Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 10:38:37 +0930
From: dwareingnopsamaide.on.net[anti-spam-remove] (David Wareing)
Subject: Re: 1995 SAAB 900SE IS 100% NOT RELIABLE


In article <357CE24C.505D83D0nopsamucla.edu>, lavellenopsamucla.edu wrote: > August 95 my wife and I bought our first new car, a very elegant silver > SAAB 900SE. [horrendous list of mechanical and servicing problems deleted, for brevity] > We leased the car (36 months) with the intention of buying it. If we > don't purchase the car this July we lose $18,300 in payments already > made. (Assuming there are no additional fees, which their should not > because car has low mileage and no damage/no accidents.) > > All the repairs that were done under warranty I estimate would cost > ~$10,000. So do we walk away and take our $18,300 loss or anticipate BIG > repair bills after the warranty expires? I sympathise, but... Walk away. This particular Saab is obviously a lemon. If you keep the car, you will only inherit all those extremely expensive repair bills when the warranty expires. And, given its past form, it will fail on you, and fail on you often. Worse, you won't ever have the satisfaction and pleasure of knowing that you're driving a reliable, safe and fast car. Instead, you'll always be worrying about the damned thing dying on you on a cold, rainy night miles away from the nearest service station. The pride you have in the car's looks and prestige will be washed aside by nagging doubts and nightmares of huge repair expenses. You also need to remember your own car's resale value if you keep it now. A (sane) prospective buyer of your car is going to take one look at your car's service history and choke. At the very least, the resale price is going to nose dive unless you are fortunate enough to find someone who doesn't know what a service history is. If you want a Saab, I suggest you buy a second hard (but relatively new) car -- one with a complete service history showing that it has been "good". This way, you get a near-new car you can trust, at a much lower price. (Which is also a very good reason for not buying a new Saab. Let other people pay the drastic depreciation for you.) -- David Wareing dwareingnopsamaide.on.net Macintosh Game Development <www.ambrosiasw.com/~dwareing> Get Mars Rising: <www.marsrising.com>

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