1994 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1994 SAAB 900 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

The best all round Saab I have driven considering performance, comfort, reliability and value

Faults:

Battery failed 3 times. Finally replaced by a non GM battery and no further problems.

General Comments:

The car has served us well. We drive a lot in rural winter conditions. We have had no problems using snow tires.

It is a well balanced design which is fun to drive yet very practical. My only complaint, other than the lousy standard battery, is that I find the seats to be lacking in low back support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

1994 SAAB 900 S 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Manual
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 acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carVolvo 440i

Summary:

I'm getting another one

Faults:

This is a fabulous car: safe, powerful when you need it, comfortable and with a boot like a small van - executive specs. With room for loads of tools.

I did have a problem at 34000 miles with the bearings in the gearbox, but the manufacturer repaired the fault free of charge as it should not have happened at that mileage.

Occasionally the computer reverts to a homesick Swedish script, but it soon returns to normal.

Needs faithful servicing at 10,000 mile intervals.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2001

1994 SAAB 900 S 5 door 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

A splendid car produced from probably the best car manufacturer in the world - a unique car!

General Comments:

A superb, safe, comfortable car that seems to be very well built and everlasting. I travel for 6 hours at a time and still feel most relaxed and refreshed when I exit the car after my journey. Well done SAAB for creating a comfortable car for drivers that are 6' plus!! The heated seats are a real bonus too, and the air con is ideal for warm climates.

I look forward to my next SAAB.

Long live SAAB.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2001

1994 SAAB 900 SE Convertible 2.0 Turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 Turbo petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Failed gear box; recalled for faults with electric hood; "sticky" electric wing mirrors; deadlocking seized; oil leak; water leak.

General Comments:

Before the 900 I ran a 9000. Build quality was better (though the 2.0 litre engine was woefully inadequate).

The 900 has a very poor 1st gear ratio. As soon as you start you have to almost instantly change into 2nd.

After the recall the electric roof works fine.

The standard of servicing has dropped off since Saab sold off their own garages to independents. Saab garages now have to get almost every part delivered directly from Sweden (seriously!). Apparently it's cheaper. Problem is if delivery is delayed, or they send the wrong part (as they did to me recently), the car stays off the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 1998

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