Aaron
Member
4 years 8 months ago

I enjoyed the commenter on that article who suggested that a fully loaded Accord was better than a $50k 9-5 Aero discounted down in the low 30s.

Crazy.

As for the article, I agree with your sentiment, it’s well written. The warranty Charles River is bundling with its cars seems like a fairly good deal considering the car only had a 4/50k and now will sell with a 4/75k and can still be serviced at CRS. Seems like a win if you want the car.

Angelo V.
Member
4 years 8 months ago
The author also editorialized that a Jetta Wagon is a good replacement for the 9-5 wagon and I haven’t stopped laughing since I read that. The Jetta (particularly the TDI) is an appealing compact wagon. It’s not a 9-5 by any stretch of the imagination, in any way. Other thing: If the best of the best platinum warranty is $2500.00—-they say that’s 4 years and 75,000 miles with no deductible—-what’s all the squawking about? This $2500.00 figure is the high end and it’s what consumers pay, not dealers. So instead of discounting the cars by $17,000, why not discount them… Read more »
fanofsaab
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Chances are a new Saab will not need 2,0000 worth of repairs in the first 4 yrs of ownership, Forget the warranty and use $ for discount. Having said this, I understand certain consumers simply have low risk tolerance and prefer to pay for security.

Baver
Member
4 years 8 months ago

So for those of us who did purchase Spyker/SWAN Saab in North America, are you purchasing an aftermarket warranty or are you holding out a bit? I’m on the fence. Mine has 6000 miles and I’ve needed two minor warranty fixes to date, but the potential piece of mind may be worth it. Thoughts?

Angelo V.
Member
4 years 8 months ago
Wow, it’s a tough question to answer. But I will tell you, I’ve purchased extended vehicle warranties before, several times, and I don’t regret it. The big payoff was on a 1988 Peugeot 505 GLS. After the factory warranty expired, my extended warranty kicked in. I paid $585.00 for that warranty and the insurance company paid out about $4500.00 in various claims—-the biggest two being a blown head gasket and replacing a complete wiring harness that caught fire. I still believe the wiring harness problem was a result of something the dealership did wrong on the head gasket repair—-since it… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
4 years 8 months ago
Also, if there is a warranty repair (at least on the AAA extended warranty program), you get a rental car for some period of time. But there is something that has me concerned about all of this: Usually, the extended warranties are priced based on the car being in a manufacturers warranty period for the first few years—-then the aftermarket warranty kicks in. In this case, they’d be covering it from the very beginning. I guess if anything, they should be happy, since they’re covering a brand new car instead of one that has miles racked up on it—-but I… Read more »
Baver
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks Angelo. There was someone on here who worked for Ally (GMAC) and had a contact through them. I guess I should check with a local mechanic or dealer to see if they would accept the after-market warranty I was considering, or if they could recommend one. Of course, I am still holding out a touch of hope that Saab Cars North America will come up with a solution, or better yet someone comes in and “saves” Saab Automobile AB and restores warranties. Not sure how long I’m willing to gamble though.

Baver
Member
4 years 8 months ago

I should add, there is still the whole parts availability issue. I would hate to spend $2500 on a warranty and then the parts weren’t available anyway. I know this SHOULD be straightened out soon, but……..just another thing to consider.

JM Gaitan
Member
4 years 8 months ago

No kidding. I couldn’t beleive that he compared a Jetta Wagon to a 9-5 Wagon, not even close. And with VW being the in the top three lowest in realibility, I think Jag and Land Rover are 1 and 2… If my Saabs were not newer and low mileage and I was looking for a car, the 4/75K mile warranty on a new 9-5 would be nice, regardless of saving a few thousand more on the discount. My guess the discount can still be had with cash in hand…

David Lawrence
Member
4 years 8 months ago
I went through exactly this process 2 weeks, ago. We test drove a Jetta Sportwagen. TDI, and almost went for it. The problem was that I just couldn’t get rid of the feeling that I was driving a toy. The 9-5 felt like a car you could drive instead of a toy to ride in. Plus we had a horrible experience with a Passat wagon that kept just falling apart and wearing out 3x faster than my 9-5. We ended up keeping our 03 9-5 sedan, dumping the Passat, and buying a 4 year old 9-5 wagon. It was less… Read more »
Thylmuc
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Err, no idea.

