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1993 Saab 900S "An Old Friend -- Time to Trade? by SetnSpike from Manhattan Beach on 03/04/2002. Trim: 1993 Saab 900 S convertible, Owned 9 years.
Pros: In 1993, the 900S Convertible was a head turner as there weren't too many of them on the road. It was moderately-priced and it had great gas economy. Nearly 10 years later, it has more than 115,000 miles on it and is still so fun to drive around in Southern California.
Cons: Annoying little problems, like blown gaskets (partially due to dry California climate) and switches (A/C switch broke) would have been costly, had it not been for mechanical breakdown insurance.
Overall review: Great car...I think it will be classic someday. Not sure if I should keep it or trade it for something else.
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Great Car, If You've Got The Cash by Monge on 06/22/2006. Trim: 1993 Saab 900 S Sedan, Owned 4 years.
Pros: I was in love with this car for years, so I finally got one. Accelleration is pretty good for a 4 door. Braking is great too, the ABS does a good job at keeping you in control. Handling is fantastic aroud the corners. This car is really safe in the winter, many times I know that I would have slid off the road with another car, but this Saab keeps me on the road and safe.
Cons: Despite how great of a car this is, you need to have a lot of money to keep it up to par. I owned it for 4 years and probably spent $2000 on repairs (fuel pumps, exhaust, starter, AC, power windows, headliner , interior/exterior lights, etc..) The interior and exterior are great quality but the engine compartment is the problem with this car, so many things went wrong with this car I couldn't believe it.
Overall review: A classic styled vehicle reccommended only for Saab enthusiasts who have the cash to maintain this car. I loved it and would get it again because of the brand and the styling, but there were so many mechanical problems that it was just not reliable and hurt the bank too much.
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SAAB Sets You Apart by Skyler in Jackson, WY on 06/20/2005. Trim: 1993 Saab 900 S 2-Door Hatchback, Owned 1 year.
Pros: The pre-'94 SAAB 900S is a classic by any measure, and its popularity only grows. European quirks get double-takes from passengers and passersby alike. It's sporty feel is unmistakable, and its rally history is undeniable.
Cons: Unfortunately, my transmission failed after about 120,000 miles. Its replacement was expensive and time-consuming. Other maintainence issues have come up, but nothing so crippling as the transmission.
Overall review: SAAB's aeronautical engeneering background shines through in clever details in saftety and design. The ignition in the center console raises some eyebrows until one explains the importance of being able to turn off the ignition -- even from the back seat -- after an accident. The forward-opening hood used to be common-sense among automotive designers. Now its simple, safety-conscious presence is an attention-getter as one checks his oil at the fill station. Safe, strong, and versitile (with the back seats folded forward, the hatch sleeps two!) the SAAB 900S is a joy to own.
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Unique alternative to other European cars by Ian on 08/23/2004. Trim: 1993 Saab 900 Turbo Hatchback, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Wonderfully unique and very practical. The body is rock solid with doors that close with a reassuring thud. The turbo gives it good performance and the car is very fun to drive on back roads. Comfortable seats, near perfect ergonomics and an extremely large amout of luggage space make long trips easy. Also a great winter car. Will easily plow through a heavy over-night snow covered driveway.
Cons: The transmission could be a little slicker. Saab 900s are notorious for transmission trouble, but if not abused, they will last a long time. When buying one, make sure you can easily find all the gears without grinding. The back seats can be a little cramped for a car of its size. The car could also use a cup holder to prevent things from spilling into the ignition switch in the center console. Part for the car can be expensive, especially electrical ones. Watch out for saggy headliners too. If you don't mind pinning it up, it's not a big deal.
Overall review: I have two Saab 900s and I'll always have at least one of them. They're not perfect cars, but they're certainly less flawed than anything from America regrettably. If you want something a little more reliable, buy a Japanese car. However, if you want an extremely unique car with a near perfect balance of performance and practicality, go with a 900 Turbo.
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by Evie from Olympia, WA on 04/29/2004. Trim: 1993 Saab 900 S Sedan, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Very nice ride, does well in the snow and if well taken care of, will give you very few problems.
Cons: You must go to a European car specialist to get even the oil changed. The way Saabs are designed, the Transmission drain is in the spot the oil drain is on an American or Japanese car. So if you're not careful, you could end up with no transmission fluid.
Overall review: It's reliable, but if you break down, do it in a place with a European mechanic shop!
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