Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 22:16:01 GMT
From: (Joshua Landess)
Subject: Re: SAAB depreciation?

I didn't know that the depreciation is quicker than other Euro-makes. I do know that I am skeptical of new car prices. They're insanely high, I think. Perhaps we are seeing more that new Saabs are over-priced than that old Saabs are underpriced. I've seen comments in one or two magazines whether new Saabs, however interesting mightn't be over-priced for four-bangers. Anyhow, it's cost me a bit to bring my used Saab up to speed, and in anticipation of that, I paid slightly less than trade-in blue-book rather than the retail blue-book. This fact might be relevant for your research. =20 By the time I got through paying my mechanic to fix all the stuff that had been neglected, and that was really important and necessary, the price of my '89 convertible went up about 33%. There were one or two dozen things that were wrong that were rather common standard problems, per my mechanic. They were certainly not expected to go wrong on my previous car, a truly reliable Japanese marque. =20 But I am saying this not out of bitterness, because I'm really fairly happy with my Saab, so far. I did a lot of research before I bought it, and learned to expect certain problems, budget for certain types of maintenance, and understand that with Saabs, reliability is as much a function of the fanaticism of the owners as it is truly built into the cars. If I wanted a more reliable car, I'd have kept my Acura. But I wanted a convertible, and something with panache at that. JL On Tue, 19 May 1998 01:01:44 -0700, "Alex Bilyk" <abilyknopsamnet> wrote: >Hello SAAB folks, > >Why SAAB depreciation is so turbo-quick? I checked pricies (Edmund's) on >1996 900 models and their cost is almost a half of what 1998 cost. It's >really unlike other European makes. I don't get it. Any thoughts? > >Thanks, > >AB >

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