The Saab 900 Coupe or Cabriolet is a compact executive car which was produced by the Swedish automobile manufacturing company Saab. The Coupe version was in production from 1978-98 and the Cabriolet version from 1986-98. If you want to read our full Saab 900 review click here. The convertible version is a well designed car which offers something different in the 900 range. The 900 has decent engines available, offering really good performance and decent handling. The convertible was very popular and the 900 offers plenty of space and really good comfort inside the cabin. The 900 has its known common problems like all motor cars do. We have listed some of these along with the solutions to resolving them below. We also have a list of the most recent recalls.
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Convertible roof problems
Problem: On the Saab 900 convertible there is a known problem with the roof hesitating when going up or down. This is caused by a problem with the motor. The motor bracket twists and binds when operating, leading to eventual failure of the motor.
Solution: You will need to purchase a replacement motor to fix the problem, but not only will you need a new motor, you will need to fit a cross member (metal bar) over the motor arm to avoid it twisting in future. This will stop the new motor from getting damaged.
Water leaking into front left footwell
Problem: Have you noticed that the carpets in the front left footwell are damp or wet? If so, this is most likely caused by leaking heater control valves.
Solution: You will need to replace the heater control valves to fix the problem. We can help you find replacement valves at very low prices. You will also need to dry out the carpets to avoid dampness setting in.
LED display failure
Problem: The LED display on the 900 is known for failing, causing the display to fragment.
Solution: If your display has started fragmenting you need to replace the entire display unit to resolve the issue.
Suspension bushes or shock absorbers failing
Problem: If you have noticed the suspension is too springy, it could either be caused by faulty suspension bushes, or faulty shock absorbers.
Solution: A good way to check it is the bushes is to place your hand on top of the rubber mounting at the top of the front wing and press heavily on this area. If you feel side movement it is most likely the bushes that have failed. You will need to replace the bushes to fix this problem. Check that the shock absorbers are not leaking, but if they are, they will need to be replaced. The video below shows how to replace the bushes:
The Saab 900 Coupe/Cabriolet was in production for up to 20 years and there are 11 different recalls listed on the department for transport recalls database. If you want to view this full list visit vosa.gov.uk and check to see that you have had the required fixes carried out on your vehicle. Saab should fix them free of charge as they are all caused by manufacturing faults. We have listed the most recent ones below and you can access the full information on each one by clicking on the relevant links:
- Front airbag deployment problems – 07-04-2003
- Tow ball come adrift from tow bar – 11-07-2002
- Passenger airbag deployment problems – 04-10-2001
Did you find your issue listed in our common problems and solutions list above? If not, it does not always mean that it is not a common fault as our list is by no means exhaustive. Why not check out our 900 parts page or enter your vehicle registration number in our part finder to begin searching for your required parts. Give us a call on *0905 232 3000 if you prefer talking to one of our advisers.