1994 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1994 SAAB 900 S 2.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Fantastic Car!!! Best value car I have owned

Faults:

Brake light and cruise control switches near accelerator pedal failed. $70 Australian to replace.

Some LED's in dash display work intermittently.

General Comments:

Fantastic Car!!! Best value car I have owned.

Smooth, comfortable, luxurious, reliable and efficient!

The 2.5 V6 engine runs like a dream. At 150000 km, it is still running superbly and loves the highway. Traveling 150km to work and back each day is nothing, but enjoyable on the highway with cruise control and a great factory sound system.

As a second hand purchase in Australia, this car is extremely good value for money.

Fuel economy is excellent for the V6 at about and average of 10 L/100km and better on the highway.

SAAB servicing, whilst not the cheapest, has been excellent and given the price I payed for the car, a little extra for servicing is negligible.

Interior and exterior are coping well for nearly 10 years on the road.

As commented by other readers, the virtually instant heated seats are a real bonus even in a country like Australia.

I am impressed and this definitely won't be my last SAAB purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2003

1994 SAAB 900 S 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carToyota Previa

Summary:

A lot of car for your money

Faults:

Just 1 blown headlight bulb.

General Comments:

A very solid feel. Although the weight is quite apparent at low speeds, this tends to give a chunky feel on the motorway.

The quiet, comfortable, wood paneled cabin is complemented by a superb factory fitted cd/sound system.

My 2 liter auto is perhaps a little slower off the mark than I'd expected, but can be hustled along if the bank balance can keep pace with the drastic drop in economy.

Grab yourself a low miler with a service history and you can't go far wrong!.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2002

7th May 2012, 08:28

Just bought a 2.0S automatic. 126k, it's a little thirsty, but does encourage a very relaxed approach to driving. Then the kick down gives it a bit of a kick in the rear! Taxed and MoT till November for little money. Will definitely buy another, possibly a 3 door manual.

1994 SAAB 900 900S 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Saab still not worrying Audi/BMW

Faults:

Clutch/flywheel was replaced at 50000 despite mainly 5th gear motorway use. New rear discs at 52000. Water pump seized at 30000 resulting in drive-belt snapping.

General Comments:

Once had a Mk 1 Saab 900S which, despite being slower off the mark felt a far more prestigious vehicle. Everything fitted together better than the present car. Dash board is cheap grey plastic and switchgear not as well made. On the positive side the car is very quiet at high speeds - the gearbox gives 25mph per 1000rpm. Very comfortable although ventilation could be better. Handles OK, but I know its limitations and I certainly can't throw it into bends with the confidence that I could my Golf GTi Mk 2.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2002

1994 SAAB 900 SE 2.0L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carMazda 929

Summary:

Practical, Stylish, Comfortable

Faults:

Strut bearings went out at 67000. $400 to fix.

Check engine light lit up every 4000 miles or so. Three seperate mechanics could not pinpoint the problem. Suspected oxygen sensor.

Transmission leaked. $800 to fix.

General Comments:

This is the best car I've owned. The only downside to this car is that it is expensive to maintain. It didn't need maintenance often, though.

Handles amazingly well in snow. During the winter I had it in the snow almost daily. As long as you have decent tires, it is difficult to make this thing spin.

Very roomy cabin. The back seats fold down. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit down there.

The back seats are spacious.

Ergonomic. Everything in the car is positioned very well. The seats are very comfortable, and visibility is excellent. When you look in front of you, all you can see is road.

Fast. Acceleration is okay. The car does really well in the high end. It's easy to get up to 100 mph and not realize you're going that fast.

The thing is great on road trips. The seats are highly adjustable, and have memory settings (probably optional). The stereo system is wonderful. The climate control system works well.

Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2002

29th Nov 2008, 09:56

Considering you had only put 20k miles on the car and had to replace $400 strut bearings and a $800 transmission leak, beside the check engine light coming on constantly, I would consider it an unreliable car if it were mine. I drive 20-25k miles a year. So in my case that would be a lot of problems and over $1200 in repairs in just one year. Yikes! To help put this into perspective, I currently drive a '97 Mercury Tracer that I bought one year ago with 34k miles. It now has 56k miles and I've spent a total of $230 to fix its leaking radiator. I would expect better from a Swedish luxury car.

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