If you are looking for a replacement for a defective system or if you want to upgrade your 9-3 - still without a factory navigation system - you have a small problem.
The original system is good, but it's now out of date, and we don't get map updates for it. The optical integration of retrofit systems, on the other hand, is often unsuccessful, but we have found the solution.
There is a double DIN assembly kit for the Saab 9-3 from Kenwood, which was not officially available on the market for end customers and whose exclusive distribution has been taken over by a subsidiary of the Dresdner Mobilforum. The system fits the Saab perfectly, the difference to the factory solution can hardly be seen visually. The usability of the steering wheel buttons, with the exception of the telephone button, is thus retained. The kit is suitable for the installation of all Kenwood double DIN devices, with or without navigation.
A reader on the blog installed it in his 9-3 and wrote us the following:
“Kenwood offers me an up-to-date multimedia navigation system which, in combination with the installation material for Saab, looks very close to a factory solution (which is very important to me) and also offers a much wider range of functions. The Garmin navigation works reliably and the whole system is very easy to use in my opinion. I can use all current media, import music via USB and AUX-In and, if supported by the mobile phone, stream via Bluetooth (A2DP). I hear DAB + digital radio, which is received with the antenna interface via the original antenna! I can still control the basic functions via the steering wheel buttons and the color setting of the device buttons hits the Saab green perfectly.
The output power is higher and with the audio interface, the original sound system is still fully utilized and sounds worlds better than the original radio, which was previously installed. Since my Saab has no parking aid, I have installed the Kenwood rear view camera - reverse pure - image there. In terms of price, this is certainly a good deal under an original Navi retrofit!"
The manufacturer's list price for the Kenwood 4230 BT and installation kit is € 1.299,00. In connection with the Kenwood 4230 BT, Saab partner Mobilforum Dresden offers the complete kit including installation to our readers at a special price.
The mounting kit is available for all Saab 9-3 from MY 2008 without auxiliary heating and includes:
1 GM-LAN interface for ignition and connection of the steering wheel buttons, except the telephone buttons.
1 audio interface for connecting the sound system
1 radio panel
1 antenna adapter, various mounting material, small parts
1 detailed step-by-step installation instructions (English).
The data for the navigation system are available on the manufacturer's website. With the Kenwood system, the Saab gets a contemporary solution, and it bypasses the problem of non-vendor software updates for navigation. In addition, even a rear view camera can be retrofitted, which is a nice thing.
Almost more important is the successful optical integration in the Saab. Pictures of already installed systems show that the operation was successful. The Kenwood retrofit adapts well to the Saab interior with the corresponding mounting frame, and NEVS will also use similar OEM solutions in the future.
Ronny Holfert (Tel: 9 3-035204) from Mobilplus will be happy to answer any questions about navigation and integration into the 270-444.