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Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 02:07:15 +0000
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: First Time Saab owner

Fred W wrote: > Robert Murphy wrote: > > I just purchased a 2000 9-3 S Convertible here in the US and I had a couple > > of questions as far as maintenance. > > > > There is a local Saab shop with a decent reputation but I was wondering > > about some of the basic maintenance. > > > > My particular question is about the brakes. I have been taking my US cars > > (Ford, Oldsmobile) to the same brake shop for some time and I was wondering > > if there was any reason not to take my Saab there. > > > > I guess the same question applies to the transmission and the cooling > > system. > > > > I was also hoping for any tips as far as anything else to look for. > > > > Thanks for you help. > > > > It is greatly appreciated. > > > > Bob > > > > > Robert, > > My recomendation is to find a good independant SAAB specialist and use > him for (almost) everything. I would not let a "brake shop" do my > brakes or transmission shop the trans. > > Unless you have money to burn, you probably do not want to use the > dealership as the labor rates tend to be much higher. Finding a good independent specialist is a very good idea. You pay considerably extra for labour at Saab franchises. Having said that, my experience of Saab dealers has been quite good when supplying parts. I needed some bits that aren't routinely stocked. One dealer sent the part out by same day mail ( no charge for mail ) , the other ( nearer ) actually delivered some other bits to the garage doing the work ! Paid by credit card - so it was all done without even having to venture out of the house. Graham

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