Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2000 19:41:58 -0500
From: "jmargolis" <>
Subject: Seatbelt problem - help us please

A friend's sister has an 87 Saab 900. About 3 or 4 times a month the battery would be drained. She took it to the local Saab dealer, who told her that the drain was coming from the motor that operates the passive shoulder belt restraint system on the driver's side. They also told her that they would have to replace the passenger side one also to the tune of $1300 as they should be replaced in pairs. Now they tell her that the need to replace some type of computer or electronic controller to the tune of about $300, because the belts don't operate properly. She told my friend that she never had any problems with the operation of the belts before they replaced the motors, but being the only Saab dealer in her area she felt she had no option of another place to go for another opinion. I have absolutely no experience with these passive restrains or Saabs, but it seems to me that 1) the price was more than a little exobitant, 2) why replace both motors when they claimed only the driver's side was the problem, and both were working properly, and 3) why didn't they test the system and controller, before they replaced the motors and again after to check for proper operation. Does it seem to anyone else out there that she got taken by a dealer or service department that was just guessing. She has only had the car back about 2 weeks, but as the problem was intermittent to begin with, it may be too early to tell if it really was the problem. Any help or insights on this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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