Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 16:10:20 +0100
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 convertible Test Brakes query

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 09:07:59 GMT, "indecisive" <> wrote: >Hi Guys - just bought a 2000 9-3 Convertible and am hooked on Saabs now! > >Dumb Question time: Is it normal for my SID to display "Test Brakes" every >time I start the car? The sales guy said this is normal and pressing the >brake pedal removes the prompt. > >The handbook is vague on this message and doesn't actually state if it is >normal for it to display routinely. Can any other owners advise that this is >completely normal? Are you sure the message isn't more like "Test brake lights"? My old '99 9-3 used to do it, and the manual said it was normal. I think the idea was that you wouldn't want to start a journey if a brake light was duff, but the car couldn't tell if one was duff unless they were actually on. So it asked you to test them before starting out. Of course, the temptation was always to see how far you could get without using the brakes and making the message disappear - or perhaps that was just me... My current 2001 9-3 doesn't do it, but that may be because it was a personal import. You might be able to get a dealer to turn it off for you. Cheers, Colin.

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