Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 10:37:54 -0000
From: "Tim S Kemp" <>
Subject: Re: Saab or Volvo?

> The one complaint about the front wheel drive Volvos in general was the > philosophy of making them disposable cars by designing them to be expensive > to repair. One example is the power window switch design. The fwd Volvos > have a one piece design, if one contact goes bad, you replace the whole > unit, even though the other three switches work just fine. In the rwd > Volvo you can replace the switches individually. It is these little things > that will quickly add up, making it really easy to think about selling the > car because it rapidly becomes too expensive to maintain. Power window switch on my Zafira has four switches in one unit, didn't put me off buying another one though. How anyone can use repair costs as a reason to buy Saab over Volvo is beyond belief! Saab dealers are dear, parts are horrendous. Just like Volvo ones. Volvo cars are not built on recycled GM platforms, that makes them more expensive but also more unique. They may in future be built on recycled Ford platforms but that's irrelevant in the light of an 850 vs 9000 choice. The 9000 was based on a shared Fiat platform, not a bad car but certainly no better to drive or handle than the 850, in fact AWD 850s are much much better.

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