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Owner’s Manual Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan M2003

Safety Security Instruments and controls Interior equipment

Starting and driving 121
Car care 171
Maintenance and owner assistance 229
Technical data 235
Index 251

© Saab Automobile AB 2002
Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden Printed in Sweden



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


NOTICE 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 questions concerning your car, its equipment, the warranty conditions, etc., your Saab dealer will be pleased to help, or you may call the Saab Customer Assistance Center in the U.S. at 1-800-955- 9007 or email them at saab- [email protected]. In Canada, please contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-263-1999.

Enjoy the road ahead! 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.

Introduction This manual provides practical guidance on driving and caring for your Saab. The Saab 9-3 will be available with the fol- lowing engine variants: (cid:127) 2.0t 175 hp (cid:127) 2.0 Turbo 210 hp Although this manual describes the most important differences between model vari- ants, it does not specify the equipment or features included on individual models. Importation and distribution of Saab auto- mobiles, spare parts and accessories are handled exclusively by Saab Cars, Inc. in the United States and by General Motors of Canada Limited in Canada.

We recommend that you read through the manual before taking the car out for the first time and keep it in the car for future refer- ence. To find a specific item, use the overviews given on page 3–6. A list of content is given at the beginning of each section of the man- ual, and there is also a comprehensive index at the back of the book. Supplied with the car is a Warranties and Service Record booklet which contains important warranty information and speci- fies the regular maintenance to be carried out. Also included is a Quick Reference Guide, an Infotainment System manual, tire warranties and (U.S. customers), a dealer directory with Roadside Assistance Pro- gram information.

Instrument panel

Direction indicators _______ 75
High/low beam control stalk 72
Cruise Control ___________ 140

Rear fog light____________ 74
Front fog lights___________ 74
High/low beam __________ 72
Changing bulbs __________ 188
Headlight levelling ________ 73
Parking lights____________ 72

Fuel gauge __________________ Speedometer ________________ Turbo gauge _________________ Temperature gauge____________ Warning and indicator lights _____ Tachometer __________________ Odometer and trip meter ________


Saab Information display (SID) ___ Profiler ______________________ Clock _______________________


Replacing wiper blades ___ 186
Washers and wipers______ 76
Washer fluid ____________ 186

Automatic climate control __ Manual climate control ____ 79
Car care and maintenance _ 224
Seat heating ____________ 83
Seat heating, ACC _______ Hazard warning lights_____ 75

Ashtray _____________________ 108
Cigarette lighter _______________ 108


Body __________________ 219
Touching up paintwork ____ 219
Anti-corrosion treatment ___ 220
Service program _________ 230
Sunroof ________________ 102
Washing _______________ 218
Waxing and polishing _____ 219

Taillights _______________ 194
Brake lights _____________ 194
Changing bulbs __________ 188
Light switches ___________ 72

Trunk __________________ 116
Lighting ________________ 194
Folding down the rear seat _ 116
Load-through hatch_______ 117
Spare wheel ____________ 119
Tools __________________ 119

Towing_________________ 164
Towing hook eyes ________ 164
Towing a trailer __________ 157

Maximum loads _______________ 236
Mounting holes for roof carriers ___ 161
Roof load ____________________ 161

Hood _______________________ 172
Washing the engine bay_________ 218

Front lights _____________ 190
Direction indicators_______ 75
Changing bulbs _________ 188
Headlight levelling (Bi- 73
Xenon) _______________ 72
Dipswitch ______________ Headlight switches _______ 72
Headlight washers _______ 186

Trunk lock ______________ Central locking __________ Lock buttons____________ Child safety locks ________


Fuel grade _____________ 240
Fuel gauge _____________ 61
Economical motoring _____ 153
Fuel filler door __________ 128
Refueling ______________ 128

Braking _____________________ 141
Tires _______________________ 206
Tire pressure ________________ 245
Tire pressure monitor __________ 207
Wheels _____________________ 243
Changing wheels______________ 214
Spare wheel _________________ 212
Winter driving ________________ 155


Interior rearview mirror _________ 111
Vanity mirror _________________ 106
Door mirrors__________________ 110

Interior lighting: changing bulbs ___ 197
Interior light switches ___________ 105
Sunroof _____________________ 102

Airbag _________________ 26
Steering wheel adjustment _ 98
Steering _______________ 242

Fuses _________________ 199

Electric windows _________ 99

Rear seat _________________ 21
Child seats ________________ 11
Safety belts ________________ 116
Folding down the rear seat ____ 217
Upholstery care ____________ Seat adjustment ____________ 16
Seat heating _______________ 83, 92

Break-In Period _______________ 132
Driving in hot/cold climates ______ 155
Parking _____________________ 148
Starting the engine ____________ 123
Ignition switch ________________ 122
Parking brake_________________ 148
Ashtray and cigarette lighter _____ 108

