Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 16:09:31 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Necessity of service

Jeffrey Silverman wrote: > Hi, all. I just wanted some opinions, if you don;t mind. > > I have a 1999 9-5 with ~47k miles on it. The "Time for service" message > came on recently, and I was planning on doing just that. > > The Saab dealer told me that 50k service is change oil, rotate tires, > check fluids, inspect brakes, and tighten undercarriage. $180. Tighten undercarriage?? Is it a Gripen or a Draken? > Now, I am planning on having all this done. My question is, can I just get > the oil changed at a lube shop for $25 or should I really go through the > extra step of general service at the Saab dealer? There should be more to it than an oil change. There's a loong checklist of things to do. And rotating tyres is not part of the official service schedule (in fact it seems to be something that only Americans and Canadians do!). > Also, there is a very competent Saab mechanic quite close to me (the > dealer is far). How about if I took the car to the smaller shop for > general service? How does that compare to dealer service? Depends on the dealer and the indy. Some indys are very good. Some dealers are very good. The opposite is also true. -- Grunff

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