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Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:49 pm

rspi wrote:Ben, I would not count on anything on a '93 850 being worth anything. That was the intro 850 and most people are getting away from them. Now if you want a 850 that may have some value get a T-5R, R or Platinum.

Is her insruance company going to pay for your car?

I know. And I do understand.

It is what it is.

I'll get over it, I just want a new puppy.


1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:19 pm

rspi wrote:Ben, I would not count on anything on a '93 850 being worth anything. That was the intro 850 and most people are getting away from them. Now if you want a 850 that may have some value get a T-5R, R or Platinum.

Is her insruance company going to pay for your car?
Insurance will not be made an issue.

I do understand what the '93 is. There was a sense of accomplshment when it looked, and ran as it did.

Give me a puppy, I must grieve.


1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:25 pm

Thanks again folks for the help, and awesome informatives. I have learned so much from the forum. Hopefully, I may have also been of some help. Thank you so much Matthew, and keep up the good work/fun.

My experiece with this very individual vehicle took me back to a younger time, when learning the nuts and bolts of a '69 Camaro, while attempting to stuff a 482 big block into it with minimal tools, and cashflow. I have a new appreciation for this cool Swedish car. I only weep for Saab. That would be a different story. :wink:


1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Fish stick88 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:58 am

Are you going to part the car out for sure? or try to sell it as a bulk? I'm interested in a few parts, based on compatibility, but thats up to you.


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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:47 pm

To be honest, I'll be leaving it at the tow yard. They are opportunistic thieves, and it will be over 400. to get it out. It would not be wouth the hassle, or the cash. I have no place to part it out, and that would be the only way to recoup the expense of getting it back. So it will probably end up at a scrap yard near Detroit somewhere. Probably the one where I found most of its parts.
Just a side note, it angers me that the towing company that gets a city towing contract can make its own rules on what to charge, while holding a car that was in an accident hostage. I think I am in the wrong business, but then again, I have a conscience.


1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:12 pm

Image[/img]Image[/img]Image[/img]Update on the car. I was able to get some items from it and take some pictures at the tow yard. It took a court order from a judge to get access to even see it. They have been adding 20.00 per day since the accident, and the cost is around 1,200. now. They will have to make a deal if they want any money other than the original towing fees and a reasonable lot fee. This particular company is known to tow cars for the city and charge outragious fees. I may make an offer on monday because it really does seem repairable now that I have seen it. I'll try to upload a couple shots.
Sorry about these, I will have to resize them and try again, But the left front is the damage.(drivers U.S.)


1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Thu May 10, 2012 5:49 pm

I thought I would update this thread. I have photos on other threads, but I forgot how involved I was with the story on this particular thread.

The car was rescued and revived. It was a project getting it back in order, and pretty much all the advice from everyone was not disregarded. I taught myself a few things along the way. Thanks for looking.

The photos can speak for themselves, but I combined a '96 front bumper with original '93 Alter I headlights and corner lights. I am happy with the look. That takes care of the superficial aspect.
I replaced,

Bumper ( $36.20 Complete '96 reinforcement bar/absorber/top cover/spoiler)
Header panel. ($36.)
Headlight/corner light($60. combined)
Wiper motor/arm/blade - (headlight) (free)
Radiator-(salvaged from '00 v70 with fan/shroud/relays included. $62.00 !!)
Fender- (refurbished one I already had)
Both front seat belts ($7. ea.)
One B-pillar cover (free)
SRS-system ECU (free)
Steering wheel/airbag/clockspring ($40. for all, and upgraded to leather)
Dashpad/airbag ( $36. Airbag included)
Windshield-New ( $223. total-installed)
I also changed the door and fender moldings to the larger Alter II type, to match the new bumper. ($12.00 all six pieces)

The only part I chose new was the windshield, even though I did get one from the junk yard for $30. it had wiper scratches and for $70 more than I was going to pay for installation, I just got a new one.

So do the math. I did spend about $200. on hydraulic tools and rigging parts, but I now own it.

The photos did not upload in chronological order, but I think you can figure it out.
Thanks for the input. It was a learning experience on many levels.
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1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Sun May 27, 2012 4:32 am

I had $5.00, and some time on my hands this long weekend. So why not?

The grille that I painted is from a spare hood. The one I used for comparison was not hurt in the collision.
The hood that is still on the car is the one from the collision. I will eventually replace it. But for now, the 50-at-50 rule applies. (Fifty feet away, at fifty miles an hour. It looks great.)

Thanks again for looking.
I will add subjects with photos in new threads, that apply to some of the individual repairs.
Have fun.
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1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by jreed » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:59 am

Beautiful result!


1997 855 GLT (Light Pressure Turbo) still going strong. Previous: 1986 240 GL rusted out in '06, 1985 Saab 900T rusted out in '95, 1975 Saab 99 rusted out in '95, 1973 Saab 99 rusted out in '94

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Re: Air bags Deployed-Left front damage

Post by Ben850 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:54 pm

jreed wrote:Beautiful result!
Thanks, I could'nt let it go. I'm expecting a delivery from FCP tomorrow of steering and suspension parts to tighten up the front. It never ends.


1993 850 GLT , You wouldn't know it.
1996 850 Turbo Wagon White.
1995 T-5R Black. New work in progress.
1998 V70 XC Cross Country White.
1994 850 N/A Wagon Black.
1997 850 Sedan Black.
1996 850R Wagon White.
1997 850 Sedan Red ( not white or black!)

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