1991 Saab 900 Turbo

Saab 900 Turbo - A car made for the nordic conditions. Front-wheel car with double wishbone suspension at the front and 5-linked beam axle at the rear.

Saab 900 Turbo - A car made for the nordic conditions. Front-wheel car with double wishbone suspension at the front and 5-linked beam axle at the rear. The engine is longitudinal mounted, which is unusual for a FWD car, the engine is also slanted and mounted backwards, that means the clutch is faced forwards to the grille. The power-delivery is transferred via three primary chains, so technically this car is chain driven and has primary gearing like a sportsbike. This makes it very easy to change gear ratios and clutch-change can be done within 30 minutes without seperating the gearbox and engine. The gearbox-design is also unique, since its both the oilpan for the engine and houses the gears and differential, but still have seperate oilsumps.

The 2-liter inline-4 16valve engine has a factoryfitted watercooled Mitsubishi turbocharger, the engine management system and ignition has been upgraded from a basic rotor/distributor setup to Saabs own Direct Ignition system (also called Trionic) from a 1995 Saab 9000. This gives the engine better fuel economy, better ignition timing and mapping options. The exhaust manifold is stock and has unequal port/header lengths to the turbocharger, which gives it a distinct burble. The downpipe and catalyst has been upgraded to 3” to give better flow. The engine also have other upgrades like, bigger head and intake, larger intercooler and bigger clutch.

The Saab 900 has some quirky features like the wraparound windshield, the ignition-lock placement in the centerconsole, front hinged hood to name a few.

Overall, the Saab 900 Turbo is a very versatile car with a large boot space, good engine performance, unique look, relative cheap and easy maintainence, neutral handling, execellent heating system and superb traction. The only big minus is that you have to battle rust constantly, but its worth it.

This car is basically my life, so much time and effort is spent on it, its literally a part of me. I saved this poor thing hours before it went to the scrapyard, to be able to fix it up, drive it all seasons is quite rewarding. Saabs are basically pure driving pleasure. I never get bored of this car.

My name is Jon, and this is my 1991 Saab 900 Turbo.



11/02/2015 - 01:30 |
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Sorry, but I just wanted to update my profile! I havent done it in a good while! ;)

11/02/2015 - 01:45 |
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interesting , too bad they went broke .

11/02/2015 - 01:38 |
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Yes, Saab was a small car manufacturer and constantly ignored its parent, GM, when it came to designing cars, budgets and so on, not a good recipe for survival, hehe :p

11/02/2015 - 01:44 |
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Alex Winand

What a beautiful car… Keep up the updates!

11/02/2015 - 02:58 |
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Thank you! I have uploaded a new video on my profile. Had a good test ride today with the new exhaust! :)

11/02/2015 - 03:00 |
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The AE86 of Mt. Akina (86 Squad)

Are the rumors true that the handbrake locks the drive wheels?

11/02/2015 - 05:36 |
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older models have front handbrake

11/02/2015 - 08:10 |
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Correct! From 1988 and onwards they had the handbrake at the rear-wheels.

11/02/2015 - 14:59 |
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on the older ones yes but on this one and my 900 from 1990 its on the rear wheels. I know it, i checked it last winter. it was really fun. then a wild snowwall attacked me

11/02/2015 - 21:48 |
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The S80 Rallyist

Absolutely beautiful!

11/02/2015 - 08:14 |
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Thank you, cheers! :)

11/02/2015 - 14:58 |
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Turbo Koala

i really luv saabs, if only i was rich enuff to revive them

11/02/2015 - 11:18 |
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I hear you, bro! I wish I could do the same!

11/02/2015 - 14:58 |
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What a great car, and what a great passion you feel about it. It’s rewarding listen to someone talk (or write) about its car like this, with care, love and passion.
Cheers mate, you have a kick ass ride!
Do you know how much power are you making at the wheels? (without stickers)

11/02/2015 - 12:16 |
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In reply to by facku

Thank you, I really appreciate it! After I swapped the ECU and ignition system I havent got the opportunity to get it mapped 100%. But I will get it mapped in the end of November! :) Right now it has about stock power, around 160HP.

11/02/2015 - 14:57 |
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Best thing i´ve seen in quite a while

11/02/2015 - 19:09 |
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Thank you for your kind words :)

11/02/2015 - 22:22 |
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I’ve seen some of it on the Saab turbo club of sweden and i really like your style its really not like everyone else. in a good way ;) it has been a pleasure to see it here as well.

11/02/2015 - 21:54 |
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Thank you! I just do my own thing, I dont expect everyone to like it, but it warms my heart when someone do like it. The response I have received on this car has been overwhelming for me. :)

11/02/2015 - 22:22 |
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