Airbag_________________ 21
Child seats _____________ Safety belts ____________ 11
Safety belt care _________ 217
Child safety locks ________

Glove compartment ______ 109
Storage compartments____ 109

Automatic transmission ___ 134
Manual transmission _____ 133
Changing gears _________ 133

Engine bay

Vehicle identification number 246
Color code______________ 246
Engine number __________ 246
Warning labels __________ Gearbox number _________ 246

Exhaust emission control __ 126
Drive belt_______________ 185
Simple troubleshooting (A/C, ACC) _____________ 224
Alternator ______________ 185
Turbo gauge ____________ 61
Spark plugs _____________ 240
Ignition system __________ 240

Engine oil: checking level __ 176

Engine: description ____________ 173
Changing engine oil____________ 177
Engine oil: checking level/topping up ______________ 176
Oil grade and viscosity__________ 238
Engine: technical data __________ 238
Important considerations for driving 125

Coolant: checking/topping-up ____ 179
Driving in hot climates __________ 156
Radiator_____________________ 238
Temperature gauge ____________ 60

ABS brakes_____________ 141
Brake pads _____________ 180
Brake system ___________ 242
Brake fluid______________ 180

Changing a fuse _________ 199
Fuses _________________ 199
Relays ________________ 203
Fuse table _____________ 203

Wash/wipe stalk switch____ 76
Topping-up fluid _________ 186
Washer jets ____________ 187
Washer fluid ____________ 186

Automatic transmission _________ 134
Manual transmission ___________ 133
Gearbox: technical data_________ 241

Power steering________________ 181
Fluid: checking/topping up _______ 181

Battery ______________________ 182
Battery charge ________________ 182
Jump starting _________________ 168

Warning labels

A/C system: Refrigerant at high pressure. Do not loosen or remove the A/C system fittings before discharging the A/C system. Improper service methods may cause personal injury. System to be serviced by qualified personnel only. For instructions consult dealer man- ual. The A/C system complies with SAE J639. Charge: 680 g R134a. Compressor oil: 150 cc PAG oil SP-10 alt. Saab oil 4759106 SP-10.





700 CCA (SAE)


700 CCA (SAE)

(cid:127) No sparks, flames or smoking.

(cid:127) Shield eyes, explosive gases can cause blindness or injury.

(cid:127) Sulfuric acid can cause blindness or severe


(cid:127) Flush eyes immediatly with water

Get medical help fast.

(cid:127) Do not tip battery. Do not open battery


12V/700A/125min(SAE) 12V/700A/70Ah (EN)

(cid:127) Éviter les étincelles et les flammes. Ne pas fumer.

(cid:127) Rincer immédiatement les yeux avec de

l'oau Consulter un médecin rapidement.

(cid:127) Protéger les yeux car les gaz explosife peuvent causer la cécité ou des blessures.

(cid:127) Ne pas pencher ni ouvrir la batterie.

(cid:127) L'acide sulfurique peut causer la cécité ou des

brûlures graves. 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)


Saab Automobile AB 53 53 085 Fabriquée par Tudor Espagne (Exide Technologies)


Battery: (cid:127) No sparks, flames or smoking (cid:127) Shield eyes, explosive gases can cause blindness or injury (cid:127) Sulphuric acid can cause blindness or severe burns (cid:127) Flush eyes immediately with water. Get medical help fast (cid:127) Do not tip battery. Do not open battery


Drive belt: Danger! Moving belt

Radiator fan: Radiator fan may start at any time.

Coolant: Never open when engine hot!





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 BELTS and CHILD RESTRAINTS

Jack (cid:127) Jack is designed only for changing a tire or mounting

(cid:127) Vehicle must be level and jack must be placed on firm

tire snow chains.

and level ground.

(cid:127) Never crawl underneath vehicle when it is jacked up. JACKING INSTRUCTION

1 Set parking brake and shift transmission to park. 2 Fit top of jack into jacking point next to wheel to be


3 Crank jack so that vehicle begins to lift. 4 Using socket wrench in tool kit, loosen wheel bolts

one-half turn.

5 Raise vehicle so that tire clears ground. Loosen

wheel bolts completely and remove wheel.

6 Mount spare wheel and tighten bolts enough so

wheel is not loose.

7 Lower vehicle. Tighten wheel bolts in a crisscross


Contact a Saab dealer if a xenon headlight requires replacement. This label is only found on cars with xenon headlights.

Long loads: Always secure load to prevent it from shifting during transport. An unsecured load could cause passenger injuries in braking situa- tions or in the event of a crash.

Changing wheels: Use on level ground only. Use vehicle support stands. Safe working load 1980 lbs. (900 kg).

