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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 21:34:48 +1100
From: Peter Wilkins <wilkinspnopsamail.com.au>
Subject: Re: extended warrantee for 2000 9-5


On Tue, 25 Mar 2003 02:18:02 GMT, "Ed Korsberg" <nobodynopsamere.net> wrote : >I am consider buying an extended warrantee for my 2000 95 SE. >I have heard and read on this NG that it is best to get a warrantee = backed >or approved by the SAAB dealer. I called the dealer and they gave me >a quote from a 3rd party company (can't remember the name) that was >their premier package. It was an exclusionary packet for 10 = year/100,000 >miles >$0 deductible for about $3,500. My car currently has 35,000 miles. >I have asked for a list of exclusions before I even consider this = option. >The salesman also said only about 1/3 of his customers who purchase = Saab's >buy the extended warrantee. I tend to keep cars for about 10-12 years. >Hopefully this SAAB I will keep longer since I hope it is a higher = quality >car than my previous vehicles (hope, hope, hope). > >This package was the most expensive and I imagine there are other less >costly options. But my question is for this NG, is an extended = warrantee >a good idea for this model and is this package too expensive? > I'd be a bit suspicious of third party warranties: insurance companies have a habit of going broke over here. Particularly over a 10 year period! Ten years warranty cover seems a bit too good to be true. I got a Saab backed extended warranty, but it only covered an extra 2 years after the 3 year standard warranty expired, and cost around $1000. I couldn't get a longer extended warranty here. There were exclusions too - eg "Trim", so when the walnut dash cracked, that wasn't covered at all. Saab did come to the party to the tune of 50% though, when I wrote and complained. 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. 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. --=20 Regards, Peter Wilkins

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