1988 SAAB 900 Reviews

1988 SAAB 900 T16 M3 2.0 turbo 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired214238 kilometres
Most recent distance220195 kilometres
Previous carHolden Jackaroo

Summary:

I love my classic SAABs... a great car, that's why I have 2 of them

Faults:

Power steering rack, seals began leaking. Replaced with a reconditioned unit

Lower ball joint beginning to wear.

Each of the above was an easy fix. I do all my own repairs and servicing. It is so easy on these SAABS.

Don't buy parts from dealers; get your parts from Parts for Saabs. Great value, and much cheaper than dealers.

General Comments:

Solid safe car, that is fun to drive and handles very well.

Not everyone's cup of tea; a little quirky, but that is why I love it.

I have 2 SAAB 900's; a 1988 turbo Aero and a 1993 non turbo Aero.

Both have proven themselves to be ultra reliable and very easy to maintain. Unfortunately most service/repairs centres see SAAB and charge exorbitant prices.

Currently looking for a good 900 cabriolet. A classic 900 of course. The NG900 was nowhere near as good as the classic 900.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2013

1988 SAAB 900 900s 2.0/4i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0/4i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance154856 miles
Previous carMorris Minor

Summary:

A very reliable car which is capable and refined

Faults:

The first thing to go wrong was shortly after the car was bought. The headlamps began to cut out and I found that the wires leading to the headlamps had corroded so the wires were replaced.

The radiator developed a leak in 1996 and thus had to be replaced.

The starter motor gave up the ghoust in 1998.

The sunroof began to leak from 2001 due to the seals perishing.

The screen-washer tubes split in 2002 and were replaced, though the replacement tubes split within 6 months. Fortunately the new tubes have lasted well and have not split, so perhaps was just a bad batch.

The car also has become plagued with electrical defects over the past 5 years.

Also in that time the usual items have been replaced like tyre's, brake pads exhaust etc.

General Comments:

The car has proved to be reliable, though is now showing it's age with many little electrical faults. Though touch-wood no major reliability issues.

The car has been very comfortable especially on long journies. A little bit of a squeeze with four people though, but front leg-room is good.

It drives well and has plenty of get up and go even now. I find the car a pleasure to drive and is a good companion.

The car is very capable and has achieved over 150,000 miles it was well worth the investment. It is an excellent value for money car, though the cost of parts can be a little steep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2006

1988 SAAB 900 GLE 2.0 Unleaded petrol, Non-turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Unleaded petrol, Non-turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired177000 kilometres
Most recent distance186540 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A classic piece of Swedish automotive technology :)

Faults:

I needed a new radiator within a couple of weeks of purchase. Thankfully, this was picked up by my fantastic mechanics when it went in for a service!

The headliner is sagging, which is a common fault with these cars.

My cruise control doesn't work. Not much of an issue as I don't do much highway cruising.

General Comments:

I have wanted a SAAB since I drove in a 900 Turbo when I was in High School. I figure I have the funds to run such a car, although, it really hasn't been that expensive to run thus far.

The interior is very comfortable, with those fabulous heated seats. I think it still looks good, even compared to modern car design.

The headliner is sagging which is a shame as it is quite noticeable. I will get this fixed when I have some spare cash.

My 900 was a one owner vehicle when I purchased it and because of it, the service history is complete and the car has been kept in fantastic order. A very good pickup for what I paid for it ($2800 AUD)!

My only real gripe with the car is the fact that it only has a 3sp automatic. Doing 110kms on the highway at 3000 revs is a bit much. It just sucks down fuel.. even in city driving.

But, I guess it is the price you pay for a car that delivers you so much pleasure and doesn't cost much else to run!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2006

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 19 reviews