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1998 Saab 900

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Expensive to Repair
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By Secor
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1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo 2dr Convertible


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Purchased my 9.3 turbo SE convert in 2000 with 40k miles on it. Just a word to the wise: over the last 5 years I have put about $11- $15k into it for a new automatic transmission, new motor for convertible top, new brake pads & rotors (2x), oil changes and major and minor services. While I really enjoyed *having* this car, I don't think I would make this decision again. I had a Honda before and I like the cheap maintenance and regular unleaded fuel. I will go back to that soon, I'm almost over the need for a convertible. I have to admit though, if you don't mind shelling out more than the usual amount of $$ for service, it's the coolest convertible out there.


Favorite Features

Cool and unique


Suggested Improvements

Costs an arm and a leg to maintain and repair.


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If you like JUNK buy a SAAB
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By Ed
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1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback


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I bought this car in June 2008 with 106350 miles on it. It is now April 2009 and it has 107200 miles on it. The car hasn't run longer than a week since I purchased it used from a dealer last year. The cars ignition coil pack has been replaced 3 times and the new one is starting to go bad now. It is a money pit. When it runs it's a nice car, but that only lasts a very short time. If you really want one do a ton of research on it or else you're going to find out how awful these cars really are. Every part is expensive to replace and even after replacing them it still doesn't mean the car is going to continue to run, it's Pure JUNK. Buy American!!!! Much easier to work on and parts are cheaper.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage when it runs.


Suggested Improvements

Get rid of the direct ignition system. Fire the engineers that came up with this junk.


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Mine has been great
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By joec
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1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo 2dr Convertible


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I've owned my 900 SE Turbo Conv for 7 years now and have loved every minute of it. Perhaps I've been lucky as I've experienced next to none of the quirky problems that other Saab owners appear to have. Other than routine maintenance, the only thing thats gone wrong was the top motor. At 10 years old I think that is certainly reasonable. I'm thinking seriously of replacing it with a new one, but with only 91K on it to date, it doesn't make much economic sense for me at the moment.


Favorite Features

The color - blood red is great, and of course, the drop top. And with the get up and go the turbo provides (even with the rather annoying lag) the gas mileage is surprisingly good.


Suggested Improvements

The turbo lag has always been my one and only complaint. And I do get loss of pixels on dash that seem to come and go.


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Interesting Car
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By Nisha
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1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback


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As a women would, I bought this car for the elegant look it has. However, this car is meant for speeding. Be very careful! Not only with the speed, but with maintenance as well. This is a pricey car to maintain. It costs me $600 just for a 65,000mph check-up and I've only had the car for 2 months. Other than that It's a great car to flaunt around in.


Favorite Features

The computerized notification alerts are great. The leather interior is creates a nice touch to the sporty but elegant look.


Suggested Improvements

If they find a way to lower the maintenance prices the car would be a great investment. The cup holder is in a bad spot(it's useless).


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Don't BUY Last Original SAAB
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By Steven
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1998 Saab 900 S 4dr Hatchback


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I had bought the car at 60,000 miles and for the last 3 years I had spent ~$4.500 in repairs including Check Engine Light problem which trigger a lot of sensors replacement and even expensive CPU replacement. The Ventilation system always blows warm air if the A/C is off because the air comes near the engine. The original front brakes disks are so soft that it required replacement at 70,000 miles. Almost constantly there was always something to fix since I have it. I also have SAAB 93 which is completely redesign after GM bought SAAB and now I understand the Add GM had that they had fixed more than 100 things in the car. Now this makes sense -> Don't buy it. Steve


Favorite Features

Saab has very good reputation for Safety


Suggested Improvements

Complete redesign of the Car which luckily GM did in 1999


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