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Stranger pays for local woman’s pricey SAAB repair

It started as Saab story. “Yes, this is a Saab story — with a happy ending,Centhia Fleming said and smiled. Fleming is a social worker and single mother of two from Battle Creek.

A happy ending, she said, thanks to a stranger who reached out to help her. Centhia Fleming’s 2009 Saab 9-7x, with 109,000 miles, had a problem — something to do with the steering, she was told. Other mechanics couldn’t pin it down, so she drove it on Thursday from her home in Battle Creek to Fox Saab in Grand Rapids. They told her it wasn’t safe to drive. “They said it was a transfer case,” Fleming said. And they gave her a price: more than $800.

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A Good Samaritan in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA) gave one single mom a very happy new year. Fleming had recently lost one of her jobs as a visiting social worker and had spent everything on Christmas for her two young children.

Saab 9-7x pricey repair  eith happy ending
Saab 9-7x pricey repair eith happy ending

Amy Kornoelje was there to get her son’s headlight fixed and overheard Fleming making phone calls to borrow the money. She said, “I said I don’t know her story, I don’t know what it is, but we’re all here on this earth, and I feel like I need to help her out.” Centhia added, “I cried, it was tears of joy of course, but I cried like a little baby.” The dealership cut the bill, almost in half, and Kornoelje paid the 430 dollar balance.

Dewey Anderson, the service consultant said, “[The other customer] said, ‘I will take care of her bill.’ So I was like in shock. I said, ‘You mean you’re going to pay her bill?’ She said, ‘Yea.’ She took care of it. I went back and told her.” Anderson said he’s never seen this kind of generosity in his 50 years on the job.

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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