Picking up a "bangernomics" Saab - Crazy idea? - boards.ie
Boards.ie uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more x
Post Reply  
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
27-02-2012, 11:30   #1
Sleepy
Sleep Comes Tomorrow
 
Sleepy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Clontarf
Posts: 17,758
Picking up a "bangernomics" Saab - Crazy idea?

So, I'm getting married next year and the other half is insane about Saabs (early 9-3's and older).

Renting a wedding car is gonna cost 3/400 for something nice for the day so I've been wondering: would I be better off trying to pick up a 900/93 for a grand or so and either keeping it for a few months and flipping it relatively quickly or just running it into the ground?

I'm assuming a Saab's running costs would be high given that they're big (in Irish terms) petrol engines, high tax band and guessing they're expensive enough to maintain so not a great "bangernomics" car.

Any thoughts? (other than that my other half has strange tastes: how many girls would want a Saab over a vintage roller? Then again, it's kind of a given since she's marrying me!)
Sleepy is offline  
Advertisement
27-02-2012, 11:35   #2
E39MSport
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3,596
Sounds a bit excessive (buying for a one off use).

See what Hertz etc have in stock.

If you are going for it then do your homework - there are a few things to look out for - been commented on here before.
E39MSport is offline  
27-02-2012, 11:37   #3
Sleepy
Sleep Comes Tomorrow
 
Sleepy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Clontarf
Posts: 17,758
I think I'll be about due to change the car then anyway (currently driving a very cheap Corolla that's approaching 200k) and the thought was more that rather than spending 300 to rent something, put that towards the cost of getting something else...
Sleepy is offline  
27-02-2012, 13:40   #4
wonski
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 3,962
Good to know I am not the only crazy one. This year my insurance for 2litre turbo saab (over 180hp) would be around 400E, so i am tempted to drive proper car. Tax isn't much of an issue (what i save on insurance, pay to the taxman), reliability and maintenance costs may be higher, but with my mileage(10-12k miles/year), i dont think it is big risk. Nice idea, lot of them on donedeal at the moment, and hope to pick one up very soon. Are you looking for coupe, or saloon? You may consider yourself very lucky to met women insane about this kind of car. Lucky you.
wonski is online now  
Thanks from:
27-02-2012, 14:14   #5
Sleepy
Sleep Comes Tomorrow
 
Sleepy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Clontarf
Posts: 17,758
I'd like a coupé but with 2 kids I think a 4 door saloon would probably make more sense.
Sleepy is offline  
Advertisement
27-02-2012, 14:44   #6
freestyla
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Dublin
Posts: 1,041
If found one under 1000eur with NCT and low milage, why not buy it.

This is 650eur
Milage 64k
NCT
http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/cars/2870215
freestyla is offline  
Thanks from:
27-02-2012, 17:04   #7
Sleepy
Sleep Comes Tomorrow
 
Sleepy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Clontarf
Posts: 17,758
It's a bit early for me, wedding's not until Feb 2013 but that's pretty much the idea: buy her close to the wedding and sell her within 6-12 months of it at as low a loss as possible resulting in the use of the car for the few months being rougly the same price as it'd have been to rent something!
Sleepy is offline  
27-02-2012, 17:11   #8
Anan1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 22,160
I think the idea's sound, but it'll be critical that you find the right car. Here's another one with potential - a 9-5 this time: http://www.driving.ie/usedcars/index...01205206806343
Anan1 is offline  
Thanks from:
27-02-2012, 19:52   #9
bazz26
Registered User
 
bazz26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Co. Limerick
Posts: 25,442
Saab 9000 - €650


http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/cars/2995231
bazz26 is offline  
(2) thanks from:
Advertisement
27-02-2012, 20:14   #10
Limerick man
Moderator
 
Limerick man's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Luimneach
Posts: 21,540
if you don't know what you're looking at for have some one with you that does, don't bother.
Limerick man is offline  
28-02-2012, 09:32   #11
Sleepy
Sleep Comes Tomorrow
 
Sleepy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Clontarf
Posts: 17,758
Oh, I'd intend to get a mechanic friend to take a look at anything before I handed over cash.

Suppose I was mainly looking to see if anyone had positive experiences with a Saab as a bangernomics car. Most of the time I see it being done, it's with cheaper to maintain marques like Toyota etc.
Sleepy is offline  
28-02-2012, 10:28   #12
RoverJames
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 23,179
As well as buying it getting it ship shape for the day (fairly detailed valet required and you'll probably not have time to do it yourself) might cost a few quid too, as well as having to by a fairly minty one. Seems quite a bit of hassle to save €300 tbh.
RoverJames is offline  
28-02-2012, 12:52   #13
Sleepy
Sleep Comes Tomorrow
 
Sleepy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Clontarf
Posts: 17,758
Oh, believe me, I'll be valeting myself!

The point isn't so much to save €300 as to get better use out of the spend
Sleepy is offline  
Post Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Remove Text Formatting
Bold
Italic
Underline

Insert Image
Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text
 
Decrease Size
Increase Size
Please sign up or log in to join the discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Share Tweet