Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 21:58:40 +0000
Subject: Re: 9-5 SE or GS300

Steve, The above link is to a UK car magazine. Under the reliability shortcut you will find the results (impartial) of a study conducted by a large UK leasing company. Saab is one of only 3 manufacturers that put in an improved performance upon the previous years results. The summary chart shows that Saab are as reliable as Mercedes (believe it or not) and actually more reliable than Toyota ( Lexus's parent company ). Also in the UK most manufacturers recommend a service interval of 12.000 miles/1 year so the 9-5 is really not that different from any other European car from a servicing point of view. Alex Steve wrote: > I am seriously considering a lease of a 9-5 SE. I like it better than > any other car I have driven. What is making me hesitate is the spotty > reliability record of past Saabs as well as the recommended maintenance > list. > > Multiple sources have called the reliability of past cars into > question. The reliability record for the 900 and 9000 listed at > is poor. Consumer Reports, though giving the 9-5 a > very good review, questions the reliability based on past > Saab history. The dealer also showed a list of services that would cost > over $200 every 10,000 miles. The list seemed very basic, > check fluid levels, belts, etc. and the price steep. The 30,000 (I > think) tune up list was also extensive and expensive. In this day of > 100,000 mile tune up intervals, 30,000 miles seems to be quite short. > > The other car I am considering is the Lexus GS300. I don't like the car > as much, it's rear wheel drive AND more expensive, but it > promises both low maintenance and high reliability. > > Are there any significant changes to Saab's in the last couple of years > that make them a better bet? Any comments?

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