I just bought a 1996 Saab 900 S convertible. I am in love with her. There are a few mechanical issues which need attention. But because the previous owner cared so much for this vehicle, those pale in comparison to the sheer fun. Riding down I-95 is a whole new experience. I wish someone would revive the make. There is nothing quite as sexy as a Saab convertible. Nothing.
I bought my car new it was a demo model with 3490miles on it. As of 4/17/08 I have 148,000 on this car. The car has been garage kept and only driven from April to Early October. I get approx 24mpg city and as high of 31mpg highway. The best advice i can give people to maintian this car is oil changes every 3000miles, trans fluid chages every 7500.( The trans was not one of their best) I change plugs every year. Recently I have had to change the transmission module. ( Sent it out for rebuild $120 and reinstalled.
Great 4cyl with the turbo. Very nice car for pleasure and long trips.
The computer set up could be easier to trouble shoot. But with the correct computer its not that hard.
The 1996 Saab 900 S 2.3 convertible is one of the best cars on the market today in its category, Not only is it fast, great looking, reliable, and well built, it also gets an incredible 30 mph on the Hwy. and seats four comfortably. Awesome.
owned car 4 yrs, tons of fun to drive,
a number of annoying repair issues for
low mileage vehicle. rolled car
completely over and hit a t pole on
ice and walked away from a totaled
vechicle without a scratch.
Immediately bought another one (2000),
safest conv we could hope to own
top down, period
Reliability, mostly small items but
The car performed and handled well and
was fun to drive up until we hit the
100,000 mile mark. Then everything
started to die - brakes, AC, Heating,
struts, you name it. So, I would say
buy it, but don't hold on to it past
the 80K mark. Ever since Ford? took
over this company, the car is not as
reliable as the Swede's manufacturing
like the toplessness of it, and its
girth/heavyless. It's a massively
These cars need to me much more
reliable mechanically. Long Range
radio transmission poor.