1998 SAAB 900 2.0 from North America

Summary:

The best of the last, alas

Faults:

I smashed the transmission case and had it welded for $100 - my fault.

Convertible top motors failed at 110K, and I just muscled it up and down. Became a TR4 or MG as it were.

Dented a few rims, NYC roadways/pot holes. Used rims were 200, and that was a hassle, but no fault of the car. Raised the tires to 55 vs 50 profile, and that helped.

Turbo eventually slowed or ceased to work. I never really noticed because I never stomped the gas. I think it still works, but I never really engaged it, racing or anything.

Mileage was great. Gave the car to a friend, and I don't know if he has begun a restore or not. Last of the true SAABs. 1998 is the only one I'd ever buy. Classy, luxurious and sporty.... Very nice 1998 and prior.

SAAB marque pre-1998, RIP, well done!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2013

1998 SAAB 900 from North America

Summary:

Saabs are complete junk - stay away!

Faults:

This car was the worst I've have ever owned.

I've bought it with only 7,000 miles and it only lasted me with 40,000 miles.

Something wrong with the transmission stuck on the last gear.

Has electrical problems.

Check engine and gear box light was on.

This car is trash! I hate it and I will never buy another saab again.

General Comments:

Saab's are expensive to own.

The "check engine/check gearbox" message came on randomly. When this happens the car goes into the last gear will barely move.

Parts are expensive to repair.

So at 40,000 miles, I got rid of the car. For less problems just go buy a Toyota and it will last the best.

Letting you know that Saab's are CRAP!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2008

19th Mar 2012, 15:25

Obviously you had a terrible experience, it can happen. But in general Saabs are great cars (especially the old ones). They're reliable and cope with long mileage.

1998 SAAB 900 SE Turbo Convertible 2.0 turbo from North America

Summary:

Fun to drive, but very pricey to fix. Constant problems lead to an uncertain future with the car

Faults:

At 88,000 the tensioner pulley went and I had to get new belts and pulleys for around $675.

Replaced antenna mast and drive motor for $250.

Motor for the tonneau cover does not work and must be raised by hand; estimated cost at $900 to repair. The top does go down fine except for the tonneau raising.

My biggest gripe is the constant stalling of the vehicle; to try to remedy this I have done the following.

PCV and throttle body cleaning-$224

Throttle Cable and Fuel Filter-$315

IAC-$600.

...and the car still stalls...

General Comments:

The car is very quick and fun to drive. It's great to open up on the interstate or on back country roads.

Very solid handling, 100mph for this car is nothing.

Easy to use interior with great features.

Nice to drive something that not many others have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd February, 2008

23rd Feb 2011, 06:53

This is the fourth SAAB that I have owned. All have been in the 900 type four cylinder. All of the previous SAABs I have owned were purchased new and I ran for more than 170,00 miles before trading them in.

I currently have a 98 SAAB 900 SE Turbo convertible with over 140,000 miles. I purchased this car from a dealer when the car was three years old with 18,000 miles and have no complaints. The car runs like a dream.

I have my local mechanic getting parts for a brake job to be performed later this week. The convertible top is still in good condition and operates properly.

This is my fun car that I primarily now use only to drive to and from the the golf course. Most important is my car is NOT for sale. It is my toy that I do let my wife use occasionally.

John.

1998 SAAB 900 XS 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Heater switch broke, so it is stuck on window defrost.

The crankshaft pulley and power steering pump went at 102000k.

Clutch replaced at 57 K, clutch cable replaced at 70K.

Aerial broke.

Inside lights keep fusing.

Rear brakes keep seizing.

Second gear keeps popping out and is hard to engage.

Sync with gears and clutch is clearly a problem that was not solved with a new clutch at 57k.

The seat are comfortable, and I can get 35mpg on the motorway.

Vision out the rear is dreadful!

Cost of parts is very dear; it's not worth buying new as the parts are priced at a ridiculous price? How do they justify such prices?

Steer clear, it's not a great car; dressed up GM crap!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2007