Date: 19 Jun 1998 17:54:19 GMT
From: (patrick timlin)
Subject: Re: Experiences with 89 Saab 9000S

Elanchelvan Elango ( wrote: : I bought a 1989 Saab 9000S in November 1996. I've driven about 30,000 : miles since then and currently it has about 125,000 miles. Of late I : spent about $3,000 in repairs, some of them purely precautionary. : Overall, I would have spent about $5,000 on repairs. I've heard Saabs : live up to 200, 000 miles provided you take care of them. Does taking : care is usually end up like this? Or was it just a usual repair for that : many miles? I really like the car, its comfortable, safe and very : reliable. It was simply great during the one of worst Connecticut : winters. I hate to sell or trade it, partly because, it would not go for : a good amount. Please share any experiences. Well first off keep in mind that you bought a car that was about 8 years old at the time and had nearly 100,000 miles on it. While 100K is not tons when talking about a Saab, it is still a lot of miles and a fair bit of years, so there is bound to be things that need to be taken care of. many of these things are simply things that are going to fail on ANY car after this amount of time and can include brakes, exhaust, shocks, water pumps, ball joints, CV joints (if the boots got ripped and not replaced), etc. etc. I recently bought an 1988 900S about a year and a few months ago. I too have had to put a fair bit of money into it at first to get everything right, but now I have a car that I am fairly confident in and know at least the things I fixed are good for a long while. Now if you are thinking of getting rid of this car to buy a new car, well maybe that would be fine since you assume a new car will be problem free at least for the first couple years. But if you are thinking of selling your car to buy another used car, well then I think you might be trading in a car that you know know about and have already taken car of a lot of things for a car you know NOTHING about and might have to repair those same things over again. With a used car, if you go to the time and expense to correct and repair those things that are failing now, then you end up with a fairly dependable car barring any out of the ordinary thing like blown head gaskets or the like. But all the "maintenance" stuff like brakes, once done, are done! Did that make any sense? My opinion is if you like the car and have already put the money into fixing it, keep it! Otherwise someone like me will come along and be glad to buy the car off you that you already have fixed all the problems on. Patrick Timlin

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