Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 17:37:41 -0400
From: (Rob Levandowski)
Subject: Re: My new 9-3 and some thoughts

In article <>, smf at wrote: >4. I believe the parking lights setting doesn't work properly. The >manual says not to drive with using the parking lights so possibly >it's set so it doesn't work while the engine is running. My switch >goes from daytime to regular lights to regular lights and no parking >in between. I have a feeling this is broken - the only thing wrong so >far. (not really a big deal, but I'll get it fixed anyway) This is the proper operation of the switch on the 9-3 and 9-5. The "parking lights" are just that: for use only when the car is parked. In most U.S. states, it's illegal to drive with your parking lights on, because you're moving when your lights indicate that you should be parked. The parking lights should be used when you are parked near traffic at night, to make the car visible to traffic. The parking lights will come on only if the vehicle is off and you select the parking lights. (See your owner's manual.) If the 9-3 is like the 9-5, which I believe it is, then you're probably best off leaving the headlamp switch in the rightmost position. The car will turn the headlamps off automatically when you turn the car off, and this position guarantees that all the lights are on when it gets dark. Although I haven't taken the time to walk around my Saab and see how its lights work, I know that many cars with DRLs only illuminate the headlights, and often then just the high beams at half intensity. This can cause people to drive around at night thinking their lights are on, as they can see ahead of them... but not realizing that their taillamps and side marker lights are not lit, and that they're at risk of being rear-ended as a result. If you should want to be able to turn the headlamps off while the engine is running, you'll have to pull the DRL fuse. You can still get the benefits of daytime running lights by simply leaving the headlamp switch on, since they go on and off with the car; with the DRL fuse removed, the leftmost switch position turns the lights off. However, the parking light position still turns the headlamps on if the engine is running. Rob 1999 9-5 SE V6 -- Rob Levandowski

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