Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 08:01:16 -0400
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Repair costs on a 9-3 convert

Len Gerstel wrote: > > I have been driving SUVs since they were called trucks (my first was a > 84 Jeep Cherokee) and I think I am ready for a change. I want a car > where I can feel the wind in my hair, while I still have hair left. > > I am thinking about a 00 or 01 convertible. I have talked to a couple > of people that I have seen with Saabs locally (Washington, DC area) and > almost without fail the second thing out of their mouths- the first > being that they love the car- is that repair costs are high. > > Now having driven trucks/suvs for almost 20 years, I am used to repairs > that are more than what they would be on a Honda civic. I just spent > over 3200 for a new automatic transmission for my 94 Blazer. > > My question is: Are repair costs on Saabs higher than comparably priced > luxury cars or have the people I've been talking to just upgraded from > a Civic and were not ready for slightly higher repair bills. > > The reason I ask this is that I tend to keep cars until they are no > longer reliable enough for day to day transportation (my jeep had 160k > miles and my Blazer has 155k) and if I get a Saab, I just want to know > what I can expect as far as operating expenses are concerned. > > Thanks for any thoughts. I have a 1996 900SE, which I have owned for three years. To make the obvious point, for any car, repair costs are significant, not just if they are high on a per hour basis, but if there is a need for frequent repairs. I have found the repair costs on my car to be high, and the need for repairs to be frequent. Apparently, from consumer surveys, later model Saabs are more reliable (perhaps as a result of the GM takeover). However, I have been disappointed in mine, because of the reliability and repair cost factors. Part of my problem is that some of the repairs I have had to pay for have been to features on my Saab that have not been on any other car I have owned. To take one example, I recently had to pay out more than $300 to fix a false warning about low coolant levels. The sensor could not be replaced separately. I had to pay for replacement of the overflow tank, including the sensor.

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