P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
9/25/20 7:55 a.m.

My 2005 Saab 9-2x Linear has a shredded control arm which broke a lot of other stuff (inner tie rod, half shaft, stabilizer bar link). There was a mandatory safety recall for these and its VIN falls within the range but doesn't show up on the GM recall site or the NHTSA site. I am looking to confirm or deny ineligibility based on the limits of the recall but not sure if VIN check sites will give me location info.

 

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
9/25/20 8:07 a.m.

Wow, what an unfortunate circumstance. 

Can't really take it to Subaru for recall because it's not a Subaru?  Can't take it to Saab dealer because they don't exist?  Are you then expected to show up at the local Chevy dealer to have them provide recall for your Saabaru?

Your recall seems predicated on where the car was originally sold, not registered.  It would seem to me that a GM dealer or even GM customer care via phone should be able to get you past this step.  You are not asking for personal information, just asking where the car was sold.  If the recall hinges on these factors, then GM must have some way to confirm or deny.   

Actually, based on that assumption that they can confirm or deny, I would just make an appointment with your Michigan GM dealership.  Tell them you believe it is a Michigan car and let them tell you otherwise (asking for proof.)    

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
9/25/20 8:14 a.m.

Googling the VIN gives me this info which I have screen shot.  

 

Lancaster, OH is about 30 mins south east of Columbus, OH.  I'll bet the car is from a Saab dealer in Columbus, OH (which is a rust state according to the recal notes.)  

P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
9/25/20 8:33 a.m.

Funny, I saw that too.

UPDATE: No joke -- CarsForSale.com will legit give you a free vehicle history report! You have to sign up to be spammed at your email account but that's why you keep throwaways.

Turns out it was first registered in PA with 7 miles on the ODO and lived its entire life in OH and MI. Unless it was sold in VA not TOO far away, it's gotta be affected. THIS should help!

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
9/25/20 8:37 a.m.

In reply to P3PPY :

Does the report give the name of the selling dealership?  Carfax usually gives that.  It all seems to be determined by who sold it, not where registered.

P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
9/25/20 8:41 a.m.

NHTSA didn't have any assistance for me "for some reason it's not covered" and I ended up calling an authorized Saab service center and lo and behold the repair was already done. And once it's been done I'm out of luck from here on out. Poop.

Oh well, the parts should all be here today, I guess they're going on by my own hand

EDIT: no, they didn't give the dealership name, just state of registration

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/25/20 9:15 a.m.

is the post-recall failure mode the same as what's covered by the recall?  if so, i think i'd be on the phone with district manager of authorized Saab service center, or NHTSA.

P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
9/25/20 12:02 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

Yes, same place. I’ll have to ask my wife if she wants to chew someone out; that kind of conflict stresses me out way too much but doesn’t seem to phase her

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/25/20 12:54 p.m.

In reply to P3PPY :

Yowza. That look ugly.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/25/20 4:09 p.m.

is there a way to positively identify a replaced part? i'd at least want the date the repair was supposedly performed.  hard to believe the repair part for a recall for rusted control arm would also rust out.  did the [alleged] replacement part outlive the original?

P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
9/30/20 1:58 p.m.

Well, I put on my conflict pants and filed a complaint with the NHTSA and called GM and the lady said no but I pushed and she said that a dealer would have to check it out. The guy there at Fox Saab in Grand Rapids, Dewey, said on Friday that someone named Stef would submit the claim on my behalf, sight unseen. I called today and he said that GM has declined it since the recall work was done so long ago. 

I have the parts but was really looking forward to not fixing it myself. Any other suggestions???

sergio
sergio Reader
9/30/20 3:02 p.m.

Would these guys be any help? https://www.autocheck.com

SlowNB
SlowNB New Reader
9/30/20 7:24 p.m.

I had a WRX of that vintage from a rust state. When I brought it in for that recall, they determined the arms weren't rusty enough to replace and sprayed them with some sort of "rust inhibitor." I was rather annoyed because they were noticeably rusty, and I had already replaced the front subframe due to rust, but didn't make a stink because I was already shopping for it's replacement at that time. I bring this up because it is possible that "repair" done previously was not a replacement.

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