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    Default BX upgrade problem...

    new car's locked and no one has seen the key for over 4 years

    As you'll know I've been driving BX's for 13 years, I currently own 7 of them, however none of them go so after having spent the last 5 weeks trying to find the fault in 30 year old french electrics that is stopping my daily driver for running for more than 10 mins, and with my Grandmother's estate finally setting, I thought it was a great opportunity to move to a Modern car.

    I've been left her Saab, 2008 I think, but no one has seen the key in 4 years, does anyone have any ideas, it's one of those ones that goes in the centre console?
    My current options seem to be:
    have it towed to the swap heap, seems a waste because memory serves that it only has 60k on the clock, or
    tow it to my farm and use it as a garden sculpture, my neighbour up the road has an eh holden in his garden, so I think the saab would fit right in.

    But neither of those options are my preference, I was quite looking forward to driving up the hume on cruise control, and some swedish boring reliability!

    Any thoughts or ideas greatly appreciated, if we're pushing into security discussions, just PM me.

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    Keep looking or order new keys from SAAB via the VIN. There may be less costly ways and some of the SAAB service and parts vendors would know. If the car was still insured or had road service paid, the policy/roadside may include help with new keys.

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    Bypass the the starter circuit with a series of fancy switches.



    I like the idea that one would program them like a combination lock, or a puzzle from Myst

    And it would make it more like a plane anyway, you could nearly convince ppl that's what saabs are like. It kinda fits with the weird key position in the middle console too no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    Keep looking or order new keys from SAAB via the VIN. There may be less costly ways and some of the SAAB service and parts vendors would know. If the car was still insured or had road service paid, the policy/roadside may include help with new keys.
    I thought SAAB were gone, hence his problem.

    Surely there must be SAAB specialists still around that may be able to help, even if overseas like the UK or whatever?

    Ps - have you checked the glovebox. She probably left the spare in there.
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    Manufacturer gone, yes, but parts and service lives on.
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    Hey @renault8&10 car's locked, so can't check the glovebox and I've already checked all the wheel arches.

    @bowie well at least it would make it feel more familiar, my first car was the BX TRS with the spaceship style rocker switches

    @DavidS I've done some reading and I can order new keys, but they'll need to be re-programmed, and I very much get the impression that the car needs to be unlocked for that.

    So my first problem is, how do I unlock the car without putting it into "***k you I'm never working again" mode?

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    Hmmm can you get under the bonnet without breaking stuff? that battery should probably come out I suppose?

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    Got an old coat hanger?? Or plastic packaging strapping, which you can feed in and get to a door pull.
    The car must have been sold and/or serviced by someone nearby. Can they assist?
    At least if a new key is cut to the lock, you can open it, assuming it wasn't keyless entry by 2008.

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    Hi Gamila
    Serves you right for even thinking of crossing over
    However if you wish to persist, surely there is a Saab forum or several. In GB perhaps, they seem to get most of the same problems over there as we do. Join and ask away !
    There is some commonality of GM stuff in the later Saabs also, so that may make life easier.{or not !}
    good luck Jaahn

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    Just out of interest, I did a google search. Easy to find info, but I don't think much of it will be good news unfortunately.
    Perhaps you would be better doubling your efforts to find the key, lest you have to get new keys and cim.

    It seems it was a lengthy and expensive process even when there were dealers.
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    Would it be worth trying to contact the SAAB club of Australia, someone there might even want your car - Saab Car Club of Australia

    SAAB forums may have useful info? - Saab Forum : Forums for the Saab 900, 9000, 9-3, 9-5, 9-3SS, 9-2x & 9-7
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    Get a locksmith.
    I presume the car does also have a conventional door lock that takes a bladed key?
    A locksmith or a breakdown service should be able to open this in minutes.
    (I don't know if you're in the RACV but with the RACQ your membership covers you for any car you drive. RACV could be the same)
    Once the car's open then you can search the interior for a spare key and/or you can buy a new key or have a new key made.
    Seems a shame to scrap a car (even a SAAB) just because the key is missing.

    There may be certain suburbs in Melbourne where one can leave a car for say, a hour and it will be open when one returns.
    The danger here is that the car or some parts (e.g. wheels, interior) might be missing when you return.

    A last resort, the brick through one of the side windows or quarter-glass (if they have them).
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    It is keyless entry, with one of those emergency blade type keys on the passenger side door, Mum's going to have a chat to a locksmith to see if a replacement one can be cut without knowing key numbers. Joy of the car being up country though, significantly smaller range of locksmiths to chat to.
    I've done significant reading on the saab forums, I wasn't really liking anything I read, because basically, it's complicated and hard work is the answer, so just thought I'd see if the aussie frogs brains trust had any amazing out of the box ideas.

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    Hi
    You know the best locksmith I used was "up the country". He filed up a key for the locking petrol cap out the front of his shop on a sat morning while chatting to me, in 5 minutes with two spares for a bargain price. He took a break from doing the ignition on a Kombi which he said was a "bit harder" to do. It had been trucked there. Quite a long time ago now. It was good to see an expert at work.
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