SAAB 900 Review from Hungary

1983 SAAB 900 Turbo Coupe 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired203000 kilometres
Most recent distance223000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Affection is not rational

Faults:

Oil was leaking from every gasket in the engine, the engine bay looked like the interior of an oil rig.

Minor electrical problems got the car stranded every few weeks - blown fuses, faulty contacts, intermittent and untraceable little annoyances that drove me mad.

Turbocharger failed - but that's OK at the age of 15, after all.

No mechanic could ever get it to idle smoothly, and it stalled regularly in Drive at standstill.

General Comments:

The three speed automatic gearbox is ridiculously low geared for a two liter turbocharged car. It had a red-line-limited top speed, which is pretty unusual.

It was an utterly unreliable car with huge maintenance bills and miserable fuel economy, still I just loved it.

It looked the part, it was quick enough and seemed to be a great car - when it worked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2002

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review