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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 10:33:29 -0500
From: 'nuther Bob <>
Subject: Re: extended warrantee for 2000 9-5

On Tue, 25 Mar 2003 21:34:48 +1100, Peter Wilkins <> wrote: >I have had about $3500 worth of repairs done under the 2 year >extended warranty, so as far as I'm concerned, it was well worth >it. Things like a turbocharger, SID, both LCD panel displays >and engine management faults which required a tow back to the >dealer. All the repairs were done by the Saab dealer, no >questions asked, and I have no complaints. That seems like an unusual amount of repairs. > > If you can get 10 years for only $3500, and the company is >reliable, then that sounds like a great deal to me, but I'd >rather have a Saab-backed warranty, even if it's not for 10 >years. Any extended warrantee is just insurance. My opinion is that it is very expensive insurance as the odds of needing it are low for *most* people. If you do get one, watch the details closely. Many exclude things like "seals" unless they are part of a major repair like an engine rebuild. So, that would exclude a head gasket unless you need internal repairs. LIkewise it would exclude fixing an A/C seal and recharging the system. Most exclude brakes, clutch, shocks, etc as "wear items". If you can get one that does "bumper to bumper" like the original factory warranty, consider it. Otherwise, I'd think they are way overpriced for the typical amount of repairs you'll need in the first 100K. Like most insurance, it's a risk to buy it and a risk to not buy it. But, think of it this way: If you don't buy it, you can still spend $3500 in repairs before you even have to consider that it was a possible good deal. Bob

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