Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 14:09:12 +1000
From: Peter Wilkins <>
Subject: Re: PennyPinching - Unsafe Saab 9-5SE

On Fri, 14 Jul 2000 12:11:31 GMT, Scott A. Stratmoen <> wrote : >FYI, > >I checked the two 1999 "GM" cars I have access to a Viggen and a Buick >Regal. Neither car activates the safety belt alarm for the front >passenger. > >The issue appears to be that there no longer is a pressure switch in the >passenger seat. It is interesting that my 9-5 states that it only >independently controls temperature for the passenger if someone is >sitting in the seat. I found that this not the case in practice. These >two issues are related as the hardware is just not present. > Thanks Scott, So it seems the hardware missing in the 1998 Oz Saabs is also missing in your 99 9-5, and the issue goes further than I originally thought. I will write to Saab Australia formally by snailmail on this now - they gave an inaccurate brush-off reply to my first email and did not reply to my second email in which I clearly pointed out the errors in their reply and in their handbook. In a way I can understand Saab dropping these features in the base 9-5 to save cost, but not in the SE, and not without amending the handbook to show that the features had been deleted. -- Regards, Peter Wilkins (

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