Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 02:05:39 GMT
From: - Bob - <>
Subject: Re: Dependable Cars JD Power Survey (somewhat long)

On Sat, 12 Aug 2006 19:45:21 GMT, mp <> wrote: >A week after I bought the car the rear window dropped. It was fixed >under a 30 day warranty. This is about a $500 repair at the Saab dealer, >which makes me a little nervous about the other windows. Not a common repair - don't sweat that one. >Immediately after my purchase I took it to the dealer and had them change >the serpentine belt, transmission fluid, coolant, they loaded it down with >Mobil 1, and so forth. This was a bit under $500.00, about what I expected >for a major service. I suggest finding an independent _Saab_ mechanic. Prices will be somewhat better. If they did not change the upper idler pulley along with the belt, you should change it ASAP. It's good for 45K miles or more - but the "or more" varies a lot and failure means you call a tow truck. Only $50 or so for the part at the dealer (less from and easy DIY or may 15 minutes for a Saab mechanic. > >A few weeks later the check engine light lit. It was the thermostat which >the dealer replaced (along with a couple of other associated items) for >$400.00. I was not too upset since the car had 80K on it and was 5 years >old. Also, the ignition key battery needed replacing. A little message >pops up on the radio telling the owner that the battery is going bad--a >nice touch. Sounds expensive although I guess it depends on the other items. Again, indy Saab mechanic sounding good. >All and all, I feel pretty satisfied with the Saab. One must expect to >spend a little cash on an older car. I have owned Audi (A4) and Mercedes >(C 230). My '01 9-3 is every bit as solid as those cars. And it looks >very cool, design wise (hatchback). > >mp

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