Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 15:06:00 -0800
From: Steve <replytonewsnopsamp.please>
Subject: 9-5 SE or GS300


I am seriously considering a lease of a 9-5 SE. I like it better than any other car I have driven. What is making me hesitate is the spotty reliability record of past Saabs as well as the recommended maintenance list. Multiple sources have called the reliability of past cars into question. The reliability record for the 900 and 9000 listed at www.carpoint.com is poor. Consumer Reports, though giving the 9-5 a very good review, questions the reliability based on past Saab history. The dealer also showed a list of services that would cost over $200 every 10,000 miles. The list seemed very basic, check fluid levels, belts, etc. and the price steep. The 30,000 (I think) tune up list was also extensive and expensive. In this day of 100,000 mile tune up intervals, 30,000 miles seems to be quite short. The other car I am considering is the Lexus GS300. I don't like the car as much, it's rear wheel drive AND more expensive, but it promises both low maintenance and high reliability. Are there any significant changes to Saab's in the last couple of years that make them a better bet? Any comments?

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