Site News - 11/22 Member of the Year Voting
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 20:29:16 +1100
From: Peter Wilkins <>
Subject: Re: Lifetime of Saab

On Fri, 17 Nov 2006 22:11:50 +0200, "J.J." <> wrote : >Hello! > >I just bought Saab 900i -91. It is former police car, so i guess all >maintenances has done in time. There seems to be nothing wrong in car, = its >in good shape and no corrosion. 400 000 kilometres in kilometre counter. > >My question is: What is expected lifetime of car, assuming that i take = good >care of it... how many kilometres before engine is caputt / corrosion = hits >really? > My answer, based on (since 1973) owning 5x99, 3x900 and currently a 9-5SE, is that it will last as long as you do, provided you do look after it. I generally kept each of my Saabs around 10 years, with the newer ones coming to me and the older ones migrating down the chain to the wife and kids. That's democracy at work. Most of them did around 160,000 miles before we sold them. Now I'm retired, and the kids have flown the nest, we just have a single 1998 9-5SE. I've never had any sort of engine problem with any of the cars, never any rust, and I live on the Sydney harbour waterfront. I had two automatic gearbox failures with 99's, both at around the 100,000 mile mark, and the headlining fell down on a couple of the 99's, easily fixed by an upholsterer. Only other major failure was a turbo in the 9-5, replaced under warranty, at around 50,000 Km (we've changed from Imperial to metric now) and two SID LCD display failures - both replaced under warranty. The 900's and the 9-5 are pretty heavy on discs and rotors - I generally have had the front rotors ground once and then replaced during ownership. As you may gather, I am a happy Saab owner! I hope you get lots of enjoyment with yours. --=20 Regards, Peter Wilkins

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