Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 16:14:01 +1000
From: "Bill Rule" <>
Subject: Re: Rant - parts prices

Hmm, I just paid around 185 pounds (570 Australian) for a service that included filters, oil, coolant, and various "checks" and lovely black tyre-walls. I'm now looking for some reference material on the 97 V6 so I can slow the haemorraghing(?) of hard-earned. I gain courage from listening to the group's own windmill-jousts. Hang tough, we'll beat them in the end. "Grunff" <> wrote in message news:c4gqgn$2j63nn$ > It's been quiet here for a while, so I thought I'd have a rant. > > Why is it that dealer parts prices for Saabs are so high, when for BMWs > they are very reasonable? I've seen this over and over again (I own > several Saabs + a BMW). > > Yesterday I was driving my embarrassingly white, bodykitted 325i > (remember, you don't choose the colour of second hand cars!), when > someone smacked their wing mirror into mine. Result - a fully > disintegrated electric drive mechanism. > > Local scrappy wants 20 for a replacement mirror, I dismantle. So I > thought I'd ring the local BMW dealer. Yes, no problem sir, we keep them > on the shelf. Whole mechanism = 28. > > Pleased with this, I thought I'd quickly check the price of an > equivalent mechanism for my C900. So I phone my local Saab dealer. First > off, why do Saab dealers make you feel like you're some chavvy scumbag > just because you're buying parts for an older car? That's a different > rant. Anyways, the parts guy starts with the usual "are you sitting > down?", then tells me that the same part for the C900 is 193 + VAT!!! > > Now I know the answer is to buy used parts, but what I want to know is > why? Why can't I buy new parts for old Saabs at reasonable prices? This, > compared with the relative ease of working on a BMW compared to a Saab, > is enough to make me rethink my future Saab ownership... :-( > > Rant over. Thank you for reading. > > -- > Grunff

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