I have owned this car over 13 years and can't give it up. I used to trade every 3 years, but my Saab has it all (except cup holders). Spent very little in repairs, gave it regular maintenance and it just keeps running through everything. Have hauled everything in the back including bricks, but she still cleans up like a new car. No rust (after 13 years in Indiana winters), paint still like new, as is the interior. I had to replace the CD player, and convert the air, but after 13 years and nearly 140,000 miles, I wouldn't dream of trading her for anything. She is a great work car and will drive on any terrain as long as the clearance is OK. I will drive her until the wheels fall off.
Turbo (don't forget oil changes). Seat heaters, more features than on new cars. Tight turning radius. No blind spots. Doesn't look like every other car on the road. Love the six feet of cargo space when the back seats are down. like having a small truck. Take care of her and she'll love you forever.
This is a really fun car to drive and it has stood the test of time (13 years) in terms of reliability and durability. It certainly has its quirks like the funky key placement (accidental coffee spills can cost you a new ignition switch and starter!) and limited visibility and sometimes annoying mysterious electrical issues. Small stuff for a car this old. It drives better than most cars and with over 130000 miles is still rock solid at freeway speeds. Buy a cheap used one and you'll have loads of fun. treat it well and keep up with the basic maintenance and you'll have a great car. They can be picked up very cheap due to age and Saab's appalling depreciation (I would never buy one new!)
Fun to drive, very good handling, great in bad weather (even in snow) exceptionally quiet and durable top compared to other convertibles (I've never replaced mine and the car has never been garaged) comfortable seats, roomy interior, many standard features.
No cup holders back then? A bit lacking in power (get the turbo if possible). Expensive parts - don't go to the dealership as the web has loads of great resources for this car. Treat the car right and it won't be the Saab Saab story I have heard of but never experienced!
I bought this car at a dealership and
it was a trade-in. I knew at the time
that it was a rebuilt vehicle but the
car was mint. It has been very
reliable with minimal problems.
Overall, I would suggest if anyone is
in the market for a cheap older
convertable that isn't tacky looking
or doesn't want to spend tons of money
on repairs, the Saab 900S is the way
to go. The only thing better is the
The way the car handles, it is 12
years old and handles better than most
new cars. Plus for a 12 year old car,
power seats, windows, locks, top,
mirrors, heated seats/mirrors, and
leather are some awesome features for
This car has been a joy to own. It has
the unique image I desire, the cargo
space to accommodate my photo gear and
dog (and now husband too), and was
tough enough to handle forest service
roads as long as they weren't
designated 4WD only. While the
clearance is low compared to an SUV,
it's high for a sedan. Other than
regular maintenance items, I have had
no extra expenses with this vehicle. It
is still very reliable, though as it
gets older, obviously more and more
basics will need replacing.
Interior cargo space, dash design,
excellent reliability, unique image
appeal, comfy seats, lots of well
designed storage space.
More umph on mountain passes. (Of
course I chose the non-turbo for the
better gas mileage. Give up something
to get something.) The lack of cup
holders, and silly ignition placement.
NEW hatchback models have a ledge in
the back that gear has to be lifted
over. Big mistake.