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Old 30th June 2005
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Default (FAQ) Ng-900/9-3 Forum Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) *Now with DrBoost links*

Below are links to previous threads about the most common questions we see here in these forums at Saabcentral. Do not hesitate to 'bump' (meaning reply to one) any of these links if you have a question, or don't understand something. If you think a thread deserves a place in here, please send a PM (Private Message) to Bkrell or myself.


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Thinking about buying a 900/9-3??
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NG900 Buyer's Guide
More Buying Advice
900/9-3 Features Section (reviews, brochures)
SC Listings

What are the differences between the 900 and the 9-3?
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What is a VIGGEN?
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What are the different SID types?
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Programming your ACC (Auto Climate Control):
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Engine Won't Start - What To Check First
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Is my 1999 SE a HIGH OUTPUT TURBO (HOT)?
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"Anybody know a good mechanic in Xyz City?"
DATABASE

The "Boost troubleshooting thread"
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Creaking front end in low temps
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My car tells me it's "TIME FOR SERVICE"
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Is there anything I can do to fix missing pixels in my System Info Display (SID)?
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The black trim pieces between the door are bubbling/cracking/tearing. What are my options?
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Is there a Chiltons or a Haynes for the 900/9-3?
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What type of gas should I be using?
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Can I use an MP3 player through my factory Headunit somehow?
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Why can't I turn my headlights off? This switch does nothing!
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What kind of spark plugs does my 900/9-3 use?
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Alternator replacement help.
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Fuel Pump Replacement
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900 Water Pump Replacement
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Cabin Air Filter Replacement
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CEL indicates bad 02 (Lambda) Sensor.
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Can I add a CD changer to the Clarion Headunit?
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Air Conditioning Problems - Info
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Dropping the oil pan, checking the screen
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1994-1998 900 RADIO CODE Information
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EVAP Control System Leak (P0507 & P0455)
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Manual Transmission Issues


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The clutch pedal on my ng900 seems to have a lot of play. Sometimes the gears grind and it is hard to find reverse.
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My clutch pedal feels very heavy, is there a way to fix it? AND I have to manually adjust my "self-adjusting" cable very often. Is there a way around this?
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I'm sick of the whole cable issue. I don’t even want to bother with the manually adjustable cable. Can I put a hydraulic clutch in my car?
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I’ve fixed the clutch cable, but I’m still having trouble finding some gears. Can the linkage be adjusted?

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I've adjusted both the cable and the linkage, but it’s still very hard to find reverse. Is my transmission shot?

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The linkage on my early ng900 feels sloppy. Can I upgrade to the newer style?

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Can I replace the transmission myself?

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How do I check/change my transmission oil?
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What is the best oil for my manual transmission?
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Modification Section


The "Clear Corners" Mod
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Leather Restoration Tips
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What is this MBC+A thing I hear so much about?
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TURBO Upgrade Information
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900S
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Can I add a turbo to my N/A Saab?
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900SE & 99 9-3S/SE (t-5)
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2000+ 9-3S/SE (t-7)
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Heating\Cooling System


9-3 and 900NG ACC Code Listings and Diagnostics
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Fan Speed Controller
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Old 25th November 2012
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Is it possible to have a which Saab engine swaps with which stickey? Add what additional parts are necessary to do the swap. Thanks.
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Old 17th December 2012
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It's not easy to find in other threads, but here's the VIN decoding information I found most useful. (Feel free to find a link and include it)

Here's a list of what each digit means in your VIN:

1 Geographical area
Y = Northern Europe

2 Country
S = Sweden

3 Car manufacturer
3 = Saab Automobile AB

4 Product line
D = 9-3

5 Model Series
A = Saab 9-3 with driver airbag
B = Saab 9-3 with driver and passenger airbag
C = Saab 9-3S with driver airbag
D = Saab 9-3S with driver and passenger airbag
E = Saab 9-3SE with driver airbag
F = Saab 9-3SE with driver and passenger airbag
G = Saab 9-3 Aero with driver airbag
H = Saab 9-3 Aero with driver and passenger airbag
N = Saab 9-3 Viggen with driver airbag
P = Saab 9-3 Viggen with driver and passenger airbag

6 Body type
3 = 3-door
5 = 5-door
7 = Cabriolet

7 Transmission
5 = Manual 5-speed
8 = Automatic 4-speed

8 Engine variant
J = 2.0 i, B204I
B = 2.3 i, B234I
N = 2.0 T, B204L
D = 2.2 TiD, D223L
T = 2.0 T, B204E
P = 2.0 T, B204R
G = 2.3 T, B235R
H = 2.0 T, B205L
K = 2.0 T, B205R
C = 2.0 T, B205E

9 Check character
0 - 9 or X

10 Model year
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002

11 Place of manufacture
2 = Trollhättan
7 = Nystad
9 = Trollhättan, pilot series

12 Serial number
000001-999999
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Old 17th April 2013
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Default Information on Automatic Trans in 900 GM

The site seems to have lots of info on manual trans but not much on the Auto Trans. Can any one help out here?
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The link for the water pump replacement doesn't work.
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Old 20th August 2014
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Quote:
Originally Posted by welder View Post
The link for the water pump replacement doesn't work.
Hmm, still not working. Anyone know where the link supposed to point?

Thanks,
~ Jon
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Old 14th September 2015
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Great help! Thanks for the post.
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