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Hope you are all having a good Christmas.

Will be starting to look at 900/9-3's in the New Year, probably 1998-2000 models with the budget I have. Read a lot on this site about bulkhead seperation - is this something that you can see and can you easily spot te symptons on a test drive?

Also, is this usually picked up during an MOT - thinking that a recently MOTed car should not have this problem. Is this right?

Many thanks,

Stew
 

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Yes, it should be picked up in an MoT and will fail if it is. Have a read of the pinned topic at the head of this forum for more info but the easy way to spot it is start the engine and move the steering wheel side to side whilst the car is stationary. If the pedals move, the the bulkhead is cracked. As a buying tip, cars that have been fitted with lower/stiffer suspension and or 17" wheels seem to be more prone to it.
 

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Dont rely on the mot to detect this. The crack is under the insulation on the bulkhead and is often missed until well advanced.
The best bet is to take it to an indy or saab specialist and let them check it out. The pedal movement is probably the most reliable test.
Look for a car that has had the problem addressed i.e. welded and then fitted with a steering clamp.

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Thanks for the advice...how much the pedals normally move? Is it easily noticeable?

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With mine they were noticeable and when I had new front brake pads and disks fitted the brake pedal felt like I had a warped disk and moved up and down under braking. The conclusion from this being that if the pedals don't move that much then the brakes need doing as well!
 

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The welding may not be obvious but should be a big bill for it!! Look for evidence around the area next to the the steering rack under the servo. Ask the seller.
THe clamp may or may not be fitted it's not a fix for a cracked bulkhead just improves the handling. Look at the rack clamp on the passenger side if it's metal with rubber then it's not got the clamp and brace, if aluminium with a bracing bar then yes it has.

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Yes, it should be picked up in an MoT and will fail if it is. Have a read of the pinned topic at the head of this forum for more info but the easy way to spot it is start the engine and move the steering wheel side to side whilst the car is stationary. If the pedals move, the the bulkhead is cracked. As a buying tip, cars that have been fitted with lower/stiffer suspension and or 17" wheels seem to be more prone to it.[/b]
Thanks for this post. To cut a long story short, We bought a 900xs as a stopgap. I have the oppurtunity soon to buy a decent new-ish replacement car for the long-term. My ideal choice would've been a 9-5 aero estate
My 900 is a 97P ( ironic - thats probably its value now! ), 122k, FSH, 2 owner car in pretty good nick. I bought it without an MoT - but with a raft of recent receipts for discs, pads, bushes galore, etc.
The car didnt 'feel' right. Id get a knock from the front if I accelerated suddenley. Mentioned this to the MoT tester , said they'd have a look under/over whilst they'd got it. Decent garage - good reputation. I've known them for years and they're very fair. Flew through I was reassured the car was in rude health and had had been very well cared for. ...

Ther inevitable creaking has developed during the cold weather. The local knuckledraggers stop and stare when I drive over the speeedhumps on our estate!! Only happens hen the left wheel hits a hump/pothole. Creaking subsides once car warms up. I reasoned it was an engine mount and planned to tackled once the snow dispersed. Saw this thread 2 days ago though.

Tried the pedal/steering trick yesterday and on full left lock the pedals do their little dance. Right lock doesnt produce the same movement. Movement is more pronounced when the car is warm??? I could be imagining it though.

This is Saab no 6 - my 1st GM. My last Saab Im afraid. Its an old car I know but it is a Saab. VOSA's resonse to this is : http://dft.gov.uk/vosa/repository/08%20126.pdf
Doesnt really do much to motivate me into buying a 9-5?! The other point Id like to make - some years ago we made a costly mistake by buying an Espace. This suffered a similar fate on a larger scale ( the clutch cable assembly went throught the bulkhead as the bulkhead was corroded ). The garage at the time strongly recommended the stering clumn would need replacing.
 

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apologies for the spelling and grammer on my previous post. This may be of use to someone - http://www.saab9-3bulkhead.com

There is a pasge regarding VOSa and an investigation by the Daily Teklegraph. This pre-dates the letter from VOSA ( pdf link in my prev post above ). Im still puzzled over VOSA's comments regarding the bulkhead - I wonder how my car would react in a collision?

Maybe they should revive the investigation, condemn all 900 and 9-3's and insist as part of the 'crappage' scheme we all get £2k off our new Korean eggboxes....
 

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greyngone, you may have a similar problem to what alot of us are experiencing. Think it's a bush or connection in the track rod (think that's right), some people have nipped it up a couple of Nm, or the alternative is to wait until summer when the warmer weather seems to stop the noise from happening.

I've just left mine for now. Sounds like a plastic on tarmac scraping for a split second.
 
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