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We had a TB unexpectedly go bad on a 1000+ trip last summer, on a holiday with nothing open. This caused a lot of difficulty and extra cost! I did not have any TB cleaner in the car and could not buy anything. That might have been enough to get us home. Or not. I had cleaned that TB 2 years prior when it acted up a little. There had been no further trouble for 2 years, then it went out completely - full blinking CEL, car dead. I had a code reader and tools, but not enough to fix on the spot. Some replace this preemptively, but another TB that was cleaned (another car) has had no issues for 8 years now, so replacement may not always be the right thing (according to the tech at the dealer also).
I agree that preemptive maintenance significantly reduces the risk of breakdown, and bringing a few small parts and tools can be a life saver (I do). However, there are certain things that can simply leave you stranded if they go unexpectedly. Replacing hoses is one thing, but replacing electronic components is kind of expensive and in many cases not likely to fail... but still a potential risk in a high mileage car.
To be fair, a rental is no guarantee either, as we got a flat in a tire en route in a rental once. No big deal to fix, just a delay, but the wrong type of flat can require tire replacement, which on a holiday with stores closed, can be impossible. I suppose you could do a very long drive on the donut spare if you were "adventurous"?
I think the risks increase as the mileage goes up. Good maintenance helps but is not perfect.
I would much rather drive my SAABs than a rental. That is part of the fun of the trip also.
So many factors to weigh!
Posts in this Thread:
- Long Trips...High Mileage Question 2004 9-3 SS, William, Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:51:44
- Re: Long Trips...High Mileage Question 2004 9-3 SS, JerseySaab , Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:42:40
- I hear your concerns, but agree with Justin., Noel , Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:48:27
- Re: Long Trips...High Mileage Question 2004 9-3 SS, No Snaab, Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:41:01
- Re: Long Trips...High Mileage Question 2004 9-3 SS, southsaab , Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:48:21
- Re: Long Trips...High Mileage Question 2004 9-3 SS, Justin VanAbrahams , Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:58:44
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