I have heard so many arguments on the
subject of maintenance. Some people argue that nothing more then
what is in their Saab owners manual is needed. I don't think this
is always true. You may find in your manual it says you can go up
to 10,000 miles before you change your oil. Well... you can and
I've seen people go even further. However, this is not what I advocate,
I don't think of my Saab as "disposable". An average person
buys his car, drives it for 3-5 years, maybe puts 80,000 miles on
it, and trades it in while putting as little maintenance into it
as possible in order to keep his factory warranty. However, we are
not average we are Saab Drivers. What you see in your owners manual
is a minimum. I'm not interested in just doing the "minimum"
I would like to keep my Saab in perfect shape. I have made up a
list of stuff I do on my car and they are all things you can do
in your own garage or have a tech do for a reasonable amount of
First thing is I change my engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000
miles depending on how I've been driving. If I've been doing a lot
of freeway trips I'll go to the 5k mark. Usually I do city driving,
living in San Francisco my car spends a lot of time running but
not putting on miles. This is why I go as low as 3k, so you have
to evaluate your own driving habits.
During the oil change I have a regiment I adhere to - I
always use Saab filters. I know there are quality aftermarket filters,
but make sure you know what you're getting. While doing the service,
I also (with a turkey baster) syphon most of the fluid in the power
steering, brake and coolant reservoir and refill with fresh fluids.
This is not in place of changing the fluids, I just like to get
a little booster inbetween changes. Other things to check are: tire
pressure (don't forget the spare), lights, trans fluid level, brake
pads, tires, cv boots, wipers/ washer, and lube door hinges. This
can be done for under 20 dollars and a Saturday afternoon once every
3-4 months - not bad.
I usually put about 12k a year on the 9000. Saab suggests
changing fluids at a greater interval, but I do it once a year.
I change the trans fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake
fluid (if you don't know how to bleed brakes bring it to a mechanic).I
also at this time change my spark plugs or at least regap them if
they still look good. Other items I change are the fuel filter(always
use new seals), tail bulbs and the fresh air filter for the heater/Air
con. At this time I inspect the engine air filter and blow it out
with compressed air or replace if needed. You can do this for about
100 dollars. Once a year you hardly notice it in your budget, but
your Saab sure will have a longer life.
Of coarse, this is all on top of what Saab recommends and
not in replacement. These type of things are what lead to driving
your car into the 200,000k plus mile range. Now, your driving habits
will vary from mine but adjust these types of items with the model
you have, and you will have an above-average maintenance schedule
of your own
is meant to educate a consumer,or as a guideline for professionals.
You can cause serious damage to your vehicle and/or cause yourself
injury. Only those qualified should attempt repairs. I do my best
to assure that the above info is correct but take no responsibility
for any damages incurred.)
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