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Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 19:30:06 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: Opinions about new SAAB 92x

Dave Hinz wrote: > On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 11:01:27 -0600, Pumba <> wrote: > >>Hello everyone, >> >>Just wanted to get opinions from die hard SAAB fans on what i can expect by >>owning a swedish car for about 6-7 years. >> > > Well, the 9-2x is really a Suburu, with some changes (suspension, > body, interior) by Saab. Reliability questions would really be better > addressed to the Suburu group, as Saab people have as little experience > with it as you do. > > Between the Saab and the Suburu, I guess I'd say drive 'em both, and see > if the difference to move up to the Saab-branded one is worth the extra > thousand dollars or whatever the difference in cost is. I've always heard > good things about Suburu, and I don't think 6-7 years is unreasonable by > any means. If you're gonna keep it that long, might as well get the one > with the nicer seats, y'know? > > Let us know what you end up doing, please. The question is bound to come > up again here. > > Dave Hinz > The Suburus are all wheel drive, which has been reported as being hard on the clutch,assuming you buy a manual transmission model. So, I would assume the same would apply to the Saab 9-2. Check with the Suburu group. You should ask the cost of common maintenance items at all three dealers. Obviously the minor and major scheduled maintenance cost need to be considered, but also ask about other things like replacing head light lens assemblies. If the truck in front of you kicks up a rock and cracks a headlight, how much will it cost? The past winner was the S80 at over $600 because you had to remove the front bumper. Ask how much a clutch replacement would cost, ask how long the brake pads/rotors last and how much it cost to replace. Traction control systems and vehicle stability systems often apply the brakes as opposed to cutting engine power, so they increase brake wear. Some Volvo owners reported rear pads needing replacement at 10,000 miles. Find this out before you buy. Good luck with your new car and let us know which one YOU picked. It is your money and your decision.

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