1997 SAAB 900 S 2.3 from North America
If parts were cheaper, I'd get it painted and keep it indefinitely
Control arms, sway bar links.
One CV shaft.
Alternator is a bear to get out.
Replaced a few vacuum hoses.
Power antenna inoperable since purchase.
Info display pixel problem like all of them.
Speakers deteriorated from sun/heat.
A/C out again.
Changed the battery a few years ago, and the factory radio wanted a security code to work. Nearest Saab dealer insisted I put the car in for service to obtain a code. Bought a Sony CD deck instead, but aftermarket fitment kits do not fit properly, so there's a hole in the dash above the radio.
Interior has held up pretty well, but small plastic knobs & clips are starting to break, which are difficult to find replacements for.
The most frustrating event was when the driver's door latch mechanism (inside the door) failed & jammed. It made it impossible to unlock the doors, even from the other side.
Clutch disc, outer tie rods and timing chain will need replacement eventually.
Bought the Saab for $1400 from an auction with 105,000 miles on the clock. Was a one-owner car from Long Island.
It's a good car that handles well and has plenty enough get up with the 5-speed. I feel a little "closed-in" driving it, but it has been comfortable on long trips and averages 31 MPG on the highway to this day. Commendable cargo capacity, and the back seats are roomy enough for adults to ride comfortably, even though it's a two-door.
Parts are not cheap, and that's the car's biggest downfall - I'm having a hard time justifying spending around $2000 on upcoming maintenance needs on a 15 year old car I'd have a hard time selling for more than $1500-$2000.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the service it's given us.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th April, 2012