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1997 Saab 900 Hatchback

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Saab 900 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 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.

Gas Mileage


  • 18
  • cty
  • 25
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Good memories, mixed feelings

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback

Mine was a great car when it was around! The turbo's power is really surprising for a 4-cylinder. 5-speed is a must to keep the in-town gas usage down. Brakes are firm and responsive and do their job well. Handling could be better, as it always felt kinda heavy around corners, especially for how fun and sporty the engine is. Mine was getting rusty but lasted until 165k. Engine seized, despite taking care of it. The car was extremely lovable and fun and I still miss it. It's unlike any other car ever, and you have to drive it to really get why. It just feels kinda raw and European. It can start falling apart on you as it ages, especially the interior, but you tend to shrug it off and smile.

Love my 1997 saab talladega

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 SE Talladega Turbo 2dr Hatchback

Bought this wonderful Saab in 2000 from the original owner. 16 years old now and only 120,000 miles. Its Cayenne red and a 3 door coupe. Always garaged and always serviced so in turn it looks excellent and runs fantastic. It is our 3rd Saab and most likely our last due to GM screwing up Saab Sweden. The fit and finish is outstanding, the paint almst looks new from 10 feet. The outstandig leather interior looks almost new. The Talladega is a limited production model that has upgraded exterior and interior features. The engine and transmission have never been apart, just regular maintenance. No Saab stories here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

My 1997 saab is still

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 2dr Hatchback

My 1997 SAAB 900S now has 227,000 miles on it and is still running great! Body looks great too - no ext. rust whatsoever. The only major repair was a new clutch & clutch cable but hey, it's not a new car so certain things will wear out on anything after 15 years on the road.

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Another 'saab' story

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 SE Talladega Turbo 4dr Hatchback

Fun to drive, lots of space, and that's it! What car made after 1988 uses a cable clutch?! The cable snapped on the clutch, the oil cooler spewed oil all over the engine, sucked in by the cabin fan and spewed oil on my face, the backlight for the climate control burned out, the lumbar seat broke (and I'm not a big/heavy guy), list goes on. At only 60k miles, the thing fell apart - stupid things going wrong. Do not buy this car. Stay away.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I love these cars!! and

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 4dr Hatchback

Ive had the privaledge of owning many high end luxury cars. WOW! I am so impressed with the drive of the saab, the incredible roomyness & sporty handling. Best of all I am impressed with the fuel economy. I love the solid feel of the car in comparison to the lightweight tin out there these days.Recently purchased a 97 900s 4cyl auto, after giving back my 09 Acura MDX. Fortunately I am experiencing a Saab before its full bastardization by GM. I would definaltely recommend this car.No mechanical issues yet and my Saab mechanic does not forsee any. Do not be swayed by the horror stories on such sites. Experience this magnificent car for yourself!

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What a piece of junk!!

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Vehicle: 1997 Saab 900 S 4dr Hatchback

We purchased this car for about 3K about a year and a half ago. We have put over $3,000 into it since then. Lots of computer/electrical issues, entire brake system had to be overhauled, it is absolutely NOT worth the money in order to keep these things running. A couple times we were unable to fix the car simply because the part is no longer manufactured and not available anywhere! Do yourself a favor and DON'T BUY A SAAB - what a major money pit!


Full 1997 Saab 900 Review

What's New for 1997

No changes this year.


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I have a 1997 Saab 900s manual transmission with about 90,000 miles. Intermittent issue going into reverse. Sometimes if I put it in 1st and move a few inches forward - it will then go into reverse....

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