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Old 06-18-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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Onstar Sharkfin antenna deteriorating. What to do?

The Onstar unit is long dead and gone (in '02, Onstar was analog, now no longer supported).

I noticed today as I'm detailing the car, the sharkfin is separating from the roof, and the outer rubber cover is peeling away. Adding insult to injury, it looks like it's got a green moss growing on it. Rather fugly.

The antenna's dormant anyway, so what should I do?

1. Replace with a fake sharkfin?
2. Replace with a fake Fuba/Viggen antenna?
3. Take it to a body shop and fill the hole?

If 1 or 2, where to get them? Option 3 is likely too expensive.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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You can scrape off the rubber on the antenna and expose the plastic. Then use some black appoxy to fill the gap. There was a thread on SC awhile back about doing that. I'll see if I can track it down for you.

Here's the thread:

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=197802
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:36 AM   #3
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The Onstar unit is long dead and gone (in '02, Onstar was analog, now no longer supported).

I noticed today as I'm detailing the car, the sharkfin is separating from the roof, and the outer rubber cover is peeling away. Adding insult to injury, it looks like it's got a green moss growing on it. Rather fugly.

The antenna's dormant anyway, so what should I do?

1. Replace with a fake sharkfin?
2. Replace with a fake Fuba/Viggen antenna?
3. Take it to a body shop and fill the hole?

If 1 or 2, where to get them? Option 3 is likely too expensive.
I put the fake Viggen antenna on my car when my sharkfin started to deteriorate. Got it from GS, as I recall. I don't know about on the 9-5, but on the 9-3s with the sharkfin, the hole for that antenna is actually square, whereas the Viggen antenna is round.... I just surrounded the hole with the original rubber seals and clamped the antenna down real tight. Never had any issues, and I think I gained about 20hp at the rear wheels.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:22 AM   #4
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Buy a GPS/onstar shark fin like the ones for a BMW...
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