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Re: Since you will be doing your own wrenching....
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Posted by Brian [Email] (more from Brian) on Mon, 2 Dec 2019 11:27:06 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Since you will be doing your own wrenching...., MI-Roger [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 2 Dec 2019 11:14:38
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Thanks for the welcome. On an unrelated note, the threading for this list must be odd if it's using Name rather than E-Mail to associate messages with a given individual.

The closest Saab specialist is approximately 45 miles away, which is also one of the reasons I wanted to get a lot of input first. We have several specialists in town for German marques, but none for either Volvo or Saab. An acquaintance of mine had a Saab 9-3, which she loved, but it did have occasional issues, particularly electrical [which, based on my research so far, seems to be a recurring theme], and just couldn't keep it because one had to travel that far when it wasn't something any good mechanic could address - and too often it was. I believe hers was a 2003, or slightly earlier, as I remember the body style, which was definitely pre-2004.

Volvos have a reputation of being bulletproof tanks, Saabs, not so much, but I also knew someone who owned a 900 that she had put over 300K miles on and that lived here.

I can honestly say that I do not want to get into something that's consistently maintenance intensive. I'm looking for a stylish, but relatively inexpensive to own and maintain, transportation appliance. The look of Saab has appealed to me for many years, but they're few and far between, relatively speaking, here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and ease of maintenance by "the generalist mechanic/DIY" is definitely a must.

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