SAAB Secure Update

While doing some digging online yesterday, I came across the BG Lifetime Protection Plan and a breakdown of how to qualify and remain eligible for coverage. There are two plans that differ slightly and start at 0-36,000 miles or 36,001-75,000 miles. This is the base coverage plan that is started by your free oil change (if you own a 2010-2011 Saab) offered at participating Saab Service Centers.

I also dug a little further and found a complete breakdown of the program and how to maintain your coverage and put that into a pdf format. I sent this off to SPNA and was told that the info I have is the same that they have and that it is in for final approval before being sent out to the dealer network which means it could change a little but this is the coverage as noted from the BG information I could find.

It is important to note that the SPNA team is about 20 between the main office and the warehouse.  All of them are one person operations. In other words, a marketing and comm’s department run by one person.  Another person is the IT department, etc. One person doing it all for each area of the operation. Trying to stay lean and cost effective as they start-up.

Sit back and read it at your leisure, there is lots to read. I hope this helps.

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Lifetime BG Protection Plan

To maintain protection:
Service interval: 30,000 miles (50,000 km)
Engine service interval: 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
Fuel service interval: 15,000 miles (25,000 km)

Lifetime BG Protection Plan covers only components serviced by BG products.

Lifetime BG Protection Plan coverage:

Plan 1:

Initial service performed within
0-36,000 miles (0-60,000 km)

Plan coverage:
Up to $4,000 USD per service interval on:

Fuel System
Engine
Drive Line
Brake System
Cooling System
Power Steering

Up to $2,000 USD per service interval on:

Automatic Transmission

Plan 2:

Initial service performed within
36,001-75,000 (60,001-120,000 km)

Plan coverage:
Up to $2,000 USD per service interval on:

Fuel System
Engine
Drive Line
Brake System
Cooling System
Power Steering

Up to $1,000 USD per service interval on:

Automatic Transmission

Now the meat of it all and what is important to anyone thinking this could take the place of a warranty. If you have or are considering a warranty, I would say to keep it or to look into buying one because there is still more to cover then what the SAAB Secure will cover. This is a great plan that as long as you do proper maintenance, you will have some coverages that up to now you did not. Click the photo below to read all that is covered and what is needed to maintain coverage (this document was created by myself not SPNA).

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Ingvar Andersson
Guest
3 years 8 months ago
JP – Thanks for the update. I look forward to hearing further details from my local dealer. I hope the dealers maintenace costs get more realistic with fair market value figures. The last I checked, they wanted $120 to do a synthetic oil change on my NG-9-5. I find part of this kind of ironic…when I owned SAAB’s in the past under warranty, with free scheduled maintenance, they would only change the oil for free when the oil light would come on between 10,000-15,000 miles (much too long in my opinion with turbos). The BG plans states 5000 miles between… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Jiffy Lube is near $100.00 for a synthetic oil change for most cars (more if the crankcase takes more oil) so $120.00 from a dealer—-while steep—-doesn’t appear to be highway robbery. I’ve found independents who do these for under $80.00 too.

Ingvar Andersson
Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I am really not complaining, just stating a point. I have been going to the same quick lube place for years and they do Mobil 1 synthetic in all my vehicles. They charge $70 for a full service Mobil 1 change on my NG 9-5. I get mine changed every 5000 miles unlike the dealers 10,000 plus recommendation. I am glad to see the added coverage available.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 8 months ago
Warranty or no warranty—-BG flushes and BG chemicals are a really good idea. I’ve used BG MOA and BG 44K. I also had a BG automatic transmission flush recently. By the way—-regarding the contention that ATF flushes are not a good idea (it was stated here that Saab sent out a bulletin discouraging them), I contacted Pat Goss of Motor Week about it. He said that manufacturers often issue blanket statements like that to cover the hucksters in the business—-with bad equipment and bad fluids. He was confident that the BG ATF flush is fine and restated that drain and… Read more »
NickB
Member
3 years 8 months ago
I work as as service consultant for a Nissan service department, and we use all BG flush products and fluids. I use BG MOA with every oil change on both my 9-3 and 9-5, and I have used their fully synthetic transmission fluid flush in both as well. I sell these products all day long and I believe in them and will continue to use them in all my SAABS for years to come. GM & GM/SAAB has always pushed the customer away from regular fluid maintenence on their vehicles as a way of appearing more “green” to the powers… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
3 years 8 months ago
Nick: Some people will find this difficult to believe—–but old habits die hard and there was a time when General Motors ruled the roost. In the U.S., they had over 50% market share—-all of their divisions profitable and things couldn’t have been going better. At that time—-they had no interest in encouraging customers to properly maintain cars and keep them on the road for a long time. In fact, they had an interest in having 3 or 4 year old cars start to develop problems—-knowing that there was a very good chance the customer might trade the car for another… Read more »
Alan Izzo
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks Jason, things are starting to come into focus which is really encouraging. I too look forward to hearing more about the extended coverages that will be offered.

dcpattie
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Do they realize the oil/engine service interval on the NG 9-5 is 10,000 miles – not 7,500?

74StingSaab
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Do you think SPNA will ever offer a complete coverage plan?

NickB
Member
3 years 8 months ago

BG warranties only cover failures of INTERNALLY LUBRICATED PARTS. So, when your cylinder head gasket starts leaking, it is NOT covered. NO seals or gaskets are covered. The odds of you having an internal engine or transmission failure is slim if you do your fluid maintenences at 30k intervals, so there is little to no risk for BG to extend such coverage. It SOUNDS good in theory, but in practice it really doesn’t provide you with much coverage.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 8 months ago

That might be true—-but at least it gets you thinking about performing the fluid changes/maintenance. And there’s always a chance that an internal part will go bad for some reason and at least you then have a possibility of having a major repair covered. If it’s a non-issue, maybe every fluid manufacturer should offer the same warranty they do. Also—-I think with or without this warranty, even if it’s a gimmick—-the BG chemicals are top shelf and worth having in your car.

fanofsaab
Member
3 years 8 months ago

I’m still disappointed in GM’s lack of response. This seems like a token program that allows them to say they’ve done something, hoping Saab owners will give up/go away. Didn’t Castrol do something similar? Though of some value, I think it’s more of a benefit to BG than Saab owners.

Baver
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Why the heck would SPNA make an announcement without actual details. Ridiculous. Where is the info about the “other” warranty plans?

Iiari
Member
3 years 8 months ago

Checked in officially to see if any warranty product would be replacing CPO’s… Answer is no…

Chris Carrier
Member
3 years 8 months ago

So I’m confused. Is this free? Is there a paid, “upgraded” warranty coming, also? Is my dealer really going to know about it? And by “my dealer,” I mean a dealer that used to sell Saabs, in which half the employees have probably come and gone since then.

What about the interim – will one have to prove they’ve stuck to a certain schedule in the past year?

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