Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 01:58:13 GMT
From: (Peter Wilkins)
Subject: Re: Just ordered a 9-5

On Sat, 26 Jun 1999 03:20:46 GMT, William Glasgall <> wrote : >Gee, I've had a 9-5 SE (6 cyl) 6 months and it runs like a charm. Not a >single thing to complain about except for one of the keyfob remotes for >the alarm and locks going dead and needing to be replaced. The memory >seats work as billed, and the fuel consumption computer appears to give >accurate enough readings. Hi William, That's good to hear: Perhaps things will come good for me eventually! My memory seats worked OK, they just kept forgetting the settings. The reason was that the switch buttons activated when only partially depressed: hence when the driver swung his/her legs around to get out of the car, the back of their right leg activated all buttons simultaneously, cancelling the stored settings. The solution was a new switch which activated only when the buttons were pressed down below the level of the switch frame. Your car might have the same problem, you just might have thinner legs than us! But I think the switch was replaced on new cars during production about 9 months ago, so you are probably OK. However, it might pay to do a quick check to make sure, because it's a free replacement if you complain. My fuel consumption metering works OK 99% of the time - just intermittently gives obviously false readings, like over 350 litres/100km on a 300km trip, or less than 1 mpg for you Imperial System freaks <g>. I can't get the fault to show up when the car goes into the repair shop though. A few days ago I discovered a warning notice which had slipped down between the windscreen and the dash, underneath the parking ticket holder, with just a millimeter showing. When I got it out (no mean feat) it said not to try to start the car as the computer had been removed. It was dated just before I took delivery, so I want to know why, but can't get any answers yet. They were holding my car in storage for a month before delivery, until I returned from overseas, so perhaps the dealer swapped my good one for one that was playing up, and all the intermittent problems I am getting may go away if a new computer is installed. We shall see. >In the US we have "lemon" laws that are designed to protect buyers of cars >with multiple problems. No such thing Down Under? > Don't know about specific "lemon" laws, but there are quite good consumer protection laws, and a consumer protection association. It hasn't come to that yet - I've just decided to change dealers and see if I can get better service, and I'm writing to Saab Australia pointing out all the problems that arose, the ones that have been solved, and the many outstanding ones, and asking for their help to resolve it with the dealers. In my post I only listed the major problems I could think of as I wrote, there were quite a few more minor ones - I've never had a car before with so many minor defects. Doesn't say much for Saab's quality control here. I live in hope. -- Regards, Peter Wilkins (

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