A funny thing happened as I was on my way to work this morning. A carrier pigeon flew down, landed on my shoulder and gently nudged my ear. He looked quite tired, but motioned toward the papers tied to his leg.
Here’s what those papers said:
Subject: Revision to Bluetooth Handsfree Kit for All Saab Dealers
Bluetooth Handsfree Kit is now avalable for all new Saab 9-3 and all Saab 9-5 vehicles from MY01 onward. Bluetooth is a wireless method of transferring information between mobile telephones hands-free kits in cars, headsets, computers and other communication devices. Bluetooth is an open standard, allowing Bluetooth products from different companies to communicate with each other, all you need to ensure is that your mobile telephone is Bluetooth compatible.
Once the Bluetooth handsfree kit has been installed into the car, there is no need to dock your phone into a telephone. Just leave your phone in your bag or pocket when entering the car. Your car will automatically link with your mobile phone as soon as you turn the ignition. If you are already in a call when entering your car, the car will automatically get transferred to your car and back to your phone as you leave the vehicle.
The Bluetooth handsfree kit is voice operated and allows you to dial a number by simply speaking a number or a name. Conversations are held through the car’s audio system, which automatically mutes your radio for incoming calls and allows you to change the volume also by using the buttons on the steering wheel. All to ensure that you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving.
Part #32025900 Adaptor (-TEL1 prep)- – MSRP: $32.00
Model Application: 9-3 MY03-06, radio/navigation (0.6h)
9-3 MY07-, radio (0.6h)
9-3 MY07, navigation (0.8h)
Part #32025907 Blue Tooth Kit (&TEL1 prep) – – MSRP: $320.00
Model Application: 9-3 4D/5D MY03- (0.6h)
9-5 MY01- (0.9 h)
Addendum/Revision to Original Bluetooth Message below:
How to determine if a car requires the adapter harness:
Some cars have factory pre-wiring for a hands-free phone. This is referred to as TEL1 in the instructions. These cars do not need to have the adapter harness installed.
Check (squeeze) the shark fin antenna. If the car has the pre-wiring, the shark fin will not bend as there is an antenna inside the outer shell. These cars will also have a microphone in the overhead console (although it will not be utilized for this kit). Models that have the pre-wiring (TEL1) do not need the adapter harness. All others do require the adapter harness.
Important note regarding OnStar equipped vehicles:
This hands-free kit is not compatible with OnStar and therefore cannot be installed in any vehicle with a functional OnStar system. The installation instructions for the adapter harness list 2007 9-3 with Navigation as one variant. Please note that U.S. 9-3 models for the 2007 model year require OnStar when the Navigation system is chosen, therefore this kit cannot be installed on a 2007 9-3 with Nav.(and hence, OnStar).
Hopefully that should clear up a lot of the Bluetooth questions out there.
The good news is that it’s available.
The bad news seems to be that you can’t have it on an 07 model if you also want Nav, as Nav is bundled with OnStar and that clashes with Bluetooth.
As I know diddly-squat about OnStar and the phone service offered, I’ll refrain from writing my opinion on this. Y’all can write yours, though.
All in all, it’s a positive development that it’s available and especially that it appears to be OK for a retrofit job on prior years 9-3 and 9-5 models.