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#3278 of 3342 Re: 2007 Saab 93 rear brakes [saab88]
Mar 26, 2009 (8:13 am)
That's strange that those rear brake issues have already happened on a 2007...when I joined these forums before puchasing a used 2006 9-3 Aero (with only 2,000 miles on it) in February, 2008, everyone was bitching about the rear brakes going out to quickly. It didn't deter me from taking the Swedish plunge though. I now only have 14,500 miles on my Aero, which is a little heavier than the four cylinder 9-3 and my brakes still have never had one issue. (Knock on wood). Most of my driving is stop and go driving around town too. I only hop on the interstate to get to the ski mountain...have you truly considered the way you drive?? I know you said it's mainly highway miles, but do slam on your brakes a lot? Do you have an auto or manual? Do you live or work in a congested area? If you have a stick, are you diligent about downshifting as much as possible? No offense, but with brake issues, the driver is often as much to blame as the manufacturer...all things considered, minor brake work isn't that bad for what the Saab offers overall. That car will last you 10-12 years if it's properly driven and cared for, no sweat. Even after all that GM has tried to infuse in the egineering...try owning an Audi or a Volvo and see what your cost of ownership is...there's a chance that Saab is going to go under because GM is dumping them by the end of this year, and the Swedish government just announced they do not intend to rescue the company. If you try to sell your car now, or trade it in, you'll get hosed in the market. You might as well pay for the repairs once a year, and continue to drive it in an optimal manner like I'm sure you already do. Saab uses very powerful brakes, on a relatively heavy car (because of its safety features), so the trade off for quick stops is fast brake wear. You can't have both. Yeah, it's a pain in the ass cleaning off all the brake dust constantly, but that's the price to pay for riding your brakes and stopping quickly.
If you claim your driving is all highway miles, than there's no reason why this vehicle won't last you a decade, and save your ass once or twice while you're distracted by your Blackberry. Suck it up, or take it up with GM-Saab itself if it continues to persist, and leverage the lemon law clause. Otherwise, your bitching provides no value to these discussions.
#3279 of 3342 Re: 2007 Saab 93 rear brakes [saab88]
Mar 26, 2009 (1:27 pm)
Find a well regarded foreign car repair shop in town and have them do your next brake job. They have access to various suppliers and will do the job for less.
#3280 of 3342 What is effect of Saab "bankruptcy" on resale values?
Mar 31, 2009 (9:04 pm)
I may have missed other discussion of this topic but what do folks think the whole Saab mess in Sweden and its separation from GM will have on resale values?
#3281 of 3342 Re: What is effect of Saab "bankruptcy" on resale values? [harmiclir]
Apr 01, 2009 (2:41 am)
#3282 of 3342 Re: What is effect of Saab "bankruptcy" on resale values? [harmiclir]
Apr 02, 2009 (1:34 pm)
What will have an effect on re-sale value will be that GM depreciated the value of the car by offering $15,000 off sticker price of the 2008 to get rid of them, Not bankruptcy.
#3283 of 3342 Re: What is effect of Saab "bankruptcy" on resale values? [andyv1]
Apr 02, 2009 (1:59 pm)
Thanks...hadn't heard about that. OUCH!!!!
#3284 of 3342 Re: Puchase decision [ivan_99]
Apr 16, 2009 (10:21 pm)
#3285 of 3342 Re: Saab dealer and Saab reliability [ensconced]
Apr 20, 2009 (6:20 pm)
i WOULD NOT BUY THE 2003 SAAB 9-3 ARC. IT IS THE WORST CAR THEY EVER MADE MORE PROBLEMS THAN YOU CAN BEGIN TO KNOW MY LATEST OUT OF MANY WAS THE AIRBAGS WENT OFF i WAS PARKED NO CRASH JUST WENT TO START THE CAR AND BANG. NOT FUN VERY DANGEROUS
Apr 20, 2009 (6:32 pm)
Call Corporate at GM. they actually do try to help. After many issues with my old Saab (have a 2007 now), I was given close to $5000 in coupons for a new Saab... Bought one,, depreciated value...issues that are under warranty..It is what it is...
#3287 of 3342 93 Service indicator
Apr 20, 2009 (11:22 pm)
I have a 93 vector sport. I'm sure that i have when playing with the info system seen a way to reset the service indicator. i didn't as there wasn't a need. i have now done 72000 and had the service done by a non saab dealer, but we cant reset the service indicator, when i go into the info system and get to the service part it only give me a message to say oil quality '0% time to service 255 days. All I can do is accept. the service book states that i should be able to see other information nd res the service indicator, any ideas as to how i do this