A Photo for Sunday- 1994 to 1998 Saab 900

The predecessor of the GM Saab 900 still has the power to turn my head like only the Citroen CX, Jaguar XJ series 3 and Opel Astra F. 

1994 Saab 900S window rubber
1994 Saab 900S window rubber

However, 22 years later I can see a lot of good in this car too. It’s better than the long-term average at least. The photo shows that the 900 could last. Normally these rubbers bend and get misaligned. Though the car received criticism for its ride it really didn’t deserve the comparisons with concrete-filled tyres.This car has a cheerful green metallic over beige combo.

1994-1998 Saab 900S
1994-1998 Saab 900S

This car seems to be one which is capable of running indefinitely and while it lost the first 900’s character, it gained rust-resistance. The 900 has now gained sufficient proximity to young-timer status that a well-preserved one is worth another look.

Saab 900S: the bootlid is where it went wrong stylistically.
Saab 900S: the bootlid is where it went wrong stylistically.

The tailgate spoiled this car for me. These days the visual problem has much less force. Was it the bulbous rear glass or the high rear lamps with that odd strip of body colour between the lamps and bumper?

The little pointy bit of metal under the lamp never worked for me.
The little pointy bit of metal under the lamp never worked for me.

This might have looked good as a tiny bit of a 10cm drawing but in execution it is unrefined. Yet these days I forgive the Saab 900 these infelicities and recognise a well-made and distinctive car from the very tail end of the interesting car era.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

5 thoughts on “A Photo for Sunday- 1994 to 1998 Saab 900”

  1. When I read “the predecessor of the GM Saab 900” I assumed this was going to be about the first generation 900 that was introduced in 1979 and based on the 99; in other words, a proper Saab. The model pictured is the GM New Generation based on the floorpan of the Cavalier/Vectra. I’ve not driven a 900 but have driven a Vauxhall Cavalier on which it was based and can honestly say it was truly awful (albeit it was a shagged ex-repmobile). It would be interesting to read more about the old 900 and the 99 as these were truly idiosyncratic cars and I’d imagine fairly bullet-proof although it was enlightening to see that under GM, Saab were still putting in more effort to make the cars last, such as the example of the window rubbers. Thanks for the article Richard.

  2. Still see a good few of these on the road. They do seem to last. I know I do go on a bit much about this but this car really looks better as a 3 door (as did it’s predecessor) . That one you snapped is in really good condition.

    1. Yes I enjoyed reading it and should have liked it at the time. Just rectified the situation there.

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