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1998 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 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Saab 900

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable interior, cool exterior shape, pleasing ergonomics.

  • Cons

    Turbo-lag can be a real problem in SE models. All 900s suffer from excessive torque steer.

  • What's New for 1998

    The Saab 900 three-door hatchback gets the same turbocharged engine as the SE models this year. Other changes include the addition of body-color front and rear bumpers.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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First car, never forgotten

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Vehicle: 1998 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

I bought this car off Craigslist for 1,700 and... It's worth it. Being a fist car and a manual transmission I didn't know how to drive one. i burned the clutch up learning (my fault) since i know a really cheap retired Saab mechanic i only paid 650$ (without slave cylinder replacement) runs great burns no oil i recently put new control arms in it because it shakes when driving due to accident. the top leaks really bad it needs a new one its 5 years old. the top motor has been replaced by previous owner apparently a big problem with the 1998's. other than that i have little problems the driver window wobbles a/c doesn't work and doors lock randomly. Sucks they don't make them any more.




Some good, some bad

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Vehicle: 1998 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

I purchased this car with 50,000 miles on it back in 01' - it now has almost 140,000. The good - great engine, plenty of pep, nowhere near needing a rebuild. The bad - I recently had to replace the muffler, as well as having the abs module rebuilt (only $140), apparently a common weak point on these cars. Generally repairs do not come cheap and get increasingly hard to justify as the car gets older. The ugly - the top. Have had it in 4 or 5 times to get fixed since I owned it - never the motor though, always some goofy part that causes the whole thing not to work. These cars are a joy to drive and style-wise have held up rather very well. I won't be getting rid of mine anytime soon.




Good car but expensive to

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Vehicle: 1998 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

I have had this car for over 2 years now. I love all the quirks it has and the fact that they are a rare sight where I live is and added bonus for me. I have to say it's not the fastest but it's fun to drive. It's not the cheapest to maintain but it's very reliable. My personal opinion is that as far as maintanance I have spent a bit over 4000 dollar these last 2 years including the standard 95,000 service wich costs 550 dollars. Replacement of the top motor with labor $770 (was replaced 3 years ago) and certain other repairs which can be traced back to foul weather (snow, salt). As I mentioned, I purchased mine used and has never let me down. I'll keep it until it blows up.




Fun car

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Vehicle: 1998 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

This is a second car. My other car is a 2003 9.3. The 900 S convertible has proven to be a solid high quality vehicle and fun to drive. The convertible top has given some trouble with the ECU. I would recommend an extended warranty because of some common reported problem areas with the top. Electric motors that control the top may also fail and are expensive to repair. All and all I would recommend this car.




A fun car

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Vehicle: 1998 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

The car had 44k on it when I bought it. I got the extended warranty. I expected that there would be some problems because I have researched Saabs. I also own a 2003 9.3. The top was repaired under warranty because it would not retract. A faulty ECU. I do a lot of mechanical work like brakes and oil changes. I think it’s a great car and I am glad I bought it. It’s a quirky car that gives a lot back in handling and feel.




High repair cost/ poor support

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Vehicle: 1998 Saab 900 S 2dr Convertible

I WENT IN BECAUSE MY CONVERT TOP DID NOT GO UP, NO MOTOR SOUND. $1,400.00 LATER I WAS TOLD IT WAS A WORM GEAR AND HAD TO BE TIMED. ONE WEEK LATER, SAME PROB,NOW ITS A INTERMITTENT SWITCH PROBLEM AND THAT COST WAS $230.00. I COMPLAINED TO THE MANAGER WITH NO SATISFACTION. ALSO CALL SAAB USA AND WAS TOLD THE WIGWAM SAAB IS INDEPENDANT AND THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO. THERE WAS NO INTERVENTION OR CONTROL BY USA SAAB,AS TO MAX LABOR COST OR PART COST THAT COULD BE CHARGED.I BELIEVE IT WAS THE SWITCH IN THE FIRST PLACE,NO SOUND WAS HEARD WHEN THE SWITCH WAS USED. PS THE COST OF CLUTCH JOB IS $1500.00



Full 1998 Saab 900 Review

What's New for 1998

The Saab 900 three-door hatchback gets the same turbocharged engine as the SE models this year. Other changes include the addition of body-color front and rear bumpers.

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