Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 09:24:30 -0400
From: Michael Gabriel <>
Subject: Saab 9-3 Cloth Seats

I was wondering about this and thought I'd run it by you folks. I've owned my 1999 9-3 since May of last year. Yes, yes, I know that "everyone" has to have leather seats, but I actually like fabric (just bear with me). It turns out that it was a mistake on my part, or so it seems. The seats are comfy and well-designed but... I was extremely surprised (read disappointed) at a peculiarity about the upholstery material in that it attracts lint like a magnet and that in trying to remove it you wind up with something akin to the particles left after you use a pencil eraser. I usually have to clean the seats of this stuff or at least the lint every few days. I just figured that I shouldn't have to spend so much time trying to keep the interior looking clean. By the way, I had pestered Saab Canada about it, and after close to two months of constant phone calls and letters, someone grudgingly agreed to have a look, and skeptically examined the situation. I had been told that no one had ever remarked about the seat material, even though I had brought a copy of a full page newspaper review from a Montreal daily where the writer also deplored the poor quality of the seat material ("very disappointing," he said). Saab agreed to clean the seats, scotch-guard them, and treat them with a sort of anti-static product (so I did without the car for two days). The whole thing worked for approximately a month and now the lint and "eraser" bits are back. Any similar experiences and or suggestions? I'd appreciate it! Michael Gabriel

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