Date: 10 May 2002 13:30:45 GMT
Subject: Re: Low demand for 1999 off lease Saab 9-5's?

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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