Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:16:32 +0000
Subject: Re: need SAAB group feedback on '98 900S . . .

In article <01bd3666$1588e8a0$LocalHostnopsamult>, "Jim Clark" <> wrote: > Cant recommend SAAB enough, although have had a minor problem after 7000 > miles, which garage appeared to have fixed ( it seems that the new brake > fluid leak > on my drive was in fact from my partners Vauxhall Vectra!) so feel safe in > buying these. > I work for a Swedish company with a UK operation, and as such are > encouraged by my boss to drive Saab in order to keep a company image. All > us Saab drivers find great service, comfort and drive, and although the > other Mondeo, Vectra, Peugeot 406 drivers started off happy, many are now > wishing they had looked at the Saab. > Unfortunately, they all bought a car on its 0-60 mph times and number of > speakers with the stereo! > However, although I rate the Saab highly in terms of ride compared to other > cars in class, it seems that the the 9-3 may be worth waiting for. > Auto Express is publishing the first test drive review this Wednesday, so I > will attempt to preci this and post for you to read. Then again, you won't > get the deal you'll get on a 900! > > jim > -- > I have an '87 900S that I bought used about five years ago. I love the car dearly, and although it has become a little crotchety and temperamental, I've stuck with it. My next car is also going to be a Saab. Repairs for Saabs DON'T have to be expensive. I have found who I believe to be the best mechanic in Canada (let alone best SAAB mechanic) who runs a tiny little garage in Toronto that services ONLY Saabs. I pay about 1/3 what I would pay at a dealer, and get just as good service. He uses reconditioned parts if you want, and puts a lot of "extra" effort into his work. Bearing in mind that my car is 11 years old now, with 190,000 kms, these are some of the things I have had replaced - clutch (120,000 kms), steering rack (140,000 kms), water pump (100,000 kms), exhaust system (various parts at various times), timing chain (180,000 kms) and minor electrical doodads (power window motor, battery). All told, that's pretty good for an 11-year old car. Still runs great, has very little rust (and this is Canada!) and is as solid as a tank. I'm developing some manual transmission problems (3rd gear), but apparently it isn't that expensive to fix. If you can find a great independent mechanic like mine (if your Saab is out of warranty), then go for it! And if it is covered under warranty all the better. I know the new 900s had some teething problems (stay away from '94s!), but I understand a lot of improvements have been made. For me, though, the pre-94s have tons more character and quirkiness! Jeff. -- "The world is a vampire" - Smashing Pumpkins "Life is what you make it" - Talk Talk

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