2005 Saab 9-3

Asked by Aug 24, 2018 at 09:38 AM about the 2005 Saab 9-3 Linear

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Over a month ago my 2005 Saab 9-3 was running
perfectly fine. I killed the car and an hour later went
to crank it again, the SIM said "key not accepted
contact Saab dealer." I saw where, because the
ignition is in the console between the front seats it
catches alot of dirt and debris. So I sprayed it out
with compressed air and then my fob would turn
again and cranked right up. But once it sat
overnight it did the same thing. When I inserted the
fob into the ICM it would not turn from the lock
position and told me "key not accepted again." I
have checked all the fuses, blew the ICM out with
compressed air, took the ICM out and apart and
cleaned it and the wire connections with q-tips,
rubbing alcohol, and electrical wire cleaner spray. I
even bought a second ICM (off eBay so whose to
say it wasn't bad too) but nothing has worked.

1 Answer


Same thing happened to me on my 2005 9-3 linear. A replacement ignition switch fixed it for me. Was a very easy job. Hardest part was getting a replacement switch! No programming necessary.

Your Answer:

Saab 9-3 Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
    Jan Fosen
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealersTM


Related Models For Sale

Used Saab 9-5
10 listings
Used BMW 3 Series
122 Great Deals out of 2,452 listings starting at $2,985
Used Audi A4
53 Great Deals out of 1,009 listings starting at $2,495
Used Volvo C70
16 listings starting at $6,477
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
65 Great Deals out of 1,682 listings starting at $3,300
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
50 Great Deals out of 818 listings starting at $4,415
Used Saab 9-7X
3 listings
Used Subaru Forester
37 Great Deals out of 1,184 listings starting at $3,400
Used Volvo S60
5 Great Deals out of 158 listings starting at $2,950
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
67 Great Deals out of 4,459 listings starting at $3,495

Used Cars for Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.