1986 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1986 SAAB 900 S 2.1 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.1 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance456293 miles
Previous carSAAB 99

Summary:

A car that will always be there when you need it

Faults:

The car has overall done very well over the last eightteen years.

1. New headlight switch at about 235,000 miles

2. healight blew at 167,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is incredibly reliable! I have do not think that there will ever be a more reliable car ever built. It has a solid feel and doesn't rattle one bit! I drive long distances every week and I cruise at about 95 mph in this hatchback and the car's punchy four banger it hardly trying. Red cloth seats are still perfect, and the car still shines like new. My goal is to reach 1,000,000 miles!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2004

8th Jun 2005, 13:46

Thanks. Reading this review has made me feel very good about my purchase of my 1986 SAAB 900s for only $500.00 last April,2005. The upholstery is in perfect condition as well as the body. It drives like a charm and I am very pleased. There were a few minor repairs like the wiper motor ($95.00 Internet purchase) and a new tire. I will have a CD player installed very soon. Other than those few repairs it really has proved to be a nice and enjoyable vehicle.

Thanks again,

Greg Jackson

Washington, DC.

1986 SAAB 900 S 2.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance376856 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Nothing will ever be better

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong so far with the car Except for a burnt out headlight at about 150,00 miles. I have not had to make one unscheduled stop because of a problem.

General Comments:

The car is a dream to drive. I was born in 1970. when I was sixteen in 1986 my parents helped me by the $15,000 hatchback. From when I was sixteen I have been driving this car everywhere and never wanted anything else. For fun, just recently, I raced to the car up to 115 mph without a problem. This car has everything original same tranny same everything!Luckily the headliner is still hanging on and the red cloth seats are perfect. It has no rust and still shines like new. It doesn't burn oil and runs fine. No vibrations either. My wife drives a 2002 Saab 9-5 aero and we have a 2004 9-3 convertible. my wife wanted an SUV so she also has a 2002 Range Rover. Yet I drive a 1986 Saab to work everyday. I could be driving a BMW 745Li, but I would rather stick with my childhood friend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2004

25th Jun 2004, 10:42

Because GM only cares about the bottom line...It's goal is to make as much $$$ as possible. They view the SAAB badge as a "premium" high-profit model much like the Cadillac and SUV lines. It's basically the same as all their other cars with a few extra gizmos and some perceived status. I guarantee you that 20 years from now, people will not be writing glorious passionate reviews about the current GM SAABmobiles.

1986 SAAB 900 EMS 2.0 unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 unleaded Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance232000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Get 900 Aero turbo instead

Faults:

Master cylinder seals worn and spring had to be replaced.

2nd set of brakes.

Clutch plate replaced.

Slave cylinder had to be replaced.

Power steering pump leak.

General Comments:

Runs really smooth and quiet on the highway at speeds of 140kmh.

Needs a 98 octane fuel or an octane booster to stop the pinging in the engine.

Good safe car to drive with plenty of power on the flat, up hills it's a little sluggish at the car is very heavy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2004

1986 SAAB 900 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired212000 miles
Most recent distance261000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

A great car for wrech heads

Faults:

Voltage regulator, starter, front wheel bearings, fuel pump prepump and driver's side seab back have broken on the car.

General Comments:

So much for the list of things that "went wrong". A list of things replaced and or upgraded on this car would be a much longer list. This car, like all "Classic" 900's (1979-1993 +1994 convert), is not for the faint at heart. These are cars that require great attention to service and any relaxation of those duties can result in large if not catastrophic failures. If you are looking for a fun, good handling car that tells you how it's running not by messages on the LCD Navigation screen, but by smells and rattles. If you want an adventure in driving. If you like tinkering then this is the car for you. You can get a slow one in a small displacement base model up so modified turbos putting out in excess of 300 hp at the wheel. You can even get a convertible version, but no matter which one it will make demands of you and if you aren't interested in that then look elsewhere for your transportation needs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews