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#741 of 1081 Problems and what I paid
Mar 17, 2003 (12:38 pm)
OK just to help people out with another price for reference, I paid $31000 for a loaded 2001 SE wagon. This was in August 2002 and it had 5k miles on it but sold as new because it had never been titled. I think it was a company car. I thought it was a great deal at the time but after reading other posts it seems more like a fair deal at best.
We have had a few minor problems with this car. 1) On cold mornings it is sluggish when first starting up and sometimes even stalls. Is this normal? Is this a major concern? 2) Every now and then we get that sulfur smell that other people have mentioned . Is this a gasoline brand problem or could it be something bigger than that?
I haven't mentioned anything to Saab service about these problems yet but I will at the next scheduled service.
#742 of 1081 RE: miller/ Sulfur
Mar 18, 2003 (11:35 am)
The sulfur smell your occassionally getting is nothing to be alarmed about IMO. Virtually every manufacturer has the problem on occassion. It's not clear exactly what the cause is but it can often be attributed to what Gas your using and what time of the year.
You may find it more prevelant during winter months if your in a colder climate due to the Formulations used in the winter. Keep a mental note of the Gas Stations your using before the smell presents itself. Switching Fuel Brands seems to help for some people I've read.
#743 of 1081 response to #741 and #742
Mar 25, 2003 (9:41 am)
So that's what that funky smell is when I crank on the air sometimes????? It is wierd. Never thought to mention to Saab. I always use medium grade fuel. As for the cold starts, I had that problem too this past winter (and I'm in So Cal!). And the battery light would stay on longer than normal on startup. I was assured those things were normal for this car by the dealer.
#744 of 1081 Used 95, 99 or 2000?
Mar 28, 2003 (12:20 pm)
2000 was better rated than the 99 correct? The 99 is more in my range. Are they a good buy or not? What would you recommend?
#745 of 1081 RE: Used
Mar 31, 2003 (5:45 pm)
We had the first year 9-5 and loved it. They have improved a little every year in my opinion and we now have a 2002.
Is there really much difference in price between the '99 and '00? I'd tend to go with the newest and lowest mileage version I could find if I were buying used. It always good to try and get as much history on each as well. It could be that the older one turns out to be the least abused .. you just never know.
#746 of 1081 New 2003 Linear Wagon
Apr 08, 2003 (11:20 am)
First impressions of 2003 Linear Wagon:
So far, I love it! Better handler than the Passat or Volvo and more features for the money. Slightly bigger inside than the Passat and slightly smaller than the Volvo. I'm 6'5" and can get comfortable. Haven't come up with any major dislikes that I didn't know about prior to purchasing.
Very smooth around town once you learn how to drive the turbo 4 - V6 is perhaps easier to get smooth acceleration from stop, but neither I nor my picky passengers have any complaints about the 4. Getting 22MPH for in-town non-sport mode driving - fairly good for break-in period.
Really enjoying the Touring features (xenons, parking assist, rain sensitve wipers) more than I thought.
Price paid: 32.3k + TTL for Linear + Premium + Touring + Metallic Paint including March factory to dealer incentive ($4000) and $1000 GM Loyalty rebate (expired)
Hope that helps people looking at this great, value packed luxury wagon.
#747 of 1081 RE:Miller/sulfur
Apr 09, 2003 (1:38 pm)
I too own a 2001 SE Wagon. Just bought it, while parking in the garage, I smelled the sulfur also. Went to the dealer, they checked it out, said the cataylytic converter needed to be replaced. Only has 22k miles on the car.
Hmmm...I'm not getting that warm fuzzy Saab feeling people are writing about. I want to feel good about this purchase,
but needing to replace a large ticket item has me rather unnerved.
It's under warranty, but I did not buy this car to become better acquainted with my dealer.
Apr 09, 2003 (5:28 pm)
To petersjf- Congratulations on your new 2003 Linear Wagon, and thanks for sharing your first impressions. We look forward to hearing more.... Thanks for your participation!
To kklv- Welcome to this discussion, and sorry to hear about your Se wagon problem. Hopefully things will go smoothly from here on out. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your ownership experience.
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#749 of 1081 RE: kklv
Apr 10, 2003 (5:27 pm)
Relax. The sulfur issue is VERY common with ALL makes. I read a ton about cars and I hear it all the time.
The warm fuzzy should come to you knowing that your Dealer offered to replace without an arguement. I've dealt with lots of manufactures and Makes and many of them will argue that everything is just fine until you get very aggressive and argue and complain for a long time. It could be argued the Cataylytic converter when bad because of a bad fuel issue or sever driving etc. Applaud your dealer for NOT being contentious with you and taking care of it. Keep the faith. On our third Saab now because they take much better care of us than other dealers have.
#750 of 1081 New to me 2002 Linear Wagon
Apr 18, 2003 (5:20 am)
I bought a 2002 Linear Wagon with 12,000 miles about a month ago, after shopping for a Passat wagon for months. I have no regrets - I love everything about my Saab except for the mileage; I'm only getting 19 mpg city driving, and I'm a pretty gentle driver.
Favorites: The leather is beautiful - I haven't let my dogs in the car yet. Automatic climate control is great. Heated seats are so necessary. The Sport mode and the Winter mode work great!
I am a Saab convert, after the following ownership history: Honda Civic, Toyota Camry wagon, and Passat wagon.