Sockmonkey
Member
4 years 8 months ago

So let me get this straight: GM won’t allow a sale to Youngman because the current cars contain important GM parts and essential IP… yet they won’t fix or warranty the cars because… they don’t have enough GM parts and IP?

Angelo V.
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Fascinating, isn’t it? Welcome to GM la-la-land. Government Morons.

Baver
Member
4 years 8 months ago

I posted this on Saab Cars’s Facebook page, but thought it would be good to pass this on to all of you as well. It may also be nice if we could encourage GM to pick up our warranties in North America. —–Saab owners, dealers, former employees, enthusiasts: Contact GM and let them know about your displeasure with their handling of the Saab situation. You will reach a REAL live person. Also, you can opt-out of receiving any GM promotional literature via mail, toll-free 866-944-4004. The more who call, the better! Happy New Year!

Aero1
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Has VM or Youngman called?

amigabuzz
Member
4 years 8 months ago
One SFlorida dealer is holding off with discounts and will use remaining 9-5’s for customer loaner cars..the other dealer is passionate about SAAB and wrote the following:”Owning a Saab is like being a member of an exclusive club made up of highly passionate drivers. etc” lets hope a new buyer appears soon so the dealer can get cars to customers …on the warrenty side if GM has build many of the parts in our new 9-5’s but wont let someone buy SAAB preferring bankruptcy …this smells of a Class Action Lawsuit.. Company A makes parts that could be defective earlier… Read more »
Aero1
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Are you speaking oif Shumacher by chance? Wanted to look at the 9-4x, but wasn’t sure about warranty?

Greg Bakos
Member
4 years 8 months ago
Interesting timing on the article. I took delivery on a beautiful new 2011 9-5 today from Charles River Saab and thoroughly enjoyed working with them. Being the oldest and highest volume Saab dealer in the States I felt comfortable that they’ll be around for a while. My local dealer did not have the exact car I wanted at a competitive price, so I was forced to look out of state. I am getting the 4yr/ 75,000 mi warrenty, so now I’ll just lose sleep over the parts situation until there is a breakthrough. There were some negative comments previously here… Read more »
JM Gaitan
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Enjoy!

SVX92
Member
4 years 8 months ago

So what color and trim options did you get?

Greg Bakos
Member
4 years 8 months ago

Thank you JM. It is a T4 Premium with Harmon Kardon sound in Granite gray. Would have liked the Aero, but it was not in the budget so to speak. I gave my 9-3 to my son, so the 9-5 is a huge upgrade for me. Love it.

David Lawrence
Member
4 years 8 months ago

We really wanted a wagon, CR Saab had 2 beautiful 9-5 SC’s. They both sold in the same week. I was lucky to get one of them. Had we not had the hard requirement for a wagon, I got a nice look at the NG 95. Had the SC been available, I’d have gone for that instead. No regrets, couldn’t be happier with the car or with CR Saab

saabman
Member
4 years 8 months ago
I bought a 2011 9-3 in September. At the time I looked into buying the extended warranty offered by the dealer–Repair Advantage Max by Ally/GMAC. I stupidly didn’t do it, as it would have been just $1540 for 6 years, 60K. But I thought there would be a little warning about a bankruptcy and that I wouldn’t just wake up on a Monday morning and it’s all over and done with. In any case, I contacted the dealer (Shaw Saab in the Boston area) the day of the bankruptcy and on Wednesday went in and bought the Repair Advantage Select… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
4 years 8 months ago
SaabMan: In the past, one strategy I’ve had for car buying is to buy used and get a lot more car for the money and much nicer—-make the best deal—–then cover it with the best extended warranty you could find at a good price. I tend to stay with names I know—Geico, AAA or a manufacturers extended warranty—-and I’ve had very good experiences doing it this way. I do understand that if you go for a no-name or something sketchy over the internet, you could be out a lot of money and a fly by night insurer disappears. If the… Read more »
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