Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 09:35:16 -0400
From: (Jerry Lawrence)
Subject: Re: saabs are not very reliable

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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