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Just got my first Saab. 2008 9-3t. Fun to drive but its got all kinds of issues it seems. 80k miles.

First thing first is the driver side window doesnt go down well. By that I mean I press the button and nothing happens for awhile. Gotta keep pressing and keep trying it until it eventually goes down. Sometimes takes minutes. I dont just leave my finger on the down button. Rather I press it and hold it for a bit and if it doesnt go down then I repeat later.

When it does finally go down, its not smooth. It make some noise, kinda squeekish.

Its been getting worse and its harder and harder to get it to go down.

It goes up without a problem.

So I pulled the door panel and followed the post for window regulator here. But the pics are gone and I didnt really notice anything about it. Not really sure what to look for anyway.

Seems mechanical but maybe its electric? I also have issues with the locks not always working when pressing the fob or the button. The alarm goes off randomly when its locked anyway and the console shows a theft protection message. So maybe that is related and its electric somehow?

And finally, prior owner told me the rear passenger window doesnt work but it doesnt go up and goes down fine. Now, I have not tested this as I dont want to get stuck with a window always down.

Any help appreciated.

And once I get this one fixed, I got a bunch more to fix lol.
 

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It could be a problem with the switch pack, which is a module with its own error codes.

You should find a shop or someone local with a Tech II and Saab software. It will show what errors there might be in the switch pack (or wiring, or motor, or ??). See the Tech II forum for "Tech II locations near me". This is NOT something that your local garage can do with their Snap On ODB II reader!

The Tech II will also show what codes are kept in the other modules, that may point to what's wrong with the security.

You may also want to download WIS (Workshop Information System), see Tech II forum for "WIS and EPC for Windows 10". You can look up the exact error code and follow Saab's troubleshooting procedures.
 

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Was the instrument panel changed between 2004 and 2005?

This nice 2005 convertible has the parking brake symbol right next to the speedometer needle, instead of up by the seat belt lamp and the RH turn signal telltale.

Also, cruise and light indicators are reversed, and cruise does not say CRUISE.

 

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Interesting that MIU would have versions. I wish I had a different MIU because steering wheel at a comfortable height hides the turn signal indicators--and the blink "clicks" are not that loud. I can't hear them with the top down and traffic around....

Another question, how quickly do the windshield washer jets squirt when the lever is pulled? On my 9-5, there are check valves and the squirting is immediate, before the wiper blades have even moved, even if I haven't used the washer in a few weeks.

On the 9-3, wipers make half a swipe before the washer jets start squirting fluid.

Looking in EPC, I don't see much evidence of a "valve" as I see for 9-5. But I am thinking of using a 2004+ 9-5 hose and washer jet setup and installing in my 9-3. 9-5 uses the same jets as the RH 9-3 jet. Instead of having "T" pass-through LH and centre jets, 9-5 uses only "L" jets like the RH one, and branching hoses with drainback valves.
 

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My 9-5 and 9-3 do exact same. 9-5 squirts and then wipers move. 9-3 move wipers and then squirt.
 

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So my steering column lock decided it does not fancy life and died on me . well 1 of the 2 motors did. and now im looking for spares, i found one but its from an UK car . So are they the same or will this one not work, is it plug and play or will i need a tech2 ?
 

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Trick question. Which of the following part or parts costs $40 when you pull them at a junkyard?
  1. Convertible side rail seals, L and R, front and middle rails (four total)
  2. Convertible windshield seal, also includes A-pillar seal and metal trim plate because windshield seal has a double A pillar seal
  3. Convertible side rear window leading edge seal, L and R
  4. Convertible door top window seals (on door sill), inner and outer, L and R
  5. Convertible door water shield, L and R (plastic sheets under the door trim panel)
  6. Convertible screw-in antenna
  7. Convertible interior rear view mirror, auto-dimming with compass (inaccurate as usual it seems)
  8. Convertible left and right outside rearview mirror covers (plastic pieces at front of door trim, including triangles that stick up at the front of the door), L and R, L side includes mirror adjustment switch
  9. Convertible info control panel including customizing knob and top up/down switch (kind of worn)
  10. First bow locking cylinder, no evidence of leaking
  11. Assorted hardware (screws, cowl retaining clip, etc)
  12. Saab 9-3 2004 Owner's Manual
  13. Other bits and pieces such as a RH interior windshield pillar trim, and a door opening weatherstrip that's not in as good a condition as I thought
Answer: $40, BUT ONLY IF YOU HAVE EXACT CHANGE. I asked if they could break a $50 bill, and they charged me $6.20 tax.

Still a pretty good deal, I think. :D
 

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Has anyone made up their own soft top support?

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Getting weatherstrip off the parts convertible was a simple matter of applying more force. I don't want to do that on my car!

I think the front rail weatherstrip may be possible to replace if the top is folded but tonneau is open. The middle rail, not so much.
 

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How is DTE in the SID calculated? My fuel sender is dead, so my actual fuel gauge oscillates between empty and some random value, but the DTE values seems reasonable based on how many miles I've driven since filling up. Current strategy is just to refill whenever I hit 200 miles or so on the tripometer, but I'm wondering if I can use the DTE as a second estimator.
 

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If DTE is accurate and not fluctuating with ur fuel gauge, check instrument panel, gauge maybe faulty not sender unit
 
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