1978 Saab 99 Review
The First, The Original, The Only Kimo-saabie — My husband and I owned this car for 18 years, and I sold it to buy my VW Golf GTi. I am not sorry I did but do wish we could have kept the Saab around for a hobby car. It is quirky, fun to drive, and SAFE. It's also slow since it's a heavy car with an underpowered engine (that's why they did the Turbo) and ours was not a Turbo. I also had biceps like Popeye since it did not have power steering! Braking was exceptionally good. It got good gas mileage and was a DREAM on the highway. We drove it to Nebraska from CA and back, twice, and it was the best car to travel in. It was a 5-door, meaning it had four passenger doors and one large hatch. We camped in it with the seat folded down and it held all our stuff plus a 90-lb Doberman! It will cost you a fortune to repair and maintain so unless you are willing to spend the money to do this get a Toyota instead. It's oddities made me love it more. If you are not like me and just want a basic cookie-cutter car you can thrash around, a Saab is not for you. They need tender loving care, and these old ones deserve it. I wish I could find my car, I'd buy it all over again.
Primary Use: Family transportation
Pros: This was our traveling buddy for 18 years. Long trips and cruising were what this car was made for: it would cruise at 80mph all day long w/o a complaint. Fuel economy was good, seating was comfy, and it held a ton of stuff. With the back seat folded you could get a supposed 61 cu. ft. in there and we probably used all of that and then some. Some of the most beautiful styling Saab ever did (and that is in the eye of the beholder, of course, since this is a Saab). Built like a tank, I always felt very safe.
Cons: The only negative this car had was the cost of repairs. Parts were hard to find and astronomically expensive. Labor took hours which meant it cost because time equals money. Another drawback is that the car weighs 3100lbs, and has only 91HP to get it going. But once up to speed it would drive all day long. If you buy one, expect to fix it and treat it like the collectible it is; otherwise leave it to the true hobbyists cuz it will break the bank if you don't do it right!
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