Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 18:46:43 -0000
From: "DervMan" <>
Subject: Re: Lifetime of Saab

"john" <> wrote in message news:yj08h.56259$ > > "Greg Farris" <> wrote in message > news:ejpt5n$8tc$ >> In article <>, >> 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. -- The DervMan

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