1984 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1984 SAAB 900 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired167000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

A magickal ride in a truly classic vehicle

Faults:

Since purchasing the car there have been no mechanical problems.

The body has some rust over the wheel wells due to age and the paint has oxidized.

Still a neat car to look at.

General Comments:

For a car 20 years old it's dynamics and general aesthetic appeal are endless.

I am a petite woman and the cabin suits me very well and is a comfortable ride for my family and friends who require more leg room.

I have never owned a vehicle that travels more safely during adverse driving conditions. I have encouraged my children to buy a Saab.

A friend who owns a 2003 Subaru, took a spin in my 1984 Saab and declared it the better vehicle!

There is uncompromising quality in this car that I have yet to find in any domestic car I have owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2004

1984 SAAB 900 Turbo 16 2.0 turbo 16 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo 16 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance331000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Classic turbo motoring

Faults:

Well, the car wasn't exactly new when I got it, however, only few things have gone bad.

New cooler due to leak.

Central locking motor in drivers door.

Wash/wiper contact refuses to work now and then.

Leather seat - stitches have given up now on drivers seat.

Ventilation of cold air feeble, maybe due to disconnected air con.

General Comments:

Very good performance from 175 hp turbo engine.

Economy fair (10 - 11 liters per 100 km - mixed driving)

Very comfy leather seats with heating.

Big manual sunroof, however, better wind deflection would have been nice.

Roomy boot approx 600 liters of space, 1200 liters when You fold the rear seats.

Good driving position with height adjustable seat - remember it's a 1984 car..

Nice dashboard - clear and visible instruments. Big rugged push contacts.

Excellent overtaking power from turbo engine - motorway cruising a breeze.

Rather noisy though, much more than 9000 Turbo - obviously targeted at a "sports car" audience. You can clearly hear the Turbo whine.

Handles OK, but with a rather hard suspension. Initially I thought the dampers needed changing. :)

The cabin holds 5 people well.

All in all I recommend the car - but as always be aware of rust. This model is vulnerable in the doors and the rear hatch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2003

1984 SAAB 900 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

I love to drive it!

Faults:

My head gasket leaked.

Exhaust was leaking.

Ball joints on rt side were real bad.

Shifter was out of adjustment.

Rotted radiator.

General Comments:

Lots of room for luggage or lumber.

Snow or rain no problem.

Very easy to drive and corners like a go cart!

However parts are high, but easy to work on if you are mechanically inclined.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

1984 SAAB 900 EMS 2.0 from Sweden

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Trouble-maker you'll love

Faults:

The engine had a lack of power fault that no mechanic ever could figure out. A few interior lights went over the course of my ownership, the water pump broke and the usual things you have to expect when buying an old car like this. And of course, being a SAAB 900 the brakes were a constant problem.

General Comments:

This should have been a powerful car, but since it had engine trouble it never was. I once tested the acceleration against an Audi 80 CC. He was in third gear, I was in first. Starting from 0, he still beat me!

However, the design of the 900 is one of the best I have ever experienced. This was the hatchback model, which made it easy to transport large bulky things like a big screen TV set, without having to go and rent a truck. The interior design was extremely well made, handling was great, the ride was smooth and comfortable and even though the car was in the shop frequently I still miss my old SAAB.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

1984 SAAB 900 S 1.8(6?) from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8(6?) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles

Summary:

Old 4 banger

Faults:

New starter.

New exhaust system.

New brake calipers, rotors, & pads.

General Comments:

Very decent car.

However it's alittle doggy, I need to upgrade to a 16-valve Turbo.

Great first car, the problems have been easy to do by myself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2002

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 9 reviews