Last updated 6 April 2013 Quirky, solid, rational and interesting saloon Heavy to drive without PAS, tricky to repair structural corrosion Introduction In typically Swedish fashion, the Saab 99 managed to be both rational and interesting at the same time. For a car of its vintage it was technically very advanced, but also a great car to drive. Cabin was a bit on the narrow side for maximum comfort, but that was negated by the commanding view forward and excellent seating. Strong performance and brakes were a 99 strong point – hatchback Combi version offered later. The 99 ended up being the perfect car to head the range as it was also innovative, quirky and individual. The wraparound screen and impressive aerodynamics packaged a front-wheel-drive car of commendable dynamic prowess. Its 1. 7-litre engine had been developed in tandem with Triumph and UK engineering company Ricardo, although Saab developed it further to overcome a number of design faults.
Manglehorn. Official Movie Trailer #1 [HD] 2015. Saab 99 Overview Manufacturer Saab Automobile Production 1968–1984 Designer Sixten Sason Body and chassis Class Compact executive car ( D) Body style 2/4-door saloon 3/5-door combi coupé Layout Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive Powertrain Engine 1709 cc Slant-4 I4 1854 cc Slant-4 I4 1985 cc B I4 1985 cc H I4 (1982-84) Transmission 4/5-speed manual 3-speed Borg-Warner 35 automatic Chronology Predecessor None Successor Saab 90 Saab 900 The Saab 99 is a car which was produced by Saab from 1968 to 1984; their first foray into a larger class than the 96.  While considered a large family car in Scandinavia, it was marketed as a niche compact executive car in most other markets. It was manufactured both in Sweden and Finland and was succeeded by the Saab 900, although the 99 continued to be produced alongside its successor. The Saab 90, an updated, less complex version using many 900 parts took over from the 99 in late 1984. Development [ edit] On 2 April 1964, Gudmund's day in Sweden, after several years of planning, the Saab board started Project Gudmund. This was a project to develop a new and larger car to take the manufacturer beyond the market for the smaller Saab 96.  This new car became the Saab 99, designed by Sixten Sason and unveiled in Stockholm on November 22, 1967. The first prototypes of the 99 were built by cutting a Saab 96 lengthwise and widening it by 20 centimetres (7. 9 in); this created the so-called Paddan (The toad), which was a disguise for the new project. After that phase, also as a disguise, the first 99 body shell was badged " Daihatsu " as that name could be made up out of the badging available for the Saab Sport.  Project Gudmund with "daihatsu" label The 99 was not only built in Saab's own Trollhättan Assembly - some variants were built by the Finnish Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki from 1969 onwards; the last five years of this production (1979-1984) was alongside the Finnish built version of the Talbot Horizon, which shared a similar high quality velour upholstery to the 99.  US-specification Saab 99s on the dock in Providence, Rhode Island (1973) Although Saab engineers liked the company's existing two-stroke engine, it was decided that a four-stroke engine was necessary, and the choice was a 1. 7 L (later 1. 85 L) engine from Triumph. This was the same Triumph Slant-4 engine used in the Triumph Dolomite, but the Saab version was fitted with a Zenith-Stromberg CD carburetor developed specially for Saab. A number of Saab 99s were equipped with a Triumph Stag V8, but the V8 was later dropped in favour of a turbocharged unit which later powered the 99 Turbo. A three-door estate version was planned from the start, but never made it into production.   In 1971 (with thoughts about a combi coupé) the work on an estate was restarted, this time as a five-door.  Description and reception [ edit] The first engine used in the original 99 was a four-cylinder in-line engine which was tilted at 45 degrees. The 1709 cc Triumph-sourced engine produced 87 PS (64 kW; 86 hp) SAE gross at 5500 rpm.  The engine was conventionally water-cooled, but unlike most cars of the time it had an electric cooling fan. Triumph soon upgraded the engine to 1. 85 L; the appearance in February 1971 of the four-door Saab 99 (99CM4 series) coincided with the adoption of the new, bored-out, 1854 cc unit.  