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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 12:55:36 -0400
From: Fred W <malt_houndnospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Saab story here.


Laff4lifenospamcom wrote: > I've been a Saab owner since the early 90's (I'm on my 2nd Saab) and I > think this will probably be the last Saab. As much as I've loved both > my 900S and my 9-3 SE convertible, I cannot stand how expensive it is > to keep a Saab. I didn't have as many problems with my 900S as I have > my convertible, but still...I think I'm finally done with Saab. > > Here's my story: My convertible is a 1999 SE w/74K. The mileage is > low due to me having a company vehicle at one time and I didn't drive > the Saab for months. I decided to sell the car this year to buy > something that's less expensive to maintain and not a convertible. > Unfortunately, I was rear-ended last Spring ($4200. damager) which set > my plans of selling it back. The car runs perfectly now (it should, > I've put enough $ into it and the entire rear-end was rebuilt after > the accident) . The problem is...the Soft Top is not working!!! Who > in the hell wants to buy a convertible that you can't put the top > down? I didn't realize there was a problem with the convertible top > until it got warm enough to put it down (a month or so after the > accident). I brought it back to the auto body shop that did the work > on it (after the accident) and at that time, the top was still going > up and down...but it kept stopping and hesitating. The mechanics were > not Saab mechanics so they seemed to think the top was fine. IT > WASN'T FINE, they just didn't want to admit they didn't completely fix > the top. I emmediately called my insurance company and explained to > them what was happening, the soft top was not working properly since > the accident and the shop that fixed my car doesn't seem to know much > about Saab convertible tops. The insurance company said to take it to > another mechanic. > > Needless to say, I'm getting more than frustrated at this point. I > take it to another mechanic and he told me that if he were me, he > would detail the car, put the top down and drive into a dealer and see > how much they would give me for a trade in. He said that they would > probably just sell my car at an auction anyway, they wouldn't look > closely at the top. I did as he said and the highest trade in offer > I've gotten was $6000. (Kelly Book trade in for that year and mileage > FAIR condition is almost 7K, Good is $7.5K, Excellent $8.8k). My car > is in great condition...except for the GD top! > > Now I'm completely screwed because now months have gone by since I > last spoke to my insurance company (the summer is almost over) and > currently, the top will not go up or down at all anymore. Even if I > wanted to try to sell it myself, no one will buy it with a top that > won't go down! > > 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) > So, because you are too busy to get the top fixed (at the expense of your insurance company) you will take a $1500 hit and trade the car in? Get the insurance company to pay a SAAB dealership to fix the top. Then sell the car privately if you feel you must part with it. By the way, I'm sorry to have to tell you this but, a '99 convertible is only worth about $7700 in a private party sale *if* the top is full functional *and* it is in otherwise great shape. KBB values are a complete joke. SAABs unfortunately have a very rapid depreciation and convertibles especially so. Also, the longer you wait into the fall the lower the price will be. But you knew that... -- -Fred W

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