Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 06:58:03 GMT
From: tnopsamkson.edu (Taufan Tjioe)
Subject: Re: 9-3 Bad Odor


Hmmmm..... I remembered reading something like this at the Townsend Pages....so i checked....looka t http://www.townsendimports.com/engine_folder/sulfursmell.htm to see the actual TSB from Saab Cars USA on this.... Lots of other good stuff at this site also. -T 96 900S 2.3 90 9000CD 2.3 On 08 May 1999 09:31:12 PDT, "T2" <tlhastnopsam.com> wrote: >I've had my 9-3 Conv for two months and have about 2000 miles on it. There >is a very strong sulfuric "rotten egg" odor after it has been driven. > >Let me tell you how rank this is: You get some strange looks and curled-up >noses at red lights from other drivers. It's a convertible, but you can't >drive with the top down because it WILL make you ill. Your wife, who you got >the car for, has a more sensitive olfactory and is no longer considering >this car a token of your affection (worse if she does) and refuses to drive >it without a fight. > >The dealer is stonewalling. Oh yes, this has been reported by lots of >people. No, there is nothing that can be done. Ignoring what the manual >says, would you try running a very high octane gas in it (three tanks of the >most expensive gas I could find, it still stinks - enough, it should perform >without the added expense). It will probably go away before or near 10,000 >miles (on average I suspect). The fact that it might take some people a YEAR >to get that many miles and you have to suffer for that long does not seem to >concern either Saab or the dealer (who points to Saab). > >Here's my point: Most people expect to get what they pay for. You buy a $10K >Yugo - then maybe you get shoddy design and components and live with it. >Saab is a little more expensive and I definitely don't feel I'm getting what >I paid for if I can't put the top down for a year without fighting the urge >to puke, etc., so something is wrong with this picture beyond the systemic >design flaw - Saab and their dealers are indicating and demonstrating a >serious indifference to customer satisfaction. > >MY QUESTIONS TO THE GROUP: > >1. Has anyone who has experienced this problem, either specifically with the >9-3 or with other Saab models (this is my third Saab and I recall a TSB >relating to odor back in 94 or somewhere around then), achieved any >satisfactory conclusion with the dealer or Saab? > >2. Are there still unsatisfied owners out there that are willing to be part >of a class-action should that become necessary? > > >

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