Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 19:48:41 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Thinking of buying a 1999 SAAB 95 wrote: > > Someone who looks an awful lot like Kenneth S. <> wrote: > > > The independent mechanic told me > > that an oxygen sensor for my car would cost about $400, which I find > > astounding. My understanding is that they cost well under $100 for > > other cars. > > You need a different independant mechanic, then. Or, maybe your continual > rants about design flaws in a car you for some reason choose to keep > got on his nerves, and he didn't feel like making it easier on you. Kind of an over-reaction on your part, isn't it? I find this kind of emotionalism very odd, when we're talking about a car. I had a perfectly pleasant exchange with the mechanic (although it might have been a different story if he had demonstrated the kind of hostility seen above). I bought my Saab almost two years ago, and I don't make a practice of changing cars frequently. Changing cars is invariably an expensive business, and I have many other things to spend my money on, which is one reason why I don't like spending money on car repairs. The Saab is essentially a backup to my Miata, and is used when I need four seats or the greater carrying capacity. I like the Saab's hatchback configuration, and I also like the way it looks. However, it's unlikely that I will replace it with another one when I do come to trade it in. By contrast, I will certainly replace the Miata with another one when the time comes. But at least you validated the remark that I made originally about the reaction of some in this news group to any criticisms of Saabs.

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