backrest and the crossmember to help attach the tether.

9 Raise the backrest and lock in place. 10 Tighten the tether so that the back of the

child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest. Also check that no buckle is positioned above the cross-member, as this could obstruct locking of the ton- neau cover.

11 Secure the lower part of the child

restraint by means of the seat belt as

Attaching tether strap hook to anchorage, Convertible. The tether strap is not a part of the tether child anchorage.

described in the child restraint mounting instructions.

Installation of child restraint using the standard safety belt Child restraint that are approved for rear- ward facing installation in the rear seat can be positioned in any of the three rear places. If the child restraint is positioned in the center place, the child restraint support legs should be used. The tethers should be fixed to the beam beneath the driver´s and passenger´s seat. The fixing points are color marked. Make sure that it is possible to fit it in accor- dance with the manufacturer’s instructions. When fitting child restraints in cars you must always read the instructions sup- plied by the child seat manufacturer.



Child restraints installed in the rear seat

Child restraints installed in the rear seat

Fixing points for child restraint tethers



Integrated booster seat (accessory)

Integrated booster seats are available as part of the rear seat backrest. This child restraint is designed for use by children who weigh between 33 and 80 lbs. (15 and 36 kg) and are between 38 and 54 inches (970 and 1370 mm) in height. A child sitting in an integrated booster seat must use the car’s regular lap and shoulder belt. Regardless of the child’s weight and age, proper contact between child and belt is vital. Always make certain that the seat is undamaged and is kept clean so that it will function properly. This child restraint system conforms to all applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Folding out 1 Press in the latches and lift and remove the car’s regular head restraint. Turn it 180° and remount it. Make certain that it is locked securely in place.

2 Lift up the booster seat’s headrest. 3 Pull out the upper part of the opener

strap and lower the seat itself. Make cer- tain that it is locked in the lowered posi- tion.

(cid:127) The belt must contact the body firmly to

provide the best protection. Pull up on the shoulder strap to tension the belt properly.

(cid:127) Make certain the belt moves freely

between the retractor and the buckle.

Fasten the belt (cid:127) See that the child is seated as far back as

possible against the back support.

(cid:127) Adjust the booster seat’s head support so

that its center is at ear height.

(cid:127) To attach the belt, pull it out slowly and

insert the latch plate into the buckle. Make certain the latch plate is properly engaged in the buckle.

(cid:127) The lap portion of the belt must be posi-

tioned low on the pelvis, and the shoulder strap must be as far in on the shoulder as possible without chafing against the child’s neck or causing discomfort.



Folding booster seat a Pull the upper part of the release strap out and fold up the seat itself. Make sure that it is locked firmly in its folded-up position.

b Press the booster seat’s headrest all the

way down.

c Press in the latches on the car’s regular head restraint. Remove it, rotate it 180° and remount it. Make certain it is locked correctly.


(cid:127) Use only the vehicle’s lap and shoul- der belt system when restraining the child in the booster seat.

(cid:127) The seat must not be modified or

changed in any way.

(cid:127) Do not leave a child alone in a car with-

out supervision.

(cid:127) The car’s regular head restraint must always be turned 180° back to its orig- inal position after the integrated booster seat is folded away.

(cid:127) Check that the belt is not twisted or

rubbing against any sharp edges.

ISOFIX child restraints cannot be fitted in a car with integrated booster seats.

Label in integrated booster cushion


Failure to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions on the use of this child restraint system can cause your child to strike the vehicle´s interior during a sudden stop or crash.


Airbag (Supplemental Restraint System "SRS")


To reduce risk of injury: (cid:127) Always wear your safety belt. (cid:127) Always adjust your seat so that you

are as far back as possible but still able to reach the steering wheel and controls comfortably.

(cid:127) Children 12 and under or shorter than

55 inches (140 cm) should always travel in the rear as the vehicle is equipped with an airbag on the pas- senger side.

The supplementary restraint system (SRS) comprises an airbag in the steering wheel, a front passenger airbag and side airbags in the front seats. The system supplements the protection provided by the safety belts to further enhance the safety of occupants. If a fault is detected in the SRS, the AIR BAG warning light on the main instru- ment panel will come on (see pages 62 and 32).

Airbag in course of inflation (driver’s side)

When the system is triggered by impact of a frontal collision, the airbags in the steering wheel and passenger side of the dash board are inflated, after which they deflate through vents in the back of the bags. The entire process takes less than 0.1 second – literally, faster than the blink- ing of an eye. These airbags are triggered only by moder- ate to severe frontal or near-frontal colli- sions. They will not be activated by minor front-end impacts, rear-end or side impacts, or by the car rolling over. Side airbags, see page 30.

