1989 SAAB 900 S 2.0 from North America
Swedish Pedigree, Loads of Personality, and Excellent Road Manners
Hand brake cable needs to be replaced.
Catalytic converter heat shield was holed.
Some other items had to be replaced due to normal wear and tear: the coolant reservoir, shock absorber bushings, and anti-rollbar bushings.
I've owned my SAAB 900S 4dr for 3 months now, and have already spent $1,200 on it. It's been very reliable so far, but the repairs are generally expensive. Nothing major has gone wrong with the car, but with SAABs even little problems cost a lot to fix.
That said, my car is in excellent condition partly because the previous owner spent $5,500 on it over his 3 years of ownership.
Performance is less than impressive due to the fact that I have the non-turbo S model with an automatic transmission. Handling, however, is very good and the car corners like a champ.
The seats are extremely comfortable and the dash layout is very driver-friendly. Visibility is also excellent.
Style-wise, the "classic" 900 is very distinctive and is instantly recognisable on the road. For those who don't like today's bland and generic cars, it is a breath of fresh air.
Pre-1994 SAAB 900s are well-known for their durability and practicality, as well as style. If maintained properly and cared for, these funky SAABs will provide their owners with many years of motoring enjoyment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th May, 2002