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SAAB 900 Convertible 1994‑1998

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SAAB 900 Convertible 1994‑1998

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cottoneyejoe

Bargain luxury 4 seater on the market.

SAAB 900 2.3 SE 2dr (Review date: 7th January '12)

4.5

I''ve had my Saab for about four years and all I can say is it's boringly reliable. I wanted to change it just for the sake of change, but really can't find anything that is as good value and a convertible, with four comfortable adult seats. The car is also very pleasing to the eye, with it's unique slick front end and high rear. My car is a 1997 model and there is absolutely no rust on the bodywork or underside, which I think is remarkable, considering I never wash it and used daily throughout the harsh winter, and on salted roads last year. There are no leak problems with the hood like other convertibles I've owned and thankfully, I've had no electrical issues with the car at all. It always flies through the mot without fuss and starts on the button everytime, whatever the weather and is surprisingly economical. When driven around town, sensibly, it returns around 30mpg and on a long run about 55mpg.

These cars are a real bargain at the moment as you can pick up a reasonable car for around £1000 with history.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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andrewJ

saab 900 cabriolet

SAAB 900 2.0 SE Turbo Talladega 2dr (Review date: 18th July '11)

5

excellent car - performance of 185bhp engine beats bmw and audi

good on fuel on runs, looks fab roof down or up, had a few now and well they go on for 200000 miles if serviced, specailist garages cheap for servicing

great car

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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matty96

Understated Elegance that's a bit Different from the Herd!

SAAB 900 2.0 S 2dr (Review date: 17th July '11)

4

I’d admired this mark of Saab convertible for around 8 years before I was finally in a position to treat myself to one – and afford the insurance! This convertible oozes class, roof up or down! My folks were well impressed, as were work colleagues who assumed I’d paid a small fortune for it! Little did they know I bagged a second-hand bargain that was really Ford Mondeo money!

This car certainly has a lot going for it. It’s solid, reliable and dependable.

Saab seats are extremely comfortable, and don’t give you back (or bum) ache. I also like the layout of the dashboard and facia – it creates a comfortable driving ambience. In fact, the entire interior feels opulent, and seats 4 adults in reasonable comfort. I had no complaints from rear passengers – even on long journeys.

I used this convertible everyday for a year, and this included a fairly harsh winter. The heated glass window meant rear visibility was always clear – even if it felt as though I was looking through a letter box, but I soon got used to it. The interior is nice and snug with the roof up. Lowering the hood is something of a spectacle, and it folds neatly away at the touch of a button. It’s a real head turner!

Alas the fun stopped when I took this Saab around the corner. It was fine in a straight line, but when driven around bends (and there are plenty of them in the UK!) it handled like a boat! When you realise that the driving platform was based on the Vauxhall Cavalier then it all makes sense. This Saab is more of a comfortable/relaxed cruiser than a sporty one. On the plus side, it was an extremely reliable car that sailed through its MOT without any glitches.

There are times I regret selling it, but my new job meant driving around my county on client visits, and this Saab isn’t ideal for nipping into tight parking spaces! However, I might get a later 9-3 model soon as I’m totally sold on the Saab badge. And hey – life’s too short to be boring! You can now pick up decent 900 soft tops for under £1000, and you get a lot of car for your money. I say GO FOR IT – you won’t regret it!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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carolineH

AS THE REG STATES MLC- MY LOVELY CAR

SAAB 900 2.0 S 2dr (Review date: 10th March '11)

4

THE FIRST TIME I SAW THIS CAR I LOVED IT THE COLOUR THE LOOK ITS STUNNING WITH ROOF DOWN . ITS VERY NIPPY EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT TURBO A LOVELY SITTING POSISTION WHEN DRIVING SEATS VERY COMFY. IT DRIVES WELL AND IS OK ON FUEL YOU JUST HAVE TO BE SENSIBLE WHEN DRIVING . IM SELLING AS I HAVE NEW JOB AND THE JOURNEY DOWN BACKROADS AND WHERE I NEED TO PARK IT IFEEL IT WOULD WRECK THE CAR SAD TO SEE IT GO

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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nigelH

saab 900 convertible

SAAB 900 2.0 S 2dr Auto (Review date: 17th February '11)

