1992 SAAB 900 Reviews

1992 SAAB 900 16 2.1 non-turbo petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.1 non-turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

They will never make them like this again. Buy one now!!

Faults:

Bumper (rear and front) plastics have seen better days and are cracking... nothing a donor car cannot fix I guess.

Left side passenger window only goes down half way, and then almost completely stops. Does not go down completely in one go, but gets there eventually.

Left side electric mirror isn't really 'electrically' working.

Slight leak somewhere near the trans and engine under the car. Very slow leak that will thankfully give me time to save the $1000-$1500 needed to fix the bugger.

General Comments:

First laid my eyes on a Saab 900 Aero when I was in grade 8, and by gods was it uber sweet! The design was something to behold.

Sadly under Queensland Transport rules turbo cars are out for P plate driver like me :( Never really understood that I can drive a big gutsy Falcon and yet a can't drive a Saab that has a kw and torque output that comes nowhere near to big 6's.

After searching high and low, driving auto's and manuals, I found the car! The dark green Saab 900i coupe. The lady who owned it before me had owned it since new, all the receipts and services were all done at the local Saab mechanic. I found a great great car. Quirky design that really reflects those who choose to buy such a car. I even had a dig around in the parents storage cupboard to find some good old cassettes, kind of getting sick of reggae though. The 5sp is definitely better then the 3sp auto, tried both and one definitely trumps the other. Just need to find an Aero body kit and a set of super Aero rims to make it complete.

Any tips of how to care for this car or general advice, it's welcome at raj_jnr@hotmail.com

As a young uni student, I know the cost of buying such a car, but I also know they will never make them like this again.

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

Review Date: 7th December, 2010

1992 SAAB 900 Base 2.1 16v from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.1 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance175125 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

When she runs, she runs superb, and when she doesn't, you will SAAB

Faults:

Headliner sagging and falling apart.

Minor electrical issues like bulbs and fuses.

Horn repaired.

CV boots on passenger side replaced.

One of the bulbs on dash is out (is it easy to replace a dash bulb without taking apart the dashboard?)

General Comments:

This Saab, like other Saabs I have had in the past, comes with its joys and pains.

For the design of the car, I like the design because it is an unusual car. I like the windshield being curved and upright. It give a panoramic view. I like how the windshield wipers work in unison to cover the entire window. I like that when I open the hood on her, it opens backwards. The layout of the engine seems to have its own place. Basic things on the car like fuses and light bulbs are easy to maintain.

Other design applauds are the lights. I like how the car lights up on the side door when I am about to turn. When reversing, the front corners light up. Since I use my turn signals when I reverse, the whole car lights up, especially at night.

Onto the interior of the car. The ignition is cool being DEEP in between the front seats. The cloth seats are a little tough to keep clean, so I am considering seat covers. I like when you put the back seats down, you gain so much more trunk space. The dashboard and instrument panel is friendly because it has everything you need right there. Even when you are in a certain gear too long, the car tells you when to shift up. When I am in fifth gear, it will still tell you to shift up. One thing I noticed is that when you open the glove box, it has a place for cups, but that is poor design because cups won't fit.

With the radio, I had to get an aftermarket one because the Clarion radio in the car kept asking for the code. I guess someone disconnected the battery without getting the code first. If the radio is electronically disconnected from the car and you don't have the security code for the radio, it will never work again.

Let's talk about the ride. It is a 900 base with a 16 valve engine. No turbo, so I am not getting real acceleration. I move the car up to 3000 rpms before I shift up. By the time its in 5th gear, the rpms rest at 2500 at 63 mph. She runs 3000 rpm between 70-75 mph. I was afraid of doing over 3000rpm because I was not sure if she could take it. The car is generally quiet, but the exhaust has a rough sound to that might make you think you got a pack on your car.

Its not the most comfortable ride, but she handles well for a heavy car. You would not think cars that size would be heavy but they are. On roads that are not smooth, you feel the bumps. The car is not as aerodynamic as other cars. Feels like riding in a truck, but lower to the ground. Again, on a turn, I don't have to slow down to take a corner. She flows with it.

All in all, Saabs can be temperamental, if I can say that about a car. If you don't treat it right, it will tell you. When it comes to repairs, they can be expensive, so get to know your car. An ignition coil (the little horizontal can in the front of your engine compartment) cost about $300. You can't let them sit too long without taking her for some exercises. I love having a SAAB again. It is unfortunate that eventually I may have to get a newer on like 1994 and up because I like the vintage look of the pre-GM Saab's. Guess I gotta grin and bear it.

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

Review Date: 15th August, 2009

3rd Jun 2014, 17:39

Saabs (pre GM) are built to handle bad conditions and high RPM. Think high speed European roads, rural areas, snow, etc. In the day Swedes and other used them for rally racing. The major problem with pre GM Saabs (besides fragile trannys) is that people didn't take care of them. You absolutely cannot maintain a Euro car the same way that you do a Toyota. Parts are not expensive if you look in the right places.

FYI... Anything GM built is going to give you a huge headache. 9-3 and 9-5 models might look nice, but that's the extent of it.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 10 reviews