Date: 09 Jun 1998 10:34:35 -0400
From: Roger Gonzalez <>
Subject: Re: 1995 SAAB 900SE IS 100% NOT RELIABLE

Sorry to hear about it. I have almost the same car (turbo coupe) with much better luck. OTOH, there are a couple common themes: Laurence Lavelle <> writes about his '95 900SE lemon: > 9/22/95 1623 miles Oil change etc./1000 mile service. Driver side > seat belt is twisted. Remote not working & replaced. Rubber trim around > windows is defective & 8 moldings are replaced. I found the trim quality to be abominable. I have several rubber and plastic pieces of trim that have popped out of the mounting holes. > 10/31/95 5697 miles Oil change etc./5000 mile service. SID unit is > replaced (for those who don't know this is the complete information > display unit/computer). RF window seal replaced. I got my SID replaced for free as a recall due to the CD-player nonrandomization issue. > 2/22/96 12762 miles Failed headlights. Two headlight bulbs > replaced. I found that with the DRLs, the headlights are always hot, and if you slam the hood, it is very easy to break the headlight bulb filament. I kept having to replace headlight bulbs, but I realized it was always just after I replaced the windshield washer fluid. > 28/1/97 22735 miles Oil change etc./25000 mile service. Knocking > noise from front of car (suspension?) at highway speeds/problem not > solved. Oil light keeps coming on (turns out to be faulty SID). SID > display numbers missing. SID is replaced again. Hissing sound/exhaust > pipe replaced. Sounds like they screwed up the initial SID replacement. > 30/8/97 29505 miles Battery dead. Tow-in & replace battery. 99% chance you accidentally bumped the trunk/hatch button on the remote. Unlike most cars, the light in the rear comes on when unlatched, not when opened. I had this happen to me 4-5 times before I found out the problem. Amusingly, it was the tow truck driver that showed me the problem! Either turn off the light in the rear, and/or have them preprog your computer to do the 3-beep sequence whenever you open the trunk. > 10/10/97 29400 miles Oil change. Shifter badge loose/reglued. > (Really sloppy job, glue all over top of shifter & badge, still their > today.) Get a new dealer. :-) A good dealer can make a world of difference. Mine has been very good to me, and has always done a fantastic job. Does yours give you a free loaner car, and wash and vacuum your car after every service? If not, shop around. > 22/5/98 33781 miles Oil change etc. Repair slow leak in RR tire. > Washer jets blocked again/cleaned. My passenger side washer jets also clog up badly. The rear washer has always just spewed foam, no real spray. > Each time we have to schedule an appointment, drop the car off/pick it > up. And we thought we bought a New Car... You do go to a dealer that has free loaners, I hope. > All the repairs that were done under warranty I estimate would cost > ~$10,000. So do we walk away and take our $18,300 loss or anticipate BIG > repair bills after the warranty expires? Saabs seem to be hit or miss. They are either 300k milers, or utter lemons. I've had lots of minor problems with my car (i.e. trim, washers, etc.) but the thing drives so well that I'm willing to forgive some of these problems. I wouldn't recommend a Saab to anyone who puts reliability on their list over performance and personality. If you want Honda reliability, buy a Honda. If you want a fast quirky car, buy a Saab. -Roger Roger Gonzalez DoD #2067 Now: '98 Honda VFR800 '95 Saab 900SET Then: '82 Suzuki GS450L '74 Saab 99EMS

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