Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 10:45:30 +0100 From: danny <dannynopsamia-esprezzo.com> Subject: Re: Help! About to become a SAAB owner?
The Grand Poobah wrote: > Help me! > > My wife wants us to buy a 1996 9000 CS 5dr hatch LPT. Has anyone had any > problems with this particular model? I've got to admit, I like the look of > it but judging from this group, SAABs are either the best car you will ever > own or total lemons. There doesn't seem to be anything in between. > > Has lots of fancy features like sunroof, dual airbags, cd stacker etc (no > leather). 143,000 km on clock (about 90,000 miles). > > I own a '91 9000 CDS and have friends that own/have owned other Saabs. I disagree with your description. Saabs are generally more reliable than some other marques. There are plenty of Saabs with high mileage, and alway run well, and there are cars like mine that have the"usual" faults to be expected with a car that has 130,000 miles. The important thing is servicing. Saabs can go on for ever, and some probably have with little servicing, but generally speaking, certain jobs *must* be done, if the car is to become one of the high mileage examples. On the 2.3 engines looking after the cooling system is quite high priority, as the head is prone to damage if overheated (but no worse than on other cars I've owned.) The timimg chain (and balancer chain) must be renewed at the correct mileage or when they appear slightly noisy (and there are plenty of other cars that suffer far worse if the cam belt isn't religiously changed at the correct service interval - Vauxhall Omega for instance). Very regular oil changes will help enormously, as will changing the plugs a little more frequently than is recommended. Most cars will live to 100,000 miles with little attention, but don't expect them to get to 200 or 300,000 miles, like Saabs regularly do. The bottom line is the service history - make sure it's got a good history. Be prepared to carry out regular servicing (and this doesn't have to be expensive main agent servicing for the most part), and the car will outlast plenty of others. Saabs are superb cars to drive - in the same class as Mercedes or BMW, and yes, they are a little idiosynchratic, but that's good :) -- Regards, Danny http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site) http://www.dannyscoffee.com (UK advert for my mobile espresso service) swap Z for above characters in email address to reply