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Several years ago I bought a Saab 900 SE Turbo convertible...

  • blessedcock

    It was more than I wanted to spend, but man it was sweet. It had all the bells and whistles and handled like a dream. Man, that turbo engine was smooth, so smooth that if I wasn't careful I'd look down and be doing over 90 without knowing it. Soon after I purchased it, however, I began to realize that only three people in Charlotte worked on Saabs, so maintenance and repairs were difficult and extremely costly. Additionally, it seemed every time I turned around the darn thing was in the shop for something and I NEVER got out of there for less than $400 no matter what was wrong. Frequently, the repair bills were MUCH higher and over time increased in frequency. I got to the point where I hated that car; it was bleeding me dry. Yeah, it drove great WHEN it ran, but more often than not it didn't run. Eventually, I unloaded the car for about 1/10 of what I paid for it. I replaced it with a 7 yr old 4Runner with 122K miles that I cost less than 1/3 of what that Saab cost. I've had that 4Runner for 5 years now, and other than minor maintenance, I've never had one problem out of it. No, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of that Saab, but it runs like a charm and is beyond dependable. I wouldn't part with my 4Runner for double what I paid for it 5 years ago.

    The moral to this story is this: things are not always as they seem. Flash and glitz may LOOK great, but be of little substance. Just b/c you pay a PREMIUM for something doesn't mean that it's the BEST fit for you and your circumstances. You see, it's not about what you pay; it's about value, what you get for what you pay. I say we let our Hall of Fame Head Coach and our AD who have led us into prosperity make the decisions they believe are best for our university and our football program. I say we let them determine the value they are receiving in return for the compensation they are offering. If it turns out they've erred, they will be held accountable. If they're right, however, they've been good stewards of what they've been entrusted and we will all reap the rewards. I say we give them the benefit of the doubt. They get paid to make these decisions; we don't...

  • SCarcock

    I think we would rather have 9 Mercedes if possible. Toyotas give up too many big plays.

  • blessedcock said... (original post)

    It was more than I wanted to spend, but man it was sweet. It had all the bells and whistles and handled like a dream. Man, that turbo engine was smooth, so smooth that if I wasn't careful I'd look down and be doing over 90 without knowing it. Soon after I purchased it, however, I began to realize that only three people in Charlotte worked on Saabs, so maintenance and repairs were difficult and extremely costly. Additionally, it seemed every time I turned around the darn thing was in the shop for something and I NEVER got out of there for less than $400 no matter what was wrong. Frequently, the repair bills were MUCH higher and over time increased in frequency. I got to the point where I hated that car; it was bleeding me dry. Yeah, it drove great WHEN it ran, but more often than not it didn't run. Eventually, I unloaded the car for about 1/10 of what I paid for it. I replaced it with a 7 yr old 4Runner with 122K miles that I cost less than 1/3 of what that Saab cost. I've had that 4Runner for 5 years now, and other than minor maintenance, I've never had one problem out of it. No, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of that Saab, but it runs like a charm and is beyond dependable. I wouldn't part with my 4Runner for double what I paid for it 5 years ago.

    The moral to this story is this: things are not always as they seem. Flash and glitz may LOOK great, but be of little substance. Just b/c you pay a PREMIUM for something doesn't mean that it's the BEST fit for you and your circumstances. You see, it's not about what you pay; it's about value, what you get for what you pay. I say we let our Hall of Fame Head Coach and our AD who have led us into prosperity make the decisions they believe are best for our university and our football program. I say we let them determine the value they are receiving in return for the compensation they are offering. If it turns out they've erred, they will be held accountable. If they're right, however, they've been good stewards of what they've been entrusted and we will all reap the rewards. I say we give them the benefit of the doubt. They get paid to make these decisions; we don't...

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  • What happens when premium turns out to be flash, glitz and substance. My 10 year-old Saab 95 with a 145k miles runs like a champ with no problems. Knock on wood.

  • blessedcock

    usafacock said... (original post)

    What happens when premium turns out to be flash, glitz and substance. My 10 year-old Saab 95 with a 145k miles runs like a champ with no problems. Knock on wood.

    I'd say based on my experience you've been fortunate, should count your blessings, and get out while the getting is good. But that's just my $.02...