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12-18-2011 09:13 AM
Imspace2 And yeah guys besides interior/exterior trim pieces we're all worried about engine and transmission parts all of which have a huge aftermarket. Holden-based engine, off the shelf transmission. The wife has an '08 SC Aero besides the aforementioned im not worried.
12-15-2011 09:42 AM
aireeca Oh, I completely understand that. We had to wait weeks for a copier bit because of tsunami damage to the plant.

I'm not sure about the shift knob, but the keys have been on backorder for months now.
12-15-2011 09:40 AM
srp When I worked at a Mercedes dealership parts counter, there were always parts on back order. Sometimes for as little as a few days, sometimes as much as months. And they were in no way in danger of going out of business.

There is currently a hard drive shortage globally due to flooding in Thailand... It's not like companies going out of business is the only thing that affects parts availability.
12-15-2011 09:26 AM
aireeca
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Originally Posted by IAmTodd View Post
So why can't I get keys for my car if they are still operating?
Or the correct replacement shift knob for mine?

Likely because the manufacturers of such items stopped making them because there was no assembly line driving the need. This happened back in 2008, too, with some of the GM brands. Took a while to get everything back up and going to get folks the bits and bobs they needed.

It'll be interesting. It always is.
12-15-2011 09:24 AM
IAmTodd So why can't I get keys for my car if they are still operating?
12-15-2011 08:31 AM
danbo313
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Originally Posted by JZW View Post
They have to legally supply parts for 7 years and maybe 10 and that is if they go completely bankrupt. There is enough cars on the road for aftermarket companies to make money too. Parts might be a problem until they either sell or go under, then parts should not be a problem, that is what I am guessing will happen,

John
From Inside Saab Q&A
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What happens to parts availability if Saab goes bankrupt?

Bear in mind that Saab has absolutely no intention of going bankrupt. This is a worst-case scenario question, but here goes……

Saab Automobile Parts AB (Saab Parts) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab Automobile AB responsible for the sales of Saab spare parts and accessories. It is important to note that Saab Parts, whilst being owned by Saab Automobile, is a separate company under law and is not part of Saab’s reorganisation. Saab Parts is a profitable and cash generating business.

The shares of Saab Parts are currently pledged to the Swedish government as security for the EUR 400m loan facility granted to Saab by the EIB. Under the security requirements from and controlled by the Swedish National Debt Office, Saab Parts operates under strict rules. i.e. it keeps its own accounts, it has minimum working capital requirements etc. If there were to be any future insolvency event, Saab Parts will continue to operate as an independent entity for many years supporting Saab customers with parts and accessories. "
12-12-2011 04:11 PM
aireeca
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Originally Posted by JZW View Post
They have to legally supply parts for 7 years and maybe 10 and that is if they go completely bankrupt. There is enough cars on the road for aftermarket companies to make money too. Parts might be a problem until they either sell or go under, then parts should not be a problem, that is what I am guessing will happen,

John
Well, that's good to hear.

I know right now that major service items - engines, trannies, etc. - are a situation where they have to call someone in to assess the issue. That and simple parts like shift knobs go on and off of back order.

I'm holding my breath on this one....I like the wagon but it might not be the best choice for an only driver.
12-12-2011 07:17 AM
eliteboi
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Originally Posted by IAmTodd View Post
Around October 2009 the dealer near my parents had 7 or so listed under $15k under sticker. My parents picked up the next to last one (last one with a sunroof) and worked them down even a little further.
Ya they pretty much where giving them away... Only reason I didn't bite was what they wanted to give me for my trade in.
12-12-2011 05:45 AM
IAmTodd
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The dealership at the time also had 3 Turbo X's all of which they where letting go for 8k under sticker (one of which was 6spd)
Around October 2009 the dealer near my parents had 7 or so listed under $15k under sticker. My parents picked up the next to last one (last one with a sunroof) and worked them down even a little further.
12-10-2011 04:44 PM
eliteboi Used Saab pricing is funny. Really, I mean two years ago, I almost bought a anniversary edition 9-3, with 17k miles for 14k and it was a CPO.

