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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:34 pm 
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Location: cambs
Car Models: 2000 9-3 convertible lpt
Good evening

I have an area of bubbling on the drivers side directly below where the tonneau cover rubber seal meets the top of the body. To access this for repairing is the best way to use the manual open/close procedure for the roof and if so is there any danger this will throw up an error when I use the roof button when the work is done? Secondly the seal area of the bottom of the tonneau seems to have been designed to trap water, has anyone modded this seal in any way to stop this from occurring?



2000 2.0T 9-3 coupe
2005 9-3 Aero Convertible

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:26 pm 
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Location: Crewe, Cheshire
Car Models: 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero Estate
Hi Gavin,

I have/had exactly the same problem on my 04 vert and so I repaired it in the normal way for rust treatment, I just opened the roof partially under power until the tonneau cover was extended and the rear of the fabric was raised up and stopped it there. I didn't seem to mind being left in limbo like this so I just cracked on with it like that.

I agree with you, it does look like it's designed to trap water doesn't it, I couldn't see a way to make it any better other than possibly renewing the rubber seal completely (and you can just imagine how much that would cost for a new one). So I think the answer is to get it repaired the best you can by removing the rust, treating the area and then getting it well painted. If you can afford it I would get it done by a professional body shop to get the best repair possible.

I'm not really happy with the job I made on mine as it shows up my repair if you look closely at it, but it's not rusty now so it was worth the effort ultimately and very cheap compared with a body shop of course.

Good luck

MY04 9-3 1.8t Vert
MY02 9-5 Aero Est
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