Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 23:07:06 +0100
From: Alan Hamilton <>
Subject: Re: 2000 9-3 disappointment

Maybe you've hit the nail on the head. Maybe the conversion to RHD on the 9-3 is not very good. I can't say I have had any of the troubles you've faced on my 1997 900 - I suspect you need to have a serious word with your Saab dealer. Peter van Amsterdam wrote: > Hi, I have a Saab 9-3 for about 1.5 year now and have had the same problems > and even worse. > -both seats came loose ok after several repair efforts > -noisy wiper system stil not ok after several repair efforts > -broken doorhandle > -loose headlight wiper > -glove compartment lightswitch broken > -handbreak brushes fell of > I have forgotten the rest of my Saab trouble but it certainly doesn't look a > quality car to me. > I live in Holland and drive a RHD car because of my handicap. > A man from the garage told me they never had the problems I had in a > continental version. > He mentioned that the factory perhaps isn't giving the same quality in RHD > vehicles as they do in LHD. > I'm not sure if my next car will be a Saab. > > Peter > > "Andrew" <> wrote in message > news:8p0mu3$g3o$ > > Hi, I recently took delivery of my new company car, a three-door 9-3t auto > > with aero bodykit, here in the UK, but it arrived with an over-cooling > > problem (the gauge would reach operating temp and then fall back to cold > > again - the dealer took it back and replaced a sensor) and now a couple > of > > weeks and 1,400 miles down the line the driver's seat is falling to bits > > the cloth trim cover and foam cushion has completely come away at the > > front edge and therefore tries to follow you out of the car (!)), and the > > nasty soft, long travel brake pedal is frightening me - sometimes the > pedal > > slowly sinks below my foot while stationary, waiting at a junction, or > > travels alarmingly close to the carpet when pulling up hard into a > > roundabout from 90 -100 mph. Plus, if you want to get really picky, the > > dashboard continually creaks, and "twitters" away over bumps in a quite > > unacceptable fashion - my dad who drives a really ancient and totally > > abused, but still solid and reliable (Honda-based) Rover 400 was very > > unimpressed after a run in my new car. Having stepped out of a faithful > > rock solid, if sluggish and unrefined, Audi A4, and having driven many a > > mile in an equally excellent and solid Volkswagen Polo before that, this > > SAAB just doesn't feel like a "quality" car to me. Any thoughts, anybody? > > > >

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