Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 00:53:40 GMT
From: (Scott A. Stratmoen)
Subject: Re: Why does a Saab depriciate fast ?

In article <A2cP3.6527$>, says... If we are to believe other posts in this news group two dealers sold Viggens for below invoice. Does this mean that more is less? I have to admit that I paid invoice for my Viggen.... On the subject of reliability I feel that I am qualified to comment as I drove a '85 900T for 14+ years. During that time the only out of the ordinary problems were: 1) Dead gas gauge in year one 2) Falling head liner in year 14 3) Intermittent gas gauge in year 14- probable bad ground 4) Intermittent power door locks in year 14 - probable bad ground 5) Broken AIC fitting in the intake manifold in year 5 All in all this is a great track record. I work with a number of people that also drive Saabs. In every case our problems are minor when you consider other cars of the same age. What I mean is the other cars would be in the scrap pile. > Excellent question. I agree with everything I've read so far. > > My opinion is that it is largely due to poor advertising. I've owned my '85 > since '87 and have never seen an ad that inspires me. They constantly fail > to extol the car's true virtues in place of telling us how we will "feel" > when driving it. Safety, technical innovation, handling, emissions, mileage, > versatility, longevity... all take a back seat to freedom, status, and > confidence. I would like to see more owners of cars in the 250k+ club > talking about their SAAB's. More emphasis on actual safety stories and > insurance data. Granted, engineers aren't a big market, but these are the > things I like to see in a car. > > Another area that brings them down is poor customer response to "high > profile" quality issues. My car has seen the dropping headliner, power > steering "morning sickness", deteriorating wiring insulation, worn clutch > pedal mounts and other smaller common problems. The only thing the factory > has ever helped me with was to replace my SAAB badge for free when the old > one suffered from chipping paint. THANKS DUDES!!! > > They also need to address their quirkiness better. Turbocharged cars still > are not in the mainstream. They perform differently and in my opinion are > more practical and just as reliable than larger powerplants. People need to > be told these things in order to create a market for these features. They > need to be told to expect less zero to 60 performance in trade for better > passing capability and superior gas mileage. The standard car criteria in > the magazines does not evaluate SAAB in a good light. This needs to be > explained and understood when buyers start to look at ratings. SAAB makes > their cars right but they keep it to themselves. > > One more opinion, > Dan

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