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Owner’s Manual Saab 9-5, Model Year 2005
Saab 9-5 Audio System 83
Interior equipment and trunk 105
Starting and driving 131
Car care and technical information 181
Customer Assistance and Information 245
Specifications 251
Index 265

© Saab Automobile AB 2004
Service Readiness, Saab Automobile AB, Trollhättan, Sweden Printed in Sweden


Introduction This manual provides practical guidance on driving and caring for your Saab. The Saab 9-5 is available with the following engine variants: (cid:127) 2.3t 185 hp (Linear) (cid:127) 2.3T 220 hp (Arc) (cid:127) 2.3 Turbo 250 hp (Aero) Although this manual describes the most important differences between model vari- ants, it does not include precise specifica- tions of the different variants. Some diffe- rences 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 Warranty and Ser- vice 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.


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 or the like, your Saab dealer will be pleased to help.

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

Parking lights____________ 67
High/low beam __________ 67
Daytime running lights_____ Instrument illumination ____ 69
Changing bulbs __________ 197
Rear fog light____________ 68

Turn signal and lane change 69
indicators ______________ High beam flasher ________ 67
Cruise control ___________ 151

Front fog lights___________


Steering-wheel controls ___ 100
Sentronic, manual mode ___ 148

Indicator and warning lights ______ Speedometer_________________ Odometer and trip meter ________ Fuel gauge___________________ Temperature gauge ____________


Saab Information Display (SID) ___ Night panel___________________ Clock _______________________


Hazard warning lights_____


Wipers and washers______ 72
Rear-window wiper_______ Rain sensing wipers ______ 71
Washers _______________ 196
Wipers and washers______ 195

Saab 9-5 Audio System ___ 83
Steering-wheel controls ___ 100

Automatic climate control (ACC) ________________ 73
Air conditioning (ACC) ____ 234

Electric heating, front seats (if equip- ped) _______________________ Ventilated front seats___________


Ashtrays (accessory) ___________ Cigarette lighters (accessory) ____



Sunroof ________________ 114
Washing the car _________ 237
Waxing and polishing _____ 238
Touching up the paint _____ 238
Anti-corrosion treatment ___ 240

Headlights ______________ 67
Rear light cluster, 9-5 Sedan 203
Rear lights clusters, 9-5 SportWagon_________ 206
Changing bulbs __________ 197

Towing a trailer __________ 161
Towing the car ___________ 171
Rear towing eye _________ 172

Driving with a roof rack load______ Fitting the roof carriers, 9-5 Sedan and 9-5 Wagon without roof rails _ Maximum roof load ____________ Rearview mirror _______________



Hood _______________________ 182
Engine compartment: washing ___ 238

Headlights _____________ High/low beam __________ Turn signal and lane change 69
indicators______________ 71
Headlight washers _______ Changing bulbs _________ 197


Central locking __________ Trunk lid lock, 9-5 Sedan __ Tailgate, 9-5 SportWagon__ Child safety locks ________ Car alarm ______________


Trunk _______________________ Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Sedan __ Folding the rear seat, 9-5 SportWagon______________ Trunk Release Handle __________ Spare wheel and tools __________ Compact spare tire ____________



Fuel gauge___________________ Refueling ____________________ Economical motoring ___________ Fuel ________________________


Tires pressure ________________ 261
Wheels and tires ______________ 260
Braking______________________ 152
Driving in cold weather__________ 159
Compact spare tire_____________ 230
Changing a wheel _____________ 231


Steering wheel adjustment _ 106
Airbag _________________ 28
Power steering fluid_______ 191
Steering-wheel controls ___ 100
Sentronic, manual mode ___ 148


Seats__________________ Electric heating, front seats (if equipped)______________ Ventilated front seats______ Safety belts _____________ Child safety _____________ Folding the rear seat, 9-5 Sedan _____________ 121
Folding the rear seat, 9-5 SportWagon_________ 124
Upholstery and trim_______ 236
Side airbags ____________ 32


Interior lighting________________ Sunroof _____________________ Dome light, front ______________


Rearview mirrors ______________ 107
Door mirrors__________________ 107
Sun visors ___________________ 117

Safety belts ____________ 16
Airbag_________________ 28
Child safety ____________ 21
Child safety locks ________ 41
Safety belts, maintenance _ 235

