|Premium midsize car; Built in Sweden|
|Good condition price range: $1,500 – $4,100*|
1996 Saab 900 SE Turbo 2-door convertible
1996 Saab 900 SE Turbo 4-door hatchback
1994 Saab 900 S 4-door hatchback
1994 Saab 900 S interior
1995 Saab 900 Stereo w/detachable face
Mainstream shoppers interested in a near-luxury car still aren’t likely to put the Saab 900 on their must-see list, but we credit Saab with making a better 900 for those who love and appreciate its quirky nature.
The 1994 Saab 900 was the first new 900-series model in 15 years. It retained its front-wheel drive and rode on a longer wheelbase, but was two inches shorter and was the first Saab to offer a V6. Initially offered as a 4-door hatchback in both 900S and 900SE trim, the 2-door hatchback and convertible arrived later in the year. Two-doors and convertibles came equipped with a turbocharged 185-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 900S came with a 150-horsepower, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. The 900SE 4-door came with the new 170-horsepower 2.5-liter V6. A 5-speed manual was standard and a 4-speed automatic was optional. Standard were dual airbags and 4-wheel antilock disc brakes.
Model lineups and powertrain combinations remain unchanged for 1995.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine becomes available on the 4-door model for ’96 and can be paired with a 4-speed automatic for the first time. The optional V6 comes only with the automatic transmission for ’96. Appearance changes include a standard rear spoiler for the 2-door and rear body panel styled to blend with the headlamps.
The primary change for 1997 is the addition of larger front brakes, designed to aid stopping performance and extend pad life.
Saab drops the V6 engine in all 900 models. A replacement model called the 9-3 would arrive for ’99.