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#1939 of 2237 2002 Saab 9.5 Areo Service
Aug 05, 2005 (2:06 pm)
Service on my car was included up to the 30,000/36mo service. But looking at the service book, most items are listed as check this and check that.
The car is 3 years old and I have had the 36mo service. The car only has 20,000 miles on it. At this point I have had the oil changed every 10,000 miles (will do 5k from now on) and had the engine air filter and cabin air filter replaced along with the battery at the 36mo service.
Here's my question... when should you have the Auto trans fluid changed? How about the engine coolant, the fuel filter, the brake fluid? Seems like the dealer will change these things "when I need to" after they check them if I keep going back every 10k miles. the service book lists the spark plugs as needing to be changed at 40k.
I think it makes sense to "check' everything when I bring it in but there has to be a point at which service should be done. Especially if it's required to keep with the warranty. For example, I don't think i'd go past 50k on the coolant even if it is 100k coolant.
Aug 07, 2005 (12:51 pm)
i have made a 13.5k offer for a 01 9-5 SE v6 including one year bumper to bumper warranty.
dealer said 14k and i left without the car. i have looked at the carfax and there are 14 service records on it that are not oil changes. i asked for a full printout of detailed service history(most repairs were done at said dealership) and the dealer denied, citing legal restrictions, but i was allowed to speak with the saab service manager. the service manager informed me that repairs were all minor: headlight here, alternator there, a/c compressor (a common problem with all cars in the climate in which i live), oil leak (a little alarming)....
so my question is: am i being offered a good deal or lemon? i love the feel of the car but i am new to the luxury car arena. last car was a 91 honda civic.
#1941 of 2237 oil / tranny fluid change
Aug 07, 2005 (2:45 pm)
in reply to your question.
i enjoy doing all the fluid changes myself.
good therapy and it gets done and right.
anyhow ,i change the oil every 3k
and i change the tranny fluid every 3 or 6k depending how i feel.
it is easy to do.
just pull out a medium size plug .
if car is hot about 4 will come out if not 3.
then screw it back
you will have to buy a washer ,an expansion washer to replace the old one. the tranny plug is forward of the oil on the drivers side.
#1942 of 2237 Re: oil / tranny fluid change [ffb13]
Aug 07, 2005 (6:09 pm)
Thanks for the feedback on the tranny fluid. Does the Aero have a transmision filter? If so is that best left to someone who can put the car on a lift?
#1943 of 2237 Re: my dilemma [mhuntlee]
Aug 07, 2005 (8:15 pm)
How many miles now on the car?
WHOSE bumper to bumper warranty?
Air compressors are common problems in which climates? I think even in the Northeast people have them on a lot of the year and I've never heard it to be a problem in a late model car.
#1944 of 2237 Re: my dilemma [blckislandguy]
Aug 08, 2005 (12:28 pm)
2. saab dealership warranty (certified)
3. hot, humid new orleans climate (a/c necessary 11 months out of the year)
#1945 of 2237 Re: 2001 9-5 troubles [altbigd]
Aug 08, 2005 (2:33 pm)
I feel your pain. I have a 1999 9-5 SE with 74,000 miles. We bought it used at 48,000 miles, checked all service records...which were really good....we have continued to service it at Saab dealerships. Started it a couple of days ago and drove 3 miles, sounded like we hit a deer, and the car died. The local Saab dealer says the timing chain "jumped" /broke, and engine is ruined. They can get a salvage motor and with labor will cost me $7,000. Are you kidding me? We have taken good care of this vehicle, can't resell it without a working motor, and its not worth much more than the cost of a replacement engine. Its fun to drive, but not worth the risk! If anyone has an idea on any possible options, please, I'm all ears....thanks
#1946 of 2237 Re: 2001 9-5 troubles [staubball]
Aug 09, 2005 (12:43 pm)
Try very hard to find an independent shop. Very few shops are known or advertised as Saab specialists, seek out shops that are advertised or known as Volvo/Audi/BMW/Mercedes specialists. Despite having a soft spot for Saabs, I avoided them because of situations like you find yourself in. If you end up having to get something else, target Taurus, year 2000 and newer and have some Brembo brake rotors installed. Taurus has used same base engine since 1986 introduction and has a timing chain instead of a belt. All mechanics can work on a Taurus.
General Motors (Saab's corporate parent for about a decade) is known for building throwaway cars that need to be replaced once paid off, it seems to be infecting Saab, sadly. Good luck and let us know what happens........
#1947 of 2237 Re: DI Cassette failure [ernewell]
Aug 09, 2005 (1:42 pm)
Concerning your Saab 9-5 problems, target the shop that installed your DI igniton module with an effective lawsuit. Get statement that the igniton module was installed incorrectly, check yellow pages for secretarial services experienced in typing up lawsuits and.....
Erwin Rommel Law, members.aol.com/rommellaw, order Lawsuit Cookbook;1997 Charlotte, NC video seminar; the TrialBook (extra credit if you get "Making and Meeting Objections"). Thru Amazon order latest edition of Nolo's LEgal Research book. Study one hour a day for 9 weeks or two hours a day for about 5 weeks. Anybody can and has done it, including high school dropouts and housepainters.
Will cost dealership about $5000 just to initially begin to defend the lawsuit, they will settle for cost of new catalytic converter. Seek out independent shop for future.
#1948 of 2237 Re: my dilemma [mhuntlee]
Aug 09, 2005 (7:28 pm)
Lets be a little analytical here: No '01 vehicle that I am aware of, certified or not, comes with a bumber to bumper warranty. Please re-read the warranty. No way is it b to b.
Secondly, I wasn't aware that Saab's CPO program would include cars this old. Make sure that this is a Saab CPO car, not just an aftermarket warranty the dealer threw on the windshield. Finally, the money with your deep south location sounds a little high on a soon to be five year old Northeastern college town car.
You can do better and/or newer.