Date: Wed, 02 Jun 1999 01:31:55 GMT
From: (Phil D.)
Subject: Brake system failure

This weekend we had a failure of the power brakes and ABS system in my 1990 9000CD turbo. My wife called me and explained that the brake fluid and ABS warning lights had stayed on when she started the car, but she had ignored them and driven to town anyway. Three miles from home she coasted into a parking lot and stopped using the emergency brake. When I arrived I found that there was a blown 30-amp fuse for the brake pump. Replacing the fuse did not correct the problem. The brake fluid was not low, in fact the reservoir was filled to the top. The brakes worked, but pedal was hard and required extreme effort. Today I limped the car to the dealer, who tells me the ABS pump has failed and needs to be replaced. They quoted me $1,125.00 for a new pump plus $360.00 in labor. This seems excessive, to put it mildly! (This is Dorschel Saab - Lexus in Rochester, NY, in case anyone knows of them. I haven't been there enough times to know if they are good or bad. The dealership I dealt with previously went out of business.) My questions: Is this a fair price? Should I be looking for a used/reconditioned pump? Anyone know of a source? Any other advice?? Please help, this one hurts. :-( Phil D.

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