Date: 24 Aug 2002 19:07:35 GMT
From: davehinznopsamcop.net
Subject: Re: Sat it in and.......


Someone who looks an awful lot like Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote: > The > tires were expensive, $400 each, so much for any comments about "cheap" tires > being put on by Saab at the factory. $400.00 tires? EACH? I just checked at tirerack.com, for tires for the Viggen (which is the 9-3 with 17" wheels, undoubtedly more expensive than the 16's on the other 9-3's), and the most expensive tire that they sell for it is $189.00 each - and that's the ultra-performance model; normal tires, such as would have shipped with the car, are in the 150-ish range. Either he was ripped off, or this included wheels, or something is not as it's being told. > He also had the turbo replaced 3 times in > under 30,000 miles - granted it was replace at no cost under the warranty, free > except for his time. This left the big question of quality and how expensive > the Saab would be to maintain after the warranty, with turbos lasting only 7,500 > miles and tires costing $400 each. You may say he had a lemon, but 3 turbo > replacements?? Perhaps he should have tried a new shop. Obviously he should have tried a different shop. Whatever caused the first to go, wasn't fixed when they put a second and third in; they were fixing the symptom, not the cause. Saab turbos typically go several hundred thousand miles without incident. > I told him my Saabs, 1986 900 and 1990 900S were far more reliable and less > costly to maintain than his 9-3, but then mine are Classics :-) For all practical purposes, there isn't alot of difference in how the components you mention are engineered or made between your classics and the current production 9-3's. Sounds like your friend had a bad one, and/or a bad dealer. If the same place that was selling tires to him for 400 bucks a pop, is the place that replaced the turbo 3 times, I have strong suspicions that that business is a place to be avoided. Dave Hinz

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