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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:48:35 -0500
From: "Jonathan Kaplan" <>
Subject: Re: Extended Warranty

Bob, You obviously are not from NY or NJ. In NJ the average auto policy is $2,500+, the average homeowner's policy $1000+ (because the average house is $500,000+ in Northern NJ area). I'm not guessing at the insurance figures, I'm an insurance agent. This being said, non-dealer SAAB mechanics charge virtually the same hourly rate as the dealer. I thought I would save money with my Volvo 850 by going to an independent Volvo mechanic. It ended up costing the same as the dealer. There are even fewer SAAB mechanics than Volvo ones. I chalk all this up to the outrageous cost of living in NJ or NY. I have to agree. They couldn't give me a Volvo product for free. These cars spend more time in the dealer than the road. So far the 9-5 Wagon has been far less aggravating as well as more spacious, powerful, and fuel efficient than the V-70. Time will tell if it holds up well.

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