Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 01:05:51 GMT
From: "James Yee" <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 SE or VW Jetta GLX?  Opinions?

My brother-in-law is a general auto mechanic. He says the reason he's reluctant to work on Saabs is because there are certain parts that really require "Saab-specific" tools to get at. Without those tools, I guess inexperience mechs can get themselves into trouble as described in Lea15's post. So one of the things a good Saab mechanic will have to have is all the proper tools. My brother-in-law just doesn't want to invest in specialized tools, so that's why I just have to go to the dealership until I can find a decent Saab mechanic. As to the original post, I had a 97' Jetta GLX w/ the VR6. I now have a 2002 Saab 9-3. Get the Saab. :-D Regards, James <> wrote in message news:ae7id3$4m0el$ > Someone who looks an awful lot like Lea15 <lea15nopsamcom> wrote: > >>Here are some reasons you wouldn't want to buy a Saab... > > (I feel compelled to note that the guy who wrote the above line is > the one who was having problems with a very incompetant *dealer*). > > > i love my saab but i can add a few reasons you might not want to buy a saab. > > > if you don't work on your own car, get ready for pretty high labor costs to fix > > even the little things. > > This is no different than any other make of car. > > > if you don't live near a mechanic that can fix them when they break-get > > something else because saabs are not the kind of cars that any old mechanic can > > fix. > > Anything other than engine management systems are pretty much the same as > any other car. Nothing special about, say, replacing a CV joint on a Saab, > or any of the normal maintenance tasks. > > > > don't go through the quick oil change places here in the states. my first > > experience was a nightmare of broken oil plug (the guy under the car ran out to > > the auto parts store across the way) and i had to drive to my mechanics with a > > field wrench stuck in the engine because the guy working under the hood > > couldn't get it out. > > Sounds like he would have screwed up any other car you brought him; how > is this a reason not to buy a Saab, exactly? More like a reason to avoid > that particular mechanic (rather than all quick-change shops in the country). > > > that having been said, i've only owned saabs and will continue to until the old > > classics are dead. > > My first Saab was/is a '71 Sonett III, I've been driving that, some 96's, > a 95, and then a '88 900T, which I just traded in towards a '99 9-5. The > spirit of Saab is definately fully intact in the 9-5; the NG-900's I had/have > my doubts about, but the current cars are fantastic. None of the > reasons you state are specific in any way to Saabs, and I can't see them > as a reason to avoid that manufacturer; only as reasons to avoid certain > service facilities. > > Dave Hinz > >

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