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2003 9-3 Dash gauges and SID going out intermittently

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Hello...I have a 2003 Saab 9-3 Arc with 100k miles.

I started my car and the dash keeps resetting. The car runs normally but while Im driving everything on the dashboard cuts out completely. When this happens the car is still running well and I do not lose any performance...just the gauges on the dash turn off as if the car is off. Then after 2-3 seconds it comes back on. When it comes back on the SID says "Checking system...OK. Then a couple of seconds later cuts out...comes back on...etc. Does this a few times while Im driving. If I drive it long enough it will go back to normal and wont do it anymore.

Very frustrating...I have checked the fuses and they are all good. I then disconnected the negative battery to reset the ECM. When I do this it will be fine for the rest of the day. The next morning however it will start all over again. :confused:
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Just all the gauges (speedo, RPM, engine temp, gas, etc) and the info on the SID (mpg, temp, etc). Radio will keep working, AC keeps working, and the car runs perfectly. Happens for 2 seconds then all the gauges jump back up to normal, lights on the dash flash as if the car just started, and SID says "Checking System....OK" :eek:
No I haven't yet. With all the work involved getting back there I feel like it may be worth just replacing the electronic circuit board behind the instrument cluster. I'm hoping the part isn't too expensive...i have spend about $1100 in the last few weeks on parts and repairs for other things. :cry:
Anyone know if the instrument cluster is plug n play or if you need to get it programmed?
Thank you for that...seems like the same issue as I am I really hope its just a relay. Too bad he didnt specify which one. I will look into that and update once I get it tested.
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