Saab experienced reliability problems with the Triumph-sourced engines and decided to bring the design in-house.  From September 1972 the 1985 cc Saab B engine was used. During the lifetime of the 99 model, several subsequent engine developments took place, including the incorporation of fuel injection for some versions.  The 99 was 'front-wheel-drive', its engine being unconventionally fitted 'back to front', with the clutch at the front. Drive to the under-mounted gearbox was by triplex chain. Front-wheel-drive was still a relatively uncommon configuration at the time of the 99's introduction, although earlier Saabs had also featured it. The bonnet (hood) was front-hinged and the panel extended over the front wheel-arches. The windscreen (windshield) was 'wrap-around' and very deep for the era. The A-pillar had a steep angle, providing excellent driver visibility. In 1968, the English test-driver Archie Vicar wrote in Mass Motorist magazine: "The little 99 has been given a striking and wholly rational appearance. It gives the flavour of an aeroplane on four wheels. "  The Cw value was 0. 37 while other cars of the time had 0. 4 to 0. 5. The chassis was also designed for passive safety, with deformation zones front and rear.  Due to the American sealed beam headlamp requirement in place at the time, the USA models had a special front fascia with four round headlights instead of the two rectangular units it had in other markets. The "US front" then became an item for car customisers in Europe, and vice versa. Early 99s carried over the freewheel transmission from the Saab 96, but the freewheel was removed with the introduction of the 1. 85 L engine,  likely on account of the extra power that the apparatus would have to transmit. [ citation needed] The handbrake was on the front wheels. The 99 was Saab's last factory rally car, [ citation needed] first in EMS guise and later as the Turbo version. The Saab 99 Turbo was one of the first 'family cars' to be fitted with a turbo after the 1962-63 Oldsmobile Turbo Jetfire; other contemporary turbocharged automobiles were 'specialised' vehicles and were difficult to drive. Popular Mechanics lists the Saab 99 Turbo as number two on its Top Ten list of turbocharged cars of all time.  Late (1982) SAAB 99 four-door sedan The UK's " Mass Motorist " magazine (1968) summarised their view of the 99 as follows: "That the 99 is comfortable, well-made, satisfying to drive and well-equipped ought to mean that other makers should take heed. The BMW 2002 and Alfa Romeo Giulia are the SAAB 99's main rivals. I would contend here that SAAB has the advantage of them, and should SAAB choose to fit an even more powerful motor, the 99 could be a class leader in a short space of time. "  Wheels magazine wrote in a July 1978 road test of the 99 Turbo, "Compare the top-gear times and you'll see that the Turbo is almost as fast between 60 km/h (37 mph) and 160 km/h (99 mph) in fourth gear as any five-seater in the world". Modern Motor of August 1978 wrote; "It is necessary to drive the car to believe that such a seemingly endless surge of strong acceleration is possible from a 2. 0 L engine in a far from lightweight car".  A police version of the 99 was also built. The hood/bonnet of the 99 (and also the 900) caused problems for the police livery team. Since it wraps around, covering the wheel arches, the paint had to be extended up onto the hood panel and not restricted to just the fenders as on other cars. The Saab 99 ( saloon model) featured a heating duct leading to the rear window - a lever between the front seats controlled the de-fogging airflow. The 99 featured a floor-located ignition switch which also locked the gear stick (rather than the steering wheel). This arrangement required drivers to select reverse gear before the ignition key could be removed. In 2012, a roadworthy 99 Turbo was filmed on-the-road, in a feature on Saab's car manufacturing history, on the British Top Gear television show. Jeremy Clarkson and his co-presenters reviewed the company's history and shared their own experiences with Saab models, arguing that Saab Automobile (Saab's car manufacturing subsidiary, which by then was in bankruptcy) had always striven for safety and innovative features.  Models [ edit] E —Introduced for 1970 (available by order, not from the dealer floor), the 99E (Electronic [fuel injection], four-speed manual) was originally only available in a two-door version. The 99 E had the 1709 cc engine displacement Triumph engine giving 87 PS (64 kW) from Bosch Type-D Jetronic fuel injection instead of the Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. The original carbureted engine produced 80 PS (59 kW). Fuel consumption was 7. 