1973 SAAB 99 EMS 2.0 from North America
One of the worst cars ever made
This remains the worst car I have ever owned.
- Clutch master & slave cylinder twice (18000 & 62000).
- Front brake pads 6500, 13500, 20,000. Finally found a harder compound, which made it all the way to 35000. Brake master cylinder twice.
- Engine mounts broke, entire drive train would move back and forth even before & after repair.
- Entire exhaust system 3 times. Exhaust manifold fell off the engine.
- Fuel injectors leaked. Windows fell off lifts, crank handle broke. Seat heater failed.
- Primary shaft to transmission and gear both failed at 41000. Waited 2 months for parts from Sweden.
- 2nd gear synchro 42000, had to shift 1-3 most of the time.
-Tach stopped at 23000, windshield wiper motor twice, other electrical problems.
This car was fun for a few minutes a month, then reality would slap me in the face. It only made it to 62K miles before it was finished. The only thing that worked decently was the Triumph engine.
SAAB made planes. I said I would never fly in one because of all the problems I had with this horrible car. I did fly on a SAAB/Fairchild turboprop years later and survived.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th August, 2010
1973 was a Swedish engine. 1970 was the last year of the Triumph.
And there are so many who accuse GM of mucking Saab up...
SAAB had many problems long before GM. Most 72-74 99's were junk. The day I picked it up, the windshield wiper motor blew and it took 2 weeks to get a new one. A bad omen.
Another warranty repair got me a loaner model 96 with the Ford V4. It started on fire from the carb (a common problem, I was told by the dealer). Only a neighbor loaning me a fire extinguisher saved it from ruin. The French mechanic who worked at the dealer said "it is a piece of sh**" He knew because the dealer also sold Renault.
My 1973 Saab had the Triumph engine. The name "Stanpart" is on the block.