Absolutely correct, Angelo. “Bottom line” is that not everyone who likes Saabs has $40K to $50K burning a hole in their pocket, or has a desire to go into years of debt slavery to buy a car. Here in the U.S. we’re starting to see car loans stretched out to 8 years or more! (No thanks, I’ve worked long and hard to get to a position where I have no…[Read more]
We actually have been getting sales brochures from BMW in the mail. I don’t know if it’s because we have Saabs registered. (I don’t know how it is in Europe, but here in the U.S. our motor vehicle agencies are infamous for selling such personal information to advertisers.) We certainly have not purchased any new luxury cars to get on such a…[Read more]
Actually, I just recently spent $4000 on a 1995 9000! But this car is practically like new, it’s like a time capsule. It drives like it’s hardly broken in yet, and needed only a few minor items attended to. (The previous owner maintained it religiously. Most of the wear items that normally would need to be serviced on an older used car won’t need…[Read more]
Angelo, I would agree on the parts situation, the newer Saabs are likely going to be in the high-risk category in a few years. Mine are old enough (20-30 years!) that the primary parts sources are aftermarket and used suppliers anyway. (Sometimes it may be necessary to get creative for the odd part that is no longer available.) No software issues…[Read more]
Unfortunately I don’t know much about the late-model 9-3 since it uses a completely different powertrain than the older models. Even though I’ve never owned one, the 9-5 is more familiar to me since it uses the same basic Triumph-derived engine as the 9000, albeit with numerous internal changes. (I also studied up on the 9-5 quite a bit as I…[Read more]
It’s good to have a mechanic available who is familiar with these cars. Going to a random shop or even worse a chain where they don’t know Saabs is just asking for trouble. Although I do most of my own work, there is a great independent Saab repair shop in the area that I go to for jobs that I don’t have the tools for or just don’t have the time…[Read more]
A code reader is a must for those with OBD-II cars. (I have one for my ’97 9000. The 1995 has the older OBD-I flash code setup.) You can get a basic code reader for about $20US from online vendors such as Amazon.
Chances are the problem just a sensor, an issue with the ignition cassette, or maybe a hose knocked loose in the…[Read more]
Actually that is just fine for me. I see most of the new vehicle technology as complex and intrusive junk that will be prone to costly failure once the warranty is up. (I expect to see late-model cars being scrapped while relatively young due to the cost of repairs.)
Even my Saab 9000s have more gadgetry than I’d really like but it’s at a level…[Read more]
Yeah Angelo, I have two 9000s now, definitely great cars (need to update the avatar). I’m just sorry I got into them so late in the game! I don’t need or want those blue teeth, and am very happy to be able to play my old tape cassettes and CDs in the factory sound system.
I doubt you’ll have any serious problems getting parts for your ’04. There were a lot of 9-5s built over a long period of time, certainly enough to interest the aftermarket and as you observe used parts are plentiful. Saab Parts/Orio is still in business, though some of their prices are very high. 10 years down the road things may be different,…[Read more]
I can certainly understand that some people need a new car for one reason or another. For those of us who buy used, though, I think Saab is still a viable choice. I haven’t thus far had any problem with parts. I do most of my own service work, of course, but there are two former dealers (now Saab Parts & Service centers) as well as an excellent…[Read more]
AMC was the master at spinning out multiple models using the same platform and parts bin — under the skin a Javelin was little different than a Rambler American. The Pierre Cardin interior available on the Javelin was really wild!
Most of the feedback I’ve seen on the 9-5 is very positive, aside from it possibly being not quite as distinctive as a 9000, let alone a C900. I like that the engine is basically the same Triumph-derived unit that I’m used to, albeit with some “value engineering” that may make it somewhat less robust that the older Saab mills. (It’s no big deal…[Read more]
No one can predict the future, obviously, but I expect parts are not going to be a problem for quite some time. My own Saabs are old enough that there really was little factory support for them even before the bankruptcy and I have not had any problems getting parts. I do most of my own work, but there is a decent network of independent and…[Read more]
Yes, new car buyers have no choice but to look elsewhere. Those of us who buy used will be able to continue driving Saabs for some time to come. (I’m old enough that I expect to continue doing so until I can’t drive any more, one way or another.)
I still see some old 240s on the road even here in the rust belt. Those things were built like tanks, but in general I’ve always thought Volvos lacked that indefinable “something” that made a Saab a Saab.
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There’s still a pretty brisk trade in used Saabs, I’m not sure at this point how much the bankruptcy is still depressing prices. My 9000, purchased in 2011, was quite cheap but that was mainly because of age, high mileage, and rust issues rather than Saab/Spyker’s troubles. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a 9-5 wagon, so if you do decide to sell…[Read more]
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