Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 09:29:34 -0400
From: Daniel Tucker <>
Subject: Re: Normal Convertible "Shake"???

Tom, I've got a '97 convertible, now with lower & stiffer springs from Abbott. I've also driven a '95 convertible. Over very hard bumps and uneven dips, you will FEEL the car flex, and you will hear some creaks. Mine squeaks from the the "flaps" on the convertible boot, vaseline on the seals helps, when those are quiet, the car seems a lot tighter. It's psychological! You will feel some shake in the steering column. My '97 with 23k is a lot tighter than the '95 was with 40k or 50k. Might be an improvement in build quality, or just that the '95 was driven harder on bad pavement. I try hard to avoid the nasty potholes and very rough pavement, though I thoroughly hammer the car in acceleration, cornering and braking. Also, my wife has a '98 S turbo, which IS notably stiffer than my convertible. It's the price you pay to have that enormous sunroof! As convertibles go, the Saab is a relatively stiff one. You might check that all is as tight as it should be in the steering column itself. Bad shakes there do occur, but not all that commonly. The condition of the roads where you live and drive is a major factor however. Dan abph wrote: > I recently purchased a 1996 900 SE convertible. Compared to my > sister's '94 non-convertible 900 (as well as other non-convertible > cares I have driven), the '96 has a good deal of shake as the car > travels over bumps on the road. This shake is felt in the steering > wheel as well. I have taken the car to two SAAB dealers and, after > test drives, both have said that the shake is normal for a > convertible. One also said that the suspension on my car had been > upgraded (a Saab upgrade) at some time in the past -- a new control > arm (I think) that was supposed to improve the shaking. My suspension > was found to be tight and the car in good shape. > > I guess I can get used to this shaking (I am used to a more 'rigid' > driving platform) but am wondering if any other convertible owners > have experienced similar issues and whether or not I might consider > any other 'fixes'. > > I have verified (as much as I can trust the people who have reviewed > the car) that my suspension is in order (including struts, ball > joints, tie rods, etc.), tires are new, wheels are properly balanced, > and car is in alignment. > > Thank you for any follow-ups! > > Tom Heatherington (remove NOSPAM) >

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