Example of symbols that can be found in your car

Buckle up


Windshield wipers

Windshield washers

Coolant tem- perature

No charge to battery

Radiator fan


Direction indicators

Parking lights


Foot brake

Hazard warn- ing lights

Rear window heating

Front fog lights

Rear fog light

Cabin fan

Coolant level

Engine oil pressure

ABS brakes

No sparks, flames or smoking

Refer to the Owner’s Manual

Shield eyes

Keep out of reach of children

Battery acid contains sul- phuric acid


Never place a rear-facing child seat in this seat

Electric windows

Deactivating of rear window switches

Risk of explosive gas

Central locking, lock

Central locking, unlock

Trunk lid, opening




Safety belts ___________ Seats ________________ Head restraints ________ Child safety ___________ Airbag________________


Safety belts


(cid:127) Buckle up and adjust your safety belt before driving off so that you can pay full attention to the traffic.

(cid:127) Safety belts must be worn at all times

by all occupants.

(cid:127) Child safety, see page 21. (cid:127) Check that the locking tongue is prop-

erly locked in the belt lock.

(cid:127) In the event of a crash, a rear-seat

passengers not wearing a safetybelt will be thrown forward against the front-seat backrests. The stresses imposed on the front seat passengers and belts are multiplied and can result in needless injury or even death for all car occupants.

Three-point inertia-reel safety belts are provided for all seats. The results of studies show that it is equally important to wear safety belts in the rear seat as in the front seats. Safety belt reminder When the ignition is switched on, the safety belt reminder in the main instrument panel will come on if the driver has not buckled up. In addition an audible signal sounds for 4– 8 seconds, or until the driver fastens his belt. The front seat passenger is reminded to buckle up by the Saab Information Display (SID).

Use your seatbelt.



Driver seat safety belt reminder



Correct position for safety belt

Consider this:

Correct seating position


Proper positioning of the safety belt is extremely important. (cid:127) An out of position safety belt can result in the wearer sliding underneath the belt in a crash (submarining) and injury can result from the lap portion cutting into the abdomen.

(cid:127) Never fasten the safety belt with the shoulder belt behind the body or pull the belt off the shoulder and under the arm.

(cid:127) Two people must never share one safety belt. In the event of a crash those sharing a belt risk being crushed together and injured.

(cid:127) Position the lap strap snugly and low

across the hips so that it just touches the thighs. The shoulder strap must be as far in on the shoulder as possible.

(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. It is advisable to remove thick items of clothing.

(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! (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 crash 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.



To fasten the belt

Press the red button to release the belt

The belt guide on door pillar

Front safety belts Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and insert- ing the tongue in the buckle. Check that it is securely fastened. Position the lap part low across the hips. 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. The front safety belts have their lower anchorage points on the seats. The safety belts follow the seats when the legroom is adjusted. Refer to page 217 for how to check the func- tion of the safety belts, cleaning, etc.

Belt height adjustment The belt guide on the door pillar for the front safety belts can be set at different heights. Adjust the belt so that it is as high up as pos- sible without rubbing against the neck. To avoid chafing 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, depress the catch release button while lowering the guide. Check that the guide locks in its new position.



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.

Safety belt pretensioners


If the car is involved in a crash, the safety belts, belt pretensioners and other components must be inspected by an authorized Saab dealer and replaced as necessary. Never make any alterations or repairs to the safety belt yourself. Visit an autho- rized Saab dealer for any necessary repairs.

The belts of the front seats are fitted with automatic pretensioners and force limiters. The pretensioners are activated in the event of a violent frontal or side-on crash. The pretensioners are only activated if the safety belt in question is in use. The safety belt pretensioners are not acti- vated if the car rolls over. The safety belt pretensioners serve to reduce the forward movement of the body by tensioning the belt. The force limiters reduce belt loads on the body by "slacken- ing" the safety belt slightly to absorb the body’s kinetic energy as gradually as possi- ble.




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

become trapped when the backrest is folded down or raised (see page 116).

(cid:127) If a cargo has to be placed on a seat, it must be properly secured with the safety belt. This reduces the risk of the cargo being thrown about during hard braking or a crash, which could cause personal injury.

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

lying against sharp edges.

(cid:127) Make sure you use the correct safety belt buckle. The buckles for the center and left-hand rear seats are close together.

See page 217 for the checking of belt func- tion, cleaning, etc.

Rear safety belts

Securing an item on the rear seat

Safety belts, rear seat The three rear seats all have three-point safety belts with inertia reels. 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 buckle to release the belt.




Never adjust the driver’s seat except when the car is stationary.

