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I bought a 9000 in Feb, which had alot of water in the boot! The spare wheel area was almost 1cm deep
After drying it out in the sunshine, it appears the under felt at the rear, right hand side, of the boot is where it's worst. I have noticed slight condensation in the right brake light console, and also, the connector on the boot light has corroded conpletely away into green powder. When I open the boot, water always tips inside from the lid, but this can't be the only point of entry. Can anyone shed any light on this quandry?
 

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My previous 9000 CS had a problem with water getting in through cracks in the rear decor panel. THis was sorted with some silicone sealant.

Water shouldn't collect beneath the spare tyre, as there is a drain hole - is this blocked?

I have heard that the rubber on top of the doors can perish, letting water in, so presumably this could happen on the hatch - though the water should drain there too.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hi chap,
I've had my 91' 9000 hatch now for about 18 months and when I first bought it,which was around the November my boot was also filling with water and when I opened the boot sometimes it seemed that the water was dripping somewhere above the toolkit aperture,after many weeks of frustrated investigation I eventually tracked it down to the flexible corrugated pipes which protect the wiring loom where it goes from the tailgate in through the rear of the roof section.
Both were split and as I was driving the water was running back off the roof into the gap at the top of the tailgate running down through the split pipe ,down the wiring loom and dripping where the wiring loom came out at the bottom just above the toolkit aperture.
I hope this has been of some help as it took an awful long time to find such an obscure leak.Happy hunting Dazzel
 

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I also had a boot leak on my 9000. It took several tries to track it down (the garage placing it's smallest mechanic in the boot gave considerable entertainment all round).

They sealed the corrugated piping, but that didn't help.

Eventually the trim round the whole of the window had to be removed and re-sealed, and I got the Saab main agent to do this, rather than the specialist who'd twice failed to cure the problem.

Incidentally, the rubber spoiler on the SE is an excellent collection point for water, ready to tip into the boot. When I got the car this was quite a problem, considerably reduced by cleaning out the drain holes

The water-into-boot "feature" of the 9000 doesn't half make you open the tailgate slowly. That and the weight.
 

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I had two leaks in my old 9000. The first was from the panel join in the gutter arround the side of the boot opening (bad accident repair). We sealed this with silicone sealant. The other leak took longer to track down. Symptoms were wet carpet below the rear light cluster, small quantity of water on the top of the cluster and occasional blinking of the rear brake warning light.

I pulled the carpet and underlay away and BLEW talc onto the inner metal work then waited for the next rainy day. The water trail in the talc pointed to the lamp cluster, which we sealed with sealant.

Good luck!
 

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a small amount of water appears to 'wick' into the passenger compartment under the rubber seal near the boot hinges. This doesn't appear to be the cause of the main leak.
The carpet under the right hand light console is where the water is most obvious, so my guess is the seal, although there is no obvious sign of water runs or anything. I hight have to try the talc test !!!!!!
 

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Just cured the leak on my '97 CSE (I hope!)

The problem was simple enough. The flexible rubber seal around the boot aperture wasn't sitting right down on the flange on the right side. There wasn't enough "slack" for it to hold down when reseated so I took about half of it out, cleaning all the gunge and dead leaves fron around the hinges in the process, then pressed it back on leaving the last bit to do at the very rear on the boot sill. This is straight and level so goes on easily and the natural grippiness holds the rest on.

I've currently got the liner up in the airing cupboard trying to get it dry, there must have been at least a litre of water soaked up in it.

Next problem will be the water which runs out of the heater vent onto your foot!!
 

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I've still got a small leak in that area which I haven't found, but just to add to your list of possibles, with my car parked on a slope facing uphill and leaning slightly to the OS, so that this corner was the lowest point, that is where the water from my leaking sunroof ended up! And quite a lot of it too...
 
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