Glove compartment ______ 118

Manual transmission _____ 142
Automatic transmission ___ 143

Electric windows ______________ Ignition switch ________________ Starting the engine ____________ Engine Break-In Period _________ Driving in hot weather __________ Driving in cold weather _________ Parking _____________________


Engine compartment

Warning labels __________ V.I.N. number ___________ 262
Engine number __________ 262
Gearbox number _________ 262
Color code______________ 262
Tire and Loading Information Label _________________ 226

Power steering fluid_______ 191
Steering, technical data ___ 259

Ignition switch ___________ 132
Drive belts ______________ 194
Spark plugs _____________ 257
Catalytic converter _______ 137

Engine ______________________ Checking the oil level ___________ Changing engine oil____________ Engine oil, specification _________


Braking______________________ 152
ABS brakes __________________ 153
Brake and clutch fluid___________ 189
Brake system _________________ 259
Brake pads___________________ 259

Fuses _________________ 211
Changing a fuse _________ 213
Relays ________________ 215
Table of fuses ___________ 211

Temperature gauge ______ 59
Driving in hot weather_____ 160
Driving in cold weather ____ 159
Coolant________________ 188
Coolant capacity_________ 254

Wipers and washers______ 71
Washers _______________ 196
Washer jets ____________ 196

Important considerations for driving Turbo unit ___________________ Engine, technical data __________


Manual transmission ___________ Automatic transmission _________ Automatic transmission, technical data ________________ Manual gearbox, technical data___



Jump starting _________________ 174
Battery ______________________ 192
Charging/replacing the battery____ 193

Warning labels

Radiator fan Radiator fan may start at any time.


Coolant: Never open when engine hot!

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. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN

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 authorized personnel only. For instructions consult workshop manual. The A/C system complies with SAE J639. Charge: 825 g of R134a. Compressor oil: PAG oil SP-10 alt. Saab oil 4759106
Oil amount: See workshop manual.





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



WARNING DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY can occur. (cid:127) Children 12 and under 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 airbag (cid:127) ALWAYS use SEAT BELTS and CHILD RESTRAINTS

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

mounting tire snow chains.

(cid:127) Vehicle must be level and the jack must be

placed on a firm and level ground.

(cid:127) Never crawl underneath vehicle when it is

jacked up.


1 Set parking brake and shift transmission to


2 Fit top of jack into jacking point next to wheel

to be changed (See illustration).

3 Crank jack so that car 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 car. Tighten wheel bolts in a crisscross


Jack Use only on specified vehicles. Safe working load 1100 kg. Use on level firm ground only. Do not get under a vehicle that is sup- ported only by a jack, use vehicle support stands. No persons are to remain in the vehicle. For more information see your owner´s manual.

Examples of symbols that can be found in your car

Buckle up


Direction indicators

Windshield wipers

Windshield washers

Coolant temperature

Battery charging

Radiator fan


No sparks, fla- mes or smo- king.

Use protective goggles

Keep out of reach of children.

Battery acid contains sulfuric acid.

Refer to the Owner’s Manual.

Risk of explosive gas.


Never place a rear-facing child seat in this seat.

Electric windows

Deactivating of rear window switches

Central locking, lock

Central locking, unlock

Trunk lid/tailgate, opening

Parking lights


Foot brake

Hazard warning lights

Rear window heating

Ventilation fan

Front fog lights

Rear fog light

Coolant level

Engine oil pressure

ABS brakes


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Seats ________________ Head restraint _________ Safety belts ___________ Child safety ___________ Airbag________________

12 15 16 21 28




The seats are actuated by powerful motors. Bear this in mind when adjusting the seat, and make sure that nothing gets caught and damaged. Ensure that not- hing can be trapped when adjusting the seat. Bear in mind that children can be injured if they play with the electrically-operated seats. Always remove the ignition key when you leave the car. This prevents personal injury caused by the electrically adjusta- ble seats, for example, due to children playing.

Both front seats are electrically operated. On certain models the driver´s seat is equip- ped with a memory function. To facilitate getting into the car, both seats can be adjusted when either of the front doors is open. For safety reasons, if the door is closed, the seat can only be adjusted when the ignition is ON. Note, however, that both seats can be adjusted for 30 seconds after both doors have been closed.

The following seat adjustments can be made to achieve a comfortable driving position: (cid:127) height


(cid:127) backrest rake angle

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 seat tilt angle 4 backrest rake angle Lastly, adjust the steering wheel (see page 106).


