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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:11:46 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: decisions decision what to do with 2004 aero......, sabjam, Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:08:43
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Cars are only unpredictable if one doesn't take appropriate steps to care and feed them. All European brands need a little more care and feeding but that does not make them worse than a car that needs less. Seriously though, these things are machines, they don't have emotions. I don't find my SAABs unpredictable at all. I do have to do maintenance on them like I would for any other car, and I probably do a bit more maintenance on them than if they were Hondas... that said, many Asian 2004 cars around here go to the crusher due to rust (more rust than is on my 1989 SAAB). The more preventative maintenance I do, the fewer problems (surprises!) I get, and if I am lapsing on something, I know to expect problems!

Basically, if you are of the mindset to weld the hood shut and drive it, I would avoid buying another SAAB, but if you are ok with doing things like 5k full synth oil changes, and everything else on a schedule, then you will not have many surprises. Stuff happens, but $2k, while a lot, is a lot cheaper than buying anything else. What can you sell a ten year old SAAB with a broken tranny for? Add $2000. What can you buy? Not much. Maybe another SAAB with a working tranny but then you may lack knowledge of the maintenance history which has a significant cost! Get a real SAAB independent mechanic to look at the car and sort it out. There is probably a used tranny out there at reasonable cost if that is what it needs. Good luck!
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