Manually adjusted front seats The following seat adjustments can be made to achieve a comfortable driving position: (cid:127) Height (driver’s seat) (cid:127) Legroom (cid:127) Backrest rake angle (cid:127) Lumbar support (driver’s seat) (cid:127) Head-restraint height We recommend that adjustments to the driver’s seat be performed in the following order: 1 Height 2 Legroom 3 Backrest rake angle 4 Head restraint height Lastly, adjust the position of the steering wheel (see page 98). Electrically adjustable front seats See page 18. Electric heating, front seats (option) See pages 83 and 92.

Height adjustment, driver’s seat Lift the lever to raise the seat. The lever is spring-loaded to return to its neutral posi- tion. Repeated lifting of the lever will increase the height in steps. Press down the lever to lower the seat. Repeated downward presses of the lever will lower the seat in steps.

Legroom adjustment Lift the lever under the front of the seat and slide the seat to the desired position.


Check that the seat is locked in the new position. If not, it may move while the car is being driven and it could result in injury to the occupant in the event of a crash.

Backrest rake angle


The backrest should be upright during driving, so that the safety belt, airbag and backrest can provide optimum protection in the event of emergency braking or a crash, in particular a rear-end collision.

To find the most comfortable position, turn the knob to provide stepless adjustment of the backrest.



Adjusting the backrest

Lumbar support Adjust the firmness of the lumbar support by turning the knob.



Electrically adjustable front seats (option)


(cid:127) The seats are actuated by powerful

motors. Bear this in mind when adjust- ing the seat, and make sure that noth- ing gets caught and damaged. Ensure that nothing can be trapped behind the seat when adjusting it.

(cid:127) Bear in mind that children can be

injured if they play with the electrically- operated seats.

(cid:127) Always remove the remote control when you leave the car to prevent personal injury caused by the electri- cally adjustable seats, for example, due to children playing.

With the doors closed the seats can only be adjusted when the ignition is ON. However, there are two exceptions: (cid:127) To facilitate getting into the car, both seats can be adjusted when either of the front doors is open.

(cid:127) The seats can be adjusted up to

20 seconds after both doors have been closed (applicable only to cars without window and sunroof pinch protection).

Height adjustment and seat angle Adjust the height of the seat with the rear section of the front lever. Adjust the angle of the seat with the front section of the front lever.

Legroom adjustment Adjust the legroom with the front lever.



Lumbar support, driver’s seat Adjust the firmness of the lumbar support by turning the knob.

Backrest rake angle


The backrest should be upright during driving, so that the safety belt, airbag and backrest can provide optimum protection in the event of emergency braking or a crash, in particular a rear-end collision.

Adjust the rake angle of the backrest with the rear lever.

Memory function (option) The legroom of the driver’s seat with memory can always be adjusted, irrespec- tive of whether or not one of the front doors is open. Nor does the position of the ignition switch make any difference. If the ignition is ON, all adjustments can be made. When a front door is open, all seat settings can be adjusted for up to 20 minutes. The memory also includes the door mirror settings. Storing and restoring settings 1 Adjust the seat and the door mirrors. The lumbar support is not included by the memory function.

2 Press and hold the M-button and then press one of the preselect buttons (1, 2 or 3). A chime will sound to confirm that the settings have been saved.



To recall programmed settings, press and hold the desired memory button while the seat and door mirrors adopt their programmed positions. The memory func- tion also includes the door mirror settings. To facilitate reversing, the passenger-side door mirror can be angled down, refer to page 110.

Head restraints


(cid:127) Adjust the head restraint so that the head is optimally supported and the center of the head restraint is at ear height, thus reducing the likelihood of neck injury in a crash.

(cid:127) Raise the head restraints in the seats

that are occupied.

The front seats are equipped with Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHRs). These reduce the risk of neck injury if the car is hit from behind. In the event of a rear-end crash, the body is forced back against the backrest. This, in turn, causes the mechanism to press the head restraint forward and upward, thus 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.

Therefore, the SAHR does not normally need to be replaced or repaired after a rear- end crash. The front and rear head restraints can be raised and lowered to a number of positions. (cid:127) Raising: grasp the head restraint on both

sides and pull it straight up.

(cid:127) Lowering: Press the head restraint

forward and downward.

The rear head restraints can be lowered fully to improve rearward vision when the rear seats are unoccupied.

Child safety


(cid:127) Children must always be suitably

restrained in the car.

(cid:127) DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur (cid:127)Children 12 and under or shorter than 55 inches

(140 cm) can be killed by the airbag

(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


(cid:127) ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and



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



(cid:127) Never leave your children unattended

in a car, even for a short time.

– Children can suffer heat stroke,

perhaps die, in a matter of minutes.

– Children can put the car into gear and

hurt themselves or others.

(cid:127) At gas stations, take the remote

control 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 back-

ing your motor vehicle out of a garage or driveway.


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

around cars.

(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 chil- dren´s sight and reach.

