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 Post subject: Replacing the stereo
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:36 pm 
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Car Model: 93-3 turbo
Hello, this is my first Saab I've owned and the other day my CD player gave up the ghost, with a good CD stuck in it :(

I have a Saab specialist nearby but wondered if I am best replacing the unit with them or trying to get a local audio person to fix it for me and carry on like nothing happened?

I don't know what it could be replaced with - it's a 9-3 turbo (53 plate)


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing the stereo
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:16 pm 
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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:42 pm
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Location: Devon
Car Model: 2005 9-5 2.3T Vector
You could just get the same unit from another 9-3 and get that fitted..

Going for a different brand of unit will most probably cause a few headaches..
Getting the wiring to connect properly and/or having to bypass the SAAB inbuilt amp..

I'm not up on the 9-3 so hopefully others will jump on board and welcome to UKSAABs :)


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing the stereo
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:29 pm 
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Car Model: 93-3 turbo
Thank you for replying, I have had a look for a replacement but will have to do a deeper search for the one similar to mine


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing the stereo
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:35 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero est. 9-3 Carlsson
The Saab 9-3 from 2003 to 2006 has an audio system that is completely non-standard. Most local audio specialists won't touch it. All the units are linked for audio and control data by fibre optics and link to the car's computer network. Only Saab branded bits will work. It's not even an industry shape, so no aftermarket stuff will fit. And the main units must stay in the car and connected, in order for the car to start and for the indicator and warning sounds to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Replacing the stereo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:38 am 
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2003 was the changeover year.

Is it the newer shaper saloon or the older shape convertible you've got?

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