Maintenance

Fuber in their faces

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This just came up in another thread but it deserves its own.

"How do you make any money doing rideshare in a saab? I used to work at a dealer and they are expensive to maintain"

The brand of car doesnt matter. All cars are expensive to maintain at a stealership. Parts are not the issue. The issue is paying some greasy dumbass $80 an hour (on the low end) to do the work. Quote from my other post:

The people you are paying to fix your car are not rocket scientists. Most of them didnt even take a class. Do some research and learn how to change your oil, brake pads, spark plugs/ignition coils/wires, even suspension isnt hard with proper tools and youtube. And I'm not just talking to men, my wife can do everything I just mentioned and she's a delicate flower. Quit *****in about people robbing you when you keep going back for them to do it. The dealership is the worst place to go for repair and there really isn't a good mechanic shop either unless you know someone there...maybe a couple...but ive never found one.


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I didnt know shit about cars when I got my first saab. Then one day i got a flat tire. I called around and found a used tire in the right size for $25. When i pull up in the saab, the guy says "the cheapest tire i have for that car is $45." Funny how that works...so now i take my wheel (without the center cap) to have my tires mounted if im in a pinch and they cant tell me any bullshit. I got tired of people who knew less about my car than me getting rich off of half assed work. So i started tinkering. I now know both my saabs, my explorer, and a few friends cars inside and out.

If you need help go to youtube. Stop losing your hard earned money on stuff you can do quicker and probably better yourself. If youtube wont help, reply to THIS thread with pics and description of what you are trying to do and we will get it done. Maintenance should only be a time cost. Parts have monetary value. The guy's brain at the tire shop does not (at least not to me).

End rant.
 

freddieman

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Aren't u forgetting about tools, safe jack stand, time spent studying utube, cost running to parts store, etc, etc?

Simple things like changing engine n cabin air filter, light bulbs, topping off fluids is as far as I go. I would like to change my own oil though but I don't have good jack stand that I could trust to go underneath the vehicle. I value my safety over saving a few bucks.
 

Fuber in their faces

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A goot set of jack stands is cheaper than an oil change. Once you throw in an unneeded fluid flush, you are losing money (tools included) to not do it yourself. Complaining bout wrong shit again.
 

Fuber in their faces

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Time spent studying youtube...how much do you study a how to video? Start it 10 seconds before you start, and it costs you 10 seconds.

Cost running to parts store <= cost running to mechanic.

Wtf...
 

UberDez

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The saabs ive had have been some of the most reliable cars I've ever had as far as breaking down , however the random weird electrical behavior was pretty tough but I love Saab I've had 6 of them all great .
No harder to work on then any other car really . Alternator on a 95 aero was a pita but not awful
 

Fuber in their faces

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Brand of car doesnt matter...not sure why this was moved to vehicles forum when I meant it as general advice....i guess cuz i mentioned a brand nobody has...i think the mods just read that sentence and were like "oh this doesnt belong here"


Yea i have a 2000 95 aero im in the process of stripping to make a dirt/rally car out of...easy as cake to fix and parts are cheaper than my ford when bought from overseas...and usually shipping is free too.
 

UberDez

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Nice to see a fellow Saab guy I had a blow 002 and 2003 95 aero couple of 900s and a Viggen
 

Snowblind

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I salute you doing what you can to maintain your "Schlaaap".
:biggrin:
I don't know which year that Saab is but things are getting too complicated.
In my Case, I would need Mercedes Star Diagnostics Computer Tablet, which is a cool $10K plus $2500 per Year.
No way.
But I agree, we can do some stuff ourselves.
Oil change. (check out my Thread)
Airfilter Change
Cabin Filters.
Fuel Filters
Brakes (limited on mine)
Mods like replacing Head lights, Grills, etc.
Replace Interior parts.
Etc.
 

UberDez

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I salute you doing what you can to maintain your "Schlaaap".
:biggrin:
I don't know which year that Saab is but things are getting too complicated.
In my Case, I would need Mercedes Star Diagnostics Computer Tablet, which is a cool $10K plus $2500 per Year.
No way.
But I agree, we can do some stuff ourselves.
Oil change. (check out my Thread)
Airfilter Change
Cabin Filters.
Fuel Filters
Brakes (limited on mine)
Mods like replacing Head lights, Grills, etc.
Replace Interior parts.
Etc.

U can do Mercedes coding with an android phone and obd2 Bluetooth connector. Just have to buy a $30 app called Carly for Mercedes I use it on my Audi and BMW for everything. Not just a code reader full on coding very simple
 

UberDez

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LOL, I just knew you'd going to bring that up.
I actually have one:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NLQAHS/?tag=ubne0c-20

But you can only do a few very simple things with it.
Re-setting Service messages, look up codes, etc.
You cannot change things much though. It is pretty much a "read only" item.

ohh bummer I've never used it for Mercedes but on BMW you're able to do just about anything even coding injectors .
 

UberDez

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Yepp, Can't do anything with SRS or ABS or Steering.
I'm still learning though how to use it.

It's one of my favorite apps the control it gives me over my cars is amazing . Sorry it doesn't have more features for MB , I was in the market for a GL350 Diesel I may have to look into other Coding options as I prefer to do the majority of my work myself
 

Snowblind

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Hmm, The GL 350 BlueTec is gorgeous. But, unfortunately out of my Range.
Have you seen the Mercedes AMG GLE Coupe? OMG!

https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicles/class/class-GLE/bodystyle-CPE

Now that's gonna look nice in my Driveway:

2018-GLE-COUPE-AMG-CATEGORY-HERO-2-1-D.jpg


Where were we?
Oh, Saab maintenance.
 

Fuber in their faces

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Grr i wish id talked to you before i bought my vtuner.

...not saab maintenance...all mainetenance...i just said saab cuz thats what I got/prefer. That bmw app sounds cool as shit. Screenshots?
 
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