Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 09:13:29 -0500
From: (Marisa Bond)
Subject: 9-3 Emergency brake problem?

I have a new 9-3 manual transmission and I occasionally have trouble with the emergency brake NOT holding the car in place. Generally it happens when the back end is pointed DOWN a hill. I hold my foot on the brake and clutch, put the car in reverse, and then pull the emergency brake up as far as it can go. Then I turn the car off and release the brake and clutch. At this point, the car begins to drift back until I yank up on the brake another notch (even though I couldn't yank it up any further when I initially set it). This doesn't happen in any predictable manner- only happened a few times since I got the car in July. However, my mom had a 1995 900SE which also had this problem. Since it is not consistent, I can't repeat it for the dealership and they've given me the "you probably aren't pulling it up high enough" speech. But I've been driving manual SAABs since 1988 and I've never had a problem before so I don't think I'm just being wimpy. Anyone else having this problem? I'd love someone (especially a man) to corroborate my story so they'll believe me. BTW... Other minor things I've had go wrong are: 1) Driver's side rear door is hard to open sometimes-- this is a known problem and your dealer can fix it. 2) Seal around rear wiper blade comes loose and flaps around---known problem, dealer fixable 3) Front windows sometimes don't respond to the UP switch after being lowered. You have to pull on the switch several times to get it to respond. This is a known problem, but the dealer doesn't yet have a fix. 4) Sulphur smell after shutting off the car --dealer says this comes from using gas with a high sulphur content and is related to the turbo. I use Shell and Mobil gas, but haven't had time to investigate what kinds of gas have lower sulphur. Other than these minor irritations, I LOVE the car! Marisa -- Marisa Bond Computer Systems Consultant University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

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