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

(cid:127) To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning,

never let a car idle in the garage. (cid:127) Supervise young children around

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



The same attention must be given to child safety in the car as is given to adults. Saab recommends rearward facing restraints for children 3 and under. Children travel most safely when properly restrained, but restraints must be suitable for the size of the child. 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 restraint instructions. When fitting child restraints in cars you must always read the instructions sup- plied by the child restraint manufacturer.

symbol. The lower anchorages are located where the seat cushion and seat back come together. There is a label above the inner lower anchorage, see picture above. Label consists of a symbol of a child restrained in a seat inside a circle. Saab recommends rearward facing restraints for children 3 and under. If you have any questions regarding LATCH please contact your Saab dealer.

Lower anchorages (ISOFIX) in the rear seat

LATCH LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers for CHildren) is a US/Canadian safety stan- dard for a uniform method of fitting child restraints without using the standard safety belts. Only certain child restraints are equipped to utilize the LATCH system. The LATCH system is installed in the car to facilitate proper fitting of child restraints designed for and equipped with LATCH attachments. The LATCH system consists of top tether and lower anchorages (also called ISOFIX). In this vehicle, LATCH is installed at the two outboard seating positions in the rear seat, and there is a top tether on the rear center position. The top tethers are located on top of the parcel shelf, see page 24. They are covered by a lid with a child seat anchor

LATCH child seat installation Before starting the installation, please read through this instruction, and the child seat installation instruction. 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.

3 Press the child restraint down on the

seat, 1 in illustration.

4 Press the child restraint rearward, lining

up the inner restraint attachment arm with the label, 2 in illustration.

5 Connect the restraint attachment arms

to the anchorages 3 in illustration.

6 Follow the child restraint instructions to

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

7 Attach the top tether strap to the in-car anchorage and tighten according to the restraint instructions

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.

Only use the belt supplied with the child restraint. For the top tether, only use the strap sup- plied with the child restraint. The availability of LATCH child restraints is limited. When fitting child restraints in cars you must always read the instructions sup- plied by the child restraint manufacturer.



Rigid 2-point lower anchorage with top tether

Semi-rigid 2-point lower anchorage with top tether



Child tether anchorages for forward facing child seats


Child top tether anchorages are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult safety belts.

Child restraints with a tether strap must be attached according to Canadian and U.S. safety standards.

7 Tighten the tether so that the back of the

child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest.

8 Pull the child restraint to make a second

check that the restraint is securely attached at both the lower anchorages bars on the safety belts and the top tether strap.

Child tether anchorages in parcel shelf

The car is provided with three top tether anchorages. Use the one that is right behind the child restraint and attach the restraint as follows: 1 Open the cover that is right behind the

child restraint, 1 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.

4 Lower the headrest and route the tether

over it.

5 Attach the tether to the anchorage, 2 in


6 Close the cover to the middle position, 3

in illustration.



The safety belt locking function will be deac- tivated when the safety belt is retracted. 1 Disengage the safety belt latch from the


2 Disengage the safety belt from the child restraint, accordning to the instructions from the child restraint manufacturer.

3 Let the safety belt retract until the click-

ing sound ceases.

Installation of child restraint using the standard safety belt


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.

Child restraints that are approved for rear- ward facing installation in the rear seat can be positioned in any of the three rear places. 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 restraint manufacturer. Saab recommends rearward facing restraints for children 3 and under.

If fitting a child restraint that is intended to be secured in position by the standard safety belt, make use of the locking function of the belt. Locking the belt lessens the risk that the seat will work loose while the car is in motion. 1 Position the child restraint in the back


2 Route the belt in the restraint according

to the installation instruction of the restraint.

3 Pull out the belt completely until it stops. Then let the belt slowly pull in the slack. Clicking sound indicates that the lock function is in work.

4 Pull the shoulder belt tight to secure the

child restraint in position.

5 Check for correct locking function by pulling on the belt. The belt must not unreel.

If the force of the impact is small, the airbag needs only to inflate to Stage I to provide optimum protection. If the seat is positioned far forward (the person occupying the seat is fairly short), only Stage I is activated to prevent injury caused by the airbag being inflated with full force. If only Stage I is activated at the moment of impact, Stage II will be activated later. This occurs when the airbag is already fully inflated and thus does not affect the person occupying the seat. Stage II is activated here to render the gas generator harmless (its activation is not noticeable to the occu- pant).




To reduce risk of death or serious 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 operate the pedals and reach the steering wheel and controls comfortably.

(cid:127) Passengers 12 and under or shorter

than 55 inches (140 cm) must always travel in the rear seat as the car is fitted with a passenger airbag.

(cid:127) Never fit a child seat in front of the

passenger airbag.

