If you ever come to Hobart and see a 9-3 Viggen parked a little out from the kurb, that’ll be me wanting to ensure I never have to front-up for repairing my wheels ever again!
I’ve just received a quote from Bocchinos, reputedly the best body repairers in town. To repair and repaint all 4 wheels on the Viggen, plus a very minor body repair that I may as well throw in while I’m there – $1250.00!!!
The wheels on the Viggen are very soft, so any rubbing on kurbs etc leads to instant kurb rash. They’ll also bend reasonably easily if you take it too hard over potholes etc. The wheels on my Viggen look OK in photos but up close reveals another story. One rim has a kurb-crater big enough to stick your fingernail into and all 4 wheels have suffered some paint weathering over their relatively short lifetime.
As I got the car at a decent price, I’m willing to spend a little to get it right up to scratch – but $1250 for cosmetics – ay carumba!
So the question becomes: do I prep them myself and save a few bucks or do I give Bocchinos the whole job and just forget about it?
Fellow Tasmanian Saabist, Drew B, has written a fantastic article of wheel repairs. I’ve published it once before here at Trollhattan and you can read it again at the following link: Wheel Repair Guide. If you’ve got any plans to refresh your rims then it’s a great start. It’s really not that hard to prep them. Painting them? Well that’s a different matter. I’ve prepped a set of wheels before, though doing it for the Viggen requires that I try to arrange a spare set to use whilst mine are off the car. A tricky task, though not impossible.
Hmmmmmm. Save yourselves some dough and make sure you keep away from those nasty curbs!!