1996 SAAB 900 SE 2.0
Fast, sexy, practical, high maintenance indulgence
Turbo at 142k.
Transmission at 150k.
Timing chain at 150k.
Struts at 160k.
Shifter cable at 170k.
Motor mount bracket at 170k.
Transmission mount at 170k.
Idler pulley & belt at 170k.
Blower motor connector at 175k.
Water pump at 172k.
Axle at 180k.
Radiator, fan hoses and temp sensor at 194k.
Radiator fan resistor at 210k.
Love it. Took a lot of TLC, but the performance, looks and hauling capacity are unparalleled. I hauled a 400cc motorcycle in the hatch, and with some mild mods I was pushing 220hp and blowing the paint off of Beemers and the like. Its distinctive style always made it stand out.
Handled like a dream. But again it did require constant attention. I wouldn't call it unreliable, considering the miles and the abuse of NYC streets and my lead foot. But I did almost all the work myself, otherwise it would have been bankrupted me. So if you can do the work yourself, go for it, otherwise I would stay away.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2013