Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 14:10:16 -0400 From: Steve B. <nonenospam.com> Subject: Re: Saab story here.
On Thu, 30 Aug 2007 09:38:02 -0700, Laff4lifenospamcom wrote: >Any suggestions out there??? Sorry so long w/my Saab story but I'm >really in a pickle and someone I told my story to suggested I post my >story here to see if a fellow Saab person might be able to give me >some suggestions....other than BURN THE CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) I don't really understand why you are upset with the car. It isn't the cars fault it got wrecked and it isn't the cars fault you didn't get the top fixed in a timely fashion while the insurance company was on the hook for the repair. Could be that the system was leaking and is now out of fluid. You could check the fluid and top it off if low. The top would work a few times until the fluid leaked out again. Not the morally correct thing to do but that is a decision for you to make. The only other thing you can do is take it to a Saab dealer or very good Saab specialist and have it repaired. Be forewarned that the expense to repair is utterly ridiculous. The motor assemble is like $2800. The cylinders are around $400 each. You may be better off just to trade it with a broken top. The numbers you are quoting for trade-in are more like retail numbers. No new car dealer is going to keep a car like that on the lot. They are going to give you less than wholesale value for it and then take it to the auction. It will show up on a buy her pay here lot somewhere in the near future. Having been repaired from a wreck is not looked at as a good thing nor is it a selling point. Any car that has been wrecked has a lower value and your case is a perfect example of why. It was fixed but the top doesn't work right anymore and who knows how many other things were half assed just to make it look shiny and pretty. Not your fault... just the way it is. Good luck to you on this one. I also have a '99 convertible that is having top problems so I feel your pain. Luckily I bought the car right so the repair isn't going to kill me, but it still hurts. Steve B.