1997 Saab 900 User Reviews

1997 Saab 900 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"speed" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"turbo" 5 reviews
CONS
"seat" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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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.

Cons

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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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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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

35

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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Lucas writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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5

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Everything

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havent found anything

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Gonna Own Saabs For Ever — SAAB SAAB SAAB, enough said..... Fast excellent build quality and performance. This was my fourth Saab, and there is no other car like it. Once you drive one would will always own one, that is what happened to me 4 years ago.

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

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Perry writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr S Convertible Review
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5

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Comfy

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Isnt 1

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Brilliant — I like it so much. I feel privilaged to have a car that is comfortable and i dont get ill whilst being driven in it because of the fresh air i get when we put the roof down. It Nice

Primary Use: Family transportation

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

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Fun to drive, incredibly roomy, low maintenance.

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Heavy, wish it had AWD

kupkake
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Heavy, But Quick And Nimble, Roomy, Fun. — For a big, heavy car it comes out of the hole quickly, though with a slight tendency to settle back on it's haunches. Nimble handling, excellent turning radius. Excellent highway car. I've had to replace the clutch, the water pump, serpentine belt, idler pulley and exhaust over the last 6 years and 90k miles, not too bad all things considered. This car is solid. Mileage is astonishing, 21 city, 29 highway. I love my Saab.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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Cost of Repairs

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Thumbs Up For This Car! — This is a good, reliable car. It has great gas mileage, between 26-32 mpg. Very few repairs needed, although repairs are costly when you do need them. Handles well, and its fun to drive as a manual. Styling is, well, Saab. For most people, either you love it or hate it.

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Tyler writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr SE Turbo Hatchback Review
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3

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Quick, TURBO, interior set up, trunk space.

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Rear seat room.

35

1997 Saab 900 — This is a great car. Mine was purchased for $200 but I had to replace the engine. I ended taking the block from a 2000 2.3L 9-5. I took the N/A block and added a '97 900 Turbo. Everything works well except for a problem with the spark. Despite 2 or 3 dents this car is a beauty. Mine is black, and it just looks like a sleeper. Overall, this is a wonderful car for a true SAAB enthusiast.

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Angela writes:
1997 Saab 900 2 Dr S Hatchback Review
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5

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Very safe, comfortable, great handling

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I had the two door model which made it difficult to get people in and out of the backseat.  The vehicle is expensive to maintain since the parts are higher quality.

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I Loved This Little Car. — Great little car with awesome features. Dash tells you how many miles you have left in the tank. This can can tackle any bad weather situation including the snows of MA. I had to get rid of the battle saab because it was having emissions problems.

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1980 Saab 900 Reviews

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1982 Saab 900 Reviews

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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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