Used 1998 Saab 900

1998 Saab 900
List Price Estimate
$789 - $1,902

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable interior, cool exterior shape, pleasing ergonomics.
  • Turbo-lag can be a real problem in SE models. All 900s suffer from excessive torque steer.
Saab 900 years

Edmunds' Expert Review

Vehicle overview

Saab has faced some pretty tough times lately. An inconsiderate parent company, General Motors, tries to make Saab fit into GM's large corporate game plan, which has been a longstanding sore spot with Saab defenders. They claim that the giant multi-national does not understand the Saab audience and the appeal of these cars. Lately, and more importantly, Saab has been faced with the difficulties associated with having only a two car lineup. The much-loved 9000 line has been a favorite of Saabophiles and the press corps, but has been showing its age of late. The Saab 900, a beautiful and comfortable car, was a hit upon introduction in 1994, but sales have slowed because of increased competition from BMW, Mercedes and Lexus, in addition to nagging consumer concerns about the 900's build quality.

Despite some obvious difficulties and shortcomings, we still like Saab and the cars that they make. The Saab 900 is a comfortable, equipment-laden, near-luxury car that competes against entries from Volvo, BMW and Mercedes. Prices start around $25,000 for the 900 S three-door model, and climb all the way to $42,500 for the Saab 900 SE convertible.

The 900 is fun to drive with either of the car's engine choices. The turbocharged 2.0-liter unit, however, produces rocket-like acceleration that will char the front tires into oblivion if the driver is not careful. Torque steer is also a problem for cars equipped with the turbocharged engine. Handling feels a bit light in the 900 because the car is so upright and the seats are high off the floor. This gives the car a wallowy feeling through some turns, and can make weak-stomached passengers plead for Dramamine. The reality, however, is that the Saab 900 can hold its own with most imports from Germany and Japan when the road turns curvy.

The 900 is a good car. Unfortunately for Saab, there are plenty of good cars in the 900's price class. If your tastes run to the eccentric, however, this may be a better choice for you than a BMW 323is or Mercedes C280. You'll certainly stand out more in a crowd.

1998 Highlights

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.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1998 Saab 900.

5 star reviews: 55%
4 star reviews: 37%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 38 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • engine
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • appearance
  • handling & steering
  • interior
  • driving experience
  • safety
  • comfort
  • fuel efficiency
  • visibility
  • spaciousness
  • ride quality
  • seats
  • value
  • maintenance & parts
  • transmission
  • climate control
  • lights
  • warranty
  • road noise
  • oil
  • brakes
  • steering wheel
  • emission system
  • acceleration
  • cup holders
  • wheels & tires
  • doors

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars, I love my Saab
My Saab Story,

Bought my Saab in 1998, and have refused to replace it, no matter how dinged up it has gotten. I feel incredibly safe in it... it is built like a truck. And, for all its battle scars getting me around all these years. it is still my beautiful, copper-colored Saab. It has needed very few repairs, and when they have been needed I learned early it is best NOT to take it a Saab dealership. One problem is only place to put the coffee is in one coffee slot right over the transmission. Went to Sweden a few years ago and recognized first hand they drink very little coffee.

5 out of 5 stars, 4th saab
michaelst,

its a great car i had a 20th avn ed 900s T n now i hava 2.3 900s great cars 86 on the 2.0lt turbo was so powerful 80-130 was fun too drive

4.75 out of 5 stars, Reliable, fun and even practical
GoDucks,

I've never had any engine and/or related mechanical problems. The car, even though it's a convertible, has a quieter interior than my Chevy Blazer. I like the four seats, and the back even folds-down to expose a cargo hole into the truck. Much more practical than a miata, S2000, etc. I have carried skis, and 8' pieces of lumber inside my convertible! The bad: the automatic climate control system uses a little fan to sense the inside temperature; that little fan frequently rattles, which can be annoying. The mechanics of the convertible top can be touchy -- $500 in repairs over the last 5 years. Overall good car. EXCELLENT value for money.

4.75 out of 5 stars, 1998 Saab 900-SE Convertible 2.0LTurbo
Angela Carroll,

Everything thing is so nice the leather seats and the car alarm and it is very very comfortable to sit in and the air conditioning is nice. It is a very fast car to drive fast as a Mustang. I would refer any to buy this car it is a great car to own!

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Features & Specs

S Turbo 2dr Hatchback features & specs
S Turbo 2dr Hatchback
N/A
MPG 18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
185 hp @ 5500 rpm

SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback features & specs
SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
N/A
MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
185 hp @ 5500 rpm

S 4dr Hatchback features & specs
S 4dr Hatchback
N/A
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
150 hp @ 5700 rpm

SE Turbo 2dr Hatchback features & specs
SE Turbo 2dr Hatchback
N/A
MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
185 hp @ 5500 rpm

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Safety

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Marginal

FAQ

Is the Saab 900 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 1998 900 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Saab 900 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 900 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 900 has 24.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Saab 900. Learn more
Is the Saab 900 reliable?
To determine whether the Saab 900 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 900. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 900's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 1998 Saab 900 a good car?
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How much should I pay for a 1998 Saab 900?

The least-expensive 1998 Saab 900 is the 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo 2dr Hatchback. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

Other versions include:

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    What are the different models of Saab 900?
    If you're interested in the Saab 900, the next question is, which 900 model is right for you? 900 variants include S Turbo 2dr Hatchback, SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback, S 4dr Hatchback, and SE Turbo 2dr Hatchback. For a full list of 900 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 1998 Saab 900

    Used 1998 Saab 900 Overview

    The Used 1998 Saab 900 is offered in the following submodels: 900 Hatchback, 900 Convertible. Available styles include S 2dr Convertible, S Turbo 2dr Hatchback, SE Turbo 4dr Hatchback, S 4dr Hatchback, SE Turbo 2dr Hatchback, and SE Turbo 2dr Convertible.

    What do people think of the 1998 Saab 900?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 1998 Saab 900 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 1998 900 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 1998 900.

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