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

Side airbags (see page 32). Head restraint (see page 15).

Height To raise the seat, lift the lower control straight up. To lower the seat, press the lower control down. The same control can be used to adjust the height of the front and rear edges of the seat independently.

(cid:127) (cid:127) Safety


Legroom adjustment To adjust the legroom, push the lower con- trol forward or back.

Backrest rake angle To adjust the backrest, move the upper con- trol forward or back.

Lumbar support Turn the smaller wheel for stepless adjust- ment of the lumbar support.


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



To recall the programmed settings, press and hold the appropriate preset button, whereupon the seat and mirrors will be adjusted automatically. To change the settings stored in a preset button, adjust the seat and mirrors as before and save the new settings by pressing M and the appropriate preset button. To facilitate reversing, the passenger side door mirror can be tilted down automati- cally, e.g. to show the curb. To do this, select reverse and press the small grey button adjacent to the door-mirror control. When you deselect reverse, the mirror will automatically return to its original setting (see page 107).

Memory driver’s seat (if equipped) In certain models the driver´s seat is equip- ped with a programmable memory function. This function also includes the door mirrors. Adjust the seat and door mirrors. To save the settings, press and hold the M button and, at the same time, press one of the preselect buttons (1, 2 or 3). The Saab Information Display (SID) will chime to con- firm that the settings have been saved.

Ventilated front seats (if equipped) Ventilated front seats, that enhance seating comfort in hot weather, are an option on Arc and Aero models (certain markets). Ventilated seats are equipped with two fans that extract the moist air from between the seat and the body. The fans have three speeds and are OFF when the switch is set to 0.



Head restraint


(cid:127) Adjust the head restraint so that your 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 seat

that are occupied.

Electric heating, front seats (if equipped) Both front seats have adjustable and ther- mostat-controlled heating of the seat cushion and backrest, available as an option. Heating is adjustable in three stages. In position 0 it is turned off.

The front seats in the Saab 9-5 are equip- ped 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 crash, the body is forced back against the backrest. This, in turn, causes the mechanism to press the head restraint forward and upward, thus limiting the backward movement of the head. The SAHR is a mechanical system, actua- ted 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 need to be replaced after a minor rear-end crash.

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



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 car occupants.

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

perly locked in the belt lock.

Rear-seat head restraints 9-5 Sedan: The rear head restraints have three adjustment positions for passenger comfort. They can also be folded down to increase the driver’s rearward vision when the seat is unoccupied. 9-5 SportWagon: The height of the rear head restraints can be adjusted by depres- sing the catch on the left-hand collar in the same way as the front head restraints. See page 15 for adjustment procedure.

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

passengers not wearing a seatbelt 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 pro- vided 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. Bear in mind that in certain states/provinces it is a legal requirement for all occupants of the car to wear a safety belt.


Safety belt reminder When the ignition is switched on, the ”FASTEN BELTS” reminder will light up until the driver fastens the safety belt. In addition an audible signal sounds for 6 seconds, or until the driver fastens his belt. Safety belt pretensioners The belts of the front seats are fitted with automatic pretensioners and force limiters. These are activated in the event of a severe frontal or rear-end crash and a side-on col- lision, provided that the safety belts are being worn. The pretensioners serve to reduce the for- ward movement of the body by tensioning the belt. The force limiters reduce belt loads on the body by "loosening" the safety belt to absorb the body’s kinetic energy as gradu- ally as possible.



Correctly positioned safety belt

(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/cushion may be necessary.

The safety belt pretensioners are not acti- vated by vehicle rollover.


If the car is involved in a crash, the safety belts, belt pretensioners and other com- ponents must be inspected by an authori- zed Saab dealer and replaced as neces- sary. Never make any alterations or repairs to the safety belt yourself. Visit an authori- zed Saab dealer for any necessary repairs.

Correct position for safety belt


Proper positioning of the safety belt is extremely important.

(cid:127) An out of position safety belt can result in the occupant 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) If two people share a belt, they risk

injury by being crushed together in the event of a crash.

(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 a 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 app- lied hard or a crash occurs.

(cid:127) Children up to 6 years of age must always

be seated in a child seat. Saab recom- mends the use of a child seat for children up to the age of 10.



