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This is my first post, so hello all! Let's see if anyone has any thoughts on the problem(s) I'm having with my Saab...

I was driving back from a trip in my 2001 Saab 9-3 with 130K miles on it when I had a series of problems. Let's start with the preexisting issues. I often get headlight failures and have for years. I have also replaced the DI cassette at least 3 times and the check engine light has come on with a DI cassette code that my mechanic thinks is the result of an electrical issue. However, the car starts fine and I have an extra cassette in the trunk (like any good Saab owner) if it ever were to actually fail. Finally, the trunk does not open with the remote and requires physically using the key.

Now for the new issue. Early in my trip, I discovered that my radio antenna was not going up or down. No big deal I figured, the motor must have just died. However, later in the trip, as I was driving, I had to stop on the highway and suddenly my ABS, Brake and TCS off lights all came on with an alert chime and alert light. This had happened twice before, but only when I first started the car, so on those prior occasions, I simply restarted the car, the ABS system reset, and everything worked fine. However, I tried that here (apparently there was an accident ahead of me, so I was stopped on the highway) and no avail. I ended up driving for a bit and, since it was only the ABS, figured I would resolve the issue after my trip. However, as I approached a more hilly area, I discovered that the engine was revving high (as though the turbo wasn't kicking in properly and it wasn't downshifting correctly) and would not go faster than 45-55 mph on the steep hills. I also discovered that the cruise control was not working (the light came on, but no cruise).

Because I was concerned for my safety, I pulled over and, after AAA came, took the car to a repair shop (which was closed...got to love those holiday weekend trips), however one of the guys was there and, although they don't deal with Saab's, ran some basic diagnostics (without the ability to interface with the vehicle's computer, obviously) and determined that the transmission was working correctly, that the car wasn't overheating, and thought that the power issues might be a sensor failure.

I have looked at other questions and I feel it important to point out that my odometer and speedometer (as well as my tachometer) were all functioning properly.

Does anyone know what this could be? Am I right in thinking that this is probably some electrical problem and that all of these problems may be stemming from the same underlying issue? And, if something like this sounds familiar, any ideas of repair cost?

Thanks so much in advance for any thoughts!
 

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The headlight issue is not related. The Orange Relay in the engine bay is the culprit. The solder in the relay gets old and cracks. Either replace it or re do the solder yourself.

As for the other issues, have you had your battery checked. The symptoms you describe are indicative of a bad battery or it could be the alternator. My money is on the battery.
 

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This is my first post, so hello all! Let's see if anyone has any thoughts on the problem(s) I'm having with my Saab...

I was driving back from a trip in my 2001 Saab 9-3 with 130K miles on it when I had a series of problems. Let's start with the preexisting issues. I often get headlight failures and have for years. I have also replaced the DI cassette at least 3 times and the check engine light has come on with a DI cassette code that my mechanic thinks is the result of an electrical issue. However, the car starts fine and I have an extra cassette in the trunk (like any good Saab owner) if it ever were to actually fail. Finally, the trunk does not open with the remote and requires physically using the key.

Now for the new issue. Early in my trip, I discovered that my radio antenna was not going up or down. No big deal I figured, the motor must have just died. However, later in the trip, as I was driving, I had to stop on the highway and suddenly my ABS, Brake and TCS off lights all came on with an alert chime and alert light. This had happened twice before, but only when I first started the car, so on those prior occasions, I simply restarted the car, the ABS system reset, and everything worked fine. However, I tried that here (apparently there was an accident ahead of me, so I was stopped on the highway) and no avail. I ended up driving for a bit and, since it was only the ABS, figured I would resolve the issue after my trip. However, as I approached a more hilly area, I discovered that the engine was revving high (as though the turbo wasn't kicking in properly and it wasn't downshifting correctly) and would not go faster than 45-55 mph on the steep hills. I also discovered that the cruise control was not working (the light came on, but no cruise).

Because I was concerned for my safety, I pulled over and, after AAA came, took the car to a repair shop (which was closed...got to love those holiday weekend trips), however one of the guys was there and, although they don't deal with Saab's, ran some basic diagnostics (without the ability to interface with the vehicle's computer, obviously) and determined that the transmission was working correctly, that the car wasn't overheating, and thought that the power issues might be a sensor failure.

I have looked at other questions and I feel it important to point out that my odometer and speedometer (as well as my tachometer) were all functioning properly.

Does anyone know what this could be? Am I right in thinking that this is probably some electrical problem and that all of these problems may be stemming from the same underlying issue? And, if something like this sounds familiar, any ideas of repair cost?

Thanks so much in advance for any thoughts!
Look on YouTube and in the forums for "limp home mode". Its simple to fix, but annoying as hell.
 
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