What about the Buick 3800? Bulletproof, great fuel efficiency (30mpg in
a full-sized car with automatic trans), great torque and power. Great
Or hell, I have a Saab 900 SE V6, 1994 model. Whatever people may say,
it is a car that drove 190 k miles through the Northeast and still
remains rust free (some bubbling near rear wheel well) and overall
seems to be in excellent condition, even the leather and steering
wheel. The only problem is I can't get it to start. But the engine
turns over fine.
Oddly the engine has about twice as much oil in the crankcase as it
should (the dipstick is way up...) although this is fresh clean oil,
not like if a headgasket blew.
If I ever had the time to diagnose the thing, I bet I could drain the
oil and it would fire up...
I don't know where all the complaints of unreliability of any Saab
post-C900 or 9k come from, but really these cars are solidly made and
durable. Do the power steering racks go every 100k miles? Do the
gearboxes grenade themselves at 120k? Do the dashboards show more crack
than a plumber after 10 years? Do the headgaskets blow every 150 k
miles? Do the frame rails near the front suspension mounts hold so much
mud and crap that they rust out and render the car a piece of scrap
metal after 15 years? Do the wiper linkages break and leave you with no
wipers just that day when you need the wipers on HI just to barely see
anything while driving 20 miles per hour on an Interstate? Oh and
heater valves and crumbling wiring and...
Don't get me wrong at all - I love the C900. My personal car is a 1990
Turbo. I also have a 1989 900 turbo, a mint 1990 900 S, a near-mint
1992 900 S (the 3 of which I'd like to sell) and also a 1987 SPG I've
been stealing parts from. They are great road cars that are a joy to
own, and even - work on. The 900 SE isn't technically mine either.
And the C900 is a very well put together car. How many other 20 year
old cars do you see going about their business? A few Mercedes but
that's it... And they are very resistant to rust, comparitively
But I can't go out and say that anything else produced by Saab is a