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The car will not start sometimes. The battery has been replaced and is fully charged. You can try to start the car and it will not will not even turn over, but later it will start right up.

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Get a new key cut, sounds like the vats, vehicle anti theft system in the key is worn out or try a spare key and see if that works

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I was having the same problem with my 2004 9-3. I assumed the starter was bad and replaced it. I then charged the battery and found it wouldn't fully charge. After charging for several hours when I removed the charger I only showed 11 volts at battery posts. The new battery tested 12.8 volts and the car started well. With the car idling I tested and showed 14.6 volts at the battery post which confirmed my alternator was charging.

I do believe I replaced the starter in error and that it was just a bad battery. When my battery was failing I had dim headlights and flashing displays that you described and the clicking noises also. When I put jumper cables on my saab and let the bad battery charge for several minutes the car would start right up and the headlights would brighten up and even though the battery was bad the idle voltage at the battery posts was increased to 14.6 volts coming from the alternator.

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I have had bad starters in other vehicles that would draw a huge load on the battery and jump starting them would sometimes give enough voltage to turn the engine over and start it.

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Sounds like your battery is low, try charging it up once! Sometimes if your battery is low the alternator needs replaced but i would charge it up first or jump start it. And have Walmart do a check on your electrical system. They check it for free.
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