Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 00:27:15 GMT
From: (chris)
Subject: Re: saabs are not very reliable

Sounds like your building a case or somthing. I have a 1984 900 Turbo with the original engine and turbo unit. I t has 260K miles (1km = .6 miles) This car still runs great and passes most new cars with little effort. I drive this car hard and keep up the oil changes. If it never starts again I got my money out of it and then some. I have heard many people who don't maintain their own car complain that SAAB is unreliable. However, I look around on the road and see plenty or cars like mine and some even older. I think your car is the exception not mine. Hope you have a good ride in your honda or whatever you buy next. BTW did you car come with a four year warrenty? On Mon, 18 May 1998 23:37:42 +0200, "ASW" <> wrote: >To all Saab 9000-ers >I’d like to share my experience with you. I have always thought SAABs were >the best and I believed that they were made using the most sophisticated >methods of manufacturing and the most stringent quality inspection. >Well, judge for yourself: >I bought my SAAB 9000CS in Göteborg. It was new. Every 20.000 km I had it >checked and always only by authorized SAAB garages in the Netherlands and in >Germany. I drove almost all its mileage long-distance with speeds between >100 - 160 km/h on smooth motor-ways in Germany and in Netherlands and I can >say I have taken a good care of my car. >Therefore, I was shocked when one day, driving on a motor way in Germany, >suddenly at a speed of approx. 160 km/h within a few hundred meters a >terrible metallic noise developed in the engine. I stopped the car >immediately, called the nearest SAAB service and had my car towed for an >inspection. The crankshaft and its bearing failed. Just a day before I had >my car serviced at a SAAB garage in Rotterdam. >Once the defective engine of my car had been disassembled I had the >crankshaft inspected to find the reason of this premature failure. And >indeed...! Major grinding burns(*) were revealed on the journals. With this >type of a defect it is surprising that my car lasted three years and as >much as 160.000 km. >The garage and the lab that inspected my crankshaft explained it was evident >that this failure of the engine in my car was clearly a result of a serious >fault in manufacturing. With this ruling I contacted the customer department >of SAAB in Trolhatan. >And then, here comes the major reason for my disappointment. Ms. Johnson, >responsible for all customer contacts, bluntly pointed out to me that my car >was by then three years old and thus out of the warranty. She did not think >SAAB could account for a car as old as three years !!! One year guarantee >was long enough and if after this it should appear that the car and the >engine were put together by glue and paper clips it was all at the buyers >risk. >So, I had the engine fixed. Had to pay a fortune, almost a price of a new >engine. >Now I am desperately looking for a buyer for my car. I want to get rid of it >and get something reliable. I’m contemplating a Volvo. Meanwhile I have >learned that Volvo uses a state of the art inspection method to inspect all >critical engine components for manufacturing defects such as grinding >burns(*). >So, how are your SAABs doing? Have you had any similar experiences? Please >let me know. >Andy S. Wojtas > >(*) A grinding burn is what happens to an engine part during surface >finishing i.e. grinding if the part is allowed to overheat. Just like when >you sharpen a knife and press it too hard against a grinding wheel. You’ll >see it turn red hot and right in that place the knife will lose its >hardness, so vital for its endurance. > >

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