1997 Saab 900 User Reviews

1997 Saab 900 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 22 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 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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PROS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"turbo" 5 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 22 1997 Saab 900 reviews.

Nick writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Talladega Turbo Hatchback Review
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TURBO fast, Geat snow car, 30mpg highway without turbo, Unique and bold look and styling. Cheap performance

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Unknown to most modern mechanics, FWD means you won't get all the torque AWD would be amazing. Not enough aftermarket support to the likes of other brand cars. Very stiff Clutch and low Redline. Manual Tans no reccomended for beginer drivers learning to drive a stick

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Saab 900 Se Turbo — Performance: Fantastic car. Best bang for your buck. The stock turbo is intagrated so well with the car that the power is nearly on tap when ever you need it. Keep it in low gear and you can build up your boost to provide ample acceleration. Boast up to 195ft pounds of torque from the turbo which translates to lightning fast acceleration. Very easy to the get the car in low gears with the turbo maxed out. Bad part is, its a front wheel drive car so all of that raw torque is translated to wheel spin so saddly takeoffs are not as near as good as it would be if it was AWD or RWD but for control the Front wheel drive platform is best. The saab will eat through snow since the car is built in rallysport tradition. The Saab uses a very effective 4 cyl 2.0 litter engine and yet the turbocharger spews out massive performance that will even rival that of v8's. Because of this the car is super sporty and can contend with just about anything else on the road. It's built on a lighter chasis and with excellent aero signatures. That being said this is a super fast little car that I have been able to max out at 147mph. Spedometer goes to 155 but I didn't have enough road or balls to try for that. Braking is great also. Power to the front wheels already means great control but the ABS will give you a solid and gradual break. Stock breaks and rotors will give you excellent stopping distance and downshiffiting while light breaking can keep your speed constant around cornering all while charging the turbo in the low gear so you can easily begin instant turbo acceleration when you reach the apex of the turn. Handling is a dream. The car is built on a solid frame and the hatchback design always feel tight. The front wheel drive means the car will carve through any road or track with maximum precision. don't worry about the rwd powersliding or drifting. In terms you can go faster and maintain your control without breaking for longer periods of time because of this. Saab has a rich history of early Rally Racing so it knows how to compete in control. Sway bars built into the front engine bay from strut to strut will help to alleviate body roll but I believe the trunch should implament one as well since the car has a very open rear end. The Saab is a tall vehicle moreso than it is wide. Definantly a difft driving experience. Build Quality: Although its half GM at this point it still retains the SAAB heritage. Designed like a jet plane it still keeps the sold Sweedish design and accents and retains a luxury vehicle feel. I think it still has too much plastic in the interior although wooden or carbon fiber dash kits and accents can clean that all up. The SAAB is built like a tank in all areas. Designed to be ultra safe the car needs to be design to take impact with protection to driver and passenger. The car boast some added items that shows its better build quality for instance saabs decision to use a timing chain rather than a belt since belts are cheap and made to fail. Appearance: SAAB is a love it or hate it brand. It excells in its need to stand out and be different and in that sense its one of a kind. Although GM has eventually downgraded them to look more mainstream the earlier saab generations carved its way in the looks department with bold and innovative designs for instance the center mounted ignition. Instead of putting your key into the steering collumn like all other cars SAAB always puts its ignition on the center between the two seats and behind the shifter knob and next to the e break. I didnt know anything about saab until I bought one and I instantly fell it love with its design and factor. SAAB fan for life and very pround to be a part of a very select car manufacture. I have yet to see another 2 door Talladega out there. Cost of ownership: The downfall of the saab is in its non traditional design. For instance the engine is inserted backwards which throws off most mechanics. I have found the car takes pretty average upkeeps but repairs can get expensive because it is lesser known than a Honda or Toyota but if you can do the work yourself the saab is still reasonable. Avoid dealers at all cost as they rip you off for oem parts and instalation. Where the saab excells is Fuel Economy. Its a 4 cyl car built on a light body so it doesnt guzzle fuel. The only time is sucks gas is while driving aggressivly as would any car. When you milk the turbo it will cost you at the pump but I think the perfomance is a good trade for the gas. If you want outstanding fuel economy just let of the gas and don't use the turbo. The car will Do on average about 29 to 30 highway and 24 to 26 City if you abide by the rules. Fun Factor: I couldnt imagine a more fun bargin. Its the driving fun of a Miata with the performance of a Subaru. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you can get your hands on one and are willing to become a saab fan. Just take good care of the car and it returns ten fold

