1986 SAAB 900 i 2 door 2.0 8v injection from UK and Ireland
Great looking classic with character, but nowhere near perfect!
Radiator developed a leak.
Heater valve jammed on hot.
Lots of squeaks and rattles.
I bought the 900, because I always liked them, and I saw a low mileage rust free 900i for sale locally, so I snapped it up. It was black with tan cloth, and despite being the basic 'i' model, it had electric windows, central locking and a sunroof.
I found the cloth interior unpleasant however, and changed it to black leather; black on black 900s look awesome!
I was disappointed with the performance; even after a total service and tune up, it ran perfectly hot or cold, but didn't have much to give power wise. It was happy to sit at 70mph all day long, but anything more got very noisy indeed; the engine didn't like it.
Fuel economy average to poor for a 2.0 too.
The heater, once sorted, was amazing though, and with leather trim it was very comfy to sit in, although the ride is very harsh at times.
I put 4 new tyres on the car, which improved it no end, and actually the handling is surprisingly sharp for such an old design.
Visibility is good, and the enormous bumpers help it to avoid damage from careless parkers, but the size of the windscreen means the wipers are small.
Headlights not great as standard, but easily fixed with uprated bulbs.
Oddly for a car designed in a snowy country, it had a bizarre quirk, when actually driving in falling snow, it would find its way through the grille and onto the radiator, causing steam; worrying when you see it for the 1st time!
I don't think they are the indestructible vehicle SAAB enthusiasts think they are, they certainly don't do anything a similar aged BMW or Mercedes can't do, and some of the design flaws are just stupid; it's impossible to change some of the front suspension bushes with the engine in the car!!
It's an oddball classic and great fun to own, but personally I think slightly overrated.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th August, 2010