Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 15:31:06 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: Saab Timing Belt / Tensioner Q for the mechanically minded

On Tue, 04 Oct 2005 12:44:50 GMT, Jay <Jaynospamnet> wrote: >The car is back and seems OK (assuming they haven't buggered something >else up)... I've decided to forget about the cost due the to "goodwill >gesture" but I doubt I would trust them to work on the car again, >either they knew it needed changing and didn't change it, or they >didn't know... either is just plain negligence. > >Lesson learned, avoid the Saab main dealer in Sheffield(UK), they >can't service their own cars. Jay: I would not take this so lightly. Yes, these cars have a short timing belt replacement interval (30K miles) but they do *not* have a timing belt _problem_. If properly serviced, the engine runs as well as any other. I've been around various Saab groups for years and although the replacement issue is well known, and the consequences of not doing it, there is_not_ problem when properly configured. These things don't "just happen". Someone screwed up and when you picked up your car the first time and noticed the problem they adjusted it - but they failed to correct the root problem. In addition the risks of a timing belt failure are well known to any Saab dealership and from a legal perspective they had a higher duty to make sure this item was properly repaired. They are responsible. I would get a lawyer and sue them - or at least make it quite clear that you are going to do so and see if they give you a refund. Here in the USA we have something called small claims I think you would win without any problems. You should not have to pay for any of this repair. Bob

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