Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999 06:08:09 GMT
From: Burnnopsamn (Free Spirit)
Subject: Re: Is Saab's Reliability a thing of the Past?

On Wed, 03 Mar 1999 18:55:34 -0800, Justin VanAbrahams <> wrote: >I do not mean to be an ass (or, maybe I do), but it sounds to me >your problems are with your dealer and not with Saab. ANY car you >buy used is going to have problems. Why do you think the previous >owner got rid of it? Because they loved the car? No, they got >rid of the car because there was something wrong with it - either >it didn't meet expectation, or because it had problems. You've >no guarantee how they treated the car, or how competant the people >doing the maintenance on it were. > I dont buy that at all, a good car can take abuse and kepp running without problems. Case in point.. my Toyota 86' Supra.. I've beat the living piss out of this car and not had any real trouble with it, I'm at 200K Mi and it's still strong, needs a clutch, but come on, 200K on a clutch aint bad, especially since I tow my jetskis all the time and have to back them up my driveway, feathering the clutch the whole way. I've not changed the oil in the last 50K or so, never really did before, added a qt here and there and changed the filter a few times. I've driven this car down jeep tracks in Big Bend TX, and up logging roads in Colorado and New Mexico. My point, if the car is of good quality, a little abuse wont faze it, but if it's poorly engineered, and has to be babied constantly, its not a quality car. Cheaper parts are being used in the newer Saabs is what I'm reading here. Any car unless it it a total piece of S*** will last if you go totally anal on the maintainence and drive it a little old lady. The real test is hard use, if it wont stand up to that, then its just average quality-wise, you're just paying a lot of money for a name plate in that case. Go ahead and blame the dealer or the owner to make yourself feel better, myself, I'm looking for a '90 900T that some yuppie decided doesnt match the Lexus or their lawn or whatever. Doesnt sound like the newer models are up to the task. Besides from what I've seen, Saab resale value really sucks, good for me, I'm getting a used one, with a good checkout by me and an independent Saab Mech.

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