Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 14:18:33 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: saab newbie

On Thu, 24 Jan 2002 01:03:14 +0000, Johannes H Andersen <> wrote: >That's news to me. Where did you read that? As he said Saab are not cheap to >keep unless you have plenty of time or is a mechanical genius. Since I posted the original thread, I'll reiterate. I _know_ Saabs cost more to maintain when you need to do it, at least in the U.S. There are very few aftermarket parts companies, so most stuff comes from the dealer. Part for part, even maintenance items cost more. Parts for my Japanese cars are much more common and thus lower priced. The labor rate for Saabs around here is also at the top of the charts, although some other 'luxury' makes are similar or higher (same mechanics, higher charges i.e. it costs more to fix a "Lexus" than a "Toyota" :-) If money is on the shorter side, I'd buy a used Japanese car before I'd buy a Saab. It has nothing to do with a "snotty" attitude, I leave that to the BMW owners. It has to do with practicality and conservation of funds. I also tell folks to buy cars at least 2 years old to save a whopping amount of money... but they either fear the used car itself or their ego is too big to fit in a used car. Either way, it's just what's practical to me. Bob

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