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Fast, fun and expensive by Tim Gray, Toronto, Ontario on 03/25/2009. Trim: 1988 Saab 900 Turbo convertible, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I love the looks and drivability of this car. Nothing beats it with the top down and the turbo kicked in on a country road headed to the cottage in the summer. Seats 4 people as well and the trunk can actually carry a weekend bag for all the passengers. Great on gas and love the heater (nuclear powered it seems) and the heated leather seats. All the fancy electric options (including cruise) work even though the car is 21 years old.
Cons: In a word. Maintenance. This car breaks in places that you did not know exist. I have a 1984 Suburban and I have never done anything to it except tires, brakes and mufflers every few 10s of thousands of KMs. This car seems to want to spend its time in the shop and parts are expensive and increasingly hard to find. In the past year I have replace windshield wiper mechanism ($300), a transmission mount ($500), vacuum hoses ($300), muffler mounts and hangers ($300), ball joints and rocker arm ($700) and now it is in the shop because it will not work in reverse. My very nice Saab mechanic tells me it will be very expensive. You have to like this car a lot to own it.
Overall review: Beautiful, well designed, a blast to drive but finicky and in need of constant repair. I love it but I may not be able to keep it. Good thing I do not need to drive it to work or live on a fixed income.
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another predictable 900,daily driver by rob on 08/04/2008. Trim: 1988 Saab 900 S Hatchback, Owned 4 years.
Pros: awesome engine,always starts,36mpg key position ,
Cons: non turbos lack some power ascending hills goes throgh inner drivers brake fade(none of previous cars had this problem)
Overall review: this is my fourth 900.Ive owned an 81,85,87turbo,and this 88.each one went to 250k miles or more.this one i have now, most people would not even consider buying a car with 174k miles,but the engines are indeed fantastici paid 975.00 and got at 178k and now has 264k. it should go to 300k miles.my ratings for this particular car are not that great because it has been a bit more problematic than my previous 900's but i will get another one when this one finally goes.
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FUN 80s CAR by AT CLOUD MINNESOTA on 10/08/2007. Trim: 1988 Saab 900 Turbo convertible, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: FUN WITH THE TOP DOWN
Cons: PARTS ARE 1 TO 2 DAYS OUT AT MOST PARTS STORES
Overall review: GXGXCBXCZBXCBXCBXCBXCBVVZX
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killer car by An MSN Autos Consumer on 08/29/2006. Trim: 1988 Saab 900 Hatchback, Owned 1 year.
Pros: styling,material quality,and handling
Overall review: great car
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244500 miles and counting by Jason, Georgia on 11/10/2005. Trim: 1988 Saab 900 Turbo hatchback, Owned 8 years.
Pros: 244,500 miles and counting. Still my daily driver. No engine, or transmission work - none. I still get 27 mpg on a trip! Nobody else has one.
Cons: Needs an extra gear for the 3 speed auto.
Overall review: Will buy another 88 - 93 900 turbo, as my daily driver.
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