In my continuing saga to find a reliable car in my price range, I came across a 2001 Saab 9-3 with 138,000 miles for $1,800.00. I thought this was “a steal” as the seller proclaims, but then I looked up the book value on KBB and found out that in “Good” condition, the base model has a book value of $1,200.00, and the SE model is at $1,510.00.
When I compare this with a 2001 Honda Civic LX with the same mileage which has a book value of $3,141.00, it makes me wonder what is driving the value down on the Saab (which has 70 more HP than the Civic)?
In researching problems, the two main ones that I see are the failure of the ignition cassette, and sludging from not following the oil change intervals. Is there something else that is scaring people away from them, rightfully or not? Are they a lot more expensive to maintain than most cars, and are parts hard to come by?
By the way, for those who may have read my other thread on another car that I am considering, I’m still waiting to hear back from the seller on that one.