1983 SAAB 900 GL 2.0 from Sweden
Saab 900 1983-1988 is the best car ever made, and the most service friendly I know
I replaced the transmission as almost all 900s have a failure in the gears on their 5 gear models after about 200000 kilometers.
In my case the second would not engage and the fifth jumped out of gear.
At the same time I changed the clutch and all parts in the front, including brakes, sealing, links drive shafts, and had the steering adjusted.
In Sweden this runs up to a total of around $1000, and as I helped the mechanics do it, his payment was $200.
It took some 5 hours to do it, and that is why I love 900 Saab. In an hour you have a running car stripped from engine, and have all parts on the floor, and it is so easy that I did it myself when I was 25 in my fathers backyard, using only a homemade wooden construction to attach the lifting device.
To put it back after service is easier if you have a hydraulic lifting device, or a chain type, since you have to level the engine to make it fit.
But having said that, anyone can change an engine with transmission in a day or so all by himself!!!
That saves money.
In Sweden there are a lot of used parts at low prices, and the Saab 900 is as standard as it gets.
This is a safe and comfortable car, and if not for the strange back, which makes its loading capacity lower, it is the best car I ever had.
The engine is never a problem, but the transmission is always. You can count on having it replaced every 200000 kilometers. A rebuilt on costs $2000. Comparing prices, even in Sweden, parts are about 2 times that of a Chevrolet.
Saab has never made a better car than the 900, even if 9000 were better as new, no one wants it as used with a high mileage on.
For the luxury 9000 (1990-1994) you pay around $300-400.
For a Saab 900 1983-1988 you can easy pay double that, as it's so much better and more reliable.
I even said no to an offer to get one Saab 9000 for free, the other day. This is strange as exactly that make and model as new was my absolute dream car.
Saab 9000 as used is an expensive adventure.
Saab 900 1883-1988 is the safest car I know to buy, to use, to pay and to repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th July, 2008