1972 SAAB 96 1.5 V4
Both an obselete and timeless design
Two gearboxes. One failed rear bearing, one freewheel.
A couple of alternators wore out brushes - normal.
Various body areas needed welding. All doable.
Various very obscure stuff related to its very high mileage.
Great visibility. Great gear change. Looks good from every angle.
Great handling, especially on twisty country roads.
Plenty of space in front for 6 footers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2015
14th Mar 2015, 19:34
The lightly built and short geared transmission was originally designed for SAAB's 2 stroke engine, which was high-revving and didn't make much torque. The much larger 4 stroke V4 fitted to later model cars made way more torque than the old engine, and SAAB didn't have the money to design a stronger transmission.