Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 14:34:52 GMT
From: Harvey White <>
Subject: Re: Looking at my first Saab purchase - feedback???

On Fri, 10 Oct 2003 05:11:22 -0500, "C Sats" <> wrote: >Hello, > >I'm looking at purchasing my first Saab and I would like to know what I'm >getting myself into. You could enjoy it. > >The used car dealership that has the machines has several year 2000 9-5's >with either the 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine. All of their cars are >lease returns with about 32-35K miles on them. What I got. >Price seems to sit in around >$17,800 - $18,200 depending on engine. Less than what I paid. Prices are good, then, compared with the book value. You might want to check on that. >I read in the Consumer Reports Used >Car Buying guide that the 2000 model year is one of their "QR Best Buys" - >to me that was a good sign? Was to me. > >Is this a good price range? I've looked at the local Saab dealership and a >similar car (miles/model) is running about 1500 more. That being said - I >don't recall if the unit at the dealership is a "certified" unit or not. If they are not, then you might want to reconsider. What you pay for is a warranty extension to 100K miles, and a year extension to 6 years warranty from service time. That will probably include a DI cassette. > >Are these cars reliable? I'm getting rid of my 93 Infiniti G20 that in the >last year it's maintenance costs exceeded it's value. Are the turbo's on >the engines problematic? What type of regular maintenance (besides changing >oil) do I need to perform (and at what interval) to maintain this vehicle? Maintenance is in the book. Serpentine belt at about 60K miles, plugs and oil as needed as well. Turbo seems to be ok, but there are some failures. Additional warranty could be a good idea. Oil at 5K miles, or less depending on driving style. Maintenance costs are, I'd guess, about the same. Most people seem to recommend the 4 cylinder turbo (small t) is a LPT turbo, no boost gauge. large T is an HPT turbo, which I *think* is only available in the 6 cylinder engine. More HP in the 6, but only uses premium. May or may not be a better engine. 4 cylinder seems very reliable, and has a bit of pickup. For the 2000 MY, you can get a replacement chip (probably costs 500 to 600 dollars with labor, etc, that adds more HP, up to the specs of the 2001 MY. > >Sorry for the general questions, but since we are debating whether we should >go with a Saab or an older BMW (with more miles) - I would appreciate any >information you can give me. Style and feel for me, in terms of issues. I liked the Saab much better, the older bmw's had an unpleasant feel of a volkswagen, and I'd driven a Rabbit for 10 years or so.... Nice, but didn't want to go back. Prices in your area look good, but I'd check the books as well. Also check the sound system, considerable variation (base model is good), but adding on stuff (as in CD changer) is quite expensive, since only Saab's will work. In a hot climate, ventilated seats might be quite nice. Harvey > >Thanks >Craig >

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