Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 17:15:49 +0000
From: Johannes H Andersen <johsnopsamfitter.com>
Subject: Re: Thanks a lot,  now I have 2 followup questions...


nph wrote: > > Thanks to all who answered my question on turbo. Feel a lot better > about that now! > > Now two follow up questions: > > What is the quality of Saab, the newer generations in particular. Saab is one of the better cars. In general I split the quality into three parts: Engineering, manufacturing and service. You can have cars that have fine engineering, but the manufacturing quality is patchy. I found that was the case with a Ford Fiesta (My first new car in 1978) It required a new gearbox under warranty, and the read window frames had some strange sticky gooey to fill in gaps (presumably quality control :) Then I had the Fiat Croma (sister car to the 9000). Again nice engineering design, but the interior plastic panels warped and the car squeaked a lot. The servicing was poor, I often have to visit the FIAT garage several times to fix a problem. My 10 year old Saab 9000 is much better of course, I'm impressed by the attention to detail, it is a joy to open the bonnet on this car. However, as they say: Past results does not guarantee future performance... In particular, there is now a new requirement that all manufacturers are required to recycle their cars when eventually disposed of. This has led to the use of cheaper plastics materials e.g. the new 2004 VW Golf. It may be OK, but you may loose the quality feel inside the car. So shop around in showrooms, read magazines, consumer reports etc.

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