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Yes, I have already read the FAQ.

I have a 2003 9-5 Linear 2.3T w/ 5 speed tranny. She has 113,xxx miles on her.
I have gotten the "service theft alarm" on my SID off and on for about 9 months. It has been so nice as to randomly go off at 2 AM multiple nights in a row and will not turn off until it decides that it has sufficiently pissed off the entire neighborhood. The FAQ thread seems to point towards the batteries being the problem. I could not decipher if that applied to my model year specifically. I am a very amateur mechanic and will need to have it serviced at a shop.

My questions are:
Is it, more likely than not, the failed batteries on the alarm module causing my alarm problems, as the FAQ thread suggests?
If I am going to bring my 9-5 in to my dealership to have the batteries replaced, will they accept replacing the batteries, or insist on replacing the entire alarm module?

Feel free to ask me any info that I left out. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
 

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Batteries...

All the chances in the world that weak batteries cause this alarm failure. These batteries can be replaced and there are many threads describing how if you want to try your hand at it. The alarm box is in the left front fender behind the protective fender insert. To get at it you need to remove the wheel and this insert, and the alarm box is right behind it. Some just disconect it and it does not affect the other SID and TRICE functions.

Do a search on "9.5 Alarm box" on this site. You will find much more details on this repair.
 

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The alarm batteries fail and it causes the alarm to go off. If you go to the dealer, they will replace the entire alarm unit for ~$500. Or you can find the threads where some have done DIY alarm battery replacements.
 

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I have seen that people are now sending them out to BBA re manufacturing for repair for a fraction of the replacement cost. Less than $150 I believe.

If you want to resolve it yourself there is a long thread under my name with how to do it and links to other threads. My fix lasted a few years and started happening again. I opened the box up and cut the speaker wires. Plugged it back in, no alarm, no message on the SID. Problem solved. I haven't seen a thread on anyone doing this before....I highly recommend it. You give up the door lock chirp and the alarm siren. But everyone ignores an alarm anyway...

Good luck
 

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I did the BBA Reman route-- go to eBay and you can often find them offering this excellent service for around $55. Well worth the $$ even if you pay full price. Fast and efficient.
I found the unique batteries, took the unit out and apart, took a look at the soldering and potential to fry the board, and shipped it off. This although I have access to fairly nice soldering etc. Absolutely the right choice for me.
 

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Quick fix is to just remove it. looking at the driver side front wheel it is behind the innner fender liner at the 10 oclock position. Take off the wheel. remove a few screws, pull down the plastic liner and unplug the alarm. You can chage batteries. Some models come apart. Others need to be cut open. BBA or ATE can repair. You get a lifetime warranty if they repair.
 

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At about 120K miles and even though the alarm was not giving me any trouble, I decided to pull the alarm box as a preventative measure and send it to BBA Reman for a rebuild. I had won an EBAY auction for around $15 that covered the rebuild service. The service was well worth it, I've never had an issue with the alarm.
 

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I am curious about the reference to dealerships. Are there still SAAB Dealerships out there? I think they would long be out of business. My old dealership now sells FIATs. I know there's a SAAB specialist 45 minutes away from me if I really need something. If the so called "dealership" has a SAAB Tech 'puter, they can reprogram the alarm to use the horn(?) instead of the siren module.
 

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You can have the dealer make a change in the Tech II to make your horns sound instead of the siren. Its either free or up to 50 bucks. My dealer did it for free without me asking since I had the Service therft alalrm on my car for about 3 years with no false alamrs.

I go to Saab of Memphis in Memphis TN. Its like a ghost town 4-5 used cars, several new unsold 2010-11 cars, but they are nice, decent serivce good quality and fast.

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thank you!

everyone has been incredibly helpful. thank you so much! To anyone who has sent their alarm module into one of the places on eBay: what was the turnaround time from when you sent it in to getting it back in the mail, and after everything was said and done (module taken out, mailed, repaired, returned) how much did it cost you? I am trying to compare that option to having my dealership take care of it.

Also: I think we have one Saab dealership left in the Mpls-St Paul metro area. It is a Cadillac-Saab combo of sorts. If anyone needs work done on their Saab in the Twin Cities area, I highly recommend Poquet Auto in Golden Valley. They do a really good job with European imports (I have also serviced a BMW there).
 

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If you read what's on that ebay listing I posted, it answers all your questions. It sounds like ~$56 soup to nuts without labor (you supply it). Post back what you wind up doing. I would go the Tech II route but nobody around here has one anymore.
 

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If you replace batteries, replace capacitors too...do a google search for 'em. They're less than $8 for all capacitors. I replaced the batteries and still had intermittent problems. The capacitors fixed it for good! I love it when I start up and the sid says check: OK
 

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If you replace batteries, replace capacitors too...do a google search for 'em. They're less than $8 for all capacitors. I replaced the batteries and still had intermittent problems. The capacitors fixed it for good! I love it when I start up and the sid says check: OK

Its the caps not the batteries, never has been the batteries.

I have done two alarm box repairs with 100% success and I have never touched the batteries.

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