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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Saab 900

1990 Saab 900

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1990 Saab 900 Problems

Engine -- Verified

Oil commonly leaks from the valve cover gasket requiring replacement of the gasket. Oil will be visible at the top of the engine and possibly in the center area around the spark plugs.

Engine -- Verified

Oil commonly leaks from the distributor o-ring requiring replacement of the o-ring. Oil will be visible on the front of the engine near the distributor.

Engine -- Verified

The head gasket can fail causing the coolant and oil to mix in the engine, and external leaks. Symptoms can include overheating, white smoke from the tailpipe at start-up or acceleration, and the visible presence of oil in the coolant expansion tank.

Engine -- Verified

Oil can leak from the oil pump cover seal. Oil will be visible at the bottom and rear of the engine. The seal will need to be replaced.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

If you hear knocking noises while driving over bumps, the front ball joints should be inspected. The upper and lower ball joints are known to wear.

1990 Saab 900 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1990 Saab 900, 16 Valve, w/o Turbo, Detroit, MI

heating problems, blowers are working but not heat just cold air in the winter and cold seasons

chorner64, 1990 Saab 900, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, Johnson, VT

i need to know where the motor is for the convertable top.

Rich 80218, 1990 Saab 900, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, Denver, CO

I don't have a user manual, so I don't know what a lot of the switches are for, even though I've used trial & error to figure them out.

I REALLY need a user manual !!

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csauget, 1990 Saab 900, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Lynnwood, WA

It's an 86' C900S and I'm looking to buy one but the ac does not work and person never attempted to fix...he said there was that the hoses were loose on the refridgeraunt and just as...

Zand, 1990 Saab 900, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, San Francisco, CA

Problem happens within 10-20minutes of driving.Becomes a high pitch on freeway then a slower shuddering sound on city block streets.
When I step on brake sound goes away instantly and completely f...

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1990 Saab 900 Reviews

The selection does not include my year a 1986 900 model. Well built with few bells and whistles. Only a buzzer when key remains in ignition switch. Normal wear items replaced. Extremely solid construction. Door panels have screws that allow E-Z access of window regulator that will never fail because it is manual with hand crank. Glass sealed head lights that don't fade after years of driving. Not too many around though.

I had the 900 turbo for 6 years from 1999 to 2005 and it was a complete disaster. It worked maybe half the time I owned it. I had to replace the head gasket, the exhaust manifold gasket multiple times, 2 turbos...it's a very long and expensive list. Eventually the rings on the motor blew and I got a new motor from a salvage yard.

Also, there is a vent in the hood which somehow allowed rain water into the passage for the wiring harness into cabin and flooded with 4 inches of water inside over the course of a couple of days while it was broken down in my driveway.

That said, when the car worked, it was really fun to drive. It was pretty fast and handled well. With the rear seats folded down, I was able to move my apartment including mattress). I miss driving it but not fixing it.

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