The dealership at the time also had 3 Turbo X's all of which they where letting go for 8k under sticker (one of which was 6spd)
12-08-2011 05:43 PM
JZW
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Originally Posted by saabkid37 View Post
With the 6 speed they do well, as you cam short shift, skip 2nd etc. I'd imagine the auto is crap tho
Have to say that I have been tuning these cars lately and I am impressed with them, the fwd is a little faster, but the awd is very nice and they handle well and the power is ok stock, but once you tune them up to 300bhp, they start to become a nice fun car to drive. If I did not have 5 Saab cars now, I would get one for sure, but I just do not have the room right now,

John
12-08-2011 05:39 PM
JZW
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Originally Posted by aireeca View Post
I might be pointing out the obvious here, but spending a lot of money on a car whose brand and parts availability may cease to exist within the next year may be a decision you need to re-think several times over.

I mean, what if you lose the keys to the car?
They have to legally supply parts for 7 years and maybe 10 and that is if they go completely bankrupt. There is enough cars on the road for aftermarket companies to make money too. Parts might be a problem until they either sell or go under, then parts should not be a problem, that is what I am guessing will happen,

John
12-08-2011 03:00 PM
danbo313 I snagged the one for $16770, got it for 16. Not bad seeing as kbb was over 21k. Very fun car, fun to drive. I'm getting 25.0 mpg with cruise set at 78. Sixth gear needs to be taller. 2750 @ 75.
10-06-2011 08:24 AM
IronJoe $21k located in Savannah, GA.

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10-04-2011 01:57 AM
bruceinmiami i sold my 05 escape ltd with 50k for $9k in 09iirc. it was near mint. i had to give it away the economy was in depression-level meltdown.

current pricing is so much higher than back then. i cant find any similar vehicle anywhere near that price. it sucks ass.
10-04-2011 01:51 AM
bruceinmiami
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They were selling brand new leftovers a bit over 1.5 years ago for $28k. I would not pay anywhere near $20k with 88k or $27k with 22k miles. NO.
the 09 meltdown provided a rare buyers market and those well-documented deals were a stone-throw away. the market for used cars now is absolutely sellers right now. and those turbo-x cars are super rare. i have never seen one (then again, apart from carlisle i never even seen a viggen). i agree w your assessment on an 88k example. but the 22k in the mid-$20s is about right - to anybody who must-have a turbox.

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Originally Posted by aireeca View Post
I might be pointing out the obvious here, but spending a lot of money on a car whose brand and parts availability may cease to exist within the next year may be a decision you need to re-think several times over.
agree completely. i wouldnt buy any saab right now if it meant spending >$20k
10-03-2011 07:03 PM
Hirsch I have just over 57K on my 07 9-3 SC Aero.

As you pointed out the power is decent and with Hirsch products now available in the US, the power is easy to increase. Plus with a Hirsch tune your speed limiter is raised to 155mph.

Yes, the clutch feels like a wet sponge, but you get used to it.

IMO, the Aero's ride is a little stiff, but it is a sport wagon.

I get between 26 and 28mpg on the highway at 72mph, 25mpg cruising at 75mph. My city mileage sucks, mainly because I have a lead foot and ball bearings in my ankle.

I went through rear brake pads at 26K, but that could be my fault. The second set has lasted longer, my fronts are still original.

I've haven't had to change the spark plugs yet, but as tight as the engine bay looks it doesn't surprise me.

I've had my coolant tank replaced twice. It doesn't split open, it leaks slowly at the seam. You might occasionally get a slight whiff of anti-freeze, but it doesn't leak puddles.

I take mine to Valvoline to get the oil changed, they're better equipped than I am.

Back seat is small, legroom being the main issue, but I had two friends in the back last week, one a 6+ footer who weighed probably 220lbs, he was more uncomfortable in the front seat. My kids, 3 and almost 8, have no complaints, even on road trips. However, both my wife and I are "average" sized. I'm 5'9" an she's 5'5", so we don't need a lot of room in the front.

The only issues I've had was a bad ignition switch which killed the battery, all replaced under warranty and the trim around the inside of the rear door window sags, it's been replaced several times. I finally stuck some super glue on it.
10-02-2011 04:59 PM
aireeca If you're looking at CPO'ed cars, be careful. Mechanical issues are a lot easier to get resolved at this point than poor-build-quality issues.
10-02-2011 02:29 PM
CiaoR32
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Originally Posted by saabkid37 View Post
anybody know what the factory warranty was on the 08's?
4yr./50k Basic
5yr./100k Powertrain
5yr./100k Roadside
3yr./36k Free Maintenance
10-01-2011 08:36 AM
IronJoe Certified Pre-Owned.
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