Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 03:42:40 +0100
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: SAAB Quality Since GM?

ma_twain wrote: > Malt_Hound wrote: > > > Steve Wade wrote: > > > >>> Not a particular good example. The 9-5 also has chain-driven cam-shafts. > >>> > >> > >> This seems to suggest that at least one core value is still intact - > >> which > >> is nice to know.. > > > > Timing chain is a core value? Why so lazy people don't have to do > > maintenance and their engine will not self destruct? I suppose Ferrari > > has no core values either because they use those reprehensible timing > > belts in their inferior engine designs? > > Perhaps you enjoy spending $1,000 every 30,000 miles just to replace a > timing belt and much more if it breaks while the engine is running - I > don't. That really is the point. Having to replace a timing belt at some considerable expense at regular intervals is not a great feature. The only explanation I've ever heard in favour of timing belts is low audible noise ( Oh and maybe reduced cost for manufacturer - but that's not something of interest to the purchaser ) . In view of the excellent sound insulation in a Saab - that's not really a convincing argument. Give me a timing chain any day. Graham

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