1996 Saab 900 consumer reviews

$23,995–$26,285 MSRP range
side view of 1996 900 Saab
75% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 3.9
Explore the 1996 Saab 900
5.0

Missing My SAAB

Used to own this. Like a dummy, co-worker in need of a car because her son wrecked hers. At the time I had Saab and Jeep. Sold Saab at mechannic's suggestion. Worst advice I ever took. Have missed that car since. Jeep eventually needed its SECOND transmission - I trashed it. And, I don't even want to know because I am sure my Saab is still running.

4.4

Wonderfully reliable car

Driven only in summer Housed in private home-owners garage No body work ever needed Serviced at least once a year for 20 years

5.0

Wonderfully reliable car

The car has been a joy to own, and has been trouble free from the beginning. We are selling because we are downsizing to two cars rather than three.

4.9

Wonderfully reliable car

Owned for 20 years, and serviced regularly. Always reliable. Driven only by myself or my wife. Housed in a garage, and driven only in the summer. No body work ever needed.

4.9

So far, so good

Purchased a used 1996 Saab 900 SE turbo convertible because I always wanted to won a Saab and was in the market for a convertible. Love the car so far, it of course is used with 116,000 miles on it so it is not new, but I am enjoying it and look forward to summer days with the top down.

4.9

Most reliable car I ve ever owned!

My car has over 260000miles on it and has just required routine matinence which I was able to do at home in my own garage due to the accesability of the parts and ease of repair. Large engine cavity makes it so easy to get at anything you need plus it gets great milage!

4.3

181,000 and still going

My saab has 181,000 miles on it original engine and manual transmission. The only think major i had to replace is the top but only because of the back window the actual top is in good condition and it was NOT garage kept. I love this car and will drive it until it drives no more and maybe after that i might just put another motor in it.

4.0

fantastic convertible

1996 Saab 900 S convertible. Bought with 130,000 miles. Have thoroughly enjoyed driving for a year, loved it so much I bought a 2002 9-3 SE turbo on a semi-impulse. Turns heads, incredibly fun to drive with top down. Visibilty out the back with top up is better on the 9-3. Handles really well, much better feel for the road than my previous cars, Mazda 626, Nissan 240SX, Acura Integra. Most fun car to drive I've had since my 1982 280ZX turbo. Fairly reliable, a couple trips to the saab specialist but nothing major considering the mileage.

3.1

Reliability and cost to repair make it a nightmare

I purchased a 1996 900S convertible earlier this year. The handles very well and has reasonable acceleration. It also very subtly attractive. It is "near luxury" car with leather seats, premium sound, and other bells and whistles. But within 2 months, the convertible top failed to a cost of $2800 even though it had been fixed the previous year. In addition, other minor but expensive failures make me extremely nervous about overall reliability. I think Saab/GM was still experimenting when they designed this car and I have heard that reliability has improved. However, I cannot recommend this model.

3.6

Great car for the money

I have wanted one of these for 14 years. I finally got one and it has over 120K miles on it. This car has a lot of pick up, the 2.0 liter engine with the turbo is outstanding. Mechanically it is very sound but you need to be someone who doesn't mind getting your hands dirty because the repair facilities act like it's a BMW. Parts are expensive at a dealer but you can get them reasonably from independent part shops and it is easy to work on. I loved my SAAB, but the back seat is a bit too snug with 3 kids.