Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 16:09:14 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Sat it in and.......

Remember, the price in is just the tire, unless you happen to buy the rim, then you get mounting and balancing free. If you go to a retail storefront, the cost of the tire alone can be as much as the tire and steel rim from Tirerack. This is why I have 10 rims for my car, it was cheaper to buy the tire and rim from Tirerack than just the tire, not including mounting, balance valve stem, disposal fee etc etc etc at a store. wrote: > Someone who looks an awful lot like Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote: > > > The > > tires were expensive, $400 each, so much for any comments about "cheap" tires > > being put on by Saab at the factory. > > $400.00 tires? EACH? I just checked at, for tires > for the Viggen (which is the 9-3 with 17" wheels, undoubtedly more > expensive than the 16's on the other 9-3's), and the most expensive > tire that they sell for it is $189.00 each - and that's the ultra-performance > model; normal tires, such as would have shipped with the car, are > in the 150-ish range. > > Either he was ripped off, or this included wheels, or something is not > as it's being told. > > > He also had the turbo replaced 3 times in > > under 30,000 miles - granted it was replace at no cost under the warranty, free > > except for his time. This left the big question of quality and how expensive > > the Saab would be to maintain after the warranty, with turbos lasting only 7,500 > > miles and tires costing $400 each. You may say he had a lemon, but 3 turbo > > replacements?? Perhaps he should have tried a new shop. > > Obviously he should have tried a different shop. Whatever caused the first > to go, wasn't fixed when they put a second and third in; they were fixing > the symptom, not the cause. Saab turbos typically go several hundred > thousand miles without incident. > > > I told him my Saabs, 1986 900 and 1990 900S were far more reliable and less > > costly to maintain than his 9-3, but then mine are Classics :-) > > For all practical purposes, there isn't alot of difference in how the > components you mention are engineered or made between your classics and > the current production 9-3's. > > Sounds like your friend had a bad one, and/or a bad dealer. If the > same place that was selling tires to him for 400 bucks a pop, is > the place that replaced the turbo 3 times, I have strong suspicions > that that business is a place to be avoided. > > Dave Hinz

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