Date: 22 Nov 1997 03:10:40 GMT
From: (D. W. Bechtel)
Subject: Re: How reliable are Saabs?

In article <650bjm$>, "Yura Wang" <> wrote: >Hi, > >I am very interested in buying a one or two year old used Saab. But every >time I toss the idea out to my friends, I immediately receive just an >onslaught of comments about how I'm in for a slew of breakdowns. What is >everyone's experience with Saab's reliability? > >Thanks. > > Yura, As you have found out: ask 100 SAAB owners about their car and you'll get 100 answers. I have owned 7 SAABs. I've never bought a new one (never could afford one). Maintanence is the key. Change the oil and filter often (3,000 miles) and the engine will run forever. If you are concidering a turbo (boy, they are much more fun to drive), let it warm up at least a full minute before taking off in the morning and let it idle for about one minute every time you shut it down. It may be a little extra trouble but the reward will be a reliable car. If you are buying a used car with higher mileage (90,000+ miles) expect parts to wear out (that's why the previous owner got rid of it). I currently drive an '87 9000 Turbo. In the last year I replaced f&r brakes, muffler, fr. wheel bearings, the sun roof doesn't operate correctly and the one rear window moter decided to seperate itself from the mounting rubbers. And, incase you haven't checked the parts cost mort than parts for an Escort. But, this car is such a blast to drive, I may never get rid of it! After owing seven SAABs the only one's that I really didn't enjoy too much were the couple of automatics I had (you've heard that before). Good luck in your car hunt. An off least car could certainly be an excellent value if the dealer (or seller) can produce maintenance records (take care of it and it will tale care of you). Don

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