Kelly, you need to enter the radios anti-theft code. If you can't find it among the documents that belong to your car you will have to go to a Saab dealer and ask them for help. The same thing happened to me when I bought my '97 Saab 900SE Turbo. An otherwise marvelous car.
Just purchased in April 2005 1997 SE Turbo with 100,000 KMS. Only issues are a somewhat sticky power antenna (arial) and a non functioning heated drivers seat (which I will remedy before winter)
Other than that I really enjoy all aspects of the car's cargo space, luxury appointments and the performance of the Turbo.
I have also purchased a 97 SE Turbo in May this year. I purchased a pig in a poke from a used car dealer, no service records, (with the exception of a non OEM alternator, which was replaced by dealer) It still cost him $1,000 Canadian. Replaced the clutch kit, CV boots, and, oh yes, the Alternator twice. I replace my seat heater before the cold weather sets in. To keep the antenna from sticking just rub the length of it with WD40 or similar. My wife is driving it now, while her Toyota is getting body work. She likes driving it so much I may not get it back!!! ;-)
I just recently purchased a 1997 Saab 900 S. I really like the car, but it seems that the instrument cluster lights from 0 to 40 mph is very dim. Is this supposed to be like that? I was also wondering are there supposed to be lights where the power window levers are? The car is great!!! Thanks.
I've had my 97 Saab 900s for two years. She was exactly what I wanted when I bought her, and I have never been disappointed in her. I LOVE my car. She's done me well.
Some things I have had to fix other than normal wear and tear are: new oxygen sensor, a strange electrical problem (fuse section 31 or whichever one runs the wipers, shorted out and was blowing every time the car was turned on. After three days of searching and tearing apart the dash, we found a sharp metal piece inside the dash that had cut into two wires causing the short), and she has a very hard to push gas pedal (which I am going to try to fix by cleaning out the butterfly valve).
That looks like a lot, but it's really not. I love her, she is named, BABIE. You have to say it with a really high pitched voice though. It's not just baby. Her name pretty much explains how much I like her.
For the person who posted on March 22, on the left side of the steering wheel there should be a small adjuster with an upside down triangle. If you turn it up, the screen will become brighter.
I had a 1998 Saab 900 S and am very disappointed. It always breaks down, leads from one problem to another problem. Owning a SAAB is like a nightmare waiting to happen. If you want a unreliable car that sucks money out of your wallet, then get a SAAB! If you want a reliable car, get something else.
I agree, the Saab is nothing but a headache!
I have had problems with my 1996 900SE Convertible since day one... blower motor went out for my air... EVERYTHING plastic in the interior started breaking... radiator started leaking... head gasket blew... thermostat went out... fan sensor went out, so now I have to pop the hood to hook up the fan before I crank it!
I wouldn't mind this in ANY American made vehicle, because the parts are reasonable. Saab parts are way too expensive!
This car is like a bad horse... once it starts going bad, just take it out and shoot it. No one will even buy it because they have to put so much money into parts...I'd have to give it away!
On the bright side, I have a gorgeous lawn ornament!
Code In; this refers to your specific 4 digit code to activate the radio. If you notice, there are two small holes around the radio on either side of the unit. Slide a coat hanger (after you straighten it) into both holes simultaneously; this will allow you to remove the unit. There is a number Saab has placed on it. Write that number down; it is on the rear of the unit. Call the dealer or service, give them the number, and they will give you a 4 digit code to activate the stereo. Oh yeah, it was free!!!