Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 10:07:50 +0200
From: RCS <>
Subject: Re: Normal Convertible "Shake"???

I got a 1993 classical style 900 turbo convertible and I have test driven a 9-3 convertible and the answer is YES! Shaking is normal for larger (4 seat) convertibles (steering wheel moves up/down, shifter moving when hard braking, windscreen... ). But my opinion is that the shaking got even worse form the old to the new 900/93 car, also the convertible top frame bars (closed top) seem to rattle more on bad roads, compared to the old 900 and the roadholding of the old sportsuspension is incredible any way... Sure, there are lots of advantages too for the new one... There are two fixes: 1) open both doors (L+R) and the top and watch the car from the side - try to understand what it means to drive a convertible (and what 185hp means to the "rest" of the car) 2) rent an old Alfa Spyder and take it for a ride on a bad road - that helps!!! Regards, - RCS - abph : > 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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