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I am looking at a Saab 9-5 Arc with turbo; a 2002 with 61,000 miles on it. Soon to be college grad with limited budget in the following years. Car has never been in any accidents, but I was wondering with so many miles if the car is due for some engine or expensive maintenance? I\*m worried with a few more thousand miles I\*ll need to do some kind of big maintenance to it and I\*m worried about the cost. Also, am I able to bring it to any mechanic to get it fixed or only a dealership? And must I use premium gas in it? Any information you can give me on approximate maintenance necessities and cost would be great. Thanks!

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Dear Lauren, Have you every heard of the saying, When you own a SAAB, you sob a lot. Another SAAB saying is, you shouldn't own one unless you have DEEP POCKETS. Now if you had a good income instead of a limited budget, owning a SAAB is a really fun thing. When this European Touring Sedan breaks, it will cost you. Everything about a SAAB cost more then say a Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Honda, ect. At 60,000 miles the vehicle will be due for some service. Along with more Turbo power, you also get more specialized parts that cost a lot when and if they break. No, you don't need to take it to the dealer for repairs or service work, but you do want to make sure you find a shop that specializes on this vehicle. This is also true of any make and model you purchase. You want someone working on it who knows the ins and outs of that vehicle. I highly recommend that as long as you are on a "limited Budget" you think about purchasing a more economical vehicle. (Say a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic) Best of Luck, Amy Mattinat

Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley I am currently driving a 2003 Saab 9-5 with 128,000 miles. The car will last a long time if you service it properly. The average annual cost should be $1200-$1500, this includes, services, brakes, tires and general maintenance. Has the 60,000 mile service be completed, if not have the seller do that. Use premium gas for better engine performance. Change the oil every 3-5000 miles. The car is no longer under factory warranty so you can have the worked performed by a qualified mechanic. Make sure the mechanic has worked on many Saab's before. If the mechanic has no experience with Saab repair, find someone new. Ask the seller if you can have the car checked by your mechanic before you buy it. Good Luck!

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