Okay I ordered new ballasts because I assume the UEC needs a tech2 to marry. Another issue I'm having is my doors don't lock/unlock when I push the door buttons or the keyfob. Passenger door will do it sometimes. I can hear the motor in that door moving, but it usually doesn't respond to button presses unless I manually push the lock tab down. I assume I need new door buttons and new motors. Do the door buttons need a tech2 as well?
When you start the car, do you get Lock System Failure message on SID?
The problem with this car is that we don't know the history and what previous owner(s) tried to do to it. A stock unmodified Saab certainly has known failure modes. And lots of them need a Tech II. But amateur repairs add a whole other dimension of unknown crap. A competent independent (what other kind are there now?) Saab shop may be the ultimate solution.
Yes, there is medicine over the phone or internet. But at some point, if there are issues, you go in for actual physical checks. Same with a car. What may even be obvious if someone with experience looked at the car, may not even be mentioned by you (because you don't know what might be important to mention).
This car isn't my main source of transportation. I ride a motorcycle, I have ridden a motorcycle only for the last 5 years. This was my dad's car and I'm just working on it for fun because it's basically a free car that I can use on days where maybe I don't want to be on two wheels. So I'm doing all of the work myself. My next item will be a tech2 so maybe I can get some more diagnostic information and so I can marry the new electronic pieces I get. Even as it sits the car is perfectly drivable just not really at night. I have a few tech2s I'm looking at on ebay.