Date: 22 Apr 2002 02:21:56 -0700
From: (Peter Thompson)
Subject: Re: Saab paint quality

"Josh" <> wrote in message news:<R3Iw8.75501$>... > I've had my 2001 9-3 for 13 months now, and it's got 31,000 km on it, most > of it highway. I live in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), and we've had a cold > and snowy winter. We also don't use sand or salt on the roads, we use > finely crushed rock. Now, I'd expect to see a few dings after all that > driving, but I've got literally hundreds of tiny chips all over the car, > showing up as black spots on my otherwise silver car. > > Is this typical of factory Saab paint? The owner's manual (and my dealer) > said not to wax it for 12 months, so I didn't. I had a 2000 model 9-3 SE also in silver and I suffered the same problem. The paint chips were particularly bad on the front of the bonnet (hood). When I raised the matter with a Saab dealer I was told that it was not covered by warranty as it was normal 'wear and tear'. I think this is rubbish - I have compared the 9-3 to other makes of cars of similar colour and age and there were nowhere near the same number of chips. I think Saab have a problem with this particular paint but can hide behind the 'wear and tear' thing. As a possibly meaningless comparison my 1985 900 w/ 171000 miles on the clock has far fewer stone chips than the 9-3. best, Pete

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