Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 21:18:13 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: 900 Trans problems

Adam Turner wrote: > > I have a 5 month old 900 XS Talladega 2.3 manual. Its difficult to > disengage 5th gear and generally grating when changing into 4th. Dealer has > fitted a new 5th gear and synchro but is no better. Saab want to replace > gear selector rails but I'm holding out for a replacement car (threat of > legal action has forced Saab GB to offer new gearbox but if this is then > faulty they will repair it rather than replace it again). Dealer says its > firt time he's seem the fault but I am hearing stories to the contrary. > > Does anyone know of this problem? > Have heard a rumour that someone was killed in UK in last few weeks as thwy > couldn't get car out of 5th. All of this sounds like a bunch of crap... how the hell could someone be killed because they couldn't get the car out of 5th? Kept accelerating? That's what the clutch is for... Possibly got stuck in traffic, stopped, in 5th, and couldn't get the car going again? I am suspicious. The transmission in the 900 has been the same for the last five years, so I seriously doubt a problem just popped up. Let them replace the tranny under warranty (that's what a warranty is for) and see what happens. Don't go off the deep end because you may have an issue with the car. If the dealer is willing to work with you on the problem, let them help. No car is perfect - every factory pops out an off one now and then, which isn't an excuse, I suppose, but more like an explanation. -Justin

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