Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 00:05:17 -0400
From: "Shawn London" <srlondonnopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Is Saab's Reliability a thing of the Past?


I have a 1998 900 SE, also a black 3-door. I love this car. I, too, have had minor annoyances with my Saab. But I have never gotten stranded, and haven't lost the car overnight to service in 12k miles. This is a high-end product, and we as customers should demand as close to automotive perfectio= n as Saab can give us. However, I still feel that my Saab continues to take care of me better than most cars. It is all relative. My brother was stranded when his new Jeep Cherokee starter relay gave out the second day h= e had the car. His wife's Volvo 850 left all of us high and dry when its steering wheel lock failed to release after parking the car. To put all of this in healthy perspective, I like to read the Long Term Tes= t sections of various car magazines. You know that the manufacturers and dealers are going to give these people the best service when they know with whom they're dealing... yet their fleet cars have the same little annoyance= s and breakdowns that we all have. And the car magazines experience problems with the best of the cars they drive.... Hopefully, Saab has addressed the problems of the '94-96 new generation 900's in later production of that model and the 9-3. I'm keeping my finger= s crossed.... ---------- In article <7bfgb7$4t7nopsamnal.concentric.net>, "Terragni" <Terragninopsamentric.net> wrote: >I bought a 1999 SAAB 9-3 on December 23rd, 1998. Merry Christmas I say! Th= is >is my first SAAB. I absolutely love this car. It is a black 3 door, camel >interior. Sunroof. Heated seats. It drives like nothing I=92ve ever driven. = It >is VERY fast. It has amazing breaks. It goes very well in the snow. It is = so >quiet and gets up to speed so fast, that I was having trouble with excessi= ve >speeding in my driving. > >The third day I had it, I got a flat tire. No shit, drove over a screw. Th= e >15-inch tires are 150.00 bucks. I fell over when I heard that. Its because >they have a V speed rating, so the car can go 175 miles per hour or >something like that. > >On about the 5th day, the clock magically reset itself to Jan 1 1997. I sa= id >oh shit, is this a bigger electrical problem? The dealer assures me it is = a >faulty SID unit. The 400-dollar replacement unit (free of charge of course= , >48-month warranty) was broken in shipping. I have to go back to the dealer >for the 3rd time in the 1st two months of ownership. >The rear windshield washer nozzle. Was defective. > >Now the car has developed a loud buzz in the right hand dash, when I am >stopped. It ceases when I accelerate. This only happens periodically. And >naturally, it would not do it for the nice man in the service dept when I >took it in. > >Now you may ask why I said I love this car. The coolness of this car >outweighs my problems so far. But, when you buy a 30,000 car, it should no= t >have these trivial problems at all. > >Good luck > >PS I think that I now have experienced the SAAB quirkiness the are alway= s >talking about. > >adrian c wrote in message <01be63ea$f075c660$1801a8c0nopsaman>... >>1989 Saab 900i >>Owned from 90 to 160,000 miles (7-10 years old) >>No problems other than replacing one brake caliper >> >>1995 Saab 900i >>Owned from 86 to current 102k miles >>Big end gone- engine now replaced with a 10k miler >>Gearbox oil seal leaking >>CV Boot leaking >>Heater resistance package blown >>Exhaust Blown >>(All since last SAAB dealer service 12k ago) >> >>Car has a full dealer service history, at considerable expense. >> >>I have driven Saabs for last 4 years and always swore I'd never drive >>anything else. >>I dont know if I'll still feel the same when its pay up time! >> >>Is my car a lemon? Should I get shot of it as soon as possible or should= I >>take the view that I've had everything done now and should be safe enough= ? >> >> > >

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