29th Sep 2006, 05:15
Don't listen to the anti-Saab stuff. They're nice cars.
I don't know if I'd pay $2500. for it though.
2nd Oct 2006, 13:35
We Saab owners do become attached to our cars. The reason is simple - they're wonderful cars packed with personality!
14th Nov 2006, 21:51
I live in new zealand and have owned my 19 86 900 turbo 8 valve for 5 years, it is without doubt the best value car I ever had, it handles so predictably at any speed on our very twisty roads, years ahead of its time.
24th Feb 2008, 20:37
It seems SAAB's are packed with problems, not personality. I've never understood their draw.
27th Feb 2008, 06:16
Have owned a 900 for the last 14 years. Yes they are a car that needs monitoring provided you do that they can be reliable and long lasting. Not a car to be neglected.
10th Mar 2009, 03:59
We have owned nothing but classic 900s since 1989. Our first one, 1986 900 8v 4 door hooked us. I drive a 1987 SPG daily and it has over 206k on it with the original clutch, turbo, and transmission. I have had to replace all the brake components and it is in need of a paint job but it just keeps on going. This one was purchased in 1998 from a local Dr. that bought it from our local SAAB dealer. We also have a 1989 turbo, and two 1988 cars. The SPG constantly causes people to ask us questions about it. I've owned many pre-ford Volvos and several Mercedes but nothing handles like a classic SAAB turbo. I wouldn't touch a ngSAAB. GM destroyed a great product. We did have one Saab story. One of the 1988s had to have it's transmission replaced. Yikes! Very expensive, but still not more than a car payment for the time it had no problems.
Now I've got to liquidate a few so the wife will allow a convertible. Happy SAABing!
14th Jul 2010, 07:39
I fell into a Saab 900 '86 Turbo, 3 door. For $2000.00.
At the time, I needed a basic run around car, and I wanted a car that was both practical and stylish.
This car has both.
I could fit a fridge in this car. The bumpers are REAL. Not plastic bumpers that cost $600.00 + to replace dinged. (A newer car hit my bumper; there is barely a scratch, the other owners car looks damaged $)
These "older" cars may not have the air bags and safety features of so called modern cars, but because they don't, they have a lot more room for storage.
Sure there are problems with these cars. Like any car of this vintage 20 years on... and even the new ones have problems. But, the engines are strong, the body is good, and the minor inconveniences of switches that don't work (all the time) adds to its older character, and low, long term overall price tag.
I also bought a 96 Saab 900. I like it also; a little more American styled than I like, and it has some viewing issues, but it is unique, comfortable and fast!
Enjoy your "Saab - stories".
22nd Sep 2010, 16:12
I have been digging on Saabs for a long time now. I have always wanted one, but can never seem to save the money up for one. I have been told that they have computer problems though. Is this true, or is it just someone that doesn't know what they're talking about?
3rd Dec 2010, 01:28
I'm the poster from the 10 Mar 2009 comment. The 1987 SPG now has 216k on her. The clutch is starting to slip now, the heater control valve started leaking (now by passed), and the driver's door window needs repairing. I'm going to shelve it for the winter, and do the repairs next spring.
I still love this car. It runs like a scalded dog; still on the original turbocharger. I will never let go of it. We just have had such good luck with it. 12 years now.
We recently bought a 1992 Mercedes 400E. We love the massive power of the V8 in the Benz, and all the luxury, but miss the agility of the SPG.
I would recommend a pre-GM SAAB to any body. I have a 1989 900 Turbo that I picked up for cheap, but it has the dreaded rust issue. It was used in Vermont for much of its life, and I knew about it when I bought it. We bought it for the drive train to use in another of our cars.
These cars are in class by themselves. I would recommend a 1989 or newer, as the brakes are much easier to service. Avoid the automatic transmissions. The automatic safety belts are horrible in the early 1988 cars.
I still want a topless version 1994 model, the last year of the classic body. If you can find a good one, you'll never want car payments again.