Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 05:11:22 -0500
From: "C Sats" <CSantelmannopsamgraNOSPAMonline.com>
Subject: Looking at my first Saab purchase - feedback???


Hello, I'm looking at purchasing my first Saab and I would like to know what I'm getting myself into. The used car dealership that has the machines has several year 2000 9-5's with either the 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine. All of their cars are lease returns with about 32-35K miles on them. Price seems to sit in around $17,800 - $18,200 depending on engine. I read in the Consumer Reports Used Car Buying guide that the 2000 model year is one of their "QR Best Buys" - to me that was a good sign? Is this a good price range? I've looked at the local Saab dealership and a similar car (miles/model) is running about 1500 more. That being said - I don't recall if the unit at the dealership is a "certified" unit or not. Are these cars reliable? I'm getting rid of my 93 Infiniti G20 that in the last year it's maintenance costs exceeded it's value. Are the turbo's on the engines problematic? What type of regular maintenance (besides changing oil) do I need to perform (and at what interval) to maintain this vehicle? Sorry for the general questions, but since we are debating whether we should go with a Saab or an older BMW (with more miles) - I would appreciate any information you can give me. Thanks Craig

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