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Sweetheart took our cv in for the 60k checkup today, a bit early since coolant had suddenly dropped and I feared a leak. Dealer wants $900 for the job. She said OK; I said ouch. Is this price in line with what you pay in other big cities?

Sure makes me wonder if I should have gone to an independent instead. Reason I didn't was that I wanted to be sure any parts needed would be on hand.

And just now the svc mgr phoned to say we need brake pads and a serpentine belt. I have no doubt he's right. In for a penny, in for a pound.
 

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Not THAT new!

No, no, am I in the wrong forum? Ours is a 2000 and we've owned it close to two years.
 

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Humm....

The local dealer here in "sunny" Upstate NY lists the 60K service as costing around $650...but that probably only includes the routine stuff. I'm sure that any "extras" are (duh) extra.

From reading various posts on this forum, I've gotten the impression that much of the 30K and 60K service items are fairly routine...that is, lots of $$s for an oil & filter change and maybe a lube of the door hinges.

When I run out of my 3yr "free" maintenance, I'm sure gonna talk to our local indie.
 

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Viscouse said:
Yep! I'll move this thread into the forum for Verts 2003 & earlier.

Welcome to SaabCentral!
That's odd; I don't recall seeing such a forum. What button reveals the whole range?
 

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A saab specialist in my area quoted me ~650, but they do a lot of things the dealers don't. They fully drain basically all the fluids, and do a lot more of the little things that the dealer generally does not. The specialist actually wants ~25 more than the local dealer, but I trust the specialist more.
 

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DougR said:
A saab specialist in my area quoted me ~650, but they do a lot of things the dealers don't. They fully drain basically all the fluids, and do a lot more of the little things that the dealer generally does not. The specialist actually wants ~25 more than the local dealer, but I trust the specialist more.
60k service should include:

Oil/filter
Tire rotation
Air filter
In cabin filter
Plugs
Fan belt

Really, everything but the fan belt you can do yourself in about 2 hours and a 6 pack. Replacing the belt is about 100 bucks plus the belt.
 

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How the dealers can charge so much is beyond me; I see about $300-$350 tops !

We charged about $60 to $70, parts and labor, a few year ago and had to do a lot more ! And you should of heard the customers complain back then, IMO, the $60 to $70 was too much !!

Can any of today's "mechanics" adjust valves or install new points and adjust them, or adjust the timing and the brakes and the clutch , on and on ??

This situation disgusts me !

No one should go to the dealer and be robbed !
 

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The 65K, the major one, also includes flushing the radiator and the brake fluid and replacing the fuel filter.
 

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No one should go to the dealer and be robbed !
AMEN!:cheesy: I would even go further and say that car companies ruine their own reputation by allowing dealers charge so much money for their service. If I were the President of any car company, I would make sure that customers would not get screwed on their maintenance and repair costs. I know from my own experience that some of my friends stopped driving new Volvos because they complained about the maintenance and repair costs.

Ta-ta, janusz
 

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CleveSaab said:
The 65K, the major one, also includes flushing the radiator and the brake fluid and replacing the fuel filter.
Ok, this is actually the one I was referring to, but I am just going to get it done ~60k.

The 900NG had this service at 60, and the 9-3 has it at 65 apparently.

I guess I can have them not do the oil change, so that should save me a couple bucks :)
 

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philosophicaldreamer said:
AMEN!:cheesy: I would even go further and say that car companies ruine their own reputation by allowing dealers charge so much money for their service.
I just want to know why these "major services" seem to corelate to how much the car was originally.
2000 Honda Civic major service = $425
1994 900 S 1st major service = $550 (mine)
2001 BMW = $700
2004 Mercedes Benz = $1,600 <--- swear to god. Someone at work has one and I was complaining about the price of the 30/35K service on my 1994 900. He said "pffft. Be glad you don't own a Benz" (I am) and he told me what he just paid.
Guess they use that oil with the gold flakes in it?!?! :cheesy:
 

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Manual Transmission Fluid - Based on what mine looked like at 100k miles, I would say that should be replaced at 60-65k miles. A chain quoted about $50 to do that.

Idler pulleys - if not replaced by now, they should be (mine failed twice before 65k).

PCV valve - I found my last one blown about 30k miles since it was put in. The valve is only about $15, and if it fails, the result is usually oil leaks at the valve cover or worse.

Valve Cover Inspection - The easiest place to tell if there are any oil deposits, carbon or sludge building up is under the valve cover. 60-65k is a good time to check. Depending on the model, the head bolts can be checked and re-torqued at the same time if needed. Saab has service bulletins on both the head bolts and the oil deposits.

Timing chain tensioner - can be removed and measured at least as a base line for checking it later if problems develop. Once the chains and guides start to wear, the tensioner extension grows at an fast rate. If the tensioner was at 10-12 mm at 60K, and at 13-15 mm at 90k, there is a problem.

Vacuum Hoses - I wish I had just replaced all the vacumm hoses at 60-65k instead of waiting for them to start cracking one at a time, they cost about 50 cents per foot.

Cooling System - Another couple items I would replace at 65k simultaneously with the coolant being flushed are the upper radiator hose and the thermostat. Both are relatively cheap parts and a pain to replace later.

And this does not even include preventive maintenance on the rear brakes, adjusting the parking brake, inspecting suspension bushings, balljoint boots, and CV joints for wear and tear... don't count on the dealer to even look at most of those parts.
 
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