SAAB 900 Reviews from Netherlands

1988 SAAB 900 i 2.0 8 valve

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 8 valve Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo Alfasud 1.5

Summary:

A very reliable and extremely good looking car

Faults:

200.000 km: leaking head gasket.

210.000 new rear brakepads. Since then the brakes made a ticking sound when I braked. The mechanic (a SAAB master technician) could not find the reason, but solved it by greasing some parts and then the problem disappeared temporarily.

The failing dashboard light was repaired in 2000. But after about a year the light failed again. A costly repair.

General Comments:

In general it was a decent well-performing and reliable car. However, a bit old-fashioned and not as big on the inside as you would think looking from the outside. Now I drive a 9000 CSE and it's a BIG difference, not only in interior size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2001

23rd Jan 2002, 09:51

I also had a ticking noise, it was more constant and only disappeared when I accelerated. Never got around to greasing, instead the CV joint exploded and left me stranded, quick and cheap to replace and now going well.

17th Feb 2006, 14:22

Had mine for 270000km now, only changed the clutch and some minor problems as broken heater knob and other minor things. Still goes like stink, and the looks are very, very nice indeed... this is a great value for money second hand car.

1988 SAAB 900 2.0i

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0i
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Since September 1998:

The dashboard lighting goes on and off. Not during driving but when you start the engine the light won't turn on. Using a pair of pliers and some force applied it will work for a day or two. Then the whole thing starts again. Pretty annoying at times but very expensive to repair.

I once lost the belt for the power steering somewhere on the highway and did not notice it before I had to make sharp turn. You can imagine the surprise. Next day it was fixed for free!

The car gets its service every 20000 kms which costs about 750 NlG (375 USd).

General Comments:

You just gotta love 'em those 900's. This one's grown on me in time and the next car will certainly be a SAAB 900 again although the last time I drove the new model 900 I thought it didn't feel as good as the old ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews