1990 SAAB 900 16 valve 2.0 from North America


15 year old design that still gets it right


Head line was shot when we bought it, headlight vertical level adjustment cracked shortly after purchase. Radio would not work and rear speakers have jumped ship. Currently tie rod ends need replacement along with a wheel alignment, alternator bushings need replacement, valve cover gasket has worn and is in need of replacement, its just about time for a new timing belt and tune up. Just replaced the water pump which seized and the exhaust pipe which dropped the catalytic converter on the driveway.

General Comments:

Saab's have always been a little quirky and I have had bad experiences with them in the past (transmission), however we were looking for a second car for my wife to use for work and saw this 1990 900 for sale in a driveway. Well $600 later we are the second owner of a fairly well looked after 900. The original owner did a very good job of maintenance and so far the car has exceed my expectations. The problems above are more indicative of age than poor quality and are items I expected to have to attend to. The car does not have a lot of acceleration in the low rpm range, but once it gets up over 3000 rpm it moves very well for a 4 cylinder. At highway speeds 65 to 75 mph the car is rock solid, even for the age the car is fairly quiet at speed. It handles well and has a good amount of interior space. I am 6 foot 1 inch and this is one of the few cars outside of American large sedans that I can fit easily in with plenty of headroom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2005

1990 SAAB 900 S Convertible 2.0 petrol injection from UK and Ireland


A cult classic, but avoid lemons or have very deep pockets


Air mass meter stopped working, three hundred pounds to replace.

Ongoing problem with tick over at idle, checked above, hoses, mixture etc, but now suspect control sensor.

Head gasket seal started to leak.

Power switched stopped working, cheapish and easy to replace.

Drivers seat beginning to collapse inward.

General Comments:

This version of the soft top has decent in gear acceleration, but is in no way a performance model.

Car extremely well made and built like a tank, but some interior parts feel cheap.

Extremely dark inside with hood up, or as bright and breezy as they come with hood down, two cars in one.

After 14 years on road, all electrics still function perfectly.

Ride somewhat bumpy, but handling and steering are excellent.

Car attracts a lot of attention, so may be target for vandals. Do not buy one of these if you live in area prone to this.

Engine and gearbox are beutifully smooth.

Paintwork has lasted brilliantly for the year, car almost in new condition save stone chips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2004

1990 SAAB 900 2.0 non turbo from North America


Great car for the right owner


Had the oil sending unit replaced, $30.

Brakes, exhaust, tires, battery... general maintenance.

Engine bypass hose replaced, $66.

Front axle, CV joints, ball joints, transmission linkage replaced, $450.

Heated seats stopped working.

Dash lights don't all work.

Airbag warning light and check engine light are always on.

General Comments:

Despite its maintenance requirements, this has been a great car, always getting me where I need to go at about 850 miles per week or more.

Great handling and very fun to drive. Gets a lot of looks from other people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

3rd Jun 2001, 14:42

I am a 19 year old first car buyer and am interested in a used SAAB 900 S, model 1990. It has 297000 miles on it, but I test drove it and it ran great, any comments? Is fixing a car like this going to be a problem in the future??


1990 SAAB 900 T16 S 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Still got another 100,000 miles of life left in it


Leaking turbo oil return pipe - £35.

New battery.

New tyres.


Off side window regulator.

General Comments:

Best car I have ever owned, rare 2 door with fully colour coded factory fitted body kit. Still got the original turbo.

What can I say, very fast, very very comfortable, only down side, gets very thirsty if your left foot is heavy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th March, 2001