Date: 4 Aug 2005 21:45:51 -0700
From: "seattlejay" <jgreene206nospamail.com>
Subject: 2001 9-3 starter problems


I'm having problems with my 2001 9-3 and my dealer's service department can't figure out how to fix it. (I'm going to the dealer because the problem is covered by warranty.)Four times over the last 8 months, my car hasn't been able to start. It's not an end-of-the-earth problem. But it's pretty annoying. Here's what happens: I put the key in the ignition, turn it and the engine does nothing. No clicks, no hum. Nothing. But the air-conditioner works, as does the radio. And the lights turn on. But then, if I let the car sit for 30 minutes or so, I can start it right up without any problem. I've tried to think about if there are any commonalities among the different times the problem has happened. There's only one I can point to. It always seems to happen after a short drive -- to the gas station or the market; and that's after the car has been sitting for a while, either overnight in my driveway or all day in my parking garage at work. So far, the dealer has replaced the battery once and the starter twice. But because they can't replicate the problem, they say they can't figure out how to fix it. But I've got to believe that I'm not the only human being on the face of the planet that this has happened to. Is anyone out there aware of such a problem affecting other Saabs? And if so, what's the solution? (And I'm sorry in advance if there's already been a long posting on this problem before. I was unable to find it. Please point me in the right direction if such as post exists.) Thanks.

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