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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1692 of 2237 Re: New 9-5 Aero electronics [smk #1688]
May 18, 2004 (9:44 pm)
Knock on wood, our 2003 Aero wagon is running great.
Is yours a 2003 or 2004 Aero? Talk to the dealer but also send a note to Saab thru their website. Saab can't afford a reputation for quality problems, particularly on their flagship. They were already fighting a bad quality rep form the cars in the 80's and early 90's. Did the physical lock mechanism work, pulling up on the lock button?.
May 19, 2004 (1:43 pm)
our leased '01 9-5 had to have to front rotors and pads replaced at 30k. when i questioned (politely) why they needed to replace the rotors; after all they didn't vibrate, and the brakes still seemed work just fine, they said the would 'comp' the rotor replacement. i paid the whole labor charge(175) + new pads(102) + tax.
try to make sure your car is really clean when you bring it in. it's probably not a cut and dry situation, so it may help if your car looks good.
#1694 of 2237 PADs/Rotors FYI
May 20, 2004 (1:15 pm)
I replaced just the pads at 32K. Had a local independent shop do the work. Did not turn rotors or replace. No problems before other than worn out pads and none since.
#1695 of 2237 Brakes--aarrgh
May 21, 2004 (4:21 pm)
I too had to have front brakes replaced at 30K on my leased 2001 9-5 SE V6. Got charged over $400 for pads, rotors and labor. They claimed the rotors did not have enough metal remaining to qualify for machining. They put some ventilated aftermarket rotors on that were warped. Took 11K miles and two more service visits to convince them of that fact. Finally they replaced the rotors again on their dime.
I'm not a throttle-and-brake driver. First time I've had this happen with any make of car.
Don't buy Saabs--lease them!!! Even then you may get stuck with a repair bill. Aarrgh. Don't get me started about the headlamps. They blow every 15K like clockwork...
#1696 of 2237 brake jobs and dealers
May 22, 2004 (2:06 pm)
if you go back you wwill note many complaints on both the above.
i was told by my dealer in conn. a reputable and honest place where i know the owner,at 48,000 miles that my car was perfect .no need to do anything.
at 53,000 miles---when the warranty ran out ,guess what the same dealer told me that i needed
a new exhaust
and that i had an oil leak.needed a new head gasket.
when i told thme that i did not see any leaks they said that they are experts and that only they could see it brcause of the place where it was.
i have all of this in writing.
to make the story short,they were out to make money.
now 75,000 miles and all ok.
same applies to brakes and rotors.
and the same has happened at mercedes,bmw,and others.........
in one delaership in vermont i was given the 60,000 mile service for 399 versus 699 elsewhere,but guess what,they did not do the full service.under threat of legal action and taking them to the attny.gen. office they complied and did the entire service 3 days later.
now they have posted the correct price.but who knows.
if they can take you they will.
so the old saying --caveat -emptor---or buyer beware.........
#1697 of 2237 SAAB folds their tent and moves to Motown
May 24, 2004 (5:53 pm)
For those of you wondering about how much leeway the General would give SAAB, they are now going to be packing up their tents in Atlanta and SAAB USA headquarters and all SAAB USA employees (80) will move to Detroit to work near the flagpole.
Two things strike me about this announcement. SAAB's Atlanta location always puzzled me because it was not close to their major customer bases (the Northeast, for one), major media markets, good ocean shipping, etc. What does Atlanta have to offer an imported car headquarters except cheap real estate? Secondly, neither the Atlanta location and certainly not the new Detroit location exposes them to the hip automotive influences that seemingly incubate on the left coast. This move only makes sense if the real plan is to lay off half of the 80 people, have other GM people handle their duties like PR , warranty, etc. and shove the remainging 40 people into some unused basement down on Third Ave near Selden.
#1698 of 2237 Saab in Atlanta Now In detroit.
May 25, 2004 (8:56 am)
That is weird. But doesn't Porsche have a big facility there. Does it have something to do with a testing track or facility. Mama Hen bringing her baby back home.
#1699 of 2237 Re: SAAB folds their tent and moves to Motown [blockislandguy #1697]
May 28, 2004 (8:52 am)
Kiss that brand goodbye. Your next SAAB 9-5:
#1700 of 2237 Re: Free at Last, Reply to Buddhabman [paulr11 #1683]
May 31, 2004 (1:01 am)
I agree....the Saab emblem should have a lemon in the design as to warn all potential Saab owners that you will be purchasing a lemon vehicle. I have a 2001 Saab 9-5 with 40,000 miles and I am at the dealership every other week. I know everyone at the Saab shop by their first name. The service is also horrible. Charles River Saab tried to rip me off by charging me for warranty parts!!!! Can we say avoid this dealership at all costs. Please folks, if you want to buy a car go for a Lexus, Acura, or any other luxury Japanese cars. These cars will last longer and save you a heck of a lot of money in the long run. I will soon trade in my Saablemon for the new Acura TL. AGAIN, AVOID SAABS
#1701 of 2237 Re: Free at Last, Reply to Buddhabman [marc4 #1700]
May 31, 2004 (11:17 pm)
Whoa, there!! Every brand has its lemons, and Saab (while much improved--see JD Power results) is no different. But speaking as a three-peat Saabster, it's a love/hate relationship for Saab owners, with love eventually winning out. Remember why you bought the car: it's fun, it's different, it's not Japanese/German, and it's not for everyone. Your Saab has lots of virtues and some quirks, and that's why you feel a genuine pride of ownership when you slip the key into the center-mounted ignition. No luxury-loving Lexus/Acura owner feels the same thrill.
You didn't buy your 9-5 for its bulletproof reliability. Enjoy your 9-5 for what it is, a fun and exciting car with occasional lapses, and exploit the hell out of the warranty Saab provides. While you're sitting in the dealership's service waiting room thumbing thru the new car ads, ask yourself: do you really want to drive some other company's cookie-cutter sedan?
Hang in there. I've been where you are, and I assure you it gets better.