SAAB 96 Review from Netherlands

1979 SAAB 96 GL 1.5 V4

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 V4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carAutobianchi A112


An instant classic!


Gearbox replaced, old one was quite worn, changing from 3 to 4 became a risky operation with a good chance of ending up in neutral.

Clutch pressure plates replaced.

Some corrosion near the left rear wheel, welded.

General Comments:

Design is exceptionally aerodynamic.

It handles very accurate and the acceleration won't let you down.

The driver's seat is heated!

Very comfortable suspension.

You should hear the typical V4 engine sound!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2003

17th Jun 2003, 10:55

The engine sounds "RADDABLOOOOM!!! Rooba looba rooba looba rooba looba... RADDABLOOM!!!" :-)

But the cW is just 0.35, which is very good! Can be compared with cars designed in the 80:s, not in the 40:s like the SAAB 92-96...

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review