Airbag system components (cid:127) Airbag in steering wheel (cid:127) Airbag in instrument panel in front of

passenger seat

(cid:127) Side airbags in front seat backrests

Inflatable curtains along length of headlin- ing (from front to rear roof pillars)

(cid:127) Safety belt pretensioners for front seats. The airbag system supplements the protec- tion provided by the safety belts to further enhance the safety of occupants taller than 55 in. (140 cm). When the system is activated at the moment of impact, the airbag inflates and then deflates through holes in the back. The whole operation takes roughly 0.1 second, quicker than the blink of an eye. The steering wheel and passenger airbags are so-called smart airbags. The driver and passenger airbag system compensates for safety belt usage, the force of the crash and the position of the seats at the moment of impact. (cid:127) Stage I is activated if the force of the

impact is low or if the seat is close to the steering wheel or fascia.

(cid:127) Stage II is activated in all other cases. Note: The sensor reacts differently depending on whether or not the front safety belts on the driver’s and passenger sides are used. Sit- uations can therefore arise where only one of the airbags inflates.

(cid:127) Safety


If the airbag system registers forces equiv- alent to a high-speed crash (airbags inflated to Stage II), the inflatable curtains will also be activated (see page 32). If the airbags are deployed, the positive terminal of the battery will be disconnected, See page 184. If a fault arises in the airbag system during a journey, the airbag warning lamp on the main instrument panel will come on and the Saab Information Display (SID) will display:

Airbag malfunction. Contact Saab dealer.

The car is equipped as standard with a passenger airbag.

Inflated airbag (driver’s side). Inflation and deflation of airbag takes approx. 0.1s

Both front airbags inflated

The driver and passenger front airbags are triggered by violent front-end crashs. They are not activated by minor front-end impacts, if the car overturns or by rear- and side-impacts.

There are two impact sensors on the front bumper, under the lacquered shell. Very soon after the moment of impact, these register that the car is involved in a crash. Using this information and data from the central sensor in the control module, the control module determines whether or not to inflate the airbags. The control module also controls whether other components of the airbag system are to be deployed: safety belt pretensioners, side airbags and inflat- able curtains. Which airbag system components are deployed depends on a number of factors, such as the force of the crash and the angle of impact.



Airbag system 1 Steering wheel with integral airbag 2 Side airbag 3 Sensor, side airbags and inflatable curtains 4 Sensor, side airbags and inflatable curtains 5 Electronic control module and central sensor 6 Sensor, side airbags and inflatable curtains 7 Side airbag 8 Sensor, side airbags and inflatable curtains 9 Inflatable curtain 10 Passenger airbag 11 Inflatable curtain 12 Sensors in front bumper

Accessories and other equipment must not be fitted to the surfaces marked as these are where the airbags inflate in the event of a crash.


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

AIRBAGS, 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.Otherwise you will be thrown back against the backrest when the airbag inflates which could cause you injury or death. The airbag needs room 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 warm for a short time. In some circumstances the airbag can cause minor burns or abrasions to the body when the airbag inflates/deflates.

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

the steering-wheel center padding.



(cid:127) If the airbag warning light

remains on after the car has been started or comes on while you are driving, have the car checked immediately by an authorized Saab dealer. The warning light could signify that the airbags may not inflate in a crash, or they could even inflate without a crash. See page 57.

(cid:127) Fumes are generated by the chemical

reaction that inflates the airbag. Skin surfaces that show signs of irrita- tion should be washed with clean water and a mild soap as soon as possible. In the event of eye irritation, flush the eyes thoroughly with clean water for at least 20 minutes. In case of persistent irritation, consult a doctor.



Operation of the steering wheel airbag in a front-end crash

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 a crash could seriously injure or kill a child.

The system is the same as that used on the driver’s side. The airbag systems are interconnected and have a common warning light . The pas- senger airbag module is housed in the fascia above the glove compartment and is marked "AIRBAG". Both airbags will be inflated in the event of a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal crash, even if the passenger seat is unoccu- pied. The car is equipped as standard with a passenger airbag.

Moment of impact.

Sensors detect a decelleration and send a signal via the control module to a gas gen- erator that inflates the airbag.

The inflating airbag cushions the driver.

Airbag now fully inflated.

The airbag starts to deflate.


(cid:127) DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur (cid:127)Children 12 and under or shorter than 55 inches

(140 cm) can be killed by the airbag

(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


(cid:127) ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and


(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 crash.

(cid:127) The glove compartment must be

closed while travelling. An open glove compartment door could cause leg injuries in the event of a crash.

(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 a crash. The same applies to the mounting of accessories on the dash.



The side airbags, which protect the upper body, are integrated in the outside edges of the front seat backrests. The front seats have safety belt pretension- ers. There are two sensors on each side of the car, one at the rear of each door sill. The side-impact protection is only activated on the side of impact, while the safety belt pre- tensioners on both sides are deployed.

(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.

