Teams: Portugal, Sporting
MY Saab was a 93. I loved the car, but heaven help me it was worst friggin money pit I ever owned.
Like you, I loved the handling and power, the general feel of the car, and of course the looks. I even liked some of its quirkyness, but when things started to go on it in the fourth year......it was an utter nightmare.
Nothing electrical could be counted on. I would no sooner have a headlamp, the radio, or the interior lights fixed - then they would short out again. My wife took the car for her road test when she was getting her license, and the seat heater burned itself out and almost lit the back seat on fire! Smoke was pouring out while the Ministry official was in the passenger seat.
I babyed that car like a mother hen, and all it ever gave me was grief after the fourth year. I don't know if Audi is more reliable in the long run, but it can hardly be less. Even the mechanic I took it too, (he does nothing but Saabs), admitted that though he loved them, he does not keep one as his main transportation.
So, if you're leasing, maybe the Saab can be considered, but I would NEVER buy one again. It soured me on cars so much that I now drive a HONDA!!! Boring, but dependable.
Let me add that Rick, (the mechanic), also admitted that these type of problems were continuing right up through the more recent model years. I remember seeing one guy storm into Rick's place, livid because the windows weren't working after 3 repairs in as many months. His car was just off the warranty.
Last edited by Tinto; January 21st, 2003 at 04:11.