1996 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1996 SAAB 900 2.0 from Norway

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 kilometres
Most recent distance305000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

A first class piece of engineering

Faults:

Difficulty finding reverse (280000 kilometres). Needed readjustment.

New hoses required at 303000 kilometres.

General Comments:

An excellent vehicle. Reliable in all weathers (starts in -30 on a normal battery). Heater has never been on top notch.

Seats very comfortable although driver's seat is flatter after the long mileage.

Accelleration average, plenty of overtaking power in 4th gear.

Rust on doors at bottom. Otherwise none.

Brakes good. Handbrake squeaks and needs regular adjustment and lubrication. This is the biggest minus about this car.

Economical on long journeys, approx. 7 litres per 100 kilometres. Low octane fuel.

Safety 10/10. My previous 900 (95 model) saved my life in a head-on at 90 kms/hr when an Volvo 240 crossed over in front of me in 1998.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2007

6th Feb 2007, 16:09

It is amazing the amount of people who say that the Build / strength of the Saab has saved their lives... including me.

Another Saab driver.

1996 SAAB 900 SE Turbo 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles

Summary:

A comfortable, generally reliable powerful car

Faults:

Exhaust needed replacing.

A couple of suspension bushes.

Manifold bolts rusted out.

Left CV joint or wheel bearings on their way out and need replacing.

Rust bottom of right hand doors. (Weak spot on Saabs)

General Comments:

I love to drive my Saab and to be honest, I smile when I put my foot down and feel my body being sucked back into the seat.

The cabin is very comfortable had has a lot of space. I feel safe and secure inside the cabin when I am driving. Saab have kept the updated model of this 900, the 9-5, pretty much the same, they have improved the seats to make them safer. (Particularly the head rests.)

The car has too much power to perform well taking off quickly. (wheel spins are very easy) The Saab's best power is is given in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears. Driving in snow requires skill also due to the car's power. (You have to be very gentle on the accelerator.) A car with this much power has it's advantages for being able to overtake quickly, however, the biggest drawback is the fuel consumption in traffic - it's quite poor. Because of it's power, I'm surprised (but very happy) that you don't see 'boy racers' driving Saab 900s.

On the open road with the cruise control set, fuel consumption if quite good. Last week, I drove from Penzance, Cornwall to Sittingbourne, Kent with about 70 miles of fuel left.

My Saab's handling is brilliant. It's suspension is firm and it handles corners well.

Many people who deal with Saabs have told me that since General Motors took over Saab, Saabs have not been as good quality and that this edition of 900 will probably become a classic in the future.

I haven't made a firm decision yet, but I am considering keeping my 900 permanently, rather than updating it after 2 years like I normally do. I think it's a classy looking car, both inside and outside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2006

29th Jun 2007, 09:28

Have a read of my review... Particularly the comments...

I would have kept mine indefinitely :(

Sadly some other idiot driver put an end to it

http://www.carsurvey.org/review_24034.html

24th Oct 2010, 22:02

I have a 900 SE convertible. I would never get rid of it, I use my only as a fun weekend car but that's just me. I wouldn't trade it in and start anew on another, you might just be starting all over again on maintenance.

1996 SAAB 900 Cabriolet SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance146000 miles

Summary:

Good image let down by dynamic flaws

Faults:

Roof has broken twice.

Drivers sun visor has snapped off.

Front badge has been stolen.

8 tyres in 19 months.

Exhaust had to be replaced.

Discs and pads all round replaced (general wear and tear I guess)

CD autochanger jammed.

Gearstick display pops out.

SID display fading.

Alarm system broke.

Some hoses burst in the engine bay.

General Comments:

This car is a nice car, contrary to all the things that have gone wrong with it.

I am sure this is because I have thrashed it since I have had it. This car has 226 16 inch wheels, bodycoloured grills, bumpers, lowered 60mm.

The roof has broken twice, first time it cost me £1500 to fix. It is still broken now and I will have to fork out another £800 before next summer. As a first car though it's nice.

One bad thing is that it is not fast. If you want a fast car, buy a SAAB Turbo. I often race my car, but get beaten by a lot of cars. Though my car is faster than a BMW 320 Coupe!

The handling in dry is OK. In the wet it understeers, but it's controllable.

Saabs have a good image and you can get girls driving one, and girls think you are cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2005

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 27 reviews