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Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 18:54:54 GMT
From: th <>
Subject: Re: Any Saab employees here?

Tex wrote: > "Malt_Hound" <Malt_Houndnospamm*> wrote in message > > >>Au contrair, mon amie Tex. All of my cars are older and are highly >>reliable. I perform an archaic ritual to keep them running with very > > > Ha! I have to admit, I'm intringued by your "archaic ritual". Please > describe. > > >>few breakdowns. It's called "Preventive Maintenance", a relic of a >>concept from days gone by. > > > Don't be tell this humble fool the secret recipe for "preventive > maintenance" > > >>Compare that to many folks I know who are in and out of their high-buck >>service department at the stealership with infantile failures and other >>regular repairs. > > > What's easy for one is not so easy (nor perhaps feasible) for another. > Smart people tend to forget this. IOW, what is easy and simple for you, may > not be so for another. So shelling out cash to the mechanic is a fairly > easy fix compared with attempting to learn about the technical aspects of > cars. As for me, I wouldn't mind learning and working on my own car, but I > 1) lack adequate time and 2) currently live in a development where I'm not > permitted to work on my car. > > >>Age and mileage does not equate to poor reliability. The original design >>has a lot more to do with reliability. > > > Neither the statistics, nor the known issues, nor the anecdotal comments > I've seen in this group bear this out. I've seen estimates here in this > group that the cost of upkeep on an older Saab (say a '93 900) runs beween > $900-$2000 USD/annum. That is quite exaggerated, the figures more look like the annual service/repair costs for a 9-5. All of my older Saabs (99, C900, 9000) have easily be maintained below 500 USD per year (excl. tires) in average and they have been at ages up to 15 years and mileages up to 230000 km. -- th

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