Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 16:34:41 GMT
From: "Bernie Brown" <>
Subject: Re: Looking for info on 1999 9-5

The dealer selling the car has it in for service (timing belt and anything else it needs) and I had a look at it last night. Man - this thing is beautiful - dark green exterior with light brown leather interior. The body is in mint shape (as I think it should be), the interior is very clean with no marks, scratches, etc and under the hood it looks brand-new. I am not familiar with the controls, so the car seems quite foreign inside (I did figure out how to turn on the headlights - the wipers and ACC are another story - I was told that their Saab salesman would give me a course on operating the car and it's somewhat funky controls). I am getting a pretty hard time here from fellow Japanese car owners - why are you leaving Honda/Toyota lines? Repair costs are high, insurance costs are high,...!! Lots of negative feelings toward the vehicles. It feels likes I am getting into foreign territory - the unknown of a different brand and I don't want to be kicking myself in the ass for leaving the comfortable, safe realm of Honda/Toyota and taking the chance that I will end up with a vehicle with all kinds of quirky problems and glitches. Say what you will about the Japanese vehicles, they are very reliable and rarely do you have any wonky electrical problems or anything of the like (very few quality control problems). I spoke to the main Saab salesman at the shop (Saturn/Saab/Isuzu dealership) and he knows the vehicle, the previous owner and service history. The talk made me feel a bit better about my choice. Then when I saw and sat in the wagon, I was quite impressed. The next step, hopefully tomorrow, I will take it for a run. I will keep you posted. "andrewunix" <agreenbunopsamnet> wrote in message > Wed, 19 Feb 2003 17:19:03 GMT, suggested: > : > : "MeatballTurbo" <> wrote in message > : > :> In article <b307f7$1h97l7$>, > :> says... > :> > Pay very close attention to when the timing belts have been changed. On > :> > the V6, they are a critical service item. I think the interval is > :> > 30,000 miles - if the owner can't provide paperwork showing that it's > :> > been done, be very wary and get it changed right away. > :> > > :> > > :> > :> And talk them down on price. It is a bargaining point. > : > : Technically, it really doesn't matter if the belt was ever changed regularly > : in the past. It is only important that it hasn't broken! But it is an > : excellent indication of how well cared for the car has been. Just have the > : belt changed (no matter when the say they changed it last) to be safe. > > True. When I bought my 1995 NG 900 S used from the dealership it had 155,000 > miles on the clock, but they obviously had neglected to perform the major > service before selling it to me. It needed a new drive belt and idler > pulleys almost immediately. > > -- > agreenbu Return to Main Index

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