Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 08:32:35 +0100
From: Charles Christacopoulos <>
Subject: Re: Services on 9-5

Adrian wrote: > Charles, > > one other thing - unless I'm mistaken I think the big service is at 66K > miles. Believe it has the first one at 6K then 12K intervals after that. > > I assumed the 66K was more expensive because of belt changes but since read > it has a timing chain rather than belt, which I'd imagine (hope) lasts > longer than that. Unless I'm wrong.... > > Ade. Yup, that makes the numbers add up ... there is a service at 6k. There are no particularly expensive items to be replaced. No belts UNLESS you get the 3.0 litre (v6) model. It is routine items like the ones I listed at the earlier message. Labour tends to be expensive (bl**dy is) at SAAB garages, nothing less than 50GBP per hour + VAT. Some parts are reasonably priced (engine oil + filter, tyres etc). You pay for the coffee, the courtesy car, the fact that the car always gets washed before it is handed back to you. Service history. Even dealer service history can be made up HOWEVER if buying privately look for SAAB receipts (they are always itemised) coinciding with service intervals marked in the book. If buying from a main dealer and they are selling a car they have serviced themselves they can print for you all the things the car had done to it. As far as finding a used (main dealer saab) you might have difficulty because of the age+mileage of your spec (ie. budget). In theory they can bring you any car on sale in the UK but then you have no room to negotiate price. You will be aware of the following but just in case: start from the approved used car locator (and you can always use post codes of neighbouring towns). If it helps at all. Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply. Work: Hobby:

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