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The GM 900 (or NG 900): Second Hand Buyers Guide

Article by Ian Chalmers

One of the most frequently asked questions in the Saab 9-3 & GM900 Workshop Forum here at SaabCentral concerns what to look for, or check when considering buying a GM (or NG) 900.

This article is an attempt to collate a lot of the answers that have been given on the forums by owners and enthusiasts as well as the information that is available on the internet into some sort of guide to assist with the decision making process and also to help diagnose some of the more common problems that may occur once you have become an owner.

This guide is not a list of everything that you should look out for in the purchase of a car, as this is well documented elsewhere, but rather it is an attempt to list the details/issues specific to the GM900.

General Background

Introduced in late 1993 the GM900 was based on a Cavalier/Vectra floor pan but everything else was Saab except for the engine in the 2.5 V6 which was a GM unit. The early models had various teething problems (like all new cars do) which in most cases were rectified under warranty by recalls and during services once they had been identified.

The main things to watch out for:

Engine

Transmission

Body

Suspension and Steering

Brakes

Interior

Audio

Conclusion

Ultimately the NG900s are as well built, solid and reliable as any other SAAB and if looked after correctly will go on almost forever.

If there are any specific questions you have about a potential purchase then try searching the forums here at SaabCentral and if the answer is not already available, post a question and someone will probably be more than happy to help you out if they can.

It is always recommended to get a knowledgeable mechanic to look the car over thoroughly as well.

Happy Hunting - Ian

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Article by Ian Chalmers (aka Munki)

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