Belt height adjustment The front safety belts and the outside belts in the rear (9-5 Sedan) are equipped with automatic height adjustment. After fastening the belt, grasp it at chest height, pull it out and, without letting go, allow the slack to be taken up by the reel. Make sure that the belt is well in on the shoulder.

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 235 for the checking of belt func- tion, cleaning, etc.

Front safety belts Fasten the belt by pulling the belt and inser- ting the tongue in 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. Then grip the belt at the shoulder, pull it out and, without letting go, allow the slack to be taken up by the reel. Make sure that the belt is well in on the shoulder. Because the lower belt-anchorage points are on the seat, the belt buckle follows the movement of the seat during seat adjust- ment.



Three-point safety belts are provided for all three rear seat passengers. Fasten the belt by pulling out the strap care- fully and inserting the tongue in the lock. Check that it is securely fastened. Then grip the diagonal part of the strap near the lock and pull the belt upwards towards the shoulder to tighten the lap strap. The lap strap should lie low over the hips. The diagonal part should lie as far in on the shoulder as possible. To release the belt, press the red button on the belt lock. See page 235 for the checking of belt func- tion, cleaning, etc.

Safety belt, rear seat


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

become trapped when the backrest is folded down or raised (see page 121).

(cid:127) If 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.

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, rear seat

Securing an item on the rear seat

(cid:127) Care should be taken to avoid conta-

mination 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.

(cid:127) It is essential to replace the entire

assembly after it has been worn in a severe impact even if damage to the assembly is not obvious.

(cid:127) Belts should not be worn with straps


(cid:127) Each belt assembly must only be used by one occupant; it is dangerous to put a belt around a child being carried on the occupant´s lap.

(cid:127) No modifications or additions should

be made by the user which will either prevent the safety belt adjusting device from operating to remove slack, or prevent the safety belt assembly from being adjusted to remove slack.


(cid:127) 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 abdo- minal area must be avoided.

(cid:127) 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 pro- tection afforded to the wearer.

Child safety

Car safety tips






(cid:127) Children must always be suitably res-

trained 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 air-


(cid:127) ALWAYS use SAFETY BELTS and


(cid:127) Never leave 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 cars.

(cid:127) Always look for children before back- ing your car out of a garage or drive- way.

(cid:127) To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning,

never let a car idle in an enclosed garage.

(cid:127) Supervise young children around

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

Protect children from getting trapped in the trunk of a car (cid:127) Teach children not to play in or around


(cid:127) Watch children when loading or unlo- ading 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.

For Trunk Release Handle information see page 42 and 130.



The same attention must be given to child safety in the car as is given to adults. Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints. 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 res- traint in accordance with the manufacturer’s child seat instructions. When fitting child seats in cars you must always read the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.

LATCH LATCH (Lower Anchorages & Top tethers for CHildren) consists of top tether and lower anchorage (“ISOFIX”) for child res- traints in two outboard the rear seats. ISOFIX are lower attachments located where the seat and back cushions come together. Top tethers are upper attach- ments located on parcel shelf or torsion beam, see page 24 and 25. Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints for children 3 and under.

LATCH installation To facilitate the proper fitting of new speci- ally-designed child restraints, rigid lower anchorages (ISOFIX) have been installed to the vehicle that shall be used with the top tether anchorages in the two outboard rear seating positions. There is an additional top tether anchorage for the center rear seating position that is to be used together with the safety belt. LATCH is a U.S./Canadian government standard for the uniform method of fitting child restraints without using the standard safety belts. Only certain child restraints are equipped to utilize these rigid lower ancho- rages 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 label is located on the seat back just above the attachment bars to faci- litate installing the child restraint. The label contains a circle and a rearward facing child restraint. 1 Place the child restraint on the seat


2 Press the child restraint rearward into the space between the backrest and cushion, lining up the restraint attach- ment arms with the labels.

3 Follow the child restraint instructions to confirm that both restraint arms are pro- perly attached to the bars.

4 Attach the top tether strap to the in-car anchorage and tighten according to the restraint instructions, see page 24 and 25.

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 supp- lied with the child restraint. Always follow the installation instructions supplied with the child restraint. The availability of LATCH child restraints may be limited. When fitting child seats in cars you must always read the instructions supplied by the car seat manufacturer.



Rigid 2-point lower attachment with top tether

Semi-rigid 2-point lower attachment with top tether



Child tether anchorages for forward facing child car seats


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 adult safety belts.

