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Saab 9-5 NG the Tail LED-bar Repair

Saab 9-5NG tail LED-bar

Sure you’ve noticed the Saab 9-5 NG rear light signature (Manufactured by Visteon)?  As trend breaking as the led trunk bar is, just as bad is the design of the circuit board and components.

We all know the tail LED-bar is a weak item on the 9-5NG, and is prone to partial or complete failure.  By design, the 2010-2011 SAAB 9-5 (left rear) tail light back-up lamp does not work. It has a purely cosmetic non-functioning back-up lamp (Both US and European versions – The 9-5NG will pass inspection, because the LED-bar hasn’t a brake-light function original). It does not use a light bulb or LED.

In the past years we have seen some solutions passing by. Is there any fix-kit available these days like how the SID displays in other models can get fixed?

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Saab 9-5 NG tail

Several solutions appeared on the market, and most of which can be purchased over the Internet. And even better, these are the do-it-yourself kits, so you can solve this problem yourself without having to hire a special “master”. Below are some of the solutions offered here.

Saab 9-5 2010-2011 LED trunkbar repair kit (with gaskets) – This is newly designed repair kit will have your lightbar shine in no time. The Good thing is,  This kit is including gaskets for the LED-bar, highly recommended to replace them since they’re wrong size from factory!

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Saab 9-5 LED Light Bar Repair Kit – according to manufacturers, this is a brand new and improved product. The kit comes with everything you need to repair your 9-5 NGs rear LED light bar. The kit includes all electronics PC boards, wiring, and consumables needed. A detailed set of instructions with pictures is provided with the kit.

Saab 9-5 NG light bar repair lit, Mail-in-for-repair by OBD Tuning – unfortunately, the offer was published only in Swedish and only directed to the Swedish market.

LED Replacement Lamps by Logan Diagnostic for Saab 9-5 NG – they also fix 3rd brake light and tail lamps.

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if you live in Germany, In Germany the LED-bar can be sent to Lafrentz in Kiel for repair.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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