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Fixing Saab 9-5 Security System Problems -EricTheCarGuy

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  1. Surprisingly most P2 volvos (S60s, S80s, V70s) suffer this same problem and the alarm module is also located inside the driver side fender.

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  2. Who would steal that thing? It would break down on the side of the road shortly after, and you’d be caught and arrested. Really Saab? BATTERIES? What moron designed that?

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  3. The batteries are used as back-up for the siren so that the theif can’t just disconnect the main battery and kill the alarm. It is not unique for Saab. You’ll find it in most alarm systems, including the ones in american cars. And would you be so kind and stop trashtalking Saab? You obviously don’t know anything about them.

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  4. Actually, I spend a lot of time repairing my neighbor’s 86 900 turbo, thank you very much. Sure I haven’t worked on newer ones, but if they are anything like the old ones, yikes… It is just the biggest engineering cluster f— I have ever seen. Oh, and just so you know… Saab IS an American car, not my neighbors, obviously, but relatively new ones are.. *ahem* WERE. They took GM’s money, and wasted it re-engineering all their parts, badly.

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  5. What’s so fu-ed up about it?

    My experience of the 900 is based on a ’90 with a normally aspirated engine. It worked OK. Scrapped it because of rust and bad brakes. Other than that: nothing.

    I don’t understand why you are trashtalking Saab because of a 27 year old car. Some cars don’t even last half that age. And please tell me which of the GM parts that Saab screwed up so badly. They made necessary improvements in order to produce safe and comfortable cars.

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  6. Really? You didn’t have the mechanical fuel injection system blow up and spray fuel all over the hot engine? That doesn’t sound too safe to me.

    If you buy a 9-5, you will need to replace Saab’s fuel pump at some point. Normally that’s not a big deal, except that Saab “engineered” GM’s access panel out of the car. In order to get to it, you have to cut a hole in the panel under the back seat, or drop the fuel tank. All companies make bad cars, Saab just makes a few more than most others.

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  7. No the fuel injection system on my 900 worked just fine. Overall, the quality and characteristics of the engine was very satisfying. The rust was the worst problem.

    Which generation of the 9-5 are you talking about? If it’s the old one, you’re full of shit because it is perfectly possible to change the fuel pump without cutting any panels or dropping the tank in that model. I don’t know anything about the new 9-5 but I find it hard to believe that it lacks this access panel for the pump.

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  8. Well, its a moot point as of right now. Saab doesn’t exist anymore, and that’s all I have to say. Rest assured the car in this video will be back relatively soon.

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  9. TURBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Volvo got the B18 engine, Saab got the waste gate for the Turbo. Both designed by Per Gillbrand. and yes this is commen knowlage in sweden. well sorta…

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  10. Notice at 1:31 there is no door ajar display on dash, but after repair at 8:34 that as well as some other light come on in the dash.

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  11. Doug, you really don’t seem to know much about cars period. FYI, the fuel pump in my ’95 and ’02 are still going strong. By “eventually” do mean “In 20 years or so”? If that’s the case then every car needs the fuel pump replaced eventually. And FYI, it’s right under the back seat, no “panel” to cut. I feel sorry for your friend’s ’86.

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  12. Eric, just to help… The message you will get is on the SID. “Service Theft Alarm”. When the client says her key didn’t work, she probably means the remote unlock buttons. Car should still start just fine. And if you want to remanufacture the part yourself, you just have to crack it open and replace the rechargable battery. (2 solder points.)

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  13. Very nice to see Saab repairs in your videos! I bought it some time ago as used spare part.
    I might check this part for batteries and stuff. Prior watching this video I thought it was just for the alarm sound.

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  14. I feel bad for you as a person. Just because you donw like SAAB does not mean everyone think so.. I for one don´t go around commenting useless comments that are not helpful or expressing a valid point!

    I have had SAAB´s Volvos and alot of other brands come through my garage and i do not hate on any of the brands. Every brand has their pros and cons.
    For instance Saab´s always run 2-3 deciliters less per 10km than a corresponding model/year from volvo. Parts are pretty cheap compared etc.

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  15. My fuelpump in my 9-5 -03 still going strong after 280 000 km (174 000 miles). 😀 My GT17 turbo is also in pretty good condition and that surprises me.

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  16. When the theft alarm is failing you’ll usually have a “Service Theft Alarm” message on the center display called the SID (Saab Information Display). The biggest annoyance that can happen is the alarm going off without warning at any time. For those of you who don’t want to spend the money to fix this you can merely unplug the theft alarm siren. This will not cause any problems other than the recurring message on the SID.
    Source: Lots of personal SAAB experience
    -theSAABguy

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  17. Also you mentioned she had an occasional no start. This would not be related to the theft alarm, but rather is a separate problem if it’s not accompanied with any messages on the display then my money would be on the Neutral Safety/Position Switch NSS or NPS. These can have intermittent faults and the car’s computer doesn’t read it’s in P. Usually this happens when it gets hot out. To fix the NSS needs to be replaced or a bypass can be wired in-if you do a search for this you should find details

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  18. we use to replace them all the time at the dealership when we was open but ever one I know was to cheap to buy one new, you can order the batteries online and solder them in cr17335se

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  19. I am so glad I have found this comment! I have been having problems with my Saab with the alarm going off for absolute no reason at random times of the week. Thank you, you have saved me a lot of money!

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