Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 05:16:46 GMT
From: "jfxh" <jfheinznospamo.com>
Subject: Re: HELP - NEED YOUR ADVICE on Repairing my '98 900 SE


want to drive a saab? well then budget $1200-1800 a year to keep 'em running I started with an 87 900S, then an '89 9000 (wife and daughter walked away from a 40 mph off-set head-on collision - it crumpled just like the pictures). now, I have 2 9000 CSE's 1993 w/115k and 1996 w/45k here's the deal tcs bleeder valves last about 3 years ignition cassettes 2-3 years head gasket 5 years saabs eat batteries for lunch but I love 'em - I'd rather pay $150/mth to drive my saab then $180/mth to drive a brand new car that doesn't ride as well if you're on Long Island - call Paul at Star Motors in St James jim best bet - find an independent guy who charges you for the time it takes to do the repair rather then what the "book" says "Nate Goddard" <ngoddardnospamter.net> wrote in message news:106n19n7rg12e8enospam.supernews.com... > I agree about the C900's. I love mine and find that as long as they are > attended to and maintained they keep pretty well. However, the first one I > bought ('87 900 T16) was a learning experience because I didn't know what to > look for. After I owned it about 1.5-2 years, I bought another ('88 900 > SPG) and got an excellent gem that I love. The '87 had not been well > maintained, so I had a number of things to fix in the first year. After I > got my '88 SPG I started using them in tandem -> '88 SPG for summer, '87 T16 > for winter, and occasionally as backup or a loaner. > > I would think that the price "Mom2aDog" is paying is a bit much for annual > costs. An independent Saab garage should be able to do much better. I am > fortunate to have an independent Saab wizard only about 10 miles away. > > "ma_twain" <ma_twainnospamo.com> wrote in message > news:40624B38.5010109nospamo.com... > > You remind me why I own only Classic Saab 900s . . . > > I currently own two Classic Saabs with manual transmissions and no cup > > holders. I would never buy a Saab with an automatic - too many > > reliability and maintenance issues, as you have found out. I have spent > > nothing other than scheduled maintenance in the last year. Just my > > opinion, but I believe the NG models have too many bells and whistles > > and the emphasis has changed from a fun, sporty car to a luxury car. > > > > I use an independent shop that specializes in Saabs and Volvos. > > > > > <<snip>> > > > > "Mom2aDog" <noonenospamcop.net> wrote in message > > > news:4060ED1E.3611F2CEnospamcop.net... > > > > > >>I own a 1998 900 SE Turbo automatic with 65K miles. > > >> > > >>My car seems to cost me about $1,500 - $2,000 a year to MAINTAIN. > > >> > > >>I just took my car into the one and only Saab service place in my town > > >>(Raleigh, NC). Here's the list of things that need repaired: > > >> > > >> > > >>- 3-4 holes in pipe leading to muffler (causing my car to fail > > >>emmissions inspection). Saab say I need to replace entire muffler since > > >>it's all one piece. > > >> > > >>- Leak somewhere in transmission tubes/pipes, Saab says I need to > > >>replace all 6 transmission tubes since they don't know exactly which one > > >>is leaking. They believe this is causing my inconsistent shifting, > > >>which is one of the reasons I took the car in for repair. > > >> > > >>- Need new front rotors, shoes, pads > > >> > > >>- Need new front tires (this I knew already) and I'm not buying them > > >>from Saab > > >> > > >>- Need alignment very badly (I had my car aligned 3 months ago at place > > >>where I purchased my new rear tires). Saab says I should have alignment > > >>done through THEM since they will do it 'right.' Alignment is $99 + > > >>tax, which is 25% more than I can get it done elsewhere. > > >> > > >>- The idle is running fast or is not timed right (I complained about > > >>this but they forgot to check it). > > >> > > >> > > >>So far, without the tires/alignment, they quoted me about $1575.00 to > > >>repair the above. > > >> > > >> > > >>Last year I had to replace the gear box mechanism to the tune of $600, > > >>along with vacuum seals, windshield washer pumps, for another $300. > > >> > > >>The year before it took 4 visits before they figured out I had a bad O2 > > >>sensor. > > >> > > >>This is my first Saab (probably my last too). > > >> > > >>Those of you with Saabs no longer in warranty: WHO ARE YOU HAVING FIX > > >>YOUR CAR IF YOU CAN'T DO IT YOURSELF AND THERE'S NO ONE ELSE YOU CAN > > >>FIND WHO IS ABLE TO WORK ON YOUR SAAB? I bought my Saab in CA at the > > >>end of 1997. I live across country now. > > >> > > >>I'm wondering if I have a 'lemon' since every year it seems to be > > >>*something* and that something is never less than $500 to fix. > > >> > > >>Should I get rid of the car now? I'm unemployed so the time is not good > > >>to try and buy something else.... > > >> > > >>ADVICE? > > >> > > >>COMMENTS? > > >> > > >> > > >>Thanks. > > >> > > >>mom2a"dog" Return to Main Index

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