Since 2003 Saab Automobile AB has delivered cars all over the world with the auto-dimming rearview side mirrors for both the 9-3 and the 9-5 series.
They use the same mirror but are listed under different part-numbers. But the mirrors do fit between the 9-3 and 9-5, that we’ve tried ourselves.
There is also a reoccurring problem with these mirrors, they have a tendency to change color to a more brownish burned color and the auto-dimming function most often stops working.
I have talked to former managers at Saab and they knew about this problem already back in 2003 and mirrors were replaced on warranty since then.
Since 2010, these mirrors have been out of stock at ORIO (Saab Parts) even though they were still being used in production at the time?. In 2007 they were included in the more normal Vector configurations so a large amount of cars that came out of Saab actually had these mirrors installed.
The current 9-3 version being built by NEVS does not have the option of auto-dimming side mirrors, I have been delaying this post on purpose hoping that once production resumed, the new car would have at least the option of these type of mirrors thus the part would return to stock with Orio, however it did not turn out this way.
We at SU have tried, in vain, to ask Orio (former SAAB Parts) over a period of 12 months to resume production of these mirrors since a lot of cars are affected by the above mentioned problem resulting in most cars not being approved at their annual inspection.
The fact that these cars no longer pass the inspection is forcing the owner to spend hundreds of Euro’s on a mirror that does not have the auto-dimming function and thus the car no longer does what the customer initially paid a lot of money for. This also causes the car to lose great value on the used car market since it is no longer worker properly.
I have personally spoken to manufacturers of auto-dimming rear view mirrors (which is more or less standard products on all new cars today) and they state that making these for Saab cars is not a technical issue, all Orio has to do is to place an order and pay the bill.
I have also made NEVS aware of the problem and they are looking into the matter as well! I hope to hear back soon with some kind of result.
Orio is continuously taking pride in stating that they are good at supplying spare parts for Saab cars, we ask Orio to get the missing parts back into stock as soon as possible before it hurts the Saab brand even more than it already has!