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When I turn on the heat seater, the left side of my seat (the bucket part of the seat on Saab 9-3 Vector) got burned because of the seat haer. Pair of my pants got burnt as well that sit close to the (inch in diameter) really hot part of the seat that heats up like crazy. Leather got burned, it's all wrinkled and brown from burning in that part of the seat. I can't use the seat heaters any more because everytime I turn it on now it starts smelling like burning leather and well my pants get ruined too, not to mention my left leg (thigh) feels like it's catching on fire. My car has 43k miles, so I'm 3000 miles over the warranty.

What do I do!? I want to use the heated seats, so not using them isn't an options. Someoneplease shed some light on this. Thank you in advance!!
 

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losmi8 said:
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What do I do!? I want to use the heated seats, so not using them isn't an options. Someoneplease shed some light on this. Thank you in advance!!
You should get some asbestos underware.:eek:
 

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Your warranty is for 50,000 miles or 4 years.
 

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4 years passed, that's what I meant. So I'm out of the warratny.


Is there any way I can replace the burnt part of the leather? It's the bucket part that is connected to the white part of the bucket seat..How much would that cost me?
Dealer won't do anything about this I'm guessing? Right?
 

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losmi8 said:
4 years passed, that's what I meant. So I'm out of the warratny.


Is there any way I can replace the burnt part of the leather? It's the bucket part that is connected to the white part of the bucket seat..How much would that cost me?
Dealer won't do anything about this I'm guessing? Right?
search for a specialist saab breaker, they dismantle crashed cars and sell the good bits on for a fraction of the original cost. tell them what trim you have on the seat and they may have one in stock. even if they dont have the heated one, you could strip it for its leather and fit a new heating element to your current seat.
 

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losmi8 said:
Hi,

This is what's up:

When I turn on the heat seater, the left side of my seat (the bucket part of the seat on Saab 9-3 Vector) got burned because of the seat haer. Pair of my pants got burnt as well that sit close to the (inch in diameter) really hot part of the seat that heats up like crazy. Leather got burned, it's all wrinkled and brown from burning in that part of the seat. I can't use the seat heaters any more because everytime I turn it on now it starts smelling like burning leather and well my pants get ruined too, not to mention my left leg (thigh) feels like it's catching on fire. My car has 43k miles, so I'm 3000 miles over the warranty.

What do I do!? I want to use the heated seats, so not using them isn't an options. Someoneplease shed some light on this. Thank you in advance!!
My wife's saab had the exact same problem at exactly the same mileage! fortunately her leather did not burn but the heated did fail soon after it started getting extremely hot. saab really should take responsibility for this but we're also out of warranty and probably out of luck. the seat heater was my wife's favorite feature so this is a total nightmare!

can anyone post instructions on how to remove the seat cover? i cant imagine the manual would have that. dealer just quoted $500 to fix it and id rather try to do it myself first. thanks!
 

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My 07 has automatic seat heaters that turnoff after 10 minutes and has two levels of heat. Do the older models have this?
 

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Have you called the Service Manager at your dealership and asked him if he could grant you a little leeway on the repair? I had a problem with our car when it was just out of warranty and they took care of it no questions asked.

Considering the serious nature of the problem (fire!) you may get some help and if not try contacting Saab USA and explaining the situation.

Just rememer to be professional and polite when dealing with everyone.

Matt

losmi8 said:
Hi,

This is what's up:

When I turn on the heat seater, the left side of my seat (the bucket part of the seat on Saab 9-3 Vector) got burned because of the seat haer. Pair of my pants got burnt as well that sit close to the (inch in diameter) really hot part of the seat that heats up like crazy. Leather got burned, it's all wrinkled and brown from burning in that part of the seat. I can't use the seat heaters any more because everytime I turn it on now it starts smelling like burning leather and well my pants get ruined too, not to mention my left leg (thigh) feels like it's catching on fire. My car has 43k miles, so I'm 3000 miles over the warranty.

What do I do!? I want to use the heated seats, so not using them isn't an options. Someoneplease shed some light on this. Thank you in advance!!
 

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DanS said:
My 07 has automatic seat heaters that turnoff after 10 minutes and has two levels of heat. Do the older models have this?
I don't believe my heated seats turn off after 10 minutes, but I know I have 3 levels (2003)
 

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awjones said:
I call mine the "a** grill"
a few days after i got my 03 (which was about 3 weeks ago haha) i turned on the heated seats to level 3 while driving my friends to lunch, and it was promptly dubbed the *** burner setting.:cheesy:
 

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My 07 SS has 2 levels and they really do heat up quickly, even before the heat comes out of the vents. This is a really nice feature and one that I'd have a hard time living without now.

The high setting really is too high though, kind of uncomfortable but never burned me.
 

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I have 3 levels and they do turn off after a while. I never timed it but 10 - 15 minutes seems about right. I thought it was a function of temperature but I'm not sure.
DanS said:
My 07 has automatic seat heaters that turnoff after 10 minutes and has two levels of heat. Do the older models have this?
 

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Sounds like Saab eliminated the @$$ burner setting at some point.

A local Saab owner got his turbo replaced when the car had 120,000 miles on the odo. The district rep approved it because he always had the vehicle serviced there.
 
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Leather got burned, it's all wrinkled and brown from burning in that part of the seat. I can't use the seat heaters any more because everytime I turn it on now it starts smelling like burning leather
I would tell your dealer smoke was coming out of the seat and show them the burned part. I am sure they recognize it as a serious safety hazard (which it probably is). If that fails, Saab USA should be your next stop. I think they would be very interested to hear about this problem and have it fixed before 9-3s start catching on fire on the 6-o-clock news..
 

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I have 3 levels and they do turn off after a while. I never timed it but 10 - 15 minutes seems about right. I thought it was a function of temperature but I'm not sure.
Yup, 03's - 06's have 3 levels, and can be set in profiler to come on automatically. They activate if the outside temperature is below about 10 degrees C. 2007 on models with the new HVAC controls only have 2 settings.

They always turn off (regardless of whether they came on automatically or manually) after approx 15 minutes.
 

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JBob said:
Yup, 03's - 06's have 3 levels, and can be set in profiler to come on automatically. They activate if the outside temperature is below about 10 degrees C.
IIRC, only the arc and vector had the different levels, OR cars with the ACC. I believe my linear with the MCC only has one seat heater level.

And yes, they do turn off.
 
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