As far as I have ever seen there are no lamps in the steering wheel buttons.timh said:I took delivery of my new 9-5 and I have noticed that the steering wheel controls don't illuminate with the rest of the panel when the head lights are on. Is there something I need to activate or should is this a fault?
This is true, however I think this was SAAB's excuse for not spending the extra money to make them illuminate personally.SaabScott said:The idea behind having the controls on the wheel is so that you can keep your eyes on the road.
Therefore ... no lights are needed. :cheesy:
This is also true; while I don't need them to be illuminated for operation I wish they were. I don't need a cooled glovebox but it's nice to have. I even contemplated taking the buttons apart, hollowing them out a a bit and installing some small LED's in there. Probably more trouble than it's worth...Kermit said:They are also contoured so you can feel what button is what in the dark. They become second nature and you won't even look at them after a couple of months.
..fair enough...it just chaps me that cars almost 1/2 the price of mine when new have illuminated steering wheel controls for the radio, cruise, and sometimes even the phone. Doesn't the 9-3SS have steering wheels buttons that light up? I can't remember..SectorNine50 said:Remember, even the models that GM had no say in the design had steering wheel buttons that didn't light up. I really can't see how it would be a saving money issue.
I agree, it's a distraction issue IMO. Saab is the company that put Night Panel in their car, I think they figure the reason the buttons are on the steering wheel is so you don't have to look down.j006 said:..fair enough...it just chaps me that cars almost 1/2 the price of mine when new have illuminated steering wheel controls for the radio, cruise, and sometimes even the phone. Doesn't the 9-3SS have steering wheels buttons that light up? I can't remember..
Why would putting at tops 4 lights behind switches be cost saving... Honestly...gghh said:i dont think it is a safety thing - i think its saving money. i had some hire cars in the last month and all had lights in the steering wheel and all other switches. (like steering wheel controls, mirror, roof, interior light etc)
If this is not illuminated for safety the the illumination could be easily switched off by the nightpanel feature...
My car doesn't have lights in the trunkdoor or the rear passenger doors... and it's a 2000... Am I misunderstanding?gghh said:But GM starts to remove lights from the car - like the ones in the rear passenger doors and the lights in trunkdoor in cars MY04 and up - doesnt save that much money but they are doing it.
Othert cars are even able to close the windows by remote and so on... Even in low price GM cars.