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SAAB 9-3 FAQ
Thought I might start work on a FAQ for the 9-3. PM me if you have something to contribute or post to this thread and I will make a link from the index.

Audio/Telematics
1. What is TEL1, TEL2 and ONSTAR?
2. Saba's 150/7 to 600/9 Audio Upgrade
3. Adding an external amp

4.Can I add aux-in?
You can order one half of the cable to enable aux in in ROTW, and the entire cable in the EU.

5. Can I have navigation?
Only in EU.

Interior
1. How to change the Cabin Filter
2. How to remove the centre console
3. How to remove the rear parcel shelf

4. What is that "Beep" I hear when I'm getting in/out of the car?
It's your seat memory getting reprogrammed. Try hitting the gym.

5. Why are my mirrors always reset when I get in the car?
See Q4 above.

Rattles
1. How do I fix the door rattle in MY03 Sports Sedans?
a. Dave Petherick's Door Buzz Fix

Stalling

Tyre and Wheels
Will 15" rims fit on a US Spec Arc/Aero/Vector? (ROTW Aero?)
No. Vehicles equipped with the 2.0T motor have larger rotors than those equipped with other motors.
and go into some technical areas

Saab 9-3 Models
1. Aside from performance, what are the differences between the Linear, Arc, Vector and Aero models?
Linears are generally the base model 93SS, with black interior in places where the Arc has wood accents, and vector/aero have metallic finishes. Arc adds power seats & (list of stuff), while the Aero/Vector adds sports chassis, 17" wheels, etc.

It should be noted that the 1.8t is the "best value" motor to modify, as an ECU upgrade brings both the 1.8t and 2.0t to the same power as a base 2.0T motor.
 

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Or, if you're lucky like me, when you push the OnStar button to tell them your new mailing address, they greet you with someone else's name! Come to find out that someone cancelled my account and registered the account with MY VIN number under someone else's name. It's fixed now, but they thought someone else bought my car. Grrr!

Needless to say, how does that make me feel "Safe And Sound"?*

Just a little rant.

-Mike

*-Safe And Sound is the OnStar plan everyone gets with their new Saab.
 

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Q. What is TEL1, TEL2 and ONSTAR?[/b]

Tel 1
(Available on non-US spec 9-3SS)

With option Tel 1 the vehicle is equipped with the Saab Audio or Saab Infotainment system. The system has provisions for an external mobile phone that can be connected via a connector to the cars wiring harness.

• The system uses the roof antenna and an antenna cable is pre-routed.
• A hands-free microphone is integrated in the front roof console.
• The audio system is muted when the telephone is activated.
• The audio system's loudspeakers produce the sound from the phone.
• The mobile phone is charged automatically.
• The sound volume of the call in progress can be adjusted using the controls on the steering wheel or with the audio system's volume dial.

Tel 1 Setup


TEL 2
(Available on non-US spec 93SS, the first one left the factory in November, retrofitted to 03 93SS early 04)

With option Tel 2 the vehicle is equipped with Infotainment system 2 incorporating an integrated telephone together with a screen for displaying selected telephone functions. A communication unit, mounted under the parcel shelf, accommodates a SIM card and is also connected to the microphone, roof antenna and radio.

Switches on the steering wheel can be used to make and answer telephone calls, adjust the volume or to search through, and select numbers from, the three conversation lists. Telephone conversations are effected via the roof panel microphone and the normal audio system loudspeakers. Tel 2 also has the option of voice control of the telephone, telephone book and the SMS message service.

The system will not function unless the SIM card is installed and the PIN code correctly registered. It is also necessary to be within an area covered by GSM (EU). Covering is indicated on the SID where the text TELE is shown when the cover is adequate and NO TELE is shown when the cover is insufficient.

The SID and infotainment control module display are used by the system. Call functions available using the steering wheel controls are generally displayed on the SID while call functions accessed via the control panel are generally displayed on the ICM display. Further information about these two displays can be found in the user manual.

An incoming call can be accepted by pressing the telephone symbol button on the steering wheel or on the control panel or by selecting from the menu on the control panel display. The telephone number of the caller is shown on the SID whilst incoming SMS messages are shown on the control panel display.

To make a call, dial the number using the ICM keypad or use the steering wheel controls. You can dial any number and send text messages using the control panel. You can only dial a number from one of the call lists (dialled, missed, received) using the steering wheel controls.

The push-to-talk steering wheel control allows you to create voice tags in the phone book. Using these tags, you can call numbers in the phone book by simply pressing the push-to-talk button and then saying the name of the person you wish to call. The system will repeat the name and then dial the number. This is very useful since the driver does not need to let go of the wheel, improving traffic safety. Further information about voice activation is provided in the user manual.

The audio control module and communication unit communicate over the O-bus.

The communication unit has a flash memory, which means that additional features can be SPS programmed at a later date.

Onstar (US spec only)

With the OnStar option the vehicle is equipped with a communication unit and an OnStar button which is used to summons help and to request assistance with respect to various services. In order to contact OnStar it is only necessary to press the OnStar button which is mounted either under the audio control panel or under the infotainment control panel, depending upon which system is fitted. The system will only function if the vehicle is within an area covered by AMPS (US).

