According to a leaked memo to Saab dealers obtained by Autoblog, the bankrupt automaker is ceasing all warranty coverage on its vehicles in North America.

The memo was sent out Monday following a Swedish court's approval of Saab's bankruptcy petition and – as we suspected – all new vehicles will be sold "as is."

The North American branch of Saab also is suspending the payment of new car, powertrain, emissions and parts warranties, along with recall campaigns, certified pre-owned coverage and no-charge maintenance programs. There's no telling if the suspension is a permanent action or simply a temporary one –Saab will likely need to sift through its bankruptcy proceedings before that picture becomes any clearer for consumers.

You can read the full text of the memo after the break.


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      SPG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      The National Dumbass Center has issued a Troll Warning for Autoblog.com
      SPG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saab Cars North America has suspended paying for warranty coverage for all its vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, says Michele Tinson, spokeswoman for SCNA, the Swedish carmaker's sales unit here. However, General Motors says it will step in and offer any warranty coverage remaining on Saabs made and sold under its ownership of Saab, which ended in February 2010. "If Saab is unable or unwilling to service the warranties in (North America), then General Motors is going to step in and take care of it" for cars sold before GM sold Saab to Spyker Cars, GM spokesman Jim Cain said this afternoon. "We're in the process of rolling that (information about warranty reimbursement) out to Saab dealers right now." By GM's estimate that will cover a majority of the about 48,000 Saabs on the road in the U.S. and 9,000 in Canada.
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SPG1
        That's good for people who bought one before 2/2010 but hopefully GM will step in in terms of parts availbility too.
      jeep02tj
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy crap! I feel bad for those Saab owners.
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing I didn't love the '11 I test drove yesterday!
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JonZeke
        I question anyone who truly "loves" a Saab. Saabs aren't even up to the standards set by the middle of the road offering in its class. Saabs have been sub-par for a while now.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does this mean the prices will fall through the floor?
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        You can already get a 9-5 2.8 for only $30 k. With this news it is likely to drop even lower.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        [blocked]
      pickles
      • 3 Years Ago
      Instead of pissing on Saab's virtues or vices, let's just feel a little for the current under-warranty owners of Saabs. It really sucks for them. Owners now have a real pain on their hands. I feel really bad for them. Warranty service is part of what you pay for when selecting a new car. Free service too- that was in the contract. Drivers are stuck with the financial burden and it's a bummer for them.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pickles
        This will suck even more for the dealers, factory workers, parts vendors, etc.
      bozaman
      • 3 Years Ago
      you had to see this one coming with all of the drama over the last couple of years, and the last 8+ months in particular. still, a really crappy situation for saab owners who had faith things would turn around.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      We've been getting calls at my work aaaaalllllll daaaaay long! At least at our dealership we'll be selling the cars with a aftermarket warranty won't be the same and all inclusive but its better than nothing.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        You shuold install a dumbass filter on your phone system. I can only imagine the number of idiots thinking they are going to get a new car for 5k.
          kevsflanagan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          I wish I could.. though we've been getting a lot of phonecalls of "I've heard the news today whats going to happen......." UGH!! I've given up and just started to say "We know as much as you do."
      juniorswa
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sad thing is one of my friends traded in his Mercury for a Saab last year. Talk about bad luck with car brands!
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      then suddenly I was in the market for a new saab convertible at the amazing one time ever 50% off sale...
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 3 Years Ago
      The real question for Saab owners is where are they going to find parts. I would think most of the main parts are common to other GM cars so you could get most things fixed but are there some Saab only parts that you have to go to a junkyard for now? Who in their right minds would pay even half the MSRP of a new 9-5 now?
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        Have you never owned a car that was out of production?
          Bob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bob
          Dump: It's not that different from many cars people buy, they just don't think about it. Even the "new" 9-5 isn't that new, and uses many GM mechanical bits. But people who make car parts like money. They will make parts if there is a market. And I'm sure some of the suppliers that supplied Saab are still trucking along, they can still produce parts. Saab doesn't actually make everything, or even much of anything, that goes into the cars they produce. It's something to consider before buying a new Saab, but it's not like the first time something breaks, your car is throw-away. For half the MSRP, you'd hardly be out of your mind to buy one if you like it. Personally I would be more concerned about the initial quality gamble. Most new cars have some defect or other. Warranties mean the manufacturer makes good on it, so you take the chance. But I'd hate to be the guy who has a transmission go out at 500 miles or something and be on the hook for it. But at the right price, these cars will certainly be compelling to some people.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sucks. Was hoping the 9-5 SportCombi would make it out, might have to go check out the sedan at dealerships.
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