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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / New key won't pair with the car.
« on: 18 July 2019, 01:57:32 PM »
I've got a new key for the 9-5.  SWMBO has lost hers...

The key has been paired to the car with Tech2 and it works.  The key turns and the car starts.

But I can't get the remote to synchronise.  The key battery is at 2.95v, so that should be OK.  WIS says to press the unlock button 4 or 5 times to synchronise.  I've done this.  Another part of WIS says press any button 4 or 5 times to synchronise.  I've done them all.  I've tried fast presses. I've tried slow presses.  Still no good.  As a last resort I paired the keys to the car again, but the situation is unchanged.

The original key is working as before, bith starting the car and as a remote.

The car shows "1 Remote, 2 Transpondr" on SID when I check.

Any help appreciated.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Fuel level issues.
« on: 08 May 2019, 07:52:52 PM »
Tonight I set off for a meeting 20 miles up the motorway with DTE showing 29 to empty. I planned to fill up before returning home. I’ve only been driving around town lately and the fuel consumption was showing 19.3 mpg.

As I drove along slowly in fairly heavy traffic the DTE went up to 32 mpg as it would normally do. The fuel gauge was in the middle of the red section. We proceeded in this way for a few miles. However, the next time I looked at the DTE it was showing 61 miles to empty and the fuel gauge had jump to around a quarter full st the top of the red section. The fuel consumption was showing the same reading as before, but that may not be significant as it will have been a while since it was reset.

I don’t plan to believe this. So I’m wondering what caused it. I remember something like this happening on my old Aero saloon on  a long trip when I was starting to look for a fuel stop. DTE jumped from about 40 to around 120 then.

Any thoughts?

Meeting from 12 noon at

The Old Fisherman, Shabbington, Thame. HP18 9HJ

A one-off special meeting.  Just announced.

This Sunday, 31st March 10.00am at Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Enfield.  It's the museum's monthly Open Day. This event has a £5 entry fee.

We will have a dedicated Saab parking area.

Join us for breakfast from 10am onwards at the Super Sausage Cafe. On the A5 at Potterspury, north of Milton Keynes.  NN12 7QD

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / DI Cassette on offer
« on: 08 February 2019, 09:58:57 AM »
Just seen that Euro Saab Parts Direct have genuine Saab 55559955 black cassettes on offer at just under £200

The Beds Bucks & Herts group February meeting will be at the Stockwood Park Discovery Centre, Luton.  Just off J10 of the M1.  There's a Transport Museum and a Cafe and things for younger members of the family.

The usual lunchtime meeting from 11.00am  Saturday 9th February.

We are meeting for lunch at the Ace Cafe, North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD

Look forward to seeing you there!

The Beds, Bucks & Herts group are meeting at lunchtime at the Chequers Inn, on the old A5 south of Redbourn, Herts. AL3 7AD.

There is a restaurant, it's likely to be busy before Christmas.  If you want to eat lunch, you will need to book directly with the pub.  But the bar and bar snacks will still be available on the day.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / MOT for another year.
« on: 26 November 2018, 03:46:17 PM »
Just got an MOT on the 9-5.  It's 12 years old and 163,000 miles now.  No advisories. Quite pleased. :)

CO was 0.013 against a max of 0.200
HC was 11 against a max of 200
Lambda was 1.010, pretty much in the middle of the 0.970 - 1.300 range.

It's that time again!! :)

The Ace Cafe "Norse Night" meeting.

Join us for a chat, and some food if you like, on Thursday 22nd November.  Meeting from 6pm for Saabs and Volvos, and any other Scandinavian vehicles.

Ace Cafe. North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD

I know it seems that I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about “Saab Approved Service Agents” and have mentioned it on various forums.  But I have just received a call from a (non-Approved) Saab specialist to say that the reason that my aircon has failed is a hole in a badly fitted pipe.  It has rubbed on the bodywork and worn through.

The aircon pipework was replaced two years ago, along with replacing the auto gearbox pipes.  The work was done at a Saab Approved Garage.  The original failure was down to the pipes being in the wrong place, along with broken clips, etc., and rubbing together. The only time any work was done in that area was when the Hirsch intercooler and airbox were fitted in 2008 by the local Saab main dealer.

So, the main dealer faults that I found when checking the aircon two years ago...

Badly damaged aircon pipes needing those pipes and the gearbox cooling pipes replacing.
Pollen filter fitted without the foam seal, and cover refitted with only two of the six or seven screws needed, and the filter looked as if it hadn’t been changed at the last service.
On another occasion, after a service at the same main dealer, the wheel bolts came loose within 15 miles.

Two years ago at a Saab Approved garage, it now appears that the already broken aircon pipes were wrongly fitted and have failed again.  This was the garage that fitted the MAF meter the wrong way around when putting it all back together.

I spoke to an Orio staff member at a Saab get together a year ago, and asked what standards a Garage had to meet to obtain “Saab Approved” listing.  I was told that the only requirement was that they had to be VAT registered, and they had to show that they were financially sound enough for them to open an account with Orio for parts supplied.  There is no requirement for a garage to show any technical ability, or meet any quality standard.  So there are no checks carried out on work done. No technical audits or anything like a “mystery shopper”. 

Would I be right in thinking that most customers taking their car to a “Saab Approved Service Agent” would expect that the garage was technically competent and knew how to fix a Saab? 

The Beds Bucks & Herts Group have arranged another Saab meeting at the Ace Cafe. 

11.00am onwards for lunch.  Finishing around 4.00pm.

Ace Cafe, North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD.

All welcome! :)

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / It went "Bang"...
« on: 12 July 2018, 03:01:27 PM »
Window failed.  Good job I have been carrying some spare green wheels in the boot for the last few years!!

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