8 L/100 km (33 mpg) at 105–110 km/h (65-70 mph). EMS —Introduced in 1972, the EMS (Electronic [electronic fuel injection] Manual [transmission] Special ) was a sportier model that was originally only available in a two-door version. Engine was equipped from 1972 to 1974 with Bosch D-jetronic and from 1975 on with Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection. Despite the fuel system change, letter "e" was kept in model name. In 1977 the EMS became available in the three-door 'wagonback' body that was introduced for standard models in 1974 (1978 in the USA). It had a stiffer suspension and was sold in yellow or a copper coral metallic paint in '73, Sterling Silver or Sunset orange in '74, black or Sterling silver in '75 and '76, black, Sterling silver, or Cardinal red in 1977, and Sterling silver or Cardinal red in '78. The new Swedish-built engine had 1985cc displacement giving 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) and a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). The grille badge differed from the more basic models in '73 and '74 only. Other features through the years included quicker steering, luxury interior, soccerball wheels, carpeted trunk, and front air dam. SSE —Sold in the US to satisfy demand while the EMS was not yet available there. The SSE had a black or burled walnut vinyl roof cover, a BorgWarner automatic transmission and a 1. 85 L Triumph engine. X7 —Introduced in 1973. A very basic model only sold in Sweden and Denmark. The car had no self-repairing bumpers and it also had the same seats as the V4 Saabs, although these did not include electric heating elements. A simpler heating and ventilation system was also installed. The clock, cigarette lighter, glove compartment and the rear window defogger were also dropped. L —Luxe. A budget model introduced in 1973 that came with the 1. 85 L engine. LE —Equipped with the same fuel-injected engine as the EMS; unknown what years it was produced (at least from 1974). GL —Grand Luxe. GLE —Grand Luxe E for INJECTION not executive (citacion -), introduced in 1976. The top model, equipped with fuel injection, power steering (in some markets) and automatic transmission. GLs —Grand Luxe Super. It was the same as a GL but with two carburetors instead of one. It had 108 PS (79 kW; 107 hp) compared to the 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) in the single-carburetor version. 1978 Saab 99 Turbo, with combi coupé bodywork Turbo —Introduced in 1978, although 100 pre-series cars were built in 1977. The 99 Turbo was fitted with a turbocharged version of the 2-litre engine. The body was originally a 3-door combi coupé version but later in 1979-80 the company produced a two-door model, which was a limited homologation exercise to enable the production of a rally car. It was available in Cardinal red, Sterling silver, Anthracite grey, and Black; the two-door was available in silver, cardinal red and metallic green. The Turbo S was a special model with factory-mounted water injection, giving an extra 15–20 PS. In 1978 there was a very limited edition of a little over 100 five-door 99 Turbos. They were only available in Cardinal red. Finlandia —A limousine version of the Saab 99 GLE combi-coupé with a 25 centimetres (9. 8 in) longer wheelbase was introduced in 1977 by Valmet in Uusikaupunki (Nystad), Finland and was called the "Finlandia". It was only sold in Finland. The first year had a short extension piece between the front and rear doors. In 1978 the wheelbase was only 20 centimetres (7. 9 in) longer than in the standard model and all doors were stretched by 10 centimetres (3. 9 in). Three late 99 Finlandias were fitted with turbocharged engines and manual transmissions at the factory. The tradition continued with the Saab 900 Finlandia in 1979. Petro -Multifuel engine designed to run on either gasoline or kerosene. Produced 1979–1981 in Uusikaupunki and only sold in Finland. Developed due raising fuel prices to be an alternative or replacement for a diesel engine which was missing from Saab's model line. Performance [ edit] Saab 99E 1. 85L 95 hp/DIN. Acceleration 0–100 km/h 14. 6 sec. Top speed 161. 5 km/h. Saab 99 EMS 118 hp/DIN. Acceleration 0–100 km/h 11. 