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elarayan1 writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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Fun, fast, safe

Cons

Cost of repairs

elarayan1
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If You Take Care Of It, It Will Take Care Of You. — Excellent, fun car to drive, good handling. Manual Transmission with a Turbo is worth the extra cost. Great gas mileage, average maintenance. All parts are expensive, but repairs are predictable. Find a good Saab mechanic and stick with them. If you're buying used read the service history first.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alan writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr SE Talladega Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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It feels like floating on a cloud... A fast heated seat cloud

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Expensive repairs... REALLY EXPENSIVE

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Amazing And Really Safe — I loved this car soo much! It was amazing! It was no Ferrari or anything like that but it handled amazingly i loved the air suspension around corners cause you couldn't feel a thing. It had every luxury feature you could think of. I would do anything to un-total this car! It saved my life in a crash and i cam out without a single scratch and only had a minor concussion.

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

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Austin writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr S Hatchback Review
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5

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Its fast and well built

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nothing

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Saab Rules — My Saab has over 170000 miles and the turbo is still going strong, this car is built to last and to perform the entire time. i love it and i couldn't have asked for more of a car. it goes fast too.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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George writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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4

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style, handling, fun to drive, price

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expensive to maintain, noise interior

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Original Looking Sweedish Styling — great car, good quality but little things kept breaking down and not cheap to fix - great car in driving - fun to drive

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chall4648 writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr S Convertible Review
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4

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Nice size good on gas easy to park. and sexy convertible.I truly enjoy this car. and has snow traction button so  I did  get through the winter with ease.

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It needs and ignition which is about $150.00 put in it and the  crank shift seal needs to be replaced as well.  I don't  have the money to fix so  looking to sell fast.

chall4648
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Love It!!! No Money To Fix It! — 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 summer and strong in the winter.. .

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Crystal writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr S Hatchback Review
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5

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Economical

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the broken wiindshield LOL

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My Saab — I love my car. I got it at a steal! It has beautiful leather seats that heat up in the winter so I never have to get into a cold car. It is a very fun car to drive and I love the sun moon roof.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Trevor writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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Very fast from a roll, average off-the line, 28-30mpg highway,  easy upgrades

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SAAB Parts ain't cheap, mushy suspension

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Excellent Vehicle, When Saab Still Had Influence Over Their Own Brand Before '02 — Performs well, aside from cornering (due to mushy suspension, although it will take the turn regardless). Built well, the body is GM, so it's only alright, but the engine and transmission is still SAAB, so it lives up to the name. Interior styling is what you'd expect from an executive sedan, lots of little luxury features, although the cabin is fairly small, comparable to an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series. Exterior looks good for a semi-hatchback, still different looking, but looks more acceptable than the Classic SAAB 900, 3 spoke rims stock. The milage is as good as you'll let it be, it loses a fair amount of fuel to the idle as it sits at 1k rpms, city about 16-19 (depending on your spirit) and highway about 25-30. There is an obvious superb turbo whistle when accelerating and is dominant from speeds of 45+mph. The parts though, are SAAB, so some simple things are cheap, but who would have thought a new door latch would run you $190? Just watch out for the belt squeal, which is indicative of the tensioner, ($400).

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

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Julian writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr S Hatchback Review
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4

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good, reliable car

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expensive parts when doing repairs

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Reliable, Cheap Insurance — mad safety features give it cheap insurance. If your going to get this car, get the turbo model with the 5-speed so you can have some fun. The base model was good for getting around, cargo, but wasn't much fun to drive

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Peter writes:
1997 Saab 900 4 Dr S Hatchback Review
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3

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the sound system i put in

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breaks too much

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Dont Buy Unless Ur Not Gona Beat On It — broke too many times cant handle being beat on.rides a little high and it handles great .the gas milege is alright at like almost 20 miles to gal.you cant try to shift too fast or the gears grind even if the clucts is on the floor

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

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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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1996 Saab 900 Reviews

The Best Overall Car Ive Owned (have Had 7so Far) By chitownfan420

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... Read More

My Favorite Car By jkopf75

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 t... 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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