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What a beautiful day it seemed to be...

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So it is a beautiful day in Vancouver, finally have time to get my aero kit to the body shop. Throw it in the ML and drive down and drop it off.

So far so good...

I go grab the 996 to go down to the body shop so they can match the paint, stop at starbucks to get a TEA, yes, a tea. Going down the hill to my body shop, thinking to myself, wow the car is running great...

Air bag light pops on! WTH? Out of all things, the air bag light? Can anybody tell me why? Lead me faithfull 996 owners!

Thanks for the read. I know, stupid story but still.


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I had mine come on my first 2000 Boxster, dealer diagnosed it as a faulty buckle or some kind of resistance to the buckle, then charged me around $300 to replace it (the buckle). Anyway, it seemed fishy that I was paying to fix a defective safety part on a car that was barely out of warranty time wise, it was WAY under on miles. Anyway, give them a little pressure and see if it can be fixed under warr. or good faith since it seems to be a common problem. Seems to me safety problems should be a no charge fix at any point in a cars life. We can't buy a new one if the last one didn't save us in an accident. ;)

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Its a fairly common issue. Have them reset the light and if it comes back its they will probably have to replace the following items:

airbag control module,

wiring harness for the seat belts

seat belt receptacles

Right before I bought my '99 in March the previous owner had to get this done. Be sure to argue with the dealer if they want to charge you too much for this (if not under a warranty) as its a design fault for the most part.

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Recently, on my 99 c2 cab, my airbag light came on also. I cleaned wire contacts under pax seat went to the dealer to check the fault memory code and clear the codes. In my case it was a fault memory 46 which is the driver Belt buckle.

The fault has not reappeared now for about a month now, and if it does, I will DIY change the belt buckles before returning to the dealer.

I understand the belt buckle fault is quite common on airbag issues.

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