The basic function of the plastic part – Gear Surround Cover (Center Console Shift Cover) in Saab 9-3 2003-2011 is to protect the shaft of the shift lever, and of course, has an aesthetic function. This protective cover – shifter bezel that surrounds the manual or automatic transmission – originally comes in several designs and colors. Most commonly in silver metallic color, and then in wood grain style, and and the rarest is in carbon style.
As a new spare part it’s pretty expensive, and costs from $ 50 to $ 200. However, thanks to the secondary market, on Ebay and spare parts sites you can find this part for only a dozen dollars. In time, this plastic is most often damaged and disturbs the aesthetics of the interior of the vehicle.
Fortunately, thanks to the cheap parts and the non-complexity of the operation, in a few minutes you can replace this part yourself. See this video below and you will be completely clear how to do it yourself:
Replacement of the SAAB Gear Surround Cover does not require any additional tools and last for a few minutes. Replacement Parts have the following part number:
Burled Wood Effect (Manual Transmission) (12771621)
Burled Wood Effect (Automatic Transmission) (12771622)
Brushed Metal Effect (Manual Transmission) (12848117)
Brushed Metal Effect (Automatic Transmission) (12848114)
Black Wood (Manual Transmission) (12804396)
Black Wood (Automatic Transmission) (12804397)
Dark Titan Cubic (Automatic Transmission) (12781624)
Dark Titan Cubic (Manual Transmission) (12781623)
Carbon Fibre Effect (Automatic Transmission) (12848115)
Carbon Fibre Effect (Manual Transmission) (12848118)
Painted Walnut (Automatic Transmission) (12803564)
Painted Walnut (Manual Transmission) (12803563)
Red Walnut (Automatic Transmission) (12804399)
Red Walnut (Manual Transmission) (12804398)
Titanium Metal Effect (Automatic Transmission) (12848116)
Titanium Metal Effect (Manual Transmission) (12848119)
And that’s not all, you do not have to change the part, you can refresh it by painting. Simply remove the cover, brush it with sandpaper, spray it with primer, then some basic color, and wait for it to dry. After that, just mount the plastic cover back to its place.