Films: This Saab 900 Was Built to Last

This Saab 900 Was Built to Last

On a brisk Utah morning, at the base of a ski resort, we spent some time with a Saab 900 SPG. Owner, Jordan Melville, dives into his love for Saab, detailing how he brought this 900 back from the brink of the wrecking yard to experience the car as if it were brand new.While modern day Saab struggles to keep their cars on the road, Jordan’s 900 SPG keeps the flame alive.

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mick van aar
mick van aar
2 years 7 months ago
as a first year apprentice diesel mechanic i was working on my housemate’s bmw 2002, it needed a new master cylinder and she hadn’t bought any brake fluid, i asked her to grab my 1988 900 16v 2door to grab some, when she came she asked me how long i had been driving a car with only first and fourth gear…..thta was the end of number one…well i new where there was a 900 aero for sale but it needed a new gearbox, i also knew one of them for sale..so instead of buying a gearbox alone a bought a… Read more »
Isaac
Isaac
2 years 8 months ago

My first experience with Saab was when my dad bought a used 2001 9-5 Turbo. I loved every part of that car up until he traded it in for his current wheels. Had to be careful in winter when you rolled the window down, or the guides would crack, and he overheated it on his way to work once and blew the head gasket. It was never quite the same after that, but it was still a great car.

Jonathan Hoonigan Stahl
Jonathan Hoonigan Stahl
2 years 9 months ago

My wonderful 88 C900 Turbo.

Terrence Cox
Terrence Cox
3 years 1 month ago

I always thought these looked like Aardvarks. And I don’t mean that in a bad way either. The truth is I think they are gorgeous. And being a fan of turbo cars from the period, I always desired one.

Thanx Petro for posting this and thanx to the owner for keeping the car running. 🙂

Adrian Butterworth
Adrian Butterworth
3 years 1 month ago
Saabs are built to last – and they do unless they are victims of crash damage or live in particularly bad climates. A lot of the 900’s we see now need some remedial rust work – but the youngest one is now 20 years old! There is simply no other car’s of that vintage around that have done hundreds of thousands of miles like a Saab can do. Saabs soldier on for many miles without even basic maintenance meaning that most of the (admittedly cheap) cars I’ve ever bought have needed a fair amount of work to bring them back… Read more »
Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay
3 years 1 month ago

Very nice video,.. I owned a ’91 9000 CSE Turbo. What a great car it was. Hunter Green w calfskin int. The only prob was the climate control. You put it on and a gorilla monsoon would flow thrrough the vents .. anyway.. One of the cars in my collection is the Dutch Spyker (C8 Spyder); [b]Spyker actually to bought Saab from GM[/b]; then GM went essentially bankrupt and re-negged on the deal. Spyker sued and the case was/is currently thrown out of court (governing law/and the case were in Detroit, good luck Spyker)…. Kurt

Steijn Uijttewaal
Steijn Uijttewaal
3 years 1 month ago
A really nice example of a end of series original 900. The later model 900 was in fact really a dull Opel Vectra underneath, although the Swedish enigineers did improve the Vectra chassis to comply with their safety standards. The Triumph engine was in fact only used in the 99 series, later on Saab engineered their own engines. As a student I drove a 90, later on I owned a 900 2,1 16 valve and a 9000 16 valve full turbo. I never got to terms with the Opel engineered Saabs, I just didn’t like them. Saab originally has always… Read more »
saabfan9
saabfan9
3 years 2 months ago
thank you petrol and Jordan … really can relate about the silhouette of the c900 .. my first venture into the saab world was a base (I mean BASE) 1990 c900 4dr at that moment in time I thought it was the ugliest car I had ever seen, the porters could not get the key out of the ignition so they asked me to have a look. well now i’m sitting behind the wheel, and like the rest of us any manual trans is worth a drive, I got back from my “test drive” bought the car on the spot… Read more »
Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 2 months ago

I guess the overcast conditions were not your ideal day for shooting but they somehow add to the Scandinavian cool of this car. Looks like it should be in an episode of The Killing (original Danish version)!
Is the SPG spec the US equivalent of the Aero in the UK?

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari
3 years 2 months ago

Yep, the SPG = Aero in the US. Though it doesn’t say SPG anywhere on the car, actually.

Ian Lomax
Ian Lomax
3 years 2 months ago

My first Saab was a 1991 Saab 9000 Aero, red over black leather. She had a ton of miles but was a highway star, easily scooting past slow traffic once the turbo spooled up. Still had a nice tight suspension after all those years.

Later we had a 9-3SE Turbo Convertible. Another great Saab with gobs of power, but we sold it because we never used the convertible. We’ll get another again.

[url=”http://www.jewelorjalopy.com”]Ian @ Jewel or Jalopy[/url]

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru
3 years 2 months ago

I am looking forward to see SAAB rise again.

Kristaps Brass
Kristaps Brass
3 years 2 months ago

As much as I love Saab, especially the 900, the title is a bit misleading. “Built to last”? And he talks about how the car was all rusted out and he had to rebuild the engine.

Josh Clason
Josh Clason
3 years 2 months ago

Here at Petrolicious we run across a lot of cars that weren’t taken care of by their previous owners and this particular Saab was one of those cars. The title isn’t trying to infer that all Saabs are built to last but that the owner, Jordan, has built this SPG to last. The bond a lot of owners feel with Saab is one that lasts a long time and a lot of owners seem to own them for a long time.

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari
3 years 2 months ago
I pulled mine out of a field after sitting for 3 years and drove it home. If you’ve ever worked on or driven these cars they have the same level of build quality as older Mercedes. They feel like they’d take a bullet. After 25 years the door’s still close like a steel trap, my seats feel as firm as new, and of course the drivetrain just keeps on rolling. My ’83 Alfa Romeo had a much gentler life and feels like it’s falling apart at the seams. And ‘built to last’ doesn’t mean indestructible. I live in the Northeast… Read more »
Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari
3 years 2 months ago
About a month ago I needed a new winter car and I had a hard time thinking of something that would be an acceptable follow up to my GTV6. I have a lot of Saab fan friends and though I respected their cars I hadn’t been bitten yet. One had an SPG that I had driven with great delight but for some reason owning one just hadn’t become a serious consideration yet. Then I found this ’88 SPG for short money just a few miles away from my house. I decided to go “look at it”… but I knew I… Read more »
Niklaus Gingro
Niklaus Gingro
3 years 2 months ago

My first performance car was an ’89 Saab 900 Turbo, what a fun car it was!

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