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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1700 of 2237 Re: Free at Last, Reply to Buddhabman [paulr11 #1683]
May 31, 2004 (12:01 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 (10:17 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.
#1702 of 2237 Re: New 9-5 Aero electronics [buddhabman #1692]
Jun 05, 2004 (7:05 pm)
Thanks for the input and wrote to SAAB. They purchased my lemon back. I did love the car but am too risk averse to buy another one.
#1703 of 2237 Re: New 9-5 Aero electronics [smk #1688]
Jun 05, 2004 (7:10 pm)
Okay. Just an update to my SAAB story. SAAB agreed to repurchase my vehicle back and refunded my money. It was a little bit of a hassle but honerable on their part. The dealership I dealt with gave me a convertible while the mess got straightened out. I'm back on the market looking for a car and am too chicken to buy another SAAB. I really loved the car but its not worth the hassle of reliability. I'm afraid I'm venturing out towards the Japanese brands this time around.
#1704 of 2237 What about it then?
Jun 08, 2004 (8:00 pm)
After three Volvos, I decided the S-80 was NOT my next upgrade, esp. since the test car stalled a half mile from the dealership. The 9-5 is the most interesting car on the road at the moment, despite the rusting lug nuts, so I bought a pristine 2001 steel-grey which I love. The reports I am reading here of expensive brakejobs, etc. for 9-5's are laughable; the figures as shown are not at all scary. To wit: owning Swedish cars in the Washington, DC area is a bracing experience (one of the priciest areas to be, why am I here?), but if the alternative is Japanese, Detroit or WAY OVERPRICED Germans, then Swedes look pretty sweet. My main query: have any regular contributors had simply stellar experiences owning a 9-5? I got a 100K warranty and am looking waaaay down the road.
#1705 of 2237 Re: what about it then
Jun 09, 2004 (3:51 am)
2002 9-5 Linear Wagon - 30K miles, no problems
Still a delight and would buy another
#1706 of 2237 Re: What about it then? [cwmozart #1704]
Jun 09, 2004 (5:24 pm)
Well, on another board there are over 500 High mileage Saabs with between 200 and 300k, so.
#1707 of 2237 Hey Ponytrekker
Jun 09, 2004 (8:05 pm)
What board is that? I am interested in reading about 9-5 owners' experiences. I have seen too much negative material about Saabs.
#1708 of 2237 Re: New 9-5 Aero electronics [smk #1703]
Jun 10, 2004 (3:24 pm)
Glad they made it straight for you. Knock on wood our newer 2003 Aero Wagon has been perfect thus far. We'll see in 60K or so though. Consumer Digest and some others have noted that the quality improved dramatically from 2002 onwards. If you don't go with Saab there is Subaru if you need a wagon. The redesigned 2005 is supposed to be killer. The Mazda 6 wagon is supposed to be real nice also.