SRS (airbag) system with belt pretensioners 1 Electronic control module and sensor 2 Belt pretensioners (for both front safety belts) 3 Steering wheel with integral airbag 4 Recess for airbag on passenger’s side 5 Sensor, side airbag 6 Side airbag



(cid:127) Never rest your hands or forearms on

the steering-wheel center padding.

(cid:127) If the AIR BAG warning light remains on after the car has been started or comes on while you are driving, have the car checked immediately by an authorized Saab dealer. The warning light could signify that the airbags may not inflate in a crash, or they could even inflate without a crash.

Operation of the airbag in a front-end collision.

Moment of impact.

Sensor detects retardation and sends a signal via the control module to a gas generator that inflates the airbag.

The inflating airbag cushions the driver.

Airbag now fully inflated.

The airbag starts to deflate.


(cid:127) Even if the car is equipped with an

SRS (airbag), safety belts must still always be worn by all occupants.

(cid:127) Note that because an airbag inflates and deflates extremely rapidly, it will not provide protection against a second impact occurring in the same incident. Always use your safety belt.

(cid:127) Always sit with the whole of your back in contact with the backrest of the seat, and with your seat as far back as is practical. This is to reduce the risk of injury from contact with the backrest of the seat when the airbag inflates and also because the airbag needs space in which to inflate.

(cid:127) Never attach anything to the steering wheel or passenger side of the instru- ment panel, as this could result in injury if the airbag should inflate. The same applies to anything you might have in your mouth, such as a pipe, for instance.

(cid:127) Some components of the airbag will

be hot for a short time. In some circum- stances the airbag can cause burns or abrasions to the body when the airbag inflates/deflates.



Front passenger seat


Never secure a rear-facing child seat in the right front seat of a car equipped with a passenger airbag. Inflation of the airbag in the event of an accident could seriously injure or kill a child.

The airbags are interconnected and have a common warning light, AIR BAG. The pas- senger airbag module is housed in the fascia above the glove compartment and is marked ”SRS AIR BAG”. Both airbags will be inflated in the event of a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal collision, even if the passenger seat is unoc- cupied.


(cid:127) Children 12 and under can be killed by

the airbag.

(cid:127) The back seat is the safest place for


(cid:127) Never allow a child to stand in front of

the seat or to sit on the lap of a front-seat passenger. Serious injury or death could result if the airbag is inflated in a collision.

(cid:127) The glove compartment must be closed while travelling. An open glove-compartment door could cause leg injuries in the event of a collision.

(cid:127) Never place anything on the dash or in front of the seat as, in addition to being a hazard to passengers, this could interfere with the function of the airbag in the event of an accident. The same applies to the mounting of accessories on the dash.

(cid:127) Keep feet on the floor - never put feet up on the dash, on the seat or out of the window.

(cid:127) Do not carry anything in your lap.

Side airbag


(cid:127) This car is equipped with side airbags and no extra interior trim should be fit- ted. Failure to observe this warning could result in the side airbags not inflating as intended and thus not pro- viding the intended protection either.

(cid:127) Never place any object in the area that would be occupied by the inflated air- bag.

(cid:127) For optimum protection, sit upright in

the seat, with your safety belt correctly fastened.

(cid:127) The sensors for the side airbags are

fitted in the front doors.

Side airbags are housed inside the back- rests of the front seats and are designed to protect the driver and front passenger in the event of a side impact. In a side impact, only the airbag on that side will be activated, and only then if certain pre- determined conditions are met such as the force and angle of the impact, the speed of the car on impact, and at which point on the car’s side the impact occurs. The sensors, which are fitted in the front doors, sense the rise in pressure caused by the door panel being pressed in during an impact condition. The side airbag trigger will be commanded based on the characteris- tics of this pressure rise.



Side airbag, components 1 Side airbags (SRS) 2 Sensor 3 Moisture barrier 4 Text on

(cid:127) We advise against doing any work on the doors that could affect the mois- ture barrier in the door or the airbag sensors. It is essential that the mois- ture barrier (thick plastic film) in the front door is not damaged in any way.

(cid:127) Improvement of the anticorrosion

treatment of the doors should only be carried out by an authorized Saab dealer. Otherwise there is a risk that the side impact sensor and the mois- ture barrier in the door could be dam- aged.

(cid:127) The side airbags will inflate only in the event of a side impact; not in the event of a front or rear-end collision or of the car’s rolling over.

(cid:127) Wear and damage to the seat cover, or the seat seam, in the area of the side airbag must immediately be repaired by an authorized Saab dealer.

(cid:127) Do not modify the speaker installation in the front doors or install speakers other than those specifically approved by Saab.

SRS servicing The SRS must be inspected as part of the normal service program but otherwise may be regarded as maintenance-free.



AIR BAG warning light


(cid:127) If the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle, it means the airbag system may not be working properly.

(cid:127) The airbags in your vehicle may not inflate in a crash, or they could even inflate without a crash.

