Melbourne, Florida heat/humidity is worst in U.S. for latent corrosion & mildew damage to unprotected surfaces. We have a 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0 17,000 miles that was immersed in approx 2-3 feet of water from Tropical Storm Fay, enough to bring standing water level to seat height, but did not get under dash. (Motor quit, lights flashed, water puddled inside for days until it was hauled off to insurance designated mechanics. Engine would turn over but not restart, even days later.)
Would like to have an expert checklist of tasks that insurance company must have performed to assure that all corrosion/mildew preventative measures have been taken prior to releasing the car back to its owner (my sister-in-law). Special concerns include the seat-back air bags and electronics, including air-bag connector corrosion under seats. Unable to find factory technical support contact information (owner's manual not readily available).
Dan- I am here in Melbourne FL with you. I own and operate Strictly Saab and would be able to take a look at your 9-3 and any concerns you may have with flooding. From the flood, I ended up with foure vehicles which had their complete interiors removed and cleaned, some with mechanical issues, and some with strange electrical issues. Feel free to contact me at 321.432.2034. Have a nice week. Justin Duthie
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have you examined all of your headlight bulb sockets for any heat/fire damage? even if not, pull the bulbs, and use an appropriate headlight socket insulating grease to reduce temps and avoid corrosion.
when headlight bulbs are changed, it is suggested to use a socket grease insulator to seal them from humidity/corrosion AND to lower socket temps. without this grease, the headlight sockets could possibly catch fire and/or melt, and, if the exposed wiring then shorts, it would blow a fuse.
the mas air flow sensor u need to put it on scanner not to check codes but see whats going on with all the sensors your fav garage if your a good customer it maybe be free if not no more then 20 bucks if u scan it u will b chasing your tail good luck
It's not "normal" - it's an ian ignition key lock freeze-up as a known issue; I finally had to get the entire assembly replaced on my Hyundai 2007 Sonata. It happened to me about 8 times and had to have the car towed 2xs....finally relaced it under the 100k warranty to get it fixed = it's covered. Take it into Service and have them fix it.
Our family has owned Saturns since 1992. They've always been reliable out-performers, until the most recent one. I took delivery of my 2007 Hybrid Vue on 31 May, 2007. From the first tankful of gas, the mileage has been woefully short of the projections - worst case was 19 and best was 32 on the freeway at 70 mph and no air conditioning. Most recently, I drove the Vue down I-95 in Florida at around 70 and no A/C. Mileage? 28. Do the math. That's about 3 mpg better than my first Vue would have gotten. At $3 a gallon, it'll take me approximately 233,000 miles to recoup the $3000 premium I paid for the car. If you live in a climate where air conditioning is not a means of survival in the summer, then this car might be OK.