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: Heated Seats and Cruise Control

Matt Phelps
30th October 2002, 10:30 AM
And so I just picked up my SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3i AUTO yesterday and it's great except.....

The drivers side heated seat doesn't work. :( I'll check the fuse later but the other seat works okay so I guess that isn't the problem. If I drive to my nearest SAAB dealer and ask them to take a look, is it a big/expensive fix?

Also, even more dissappointingly, the cruise control doesn't work. :( Again I need to check the fuse but has anyone had any experience of this sort of problem before? Basically I flip the switch to ON and press the SET button on the end of the stalk. Nothing happens. I take my foot off the accelerator and the car just slows down as normal. I tried pressing RESUME but it didn't make any difference.

30th October 2002, 12:29 PM
Congratulations on your purchase.

The most common faults with the seat heaters are the switch on the dashboard and the element under the seat. Both are replaceable, but aren't very cheap. To figure out which it is, swap the left and right switches. If the fault moves too, then you have a faulty switch. If not, it's most likely a broken seat element. Don't discount a fault at the connector underneath the seat, though.

One possible fualt with the cruise control is the switches above the clutch and brake pedals. Not sure whether they are electrical switches or vacuum switches (might depend on the year), but they are there to cut the cruise control if you hit either pedal. They can go out of adjustment, or go faulty altogether, and either one not working would definitely prevent the cruise from engaging.

I don't really know enough about the operation of the cruise control to go any further. Someone else might know, though.

Matt Phelps
30th October 2002, 01:04 PM
Thanks Bill (again!)

When you say 'not cheap' do you have any idea on what the damage might be?

30th October 2002, 01:57 PM
The cruise could be as Bill has said, the pedal switches. Could also be vacuum pipe split or come off, the cruise pump or in fact the cruise control arm itself.


30th October 2002, 07:07 PM
When you say 'not cheap' do you have any idea on what the damage might be?

'Fraid not as I'm only working on secondhand info, but the switch would be available from a scrappy. Worth ringing a dealer to ask the price of the seat heater element. Ask about the price of fitting too.

Matt Phelps
31st October 2002, 02:56 AM
The fun keeps on coming....

I'm pretty sure the ACC climate control isn't working either. It's blowing out at full power (loudly) all the time, only very occasionally it pauses for a few seconds (10 at the most) and then kicks in again at full tilt. No matter what the temp is set to it just blows out the same temp air - not all that cold but not hot, probably just the same as the interior temp. It's a constant roar and I have to either turn it off, or turn the radio up to drown it out!

I did a calibration and at the end of that it displayed the number of errors with the system to be '1'.

Obviously I'm concerned because I worry that the ACC will burn itself out.

The car is going to have to go back to the dealers. I could have coped with the heated seats and Cruise control being faulty but the Climate control affects everything including demisting the windows and it has to be working right.


Matt Phelps
31st October 2002, 06:09 AM
Well I figured out how to manually turn the fan down and I rung the dealer I bought it from. They aren't interested in sorting out the seats or cruise controls so I'll have to take it into the main SAAB dealer near here to get it looked at at my own cost, but they will investigate the Climate control. Some time next week......

BTW - I checked all the fuses and they are all fine.

31st October 2002, 06:13 AM
Didn't you get a warranty with the car when you bought it?


Matt Phelps
31st October 2002, 07:11 AM
It's a three month warranty but doesn't include the cruise control or heated seats. I guess that's my own fault. I didn't realise it actually had cruise control when I test drove it and didn't think to test the seat heaters at the time. Nobody to blame there but myself.

1st November 2002, 05:18 PM
You shouldn't worry about the cruise control though.

If you already haven't fixed it, it should be no problem at all. The problem lies usually in one of the vacuum pipes, near the pedals or under the hood. My 'pipes' have broken down like this twice within the last 5 months. Should be one of the cheapest thing to fix (but not yourself, go to a local saab specialist).. :)