Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 21:32:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: (david r.)
Subject: Re: Help! how reliable are Saabs

after 2 saabs (an '84 900S and a '92 900) and several intense discussions with myself, i've come to these conclusions. 1) saabs have tremendous longevity. you can keep them running for a very long time. 2) however, to achieve that longevity will occasionally take fairly large outlays of cash (when compared to japanese or domestic cars). scheduled maintenance is fairly competitive with other european marques, but parts can be a touchy subject. i've personally found price variances on OEM parts as high as 35-40%. saab dealerships can be a mixed bag as well. some are excellent, but many are opportunistic. be prepared to get educated or be prepared to get taken. 3) my saab has had more little annoying problems that other cars i've owned (a short here, a creak there, a groan here, a sag there). it's never been something which compromised my safety or kept me from driving...but they are annoying all the same. other people i talk with have generally agreed. 4) if the saab is used, check it carefully. once abused or mistreated...they can quickly become a money pit. hell hath no fury like a turbo scorned.... 5) all these warnings aside, they are wonderful cars to drive in fair weather and foul. i've enjoyed my saabs immensely and despite any problems i have had, i still love getting behind the wheel. i like the ignition on the floor. i like the huge, wonderfully thick steering wheels and wrap-around windshield. i still love saying, "i own a saab." it's an intangible which certainly makes the other things more bearable. if i didn't love this car so much i'd hate it. you know? best wishes, david

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