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You'd probably brag a little too. by breadtie in Leburn, KY on 09/29/2006. Trim: 1991 Saab 900 Turbo convertible, Owned 3 years.
Pros: I'm the proud owner of a monte carlo yellow convertible intercooled turbo automatic 1991 Saab 900 SE. It's an awesome car, but not for everyone. There's a little confusion about which category this car falls into, it may be the "Summer in Sweden" edition, but, although a lot of ppl think it is an SPG (special package), only a select few hatchbacks are listed as such that I can find, although mine does have the factory SPG body kit. There was a conv. SPG made in 88, But this model is a bit more rare than even those. Only 300 of these cars were imported to the U.S. (mine is from in Nystad, Finland). They were all imports, though, only released to Saab dealers. If you can find this car, get it!
Cons: It does get a bit old taking care of the small things that come up with these vehicles. After all, it's a 91 model! Other than Toyotas or very rare Cavaliers, most '91s have been sitting on their rear for a few years now. Just got done switching out the transmission (which I did myself) but I don't blame the engineering for the trans. going out, one of my friends drove it very roughly (he payed up for it, though). Other than the trans. everything else held up splendidly. This is a good, solid car. Take it from a mechanic w/ about 2 decades experience, they definitely don't make them like this anymore. With proper maintainence and a few fixes, you can easily get 300K+ miles out of this model.
Overall review: Next time you meet someone who owns a Saab of this approximate year model, ask him/her if you can rap your knuckles on the fender (or out-of-the-way body panel. If they are TRUE Saab owners, they'll be very protective). Careful though, YOU'LL HURT YOURSELF! This is one of the most solid vehicles produced post-Jimmy Carter! Before that, every car was a big moving hunk of thick metal. Saab started out designing aircraft, which is where the sleek and somewhat variagated look comes from. But they also take pains to make some of the safest vehicles ever designed. The weight to power ratio is impressive, but it does still have the feel of driving a tank. Gas mileage is pretty good, but I've only got 65K miles on mine. Very protective. It IS a classic, so it also helps to be a mechanic w/your own garage to work on restorations like this. Carfax is horrible. Listed my assuming the title as a RED FLAG! A simple title change?! Be careful when buying a 91, but do your homework and you'll be fine.
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by Colorado Jeeper on 10/11/2004. Trim: 1991 Saab 900 S 2-Door Hatchback, Owned 3 years.
Pros: If you find a used Saab make sure it has been taken care of. I have 170,000 miles on it and it doesn't lose any oil between changes. I have not had any problems for 3 years running...
Overall review: Great car I bought my 1991 Saab 900S for $2,500 in 2001 -all leather all options. I Haven't contributed a dime except for two brake pads and saab oil filters in 3 years! It has 170,000 miles on it and Running Strong-read and weep all of you american car drivers!
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Could be a great bargain by Now I'm wiser on 02/25/2004. Trim: 1991 Saab 900 Turbo convertible, Owned 3 years.
Pros: 182,000 miles, 2 major accidents (one mine, one the previous owner's) & still running. This is an achievement in of itself. No major repair costs other than said accidents, for which you can't blame the car. Handles like it's on rails. Good highway exceleration. The turbo: it is so nice. The front seats also adjust every way imaginable allowing them to support you in the manner in which you have become accustomed.
Cons: Rag top wears very quickly ( I do live in a cold climate w/ no garage). Interior is very minimal. This is typical of convertibles in general, but come on, at least give me a cup holder. If the driver is over 6 feet tall, forget the backseat for passengers, but the trunk is ample for a smaller car.
Overall review: If you find one at good price don't let high mileage scare you. As for my accident, the car was pretty bad, but I left unscathed so give it points for safety. It's great in nice weather, but the canvas top makes it a bit dark inside during winter & rain. Garage it if you can, and better yet if you can find one in cherry condition, grab it and coddle it. It just might be classic someday soon.
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TURBO by An MSN Autos Consumer on 02/25/2004. Trim: 1991 Saab 900 Turbo SPG hatchback, Owned 3 years.
Pros: TURBO TURBO TURBO TURBO TURBO It is a great thing when it is reccommended to get tired approved for over 200 mph. The Hatch makes loading everything as easy as Paris Hilton.
Cons: (No data provided)
Overall review: Greatest Caar Ever
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Great ride- very fun if you can afford maintenance by student from chicago, il on 02/19/2004. Trim: 1991 Saab 900 Sedan, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Styling is very distinctive and timeless, I doubt you will ever tire of it if you are initially impressed. Handling is one of my favorite aspects of the car, manual transmission and cornering feel very European and solid. Fast enough despite not being a turbo. Gas mileage is good. Turbos have higher resale values and are faster, obviously-but are less reliable. Driver-only amenities (airbag, heated seat) are appreciated. Interior styling very nice, looks like an airplane.
Cons: The car is admittedly a money pit. Repair costs are very high. the 1991 900's have frequent problems with an oil leak from the head gasket, which isn't much of problem as long as you keep enough oil in it, but it will leave oil all over your garage/driveway. also, A/C units in Saabs are awful unless the car is brand new. This is my second Saab, and the A/C units have never worked well.
Overall review: If you get a good deal on the purchase price of the car, you may not be out of the woods due to the high repair costs, but if you can afford about $1000 a year or more in repairs/maintenance, by all means go for it. Driving this car will put a smile on your face.
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