Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 11:11:15 -0400
From: "Adam Julius" <!nospam>
Subject: Re: Low demand for 1999 off lease Saab 9-5's?

Im thinking of getting a Saab 9-5 SE in Silver with the 4 cylinder and Automatic. I dont see many of the ones with gray interior though coming off lease. Most of the Silvers are with the black, which is always hotter in the summer. I guess if it had the ventilated seat option with the black, it wouldnt be so bad though. My only quip with the Saab was the tiny armrest which was more like an elbow rest and wasnt even good at that since it kept slipping off. Is there an aftermarket replacement I could get? In terms of servicing costs, I found on the internet at one of the saab websites a recommended independent mechanic not far from me. I was thinking of getting it serviced at Saab once I got it, but after that taking it to the independent mechanic I found. I figure that only Saab can fix recalls + warranty flaws and glitches so I might as well get those up to date. <> wrote in message news:abgi25$i47bf$ > Someone who looks an awful lot like Bob <> wrote: > > On 10 May 2002 05:51:42 GMT, aj023nopsamcom (AJ023) wrote: > > >>Is it just that the > >>brand name recognition of Honda + Nissan is very powerful, and the general > >>public is not aware of the increased reliability of the Saabs? > > > That's it. Saab's are considered a little off the beaten path. In > > some areas, they are somewhat unusual to see. For that reason the > > resale and lease return values are lower. Smart folks like to take > > advantage of this by buying a 2 or 3 year old car for a great price. > > That was exactly my thinking when I just bought my 1999 9-5SE which was > a 3-year lease return. Let someone else take the obscene depreciation > hit, thankyouverymuch, and I'll drive it for another 200K miles or so. > > > No. There are no problems with these cars. Repairs are not as cheap > > as a more common car like a Honda or Nissan, IMHO. But it's the > > same for most European cars... and even the Japanese cars are > > a little expensive when it comes to dealer parts. > > For what it's worth, my wife's Dodge minivan (we won't even talk about > Dodge's crappy transmissions right now, OK?) has been way more expensive > to maintain, than the '88 900T I was driving until last month. For > instance - the front rotors had to be replaced (couldn't be recut, not > enough material) after *ONE* set of brake pads. The new pads and rotors > for the dodge were about what I've been paying for the Saab, but they > last much longer. I don't know if that vehicle is an anomoly (well, > it is for other reasons...) > > I see the 3-year lease tradeins as the perfect way to buy a Saab. > You know they've been maintained, the price is *way* down from new, > and the vehicle will still have a decade or so of usable life. > > Dave Hinz >

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