I have a 2006 SAAB 97x with 100,600 miles. It is a rebadged Chevy Trailblazer/Envoy vehicle. It was my first venture into a “domestic” vehicle and after a 11mos, i an thinking of selling it. In short. I love the car, while gas mileage is not exceptional, the vehicle is sporty, low, wide, comfortable, rare and i get lots of complements. A real cool guy SUV. Im not cool so i enjoy the attention.
The problem is that I have had to take it to the dealer like 5 times, in 11 mos. for a variety of maladies and my wife is concerned that maybe we should be rid of it before something big happens (tranny/engine). My extended warranty lasts until January 2012. Major Repairs in my 11 mos of ownership (Fuel sending unit, $500. stabilitrak kicks in on dry pavement, ($150 but did not fix and), wheel bearing ($400+), rough idle/freeway cruise (cannot fix). other assorted items some of which could not be fixed. I also notice that it can burn qt of oil every 1000 to 1200 miles which seems high but the dealer says is “normal”.
By contrast, I have owned like 4 toyota’s , a honda, and a nissan with similar miles and have never had these constant types of issues. I have owned my 2006 avalon and have only put tires, brake pads in 3.5 yrs of ownership.
Am i being paranoid, I just want to avoid some marital discord because if this thing blows an engine, or some other big 4 figure repair, i am screwed big time at home… also, I am upside down on the vehicle 3 to 4k in part because i bought an extended warranty for it … (BTW, they haven’t paid for squat)!!!