Magazine article Medical Economics

Saab vs. Mercedes: How Much to Service and Repair?

Magazine article Medical Economics

Saab vs. Mercedes: How Much to Service and Repair?

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The Saab 900 is attuned to the beat of a different drummer in many ways, and service access is certainly one of them. I was impressed, for example, with the easy-aiming headlights: All it takes is a twist of two adjusting knobs to tweak the headlights so they shine precisely where you want them to, regardless of the load in the trunk. You learn about headlight aiming in the nicely illustrated owner's manual. The fuse box is intelligently located on the left end of the dash.

But I wasn't impressed with the flimsy jack; it's easy to reach but hard to use. Nor did I favor the amount of work it took to install the three spark plugs tucked away under a manifold. Equally foolish, I thought, is the method of releasing the gas-tank filler door if the electrical release fails. Instead of the simple emergency-release cable used on many cars, the Saab requires a knife and a special tool to release the bolts that hold the filler door. …

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