SAAB 900 Review from Denmark

1984 SAAB 900 Turbo 16 2.0 turbo 16

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo 16 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance331000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000


Classic turbo motoring


Well, the car wasn't exactly new when I got it, however, only few things have gone bad.

New cooler due to leak.

Central locking motor in drivers door.

Wash/wiper contact refuses to work now and then.

Leather seat - stitches have given up now on drivers seat.

Ventilation of cold air feeble, maybe due to disconnected air con.

General Comments:

Very good performance from 175 hp turbo engine.

Economy fair (10 - 11 liters per 100 km - mixed driving)

Very comfy leather seats with heating.

Big manual sunroof, however, better wind deflection would have been nice.

Roomy boot approx 600 liters of space, 1200 liters when You fold the rear seats.

Good driving position with height adjustable seat - remember it's a 1984 car..

Nice dashboard - clear and visible instruments. Big rugged push contacts.

Excellent overtaking power from turbo engine - motorway cruising a breeze.

Rather noisy though, much more than 9000 Turbo - obviously targeted at a "sports car" audience. You can clearly hear the Turbo whine.

Handles OK, but with a rather hard suspension. Initially I thought the dampers needed changing. :)

The cabin holds 5 people well.

All in all I recommend the car - but as always be aware of rust. This model is vulnerable in the doors and the rear hatch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review