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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:26 pm 

Joined: Sat May 01, 2021 1:07 pm
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Car Models: 9-3 Vector Convertible 2007

This is my first post on the forum, having joined a few weeks ago. I've had a 2007 9-3 Convertible for the last 4 years. It's actually my 5th Saab (going way back to an olive green 99EMS in the 1980s), but it's one that I now intend to keep and drive indefinitely.

My question is - other than regular servicing - what should I do now to ensure its longevity? Are there components that require preventative maintenance? Is there rust-proofing that should be applied? I've noticed small rust patches where the bottom of the rear window meets the hood cover which I'm concerned might now be letting water into places it should not be. That's not within my skills to sort out - so where should I go - a Saab specialist? Or a local bodyshop if I can find one?

All advice very happily received!


PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:01 pm 
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Welcome! :)

There's another weaK spot for rust, the front bottom corner of the rear wheel arches. If you have surface rust, I have had success with Bilt Hamber Hydrate 80. It is the rust convertor, but it has the advantage that it can be painted over. It doesn't have to be washed off and neutralised before filling and painting, so you can treat, rub down, fill, prime and paint.

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