1982 SAAB 900 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America
Never again will I buy one of these pos!
Brakes replaced at 4000 miles and about every 10K miles thereafter!
Tranny went out at 45K miles and cost $3000 to replace.
Turbo blew at 58K miles.
Car overheated from day one! It didn't have A/C! The radiator was replaced several times and still the car overheated!
Battery was underneath the turbo! When you need to replace the battery, you've got to remove the turbo. VERY EXPENSIVE!
This car was in the shop more than it was out!
The DEPRECIATION on a SAAB is HORRENDOUS! Have you ever known anyone to be a repeat customer???
My friend bought a SAAB (SOB!!!) about a month before me, blew the tranny at 2000 miles (!) and called me up to tell me, "Don't buy one!" Mine was already ordered! I wish I would have just forfeited the $2000 deposit as the car depreciated from $16K to $1K in just 8 years!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th September, 2006
2nd Oct 2006, 06:53
If the radiator was replaced several times and it still overheated, it sounds like you have an incompetent mechanic. If it didn't work the first time, why should it work a second or a third?
2nd Oct 2006, 12:41
Yes I know plenty of repeat Saab customers. As far as depreciation goes, there are plenty of cars with far worse depreciation. By the way, how much do you think an 8 year-old vehicle that originally listed for $16,000 should be worth after 8 (apparently very hard) years?
It sounds like you drove your Saab like it was a Camaro, or perhaps because it was an import, like a Porsche.
Anyway, your experience is contrary to my own and to any Saab owner that I know personally (some who have gotten well over 200,000 miles of trouble free motoring from their cars, and have been repeat customers for a long, long, time).
3rd Mar 2007, 04:29
The battery is under the turbo, not great for long term battery life due to the heat. The battery can easily be removed without touching the turbo, a sixty second job. Sorry, but if your mechanic told you otherwise they were taking you for a ride.