Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 15:34:51 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: should a buy a saab

"Kenneth S." wrote: > > Johannes H Andersen wrote: > > > > Linus wrote: > > > > > > My wife has been wanting a convertible for some time and I was > > > planning on getting her a late 90's model Mustang. I came across some > > > listings for some mid 90's Saab 900 converibles and am pretty struck > > > by that European styling and image. Doing a little research, I see > > > that a lot of people have major complaints with reliability. > > > > > > I'm currently driving a 91 F150 with 150k+ miles and my wife has a 97 > > > Explorer approaching 100k. The explorer has been flawless in > > > reliability and the F150 not far behind. I'm not used to shelling out > > > money for a vehicle that needs frequent repairs and would be pretty > > > upset if that turned out to be the case. What can I reasonably expect > > > in purchasing a well maintained Saab 900S with 100,000 miles on it? > > > Are there people here with similar model year vehicle that can claim > > > little or no repair needs? > > > > Unfortunately, no one can guarantee that any car of 100,000 miles will be > > perfect, so the questions are premature before you've seen the car that you > > want. If you want certainty, then buy a new car. I have a well maintained > > 1993 Saab 9000 CSE. It's a joy to drive, so the important thing for me > > is that the car drives perfectly; any necessary repairs gets done along > > the way. So far it hasn't been major, but still has to be budgeted for. > > > > Things such as battery, brake pads & discs, CAT, clutch, exhaust (muffler), > > gearbox overhaul, timing chain, tires, water pump, wiper blades are normal. > > Expensive if needed all at once, yet bearable if spread over the mileage. > > > > Johannes > > > > I've just spent $1,500 to have a new evaporator core in my 1996 900SE, > about $1,000 of which was the cost of parts. The central locking on my > car doesn't work properly. During the 3 years that I've owned this car, > I've had persistent problems with the check engine light. A new exhaust > system cost about twice as much as the exhaust system on a U.S. car > would have cost. I have invested a considerable amount of money and > time on keeping this car running. Hmm, the evaporator core of the climate system? The climate system is non- Saab sourced, so an AC specialist can fix it. All I had was a recharge. Had also some 'check engine' lights but this has all been fixed. Check vacuum leaks at the ends of all pipes and hoses and check sensor connections. Exhaust - you don't need to use Saab parts, I have a kwickfit exhaust part for over 4 years now. I find my 93 9000 CSE well build and long lasting. Johannes

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