As previously reported, Saab has announced that it is ceasing all warranty coverage on its vehicles in North America in the wake of its official bankruptcy in its home country of Sweden. That's bad news for anyone who's purchased a vehicle from Saab here in the States expecting to receive a few years of warranty coverage, but Saab Cars USA CEO Tim Colbeck is hoping to offer a solution. Speaking to The Detroit Bureau, he said:

"We're committed to develop a way to handle warranties for all owners of 2010 and 2011 Saab models. [The goal is to] reinstate (warranty coverage) as quickly as we can."

That's all well and good, but there's currently no plan to actually make it happen. While both Saab Cars USA and Saab Parts, the company that provides spare parts for Saab vehicles, are both still in business, Colbeck says that his company cannot reimburse dealers for warranty work at this time. That means either the dealer or the customer will be stuck holding the bill.

In one bit of good news for some Saab owners, General Motors has announced that it will step up to the plate and provide warranty service for any vehicles built while it owned the Swedish marque. According to Consumer Reports, that means Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X models built before January 1, 2010, should be under warranty from GM until those warranties expire.


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      airchompers
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought some warranties were prescribed by law. I know for a fact that emissions systems in cars sold in California carry a manufacturer warranty, what will happen if Saab denies those warranties that they're compelled by law to offer?
        rtkewley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers
        California (or the relevant legal entity) sues Saab for non-payment of warranty claims...and gets in line with all the other creditors who will get pennies on the dollar, if anything. I'm not a lawyer, so that's just a semi-educated guess...
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      The curtain has closed, please throwout your popcorn as you exit.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        rtkewley
        • 3 Years Ago
        And take on all its' liabilities, only to gain a company that still does not have commercially viable products, and would therefore need additional hundreds of millions in product development? I'm betting you're not a business major...
      meccano
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM already poured billions into Saab over the past two decades trying to make the marque viable. It didn't work and they cut their loses and basically gave away the company. That weren't the first. Saab Aerospace dumped the car division a lifetime ago, which was followed by the ownership under the Wallenbergs (who don't own Sweden, but they own a pretty big chunk of it). Enter GM. There is no upside for GM investing further money in Saab. The only option was to find a co. in a country that had billions to invest & needed an inroad to selling cars in the West (e.g. the Chinese). The problem with that was (and remains) that Saab Automobiles owns none of the licenses and IP contained in their current product line (that is still owned by GM), they don't own the Saab name and the license to use it on automobiles won't transfer automatically to a new owner; the name "Saab" is owned by Saab Aerospace aka Saab AB and they are mighty tired of having their name tied to a failing automaker. That leaves a new world class factory (built and paid for by GM) that is totally unable to build any new cars. Oh, they don't own the land the factory is sitting on since they sold that to raise money to make payroll early in the year. Could it be any worse? What does that leave? Not much. Anyone who buys Saab isn't get right to manufacture any car in their current and future line up, they don't get the marque name Saab and they don't get the land the factory sits on. Not a great deal for anyone because even if all those things were included it would take billions to try a relaunch the brand again. There are a few scraps to be made to try and pay off a portion of their debt. There is some tooling they can sell, some limited IP and designs that GM doesn't own. An interesting part of the pie is one of the most advanced wind tunnels in Europe which was also a gift from GM worth at least 100 million dollars. Then their is the jewel in the crown - Saab Parts AB. There are 1.5 million Saabs on the road worldwide and keeping them running will be a good business for many years to come (albeit a declining one). Saab Parts AB has long been a money making operation and while they are currently affected by their parent's woes, they should be able to continue their business with some legal wrangling to separate them on paper from the bankrupt part of the co. They already have separate inventory, supply deals, contracts, revenue and credit that will (ultimately) be unaffected. Thinking about relaunching Saab Automobile is delusional at this point. Sorry. The world is less interesting without them and it is sad to see them go.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      SAAB's plans for warranty coverage have about as much substance as their current product lineup.
      thereelbill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another Saab story!
      capnbuzzy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Trouble with Swedish cars is that they tend to roll over when passing a German car on its way to Norway
      DANIEL K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meccano. You sound like a car basher, and may not even have a SAAB. Was GM good for Saturn? Hummer? Pontiac? Oldsmobile?? Think about it. DK
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw a 9-5 and 9-4x on the road recently, both drool worthy to me... I was scared of this though, so I didn't look at buying one. This is of SERIOUS concern! You CANT buy one with this news... Although I may now try...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        rtkewley
        • 3 Years Ago
        Interesting question, though it doesn't currently appear to be the case. Advertised prices appear to be about ten grand at most off leftover 9-5 Aeros, for example. In my view, that's not nearly enough incentive to buy. Of course, if you walked into a Saab dealer with cash in hand, who knows what they'd be willing to do. At $25k (half off), the Aero would be a compelling alternative, warranty or no...
      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda should have bought Saab. I'd like to see Accord with another stablemate besides Acura TL.
      BrunoT
      • 3 Years Ago
      And you thought Saab resale values were bad before.
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