Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 12:49:34 -0400 From: "Tex" <texnospamm101.org> Subject: Re: Any Saab employees here?
"Malt_Hound" <Malt_Houndnospamm*yahoo.com> wrote in message news:tMydna9AXMOul8nfRVn-pAnospamphia.com... > 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 shy...do 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. Are you saying the expected cost to upkeep such a car is significantly lower? Even if you do the work yourself there is such thing as opportunity cost...in that, you could be doing soemthing else more enjoyable, like going for a ride in the car. Original designs only allow for a car to hit so many pot holes, to suffer through so many freezing cold winters, to go on only so many slow drives on hot summer days, or sit in stop/go traffic for so many hours. These are harsh real world environments that take their toll on anything mechanical. - tex