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#2037 of 2237 Pirelli Tires keep failing
Jan 16, 2006 (1:02 pm)
I'm wondering if someone else out there is having the same problem as I am with my 2004 Saab 9-5 Aero. Overall it has been a GREAT car with one exeption: I have owned it for 18 months and have replaced 6 (six) Pirelli Z rated tires on it. I keep getting bulges in the sidewall(s) that the manufacturer calls road damage and won't replace. We Live in Richmond Virginia (no hills or off-roading here) and the car is really driven only in the suburbs or the highway. Yet about every 3 months, one of the tires has to be replaced (at $300 dollars a pop). The dealer told me getting bigger rims and a different kind of tire would defeat the purpose of the car's design, but these pirellis are getting expensive. Anybody know if putting different rims and a different tire is an option? Thanks
#2038 of 2237 Re: Pirelli Tires keep failing [tnedbalski]
Jan 19, 2006 (12:37 pm)
Sounds like you've got a problem...but I'm curious about a few things:
1) Why keep replacing the tires with Pirellis? There are plenty of other manufacturers out there. Check out tirerack.com for their reviews.
2) Why replace both wheels and tires? Going larger than the 17" wheels on your Aero would likely yield a harsh(er) ride, and make the (very expensive) wheels more susceptible to road damage due to the short sidewalls on the tires. Stick with the 17's, and head for something other than Pirelli.
#2039 of 2237 Take a chance on 2006 9-5?
Jan 19, 2006 (8:33 pm)
I am partial to Saab although I have not owned one for years. I am in the market for a reasonably luxurious car that is fun to drive.
Pro: A lot of content for the money (try pricing a comparable Cadillac CTS or some of the imports), excellent safety ratings, a proven platform, excellent MPG for the power, a good local dealer (have to check on that some more), a unique vehicle.
Con: An obsolescent platform, GM policies for warranties, higher maintenance costs than I am used to, no rear side air bags.
Unknowns: how reliable now, build quality, is this a good buy for a guy who normally keeps a car eight years or more.
I would appreciate any thoughts on this.
#2040 of 2237 Re: Take a chance on 2006 9-5? [bmichel]
Jan 20, 2006 (2:26 pm)
I haven't had my 9-5 long enough to be authoritative, but I would offer you the same advice my dealer offered me - find an off lease CPO 05, and you'll have a longer warranty than if you bought a new 06. In my research, Saab's CPO plan is the best in the biz.
#2041 of 2237 Re: Take a chance on 2006 9-5? [bmichel]
Jan 25, 2006 (8:27 am)
Saab's are definitely unique compared with other cars, and have a lot of features for the money. However long term reliability has been a problem. Like other reader suggests, we bought a 9-5 (2001) off lease, certified (6yr/100K) warranty, got a good deal. GM was actually good in honoring warranty. But such poor reliability, car kept going into shop, traded it in early, lost a lot of money on the trade-in (depreciated at 6000 per yr x 3yrs we owned it = 18,000!). Consider leasing it instead, I wish I did.
Jan 31, 2006 (5:33 pm)
in my 2000 aero i have the oe xm m or is it mxm anyhow ,the first set gave me over 62,000 miles and i had 5k more left on it.
the second set has 42,000 miles and not even 50% wear .
i have always had problems with pirelli in my other cars so i avoid them.they do not have the quality of the michelins.
#2044 of 2237 Repair
Feb 05, 2006 (7:38 am)
I have a Saab 9-5 that I am currently experiencing problems with. The car will not turn over. The battery is fine. It just won't start. I checked the direct ignition and there is a yellow film on it. Has anyone had any experience with this? Do you think that the direct ignition is bad?
#2045 of 2237 Re: Repair [bc92]
Feb 05, 2006 (9:50 am)
Hi, welcome. Sorry to hear of your difficulties.
You might also want to post this in our "No Start" Problems discussion while you're waiting to see if someone here can help.
#2046 of 2237 defective direct ignition experience
Feb 19, 2006 (4:52 pm)
Now I understand...I had no idea about the DI recall until I read this forum. I have a 2001 95 Aero CPO...the DI "went bad" two weeks ago while on the parkway going about 70, everything shut off, couldn't restart and had to coast to the shoulder...tried to restart twice and got a lot of smoke from under the hood and burning wire odor...had it towed to a dealer who said the DI "shorted," which in turn fried the wiring harness (hello GM!?), he said "we get them all the time..." Heads up, there was no warning, it just happened.