Saabs Don’t Age Well

One of the smartest things I’ve ever done, was to pay a little extra for Certified Pre-Owned status on my used 9-3, which more or less just extends the warranty. For an extra $1500 or so, I’ve received more than double that amount in parts and labor over the past 2 years.

So, on thursday, I dropped the 9-3 off in Framingham so they could replace the Water Pump, which was going bad. Look at the piece of crap they gave me as a loaner:

chevy aveo

Later that afternoon, I received a call from the service department, saying that I also had a blown head gasket… great. That’s not good. So, they keep it overnight, and I don’t hear anything all day friday… so, I call them up, and they ask to keep it until monday, because they hadn’t finished up the job. All the while, I’m riding around in a tin-can american car, with no power-windows, no Fast-Lane, and it’s bright-cherry-fucking-red.

So, today (monday), I call them up, and they tell me that they can’t get good oil pressure. WTF? And they want to replace the engine’s short block… which is a huge job. I can’t figure out what the hell happened, but I’m getting to the point where I can’t wait until the day when I don’t have to rely on a car every day of my life.

Mr. Yovanoff sold his 9-3 on eBay this week… but, he now gets to walk to work.

2 Responses to “Saabs Don’t Age Well”


  • Oh god – could they have given you a worse loaner? Did you do something to piss those guys off?

  • Perhaps they gave you an Aveo because SAAB is a General Motors company, just like Chevy. (GM).

    I haven’t had an equivelent loaner car ever… mostly Geo Metro’s and Ford Focus’. The last time I got a loaner, Enterprise came to pick-me-up in an Infinity, and I thought it was my lucky day… only to be driven back to the rental car place to drive home in an Altima (which wasn’t that bad).

    That Aveo’s paint is pretty nasty, though.

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