1991 SAAB 900 Turbo Convertible 2.1 turbo gas from North America
Unique car, fun to drive, but be prepared to spend money to keep it on the road
- Replaced headlight wipers at 138K (driver's side wiper blade plastic clip was broken; got matching pair from salvage yard, with blades, for $2)
- Installed black velour dash cover at 138K to hide numerous dash cracks (bought online for $50)
- Replaced door panel inserts and rear speaker surrounds with black velvet, due to factory gray material being loose and "ripply" (matched new dash cover, $10 in material and installed myself)
- Tilt back function on seats doesn't work (switch works, probably cable housing is broken on both seats)
- Dash lights are extremely dim.
- Auto trans selector illumination light doesn't work.
- Front passenger seat bottom leather has a small rip where the panels are stitched together (want to replace the seats with manual ones anyway, if I can find some; otherwise, will purchase seat covers for the front and back)
- Love the looks of these "classic" 900's, especially the convertible! Mine is fire engine red with a black top, gray leather interior, black dash and console, 3-speed automatic. I've had the car about a month, purchased in Nov 2011 with 138K miles.
- Built very solid, even the convertible feels very well put together, with the top up or down (nice to have a glass rear window, not plastic). Very easy to carry on a conversation or listen to the radio with the top down and side windows up.
- Getting used to Saab "quirks", like the engine being in backwards (belts towards the firewall, trans up front); ignition key in center console, etc.
- Very well equipped from the factory, from a performance perspective (factory-installed intercooler, oil cooler, trans cooler, 2.25" exhaust piping, etc).
- The car is a pleasure to drive, especially with the top down. Has room for 4 adults, more than adequate acceleration and handling for a 20-year old car, spacious trunk for a convertible, won't see too many on the road in this condition. Once I get those seat backs fixed, will be even more comfortable to drive.
- Blacked out the grill and body emblems. Replaced the badly faded blue Saab hood emblem and trunk emblem with black high-dome resin ones that have just the Saab griffon on them. Looks good, in keeping with the black trim look of the car.
- Next upgrade is 2.5" high flow cat and 2.5" Flowmaster-style muffler, with 2.5" tubing front to back. Should increase performance a bit, and give it a good sound, even better than the stock Saab "burble".
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th December, 2011