I'm new here, pretty despondent, due to my horrible decision to buy a 2004 Saab Arc convertible, recently. I knew it wasn't running, paid 1000 for it, knew it was a gamble, big mistake. The first issue was the car not starting, all electrics out. My gamble was based on that, I was taking a chance it was a dead battery. Maybe more involved than just that, but thought okay, worth the chance. Tried jumping it, some electrics slowly came to life, but never enough for the starter to make a noise. I bought a new battery at AutoZone and replaced it. My fiancee and I put it in and after a few tries. I turned the key and got the "immobilizer failure" message on dash. I turned the key to off position and tried starting again, nothing from starter. But after about third try, boom, it starts. We are overjoyed. But then the clutch won't go out into gear. Motor sounds great, but clutch will not budge, and the entire time, all of the electrics are going on and off every three seconds, except for the air conditioner and fan and radio. All dash guages blinking every three seconds. I turned the motor off and investigated. I try to start it up, and getting immobilizer failure message and non starting. Starter won't turn over. I notice the yellow battery cut off switch, my fiancee pushes it, and the car starts. But electrics still cycling every three seconds, all warning g lights on and off. Long story short (too late I'm sorry) I have it towed to a Volvo repair shop. They said clutch shot, new one needed for 1600.00. I expected that, fine. But what really frustrated me was they had no idea about the electronics. They have same on and off issues I had, able to start it every third or fourth try. But the repair guy said before he looked at it he had the needed Saab 2 scanning tool to tell the codes. He tells me when he calls me about the clutch that he can't pull codes because of the flashing guages going on and off not allowing reading. I asked if he was using the Saab diagnostic tool, and he said not the exact one, but something equivalent and should pull codes. I've lost hope in him. I have to decide to pay for clutch fix and pray someone else can use right Saab tool or at least help figure out the electronics issue. This is a Volvo repair shop, I'm kind of stunned that they have no clue how to pull codes from a Saab. Does any one have any idea what the electronics issue could be? Maybe the cut off switch cable? Can I remove that?