Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2000 08:09:18 GMT
From: "Sheldon Rabin" <>
Subject: Re: Seatbelt problem - help us please

Call SAAB Consumer at 800-955-9007 and get them involved; sounds fishy to me. I've owned many SAAB (from 1969) and that story is new! (I never Heard of a motor in the "passive" shoulder belt. SRabin jmargolis <> wrote in message news:xDon4.84$ > A friend's sister has an 87 Saab 900. About 3 or 4 times a month the > battery would be drained. She took it to the local Saab dealer, who told her > that the drain was coming from the motor that operates the passive shoulder > belt restraint system on the driver's side. They also told her that they > would have to replace the passenger side one also to the tune of $1300 as > they should be replaced in pairs. Now they tell her that the need to replace > some type of computer or electronic controller to the tune of about $300, > because the belts don't operate properly. She told my friend that she never > had any problems with the operation of the belts before they replaced the > motors, but being the only Saab dealer in her area she felt she had no > option of another place to go for another opinion. > I have absolutely no experience with these passive restrains or Saabs, > but it seems to me that 1) the price was more than a little exobitant, 2) > why replace both motors when they claimed only the driver's side was the > problem, and both were working properly, and 3) why didn't they test the > system and controller, before they replaced the motors and again after to > check for proper operation. > > Does it seem to anyone else out there that she got taken by a dealer or > service department that was just guessing. She has only had the car back > about 2 weeks, but as the problem was intermittent to begin with, it may be > too early to tell if it really was the problem. > > Any help or insights on this problem would be greatly appreciated. > >

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