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#122 of 131 What is the better price to buy 1996 Saab 900 SE Hatchback model
Jun 12, 2003 (9:37 pm)
What is the better price to buy 1996 Saab SE Hatchback model, it has problems like air cooler is not working and brakes are 75% weared and steering is somewhat tight. The rate offered to me is $5000, is it wise to buy for $5000, is that amount really worth for it. any suggestion is appreciated. Does anyone knows how much it costs to fx a/c for Saab.
#123 of 131 Good/bad year for transmissions
Aug 01, 2003 (2:33 am)
Im looking for a 2nd car. I have a choice of a 1990 900 5 speed (77k miles) or a 1992 900 s automatic (69k mile). Which of the 2 setups is the better option for transmission reliability? I've heard horror stories about the automatic and heard the 5 speed is not much better. Thanks.
#124 of 131 Saab Transmissions
Aug 10, 2003 (7:08 pm)
Either Transmission is risky. Make sure you check the auto when it is cold. If there is any delay in Drive or Reverse, forget the car. Drive it on the highway and listen for any unusual sounds especially at high speeds. With the manual trans, downshift in all gears when it is thoroughly warm and make sure it doesn't want to pop out of gear. Bottom line. All these Transmissions will sooner or later be a problem. Make sure you purchase the car right!
#125 of 131 need service in Portland OR
Oct 30, 2003 (10:11 am)
We have a 96 saab9000 which needs quite a bit of work. Can any one recc. a good Saab place, not a dealer. Thanks, Nancehow
#126 of 131 Silicon Valley/Bay Area CA Service Locations
Nov 07, 2003 (11:38 am)
Other than B&B Saab and Swedish Auto Factory, does anyone have a recommendation for a Saab specialist service place? B&B is expensive and has poor customer service. SAF used to be cheaper and more personalized but lately I find them to be equally expensive and getting worse in the customer friendliness department.
#127 of 131 want that saab feeling back again
Nov 15, 2003 (8:06 pm)
can you help me, please?
my 1990 900S is intermittently stalling. it runs great while it's running and then without warning, it stalls out and wont start for approx 8 hours, then it starts up and runs great for 15-20 mins. and then stalls again.
i have found that even though there is spark on both terminals of the coil when i disconnect the coil wire to the distributor cap and hold it to the block and crank i dont get spark (hence it doesn't start). i have checked and do get juice at the injectors.
my car has 153,000 mile and has been well maintained.
i would appreciate help on this problem so i can drive my vehicle again.
#128 of 131 Electrical Problems
Jan 09, 2004 (3:36 pm)
I used to sell used Saab 900's up north in the late 80s and early 90s when the car was relatively new. When new it was a tight and fun car to drive. With time, I can tell you in all honesty that with all the problems this car has (transmissions, oil leaks, body hardware, head gaskets, turbos etc) the worst to be plagued with is electrical. The cars was problematic when new with electrical. With milege, it becomes overwhelming. Unless the owner has nothing else to do but service this car, I would suggest abandoning the project. This is Not a reliable car.
#129 of 131 Was the Saab 9000 CSE a good car?
Jan 22, 2004 (12:32 pm)
Am looking at a '97 9000 CSE turbo, and generally like the car, but wanted to see what experiences you may have had. It has 120K on it. Any suggestions/comments? Thanks!
#130 of 131 900s '96 to fix or to sell?
Mar 06, 2004 (3:26 pm)
I have a '96 900s (110k) that until recently ran fine. Then we ran into problems with sludge in the engine probably due to running the car with a clogged screen in the oil pan. The car is undriveable at this time, basically the engine over heated. The car had been at the dealership the week before with an intermitent oil light, the mechanic said they couldn't find anything wrong, but 15 miles later we nearly fry the engine as the light comes back on. The dealership is now telling us that it will cost $600 to clean the engine and there is no guantee that this will correct the engine problem. If we don't do this the car is not drivable. The question is do we gamble the $600 and see if it fixes the problem or do we just sell the car as is and if so what is it worth?
#131 of 131 Second opinion
Mar 07, 2004 (4:08 pm)
You **might** try an independent repair shop who specializes in Saabs and get a second opinion. We have a 92 Saab 900 and have had a few problems and the dealership was saying we absolutely needed x-y-z done to the car. The indy said only x, that y and z were ridiculous. I have to say, I'm happy we went with the indy, saved ourselves $1500 of repairs that weren't needed and the car now runs great.
Note - we simply called the indy. We didn't even take the car over. It may not be the case for your car, but worth making a phone call or two and describing the situation.