Saab you need to do a recall this is life threatening! The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. I never rec'd any sort of notification from Saab about this. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised her that they had issued an extended warranty but her vehicle was not one of the affected units that the warranty would cover. I had never hears of anything like that.
Also I'm thinking about reporting this to my our local congressman and state senator? The failure and the current mileages were approximately 42,000. A day later the dealer was able to locate a used part with a 30-day warranty but I was responsible for all repair costs. I start to lose control of the steering wheel I immediately put my hazard lights on and pulled over safely once I gained control when I get out the car to inspect it my passengers side front spring is broken in two and my passenger side tire is blown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who stated they were not sure when the parts would become available and offered no further assistance. Several hours later, I was informed that the part was only available from Saab in sweden and the eta was unknown due to Saab bankruptcy status.
Also, I appreciate the dealer telling me of the risk in continuing to drive the car with the broken spring. Fortunately, no damage was done to my tires, as I had just replaced the set only two weeks prior. The mechanic also said that I was incredibly lucky that the break didn't happen on the freeway, that it could have taken out the brand new front tire. Drove it to the mechanic, who confirmed that there is a broken spring. I think it's a very big deal and according to my personal non-Saab mechanic, this could have been a life-threatening ordeal if the coil-spring would have broke at a higher speeds. The failure mileage was 78,000. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the struts needed to be repaired.
There is no eta on the new part. The vehicle was not drivable and was towed to a local mechanic shop where the failure was confirmed. They informed me that, although the part is not expensive, there are none available, that this is a known defect, and the part is on a national backorder! Upon investigation this week, I could see that the coil spring was broken right through the metal. The vehicle was not repaired. After taking the car to the dealer, I was informed that the passenger strut spring required replacement.
The contact owns a 2005 Saab 9-3. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was contacted and advised that the parts needed for the repair were on a national back order and the dealer was unaware of when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken straight to the dealer where they advised her that the front passenger side coil springs were fractured and needed to be repaired. Until a new spring is found, I was told not to drive the car, that it could blow out the tire at any time.
. Even though Saab is bankrupt, there's a local dealer still in business, so I'm the wait list for the part with them as well. I have a young daughter and I volunteer to drive other school kids on a weekly basis--this could have been catastrophic. The contact mentioned that the strut was replaced but was concerned that the failure would recur. I could have been very badly injured or killed! They also provided a loaner car for the period of the repair.
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