Head protection The pillar trim and headlining are designed to absorb energy, softening possible blows to the head. After a crash, these items must be changed in the seat positions that were occupied. Never fit accessories to the pillar trim or headlining as these could reduce the effectiveness of the head protection and inflatable curtain.

Side airbags


(cid:127) This car is equipped with side airbags

and no extra seat cover should be fitted. Failure to observe this warning could result in the side airbags not inflating as intended and thus not providing the intended protection either.

(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 side-impact protection will only be

activated in the event of a side-on crash or high-speed frontal crash (airbags inflated to Stage II), but not in the event of a rear-end crash or the car rolling over.

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



Inflated side airbag

The inflatable curtains, which protect the head, are concealed along the lengths of the headlining (all the way from front to rear roof pillars). The inflatable curtains inflate at the same time as the side airbags in the front seats in case of a side-on impact. The inflatable curtains reduce the risk of head injuries to the occupants of the car’s outer seats. The inflatable curtains deploys into the window area between the front and rear roof pillars. If the airbag system registers forces equiv- alent to a high-speed frontal crash (Stage II for the steering wheel and passenger airbags), the inflatable curtains will also be deployed.

Inflatable curtains


(cid:127) Do not sit with your head rested

against the side window. The inflat- able curtain is designed to inflate between the window and the head. Resting the head against the window could prevent the inflatable curtain from providing the intended protection.

(cid:127) Hang only light clothes from the hooks on the rear seat courtesy handles. The items of clothing must not contain heavy or sharp objects. Do not use wire coat hangers.

(cid:127) Do not position a sun visor or similar in

the area that would be filled by the inflatable curtain.

(cid:127) To reduce the risk of head injuries in the event of a crash, the roof pillars and headlining incorporate cushioning material. Do not attach anything to the car’s headlining, roof pillars or side panels as this could prevent the side- impact protection from providing the intended protection.

(cid:127) Do not stack loads so high that they

could encumber the inflatable curtain in the event of a crash.



Inflated inflatable curtain

Inflated inflatable curtain

Prohibited seating position

For optimal protection, do not sit too close to the door. Bear this in mind, for example, if someone is sleeping in the car. The inflat- able curtain comes down from the headlin- ing and covers a large portion of the side windows.

Servicing the airbag system The airbag system must be inspected as part of the normal service program but oth- erwise may be regarded as maintenance- free.



Airbag warning lamp


(cid:127) If the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle, it means the airbag system may not be working properly. See page 57.

(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.

Crash sensing Crash sensing and diagnostic modules have been used in automobiles since air- bags were first produced. The technical information gained from these modules can be useful to understanding the circum- stances that led to the airbag deployment. In addition, information from many field events can be used in the aggregate to help manu- facturers and others better understand real world crashes. This, in turn, can lead to improved automotive safety. Your vehicle is equipped with two electronic frontal sensors, which helps the sensing system distinguish between a moderate frontal impact and a more severe frontal impact. Your vehicle is also equipped with a crash sensing and diagnostic module, which records information about the frontal airbag system. The module records infor- mation about the readiness of the system, when the system commands airbag inflation and driver’s safety belt usage at deployment or in a near-deployment crash. The module also records speed, engine rpm, brake and throttle data etc.

Frequently asked questions on function of the airbag Do you still need to wear a safety belt if air- bags are fitted? Yes, always! The airbag system compo- nents merely supplement the car’s normal safety system. Moreover, the front airbags will only be actuated in a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal crash, which means, of course, that they provide no protection in minor frontal crashes, major rear- or side- crashes or if the car rolls over. The safety belts help to reduce the sideway movement of the body in a crash. But they also ensure that, if a crash 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 posi- tion, 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 , before they are thrown forward, in a serious frontal crash. 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.

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) During any welding, both battery cables must be disconnected and covered.

(cid:127) Before quick drying paint in the vicinity of the electronic control module, the module’s grounding points and wiring must be covered.

(cid:127) 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. Airbags or belt pretension- ers that have been deployed as a result of a crash 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 be carried out by autho- rized personnel only.



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 crash, 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 frontal crashes. For instance, if the car has hit something relatively soft and yielding (e.g. a snow drift or a hedge) or a solid object at a low impact speed, the airbag will not neces- sarily be triggered.

How loud is the inflation? The noise of the inflation is certainly loud, but it is of an very short duration and will not damage your hearing. For a short time after- wards 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 or shorter than55 inches (140 cn) can be killed by the airbag. The back seat is the safest place for chil- dren. 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.

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 dust 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 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.

Security 37

Doors ________________ Central locking ________ Car alarm _____________ Manually opening the

fuel filler door ________

38 38 46



Doors Open the door by lifting the door handle. The following message appears on the Saab Information Display (SID) if a door is not closed (text displayed first when vehicle speed exceeds 15 mph (25 km/h) and the door has still not been closed):

Close doors.

