SAAB 96 Review from Sweden

1975 SAAB 96 L 1.5 V4

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 V4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carLada 2103


If you have a toolbox - give it a try


Had to replace engine due to worn balance axle bearings.

Replaced gear box since the gears wouldn't engage when cold.

Radiator leaked.

Replaced just about every part of the brake system.

Have replaced three door handles (on a two door car).

Replaced wind screen after passenger seat's head rest crashed it.

Parking brake leaver broke.

Front muffler broke.

Fuel filling hose replaced.

One joint in front suspension replaced.

Floor, doors, all four fenders and some areas inside of the fenders have been welded.

A tiny valve located between cylinder head cover and carburetor got stuck and made the engine go very rough.

Replaced battery.

General Comments:

Although I have had to repair a lot of things this car has been almost totally reliable. Only failed me when the battery died and the battery was very old at this time.

Starts quickly and easily and is very comfortable unless riding on motorways.

Very noisy at speeds above 100 km/h.

Excellent road handling.

I love the steering column mounted gear lever.

My car makes people smile, especially when towing a camping caravan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th February, 2004

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review