SAAB 900 Review from Spain

1995 SAAB 900 S 2.2

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Calibra

Summary:

Unreliable

Faults:

Clutch cable has broken twice. Clutch disc had to be replaced at 70.000 Km. Oxygen sensor replaced at 80.000 Km. Both seat abatement cables had to be replaced at 60-8500 Km. Headlight lamps have failed on both sides at the same time (real neat when driving at night). Engine is very sluggish at low RPM. Poor fuel economy: 11Lt/100 Km (9.09 Km/Lt) Clutch is very hard to move, terrible in city traffic. Alternator does not charge battery well: have to change battery every two years. Gearshift lever handle broke in pieces at 85.000 Km. Steering wheel is crumbling at 100.000 Km. Light reflectors have tarnished and dimmed over time and are unsafe now. ABS light goes on erratically since 60.000 Km. Check engine light goes on and off every 5-6.000 Km. Steering shimmy at 120 Km/h since the car was bought, has never entirely improved even with change of tires, wheel balancing. It brakes well.

General Comments:

This car feels very unreliable. Things have deteriorated that can only be attributed to poor manufacturing quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th September, 2007

26th May 2009, 21:46

Saab is one of the most reliable cars out there. I have had a total of 6 Saabs. Most were bought old and from people who didn't do maintenance on them, and we drove them with no maintenance for a year or so we didn't even change the oil.

I have a Saab 900 I have posted on here actually right below yours. This star is still running after the deer accident and doesn't even sputter, I was backwards at 70 and my transmission works beautifully.

If not properly maintained any car with deteriorate, but Saabs will keep going as long as they can. My poor car has seen more accidents and poor maintenance, (I maintain it very well but previous owner didn't) than most, but still runs like a champ.

5th Nov 2009, 00:12

Maybe it's just the non-turbo four cylinder Saab 900s that are reliable, but it's almost 2010 and I'm driving a 1995 Saab 900s automatic convertible that I bought at an auction in Atlanta Georgia. I have driven this car to south Florida and back a few times since I bought it a year and a half ago. I haven't spent $1 on maintenance other than gasoline and oil changes. This car is smooth and powerful, but also fuel efficient. I probably won't get another Saab (overpriced), but the one I have is a keeper until it dies on me.

Average review marks: 3.8 / 10, based on 1 review