(cid:127) To help avoid injury to yourself or

others, have your vehicle serviced right away if the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle.

Scrapping or working on airbag and belt pretensioners


(cid:127) Under no circumstances should any

modifications be made that affect the steering wheel or the airbag’s electri- cal circuitry.

(cid:127) Before starting any welding work on the car, always disconnect the nega- tive (–) battery lead and cover the con- ductor.

(cid:127) Airbags and belt pretensioners must be deployed under controlled condi- tions before the car is scrapped or any of the system’s components are removed. Airbags or belt pretension- ers that have been deployed as a result of an accident must be replaced by new ones.

(cid:127) Airbag-system components must

never be transferred for use in another vehicle.

(cid:127) All work involving the scrapping or

replacement of airbags or belt preten- sioners must only be carried out by knowledgeable personnel.

Frequently asked questions on func- tion of the airbag Do you still need to wear a safety belt if air- bags are fitted? Yes, always! The airbag merely supple- ments the car’s normal safety system. Moreover, the airbag will only be actuated in a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal collision, which means, of course, that it pro- vides no protection in minor frontal colli- sions, major rear-end or side-on collisions or if the car rolls over. The safety belts help reduce the chance of the car occupants from being thrown around and injured inside the car. But they also ensure that, if a collision occurs in which the airbags are inflated, the airbag will make the optimum contact with the occupant, i.e. square on from the front. If the occupant meets the airbag in an offset position, the protection afforded will be reduced. In addition, airbags provide no protection against a secondary impact occurring in the same incident. So there is no doubt about the benefit of wearing safety belts at all times. Do not sit too close to the airbag: it needs room to inflate. The airbag inflates very quickly and power- fully in order to protect an adult person in a serious frontal collision.

How do I position the seat to leave room for the airbag to inflate? Don’t have your seat too far forward. Recline the seat back to increase the dis- tance between you and the airbag. For short drivers, special accessory pedal extensions are available through your Saab dealer. Airbags inflate extremely rapidly and with great force - to be fast enough to protect an adult in the seat.

When do the airbags in the steering wheel and passenger side of the dash board inflate? The airbag will only be inflated under certain predetermined conditions in a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal collision, depending on such factors as the force and angle of the impact, the speed of the car on impact, and the resistance to deformation of the impacting object. The airbag can only be activated once in the same incident. Do not attempt to drive the car after an airbag has been inflated, even if it is possi- ble.



What won’t trigger the airbag? The airbag will not be activated in all front-end collisions. For instance, if the car has hit something relatively soft and yielding (e.g. a snow drift or a hedge) or a solid object at a low impact speed, the airbag will not necessarily be triggered.

How loud is the inflation? The noise of the inflation is certainly loud, but it is very short-lived and will not damage your hearing. For a short time afterwards you could experience a buzzing noise in your ears. Most people who have experienced it cannot remember the noise of the inflation at all - all they remember is the noise of the crash.

Can you still use a child seat in the front if a passenger airbag is installed? Definitely not! Children 12 and under can be injured or killed by the airbag. The BACK SEAT is the SAFEST place for children. NEVER put a child seat in the front.

What should I do if the AIR-BAG warning light comes on? If the warning light is on, it means that a fault has been detected in the system. The airbag cannot be relied on to operate as intended and it might even be activated erroneously. You should therefore take the car to an authorized Saab dealer as soon as possible.



Are the smoke and fumes given off when the airbag operates at all harmful? Most people who have remained in a car with little or no ventilation for several min- utes complained only of minor irritation of the throat and eyes. Avoid as much as pos- sible getting dust on your skin as there is a risk of skin irritation. If this trouble persists, you should consult a doctor. If you suffer from asthma, the incident may bring on an attack, in which case you should follow the normal procedure advised by your doctor. It is advisable to consult a doctor afterwards.


When an airbag is inflated there is dust in the air. Because the dust/smoke can, in certain cases, cause irritation to the skin, the fol- lowing precautions should be taken: (cid:127) As soon as possible, wash any

exposed skin using a mild soap and water.

(cid:127) If there is irritation of the eyes, flush them liberally with clean water for at least 20 minutes.



Security Doors................................. Central locking ................. Car alarm ..........................

36 36 41



Door handle

Doors Opening handle Open the door by lifting the opening handle from below. If the door is stuck (e.g. if frozen), hold the handle from above to secure a better grip.

Central locking


Leaving children or pets unattended in a locked car is dangerous. It is also danger- ous to leave children in a vehicle with the ignition key. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. Key The key unit consists of a mechanical key with integrated remote control. The mechanical key is used for manual locking and unlocking. The remote control is used for remote lock- ing and unlocking. The key fits all the car’s locks The key supplied with the car has a code number on a black plastic tag that needs to be quoted for ordering additional keys. You should therefore make a careful note of the number. The key contains a unique electronic code for your car. When the key is inserted in the ignition, the code is checked. If it matches, the car can be started.

