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I am a new owner of an older Saab with about 135k miles and am about to burn the car.

It started fine for about 2 weeks no problem. Then one day I had to crank the key for several seconds before it would start. The sound it makes is as if the battery wants to start but doesn't have enough power. Yes, I have recharged the battery. The car will start, but randomly. Sometimes with several days between the last usage.
I have taken it to a family friend, car started fine for him. He saw no problems with it. And it worked fine for 2 days.
I then took it to the local Saab dealer, they looked at it and hooked it up to the computers and nothing came up.

Has anyone had this issue before or have any clue what it might be?
 

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Two starter wires cranked down tight to starter motor?

Crank case position sensor? Does it start reliably cold, but never hot? Does the tach always bounce while you attempt to start?

Does jiggling the key in the ignition change starting reliability ? ie Ignition Switch intermittent failure?

5 speed or automatic? Does it start better in N or P? ie Gear position switch failure?

Sounds like a tough one, but I have to say that the Dealer should have been able to fix this if they could replicate it!

Good luck, let us know.
 

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I'm assuming the dealer looked into all of that, but would any of you know that the anti-theft system could disable the car from starting? This morning it was phantomly going off and I couldn't turn it off, because I couldn't start the car.
 

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Could be;
Crank Shaft Position Sensor
Fuel Pump (you can check pressure with a gauge)
DIC (Ignition Cassette)
Neutral Safety Switch (if it's an automatic)
Loose Wires
Bad Ground
Shorted Cell in Battery - cause Intermitant power loss.

Alarm Siren should NOT cause it not to start...

You need to basically check the basics here and see what's missing.
 

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I'm assuming the dealer looked into all of that, but would any of you know that the anti-theft system could disable the car from starting? This morning it was phantomly going off and I couldn't turn it off, because I couldn't start the car.
The alarm is s totally diffent issue its batterieis are dying.

That generally indiactres a bad main battery, if your main battery is bad it will slowly drain the alamr battery.

I agree bad battery cell, these cars need lots of pwer to start. Easy to chack to jsut swap it out.

Seems maybe the OP really needs to have a new car without the potential of any issues rather than a 11 year old euro car...
 
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