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1997 Saab Convertible top is broken, and the rain is coming in!

I purchased this car about 8 months ago and fell in love with it, as all girls would, a convertible, yep, one that I could afford. Then I put the top down one day, and the rest was history, or should I say a nightmere! I have a 1997 Saab 900 convertible, the top will not go up all the way. There is a couple of inches or so that is left open in the back that is left open, where the rain is left to get inside of my car. I cant for the life of me figure out what is wrong with it. Since, I have put the top up, I am scared to let it back down for fear it wont go back up. Now, the rain is coming into my car when I am driving down the road and it is getting worse as time goes by. It has been like this for about six months now and I fear I am going to mess my car up. Could you please help me figure out what is wrong with it. I have spoken to several people and it seems as though it is a common problem, but with no answer on how to fix it or what is the cause. Please help me, figure something out.

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  • mathewmryan May 26, 2009

    The motor quit working and I have to manually raise the top. The problem I'm having is it won't latch if you have to manually raise and lower the top. How do I bypass the mechanical latch for the tonneau to hold the rear of the top. It is a 95 900 Saab.

  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    Say courtney some convertibles are operated by a electric hydraulic pump in the trunk .. and they take fluid in the pump .. now I am not sure how the saab operates but look in the front of the trunk and see if there is a motor there and see if there is a place to add fluid to it .. just a thought .. thanks Jerry

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The rear of the top under the back window is drawn down into place and latched by its own motor that simply pulls or pushes two rods. If the motor stopped moving for whatever reason, simply fold down the back seat, reach your arm through the little access at the top of the boot on the drivers side and pop the rods out of place and latch/unlatch manually. this takes a flashlight and some inspection time to do at first if you dont know what your feeling for.

i have the same problem with my 98 900s

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Hi I have the same problem and have investigated as much as i can. On my car it would seem the gear on the motor for the roof is knackered. The motor is located in the boot on the drivers side behind the cover on the rear quarter. Make sure the battery is disconnected before removal for inspection or you may wind up with more problems, like me. replcement units are available but they aint cheap i.e. £495 from a dealership. Regards Tony.

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Take it to a saab shop or a place that specializes in convertible tops. SAAB dealer would be best.

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