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In the past 10 days, my 2003 9-3 SE has been hard to crank, low battery. I've only had the car about a month, so I don't know if it was fully charged when I got it and is just not charging; or if a problem has developed. Any suggestions?
 

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I have not; where is a good checkpoint?
I already have a meter (former Lotus Esprit owner)
 

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The battery could be tired too.
It's best to give it a full overnight charge and check the fluid levels.
If the battery is old and tired, it's best to just replace it it's not worth trying to make it last. it will fail completely at the worst time.
And Saabs act funny with a dodgy battery. The battery may be good enough to start the car but some of the systems may act up. Like the alarm.
 

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Wait a minute, is your car a hatchback or sedan or convertible?

If 2003 convertible, you're in the right place.

Do check the battery condition. You can test the battery voltage after the car has sat overnight and not been started. It should be close to 12.5V. 12.3V might be okay. Under 12 is bad news.

Also, if this is a 2003 convertible, or an older hatchback, the Mitsubishi starters used by Saab on these cars is notorious for slow cranking, seeming like the battery is low. Only fix is removal, maybe cleaning, or replacement.
 
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