1997 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 6 of 9

1997 SAAB 900 NG 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired77900 miles
Most recent distance78050 miles
Previous carSeat Cordoba

Summary:

Swedish Auto. Absolutely Brilliant

Faults:

Heater Controls Need Replacing.

Center Console Above Radio Loose.

Bonnet Badge Missing.

General Comments:

This Swede certainly knows how to make someone happy!

It's the first time I've owned, or indeed driven, a Saab. After doing my research on the NG (new generation) 900 coupe, I found that it's a Vauxhall (opal) Vectra...

But, I'm not deterred, not one bit. The seats are an absolute joy to sit in, very comfortable. The controls are right at hand and the instrument cluster is very clear to read, thanks to the 'black panel' Only the lights that need your attention show up!

The engine, is one of the best things about this car. Very very smooth, thanks to double balance shafts and timing chain, yup. A chain! it revs freely all the way up to its 6200 red line.

Fuel consumption is OK, but not fantastic. But a car this size and weight, with a 2 liter engine..

I'm still trying to get used to the keys having to go behind the gear lever! Another Saab doing to stop broken knee caps in the event of an accident, as well as stop hot wiring!

Safety wise, you could not ask for more in a base model car. Twin air bags, ABS, belt pretensioner, anti-submarine seats. But Saab are world renowned for their safety. This is a car you feel safe in, very safe.

This car has road presence. People do not want to mess with these things.

On driving, I am still trying to get over how quiet it is. It's very easy to get speed behind you without you realising. Round town, refined, easy to park, light and airy inside.

On the motorway, it could sit happily at 80mph, if not more, all day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2007

3rd May 2007, 14:08

Talk to us in a year after you've put some miles on it.

17th May 2007, 01:44

Hi.

Your review is very similar to mine, having only just bought mine, everything you say is on the money, I even have the broken heater control switches, although I have just replaced them now! lol.

All the best good luck with your bargain!

31st Jul 2007, 08:23

After 3 months and close to 4000 miles later, I'm still loving the Saab.

It still proves to be a good car at 10 years old.

Servicing is a bit costly, but the costs are somewhat recouped in mpg. I'm averaging 30mpg on a good run.

My recent trip to Chester (uk) proved that the car can very happily sit at the motorway limit and indeed a bit more!

And it only cost me 40 quid for a full tank, and that got me there and back with some to spare.

23rd Jul 2008, 02:52

Well, after a year of nigh on faultless driving, she went wrong! : (

The top center serpentine belt pulley bearings failed and took the belt with it.

I limped home without power steering, no power to the battery and worst of all, no water pump, so the temperature got a tad hot. (Not far from the red)

The local Saab dealer quoted me £80 for the belt and pulley, but I don't have to time to fix it.

I have since purchased an Alfa 145 at auction, and selling the Saab as spares or repair. Shame, as I loved the Saab.

Car six in 5 years.

1997 SAAB 900 900SE Covertible 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

I love my Saab, and if I am fortunate enough I will never drive anything less

Faults:

Within the third week of owning my car I blew a radiator hose, around 72,500 miles. This was partially my fault do to lack of general maintenance done to the car after purchasing it used, and driving in the 80+ degree weather all day long.

The passengers side seat has never functioned properly, I think it may just be a motor, but I am not too sure.

Coolant sensor drives me CRAZY! It is always dinging telling me I am low, when I am not.

I know the previous owner had to replace the convertible top, not exactly sure what the issue was, don't know if I really want to know!

Driver's side window leaks in the rain and must be opened and re-closed from passengers side in order to ensure a dry seat... hope this is just a seal issue.

General Comments:

I absolutely love my car! It is bright yellow and gorgeous. I love my ability to burn out off the line every time. The power and handling is perfect and yet with the top down at 60+ the wind isn't that bad!

The factory stereo system is great, it is the pre-amped 6 speaker and boy does it bump for just having the stock speakers. 6-disc CD changer in the back has its drawbacks, but is great on long trips.

The leather seats are amazingly comfortable and great on long trips. The black is hot in the summer, but the heated seats are a life, and butt, saver in the winter. There is plenty of room in the back which is surprising seeing as it is a 2dr.

For a ten year old used car I could not ask for a better car. Very few spots of rust beginning, maybe 2 if you look hard enough, and for being driven in Upstate New York in the winter this is amazing!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2007

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 29 reviews