Date: 13 Jul 2002 14:29:03 GMT
Subject: Re: Stiff Ignition Switch 92 9000

Someone who looks an awful lot like MSu1049321 <msu1049321nopsamcom> wrote: > BTW, I don't know if this is still true, but my Saab guru told me there are > actually very few distinct key combos or Saabs in the USA, like maybe 12, so > your key has a 1 in 12 chance of opening another Saab and starting it. This > came up because, no lie, the repair shop called me back after Ihad picked up > "Audry II", and told me I had another guy's Saab Keys, they had accidentally > been switched at the counter! Hm...I doubt it. A locksmith friend of mine mentioned how he hated cutting Saab keys (as he was cutting a key for me...) because the pins are closer together than normal, and have more distinct depths. So, he explained, a hundreth of an inch or two off, and the blank was junk. Then again, I have a friend who had a 99 (a blue '74 out there, Karl?), which as I recall could be started with anything resbling something shaped like a key. So, I don't know. I'd be really, really surprised if Saab used a limited number of keys like that. Maybe your lock was just plain worn out like Karl's 99? Anyway, in any case the current models are protected by a zillion-number, single use password encryption scheme, that not only needs the key to be the right shape, but needs the digital signature in your key to be right. Which, if course, makes a key rather more expensive to duplicate than one would expect. Too bad _that_ is necessary, just because too many people don't understand the distinction between "Mine", and "Theirs".

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