A beautiful yet costly luxury - I can hardly afford it, but I can't live without it!
I have gone through three starters due to the ignition switch sticking. The center console floor location of the switch is a very bad location (especially for a convertible). Three or four keys have broken off in the keyhole, and I've gotten a new ignition switch.
I've had problems with oil leaks and anti-freeze dripping on my feet.
The reverse gear went at 100,000 miles and I got quoted over and over again a cost of $4,000 for a new transmission from area SAAB dealers.
My convertible top disintegrated within three months into tattered, flapping bits of old cloth. It cost me $1,600 for a good-quality new and installation. Yikes.
This car appears to eat tires and brakes, but it may be just the way I drive.
The one thing that has saved me a lot of money with this car is finding a private repair man. I have to travel about an hour and a half for a service, but I got my reverse gear fixed, ball-joints, brakes, new muffler, oil leaks fixed, anti freeze leak fixed, turbo fixed, filters and belts changed all for under $1700 dollars. This guy is amazing! He lives in a field and only works on SAABs. I think I'll keep him!
If I had known how much money it would cost to keep this car in top shape, I may have waited till I was a bit older (and richer?) to buy it.
This care is beautiful, amazingly fun to drive, and it's my dream car so I plan on keeping it as long as possible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd June, 2001