Fun to drive and work on!
ECM computer stopped working after I bought the car (got a new one from ebay for $40 LUCKY! $500 new) and the car wouldn't rev past 1500rpm.
Automatic idle control valve and mass airflow meter needed to be replaced. (replaced with used parts).
Fuel injector seals replaced due to lean running condition. (solved)
Bonnet latch cable snapped.
Exhaust to catalytic converter had a crack. Needed to be welded.
Parts can be obtained easily and cheaply if you look in the right places (ie; not the dealer). This car needs to be fettled with, and the engine management system is a bit fussy (pity the poor Brits who got Lucas instead of Bosch). Once you get the problems sorted, the car runs like a top.
A good car for someone who can spin a spanner. I love the amount of space there is to work with under the bonnet; it is a backyard mechanic's dream. The B202i is bullet-proof, but the transmission is the Achilles heel. Shift into a forward gear before shifting into reverse to avoid a crunch.
Despite mine being naturally aspirated, it was a spirited performer with excellent steering feel and a buttoned down, firm ride. This was my first Saab. I had to sell it to pay for tuition, and I will own another (turbo this time) after school. Some people think they're weird, but I think they're unique and quite gorgeous.
There's just something about this car. Those who like Saab, like them a lot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th June, 2008