Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 07:21:48 GMT
From: "Geoff" <Jeffe_Verdenopsamail.com>
Subject: Re: Should I buy a high-mileage Saab?


I put over 1/4 million miles on my first two (got rid of the '78 99 at 280k because it was 18 years old - it still looked and ran great -- ex gf got the '85 SPG and kept it till a year ago), and I'm pushing 200k on my '91 9000. And total service on each has only been around $3,000 - that's a little over a penny a mile. Just make sure the car's been well maintained. Ask for service records - hopefully they've been taking it to a good Saab mechanic, and not just the local service station. Ask how many Saab's they've had (if they're a fan, they've probably taken better care than someone who got it "just because"). Try checking with the local Saab shops, tell them what you're looking for. They'll know when one of their customers is getting ready to get a new one, and odd's are a car you find this way has been well maintained. The one thing I can't speak for is body rust - do they salt the roads where you live? (not an issue here in So Cal). After 18 years, my '78 had minor rust at the back of the rear wheel wells. Make sure there's no body rot. Geoff my $0.02 worth, Geoff

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