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Update. Took a 1000-mile trip across the midwest. Averaged, 39.2 MPG! That was with AC running and cruise control set at ~70 mph. These cars just get better gas mileage as they age. Of special note, when driving around town, the gas mileage drops to ~24 MPG, maybe up to ~27MPG if driving it very gently. There is a note to pass along to prospective buyers. Changing the oil is a bear! The drain plug is behind the engine, which requires jacking up the car to reach the plug. Also, the oil filter is buried and requires a few bruised knuckles to get it out. Changing the air filter is not too difficult, although resetting the maintenance light is sometimes confusing, especially if you change your oil BEFORE the light comes on. (The maintenance light uses a number of inputs such as idle time, driving habits, etc. with a bit of magical math to give an estimation of when the oil needs changing. However it generally is close to 9K miles. In my opinion, that is too long even with synthetic oil.) The interior is holding up well, with only minor creaks developing, mostly in the drivers' seat. So far, no issues what so ever, at 29,XXX miles. Given the choice, I'd probably but another of these cars, although a wagon instead of the sedan, but not at the current prices. (Recall that prices were much lower when Saab didn't have an owner.) I think these cars are worth no more than $21K-24K new.Report it
Update: it's oct 2012 now and wife's Saab has almost 50k on it. Chose to replace stock pirelli ties at 45k, although could have probably gotten another 5000 miles out of them. The new tires make the car feel very smooth...kids love it. You give up a little on handling but comfort wins out. Car has been very reliable. Only issue was a burned out tail light. I couldn't find a replacement bulb at auto zone or oreillys so had to order a set from UK. (dealer had bulb for $12...bought 10 bulbs for $17 online). Interior seating surfaces look good. No major wear. Brake pads are still ok and engine is running smooth with synthetic oil changes every 5k-6k miles. Oem battery needed replaced during this summer, no doubt due to the searing temperatures. It was easy to pull out the old battery and put in the new one. Paint is holding up well, no problems.Report it
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