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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Saab 900

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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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The exhaust flex pipe can fail causing excessive exhaust noise from the front/center area of the vehicle. The flex pipe is a flexible joint in the exhaust that allows for engine movement.

Engine -- Verified

If coolant is leaking, it may be from the water pump. Coolant will be seen at the front of the engine in the lower left.
 

Saab 900 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 9, 1994

Summary: A WELD IN THE SEAT RAILS WAS NOT MADE, INCREASING THE RISK OF FATIGUE CRACKS FORMING AROUND THE ATTACHMENT BUSHINGS ON THE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM, CAUSING THE POSSIBILITY OF THE HEIGHT ADJUSTER BREAKING IN A REAR END COLLISION AND ALLOWING THE SEAT TO FOLD BACKWARDS.

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Body, Interior & Misc., January 12, 1995

Summary: ONE OR MORE OF THE ARC WELDS CAN BE MISSING ON THE SEAT BACK FRAME RECLINER.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 15, 1994

Summary: THE TWO WELD POINTS IN THE REARWARD ATTACHMENT BRACKET FOR THE SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION BEAM IN THE REAR DOOR MAY BE OUT OF POSITION. IF THE WELDS ARE OUT OF POSITION, THE VEHICLES WILL NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS 214, S5, "SIDE DOOR STRENGTH."

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Drive Train, July 7, 1995

Summary: IT IS POSSIBLE TO MOVE THE SHIFT LEVER INTO THE REVERSE GEAR POSITION, REMOVE THE IGNITION KEY, AND STILL HAVE THE TRANSMISSION IN NEUTRAL, OR, TO ACCIDENTLY DISENGAGE REVERSE BY STRIKING THE GEAR LEVER.

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Drive Train, May 5, 1997

Summary: CORROSION AROUND THE ZINC-COATED THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER BUSHING CAN CAUSE THE THROTTLE LEVER TO BIND.

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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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Saab 900 Reviews

I have a 1992 Saab 900 Turbo with about 117,000. It has been a great car with only a few minor problems so far: front hood rust, passenger's front wheel well rusted out, water pump, cruise control, antenna motor, driver's head light wiper, rear brake calipers and automatic locks work inconsistently. Nothing too major yet... I love this car and it has overall held up very well. Especially considering this car has spend it's entire life in Upstate NY.

Just bought a '93 900S with 172,000 miles on it to supplement my '85 900S with 492,000 miles on it and still running strong. The '85 is getting the classic body rust on the left rear quarter panel, but it has been the best car I have ever had. I bought the '85 in 1993, it has only stranded me once when the ignition module failed. The newer 1993 900S has some minor issues, but is otherwise in excellent condition. It's just prior to the GM frames of later 1993, so I expect it will serve well.

very needy

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.

this is my wifes dream convert and my headache manul trans replace at 135k lots and lots of ele issues alternator replaced at 90k 125k finally replace ground cable from alt to motor with over sized cable much better the shift lever broke off in my hand @140k design flaw with reverse pin caused failure. pron to over heat (do not add H2O to the system as this results in coolent system failure causing head to warp the A/C has never worked as it is a R12 system except for eletri the car is easy to work on and on a summer day with the top down the wife turns heads.

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