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Advice Please 2007 9-3 Convertible

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In advance thanks for any advice: My father-in-law bought new a 2007 9-3 convertible in retirement. He passed away a couple of years ago and we're deciding what to do with the car. It looks great (always kept in a heated garage and has only 35K miles) but it has electrical problems (1 example: headlights always on) at least -and anything else that's needed when a car's not driven (it probably was driven a handful of times -if that- in the last 10 years). I suspect a rodent got in the car and had fun with the wiring (NorthEast Ohio). The choices are to sell as is; give it away to a charity (and settle for the tax deduction); or fix and try to get top dollar -whatever that is. Again thanks for any advice.
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Headlights always on is a Saab thing. Can you make a detailed list of the problems it has? In decent condition on bring a trailer a car with this low mileage would do vey well assuming it isn't a mechanical basket case. Usually I would say sell as is & pass on the hassle but it may take less than you think to double your money.
 

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Sorry I don’t. I’m on the west coast. You might try Genuine Saab 417.831.7222. It’s a specialty repair and parts shop in Springfield MO. Nice people. The have been around forever and know everyone. They may have more ideas for you. It would be a shame if a Saab vert with so few miles on it didn’t make it to someone who will care for it. BTW - the lights are always on in our cars. Safety feature.
 

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I have a Tech 2 in the Cleveland, OH (Strongsville) area and can help you troubleshoot/program your electrical concerns. I have a 2004 9-3 Aero convertible and have used my Tech 2 to change several of the settings on it as well.
 

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I have a Tech 2 in the Cleveland, OH (Strongsville) area and can help you troubleshoot/program your electrical concerns. I have a 2004 9-3 Aero convertible and have used my Tech 2 to change several of the settings on it as well.
Thanks 93cvproject for the offer but as I live in Vermont, taking on any diagnostic / repair is a non-starter as I'll only be there for a few days. That's why I would need a shop. Do you or anyone know of a directory of SAAB shops? I wouldn't want to take it to just any shop as mechanics can make a mess of it when they don't know a niche brand (I've learned that the hard way over the years!)
 

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Headlights always on is a Saab thing. Can you make a detailed list of the problems it has? In decent condition on bring a trailer a car with this low mileage would do vey well assuming it isn't a mechanical basket case. Usually I would say sell as is & pass on the hassle but it may take less than you think to double your money.
Thanks Bob. After reading your and others' good input, I'm leaning toward fixing it, where the car is currently (northeastern Ohio) or Vermont (where I live). Any ideas on how to find a SAAB mechanic in either place is much appreciated...
 

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If you decide to sell it "as is" I might be interested in buying it.

Otherwise, the only Saab shop in northeast Ohio I can recommend is Swedish Solution Automotive Specialists (swedishsolutions.com) in Cleveland Heights. I do all of my Saab work myself and haven't done business with them, but they have good references. The mechanics there know how to work on Saab cars, but they are going to be VERY expensive.

PM me if you want to determine a fair market value to purchase as is.
 

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Thanks Bob. After reading your and others' good input, I'm leaning toward fixing it, where the car is currently (northeastern Ohio) or Vermont (where I live). Any ideas on how to find a SAAB mechanic in either place is much appreciated...
What is actually wrong with the car? You keep saying "fix it"...fix what?!?!?!!!
 

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If you decide to sell it "as is" I might be interested in buying it.

Otherwise, the only Saab shop in northeast Ohio I can recommend is Swedish Solution Automotive Specialists (swedishsolutions.com) in Cleveland Heights. I do all of my Saab work myself and haven't done business with them, but they have good references. The mechanics there know how to work on Saab cars, but they are going to be VERY expensive.

PM me if you want to determine a fair market value to purchase as is.
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If you decide to sell it "as is" I might be interested in buying it.

Otherwise, the only Saab shop in northeast Ohio I can recommend is Swedish Solution Automotive Specialists (swedishsolutions.com) in Cleveland Heights. I do all of my Saab work myself and haven't done business with them, but they have good references. The mechanics there know how to work on Saab cars, but they are going to be VERY expensive.

PM me if you want to determine a fair market value to purchase as is.
Thanks 93cvproject for the shop name. I'm also toying with having the car towed to Vermont where I live, if I find a Saab guy in my area (to the forum: Any leads on Vermont mechanics is appreciated: The car has extensive electrical issues, including turn signals inoperative, headlight controls inoperative; runs battery down, etc. to name a few. Most likely a rodent chewed wiring. Also needs mechanical work for a car that hasn't been driven in a decade (belts at least, other?) Thanks,
 

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Ask yourself this question: am I willing and able to get this car back on the road? Think about your abilites in every aspect, be it the space to keep and repair the cv, your own skills, the option of a reliable workshop around and the cash you can afford/are willing to spend.

If you have to answer "no" to one of these questions, you might want to give it a second consideration - after making a honest list of things which are needed to be done.
Could become a long list...first things I'm thinking of are reviving the engine (please do not just start it after the long time standing still!), new tires (they are aging even in a garage), looking after the hoses, brakes...
 

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Thanks 93cvproject for the shop name. I'm also toying with having the car towed to Vermont where I live, if I find a Saab guy in my area (to the forum: Any leads on Vermont mechanics is appreciated: The car has extensive electrical issues, including turn signals inoperative, headlight controls inoperative; runs battery down, etc. to name a few. Most likely a rodent chewed wiring. Also needs mechanical work for a car that hasn't been driven in a decade (belts at least, other?) Thanks,
Electrical issues are one thing but other than that it needs a new belt, new fluids, battery, & tires then its good to go. Anyone compentent can handle those things, doesn't necessarily need a Saab person.
 
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