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Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 03:15:25 -0000
Subject: SAAB Transmission Problem

I've read what I can without much luck - and really I'm a SAAB newbie, so please be gentle. I was coming home from work in my 9-5 Linear (2002, 70k miles) when it decided to not want to stay in gear any longer. So I crept to a halt in the middle of an intersection. The automatic shift lever will move up and down the gears, but it wouldn't engage. I turned off the car - sat stewing while being honked at - started it back up again and was able to put it in gear long enough to at least get it out of the intersection. Did it a couple more times so that I could get the car no longer rolling backwards (big hill) then pushed it into a parking lot. Had it towed home - since the nearest dealership is quite some distance away. Question is: What in the heck happened? I've read about this "shift interlock" problem - but am not sure that's the same thing - could this be it? If so - how can I check/fix it? Any ideas? Suggestions beyond towing it to the nearest dealer (50+ miles away) and waiting for the 3k bill? Of course, if that's the only alternative - c'est la vie, dealership here I come.

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