My wife was driving her 1999 9-3 covertible on the motorway when suddenly all the instrument lights went out. The engine continued to run OK and the exterior (driving) lights were working. She called me and I told her not to switch the engine off, which was just as well because when she got home (after driving a further 100 miles or so) the car refused to start again. We have tried to start it on several sucessive days with no luck. Now the lights on the dash behave as you would expect when the ignition is turned on, but the engine fan starts immediately (even though the engine is stone cold) and runs for several minutes. I think the engine fires for a split second when it is turned over, but it won't run (and if it fires it really is for only a fraction of a second, so I can't be sure it actually does fire). I have tried to read the fault codes but the set-up I have won't read them (that is the subject of another post, "1999 9-3 Can't read OBD2 codes on 2.0 9-3 convertible"). Has anyone experienced this before? The fact that the fan starts running every time I try to start it makes me think perhaps the engine management unit thinks the engine is hot and is providing fueling for hot running, although in fact it is cold. I have tried starting it with the throttle depressed to deliver more fuel (normally this is not needed) but it didn't make any difference. The car is a 2 litre non-turbo.