I have a 1997 GM900xs 2.3 non turbo which I bought two years ago.... Have always owned Peugots (sorry!) and had NEVER considered owning a saab (ew!). Then saw a nice shiny car on the forecourt of a garage and couldn't believe I actually fancied a Saab! Anyway.... 2 years on and...
It appears the usual faults (reading the forums here and experiencing them myself) are:
Knocking suspension (mine sounds rear offside but can find no cause)
Headlight wiper stuck in upright position (I like to think of it as all the little saabs are just saluting eachother!)
Belts (2 of mine) failing
Additionally, the stereo packed up 3 days after the warranty period!!! £1200 quoted - sourced one for £75!Last month the headgasket failed and I was quoted £800+ by a dealer and got it done for £400 by a very nice man!
Last week the distributor started to leak oil and I have (today) replaced this with a used one (which doesn't leak) for £35!
My worst fear for buying a Saab (and the reason I was always warned off them) was the hideous costs involved when something goes wrong. HOWEVER! I have found that the best thing to do is:
1. Ring the genuine Saab dealer and get a quote for genuine Saab parts, fitted by a genuine Saab mechanic, plus genuine Saab VAT.... then
2. Have a lie down/cry/hysterical laugh.... then
3. Find the part ANYWHERE else at a reasonable price....
4. Fit it yourself (with the help of the lovely/clever forum people here) or get a very nice man to assist you! (If you're female and have long blonde hair this may help! I find that (and a smile in the right direction) works wonders!
I love my car.... the fact of the matter is - it starts EVERY SINGLE DAY with no problems whatsoever... and it is the ONLY car I have EVER owned which has sailed through it's MOT without costing me a penny... TWICE!!!
Oh... and it's done almost 180k!!!!!!