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Here’s my problem. My background fyi- limited mechanical aptitude at all- which may be the reason I’m posing this question today.

I’ve had this car 2yrs- restored roof fabric, gave it a major clean-up, simple trim fixes- I love it-have it as my 2nd car for weekend top-down driving.

1 yr ago it began showing the ‘Check Latches’ message and the top could only be taken down manually as the check latches message over-rode its normal operation (reading posts here a year ago led me to believe its not a major issue). I’m told it’s the ‘computer’ or ‘chip’- and a $2000 fix on a car worth under $6000 which is why I’ve been happy to go the manual roof lowering/raising option.

The grey hard plastic tonneau has always just ‘sat’ there when the top is down, not locked in place-when over a bump it will jump slightly.

My problem happened whilst driving on the weekend- @ 60mph the wind caught the tonneau, blew it up-the tonneau now standing vertically at right angles and it creased & dented the trunk. (I now can’t open the trunk-the lip nearest the tonneau and the tonneau ‘catch’ each other)

Help!! I’m hoping the Saab enthusiast community can point me in the right direction.

Questions?

*Any ideas how to get the trunk opened so I can get it repaired without further damage?

*Once that’s done- what repair/action will prevent the tonneau from not being secured again and caught up and raised by the air-flow? (I love the car- but want to spend the least possible whilst making it functional and safe, as its an occasional drive only)

*Is the full $2000 chip/computer repair option all that’s open to me?

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I'm not sure about your other questions, but I have a spare convertible top computer in my parts collection. I pulled it from a parts car at the request of a forum member, but then he flaked on the deal. PM me if you can't find a used one elsewhere.
 

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Ah... yeah dude... Penny wise, pound foolish. The fix was probably just a microswitch and a tweak with a Tech II to make it work properly. Even if you need parts, the junkyard or Ebay can provide them at reasonable cost.

Can you open the trunk using the key in the lock?

Also, if your mechanical skills are that limited, perhaps you should be consulting someone now who has the skills to repair it instead of making the problem worse?
 

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Thanks for the feedback @BobSabbert...which is why I'm here asking- as the only advice I was given was from a Saab only mechanic who quoted the $2000 chip option as the 'only' option. I don't intend to fix things myself, more just get some objective advice on what is likely as options- hence the question today.

Re "The fix was probably just a microswitch and a tweak with a Tech II to make it work properly." That could be so- but when enquiries to a supposed Saab specialists elicit estimates of up to a $2000 spend as their initial and most likely option without them even looking at it- you can see why I'm wary. The last time I took the car to a Saab specialist it had done only 5000 klms since a major service- took it in for an oil and filter change- and got it back $700 later for nothing substantive and significant being done.

No point me going to ebay or wreckers looking for something when I don't know what it needs. I'm more looking to Saab enthusiasts for some solid advice and the right terms to use so that I don't get ripped off- with limited mechancial aptitude thats always a risk. How would you describe what needs to happen @Bob?

The trunk lock isn't the issue-its fine- its the lifting the trunk lid up thats the problem.

I'm adding photos today in the hope it can shed some further light on it.

@dantinne - what's the computer worth?
 
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