Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:41:27 GMT
Subject: Re: Help! how reliable are Saabs

In article <70ar5o$h4j$>, "Mark Evans" <> wrote: > 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. > I will deal with these points one at a time. 1) Reliability. I have a 15 yr old 900T16 that has now covered 140,000 miles. I have driven the car all over Europe and have not even had a hint of anything breaking. If the car is well maintained and checked over EVERY week by the owner then it should pretty much last for ever. Of course some things like the clutch or timing chain wear out and need replacing WHEN they are worn not after they break!. Many of the people on this news group drive cars with 200,000+ miles on the clock. If the cars where unreliable they wouldn't last that long would they! 2) Poor Performance. I have to admit that the performance of the NG 900 leaves a lot to be desired. I found that the 9000 is a better handling car and the classic 900 a far better handling car. My spies in the local garage have admitted that even the new 9-3 doesn't handle as good as the classic 900. However if the car is a turbo then you have nothing to worry about with regards to overtaking on straight roads. A guy in a Subaru Impreza recently tried to burn me off on a dual carrage way. You should have seen the look on his face when I caught up with him! 3) Any large or heavy car is going to have problems on fuel consumption. My own car is no worse than my next door neighbours 7 yr old Vauxhall Cavalier SRI. My brother has a non turbo 900i and his car returns pretty much the same mpg in normal use. Talk to any Mercedes owner if you don't believe me. BUY THE CAR. You can pick up some real bargains on second-hand SAAB's in the UK. My advice would be to look for a 91-92 classic 900 turbo. You can get a low mileage example for about 6K. Look more for low-mileage rather than age and you will save yourself thousands. My own car cost me 1300 pounds 9 months a go with a full SAAB service history on 127,000 miles. -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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