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Old 19th April 2009
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Well, it looks like you can add me to the list of 03 drivers that have had a broken coil spring. Today i was driving and heard a loud rattle over bumps. Then all of a sudden this shot out of the bottom of my car.

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Good no one was hit by the shrapnel.

Now you have a reason to get the car lowered.
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Now you have a reason to get the car lowered.
thats what im thinking although the car seems to drive the same now as it did before
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You are luckier than me.

My car is sitting in a garage (since Friday) waiting to get the front springs and a front tyre changed.

On way to work, low speed, just pulled across a junction and smelt a burning smell. Looked all around the cabin thinking, "I will be glad to get the last 600metres to the car park done so I can see whats going on".

BANG!!! lost control of steering.

Limped into a side road and had a look. Offside Spring snapped and ripped the front tyre apart. Spring is sill inside the tyre.

Tyre was only a couple of Months old.

I've been quoted:

139 Spring Each
105 Tyre
20 Tracking

Thats over 400 (about $600)

Sure I could have got it cheaper elsewhere but I cant move the stupid car.
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Don't let yourself get ripped off !

A whole set (4 each) of Eibach lowering springs is only GBP 220,-

And the Eibachs are very good quality.
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I know what you are saying, and I agree I could get it cheaper elsewhere.

BUT.... the car is broken, I can't move it without paying someone to move it (The spring is still buried in the tyre so the spring would have to be removed before I could even rotate the wheels properly).

The garage already pi$$ed me off by saying they could have it done last Friday. All my preferred gagrages couldn't do it for 4-5 days.

I got the car unloaded off the AA Trailer, the AA truck drove off, then they tell me they cannot get any springs in for 3 days!!

So my car is stuck at a garage I have never used before who I know is ripping me off.
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My front right spring broke two weeks ago. 2005 convertible 6 months out of warranty. I contacted SAAB and they agreed to over costs of replacement of both front springs and the tyre that was affected by the spring rubbing.
Looks like they may know they have a problem so are willing to pay up.
I have no complaints with SAAB or local dealer over this.
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Got the car back.

403. At least there were no "extras" the garage decided to throw at me.
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OK, this is worrysome. How common is this problem. Are 04 linear owners exempt??
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I am getting worried too . I've just requested a qoute for a set of springs.
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OK, this is worrysome. How common is this problem. Are 04 linear owners exempt??
nope... I had one of mine go. Granted, I drive an Arc, but I don't think there is any difference in our suspension.
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I drive an Arc, but I don't think there is any difference in our suspension.
Durn! I was hoping the base models had different components.
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Durn! I was hoping the base models had different components.
well don't quote me on it because I'm not sure; but I think Linear and Arc share the same suspension and Aero has the more aggressive springs.
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well don't quote me on it because I'm not sure; but I think Linear and Arc share the same suspension and Aero has the more aggressive springs.
OK, couldn't resist

It sounds reasonable though. From what i've read, there aren't exactly warning signs, are there?
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OK, couldn't resist

It sounds reasonable though. From what i've read, there aren't exactly warning signs, are there?
Happened on my 04 Linear at 74k. Blew right front tire too. Saab covered all but $100. I also filed a complaint to NHTSA and have been contacted several times through email and the phone. They are most interested in this so my suggestion would be to file a complaint if you reside in the US.
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My 2003 9-3 Arc is six years old and has 80,000 miles on it, but my local Saab dealer replaced my strut tops and broken coil springs under its "goodwill" warranty a couple of weeks ago.
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Another bust coil spring.....2005 Arc with 45,000 miles. I contacted my dealership and Saab Customer Service and will be taking it in on Monday. Hopefully Saab will cover it.......


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you guys are scaring the **** out of me hahaha.

104,xxx miles on my 03 arc and haven't had this problem, but i sense im gonna go out tonight and bam its gonna happen while im doing 65 on the freeway...

I might have to move my "KONI/Vogtland suspension." to the front of the list
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You are luckier than me.

My car is sitting in a garage (since Friday) waiting to get the front springs and a front tyre changed.

On way to work, low speed, just pulled across a junction and smelt a burning smell. Looked all around the cabin thinking, "I will be glad to get the last 600metres to the car park done so I can see whats going on".

BANG!!! lost control of steering.

Limped into a side road and had a look. Offside Spring snapped and ripped the front tyre apart. Spring is sill inside the tyre.

Tyre was only a couple of Months old.

I've been quoted:

139 Spring Each
105 Tyre
20 Tracking

Thats over 400 (about $600)

Sure I could have got it cheaper elsewhere but I cant move the stupid car.
Good job you wasn't travelling at speed on a motor way when this happend... I think its dredfull that saab have not rectified this problem with a modification.
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Tell me about it. 5 Mins earlier I was on a motorway at 80-90mph.

I'm just glad I didn't have the kids with me.

I'm by no means the only person this has happened to either. Shocking standards
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