Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:16:28 -0500
From: "The Malt Hound" <enjjpt8506nospamo.com> wrote in message 
news:VwOZd.5047$qW.1068nospamread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> Wondering what to expect from my car down the road so to speak.
>
> '89 900S w/ 155K miles. I've been spending approx $900-$1000 per 
> year over the last 9 years on non-routine maintenance (everything 
> other than oil changes pretty much).  I got this cost from averaging 
> my bills from an independent SAAB mechanic in the central US. I'm 
> the only owner of the automobile, bought it new in 1989.
>
> Is this maintenance cost par for the course? I'd appreciate any 
> advice on the next 50 to 100K miles from current owners. I'm not a 
> trained mechanic so do-it-yourself is not a savings option. My 
> current mechanic is very honest and priced about right for the 
> market.
>
> I'm asking becasue I've got a new driver in the family coming on 
> board next year. My spouse is leaning toward a car with airbags for 
> the new driver (safer?). I've recently inherited another vehicle for 
> my use. I may want to cut loose of the '89 and buy up to a newer 
> model. All part of the decision matrix. TIA
>
> JG

You have a 16+ year old car.  There are bound to be repairs.  Yes 
those sound reasonable if you have to pay a hired wrench to do the 
work.  You might count on the costs being about 1/3rd that (or less) 
if you did the work yourself and ordered your own parts.

OTOH, there are few cars that would depreciate less than $1000 per 
annum and that's if they don't have any problems of their own needing 
repair.

Airbags are not that big of a deal IMO.  Drive safely, drive a safe 
car (such as a classic SAAB) wear the seat belt and the incresed risk 
is negligble if any.

My opinion, keep the SAAB.

YMMV,
-Fred W 

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