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1997 Saab 900 Convertible

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Saab 900 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Saab 900

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Quirky and fun. Offers more interior space than most cars in this class.

  • Cons

    Engines are a bit choppy. Interior takes awhile to get used to.

  • What's New for 1997

    No changes this year.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

270k and still going

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

It's been the hardest thing to let go simply because it continues to run and won't stop. The engine still has all it's pep, it's still fun to drive, got enough pep it not having a turbo, it's great on gas and if it wasn't for most of the perks failing -6 CD changer, auto locks stopped working in winter, antenna lost in a car wash and a few electronic gremlins- I would never look at another car. I bought it for 4,000K cash with 106K miles on it, and I must have known it was going to be worth it because I had to have it and I got more than my money's worth out of i. I always put premium in it, always changed the oil after 3K and send to a SAAB Dealer once a year for tests and recommendations

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Wasn't looking for a saab,

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

I bought this when, after 15 years and 235,000 miles, after my beloved E36 BMW died. Having not had a car payment since 1999 - and not wanting one - I bought this from its second owner. It had 106,000 miles on it when I bought it. I was expecting it to be a slow car but, while no rocket, the car has enough power to be safe and mildly entertaining. Interior is comfortable, but not as well laid out or as well built as my BMW was. Gas mileage is in the 23 MPG range. It has a nice factory stereo system, but the old school 6 disc changer in the trunk is a bit of a pain. So far, other than a few minor issues (dash light bulbs, etc.) it has been reliable. Shifter is rubbery compared to the BMW.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

First car

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

Bought it in November of '07 from a private owner. Had 235,000 miles on it and a few problems. The throttle cable was very stiff it actually stuck down before i fixed it. The clutch is stiff but catches very well. sometimes i have to struggle to change gears; the shifter will stick sometimes. Also the top didn't work tonneau motor problems. that was pricey to fix. overall I'm very happy with it. Excellent fuel economy and i love the leather and look of it with the top down. good acceleration for just a 4 banger. runs smooth above a hundred. My first car @ 18 years old. Would totally trust it on long trips. nice radio and cd changer. spent $3500 including repairs so it's gr8 4 the price.

Overall, a great convertible!

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

I Bought this Car off of ebay and have had no issues with it so far. (previous owner had a lot of work done and a new top installed just before I bought it!) Its a lot of fun to drive and it corners decently well. The center of gravity is a little high so it tends to roll in corners. But otherwise driving it is a blast. It gets OK Gas mileage cause its a litle heavy for the 150 HP 2.3 L but it still gets where I wand to go Plenty fast! Overall I would buy another one when this one dies!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Appears to be well made

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

The 1997 900S Convertible has the sleek look of a well designed vehicle with structural body strength and a sporty character and appearance. Most of the exterior holds up well to the various weather climates but when faced with finally finding replacement parts, you have to seriously consider whether or not hanging onto this prestige Saab is a smart thing to do. At 126K miles, I expected another 20 or 30 K before facing high repair costs. Since I've purchased the Saab in 2006 & having no idea of the kind of conditions the previous owner placed on the vehicle, I've since invested at least 1/3 the original cost into more than just simple wear and tear. After Ks of dollars and 126K miles humm

1 of 1 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

The entire NG900's have more problems than should be allowed. The convertible costs about $1200 every other year if you want it to open as the design on the tonneau motor is an absolute failure. The clutch cable is another abomination. I'm under the hood more than I'm behind the wheel, or it's at the garage due to "superior swedish engineering". NEVER AGAIN, I tell you... never again

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What's New for 1997

No changes this year.

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Gas Mileage


  • 18
  • cty
  • 26
  • highway
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