Remote control 1 To lock 2 To unlock 3 To unlock trunk lid

To open trunk lid (Convertible)

Two keys are supplied with the car. It is pos- sible to have up to four at one time that are coded for your car. If one is lost, contact your authorized Saab dealer to obtain a replacement. If an additional key is to be added, all of the original keys must be brought to the dealer so that the control module can ‘’learn” to recognize the new components. NOTE: For this reason, we strongly advise you to take two keys with you on long jour- neys and to keep them separate. If all keys are lost, it will be necessary to replace costly electronic components as well as the keys and remotes. This loss and replacement cost is not covered by the new car warranty.

Locking/unlocking the car When the car is locked and unlocked with the key, the theft alarm is also affected. Remote locking (1)

once on the control: all doors

Press lock. The hazard warning lights will flash once to confirm. The trunk lid cannot be opened now from inside using the switch on the driver’s door.

Remote unlocking (2)

Press once on the control: driver´s door is unlocked. Press a second time to unlock the rest of the doors. The hazard warning lights will flash twice to confirm.


The key contains delicate electronics. (cid:127) Do not expose it to water. (cid:127) Avoid rough handling. (cid:127) Do not place the key where it may be subjected to high temperatures, e.g. on the fascia.

(cid:127) The key may malfunction if it becomes very cold. Warm it in your hands for a couple of minutes.

(cid:127) Never open the key except to change the battery. For changing the battery, see page 39.

To check the number of keys that are pro- grammed for the car; see page 45. Electronic starting interlock (immobilizer) Each time the key is removed from the igni- tion, the electronic starting interlock is acti- vated and the car is thus immobilized, see also page 42. Reprogramming lock system functions Certain lock system functions can be repro- grammed by your authorized Saab dealer; see page 255.



Locking / unlocking by remote control 1 To lock 2 To unlock


The remote control also works from inside the car. Therefore, hold the key in such a way that the buttons are not unintention- ally pressed when the key is turned, or inserted or removed from the ignition switch. Otherwise, the doors may be unintention- ally locked or the tailgate unlocked. On Convertible models, the trunk may even be opened.



Central locking 1 To lock 2 To unlock

Locking by key (1) Turn the key clockwise: all doors and trunk lid locked. The trunk lid cannot be opened now from inside using the switch on the driver’s door.

Unlocking by key (2) Turn the key counterclockwise once: the driver´s door unlocked. Turn the key counterclockwise twice: all doors, but not trunk lid, unlocked.

Switch for operation of central locking

The central locking can also be operated from inside the car by means of the switch on the center console (except on Convertibles). (cid:127) To lock all doors: press the symbol side of

the switch once.

(cid:127) To unlock the driver´s door: press the

switch once.

(cid:127) To unlock all doors: press the switch


This switch is inoperative when the car is locked from the outside.

The interior locking buttons on each door affect only the respective door on sedan. The driver´s door lock button will lock/unlock both on the Convertible. If the car is left with the doors open, the inte- rior lighting will be switched off automati- cally after 20 minutes, to prevent a dead battery.


Having the doors locked when you are driving will reduce the likelihood of: (cid:127) Children, in particular, opening doors

and falling out of the car.

(cid:127) Intruders entering the car when it is

moving slowly or at a standstill.

(cid:127) Injury resulting from a door bursting

open in the event of an accident.

However, you must also remember that locked doors can hamper rescuers in the event of an accident.

inside of the battery cover. Avoid putting fin- gerprints on the flat sides of the battery. Dispose of the old battery properly when you buy a new one. These batteries contain substances that are environmentally hazardous.


Keep the battery and small parts of the key out of the reach of children.

Changing the key battery Open the battery cover using a thin round tool (1.5 mm or less) pressed inwards and down- wards.

Changing the key battery When the battery voltage in the key falls below a predetermined level the SID will issue the following message: REPLACE KEY BATTERY. Press the CLEAR button on the SID to acknowledge this message. You must then replace the battery without delay to avoid malfunctions. The life of the battery is normally 4 years. After changing the battery you must press the unlocking button of the key four times (or until the door locks cycle) while the car is within the range of the key in order for the control module to recognize the remote. Battery type: Panasonic CR 1632, 3V lith- ium. The battery type is stamped on the



Child safety lock catch 1 Engaged 2 Disengaged

Child safety locks The rear doors have child safety locks that are activated by a button next to the door latch on the end of the rear doors. Shift the button up or down according to the label on the door in question. When the child safety lock is in the locked position, the door cannot be opened from the inside, but can be opened from the out- side.



To unlock The trunk is unlocked using:

(cid:127) The