1997 SAAB 900 SE B204L from North America
Out of 50 cars I've owned it ranks as my 3rd favorite, behind a '76 TR6 and '69 454 powered Firebird
Re-torqued head bolts at 125,000 miles.
Turbo oil seal had failed, so I purchased a used turbo and replaced the failed unit (not bad service for the extreme temps these run in).
Replaced alternator (which is a pain to get to) at 135,000 miles.
For a cheap used car (under $5K) that sold for multiple decade digits new, and gives such great performance and comfort, you can't beat these cars. Don't let anyone fool you. They are just cars; if you can fix a newer Chevy or a Ford, with a little extra research and patience you can fix a SAAB. There are a lot of forums available to help diagnose and help with step by step repairs. I wish I could buy one of these brand new, I wouldn't hesitate. They are extremely well built and engineered.
This 4 banger beats any I've ever seen in a production vehicle in top end. It really is an amazing motor when it spools up and powers the heavy 900 down the tarmac. I became a believer after my wife talked me into getting this car for her.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2010