Flickering or Failure of the HID Lamps on Saab 9-5

Problem Description and Possible Solution

If the HID head lights are flickering or have failed, it may be caused by the window washer fluid leaking onto the HID modules. The washer fluid check valve for the head light washers develops the leak and drips onto the modules mounted under the head light assemblies.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 96,502 (35,000–164,000)
8 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
36 people reported this problem
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Headlight flickered and now goes out completely. I can turn the aswitch and it lights upo for a 30 seconds. When it is out both low and high beams are out.
passenger light flickers almost constantly. Warning light on dash comes on for the headlight problem every once in a while but goes out when I turn the car off and doesn't come back on when I turn the car back on. Everything still works though.
Headlight failure light comes on and headlights flicker. Replaced bulbs once but this did not fix the problem.
Flickering hid on drivers side
Flickering is warning to replace light, that is all. On my 3rd 9.5.
Right headlight failed but bulb is still good and fuses are still good
Headlight flickers off and on and sometimes goes off all together I haven't fix it yet.
just started to notice the flickering of both headlights. Bulbs have not died yet, but im taking the flickering as a sign that I will be having problems in the near future.
Replaced both bulbs
Flickering of HID headlights!
Passenger side flickered, and eventually died, replaced ballast at shop cost of 455 dollars.
Now driver side is going out.
lights initially flicker upon strt up, then seem to finally fully brighten up after a couple of miles of driving.
Flickering driver side headlight.
Xenon Headlights turn off intermittently
Passenger sued headlight flickers regardless of low or high beam.
I was told by a mechanic that this is "typical" of Saabs and I should get used to it.
He added that it will be a lifetime of bulb changing and frequent stops by highway patrol for faulty headlights.
Flickering started at 87K. Then it would flicker for a few minutes and then the pass side would go out, and a dash light would come on. It progressed over the next year (no, I didn't fix it and now the car has 105K on it) until both bulbs would alternate flickering and then go out. Time to fix it I guess. Inde Saab guy says it needs new bulbs - both sides at $190 each. Will report if problem not solved.
Same HID problem with blown fuse on the pass-side