Date: 19 Sep 2000 19:38:52 GMT
From: dsjkallennopsamcom (DSJKALLEN)
Subject: Re: Why is it so difficult to sell Saabs C900s?

First of all, Saabs depreciate very rapidly, as compared to the competition. I know this personally, and painfully, as I have owned Saabs since 1972 -- as well as Volvos, etc. In addition to the high depreciation rate, we all know the cost of parts, and repairs. As compared to most, if not all, of the competition, transmission repair (either manual or auto) is extremely costly due to the engine/transaxle design in the classic 900. For example, I have a mint '85 900 5-speed 4-door sedan that I just spent $1,400 on last week for the 120K service, new upper ball joints, new steering rack, new crank pulley, and new crank seal. A bunch of money, but worth it since the car has much life left in it. Plus, my daughter's '87 900S automatic hatchback needs a new Air Mass Meter, as well as new Inner Drivers -- another $1,000 to $1,500. And, who knows when the Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic will roll craps -- a $2,500 to $3,000 repair. The bottom line is this: Saabs are very good cars if maintained properly over their life -- otherwise they can be a very expensive proposition. Sometimes they can still be very expensive even if you maintain them correctly. I will continue to drive them until I can no longer afford to do so. These reasons tend to impact the marketability problem of older Saabs. Don Allen Urbana, IL

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