Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 06:49:21 -0400
From: Fred W <>
Subject: Re: outrageous major service maintenance costs for 2002 9-5 Linear Wagon

drew wrote: > Hi everyone, > > I'd like some second opinions.... It is time for my 2002 9-5 Linear > Wagon 60k maintenance per manufacturer recommendations. I suspected > it would be expensive, but upon calling the dealer to schedule > service, I was shocked that I was quoted $1,100.00 Upon inquiring why > so expensive, one of the explanations was the automatic transmission > fluid was so expensive to replace, and it takes approx 15 quarts - > totaling nearly 1/2 the bill. > > Is this comparable to what others are spending for this type of > service, or am I being gouged by the dealership? Yes, that is comparable to dealerships in my area. > > Thanks for any input you might have > Your car is off warranty. There is no reason to continue to bring the car to the dealers. Your alternatives: 1) Buy a manual and do the work yourself. This is a double edged sword. The vast majority of items are checks and inspections which you may be able to do, but require some experience or knowledge to be completely effective. But your labor comes very cheaply (free), 2) Find a SAAB specialist in your area and ask him for a quote on the same work. You may be surprised that the price may be as much as half off the stealership's. Lower overhead, etc. -- -Fred W

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