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1996 900S - Convertible Top stopped working

Our convertible top finally died. It had been working off & on for the past 3-4 months. If you unlatched the top and it didn't work immediately, if you would just shake it a few times hitting the sensors, it would work. Now it stopped completely. We had an appt with the only remaining Saab dealership/Service dept within 50 miles of us, and they never even looked at it after two days nor offered any apology!!! We would prefer to take it to another mechanic, but just want to have a clue as to whether it is just the sensors or could be a bigger problem.

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  • Raj Singh Mar 25, 2009

    1995 saab 900 S the back part of the top is UP and it will not go down. Please some help. Moreover the reverse gear does not work, any suggestions. Thanks

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Look online for a mechanic on the craigslist for your area and call the list of mechanic's in your area and you may find one who can fix your convertible top switch.

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