Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 21:14:29 GMT
From: "Cary E. Jenson" <caryjnopsamphia.net>
Subject: Re: 2000 9-3 -- is the extended warranty worth the cost?


Victor, I just took possession of a 2003 9.5 and declined the extra warranty. In US the factory warranty is good for 4 yrs, 50,000 mi. The extra warranty kicks in after that and lasts for as many miles and years as you are willing to pay for. To me the extra warranty (say 2 yrs and another 50,000) is very expensive. Remember, that normal wear and tear are not covered so things like brake calipers might not be covered. I figured that the ext. warr. is a form of insurance. Saab has done their home work and figured that most people will not need or use the extra coverage or not need it enough that Saab will make a profit. So, I placed my bet that repairs after 50K miles will not exceed the cost. You have to figure that if Saab wasn't certain that they would come out ahead (and owners come out loosing) they wouldn't offer it. Having said that, peace of mind is worth a lot. And, if the extra warr. gives you peace of mind, and you never use it, perhaps its worth it. Cary Maine, USA "Viktor Haag" <vhaagnopsamnet> wrote in message news:1zk7bldfjw.fsfnopsamrun.rim.net... > > As a long-time Saab owner (I owned both a used 99 and 9000, both > with considerable mileage on them, before my current 9-3, which > I've owned from new), I know all too well what expenses > maintenance can run up, especially when major parts start to go. > > So my question is: is it worth to purchase an extended warranty > on my Saab from the dealer? It looks like, for an extra 4K > Canadian, I can cover the vehicle for an extra two years or > 40,000km (up to 120,000km). > > Is this worth the price? Should I attempt to negotiate the price > downwards (from what position can I bargain, though, I wonder)? > > Or would I be better off sticking that four grand in a term > deposit and paying for problems if and when they occur? > > I'm just thinking that between 90 and 120K km things like exhaust > manifolds, wheel bearings, brake calipers, A/C system, and other > exciting (and expensive) parts can start to fail (at least they > did on my 9000), and that starts encouraging me to think that the > extended warranty might be a good idea. > > -- > Viktor Haag : Software & Information Design : Research In Motion > +--+ > "Mmmmm look at me! Mr. Balance!"

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