Child restraints with a tether strap must be anchored according to Canadian and USA laws. If you have any questions regarding child tether anchorages please contact your Saab dealer.

9-5 Sedan: 1 Open the cover for the child tether

anchorage that is behind the seating position in which the child restraint is to be installed. Make sure it locks.

2 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. 3 Secure the lower part of the child res-

traint by means of the lower anchorages (ISOFIX) or the safety belts as descri- bed in the child restraint mounting ins- truction.

4 Route the tether under the headrest. 5 Attach the tether to the anchorage. 6 Tighten the tether so that the back of the

child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest.

7 Pull the child restraints to make a

second check that the restraints are securely attached at both the lower anchorages bars and the top tether strap.

Child tether anchorages in parcel shelf, Saab 9-5 Sedan

9-5 SportWagon: 1 Fold the backrest of the rear seat for-

ward, see page 121.

2 Fold the anchor that is right behind the

child restraint to its upright position.

3 Place the child restraint in the rear seat. 4 Raise the head restraint to its upper

position and then route the tether under the head restraint.

5 Attach the tether to the anchor. 6 Raise the backrest of the rear seat.

Make sure it locks properly.

7 Secure the lower part of the child res-

traint by means of the safety belt or lower anchorages (ISOFIX) as described in the child restraint mounting instruction on the previous page.

8 Tighten the tether so that the back of the

child restraint is pressed hard against the backrest.

9 Pull the child restraints to make a

second check that the restraints are securely attached at both the lower anchorages bars and the top tether strap.


Make sure the child-restraint anchorages are folded all the way up or down other- wise it can obstruct locking the rear seat backrest.

It is not possible to route the tether through the cargo net (accessory), if one is fitted. Instead we recommend a cargo guard (accessory).



Child tether anchorages, Saab 9-5 Sport- Wagon



Lockable belt tongue In 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 pul-

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

Locking the lap belt 1 Locked 2 Unlocked

Installation of child restraint using the standard safety belt Child restraints that are approved for rear- ward facing installation in the rear seat can be positioned in any of the three rear seating positions. If you intend to install another make of child restraint make sure that it is possible to fit it in accordance with the manufacturer’s ins- tructions.


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

Saab recommends rearward facing child restraints up to 3 years.


A special accessory is available for lock- ing the center armrest so that a child seat can be installed in the middle seat. See your Saab dealer for details. When a rear-facing child seat is fitted in the center position of the rear seat in the Saab 9-5 Sedan the center armrest must be secured in place with this strap. If this is not done, the center armrest could swing down in the event of a frontal crash and cause injury to the child.



Fitting the locking strap on the center arm- rest, Saab 9-5 Sedan (not needed on SportWagon).




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 operate the pedals and reach the steering wheel and controls com- fortably.

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

55 inches (140 cm) should 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 pas-

senger airbag.

The AIRBAG system 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 the occupants. If a fault is detected in the AIRBAG, the AIR BAG warning light on the main instru- ment panel will come on (see pages 55 and 33).

Note: The sensor reacts differently depending on whether or not the front seatbelts on the dri- ver’s and passenger sides are used. Situa- tions can therefore arise where only one of the airbags inflates. It is also possible for only the seatbelt pre- tensioners to be activated and for the air- bags to remain uninflated. The entire process takes less than 0.1 second – literally, faster than the blin- king of an eye. These airbags are triggered only by mode- rate to severe frontal or near-frontal cras- hes. They will not be activated by minor front-end impacts, rear-end or side impacts, or by the car rolling over.

Inflated airbag (driver side) Inflation and deflation together take less than 0.1second.

When the system is triggered by impact of a frontal crash, 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 driver and passenger airbags are refer- red ta as ‘smart’ airbags. This means that the system compensates for factors such as the force of the collision.

(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 cir- cumstances the airbag can cause minor burns or abrasions to the body when the airbag inflates/deflates.

(cid:127) To reduce the risk of head injuries in

the event of a crash, the headliner and pillar trims incorporate energy absor- bing material. These areas must not be modified in any way. Work on these areas must only be carried out by an authorized Saab dealer.



(cid:127) Fumes are generated by the chemical

reaction that inflates the airbag. Because the dust/fumes can, in cer- tain cases, cause irritation to the skin, the following measures should be taken: Skin surfaces that show signs of irrita- tion should be washed with clean water and a mild soap as soon as pos- sible. 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.

