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Saab DIY: Here’s An Aftermarket Remote Trunk Lid Opener

Saab 9-3 trunk opener

Most commonly, the simplest solutions are the best. This is my automatic tailgate mod, using the factory remote key fob.

Easy and simple solution, and practically free of charge. Commonly, Saab 9-3 (9-5) trunk lid lock is independent of the central-locking system.

Also, To unlock it from outside, just press “Trunk” Button on the remote control (key-fob) – or use the key. We’ve already got gas springs to dampen the opening action, so all you need is a coil spring or elastic tie down large enough to lift the lid against the friction of the gas springs.

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Undo the trunk fuse flap thinger. Attached one end to the metal that the flap thinger secures to. Wrap the elastic around the metal tab on the trunk arm. Attached the other end to the same place as the first end. Then close your trunk and test. You can use varying lengths of elastic to adjust the speed of the rising of the trunk. You can also mount the hooks other places for the same effect.

Maybe this sounds complicated, but it’s not at all. It will be much clearer to you when you look at a few DIY videos made by Saab owners who have done this little modification:

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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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