1994 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1994 SAAB 900 SE 2.5L from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

More Style and Performance than a BMW

Faults:

Grey leather seats showed slight signs of wear, but nothing too drastic. Fairly easy to remedy using a top grade hide conditioner.

General Comments:

Extremely well built car that delivers an exceptionally powerful performance for its engine size. The V6 engine did not show any of the problems indicated by some drivers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2005

1994 SAAB 900 S 2.0 non turbo from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 non turbo Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Not as reliable or as fun as it's previous model. Exception 900SE. Look to 85-93 900 instead

Faults:

Clutch cable broke at 160,000.

Shifter broke at 160,000.

Idler pulleys broke at 165,000.

Terrible to get aligned!

General Comments:

Would not buy this model again. The 94 was the first year of the SAAB GM transition. NG (next generation, due to GM transition and redesign) 900 problems did not get worked out until 1997. Simply not as solid as previous Saab 900's. If considering 900 expect clutch cable to break and if you have an auto trans expect lots of upkeep. If you have your heart set on 900 look @ pre 94 900's. These are much more solid and more well built than the 94-97 NG 900.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2005

24th Sep 2006, 03:00

Keep in mind the pre-94' 900's have terrible automatic transmissions though...

1994 SAAB 900 S V6 2.5L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired149247 kilometres
Most recent distance173331 kilometres

Summary:

A comfortable, safe, nippy ride marred by the poor General Motors V6 engine

Faults:

Oil Cooler began leaking at 158,000km. This was replaced with external V6 Oil Cooler Kit, costing $1323.

Engine cut frequently after turning the ignition. Revving the engine prevented immediate stalling. This was rectified several times by cleaning the Crank Angle Sensor.

ABS Control Unit blew at 161,000 km causing ABS Warning light to illuminate on the dashboard. Replaced with second hand unit costing $814.

General Comments:

This car is comfortable to drive, offering a great ride for cruising.

The build quality is superb compared with most other cars, especially the paintwork.

Even the 4 Speed Automatic transmission is very responsive, making it great for setting off and overtaking, quickly and safely.

One of the safest cars on the road. A Ford Falcon ran into the back of us causing a few small scratches to the boot paintwork and a small cut in the rear bumper, whilst the front of the Falcon disintegrated with the radiator ending up on the engine block spewing anti-boil onto the road. The Falcon owner wants a SAAB!

The General Motors V6 engine (same as in top end Vauxhall) is nowhere near as reliable as the true SAAB 2.0L and 2.3L engines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2005

1994 SAAB 900 S 2.0L from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

A (very pleasant) surprise

Faults:

Minor cosmetic faults only so far. A couple of loose fitting internal pieces (sun visor clip/ashtray facing) broken and cheaply replaced. Central locking system is a bit stiff and clunky.

Mechanically nothing at all yet. But when I bought the car it came with a long service history so it had obviously been looked after.

General Comments:

Why oh why didn't I buy a Saab before. This really is a super car. Although just a straight 2.0l engine, it's sprightly enough around town and cruises comfortably on the motorways.

The interior is spacious and the boot cavernous. Everything works. The ride is extremely comfortable and bless those Swedes for their heated seats.

I'm yet to discover a downside. It's is perhaps slightly thirsty, but not outrageously so. It's even cheap to insure. Yes the car is ten years old, but I paid just £750 for it and I'd rather drive this car than my wife's new Renault Clio.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004

1994 SAAB 900 Turbo Covert.... 2.0L turbo from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Great car.. fun to drive

Faults:

Not much other than the normal Saab things.. Top pump leaked.. fixed by Saab.. Brakes all the time...Oil..has to be synt... And ohhh the recalls..

Some rust has shown up in strange places.. under trunk lid? also in the middle of the doors?

General Comments:

Great car//we love it.. Its not our daily driver, but when the sun is out here in Ohio and its time to put the top down..can't think of a better car.. It still looks great 10 years later and still turns peoples heads. It does have some turbo lag.. but over 3000 rpm... let her rip...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 29 reviews