Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 21:56:46 GMT
From: Johannes Andersen <johsnospamfitter.com>
Subject: Re: Lifetime of Saab


DervMan wrote: > > "johannes" <johsnospamnospam-efitter.com> wrote in message > news:4560BC6F.A3ED4AC7nospamnospam-efitter.com... > > > > > > DervMan wrote: > >> > >> "john" <jsmith1456nospamo.com> wrote in message > >> news:yj08h.56259$r4.1932nospamfe3-gui.ntli.net... > >> > > >> > "Greg Farris" <farrisnospam.org> wrote in message > >> > news:ejpt5n$8tc$1nospamoron.nerim.net... > >> >> In article <1163823344.249474.46450nospam2000cwa.googlegroups.com>, > >> >> smaartaassaabrnospaml.com says... > >> >> > >> >> > >> >>> > >> >>>What country, Finland, Sweden? When was it retired from the police? > >> >>> > >> >>>If it is in good shape then it is. The engines last forever. . . > >> >> > >> >> > >> >> No they don't. > >> >> SAAB engines are no different from other engines in the category, and > >> >> are > >> >> subject to the same wear and failure modes as their counterparts. If > >> >> anything, > >> >> the turbocharged models run at typically higher IMEP and specific > >> >> output, > >> >> and > >> >> should thus be subject to greater wear. > >> >> > >> >> I believe the reason behind the SAAB reputation for longevity is the > >> >> pride in > >> >> ownership that leads many owners to take excellent care of them, and > >> >> as > >> >> well to > >> >> boast of their achievements in long-lasting reliability. After all, > >> >> the > >> >> 96 > >> >> generation already had a reputation for fantastic longevity, yet they > >> >> had > >> >> a > >> >> demonstrably inferior body design, leading to massive rust problems, > >> >> and > >> >> their > >> >> engine was nothing other than a Ford V4, the same as used in the > >> >> Taurus > >> >> models, > >> >> which did not benefit from any particular cult reputation. The > >> >> gearboxes > >> >> were > >> >> notoriously short-lived, a tradition SAAB has unhappily managed to > >> >> perpetuate > >> >> through the model-years! > >> >> > >> > > >> > Well OK. volvo and saab were very solid long lasting vehicles in the > >> > 70's > >> > compared to most stuff. especially when the alternative was english or > >> > italian... > >> > > >> > If you bought one new you could expect 15 years of decent > >> > motoring....with a Fiat you'd be getting the filler out after 5.... > >> > >> Months in many cases. > > > > Dunno, FIAT also uses galvanised rust free bodies these days. > > We're discussing old ones, though, innit? How old do u want them? The 1986 Croma had galvanised body. My 1987 model I had didn't rust on the body for 10 years, only the side window frames.

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