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#1 2016-05-06 13:51:27

saabgrrl
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Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

Looking for some opinions. In a few days I have my divorce mediation with my husband (his choice, not mine). By Tue 5/10/2016 I have to decide whether to which car to keep. I am trying to decide between a 2005 Saab 9-2x turbo base model with 50K miles or a 2008 Toyota ForeRunner base model with 100K miles (does have roof rack and tow hitch). The Saab has not had the timing belt replaced. It is doing fine now, but I know that this is a known repair that I will need to tackle. So here are my questions

1) I would like to keep the car that will cost me the least amount of money in buyout and repair costs for the amount of miles that it will give me in the future.  My husband will charge me $5.4K for the Saab or $10.5K for the Toyota. Given the type of cars they are, the years/miles they have, potential repair/maintenance costs, and how many miles they are expected to run, which do you feel is a better value for a soon to 'fixed income' woman?

2) How much do you think it will cost to fix the timing belt and about how many miles does that become an issue

Note I like to paddle board and to kayak so I need a car that can hold things. The Toyota already can as it has a roof rack and a tow hitch. I think the Saab could with a roof rack??

We also have a 2006 BWM Z-4 that he would charge me 11K for, but I don't think that is a very practical car for me to keep.

Thanks ahead of time for your insight.

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#2 2016-05-06 14:30:20

mbandi
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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

You are going to get varying opinions about this like you did about the value of the Saab in your last thread. I would forget the Saab because they do not hold their value at all. The Toyota will hold its value a lot better. Even with high miles, the Forerunners hold their value.

The timing belt should have already been done based on time factor, not mileage. Should not wait on that. It's not a bad job to do for those who are familiar with them. As a rule however, they are a little pricey to get done at a repair shop. That depends also on whether you have all the idlers, tensioners, and water pump replaced at the same time. I imagine you are looking at $500-$1000 depending on where you have it serviced.

Hope this helps

MB

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#3 2016-05-06 15:51:06

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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

The saab is basically overdue for it's timing belt based on age.

It's a lower roof line and a ton easier to deal with a kayak or whatever up top.  I hauled by 14 ft boat all around on mine.

I have 200k miles on my saabaru.  It's a pretty good choice, but won't have the same room that a SUV would.


Do you have a preference that isn't based totally on finances?

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#4 2016-05-06 17:29:09

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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

i WOULDN'T LISTEN TO EITHER OF THE ABOVE JAG BAGS SINCE THEY BOTH INAPPROPRIATELY USED "IT'S" WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN "ITS."

cLEARLY THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEIR TALKING ABOUT. hAHA, YOU THOUGHT YOU OUTSMARTED ME WITH MISUSING "THEIR!"

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#5 2016-05-07 01:01:42

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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

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#6 2016-05-07 07:44:26

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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

iamchris wrote:

i WOULDN'T LISTEN TO EITHER OF THE ABOVE JAG BAGS SINCE THEY BOTH INAPPROPRIATELY USED "IT'S" WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN "ITS."

cLEARLY THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEIR TALKING ABOUT.

Ignore this Jag Bag. He misused "their" when he should have used "they're" (and he isn't as smart as he thinks)  biggrin


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#7 2016-05-07 13:43:41

saabgrrl
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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

My preference is the car that will cost me the least in the long run... in otherwords what I pay for the car and what I have to pay in repairs over the life of the car vs how many more miles I can get out of the car

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#8 2016-05-07 19:43:02

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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

Do the timing belt yesterday if either of you plan on keeping the car. Our shop price is 7-800 for the job with new Gates/Conti components. I imagine the 50k  92x is in better shape than the Yoda with double the miles, your struts, power steering pump and rack, ball joints's and bearings should all be in good shape. You may run into age related repairs- cracked hoses/ radiator, dry bushings, fluids, belts. Overall cost of components and labor is similar for both cars.

You can mount or tow almost anything with your Saabaru. Downside is less cargo room, but I despise SUV's.
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#9 2016-05-09 00:29:46

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Re: Value 2005 Saab vs 2008 Toyota

Scargo wrote:

iamchris wrote:

i WOULDN'T LISTEN TO EITHER OF THE ABOVE JAG BAGS SINCE THEY BOTH INAPPROPRIATELY USED "IT'S" WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN "ITS."

cLEARLY THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEIR TALKING ABOUT.

Ignore this Jag Bag. He misused "their" when he should have used "they're" (and he isn't as smart as he thinks)  biggrin

biggrin Got me good!

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