0–160 km/h 41. 0 sec. Top speed 175. 6 km/h. Saab 99 Turbo 145 hp/DIN. Acceleration 0–100 km/h 9. 2 sec. 0–160 km/h 26. Top speed 196. 7 km/h. Saab 99 Petro 85 hp/DIN. Acceleration 0–100 km/h 16, 5 sec. Top speed 155 km/h. References [ edit] Auto, motor und sport nr4. 4 0 60 24-1971 and nr 8-1979. History [ edit] The 99 was first shown on November 22, 1967.  The first production cars came in autumn 1968, although only 4190 cars were built this year.  Production increased considerably in 1969 and again in 1970 when the four-door model arrived. In 1970 the interior was also given a facelift and became more luxurious, with a new steering wheel. The exhaust system was now made of aluminum, engine mounts and drive joints were changed. In March, the 99E (also available with a three-speed automatic transmission) was introduced. It had a 1. 75 L engine with electronically controlled fuel injection, giving 87 PS (64 kW; 86 hp).  In 1971 the 99 was given a larger and stronger engine, a 1. 85 L engine giving 86 PS (63 kW; 85 hp) on the carbureted model and 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) for the fuel-injected model. The 1. 75 L engine was now only available with a carburetor. Saab also introduced headlight wipers, as well as larger rear-view mirrors and an additional air inlet beneath the existing grille. The dashboard was given a redesign along with new instruments.  In 1972 the 1. 75 L engine was no longer available. The power of the engine was increased to 88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp) for carbureted models and 97 PS (71 kW; 96 hp) for fuel-injected models. The 2. 0 L engine became available. The major change this year were new plastic bumpers that could take impacts up to 8 km/h (5 mph) and still retain their shape. The suspension was stiffened and received stronger dampers. An electrically heated driver's seat was also introduced. In January 1972 the 99 EMS ( Electronic-Manual-Special) was introduced. It was a sportier model that was originally only available in a two-door version; but became available in the wagonback body beginning in 1974 (Europe). It had stiffer suspension and also silver or copper ('bronze')-colored metallic paint as option. The engine had 1985 cc displacement and Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection giving 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) and a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). For the United States, a special 99 SSE was developed to satisfy demand while the EMS was not yet available there. The SSE had a black or burled walnut vinyl roof cover and an automatic transmission (by Borg-Warner). It also had the 1. 85 L Triumph engine installed. In 1973 a low-cost model called the 99L was introduced. It was a two-door with a 1. 85 L engine giving 88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp). All other models had the Swedish-built 2. 0 L engine, which produces 95 PS (70 kW) in carburetted form. The LE model had electronic fuel injection giving 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp). The LE model was mainly made for export. The inner ceiling was changed, as were protective bars in the doors, and a new black grille. In Northern Europe, a de-contented model called the 99 X7 was also marketed.  In January 1974 the three-door hatchback Combi-coupé (marketed as a "Wagon Back" in the USA) was introduced. It was 11 cm (4. 3 in) longer than the sedan. Front seats and steering wheel were new for 1974, while the EMS received an all-new, model-specific interior. Inertial reel belts were also fitted. In 1975 the brakes were improved and the hand brake now worked directly on the primary brake pads instead of on separate pads acting as drum brakes inside the brake rotor. The 99 was now available in two versions, one with a carburetor with 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) and a fuel-injected version using Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system giving 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp). In February a model using Zenith-Stromberg 150CDS(E) dual carburetors was introduced. It was only available for the Combi-coupé and has 108 PS (79 kW; 107 hp). The Combi-coupé had been fitted with a unique grille in 1974; this was now applied across the range.  