Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 18:05:32 -0400
From: Brenda Johnson <>
Subject: Re: saabs are not very reliable

Just bought my second 1987 900S (and still own the first one). My first has over 200,000 miles on it and runs like a champ (tranny's getting sloppy, but give her a break!). The "new" 900S has about 94,000 on it, and I bought it because I *know* it has another 100,000 (at *least*) coming to it. I've worked on my own cars ever since I bought my very first one (a '68 Caprice). With the possible exception of a Scout I owned, I've never seen engineering that charmed me more than what I've found in the Saab. Especially when you couple it with the quality of construction. If GM doesn't axe the company, I doubt I'll own another make of car. Gleeful about her most recent purchase-- Brenda Jerry Lawrence wrote: > In article <>, says... > > I won't say that your crank was not defective, but I will say an oil > > change and filter every 20,000 km (12,000 miles) does not cut it. Even > > if the crank were in good shape, you are lucky it lasted three years. > > Here in the U.S. most of us who are serious about keeping an engine in > > good shape change the oil and filter every 3000 to 5000 miles that is > > about 5000 km to 8330 km. I drove an 83 900 Turbo I picked up at the > > factory in Sweden for over 13 years. Now one of my friends bought a new > > Volvo 242 DL that same year. They told him his car was ready. When he > > got there it was not. So the Volvo people panicked and built one by 3 > > p.m. that afternoon. About 350 miles from the factory, the > > odometer on Max's car stopped working. Seems the cable came loose. Now > > that is what I call reliability. Service in Brussels for Volvos was > > always more expensive than Saab. Sorry about your misfortune, but try > > changing your oil and filter more often. > > I drive an '85 900s, which my dad gave to me a few years back. Aside > from a new transmission right before he gave it to me, the occasional > vacuum hose going bad, and changing brakes and other minute things, > the car has held together great for me. (still on the original > clutch, btw.) The car purrs like it's new. All i do is bring it > to the local saab dealer for the oil change and service every few > months, when it needs it. it's really a great car. > > My parents had a 68' volvo 160 (i think - i can't remember, it was a > 4 door green car), which lasted them until the late '80s, when, > as the result of a bad mechanic putting in the wrong parts, the > engine started failing. We basically gave it away to a friend > who fixes volvos, saabs, mgs, etc, and i'm sure it's still on > the road in NYC today...

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