Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 10:55:22 -0400
From: Jeffrey Silverman <>
Subject: Necessity of service

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. 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? 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? Allright, thanks in advance for any comments, anecdotes, or criticisms. I realize my questions are a bit nebulous, but answer them however you see fit. later... -- Jeffrey D. Silverman | jeffreyPANTSnospamedu ** Website | (** Drop "pants" to reply by email)

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