1989 SAAB 900 Turbo Convertible 2.0L turbo from North America
Favorite car I've ever owned!
In the first year the only issue I had was the air conditioning unit, which I had been warned about by my now Saab mechanic that it would be an issue. Since it's a convertible, I don't really care about the AC!
The following year was an expensive year, but all wear and tear items. Not only that but I had put over 20k miles on the car in the first year I owned it, and being that it was 16 yrs old when I bought it and only had 38k miles on it at the time of purchase, I made it work harder than it was used to. First thing to go was the alternator. $350. All four tires. $350. Brake system was almost $700. Exhaust (from stem to stern) $700. Wheel bearings (I think that's what it was, I can't remember) $700 ($350 per each front wheel, rear are fine). I know I'm forgetting something but I can't think of what. (Still cheaper than a car payment!)
I haven't had to have any more work done on the car, except for regular maintenance (which it is due for the major maintenance job - $600) since 2005/2006. The car has been extremely reliable and an absolute joy to own. I had wanted this specific Saab since they came out, and after I was done paying off my sedan (Pontiac Bonneville...another car I HIGHLY recommend!!!) I set out to find exactly what I wanted in a Saab and I found it! They say "be careful what you wish for, you might just get it." I'm very glad I got it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th April, 2008