Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 12:51:54 -0400
From: Tom Reingold <>
Subject: Re: should a buy a saab

Dave Hinz wrote: > There are also a lot of very satisfied Saab owners here. Kenneth has > a long history here of complaining about every possible problem or > perceived problem with his dealer's incompetance, blaming it on the > manufacturer, and projecting his experience as though it applies to > all of us.[...] Hard to say what it'll look like in 5 years, but I plan > to get at least 300K miles out of my 9-5. > > Dave Hinz > > I want so badly to agree with you, because I have loved my Saabs so much, but I am desparately frustrated with my Saabs' track records. My current car is giving me so much grief, and I don't think it's because of bad mechanics. I am thinking of selling it. To me, a 1995 9000CS with 145,000 miles on it shouldn't be sold. I prefer to hit 180,000 or more before selling, but I'm losing patience. And I'm thinking of buying another brand. I've been driving Saabs since 1991. This is my third. I am VERY open minded to you talking me back into buying a Saab, especially since the Saabs offer a rather unique package. But reliability and cost of upkeep have been really bad. I love Saabs' handling, the safety, the quality of the bodywork, the manual transmission, the crashworthiness, the hatchback, the fantastic seats, and the fact that it's VERY difficult to break into (which has been put to the test twice in NYC). I'm thinking of Volvo, but it's too expensive, and I'm thinking of Volkswagen, but I think it's not as hefty or crashworthy. Go ahead, talk me out of abandoning Saab. Or tell me what else is out there. I'm looking for about a three or four year old car, max price of $17,000 US. Tom Reingold Noo Joizy

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