SAAB 99 Review from Denmark

1983 SAAB 99 GL 2.0 H-engine

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 H-engine Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Most recent distance199000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap repair when something goes wrong

Faults:

The clutch has been rebiuld for about three years ago. It had sometimes been very difficult to start the car in the winter time. I had therefore got a new ignition and a engine heater. The other repair to this car has only been standard services.

General Comments:

The car is not that fast from 0-100 km/h, but when drives about 80-100 km/h on the road in the highest gear, it's going fast up to 140 - or 160 if you want:-) It is not that good in fast corners, because the front of the car weight about 61 % of the cars weight. But the SAAB 99 goes nearly like a train on rails, when you drives on a long straight road. The economy is up to about 35 miles/Gallon, so that is pretty nice, but only about the half in the city. The Cw of the car is 0,37, so it not as aerodynamic as the mostly new cars from today. The model from 1983 weight 1025 kg, so it's not that heavy what it's look like. But it's also a pretty save car to drive in. It has for example plate brakes both rear and in the front. Remember: It's produced since 1968, so it's design may look a bit oldish for a lot of people. The last model 99 was made in 1984 with break free ignition, so I with go for one of the latest models if I was you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2003

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review