Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 23:09:57 -0000
From: "Clive Underhill" <cliveunopsam.com>
Subject: Re: 9-5 running cost/reliability ?


You don't say whether you are buying new or used. I have been tracking running costs since I bought "nearly new" 2 years ago. The warranty covers the first 3 years so it's just routine servicing (every 12k miles) and tyres. At 12k miles per year this is about 500 pa which is less than the insurance premium. But the depreciation is a LOT more than this in the first few years. So if you buy a 3 year old car then you can avoid the worst of depreciation and perhaps buy a mechanical insurance package as a backstop. So far though I have had no mechanical problems. I hope you buy one. Clive '99 9-5 SE 2.3 manual. 30+mpg "Graham Wells" <grahamnopsamAMsomecomputer.fsnet.co.uk> wrote in message news:9u2u3r$kvg$1nopsamg3.svr.pol.co.uk... > I'm on the verge of buying one of these. The regular servicing costs & > consumables seem reasonable, but what's bothering me is that there's a lot > of expensive parts on such a car (turbo, engine management modules, abs > modules (1000 ukp for a replacement on my supposedly reliable mazda), > etc..); if/when these break it's going to be expensive, so how often does > this happen ? Personally, I think a car like this should go for 10 years > (100-150k) without major faults, but I'm probably just dreaming ! > > So, is this a reliable car, or am I going to be constantly forking out for > repairs ? > > For instance, I vaguely reacall a thread sometime back re. replacing brake > discs & rotors (presumably the abs sensor things) at some ridiculously low > mileage (20k?). To an enthusiast that may not be an issue, but I think it's > ridiculous ! > > OK, maybe not the right ng for a saab critique, but I reckon saab > enthusiasts will know more than most about such things :) > So come on, am I going to be constantly opening the wallet or not ? > > g. > (in the UK). > > > >

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