Date: 15 Mar 2002 18:07:11 -0800
From: DGreenburgnopsamcom (Dave)
Subject: Re: Buying  new 2001 9-5

Armed with everybody's advice, I went to the dealer today to play hardball. Came away empty handed, because dealer was only willing to take 10% off invoice on the new 2001's (factory is apprently giving them the 10% back). Given the price decrease w/ 2002's the difference is worth even less. The invoice numbers they showed me squared with Consumer Reports price service data, but I figured they'd go lower since these are instantly 1 year old cars. Somehow, almost 37k for an '01 Aero (automatic) didn't seem like a bargain. Nearly 35k for a an 01 SE w/ heated seats looked a little better, but thats only about $2500 less than a 2002 should be. Instead of sharing some of the depreciation with me, seems like they're trying to get me to eat all of it! Maybe I need to try a dealer away from the big city. They laughed when I told them people were picking up 01's for around 10K below sticker. Frank and Kevin- looks like you guys scored! - Dave DGreenburgnopsamcom (Dave) wrote in message news:<>... > I want a 9-5 wagon, and the local dealer has some new 2001's which may > actually put them in my price range. A couple of questions: First, > what is the model year cycle for the 9-5? I figured that the 2003's > can't be too far off, making the 2001's fairly stale and worth less. > Dealer says he's only recently been getting 2002's, and that the 9-5 > model year runs late (unlike many other European cars, where the new > model year can start during the summer). Second, while I'd really > like an Aero, color and cost may limit me to an SE with the V-6. > Isn't the V-6 a GM design, rather than a Saab design? A GM turbo > makes me nervous. Has the V-6 been as reliable as the 2.3? Finally, > how does one determine a fair price for a new 2001? Its a new car, > but it is a 1 or 1 1/2 year old used car the minute I take the keys. > Dealer has said it will be "a couple of grand below invoice" but > according to my research, the prices for comparably equipped models > have actually gone down from 2001 to 2002 (Aero invoice is around > $1800 less for 2002!), so much of that savings could evaporate as > compared to negotiating a good deal on a 2002. > > Thnaks for any help/ideas. > > -Dave

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