4.3

I have owned my 98 model saab 900 automatic convertible for over 3 years now and I still LOVE it. It drives and handles well and with the roof down it just feels fantastic on hot summer days, driving to work becomes a pleasure instead of a hassle especially since its an automatic I feel that I am no longer constantly fighting with a gearbox and can instead enjoy the road ahead - which I feel is the point of owning a convertible, is it not. Running costs are reasonable but if you are too concerned about saving cash then a car like this is probably not for you, but if you want to have some fun and stand out from the crowd the I can recommend one. These are well built with long service intervals and sharing parts with GM the costs are similar to a Vectra (I know this as I owned a Vectra before this car .........and it was about as much fun to drive as sharpening pencils). The back seats do seat 4 adults in comfort and I can fit two suitcases in the boot and still have the roof down, marvellous. My next car will definitely be another Saab convertible.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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leviL

Levi Lewis

SAAB 900 2.0 S 2dr (Review date: 7th February '11)

4.3

Had mine for 2 and a half years , never had to put oil or water in it , NOT ONCE..Just cant belive this car it just keeps going. Yes its thirsty, but all good looking cars are ! The trim comes up like new with a bit of tyre spray even on the bumpersand has no rust on it. For a car 16 years old it still turns heads. Only bug bear is that there is a creek from the window passenger side which when you go over one of the many pot holes or bumps makes an annoying noise. Sure it could be sorted if i had to go to a garage. Luckily the bills have been only for the paper an mot costs.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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georgeS

SAAB Convertibles are reliable and fun to drive

SAAB 900 2.3 SE 2dr (Review date: 12th January '11)

4

It is a great car, especially considering its age. SAAB certainly had the build quality right when they made this one.

One or two minor problems, like the pixels on the computer display dropping out from time to time. Also had a minor issue with the mounting for the hood motors, but that was fixed by a local convertible shop, who added a metal bracing bar and its worked fine since. Apparently SAADB provide an upgrade for some over-inflated cost.

Economy is one of the down sides. It is thirsty on fuel at only 25 to 30 MPG depending on how you drive and less if you really put your foot down. SAAB spares and service are also higher than equivalent cars I've owned. Fortunately, it hasn't needed much doing to it over the past five years, so it has worked out cheaper on the servicing front at least.

Until recent fuel price hikes, the MPG has been well worth the fun factor, especially with the hood down.

You can fit 3 people in the reart seats, but they had better have short legs or they wont want to go very far.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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johnR

good car build quality very good

SAAB 900 2.3 SE 2dr (Review date: 9th January '11)

4.8

I have owned my saab for 7 years now and as a whole a really good car , be warned main dealer servicing etc very very expencive, but if you can find a recommened severice centre could save you over half price .

Build quaily is exelent on par with mercedes and far better than Bmw!!

If looked after will go on for ever bought my one at 100k and now done 180 k!! and belive it or not still sweet and starts every time , great in bad weather was what it was made for .

Not keen on newer versions as its basicly a astra and build quality poor ....

Great cars look for service history and make sure if convertible it works as a couple of thousand to fix

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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charlieD

A prestige convertible that don't cost the earth.

SAAB 900 2.0 S 2dr (Review date: 9th December '10)

4

This is my first Saab but it wont be my last, I love my Saab. It has leather, an electric roof, electric windows, aircon, computer, most of the toys you get in a modern car but it has it's own identity and doesn't look like the rest of the euroboxes on the road today. Prices start on Autotrader at only £600 so probably the most affordable prestige convertible available on the second hand market. They are big enough for 4 adults and they are just as great in the winter as they are in the summer, especially with the heated seats :) Parts and serving are cheap enough (brake pads from just £8) and they are ultra reliable. My Saab is nearly 15 years old and it drives better than the new Citroens we have in work . It flew through it's mot and apart from service parts I haven't had to replace a thing on her. I get around 30 MPG out of her and after shopping around I managed to get my insurance down to £260 fully comp although I did get quotes nearly three times this so you must shop around. I don't have a bad thing to say about my Saab but I have read that the electric roofs can failed and the gearbox can be a problem, especially reverse gear but this is mainly down to the clutch cable that can be upgraded to a hydraulic system quite cheaply.

To summarize a great affordable convertible that is reliable and quite practically (for a soft top). I would recommend this car to anyone thinking about something different to a BMW or Audi. There are plenty out there so make sure you look at a few before you buy one and be prepared that you will never buy another make of car again.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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