In 1976 nothing major was changed, but a self-adjusting clutch was introduced. The engines were adapted for tougher emissions requirements and several models with an electrically heated rear window were introduced. A luxurious 4-door sedan model was available, the 99 GLE. it came with power steering, an automatic transmission, a fuel-injected engine, luxurious upholstery on the seats and an armrest in the rear seat. The five-door Combi-coupé model was also introduced.  In 1977, the front light clusters and the sedan's tail lights were enlarged. The rubber strips on the bumpers were changed. The "One Hundred series" of test-fleet Turbo cars were distributed around the world. The cars were mainly made from three- and two-door EMS models, but a few four-door and even five-door cars were also made. The four- and five-door models were tested by mostly police in Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. In 1978 a turbocharged version of the car, the 99 Turbo, was introduced. It was only available as a Combi-coupé until the next year. The turbocharged two-liter engine produced 145 PS (107 kW; 143 hp) giving the car a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). The turbochargers were designed and built by Garrett AiResearch. In terms of appearance, it received distinctive alloy wheels and front and rear spoilers.  The 99 Turbo repositioned Saab in the car market and it came to be regarded as an iconic and technologically significant model of its era. By early 1979, over 10, 000 turbo-engined Saabs had already been built, as Saab successfully entered a new market segment.  Other news for 1978 included the availability of a sunroof, and the EMS became a three-door Combi-coupé in some markets. In 1979 the Combi-coupé option was discontinued for the 99, as the new Saab 900 was only available in this bodystyle. The 99 Turbo changed over to the two-door saloon bodywork although only a small number were built. The rear axle was altered, the fuel tank changed to a plastic one, new wheels were fitted, and four-door models received new bumpers similar to those of the 900. These bumpers were also installed on two-doors beginning with the 1980 model year.  In 1980 the 99 was also given the new and safer seats from the Saab 900, as well as low-mounted protective strips along the sides.  The spare wheel was changed to an emergency unit. The carpeting, which had been changed to rubber a few years earlier, went back to textile. In the Swedish market the twin-carb version made a return for a single year, sold as the 99 Super and only available with four doors and an automatic transmission.  In 1981 the twin-carb Super was discontinued, although the 99 did gain a new engine option in its stead: the 99 GL with 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) was joined by the 99 GLi with 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp), both with four-speed manual transmissions. The GLi was a bit more luxurious and had power side mirrors. It was only sold in Northern Europe and only around 1600 were built. All 99s received a new rear seat, velour upholstery, new rear mirrors, a new steering wheel, and the 900's front axle.  In 1982 came the H engine, built by Scania at Södertälje, making it possible for all cars to run on 93 octane gasoline. The two- and four-door 99 GLs were now available with a five-speed manual transmission. The window surround trim was blacked out and the wheels were new. In 1983 a number of smaller technical and cosmetic changes were made, including a new grille similar to that of the 900 and blacked out B-pillars on two-door models.  Brake pads were now asbestos-free. Five-speed-equipped 99s received low-resistance tires, which sit on wider 5½-inch rims, requiring moving the rear axle.  Some further minor changes took place for 1984, including electronic ignition, lowered seats, and a more upright steering wheel. Five-speed cars also received interval wipers. This was to be the final year for the 99. It was replaced by the Saab 90 and the Saab 900. A total of 588, 643 were made; this total rises to 614, 003 if Saab 90 production is included.  