Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 15:19:18 GMT
From: bakernopsamnet (Tim Baker)
Subject: Re: Constructive Criticism 95 900 SE

On Sat, 07 Mar 1998 09:46:40 -0500, Mark <> wrote: >I've got my eye on a 1995 900 SE and I've heard a few negative comments. If you own or >have owned a similar model, and are not a Volvo, Audi or BMW saboteur, I would love some >constructive critism. > >I have owned a few older Saabs 1976 99 and a 1983 900 and although they had a few >problems they were great cars. > >Will I be making a $20,000 mistake? > >Thanks for your time. >Mark Mark, I bought a 1995 900SE with the V6 engine and a 5 speed. Unfortunately, I made a $30,000 mistake. The car was very nice to drive, offering a good balance of performance and luxury. The V6 engine was troublesome and it was eventually replaced, under warranty at 31,000 miles. There were a lot of other problems as well. The following is a list of repeated problems I encountered: 1) The power window actuator switches failed repeatedly. Sometimes after going down at a toll booth in the middle of the winter and not going back up. Very unpleasant, indeed. 2) The power seat actuator switches failed repeatedly. 3) The trunk mounted CD changer never worked for more than a two week period. 4) The traction control system could not be disengaged when you really needed it turned off. 5) The radio quite working 5 times and the reception was the poorest of any car I've driven in recent memory. 6) The shifter was very difficult to get into reverse at times and could never be fixed after many service trips. 7) The heated seats only worked occaisionally. Although, these seem like small problems that should have been easily rectified, they were repeated and very nagging. The car was traded due to fear of financial ruin as the end of the warranty was approaching. These problems were all repeat problems and several different dealers had the oppurtunity to repair the car. I have owned many Saabs and have never had any major problems until this one. The dealers I have spoken to since, have all pretty much admitted the first couple years of the new model, especially the V6, were troublesome and probably should be avoided. I am not a Volvo, Audi, or BMW saboteur, but am currently saving up for a 540i with six speed. Personally, I would keep looking for a turbo 4, or an older or newer Saab. Tim.

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