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thanks for the quick reply. :)

can i use any of these switches then ? my 9-3 is a 56 with the facelift dash so i was sticking to the part numbers in the original post which doesn't match any of the part numbers that you posted ?
 

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The part number 12801063 in the original post matches the part number of the 3rd switch in my post above:

Article : Switch
PartNo : 12801063
Usage : 2004-2006, NLS-USE 12775819
Supplementary Description : rear-view mirror
With store function


However, this switch is NOT suitable for foldable mirrors.

As I mentioned in the PS of my post, you should use the bold part numbers that replace the original part numbers.
So the part number 12801063 has been discontinued and the new one is 12775819.

If you car has seats with memory then you need a switch that also says "With store function":

Article : Switch
PartNo : 12801065
Usage : 2004-2006, NLS-USE 12775821
Supplementary Description : rear-view mirror
Electrically foldable
With store function


If you only need an "Electrically foldable" mirror and your seats have no memory then you need No 2 switch:

Article : Switch
PartNo : 12801064
Usage : 2004-2006, NLS-USE 12775820
Supplementary Description : rear-view mirror
Electrically foldable


When you say that your car is a "56" you mean 2006 model?
Sorry, I am not familiar with the UK plate system.
 

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many thanks for the explanation. very helpful.

i'm also confused by the uk system. :)
the car was registered in the second half of 2006 so technically is a 2006 but i've seen it referred to as a 2007 model because t has the facelift dash f that makes sense ?

carpartsconnexion has the mirrors (as per the part numbers listed in the first post) but no switch. :-(
 

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Look at your VIN number - either through the windscreen at the bottom or on the label on the door sill when the door is open.

The 10th digit will give the model year. 6 = 2006, 7=2007 etc. The label in the door shut will give you the actual date of manufacture as well. The 2007 cars will have started being built in late August 2006.

Here's a VIN label from my 9-5. It is also a 2007 model made in 2006. VIN is YS3.........6...... with 6 as the 10th digit. The actual date of manufacture is written sideways up the right hand side. 11/2006 in my case.


 

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thanks again.

so, when looking for parts, i should be using the model year (2007 in your case according to the image above) rather than the year of manufacture (2006 in your case) ?

thanks for all your help guys ...
 

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If your car is a MY2007 then the following mirror switches apply for electrically foldable mirrors:

Article : Switch
PartNo : 12775820
Usage : 2006-2008, NLS-USE 12782903
Supplementary Description : rear-view mirror
Electrically foldable
Ch. --81114751
Ch. --86005209
Order Quantity : 1

Article : Switch
PartNo : 12775821
Usage : 2006-2008
Supplementary Description : rear-view mirror
Electrically foldable With store function
Ch. --81114145
Ch. --86005075
Order Quantity : 1

PS: Use the part numbers in bold
 

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To give you a perspective on price level, 9 months ago I bought from the local Saab dealer the driver door mirror microswitch (with auto-store/memory and fold) at a price of €17.00. So it's not that expensive. By now it would be a little bit more expensive since in UK the VAT has increased to 20% (from 17.5%).

It is very easy to replace the switch. The old one is just popped out. No screws.
 

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A great read thanks for the info, but do still have a question... the parts listed are dated from 2004, I have a 2003 Aero... can I use the same product codes?

Am very tempted to get the auto-dim mirror and folding wing mirrors now it doesn't seem too difficult.
 

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Saab93-Jet, have a look on carpartsconnexion, they had some folding mirrors on there, put the year and model in and do a search for mirrors, it should give you any that will fit your year-all you would need to do is check with the dealer as a lot of the time it will bring up parts for the convertibles and sportswagon. Saab do have a habit of changing part nos but as the website is for dealers selling off old stock the nos may not match up with the ones on here. Also, it doesn't matter if they have other functions like auto dimming as they will still fold without these functions being enabled. I did buy a set with auto dimming but as this meant even more wiring they were just wired up to fold with no problems. Hope this helps. David
 

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just to add :

i had tracked down the parts as per the original post but they are apparently for a convertible.

the parts that i was looking for (saloon, non-memory seats) are :

12798096 and 12798097

these parts are rather expensive so i won't be pursuing the matter unless i find the parts cheaper somewhere else. :)
 

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Ive got the switch and dcm from a car that had the passenger mirror tilt down for reverse facility and wondered if this will just plug into my car or will it be easier to tech2 my existing dcm to do this ?
 

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Hi Mogwye

I don't suppose you took any photo's of what you did? To make an uber useful "how to" by any chance?

What's the DCM? Is there one for each side? If not, how did you get the two wires from the passenger side mirror all the way over to the DCM (depending on where it actually is!!)? or vice versa if the DCM is on the passenger side in any case....
 

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Hi Mogwye I don't suppose you took any photo's of what you did? To make an uber useful "how to" by any chance? What's the DCM? Is there one for each side? If not, how did you get the two wires from the passenger side mirror all the way over to the DCM (depending on where it actually is!!)? or vice versa if the DCM is on the passenger side in any case....
Google, google and google :D Here you go...found some instructions on how to remove the DCM's which also gives the locations (obviously)

This was taken from another site...I can't link to it...

"Here is what the Haynes book says about Door Control Modules.

1) The door control modules ( fitted to each door ) control the operation of the electric windows, door mirrors, courtesy lighting at the base of the door, and the function of the central locking motors within the door locks. All the door modules are networked together, and share information with all the other modules on the network.

2) To remove a module, first remove the door trim panel. CAUTION: THE MODULES ARE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO STATIC ELECTRICITY. PRIOR TO TOUCHING THE MODULE, ' EARTH YOURSELF BY BRIEFLY TOUCHING A BARE METAL PART OF THE VEHICLE BODY OR ENGINE.

5) Undo the retaining screw, release the clips and remove the module from the door trim.

6) Refitting is a reversal of removal. Note that if a new module has been fitted, it may be necessary to have the software reprogrammed using dedicated Saab diagnostic equipment. Entrust this task to a Saab dealer or suitably equipped specialist. ( sounds like it will need TEC II if you swop a door control module ).

EDIT: Edited this in IE to see if it retains formatting...
 

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This is really useful - many thanks.

Just to check my understanding then - when connecting in the two wires to each DCM in each door panel, I'm wondering if Tech 2 is needed at all, as the DCM aren't being changed.... just having an extra couple of wires plugged into them!

Just trying to be as tight as possible, and not have to visit the non-existent main dealers unless I really, really have to! Fingers crossed that my 2005 has the fuller loom in any case, and they just need plugging in and activating at worst.
 
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