As a vehicle manufacturer, it is well known that Saab makes some of the most well built cars in the world. One of the only issues with Saab vehicles is that after a certain amount of times, things tend to reach the need for repairs, which can actually turn out to be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid paying too much for replacement Saab parts, and it doesn’t have to a difficult experience in the least!
One of the biggest complaints from Saab owners is that many times you must order parts directly from the manufacturer instead of using third-party auto parts. These Saab parts can be extremely expensive – take for instance a small lightbulb that may end up costing you five times as much as you would imagine. This is one reason to stay away from ordering directly from the manufacturer, as there are other ways to go about finding Saab auto parts.
Your best bet if you’d like to avoid using third-party auto parts is to peruse local buy & sell guides and find a source where you might be able to find used parts manufactured by Saab. These will typically cost a fraction of the price of new ones, and will often times work just as well. Just be sure that you inspect the parts closely so that if there is any significant damage you can avoid making the purchase.
Your other option is to indeed use third-party parts, however this is no recommended by the manufacturer nor is it recommended by those who drive Saabs regularly. Saabs are very high-performance vehicles and their parts are manufactured specifically for this reason. Third-party parts may not be durable enough to hold up to Saab standards and may leave you in the dirt. At this rate, you may as well have bought a brand new set of Saab manufactured parts!
So before you go out and spend a fortune on Saab auto parts, talk to a few people and get a sense as to what steps you can take to avoid this.