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I lazily parked my Aero last week, with one wheel just up on the curb. When I came back & went to shut the driver's door, it wouldn't actually close properly! I've had 20 cars over the last few year & cannot remember any car doing this. Maybe, it's because it is such a heavy car, but I was most surprised! A chassis this flexible cannot help the 9000's handling, surely?
 
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If I am correct, the 9000CD does not have a folding back seat, because the back part of the seat is required for structural rigidity. Perhaps someone can confirm?

If you think that is twisty, you want to try the Saab 900 boneshaker convertible - it's a real shake rattle and roll experience - makes you want to twist and shout
 

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Hmm, the CS body should be significantly stiffer than the pre- '92 5-door shell. How high was that curb? Are you sure the car has not been pranged at some point?

I've heard people say the same about the classic 900 hatchback models. Now I have a 5-door which should be the most susceptible to it, and I can jack one well way up in the air or put the car on a 6" high ramp with one front of rear wheel (the ones you normally use pairwise for crawling under the car, but as the front spoiler lip on Saabine won't clear the ramps I made a habit out of jacking the car up at one wheel, shove the ramp under it and then proceed to do the same at the other side ) and all doors always close perfectly. I have always put that down to the bodywork condition of this particular car, where other 15-20 year olds may have some rust lurking somewhere down the frame... But then again, the panel gaps on Saabine may just be bigger and less critical - remember Saabs were essentially hand built cars then, needing 100 hours on the assembly line before completion rather than the seventeen on an average Japanese car - than on the newer models...
 

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Originally posted by Eric van Spelde:
[qb]I've heard people say the same about the classic 900 hatchback models. Now I have a 5-door which should be the most susceptible to it, and I can jack one well way up in the air or put the car on a 6" high ramp with one front of rear wheel (the ones you normally use pairwise for crawling under the car, but as the front spoiler lip on Saabine won't clear the ramps I made a habit out of jacking the car up at one wheel, shove the ramp under it and then proceed to do the same at the other side     ) and all doors always close perfectly. [/qb][/b]
Really??

My 1991 900lpt 5-door was quite twisty. Park with one wheel on a kerb and you could tell - the doors would still shut, but you knew that it was flexing. One previous owner and no recorded accidents - but it was made in Finland, if that is of any relevance?
 

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- but it was made in Finland, if that is of any relevance?[/b]
It shouldn't - and yours being six years newer than Saabine should mean it as at least as much structural reinforcement (the guy who sold me Saabine almost nine years ago said that '84- on Combi Coupé models have a crossbeam that older cars lack - I don't believe this really, as I have my car stripped inside to the floorpan right now, and there's nothing to see there that I guess could be missed) in there.
Must say I am quite flabberghasted too - she does not seem to have any more chassis flex than the notoriously stiff two door I had, and I have had her lifted up high on any corner several times, what with all the rebuilding and mods of the past few years.
I did add some convertible reinforcement plates between the rad support and inner fenders in the process of the present rebuild. Won't be able to tell whether it makes any difference for at least a couple of months...
 

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Well, I don't think it has been pranged - certainly nothing major (nothing on HPI) or anything that the specialist picked up when I got it checked out. Too many parking dings etc. for the panels not to be orgininal, I think. Curb is not that high, but the road is quite cambered, so maybe it was doen to that. It just rather surprised me, that's all.
 

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In my experience at work, most cars suffer from this, some worse than others. I have come across cars that once the door is open, when jacked, you cannot get it to close again until the car is on the floor again.

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I have come across cars that once the door is open, when jacked, you cannot get it to close again until the car is on the floor again.[/b]
Were those cars structurally in as-new shape or was there rust and/or high mileage involved?

As for the latter, I found that even on the allegedly rock solid c900's there's an enormous difference between my '85 with not even 100,000 miles on the odo (I bought it at just over 70K miles - unverified, but the general solidity of body and trim caused me to never suspect otherwise) and countless other examples of the breed I drove with double the miles. Although Felix B.'s '92T16S with 140ish K miles is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Drives and feels like a brand new car, but then again it's hardly ever seen anything else than motorways and A-roads - I guess that's a big factor, too.
 
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