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Subscribe to Classic Motoring Magazine and save over 20% Subscribe NOW Available at all good newsagents including WHSmith Lucky Numbers Saab’s 99 and 900 ranges seemed the perfect car for somebody who wanted Swedish quality and safety but not a Volvo, thank you very much. And before General Motors took over the company it seemed to be working just fine! After a clever 1980’s ad campaign, which used ‘Top Gun’ style imagery to align its cars with the fighter jets that it also manufactured, Saab managed to change its image in the UK, from quirky oddball to luxury mainstream. So, many car enthusiasts, and perhaps even a few Saab-owning pilots, were sad when this car manufacturer recently closed down. Always the more stylish, intellectual choice over fellow Swede Volvo, Saab’s cleverness was in the end part of its undoing, due to belt tightening at cash-strapped General Motors, who had owned the outfit for 20 years. GM bought the well respected engineering company, also famed for its fighter aircraft and trucks, to bolster its flagging Vauxhall Opel ‘bread and butter’ ranges. Of course, the car which originally caused Saab to fly high was the 99. Launched in 1968, after a development that dated back ten years, it was Saab’s first conventional car – well, as conventional as an aviation company would make it. While the 99 was no Bristol in stature or price, like the Brit the basic design was so good and so carefully researched that it lasted in production for some three decades. Even the last of the line 9-3 (which were Cavaliers under the familiar skin) retained the basic style, if not character. Front-wheel driven, the co-developed Anglo-Swedish engine, built by Triumph, powered the Dolomite unit in 1972, but over time Saab made it a lot more powerful and durable! Originally Saab was to make its own engine, but already had contacts with Triumph. Once the manufacturers discovered that were thinking along the same lines for a new engine, a decision was made to pool their considerable resources. Like its compatriot, the Saab was strong and safety conscious and tailored for those tough Scandinavian winters, but it was never as ‘self-righteous’ as a Volvo – and nor where the owners. Instead it appealed to a different class of buyer, somebody who wanted Volvo-like security with a bit of style and flair. Priced at just under £1300 when it hit the UK’s shores in 1968, the 99 was slightly cheaper than a BMW 1602 but still looked expensive when compared to a Ford Cortina 1600E plus was even dearer than the Lotus version. Logically, four-door models came along in 1970, along with other refinements such as fuel injection, headlamp washers Saab’s name was respected; GM ownership diluted it and thermostatically-controlled heated driver’s seat. The same year that Ford introduced the hatchback Capri II, Saab followed some months later with the Combi Coupe. However for most enthusiasts, the Saab which really made us all sit up and take notice was the 99 Turbo, the first turbocharged production car in the world, beating Renault who pioneered the concept in Formula 1 to that honour! The name may have sounded like a posh ice cream, but the 99 Turbo certainly wasn’t flaky! That 1. 7 grew to just under 2-litres to give 145bhp, which while mild today, wasn’t back in ’78. The blower offered sensational sledgehammer performance, if not finesse, thanks to turbo lag that we’d laugh at today. We didn’t know it then, but it showed the way to go with performance cars, where pace didn’t have to equate to size or thirst. NUMBER’S UP The trusty 99 was replaced in 1979 by the 900, which was basically a revamped 99; Saab not being stupid enough to discard a winning formula. It was a much bigger car and again traded places with Volvo’s 200 Series in the battle to see who could make the safest family car. The Turbo now provided 175bhp and this ultimately grew to over 200bhp on certain later 9-3s; a remarkable achievement from the old Triumph engine, although by now it shared virtually no common features with the original powerplant. The 900 gave way to the 9-3 in 1994, five years after General Motors took the company over. GM thought it could do ‘an Audi’ with the Swede, by making what were basically upmarket Vauxhall/Opels, and so the slow but sure Saab slide began, coming to an undignified end last year. Saab resolutely refused to give up its independence and, while the outfit utilised Vauxhall/Opel hardware, it modified designs where it saw fit. Mechanics will now speak to you about seemingly identical components not being interchangeable. Indeed, there’s been a problem with new Saabs where the electronics can’t be made to work with ‘identical’ GM parts! THINKING MAN’S CAR Saabs appealed to a select band of drivers who put thought into their purchase. Never as flashy as a BMW or Mercedes, and a world apart from a