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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:43 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:21 am 
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The short answer to your question is that, if the music system is important to you, don't buy this car.

The alternative is to allow a lot of extra money to get someone who is really familiar with Saabs either (1) to upgrade the system to the best factory-standard (with parts taken from a donor scrap car) or (2) to bypass the existing system and fit something up-to-date from scratch.

The first approach will leave the car "genuine", and the speakers could be improved upon as part of the process.
The second is going to give you a better sound quality and modern connectivity, but would be very disruptive, and will inevitably look "bolted on".

I have the factory 7-speaker setup in mine, which I have updated by adding an MP3/BT interface to the existing AUX input, and I am pretty happy with the sound (others are less tolerant!) but I'm sure it could be improved with a radical speaker swap.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:52 am 
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The dashpanel with the buttons is not the radio. It's the Infotainment Control Module (ICM). It has the radio controls on it, but it is the unit that links the three computer networks in the car together. It has to remain in the car, or the car won't start.

The tuner amp is a silver box hidden behind the heater/air on control panel. It's called the Entertainment Head Unit (EHU). It has the CD player hung beneath it. Between them the ICM & EHU generate all the warning sounds and indicator clicks. The sound and data are transmitted between the ICM, EHU & CD by a fibre optic ring cable.

Your base system has four small speakers.

The next best system, which was an upgrade, was to add a second speaker (AMP2) under the front seat. This feeds three extra speakers. Centre dashboard, and the front doors. Your doors will have grilles but no speakers.

There is a further upgrade which adds big speakers in the rear shelf and tweeters, but that involves extra amps, wiring and optics.


From 2007 the 9-3 got an industry standard wire audio system with a double DIN head unit.

The easiest upgrade is to abandon the CD player. Fit a single DIN headunit, and feed all the (new) speakers from that. Just retaining the centre dash speaker connected to the old system for the warning sounds.

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