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Old 16th May 2012
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Looking for advice if that is the correct term! My 9-5 is 10 years old, had lead me a life of misery in my early ownership days with frequent tows and breakdowns. I have owned the car since 2005. The last 3 years or so I have had the typical SAAB ride wonderful and know the joy of SAAB ownership, (anyone see the test drive on Top Gear will remember Jeremy's comments about the knowing all grin!). I have had the sunroof replaced, rims replaced and 2 tires due to a city pothole, brakes and such, but I am now looking at a re-built transmission, brakes all round, wiring issues in the rear again (fixed the broken tail lights through this forum YEAH!). No trunk light and frequent brake light tail light warnings that indicate a wire loose that has evaded me. Tires (Michelin) are very very close to needing replacement too.
I had my mechanic service the tranny about 2 months ago, but sitting in traffic last night, it started to do its bumpy gear change thing again. I know the brakes are going to hit close to $2000.00 when it goes into the garage tomorrow.
So is it time to dump my car? given that it looks like the work required to be done is going to far exceed the value of the car. Given its history I am not that tempted to stay with a SAAB, but that is open to debate, hence this post, I was looking for @ 2007/8 Aero; my other choice is a 2007 4.2l S type Jaguar.../
I am really looking forward to my peers on this forum's input Where I go from here will certainly depend on it.
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You may get a better response if you were to post in the appropriate forum. If you were looking to purchase a 10' or 11' 9-5, I'd certainly have some advice for you, but I'm not at all familiar with the earlier model.
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Looking for advice if that is the correct term! My 9-5 is 10 years old, had lead me a life of misery in my early ownership days with frequent tows and breakdowns. I have owned the car since 2005. The last 3 years or so I have had the typical SAAB ride wonderful and know the joy of SAAB ownership, (anyone see the test drive on Top Gear will remember Jeremy's comments about the knowing all grin!). I have had the sunroof replaced, rims replaced and 2 tires due to a city pothole, brakes and such, but I am now looking at a re-built transmission, brakes all round, wiring issues in the rear again (fixed the broken tail lights through this forum YEAH!). No trunk light and frequent brake light tail light warnings that indicate a wire loose that has evaded me. Tires (Michelin) are very very close to needing replacement too.
I had my mechanic service the tranny about 2 months ago, but sitting in traffic last night, it started to do its bumpy gear change thing again. I know the brakes are going to hit close to $2000.00 when it goes into the garage tomorrow.
So is it time to dump my car? given that it looks like the work required to be done is going to far exceed the value of the car. Given its history I am not that tempted to stay with a SAAB, but that is open to debate, hence this post, I was looking for @ 2007/8 Aero; my other choice is a 2007 4.2l S type Jaguar.../
I am really looking forward to my peers on this forum's input Where I go from here will certainly depend on it.
$2k for brakes!?
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Looking for advice if that is the correct term! My 9-5 is 10 years old, had lead me a life of misery in my early ownership days with frequent tows and breakdowns. I have owned the car since 2005. The last 3 years or so I have had the typical SAAB ride wonderful and know the joy of SAAB ownership, (anyone see the test drive on Top Gear will remember Jeremy's comments about the knowing all grin!). I have had the sunroof replaced, rims replaced and 2 tires due to a city pothole, brakes and such, but I am now looking at a re-built transmission, brakes all round, wiring issues in the rear again (fixed the broken tail lights through this forum YEAH!). No trunk light and frequent brake light tail light warnings that indicate a wire loose that has evaded me. Tires (Michelin) are very very close to needing replacement too.
I had my mechanic service the tranny about 2 months ago, but sitting in traffic last night, it started to do its bumpy gear change thing again. I know the brakes are going to hit close to $2000.00 when it goes into the garage tomorrow.
So is it time to dump my car? given that it looks like the work required to be done is going to far exceed the value of the car. Given its history I am not that tempted to stay with a SAAB, but that is open to debate, hence this post, I was looking for @ 2007/8 Aero; my other choice is a 2007 4.2l S type Jaguar.../
I am really looking forward to my peers on this forum's input Where I go from here will certainly depend on it.
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$2k for brakes!?
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For all things good in this word, do the breaks yourself or take it somewhere else. $2k is ridiculous. I did mine myself in like 2 hours for $300 or something like that. And that wasn't using cheap stuff either.
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problem is ( if you are like me ) once that boredom creeps in with your current car, you are very likely to change...especially if you have a car you like the look of..

No matter what my Wife said to me about how good the past car had been, no matter how reliable the last car was, I had a change in mind..and that's a powerful force indeed to live with lol.

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