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

the steering-wheel center padding.

(cid:127) If the AIR BAG warning light does not

extinguish after the car has been started, or comes on or flashes while driving, have the car checked immedi- ately 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 55.

Passenger airbag and driver’s airbag both inflated


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

BAG, 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.



Moment of impact.

The sensors detect deceleration and send a signal via the cen- tral sensor to the gas generator that infla- tes the airbag.

The inflating airbag cushions the driver.

Airbag now fully infla- ted.

The airbag starts to deflate.

AIRBAG system with belt pretensioners 1 Central sensor 2 Belt pretensioners (for both front safety belts) 3 Steering wheel with integral airbag 4 Passenger airbag 5 Side-airbag sensor 6 Side airbag 7 Front sensors

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) 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 app- lies to the mounting of accessories on the dash.

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

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

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 airbags are interconnected and have a common warning light. The passenger airbag module is housed in the fascia above the glove compartment and is marked ”SRS AIRBAG”. (SRS = Supplementary Restraint System.) 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.


(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 air-


(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 infla- ted 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.

The side airbags, which help protect the upper body are integrated in the outside edges of the front seat backrests. 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.

(cid:127) Improvement of the anticorrosion tre- atment 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 front door could be damaged.

(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 crash or of the car’s 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.

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



Side airbags


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



AIRBAG 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. See page 55. 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 oth- ers, have your vehicle serviced right away if the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle.

Side airbag inflated

Side airbag components 1 Side airbag 2 Sensor 3 Moisture barrier 4 Text on seat



What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? After an airbag inflates, it quickly deflates, so quickly that some people may not even realize the airbag inflated. Some compo- nents of the airbag module - the steering wheel hub for the driver's frontal airbag, the instrument panel for the right front passen- ger's frontal airbag or the ceiling of your vehicle near the side windows - will be hot for a short time. The parts of the bag that come into contact with you may be warm, but not too hot to touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming from the vents in the deflated airbags. airbag inflation does not prevent the driver from seeing or being able to steer the vehicle, nor does it stop people from leaving the vehicle.

(cid:127) Let only qualified technicians work on

your airbag system. Improper service can mean that your airbag system will not work properly. See your dealer for ser- vice.


If you damage the covering for the driver's or the right front passenger's airbag, or the side impact airbag covering on the ceiling near the side windows, the bag may not work properly. You may have to replace the airbag module in the steering wheel, both the airbag module and the instrument panel for the right front pas- senger's airbag, or side impact airbag module and ceiling covering for the roof-mounted side impact airbag. Do not open or break the airbag coverings.


When an airbag inflates, there is dust in the air. This dust could cause breathing problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid this, everyone in the vehicle should get out as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have breathing problems but cannot get out of the vehicle after an airbag inflates, then get fresh air by opening a window or a door. If you experience breathing prob- lems following an airbag deployment, you should seek medical attention.

In many crashes severe enough to inflate an airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield break- age may also occur from the right front pas- senger airbag. (cid:127) Airbags are designed to inflate only once.

After an airbag inflates, you will need some new parts for your airbag system. If you do not get them, the airbag system will not be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will include airbag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts.

(cid:127) Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sen-

sing and diagnostic module which records information after a crash. See Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders on page 249.

(cid:127) All work involving the scrapping or

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

(cid:127) The headlining and roof pillar trim

must not be modified in any way. Work on these areas must only be carried out at a Saab dealer.

AIRBAG servicing The airbag must be inspected as part of the normal service program but otherwise may be regarded as maintenance-free. Scrapping or working on airbags 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 remo- ved. Airbags or belt pretensioners 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.



Frequently asked questions on function of airbags 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 crash, which means, of course, that it provi- des no protection in minor frontal crashes, major rear-end or side-on crashes or if the car rolls over. The safety belts help reduce the chance of the car occupants from being thrown around and injured or killed inside the car. 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 person, 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.

When do the front airbags inflate? The airbag will only be inflated under certain predetermined conditions in a moderate to severe frontal, or near-frontal crash, depen- ding 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 possible.

What won’t trigger the front airbags? The airbag will not be activated in all front-end 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 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! (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


(cid:127) NEVER put a child seat in the front.