When you activate the system, i.e. press the OnStar button, you will be put in touch with an advisor and can receive advice or help.

The system comprises a telematic control module with GPS unit, GPS antenna, OnStar button, microphone and phone antenna. The GPS and phone antennae are integrated in the same unit and positioned on the roof of the car. The system uses the entertainment head unit to reproduce the voice advisor.

The system automatically contacts an alarm centre in the event of a collision that deploys the airbags. The position of the car is determined using GPS, assisting emergency services to quickly reach the location.

The communication unit, radio and control panel communicate with each other via the O-bus.

The communication unit has a flash memory, which means that additional features can be SPS programmed at a later date.
 

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Saba said:
Q. What is TEL1, TEL2 and ONSTAR?[/b]

Tel 1
(Available on non-US spec 9-3SS)

With option Tel 1 the vehicle is equipped with the Saab Audio or Saab Infotainment system. The system has provisions for an external mobile phone that can be connected via a connector to the cars wiring harness.

• The system uses the roof antenna and an antenna cable is pre-routed.
• A hands-free microphone is integrated in the front roof console.
• The audio system is muted when the telephone is activated.
• The audio system's loudspeakers produce the sound from the phone.
• The mobile phone is charged automatically.
• The sound volume of the call in progress can be adjusted using the controls on the steering wheel or with the audio system's volume dial.

Tel 1 Setup


TEL 2
(Available on non-US spec 93SS, the first one left the factory in November, retrofitted to 03 93SS early 04)

With option Tel 2 the vehicle is equipped with Infotainment system 2 incorporating an integrated telephone together with a screen for displaying selected telephone functions. A communication unit, mounted under the parcel shelf, accommodates a SIM card and is also connected to the microphone, roof antenna and radio.

Switches on the steering wheel can be used to make and answer telephone calls, adjust the volume or to search through, and select numbers from, the three conversation lists. Telephone conversations are effected via the roof panel microphone and the normal audio system loudspeakers. Tel 2 also has the option of voice control of the telephone, telephone book and the SMS message service.

The system will not function unless the SIM card is installed and the PIN code correctly registered. It is also necessary to be within an area covered by GSM (EU). Covering is indicated on the SID where the text TELE is shown when the cover is adequate and NO TELE is shown when the cover is insufficient.

The SID and infotainment control module display are used by the system. Call functions available using the steering wheel controls are generally displayed on the SID while call functions accessed via the control panel are generally displayed on the ICM display. Further information about these two displays can be found in the user manual.

An incoming call can be accepted by pressing the telephone symbol button on the steering wheel or on the control panel or by selecting from the menu on the control panel display. The telephone number of the caller is shown on the SID whilst incoming SMS messages are shown on the control panel display.

To make a call, dial the number using the ICM keypad or use the steering wheel controls. You can dial any number and send text messages using the control panel. You can only dial a number from one of the call lists (dialled, missed, received) using the steering wheel controls.

The push-to-talk steering wheel control allows you to create voice tags in the phone book. Using these tags, you can call numbers in the phone book by simply pressing the push-to-talk button and then saying the name of the person you wish to call. The system will repeat the name and then dial the number. This is very useful since the driver does not need to let go of the wheel, improving traffic safety. Further information about voice activation is provided in the user manual.

The audio control module and communication unit communicate over the O-bus.

The communication unit has a flash memory, which means that additional features can be SPS programmed at a later date.

Onstar (US spec only)

With the OnStar option the vehicle is equipped with a communication unit and an OnStar button which is used to summons help and to request assistance with respect to various services. In order to contact OnStar it is only necessary to press the OnStar button which is mounted either under the audio control panel or under the infotainment control panel, depending upon which system is fitted. The system will only function if the vehicle is within an area covered by AMPS (US).

When you activate the system, i.e. press the OnStar button, you will be put in touch with an advisor and can receive advice or help.

The system comprises a telematic control module with GPS unit, GPS antenna, OnStar button, microphone and phone antenna. The GPS and phone antennae are integrated in the same unit and positioned on the roof of the car. The system uses the entertainment head unit to reproduce the voice advisor.

The system automatically contacts an alarm centre in the event of a collision that deploys the airbags. The position of the car is determined using GPS, assisting emergency services to quickly reach the location.

The communication unit, radio and control panel communicate with each other via the O-bus.

The communication unit has a flash memory, which means that additional features can be SPS programmed at a later date.
Haha, I couldn't read throug the whole thing, but how do I know which one my car has?
 

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If you are in the US then you WONT have TEl or TEL 2 (not available). You MAY have ONSTAR. If you are not in US, and you don't have a phone connected, you dont have any of them. :wink:
 

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MyS44Bkicksa$$ said:
yeah it has onstar but it also has some phone buttons, so i guess it has a phone too. :roll:

I am in the US too.
The phone button on the 93 Sport Sedan summons up the OnStar voice (at 20db above the natural threshold for pain) You can use "voice" dialing through onstar, but it's cumbersome, at best. You must "an nunce yooo ate" your words.
 

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whats the deal with the adding the external amp and upgrade link? it doesnt work!
 

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What should rear cambers be on a 2006, 9-3 convertible. Now they are at -1.8 (left) and -1.8 (right). Front cambers are in range. Was going to have alignment and they can do toe but not camber.
 
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