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Aussie - I get the impression the OP had a broken Saab 2 years ago, Life happens, and the Saab repairs took a back seat. understandable in the US at the moment.
Looks like the OP is ready to take the step down the rabbit hole.
Using the Matrix analogy...
Blue Pill ... Saab goes to the Pick a part in the sky, and you wake up in another car - with no memory of the Saab.
Red Pill = find great original parts & fix it .. all good - Stay in wonderful Saab Land.
 

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Aussie - I get the impression the OP had a broken Saab 2 years ago, Life happens, and the Saab repairs took a back seat. understandable in the US at the moment.
Looks like the OP is ready to take the step down the rabbit hole.
Using the Matrix analogy...
Blue Pill ... Saab goes to the Pick a part in the sky, and you wake up in another car - with no memory of the Saab.
Red Pill = find great original parts & fix it .. all good - Stay in wonderful Saab Land.
Its just a long time to decide on a red pill for a relatively small task . Yeah , I know life happens. I was thinking that perhaps it was rarely failing and was still being used, which would steer me away from an NSS.
 

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Curious ,, Has it sat idle for 2 year since you iniatlly posted? OR was it that randomly intermittent that you could use it for the 2 years ?
It was randomly intermittant until the last 3 or 4 months. Has sat idle since then.
Based on Bob's comment re the Neutral start switch.
If it doesn't start in park. ie you turn the key, lights come on, you can hear the fuel pump then no crank when it goes to start.
Try starting the car in neutral with the handbrake on. If it starts in Neutral - then it is likely to be the Neutral Start Switch.
I'm having that issue at the moment. I find starting the car after I have driven it to be easier also.
So I'm having trouble locating the relay box. It says under the instrument panel next to the steering wheel, but I don't see it. I pulled off the under panel and I still don't see it. Can you help me locate it please so I can check the relay?
 

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If you need an ignition switch, I have a T5 NOS Saab switch (the original spec, not the aftermarket they sell now). I bought it for my NG900 which had some issues but it never got installed. Very reasonable pricing :- ).

I also have relays if you need one.

FYI - If it's an automatic, I'd be most suspicious of the Neutral Start Switch. I'm no guru on those, but they can be bypassed for testing.
I'm trying to find the relays so I can check it. it says "under the instrument panel next to the steering wheel", but I don't see it. I pulled off the underpanel, and I still don't see it. Can you help me locate it?
 

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It was randomly intermittant until the last 3 or 4 months. Has sat idle since then.

So I'm having trouble locating the relay box. It says under the instrument panel next to the steering wheel, but I don't see it. I pulled off the under panel and I still don't see it. Can you help me locate it please so I can check the relay?
OK I FOUND IT! How do I tell if the relay is bad?
 

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I'm trying to find the relays so I can check it. it says "under the instrument panel next to the steering wheel", but I don't see it. I pulled off the underpanel, and I still don't see it. Can you help me locate it?
OK I FOUND IT! How do I tell if the relay is bad?
Here is what I am seeing:
 

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You need to test it... connect 12v to 85 and 86 and then make sure there is continuity between 30 and 87. When you remove power from 85/86 the connection between 30/87 will be broken.

It's probably easier to just crank the engine and see if there is power at the fuel pump fuse (or the fuel pump itself).
 

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Blue Pill ... Saab goes to the Pick a part in the sky, and you wake up in another car - with no memory of the Saab.
Red Pill = find great original parts & fix it .. all good - Stay in wonderful Saab Land.
hand full of yellow pills, wake up 2 years later, oh ya it didn't go away, The little braided wire comes to mind on the starter, with the 1999 the ignition switch wasn't that common to fail as the T7's
 
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