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.

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

Pros

speed comfort practicality

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shares a platform with the caviler and sunfire,

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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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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

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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

Pros

It is just so cool!

Cons

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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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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5

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Swedish, Turbo, Easy to Fix, Beatiful

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Slow Brakes, Crappy Car Dealer

25

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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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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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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3

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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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1998 Saab 900 Reviews

It's A Keeper. By bennybob

Fell in love with this car when I first saw it and have taken long trips with it, to North Carolina and Outer Banks having no trouble with it. Enjoy it most in the summer with the top down and the AC ... Read More

You Either Love It Or Hate It! By Janey

Well firstly it's not a convertible, it's a Talladega, this application didn't have my trim on the option list. The handling on this car is fantastic, I would never go with another car for handling. T... Read More

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1997 Saab 900 Reviews

It's Fun To Drive But Not To Own. By Don_Blue

A classic car with to many complications, turbo was nice but very laggy especially at this age, handling is very bad for a sports car, great looking, no trunk space, great folding top. Slow off the li... Read More

Love It!!! No Money To Fix It! By chall4648

The saab is a reliable car and easy to fall in love with. the convertible was a plus. as well as in the city parking. the sound system was standard and reliable. was easy to maintain. Great in the... Read More

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1995 Saab 900 Reviews

Lots Of Style And Reliability For Modest Cost. By Dane

I bought this car off a 3 year lease return with 50k miles. I now have 170k miles and I've run it hard through Minnesota winters. The car stills runs great with only minor maintenance repairs. It even... Read More

Saab Rules By Lars

Not cheap to run but very good value all in all. A true 4-seater with ability to cover long distances in a very relaxed fashion. Cruise contro on, top off and you're ready to travel anywhere in Europe... Read More

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1994 Saab 900 Reviews

Gotta Love The Swede! By Will

Handling is exceptional along with braking. Build quality is good on mechanicals but not so much on interior parts. The car is a neat green color and it has the S.E wheels which look nice. Its no s... Read More

Best First Car In Existence...also The Easiest Car To Learn Stick On!! By Zach

from a glance...u wouldn't think much of it...and if you just quickly test drive it, u would think its just a normal car, but to live with it is like having another best friend that you hang out an... Read More

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1993 Saab 900 Reviews

Awesome! By czaplowka68

An evolution of the 99 fi rst seen in 1968, the 900, launched in 1979, makes a great classic buy. Offered in saloon, hatch or convertible forms, there’s a derivative for every occasion, prices are low... Read More

Cool Cruiser By Steve

Performance and handling make this car a relaxed cruiser. I really enjoy driving this although I wish it had a little bit more power. Fuel consumption is not particularly great. The appearance and ... Read More

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