Diamond in the rough. I'm not sure, I don't know Sonett's that well, but the nose has been modified to be full tilt, and the pop up headlights eliminated. Kinda sweet really. Also both bumpers removed and body filled.
You could certainly start with worse but make no mistake this car is in somewhat rough condition. There are several places on the body where previous repairs are evident, and just places where the gel is bubbled for some reason or another, like on the front hood where there is a seam running the full width of the car. The rivets are now bubbling under the fiberglass. Maybe that was part of the mods to make it a one piece tilt nose, not sure.
Rust in pan and particularly the passenger side rocker.
Interior tolerable, but both door panels need some refurbishing, passenger seat has a few tears. Carpet must have been replaced. Headliner is falling down but not torn up. Dash pretty decent, gauges look pretty good.
This car has been sitting for a number of years. The brakes and clutch are frozen. Currently the passenger front wheel is stuck, I'll try to free it up. Exhaust was rusty and got ripped off winching the car up onto my trailer (whoops). It was pretty much trashed anyways.
I put a battery in, hooked the engine up to a remote fuel tank, and it fired up immediately. Sounded pretty good, but loud with just an open pipe, settled into a smooth idle. Seemed to rev just fine. I only ran it a few minutes, while there is some antifreeze in the header tank, not sure if the engine is full, probably is. Oil pressure light and the alternator light both go out immediately upon firing up. Turn lights work, interior light works, wipers work, radio works, no gas light works, gauges in general seem to work. I did not get the blower or headlights to work. Brake pedal frozen so I can't say if the brake lights work. The added on gauges seem to work. Oil pressure showed 30-40psi, vacuum gauge moved appropriately. Temp gauge did not move, but as I said, I did not run it long.
Tires hold air.
Windshield has crack in lower left corner. Other glass is good, door glass crank up and down.
If I wasn't tripping over cars all ready I'd fix the hydraulics and drive as is (also with a muffler). I'm not saying everything else is 100%, but it does seem doable.
Have a good look at the pictures, I can get more.
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When Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn were killed off, at least current owners never had to question where they would have to take their vehicle in case it needed to be serviced. The same couldn't be said for Saab owners... until now. General Motors and Saab Automobile Parts North America (the remaining entity of the bankrupted automaker) have signed an agreement that provides 179 service centers to current Saab owners to receive factory-trained technicians and official Saab replacement parts.
These warranty service providers will have all the tools, training and parts to maintain and repair Saab vehicles, and they will also have access to a technical assistance center for the technicians. Next year, SPNA will also set up a customer assistance center, which will likely be most useful in helping current owners find repair shows, as well as a program called Saab Secure to give added service support to owners of late model (2010 and 2011 model year) Saab vehicles. Finally, to make sure customers have a sufficient parts supply to keep their cars on the road, SPNA operates out of a 153,000 square foot warehouse in Michigan that has the ability to ship more than 3,000 parts orders per day.
GM's official press release on the agreement is posted after the jump.
Back in August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall on the General Motors GMT360 SUVs (Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X) ranging from the 2005 to 2007 model years and the 2006 GMT370 SUVs (Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL) due to potential fires associated with the driver's door module. Initially limited to 250,000 units sold or registered in 20 Snow Belt states (and the District of Columbia), the recall has now been expanded to include an additional 193,000 of these SUVs in the US and, according to The Detroit News, 40,000 more sold outside the US, including Canada and Mexico.
Like the original recall, the issue is still a faulty driver's door module that can short out, which could lead to a fire. The Detroit News is reporting that, out of the 443,000 units being recalled, GM says that there were 58 fires that caused 11 minor injuries, and the expanded recall accounted for six fires and one injury. Despite the lower number of fires, the recall notice recommends that owners park their vehicles until the recall repairs has been performed.
On recalled units with functional modules, the repair consists of a protective coating being applied to the module, while vehicles with modules that are not working properly will have the driver's door module replaced. The official recall notice is posted below, and it includes contact information for customers of all five brands.
For a fleeting moment a few weeks ago, the news from Saab-owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden appeared almost positive. The company had its reorganization plan approved (a day after it was denied), and the automaker was actually showing a real, running vehicle, albeit one with a top speed of 75 miles per hour. But those tiny crumbs of potential goodness have been swept away because NEVS has announced layoffs of as many as 200 factory employees in September "due to lack of work."
Workers probably shouldn't get too eager to return to the factory either, because company's "decision to re-start production will be further delayed" by an unspecified amount of time, NEVS says in a press release. To begin assembling cars again, the company needs to find long-term funding and a new majority owner. Those seem like two very steep hurdles for the embattled automaker to clear.
Despite not producing cars since May, NEVS still claims it's negotiating with a new owner, possibly Mahindra, but according to Reuters, the Swedish company owes about 400 million kronor ($56 million) to creditors. According to its layoff announcement, getting rid of these workers is one step in the business' reorganization plan to be presented on October 8. Scroll down to read its full release.