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Re: I still own three Saabs, but.....
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Posted by Bill h. (more from Bill h.) on Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:37:39 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: I still own three Saabs, but....., MI-Roger [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:48:59
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I retired this year and have 3 vehicles 2004 Aero, 2010 S80 (wife's) and 1996 Ford pickup.
I keep cars as long as they are still fun to drive, fully functional mechanically and the body, paint trim and interior all look good. The Saab is my favorite, wife loves the S80, the Ford has a purpose being the truck it is and is my choice on hot Georgia days with its small cab, cloth seats and awesome AC.

One of the reasons I have kept the Saabs I have owned longer than other cars is that the quality of the interior materials, paint and body work is of better quality than most and the cars will stay looking new longer. Never had blistering clear coats or fading paint, where I live there are no rust issues. So long after the warranty period the cars still look good and have a timeless design. The seats in my 2004 Aero still look good. From a utility standpoint the are well designed, can haul a lot of stuff and have great seats.

All my Saabs have all been fun to drive and confidence inspiring,

They are generally easy and relatively inexpensive to repair. They are very predictable and if you stay ahead of maintenance items, you wont suffer breakdowns or high repair costs, especially if you so some DIY. This and other forums are the best assets Saab owners have. And I cant say enough about a good local Saab independent mechanic for the times you cant DIY or just do not want too.

My old ride has a few minor door dings, etc and is just starting to show its age a bit. Because of the higher mileage, it is not the first pick for long road trips anymore. The Volvo does those duties now.

The old Saab will probably be replaced with a low mileage, off lease Ford Flex Limited as it is a great vehicle for hauling our 90 something parents to their endless medical appointments, my MIL is wheelchair bound and tough to get in and out of any car or truck. The Flex has a low ride height, giant door openings and a ton of space in the first two rows of seats. Great for hauling seniors. Even I, at 60, find it very easy to get in and out of. But I hate the looks.

Only have room for 3 vehicles so something has to go.

Our needs change over time, sometimes over night. One may never drive again under the wrong circumstances.


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