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Old 05-04-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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Make sure to take your 9-3 to a GOOD body shop! (If necessary...)

So.. As some of you know mine and Kristie's 9-3 Convertible was in an accident before we got it. No big issue, right? Well it wouldn't of been if it was repaired 100% correctly... The body work is great, and everything else looks good... However when it came to attaching the door hinge, it seems that they decided to cut some corners...

I'll let the pics talk for themselves... (with rolling commentary, of course)


The hinge was seperating from the door slightly... Hrmm wonder why...


That's what it should of looked like...

Time to take the door off...


Oh look... No more door

Wait a sec... This don't look quite right...




My quick fix... I need to get stainless steel hardware, but this will suffice for the summer... Not quite how it left Sweden... But it's good and strong!



Good as new!




I just had to share this... I was... Amazed when I saw this... Come on people, don't be lazy ALL the time... :rolf At least it wasn't somewhere I took it, otherwise I would of been Hot!
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Where did you take the car?
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That damage was repaired prior to us purchasing the car so I don't know what body shop it was done at. The car was originally from MI....

Oh, and thanks for the compliment about the color! My wife loves it too!
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oof that looks like crap. get that rust fixed before it spreads too.
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Yeah, the plan is to attack the rust this summer while I'm doing a more permenant repair on the door... My wife just wanted her car back, so... Luckily it's not that bad, just surface rust at this point...

I'm actually contemplating pulling the front fenders and checking the rest of the structure for rust... However from what I've noticed, that's the worst on the whole car... It is an '04... With 165k on the clock lol
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oof that looks like crap. get that rust fixed before it spreads too.
x2... that'd be my biggest concern.
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Let me just clear one thing up... The nut DIDN'T rust out. The nut that was on the car there was tack welded in by the body shop that repaired the car. The welds broke, and the door dropped about 2", which made it near impossible to close... Rust really isn't an issue on the car other than that portion, of which I'm going to look more into this summer/fall.
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should have left the door off jeep style
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Ish...not 100% how those are supposed to mount, but typically there would be a sort of floating bar with two threaded holes that loosely bracketed in there. Like I said, I don't know how the 9-3SS/SC specifically is put together there, but it certainly wouldn't be with a tack welded nut.

Also, stainless shouldn't be needed there, it wouldn't have used stainless there from the factory, and it isn't going to do anything to help the rust situation from the "body work" they did there.
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Some things body shops get away with are worse than murder. Generally it's a good idea to avoid cars with any sort of damage history.
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Eh, being in the car business I'm not afraid of cars with body work. Plus with my wife putting 50k+ miles/year on a car they tend to depreciate quickly so it saves us money in the long run since cars with accidents in their history tend to sell for substantially less than ones without. We're estimating that this car will have 300k+ within the next 2.5-3 years.

According to my Saab 9-3 WIS, from the factory there are threaded holes there, and that is how it's supposed to be. I'm guessing that when it was in the accident the hole towards the back was broken, stripped or had some other issue, and that's how they "fixed" it... By welding a nut in it's place. My fix at least gets the door back into alignment, and makes it so the door closes correctly again. I am planning on using stainless there just for the fact that I live in the Midwest, and we use LOTS of salt here... lol
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Odd thing to run into but it could be worse. I think the worst one we had roll through our shop was an eBay car that was tailended so bad that the top was bent to the point we can not get it to seal. Damn 6th bow is bent up between the latches. Sadly that one is a Lynx Yellow '08.

I would never rule out buying a repaired car. There's a car that comes into the shop all the time that is acutally 2 cars welded into one. The "car" is an '01 Aero that was hit so hard the body shop sectioned it at the B-pillars and welded another half on. From the outside and how it drives you would never know untill you lift up the back seat and find a silver painted floor in a red car.

The funniest part is you can run Carfax on both halves and each half comes up as no accidents. Never trust Carfax.
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Odd thing to run into but it could be worse. I think the worst one we had roll through our shop was an eBay car that was tailended so bad that the top was bent to the point we can not get it to seal. Damn 6th bow is bent up between the latches. Sadly that one is a Lynx Yellow '08.

I would never rule out buying a repaired car. There's a car that comes into the shop all the time that is acutally 2 cars welded into one. The "car" is an '01 Aero that was hit so hard the body shop sectioned it at the B-pillars and welded another half on. From the outside and how it drives you would never know untill you lift up the back seat and find a silver painted floor in a red car.

The funniest part is you can run Carfax on both halves and each half comes up as no accidents. Never trust Carfax.
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I believe it. Thing with carfax as we all know if it's not reported (i.e, reported as any sort of loss to the insurance company, or a police report made) how would they possibly know about it? There are many types of accidents potentially unknown to carfax.
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Well, when we bought this one it was kinda funny... I knew the owner of the dealership and he said... "Joe, this is going to be an innexpensive one... (speaking about the car) But wait til you see the carfax"

"Vehicle involved in front end collision. Severe Damage Reported. Vehicle Involved in a Front End Impact with Tree."

Interestingly enough it looks like they used all Saab (GM) repair parts since every pannel/peice they replaced has GM logos on 'em... Minus that nut... LOL

Ouch on that Lynx Yellow Car! That had to be a bummer being the guy that bought it and finding that out after they bought it on ebay. I'd of been angry.

And on Carfax/Autocheck. My 9-5 (which has NEVER had paint work done) on the Autocheck report showed it being at a Service center having "body work performed", then on Carfax it said it was at a Saab Dealership (same dates/miles) having factory maintinence performed. I called the original owner and voila she had proof it was at a Saab dealership instead of a Body shop... Carfax/Autocheck aren't always right...
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