Date: Sun, 12 Sep 1999 16:28:58 +0100
From: "Pete Turier" <>
Subject: Re: Buying a Saab in the U.K.

Rav, Yes, service history is essential especially when buying the first of any make of car. I believe that once you've owned one, you get a 'nose' for good or bad ones (but that's not infallible mind). Are you thinking of going to St. George Saab? I recently bought a 9000s 2.3 Turbo from there and have been absolutely delighted with the car. The throttle pedal is more like a switch controlling rocket-boosters!! My thoughts and some of my 'pet' mechanic are as follows: Leave autos well alone, they aren't really up to handling the power for long periods. Auto Climate Control can be troublesome, manual Aircon is fine. If you fall in love with an ACC car get it checked thoroughly. The combined Traction Control/ ABS can be hard to diagnose if it goes wrong (I've got it on my car and it's been fine), its fitted to some pre-CS models. Check that all the 'toys' work properly, electric gadgets can be expensive to repair/replace, and frustrating to diagnose. Always ring the dealer who last serviced the car. I've found that Saab dealers in general are quite happy to talk about a cars history, and that can be a real eye opener. Always try to talk to the previous owner, bear in mind that there is usually a reason to get rid of a car. Be prepared to spend a bit on it getting it up to scratch. If you want a good Saab mechanic in Bristol, I've heard good reports of South-West Saab.They may be able to do a condition check for you. An HPI check is a good idea, to see if there are any nasties lurking in it's background. Join the Saab Owners Club of Great Britain. There tech man is really good and can solve many problems by e-mail. Also good discounts from the Clubs insurance scheme. You can find them at Have fun, Let us know how you get on. Pete Gloucester UK 9000s 2.3 Turbo Richard Ravn-Listowski wrote in message <7rc5hp$1tqf$>... >Hi, > >I am going to buy my first Saab within the next few months, I live in >Bristol U.K. I fancy something powerful and reasonably luxurious, like a >Carlsson or a Griffin 9000. I wish to spend in the region of 5500. > > Are there any pitfalls or things I should look for when buying (apart >from the obvious service history etc.) or would anyone recommend any other >9000 models that I should take a look at. > >Thanks in advance, > >Rav. > >

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