1996 Saab 900 User Reviews

1996 Saab 900 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 16 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews
CONS
"dealer" 3 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 16 1996 Saab 900 reviews.

chitownfan420 writes:
1996 Saab 900 4 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

speed comfort practicality

Cons

shares a platform with the caviler and sunfire,

chitownfan420
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The Best Overall Car Ive Owned (have Had 7so Far) — the car is comfortable quiet and legitimately fast. its very classy and practical with out being smug or boring. its rust resistant i live in Rockford (northern IL where we have to use tons of salt to combat the snow each year and my car has held up remarkably well there's hardly any rust on it. The car has a ton of grip but the handling could be better its not horrible but not as nice as the 01 focus i had. the simple rear suspension is at fault here

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1996 Saab 900 4 Dr S Hatchback Review
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5

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A total blast to drive, especially in sport mode.

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location of window switches, and tilt wheel vs. telescoping.

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Love My 900 S — I love everything about this car. For a non-turbo, it's still a blast to drive. It get's phenominal gas mileage even with my foot in the engine and is one of the most comfortable cars I've owned. Saab being a nightmare to work on is a load of crude. I'll work on my Saab over a domestic any day. My next one will have a turbo.

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jkopf75 writes:
1996 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Convertible Review
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5

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Looks, power, swedish design and engineering

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parts can sometimes be expensive

jkopf75
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My Favorite Car — I love the looks of this car. It was the first SAAB I ever drove and has been my favorite model ever since! Saab perfected the turbo engine and it's really a blast to drive with the ragtop down in the summer!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kevin writes:
1996 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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It is just so cool!

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Hatchbacks are always noisey.

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900se Turbo Rockawesome Power — Swedish engineering has been like a waking up moment. The things that are different are for a great reason like key in the console and the window controls on the console. Second gear is the best, it is a blast to own and drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aaron writes:
1996 Saab 900 4 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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4

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Fun to drive, lots of cargo room, leather seats, power everything

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Relatively high maintenance costs, somewhat lacking in the looks dept.

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Saab 900se Turbo — The performance of this car is outstanding for what it is. With the 2.0L 4cyl engine with a turbo, this thing really gets up and goes, and can get around 30 mpg doing it. The looks of this car make it a sleeper of sorts, because it doesnt look like its fast, in fact, it looks more like a mid 40 something person would drive it. The design however, in my opinion, is more for utility than sheer beauty. The hatchback can swallow an incredible amount of cargo. On top of that, the car is loaded with just about everything you could want from a power moonroof, heated leather seats, 6 speaker sound system and just about power everything else. This car is immensely fun to drive, both because of the powerplant and the 5 speed transmission. As with any twelve year old car however, there have been problems, but again that comes with the territory of owning a used car. Saabs have a good reputation of lasting forever if well taken care of.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1996 Saab 900 4 Dr S Hatchback Review
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3

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fun to drive, great on gas mileage, sunroof, 12-disc cd changer

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2wd, not so great in the snow, cds skip when you drive over a bunp

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History Of My '96 Saab — My father got this car in July of 1996, at which time the car was leased. At the end of the lease, we decided to buy the car. Once we bought the car, we did experience a few problems with it overheating and whatnot, however the car has been tuned up atleast several times over the past 8 years. In 2003, my dad began leasing cars again. We decided to keep this one so that I would have a car when I learned to drive. The car is now 12 years old, it's the longest my family has ever kept a car. it runs pretty well for it's age, we have had a few minor problems with the car on occasion. I did noticed a few squeaks in the tires when you start to accelerate, nothing serious, but it should be addressed at somepoint in the near future. But it is a fun car to drive, great on gas mileage. I just painted up a bunch of scratches that were on it, so now it looks almost new. I also put rain-x wipers on this car a couple of weeks ago, which I have not had the opportunity to use yet, but i've heard they're amazing. Ofcourse it's not the fastest car in the world, but it'll get you where you wanna go.

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Peter writes:
1996 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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Torque. T5 manangement.

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Breaks. They suck.

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Wooo. — Stage 3+ due to genuine saab parts and custom ecu tunes. Awesome highway pulls and more torque than the tranny can handle. 4 grand for the car 3 k in mods.... priceless when you pull on cars that cost 6-10 times more.

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Rögnvaldur writes:
1996 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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Swedish, Turbo, Easy to Fix, Beatiful

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Slow Brakes, Crappy Car Dealer

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1996 Saab R900 Turbo — The performance and Brakes could be better, The body needs some work, but othervise this car is just great, it's not expensive to run, this car is really fun to drive, and the Interior is great, custom made Recaro Lether Sport seats, carbon fiber dash trim, the paint on the car is awsome, black with gold pearl This is a Saab R900 2.0 Turbo, around 190hp, with 3" exhaust and black rims and headlights

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Stian writes:
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3

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Big Boot!

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The 3rd gear

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Comfortable — Reliable car, wich are good 2 drive, the comfort is great! Typical swedish, and safe.

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Guillaume writes:
1996 Saab 900 4 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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engine is amazing, car is pretty well equiped, the inside looks still very good despite 163000 miles on the clock.

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black paint totally faded, not very reliable, seats are a joke

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Interesting Exotic Car — Good performance (185bhp) in a dirscreet 90's 5 door hatchback, that's what i was looking for... not really comfortable compared to my french cars...

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1980 Saab 900 Reviews

Capable Runabout, Solidly Built And Safe By Kirsty

this GL spec (low spec) 900 non turbo did not have power steering, hatches are not as pretty as sedans IMO, but looks are individual and eye catching nontheless. Performance was pretty average, build... Read More

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1982 Saab 900 Reviews

1982 Saab 900 Turbo By David

Just purchased this 1982 Saab. So far, I can say that the performance is impressive for early 80's turbo tech; about 150 horsepower from the 1.9 liter four. The styling is quirky and has aged well. I ... Read More

Saab 900 Gl By Christer

First family car! Worked like a charm. But not a thrill in any way!!! Terrible condition when we bought it. A lot of rust around the wheel arks! Got some replace peaces from a relative who worked at a... Read More

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1983 Saab 900 Reviews

Awesome! By Caleb

Totally a collectible, beautiful swedish design, reliable swedish engineering, and it has a turbo. This car has a 2.0 liter inline 4 w/ a turbo that gets up and goes. Known for their reliablity and dr... Read More

Love Or Hate Looks By Brian

although it was not a pretty car it did go well . they are difficult to park accurately because of the large bumper overhang at each end. Read More

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1984 Saab 900 Reviews

Horrible, Miserable Excuse For A Car By Kelly5078

This miserable turkey belonged was my wife's car. We bought it for Saab's safety reputation, as we had babies at the time. We were misinformed. The only thing safe about it was that it often wouldn... Read More

Beautiful, Elegant, Perfect In Every Way And So Fun! By Kirsty

the 900 sedan is the most stunning of the saab range, 2 litre turbocharged engine provides uplifting performance which surprises drivers of more modern cars as you easily cruise past them! Build qual... Read More

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1985 Saab 900 Reviews

Good First Car. Very Safe By Cyrus

Very narrow and long car so it is a bit strange to drive at first. You may notice a slight instability at high speeds... This is easily fixed by putting spacers on the front wheels. No power steer... Read More

Great Car By Gus

This is a great car that I got a great price on. It's a sporty, classic car. It is the most ingeniously created car I have ever owned. Everything about it is made to make life easier. It's big enoug... Read More

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