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Anyone have recommendations on replacement power antennas ('99 9-3se Vert)? Mine is not working (i.e. it is not retracting properly and makes a clicking sound when attempting to retract). The "dealership" wants $136 to replace/fix :)nono; ) Personally, I think the power retracting antenna is a bad design and I'd like to eliminate it for future problems/failures.

Anyone have a recommendation on the black rubber fin type antenna that does not retract? Brand? Prince? Where to buy? Is this a DIY fix?

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Hi,

I'd like inform you about the fact that there are repair kits available for the Saab electric antenna's (replacement of the 'tubes' and related gearing).
To be more precise: I know for sure they are available for the 900 (new type).
Costs: approx. 20 USD.

Just ask for it at a Saab specialist (I suppose the dealer will not provide this kit since they will not earn to much money on it...).

regards,

Leon.
 

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I had the same problem on my NG. The mast has a ribbed nylon 'tail' which engages with the gearing in the motor. See below:




Eventually it wears and no longer retracts. Replacement is straight foward enough. You remove the nut where the mast meets the bodywork, extend the mast and pull it out. Then insert the new mast until it engages and turn off the head unit to retract it into the body. It takes a couple of attempts but it is not too hard to do.

The part numbers for the replacement mast for the NG and the 9-3 are the same, so it should apply.

PFS do one for £14.99. It might be worth checking out the shipping considering the quote from the dealer.
 

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There are a few ways to go. I had the same problem. I just purchased one at thesaabsite.com and replaced it as a power antenna. My buddy and I did put a fixed antenna on his 9-3 sedan 2 weeks back. We went to the local auto parts store, found a black rubber antenna that would fit reusing the grommet and antenna nut from the original antenna as he also did not want another power unit. There are several place who sell a replacement. The one i used is below.

http://www.thesaabsite.com/
 

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Thanks for the replies. The one on the Saabsite is for a Viggen only or 2000 and up (won't work for me). I snooped the web and found a Euro-style flexible rubber power antenna kit for only $14.95 at this site: http://www.antennax.com Sounds too good to be true. $14.95? Any thoughts on this?
 

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This is very similar to the one we put in the sedan 2 weeks ago. I think we paid something like $15.99 so it doesnt seem that far off. In this case you would have to use the new mounting hardware. In our case we happened to find a unit where the threads were the same as the power antenna we were replacing, therefore we could re use the antenna nut. For some reason he was big on that part. I kept explaining that re using the nut etc was kind of useless since he wasnt keeping the stock antenna. To each his own :cheesy:
 

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Found some other nice looking replacement antennas. Anyone familiar with the FUBU style antennas (e.g. Fubu BetaFlex-D). They look to be the VW standard. Not sure if they could be made to work on a 9-3 convertible.
 
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