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#1778 of 2237 MPG/update/question
Oct 06, 2004 (10:10 am)
I get 23 mpg in city driving (average mph 28 per computer over 8000 miles) with my 2002 Linear. I only got 19 when I first got it -- so excited, I guess!
I still love my car and have had no problems over the last 14,000 miles. (I bought used at 14,000 miles) I get a groan at low speed tight turns, too - which I just assume isn't a problem.
For my last oil change the dealer told me I needed new rotors and brake pads and new rear tires for $455 and $385 respectively. This seemed high so I thought I'd look for an independent Saab shop. Does this seem high to you? If so, does anyone have a recommendation for an independent Saab shop in the Boston area (I live in Roslindale). Thanks!
#1779 of 2237 saab brakes and dealer rip offs
Oct 07, 2004 (4:24 pm)
i too was almost screwed by the dealer.
they tell you it needs new brakes and rotors.bull.have it check out elsewhere.
at 23,ooo miles i was told the same and i got 45,000 miles from them
now at 60 they said the same thing .car now has 73,000 and brakes still good.
wait until they squeal.you have to do front rotors anyhow.
i have found many of the dealers to be not very honest.
i was told i needed new muffler,new head gasket ,new windhield cowl ,and other .....when my 2000 9.5 reached 52,000 miles.
i had asked the dealer to check everything at 48,000 miles to take advantage of warranty and they stated all ok.
i came back 2 months later for oil change.
i told them that all looked all ok and that i did not see any oil leaks.
they stated that they have special equipment and that only they can see the oil leak.
this is bs.
i have had this approach on me before at a merceds dealer. same bs...oil leak but only we can see it.
it has been 2 years and 22,000 miles and no oil leak ,no water leaks in the cowl. and the muffler is still going strong and so are the brakes.
i have seen dealers take work orders,accumulate them on the service desk,and every 1/2 hour or 45 minutes take them to a date machine and stamp work done.....
a way to inflate the hours worked in your car to charge you more...this latest i observed first hand at a dealer in the d.c. area where my car broke down.
when i came in the said it was a major repair and that i better get a motel room.
when they found out i had a warranty , they fixed the cooling fan that had stopped working ,in 25 minutes and sent me on my way.
the dealers are a major problem.
and you have to go in there with knowledge ,or suffer the consequences.
and, this is not unique to saab.
it is a very common practice,and my experience with most new car dealers is very much the same.
#1780 of 2237 Can you tell me.........
Oct 07, 2004 (5:42 pm)
Can the oil pan gasket be easily
changed on a 1999 9-5 SE automatic?
#1781 of 2237 Oil pan gasket
Oct 07, 2004 (7:26 pm)
According to the Saab WIS (workshop info system)you need to remove the upper and lower engine covers, oxygen sensors, turbo bypass pipe and the exhaust pipe to get clearance, then remove the oil sump.
I'd just paste all the steps here, but the 'Copy' operation is disabled in that software.
#1782 of 2237 Re: saab brakes and dealer rip offs [ffb13]
Oct 08, 2004 (4:15 am)
Car mechanics . . . trying to rip people off? Oh my.
#1783 of 2237 Re: saab brakes and dealer rip offs [ffb13]
Oct 08, 2004 (9:34 am)
I have been looking into brake repairs on the Saabnet.com 9-5 boards and 30k for brakes on the 9-5s seems to be normal; according to the posters because of the pads Saab uses.
It is true that my brakes are not squealing, but I was going to go ahead with the repair when I found a decent shop. Maybe not....
Thanks for your help.
#1784 of 2237 what's this miss??
Nov 02, 2004 (6:27 pm)
I have a '99 Saab 9-5, 4 cyl, 5-speed, sport exhaust, 102K miles. I've had my share of Saab quirks, but love driving mine and listening to it bark. A relatively new quirk is a miss or hesitation that comes in briefly at 1700 rpm, when in 3rd gear, especially on a slight upgrade. It feels almost like it hits a gust of head wind for an instant. By the time the tach gets above 2000 rpm, the "wind gust" is gone. Passengers don't notice, unless I alert them to it. One answer, of course, is simply to wind it up more in 2nd gear but, in suburban neighborhoods, the exhaust note is a little too attention getting. The direct ignition cassette was recently replaced, and this problem predated that repair. The dealer said he noticed the little miss but, since the engine tests fine, it would probably cost more than it's worth to hunt down the cause of this minor hiccup. Any thoughts?
#1785 of 2237 RE:stu15 - Cold Start problem -> fixed.
Nov 03, 2004 (10:22 pm)
Whenever the morning temperature was 40F - 55F, I needed to start the car twice. Sometimes, the car died but sometimes it wanted to die.
I took the car to the dealership twice for this problem and it seems to be ok now.
They told me the car had alrady got the most updated software version so they did the followings:
1. Decarbonize the engine
2. Replaced throttle body (2 parts - throttle body & O-RINGTHRTLBDY)
Hope this helps.
Nov 07, 2004 (8:51 pm)
Hello experts. I am running up to the end of my new car warranty on a 2000 9.5 V-6 SE which has a continuing issue with a very bad, rotten egg-like smell intermittently. I seem to notice this only during stop & go driving and it seems to be more pronounced during spirited driving. Dealer has made one attempt at a correction which included "hotter" spark plugs. No help. Does anyone have any experience with this...or resources for resolution? Thanks
#1787 of 2237 Re: Oil pan gasket [rob999]
Nov 17, 2004 (8:28 pm)
Are you sure it's the pan gasket? My persistent leak was eventually found and it was a crack in the oil filler down tube. Seems like someone may have twisted it too hard putting the cap on.