1986 SAAB 900 S 16v I4 from North America
Genuine Swedish design and thoughtful engineering still serve this car well at almost 20 years old
Rear brake line rusted and burst (112,600 miles). Replaced myself for about $17.
Clutch Slave Cylinder went out (114,800 miles). VERY DIFFICULT to replace, it took me about 35 hours because you must remove the disk prior to removing the slave, and removing the diss requires depressing the pressure plate WITH THE SLAVE CYLINDER WHICH WAS broken. I ended up depressing each finger on the pressure plate by hand and using 3/8" long pieces of 1/4" round stock wedged between the plate housing and fingers. Parts were cheap though, about $160 for a new disk, slave and pilot.
Fuel "straw" that sucks from the bottom of the tank to the pump developed a hole, and will suck air at about 1/3 tank and cause the car to quit running. I just fill up around 1/2 tank now, which is a shame because I used to get about 400 miles/tank.
I love the unique look of the car. Not many autos have such raw design appeal.
My Saab is a 4 door sedan with a trunk. I added an SPG front air dam and trunk lid spoiler which made it look slightly sportier.
The best way to drive a Saab is to never be a hurry to get where you're going. It drives best when eased along at an almost sleepy pace.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd June, 2005