Who has done this job and what did you pay. I was quoted 425. Does that sound accurate?
Dogleg is the part of the body in between the rear wheel and back door, above the rocker panel. And I may pull the trigger to have this done. It just looks awful and is only getting worse.On Porsche's from the 356 up, the "dog leg" was part of the engine bay that supported the motor.
I have no clue on a Saab but it would be nice to know where the rust starts on these later cars. To date I have never seen a 9-3 or 9-5 with any rust issues and the worst corrosion so far was on the BBS RK II wheels when they had a bad run.
I am surprised there are not more posts and dialog about this dog-leg rust problem. I recently bought a 2002 95 Aero, 5-speed with 155k miles. Fantastic car, I love it. I'm the third owner and it was always well cared for. Living on the north east of the USA, this dog-leg rust is common to almost any Saab here.
The previous owner fixed it properly — cut away the rust, new metal — on one side a couple of years ago and they did an excellent job for $400. Rust is just beginning on the other side, it has not gone through yet. I also want to keep this car for the long term, so I want this repair done correctly. I am amazed that I have yet to find a body shop in upstate NY that will do this kind of work — they only want to do quick insurance claim work! I have to keep looking. If anyone has recommendations please tell me.
As for this dog-leg rust problem: I don't see any talk on the forum as to WHY this happens. What is the cause, so that we can try to avoid it? Does moisture get trapped by the rubber(?) wheel well gasket near the wheel well lip? If so, is it better to remove this gasket so moisture can drain? Or something else...?
Clearly this is a design flaw area on these cars. If we want to keep them on the road, we should be talking about how to improve these problem areas.