Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 23:09:57 -0000 From: "Clive Underhill" <cliveunopsam.com> Subject: Re: 9-5 running cost/reliability ?
You don't say whether you are buying new or used. I have been tracking running costs since I bought "nearly new" 2 years ago. The warranty covers the first 3 years so it's just routine servicing (every 12k miles) and tyres. At 12k miles per year this is about £500 pa which is less than the insurance premium. But the depreciation is a LOT more than this in the first few years. So if you buy a 3 year old car then you can avoid the worst of depreciation and perhaps buy a mechanical insurance package as a backstop. So far though I have had no mechanical problems. I hope you buy one. Clive '99 9-5 SE 2.3 manual. 30+mpg "Graham Wells" <grahamnopsamAMsomecomputer.fsnet.co.uk> wrote in message news:9u2u3r$kvg$1nopsamg3.svr.pol.co.uk... > I'm on the verge of buying one of these. The regular servicing costs & > consumables seem reasonable, but what's bothering me is that there's a lot > of expensive parts on such a car (turbo, engine management modules, abs > modules (1000 ukp for a replacement on my supposedly reliable mazda), > etc..); if/when these break it's going to be expensive, so how often does > this happen ? Personally, I think a car like this should go for 10 years > (100-150k) without major faults, but I'm probably just dreaming ! > > So, is this a reliable car, or am I going to be constantly forking out for > repairs ? > > For instance, I vaguely reacall a thread sometime back re. replacing brake > discs & rotors (presumably the abs sensor things) at some ridiculously low > mileage (20k?). To an enthusiast that may not be an issue, but I think it's > ridiculous ! > > OK, maybe not the right ng for a saab critique, but I reckon saab > enthusiasts will know more than most about such things :) > So come on, am I going to be constantly opening the wallet or not ? > > g. > (in the UK). > > > >