Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 20:18:39 -0400
From: Hans L <hplnospam>
Subject: Re: Bad SAAB day

JAnderson wrote: > Issue#3: My wife said that she tried to start the car, and pushed the gear > shift to get it out of reverse and it broke! That's a new one on me. I > have never had a car where the gearshift broke! Fortunately, > English-Swedish is only 40 minutes away and I can pick up a used lever for > $25. This happened to me a few months ago with my '91 900S. The "new" design gear shifter (introduced in '90 or '91 or something) does seem inferior in terms of design. I broke mine off shifting (firmly, but by no means aggressivly) into 3rd gear. Luckily it started bending wildly before it actually snapped (and I was able to drive it a short distance home). I wasn't so lucky to find a cheap one. I ended up paying the full $2xxUSD for the shifter. I wondered whether I could have substituted an old style shifter (much cheaper) instead, but decided not to risk it. I tend to treat the gear shifter very delicately now. :) Hans

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