1989 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1989 SAAB 900 i - 16V 2.0i from Finland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired400000 kilometres
Most recent distance421000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Ascona

Summary:

A great amount of safety, good looks and nice equipment in one package

Faults:

Nothing too bad. The water pump got too old some time ago and had got to get changed.

Some rust can be found at lower areas of doors.

Car is working very well even though it's now new and has been driven a lot of kilometers.

Seats, dashboard and other inner parts of the car are in as good shape as in some newer and less-driven cars.

General Comments:

Car is little bit heavy, and has got 133hp so it isn't too fast. Performance is, anyway, good enough for moving from place A to place B. 16 valves give more low-rpm torque to the car than "normal" 8 valves. So car can easily be driven at the speed of 60kph with 5th gear.

In my opinion, Saab 900 is as comfortable as car of its age can even be. It's equipped with power steering, CD-player, roof window, central locking with remote controller, alarm system and so on. That makes everyday use easier especially in big cities and other places where you have to turn the car much, and in other hand where the car's not secure without alarm system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2004

2nd Aug 2006, 13:59

Driving with low speeds on a 5th gear as 60km/h will make the car seem heavy. It will overload the crankshaft also if car is overloaded can wear out manual transmission. Basically do not go under 2000 rpm. You should not be afraid of using higher revolutions, but doing so with ease, not pushing. It should amazingly have same fuel consumption.

Using the fifth gear at low speeds is pretty common in Europe, but it should be done while cruising never accelerated. I heard it many times. Cheers'

8th Nov 2008, 15:19

What about driving in a low gear and not changing when needed??? (Accelerating?)

1989 SAAB 900 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

A seriously underrated car, that would give most new cars a run for their money. BUY ONE TODAY!

Faults:

Nothing except a bald tyre.

General Comments:

I loved my Saab, but the only problem was everyone called me stupid for having a banger, and they all strutted around in Audis and BMWs, but they didn't realise how seriously underrated the Saab range (pre 1993) is. They can go forever, like they have the elixir of life, they are as fast as Linford Christie, and they handle like a tank.

My mates and I were driving one night. We were in separate cars; me in the Saab, Dave in an Audi, and Paul in a BMW. I passed them both, and then let them catch up to me, and suddenly we were racing. The Saab hit 100 mph like a cheetah, then in a matter of seconds 120mph. The other two were amazed; I'd beaten two brand new top end cars, in a 1989 Saab.

The cabin was great, nice big doors, it was only a 2 door, good storage and plenty of room in the back, to say it was a 2 door.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

1989 SAAB 900 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98600 miles
Most recent distance100650 miles

Summary:

Beautiful, fun, fast, and smooth--and usually broken

Faults:

All amounts in USD.

The day I bought the car, the rusted exhaust broke off at the catalytic converter. Magnaflow muffler and 2 1/2 inch exhaust, $300.

A week and a half later, the shifter came off in my hand. The little plastic ball broke. Got a used one from junkyard, $60.

Shortly after, I found out the left front CV boot was torn, and the joint was surely damaged. Replaced it. $85.

At the same time, I found my right rear brake caliper was frozen. Replaced at the same time as CV joint. $75.

I thought the car was ready to go. Left front wheel bearing went out one week later. Just finished replacing it. Didn't have a press, had to have an auto shop do the bearing pressing for me. $85 for parts, $75 for labor.

I hope I'm done for a little while.

General Comments:

I love this car.

The way it drives and handles is amazing.

At low speeds, turbo lag is severe, but once on the freeway it passes other cars like they're sitting still.

Leather seats are beautiful and comfortable.

Shifting is very rubbery, but I'm used to it.

Don't like the slippery plastic steering wheel--I want to leather wrap it.

Moving seatbelt on passenger side doesn't work--doesn't matter too much, I'm the driver, not the passenger!

Missing the cargo cover.

I've had this car for about 6 weeks and spent nearly $700 in repairs, and that doesn't include the Friday and Saturday nights spent working on it instead of cruising in it.

I paid $2500 for it, which is WAY too much for a project car.

Now I'm so far upside down that I'm going to keep it. However, that may just be a cover excuse, because I've been bitten by the Saab bug.

I haven't driven many cars that feel this good at 100 mph, and even fewer that go from 60-100 so quickly.

The moral of the story is, when buying a car, don't get the "gotta have it's." Check it out, make sure you know what you're getting.

I don't regret buying a Saab, I just regret buying THIS one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 22 reviews