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Driving SAABs, many of us – especially those who don’t like to get oil under their fingernails – might sometimes find our eyes watering as we count the cost. But I’ve just done my sums that show that things aren’t always as expensive as they seem.

I bought my ’91 9000SE 2.3turbo 3 years ago with 185k on the clock. In the past three years over and above routine servicing I’ve had a second hand engine fitted, a recon gearbox, a new turbo, and various other items replaced that you’d have to accept as “not unreasonable” on a high mileage car.

In that time I’ve done 40,000 miles – smiling broadly.

The cost, excluding “book” servicing works out at £150 / month. And I reckon that I’d find it difficult to lease a new – or even nearly new - fast, quality car for twice that.

And that’s what I keep on telling Mrs Gassy whenever she complains about the “cost of that car.”
 

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Nice to have the feedback.
Definately Saabs 9000's are alot of car for the money.

For price I had the choice of a brand new bottom of the range Ford Fiesta or a '98 9000CSE Anniversary with 88k miles. So there was no chice really!
 

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Interesting comments. I have to say when I changed from a classic 900 to the Aero a year ago I was prepared for the extra expense of service etc. However, in just one year of Aero ownership I've had to spend 50% of my total expenditure over 13 years ownership of my Sunbeam-Lotus!!!!
Unfortunately, half of my costs of Aero ownership can be attributed to 2 annoying brakedowns rather than routine service costs, and these 2 problems were rectified by a Saab specialist rather than a dealer. I have to say though, that for the scheduled service I will continue to take my car to the dealer. I have been more than happy with the sevice from my Saab dealer, and do consider it worthwhile. Fortunately, said dealership is a long established one, and afterall you get a nice brand new Saab to play with for the day as a courtesy car, my car is given a full and proper PDI style clean/valet before collection and they have even managed to sort out(inclusive of service charge) a few niggly little problems as a result of the work mentioned above carried out by independant specialists.
Still makes me wince when it's time to pay the bill though, but hey, you get what you pay for!
 

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I think every car I have owned (9 at the last count!) could be written off after a year of ownership and still cost less a month than the payments on your average new Fiesta. And that includes my Saab and Lotus!

Gassy is right, even if you are unlucky and need to replace major components it is still better value to buy a decent old car (ie Saab) than a new Ford. and you get a damn sight better car!
 
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