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98 Saab convertible motor needs installation- I was informed it needs to be done at a dealership

I have a motor that needs to be installed in order for my convertible to work- does this need to be done at a Saab dealer. I was informed it does

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For a 1998 vehicle? it's not still under warranty is it? the main reason to take your vehicle to the dealership in my opinion is that you still have a warranty and you don't want to void it. where i live the local dealership charges $95 hour. to me that would be a good reason to not go there. i would look in the phone book where you live and find some shops that are listed under automotive electrical and tell them what you have. i would be really surprised if one of them can't help you. these shops aren't cheap, probably charge more for their time then general service shops, but all they do is electrical and they are really good at it. what is likely to happen if you take a ten year old car to the dealership is that the dealership will have their used car guys work on it. the new car guys have to learn new stuff all the time so they usually only go five years out. hope that helps.

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My roof on my convertble go up so i can have it open can you help me tanks

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