Now I have to comment:
Saabs had a reputation to be very sturdy cars. That might have been true for a long time, but things went downhill after GM
* The MY
1994 and 1995 SAAB 900's generally have a horrible reputation. It was the first try of the GM
SAAB marriage, and apparently the groom was not very talented.
* In newer models (past 1994-2003) the DI
box (a specific ignition system made by SAAB) is expected to break every 50.000 - 100.000 km.
* Some engines made before 2003 suffer from a horrible engineering error. The catalytic converter is too close to the thingy that holds the oil (whats the word again). As a consequence, oil tends to overheat, to coke, and finally to kill the engine. I know for sure that this is an issue with 2.3 turbo engines, but it might also be the case for some 2.0 turbos. The only thing that helps here is very frequent oil changes. If coke/coal already developped, you have to deassemble the engine and clean it up.
* cylinder head gaskets tend to blow quite frequently in SAAB turbo engines. I am a frequent visitor of various SAAB forums. If the gasket needs replacement at around 100.000, nobody wonders.
* Although turbos are quite simple in construction, they are less easy to handly in cars. The high speed spinning presupposes perfect lubrication. High speeds at low temps can easily ruin the turbo. Letting it cool down is not necessary anymore (AFAIK), because todays turbos are watercooled and do not reach the very high temps the older one's tended to reach making the cool-down necessary to prevent boiling oil in the turbo.
I know a number of people who have bought pre 1998 900's and sunk big money. From all I know, this is an enthusiasts car, not a cheap workhorse.
Definately, the reputation that SAABS are reliable stems from the time before 1993. It may be re-established. Apparently, things improved since 2003 or so.
had (and still has) a very strange handling of SAAB. It looked (and looks) as if the planned to squeeze and then dispose the brand. They plan to build the next 9-3 in Germany and use the Swedish factory to produce Cadillacs. They raped SAAB with the 9-2 and the Trailblazer SAAB. They killed the five door 9-3 and the combi coupe. And, most importantly, had no focus on quality engineering and production during the first years of the marriage.
It's a sad story, I believe. And then look at Ford and how they handled Volvo.