Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 20:49:23 -0400
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Buying 1997 Saab 900 Coupe

I have owned a 1996 900SE for almost three years now, and my considered opinion is that reliability very definitely is an issue with cars of this vintage. (However, it appears from the Consumer Reports assessment here in the U.S. that reliability has improved considerably in current model Saabs.) If you are considering buying a particular car, I advise that you have it checked out by a Saab specialist. I don't know how things are in Australia, but in my area of the U.S. both parts and repairs on Saabs seem significantly more expensive than on other cars. My experience would suggest that the electronics and the AC are weak points. Currently, I am facing a U.S.$1,200 - $1,500 bill to replace an AC evaporator on the car. Some may say that this could fail on any car, but I have owned quite a few cars, U.S. and non-U.S., and the evaporator has never failed on any of them. Currently, I also have a 1990 Mazda Miata (present mileage 129,000), and it has been far more reliable than the Saab. Andrew K wrote: > > Hi > > I'm considering purchasing 1995-1997 900s three door with either 2.0L, 2.3L, > or 2.0L turbo petrol engines. > > I haven't done much research yet, but from what I've heard reliability my be > an issue with these cars. > > The used car values for 900 series are very competitive. Basically you need > to pay the same amount of money for a 1997 Corolla as you do for a 900s. > Corolla would have cost $20,000 new and 900s $40,000. These prices are in > AUD$ - Melbourne Australia. > > What I'm really trying to find out is are there any common problems with > these cars i.e. blown head gasket at 100000km or ECU blowing up after five > years etc. > > Any help from your newsgroup would be greatly appreciated. > > Kind Regards > Andrew

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