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.

Remote control The remote control and ignition key are inte- grated in one unit, and referred to in this manual as the remote control. The remote control contains a mechanical key, referred to in this manual as the tradi- tional key. This traditional key can be used in an emergency to lock or unlock the driver’s door from outside (see page 40). This key does not fit the ignition switch.

A key code number is supplied with your car. This number needs to be quoted for ordering a new traditional key (contained in the remote control). Therefore, keep this number in a safe place. The remote control contains an electronic code that is unique to your car. When the remote control is inserted into the ignition switch, this code is checked. If the code is incorrect, the car will not start. The car is supplied with two remote con- trols. It is possible to have up to five remote controls programmed for the car at any one time. If one is lost, a replacement should be obtained as soon as possible. Contact your Saab dealer. When a new key is pro- grammed into the car, the lost key will be deprogrammed automatically. Note: If a new remote control has to be ordered and programmed, at least one old one is required for the locking system’s electronic unit to recognize the new (ordered) remote control. Once the new remote control has been pro- grammed, the old unit that is lost will not work. Therefore you should carry two remote controls separately, especially on long journeys.


The remote control contains delicate electronics. (cid:127) Do not expose it to water. (cid:127) Avoid rough handling. (cid:127) Do not place the remote control where it may be subjected to high tempera- tures, e.g. on the instrument panel.

(cid:127) Warm the remote control in your

hands for a couple of minutes if it has become very cold to prevent malfunc- tion.

(cid:127) For details on changing the battery,

refer to page 44.



Remote control functions

Button Pressed once

Pressed twice

The other doors are unlocked and the trunk lid switch is enabled.

Locks all doors, fuel filler door and trunk lid. Unlocks driver´s door and fuel filler door.

Unlocks and slightly opens trunk lid. Checks number of remote con- trols, see page 43. Turns on exterior and cabin lighting *) (for 30 s) or turns off lighting and deactivates panic alarm.

Hold and press the button >2 s Comfort closing, see page 100. Comfort opening, see page 99.

Panic alarm (activates alarm manu- ally), see page 49.

*) parking lights, side direction indicators, tail lights and license plate lighting.

Remote control 1 Locks car 2 Unlocks car and turns on cabin lighting 3 Unlocks and opens trunk lid. 4 Turns on exterior and cabin lighting.

Activates panic function



Locking/unlocking the car

Remote unlocking


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. Never lock anyone in the car.

Remote locking and unlocking also control the car alarm. Remote locking

button once: all doors and

Press the the trunk lid locked. The hazard warning lights will flash once to confirm. The car will be locked automatically 3 minutes after it is unlocked unless a door or the trunk lid is opened.

button once: the driver´s

Pressing the door and the fuel filler door is unlocked. Press a second time to unlock the rest of the doors and enable the trunk lid switch. The hazard warning lights will flash twice to confirm. If a fault arises in the locking system, the Saab Information Display (SID) will display:

Lock system failure. Contact Saab dealer.

Saab Information Display (SID), see page 64. Intermittent malfunctioning Equipment in the vicinity of the car that uses the same frequency as the remote control may cause interference to the remote con- trol signal. In this case, retry from another angle and aim at the receiver located by the steering wheel.

Locking/unlocking the front left-hand door with the traditional key 1 Lock 2 Unlock

If remote unlocking should fail to work 1 Remove the traditional key from the

remote control by pressing the emblem on the reverse of the remote control. (This key only fits the front left-hand door.)

2 Carefully remove the cover plate from

the keyhole in the door.

3 Unlock the door with the key. The car alarm will be tripped. To silence the alarm, insert the remote control into the igni- tion switch.

Locking a car with dead battery The steering wheel lock requires sufficient battery voltage to lock and unlock. If the bat- tery voltage drops below a certain level while the remote control is in the ignition switch, you will not be able to remove the remote control. If you must leave the car, proceed as follows: 1 Lock the car by pressing down the lock

buttons on the doors.

2 Lock the front left door from outside with

the traditional key (see page 40). The car is now locked but the car alarm will remain inactive.

Opening button on driver’s door



Trunk lid Opening The trunk lid is unlock and slightly opened when the button on the remote control or driver’s door is pressed once. The hazard warning lights will flash three times to confirm. The movement sensor in the cabin will be disarmed. Closing The trunk lid is locked when closed. If the doors are locked when the trunk lid is closed it is armed and the movement sensor in the cabin will be armed.

matically after 20 minutes. This is to prevent the battery from running flat. Also, if the car has electrically adjustable seats, these will cease to operate. 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. 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. When the child safety lock is in the locked position, the door can only be opened from outside the car.


If small children are carried in the rear seat, the safety locks on the rear doors should be activated to prevent uninten- tional opening from the inside.

Child safety locks