1986 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1986 SAAB 900 S 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired126841 miles
Most recent distance129751 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

I believe this is a great car and I am glad I have it.

Faults:

The brakes went out a few hundred miles ago.

General Comments:

This was my first ever import car. Prior to this I drove ford cars and trucks. When I first sat down in the drivers seat, the seat looked plain and uncomfortable, but was I ever wrong. The seats are very comfortable and hold you quite well in regular driving and when cornering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2003

1986 SAAB 900 EMS 2.1L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.1L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired209000 kilometres
Most recent distance272000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo Alfetta GTV

Summary:

Excellent car

Faults:

Alternator belts had to be replaced shortly after I brought it.

Front engine mount had to be replaced - very cheap.

LHF Driveshaft boot had to be replaced.

General Comments:

As you can see, the car required very little work over the period I owned it. It was not a fast car in terms of acceleration, but it cruised well at speeds over 100k.

The best thing about the vehicle was that after 16 years I could not find 1 speck of rust.

I now own a 1993 Saab 900 aero. Another brilliant car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

1986 SAAB 900 S 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

You just have to love it

Faults:

Anything that can go wrong has gone wrong.

Head gasket,

Valves.

Valve cover gasket.

Rack and pinion.

Callipers.

Transmission problems and a bunch of others.

That's with oil changes every 2,000 miles, no punishing driving, and regular check ups every six months.

General Comments:

It runs great when I can find a mechanic who knows how to service them correctly, but with the exception of a man I found about a year ago I've had nothing but idiots. Especially the local SAAB dealership. It's the most fun car I've ever owned. I just wish I had the money for a better one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2000

12th Feb 2001, 15:28

I love my 1986 900 Turbo Convertible! Bought it on the US West Coast in early 2000, already with 145k miles on it. Over a 9 month period, drove it up and down the West Coast, then across the continent to the US East Coast during a 15k-mile trip (car now has a bit over 160k miles total).

Problems? Had to replace 3 fuses and repair the driver's side power window motor. That's it. Otherwise, just kept good oil and gas in it, and drove happy as can be!

Took every windy, back road I could find.

Strong, fast, powerful, truly awesome vehicle. Having more fun with this SAAB than I had with my previous car, a Porsche.

1986 SAAB 900 Base gas from North America

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission gas
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

During 139,000 miles, only the water pump, tires and battery had been replaced. Biggest expense has been with the air conditioner. No car has ever provided more reliable, safe service.

General Comments:

The only factor possibly keeping me from buying another new SAAB is price. My SAAB cost $13,000 new back in '86, and price of same base model has risen an average of $1,000 US per year, far exceeding inflation rate, cost of living index, or average annual income per capita increase. Simply, most European cars are pricing themselves out of the market, are not cars for the "working class".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

1986 SAAB 900 2.0 single carb petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 2.0 single carb petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Wheel Bearings go at 100K. Head Gasket replaced at 130K. Apart from routine servicing from NON franchised mechanic, no other problems (Honest).

General Comments:

Car has been in family for 10 yrs, and 150K miles. A good, extremely safe car, after all the passengers are generally irreplaceable!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th September, 1998

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