Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 10:07:50 -0600
From: "Tore Voldbekk" <tore_voldbekknopsamandnews.com>
Subject: Re: 9-5 running cost/reliability ?


"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 ? I don't think you will constantly open your wallet. Saabs keeps going and going if you take care of the car. However, Mazdas are probably the cars with absolutely less errors, so a Saab might be a little more costly than your Mazda. However, the Saab will be better in the length. I have had both Saabs and Mazda's that have gone over 300 000. The Mazdas have been a little less trouble with the first 10 years, while the Saabs have continiued to last after the Mazdas have fallen apart after about 12-14 years. On my 86 9000 turbo, the AC compressor broke. That was probably the only part that is not wear and tear part that I had to change that was expensive. Otherways, the car ran perfect after about 300k. (A little rust under the doors however)

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