1997 SAAB 900 Reviews - Page 8 of 9

1997 SAAB 900 SX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carAudi Coupe

Summary:

Seriously good car, great build quality and good drive

Faults:

Rear disks worn & grooved - disks replaced.

Radiator blocked - Rad and thermostat replaced.

Rear break pad clips broken - clips replaced.

The Air Con evaporator failed at around 130k a very expensive repair, around £900 in the UK at this age not worth doing.

General Comments:

This has been a great car, it gives what I think is the best compromise between handling and comfort. Stiff enough to be engaging, but still gives a compliant ride on average roads with none of the bump/thump of an out and out sports model.

Economy is around 33 - 34 mpg although 40 mpg is possible with care on motorway driving.

Few faults in a lot of miles and no breakdowns.

Build quality is very good interior looks like a 30,000 miler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

1997 SAAB 900 SE Taledega 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

A second hand bargain

Faults:

The fan belt jockey wheel destroyed itself two weeks after I got the car - quite common apparently (£30.00 for a new belt, I got the jockey wheel from a breakers for £2.00) but apart from that it has been faultless.

General Comments:

Strange car this one, handling a bit vague.

Performance not electrifying

Fuel consumption very poor.

But:

Good boot size

Decent cabin (lots of toys)

Great on the motorway (fuel consumption improves a bit - but only a bit)

Very comfortable and quiet.

When I bought this car for my wife I thought I would hate it, but to be quite honest with you despite its faults I really like it. It is a strange phenomenon, as soon as you start to drive it you get a sort of calm feeling, you don't need to overtake the person in front, you let people out at junctions, it's a sort of anti-BMW very strange.

One of the best things about this car though is that it is not a Mondeo/Vectra/Cavalier yes I know it shares the floorpan with the Cav, but most of it is Saab (The only common parts I could find were the rear wash/wipe squirter, the boot catch - which I have banged my head on so many times I have lost count - the headlight adjuster switch and one other thing which I can't remember now!) it has a Saab engine (with a cam-chain, so no massive bills if the cam-belt goes) Saab suspension, Saab body, and a Saab interior, with what must be the coolest cabin air vents in any car, take a look at one and you will see what I mean.

One final thing, this is probably one of the best value second hand cars around. It has all the toys, a fairly swanky badge, but is half the cost of the equivalent BMW/Audi/VW its even cheaper than its Ford/GM rivals - amazing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2004

20th Jul 2004, 13:42

Just bought the identical car (Cayenne Red) here in America. A 1997 convertible with 69,000+ miles. Going from a Jeep Grand Cherokee to this is unbelievable. Great interior feel and looks and great power. Still haven't figured out the need for rear fog-lights yet??

David.

4th Jun 2005, 17:05

RE: "Still haven't figured out the need for rear fog-lights yet??"

There is actually only one rear fog-light. It is there so that in really bad fog the drivers behind you see you and do not rear-end you :-) Gotta love SAAB!!!

28th Sep 2005, 06:42

I've had a '97 2.3 XS Talladega for over two years now and I pretty much agree with all of the above.

However, I find if you take it easy on the motorway you can get over 40mpg.

I love my SAAB and although the book price of it is only around £1500, it's worth more than double that to me. And it's only got 70k miles on it so it will easily do that again.

It's like a BMW only more individual.

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