boring Volvo, the 99 and 900 suited thoughtful folk who wanted something upmarket yet unpretentious. It’s fair to say the 99 and 900 looked better than they drove because, Turbo accepted, they were quite heavy and stodgy and fairly sedate. With the 900 having the kerbweight of a Ford Granada, thanks to all that well-engineered steel, it’s understandable and, anyway, most owners weren’t speed merchants of the BMW mould. Rather they were drivers who appreciated the Saab’s unique aviation- orientated cockpit with its boasting fantastic seats and dash layout, plus got satisfaction more from the way the 99/900 ate miles. Those deep doors meant you stepped rather than clambered inside – appreciated by the more elderly – and nobody bettered a Saab for heating. The ignition switch, located in a centre console by the gearlever, locked the car in reverse, but you soon grew to live with that quirk. The 99/900 were family-sized too, and although there was never an estate version, the Combi (either as a three or five-door) could handle most household needs with ease. One of the reasons owners loved their 99 and 900s was their unshakable reliability. Six figure mileages were a given and Motor magazine freely admitted that the long-term 99 it ran during 1972/73 was the most reliable car it had ever owned. The same weekly, testing a luxury EMS in 1974, thought its durability compensated for many of the car’s time-related failings by then, which now included BMW-like prices. Costing £2525, the 99 was some £600 pricier than the Dolomite Sprint which shared the common engine. But the magazine said that, “The 99 is an excellent and comfortable long distance tourer”, adding: “The attention to detail and abundance of additions is most noteworthy. ” Summing up the model in 1972 Car reckoned that, “The Saab is well engineered with almost fanatical attention to detail that matters. ” Years later, it commented that the due to be replaced 99 was, “Still an excellent choice. ” Second-hand Saabs came to the attention of UK motorists around about the time General Motors took over the outfit, reckoning that they made great, less expensive sub-BMW buys that had more going for them than a Volvo, while being a part of Vauxhall Opel meant spares would not be a problem – they were half right. Apart from frail gearboxes, especially on the faster models, 99 and 900s durability could be the owner’s undoing. One magazine had the shock of its life when it ran a well used 900, only to discover that the odometer had been doctored and the ‘3’ was actually an ‘8’ which was only discovered when a ‘9’ came up next, as the car rolled over to 90, 000 miles! But, to its credit, the car didn’t feel high mileage and, above all else, the Saab was strong in every way. The maker even boasted that a 99 could be dropped on its roof from twice its height and the in-built cage structure would ensure that only the roof would deform. It sounds like a good Top Gear stunt but we know of many motorists who owe their lives to being in a Saab when it came to the crunch. Sadly Crunch time for Saab itself came about a year ago but, thanks to strong aftermarket support (such as Saab Parts UK), owning one shouldn’t pose a problem as a classic car. Good 99s are becoming rare but there are still plenty of 900 around at around £1000 to make great dependable daily driving classics that won’t lose money. No wonder Autocar called the Saab, “The thinking man’s car. ”.
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YouTube. I haz tiny peen. Hitman: Agent 47. Official Movie Trailer #2 [HD] 2015. 1999 Saab 9-3 Convertible 4 cyl, 2. 0 L, Automatic 4-spd Regular Gasoline View Estimates How can I share my MPG? Combined MPG: 19 combined city/highway 5. 3 gals/100 miles Manual 5-spd Combined MPG: 21 4. 8 gals/100 miles Premium Gasoline Combined MPG: 20 5. 0 gals/100 miles 1999 Saab 9-3 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen 4 cyl, 2. 3 L, Not Available 1999 Saab 9-5 Combined MPG: 22 4. 5 gals/100 miles 6 cyl, 3. 0 L, 1999 Saab 9-5 Wagon 4. 5 gals/100 miles. Choose a generation of Saab 99 from the list below to view their respective versions. Тo check out further technical specifications (like engine power, dimensions, weight, fuel consumption, etc. ), please select one of the versions. Saab 99 Combi Coupe 1976 - 1980 Hatchback from 107 to 147 hp Saab 99 1967 - 1984 Sedan from 81 to 118 hp.
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