Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 12:39:58 -0000
From: "Jez" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB  To buy or not to buy

I have a 1988 version of the same car. I bought it four years ago for 2,500 UK, at which time it was the same age as the one you're looking at. My purchasing decision was based on safety - this was the safest car I could buy on my budget (based on EuroNCAP information). A few weeks after I bought it I was involved in a 3-car crash, with my 6-month pregnant girlfriend in the passenger seat: we were all fine, and I've always said that all the money I've ever spent on the car was justified in that moment. BUT, only in that moment. I've spent a lot of money on it, and it's actually broken down and left me on the roadside twice (plus once that was my own fault, so I don't count it). It had relatively low mileage when I bought it (84,000m) and I only do about 8,000 miles per year. Repairs done by Saab specialists cost about twice as much as a regular garage in Britain. I am to blame for my repair bills to the extent that I don't have it serviced as regularly as some people, but I'm not especially negligent. It is a lovely car, but I would only buy it again on the safety consideration, if it still applied. In fact, the next car I buy will not be a Saab as my budget is a little higher now, and there are safer options (such as the Renault Laguna). I think that, as Dexter says, either you'll love it or weep a lot. Or both, like me. I don't want to be presumptuous, but if you're considering a 1992 model I guess you're not especially wealthy - I'm certainly not - and I think there may be other options with lower running costs. However, if you get a good one which doesn't bleed you dry, I reckon you'll drive Saabs for the rest of your life; it seems to work that way! Good luck, whatever you decide, Jez "Lloyd Cimprich" <> wrote in message news:3e583f98$ > I have been considering purchase of a 1992 SAAB 9000 Non Turbo Automatic. As > I am a long time full size GM owner I have been investigating SAAB and the > 9000 line in detail and have found quite a number of people who recount > frequent and expensive problems (DI, Transmission, electrics....). > > I am used to reliable simple technology that is easy to self diagnose and > repair with parts everywhere so would like to get further opinions as to the > reliability and maintenance cost of SAAB cars and the 1992 9000 > specifically. > > TIA. > >

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