Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:07:09 GMT
From: "Geoff" <>
Subject: Re: Help! how reliable are Saabs

I'm not familiar with that particular year, but traditionally, Saab gets trashed in the US media. I've had a '78 99EMS (kept it for 16 years - finally donated to charity for lack of garage space) that I retired with 284k miles; an '85 900 SPG (great care) sold at 265k miles; and currently drive a '91 9000CD that's pushing 200k (damn, I drive alot!). Each one has had it's quirky minor problems, and the occasional major problem, averaging $3500-$4500 in total service. But what would it have cost me to run a BMW or Volvo for a quarter million miles? And with the crappy resale value of Saabs, I bought each 2-3 years used, and saved many thousands over a comparable BMW/Volvo/Audi. Another point that doesn't get mentioned much is the safety factor. When I got my first Saab, I was actually looking for BMW's. A mechanic convinced me to look at Saabs, telling me a story about rolling his 900 off a 15' bank and walking away unscratched. As I started looking at these quirky cars, I found more and more people with similar stories. My girlfriend was sitting at freeway offramp and got rearended by a drunk in a big '73 chevy- she came away with a stiff neck and bruised ankle, but the Honda in front of her was accordianed, and the drive in critical condition. And according to an insurance dealer friend, the 9000 is the only car to never have a fatal accident. You'll find that most Saab owners become Saab fanatics, and they've had (or have) two or three. There's a lot to love about Saabs- but before you buy one, find a good mechanic (stop Saab owners on the street- they'll be glad to talk to you), and get it thoroughly checked over. Good luck, Geoff Mark Evans wrote in message <70ar5o$h4j$>... >Help me! >I am (seriously) considering buying a 1995 900s but have been >put off with horror stories regarding reliability. >The latest J.D.Power survey mentions various mechanical problems >along with poor performance and fuel consumption. >What's your advice. > >

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