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Old 01-03-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Head unit

I am fairly knowledgeable on stereo installs but a buddy of mine just got a 1999 saab 9-3 and we are a little unsure on how to go about doing the head unit. There is no stock amplifiers, but we will be installing aftermarket amps.

My biggest concern is I am unsure how the computer/sid works with an aftermarket head unit.
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Will this kit work? Will the computer and wheel controls still function? I have searched high and low but I havent came across much.

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Well, I'll throw this in there. The '99-'02 (Sedans and '03 on convertibles) doesn't have the same dash as the '03 (sedans) '04-'06 (Sedans and convertibles).

That being said I don't think it'll interfere with the SID (maybe someone with an aftermarket radio in one of those years can chime in). I'm pretty sure in all of the cars I've seen the SID wasn't affected.

On the steering wheel controls I'm not sure. From what it looks like on crutchfield you'll need an adaptor, but none of the ones they sell will work with it.

I'd look on crutchfield.com, they are pretty good with their stuff and their support is awesome. It looks like they have everything needed in stock (wiring harness, dash kit, etc).
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I've put aftermarket decks in two NG900s with this kit:

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=212

Its really easy to work with and looks great installed. You do have to be careful of the wiring as one wire goes from the deck to the SID which should not be installed with the aftermarket deck. The SID will blink if its connected. Since I have not done a 9-3 yet it may not happen but only hook up the wires you need to and it should work well.

I wish you had a NG900 as I could just sell you my connectors prewired and known to work.

Genuine Saab also should have the connectors needed to get the wheel controls to work.
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Not to thread jack, but does anyone know how the lighting works in the stock head unit? Not the SID, but the actual green lighting on the numbers/buttons...mine went out but if i put pressure on the face of the deck, it comes on. As soon as a release, it turns off.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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I came across that site but they only have it for the 900. So basically with an aftermarket headunit the SID becomes useless? I know in my previous car to get the wheel controls to work I just needed to get the right colored wire to the HU.

I cant believe there isnt an actually guide out there...
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PAC and Peripheral make the steering wheel button interpreter.

The only difference in that kit is the pocket. The NG one is a darker plastic.
The wiring is the same but you will need an antenna adapter.

There is some info out there about a specific generation VW aftermarket harness working as well. Doing some searching here and on SC.
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I came across that site but they only have it for the 900. So basically with an aftermarket headunit the SID becomes useless? I know in my previous car to get the wheel controls to work I just needed to get the right colored wire to the HU.

I cant believe there isnt an actually guide out there...
The SID doesn't become useless; you just lose the lower line where the radio information is displayed. The rest of the SID functions work just like they always did.

There's actually an extremely good guide to NG900/9-3 audio upgrades, Richard Bevan's Saab Audio Guide. Back when I bought my car, about 10 years ago, everyone knew about it, but people seem to be forgetting about it more and more:

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I heard about this guy who figured out how to make a connector that would hook up your iPod to your stock head unit and display the song information on the SID. Sounds like a pretty great idea to me because then I can keep the stock look but use my iPod. I bet everyone will buy them!
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