This car is in great shape overall. Cosmetic issues are pretty minor. The windshield has some pretty serious dings in it, include a small rock wedged into the glass. Hoping to get a new windshield in 2008, although I'll probably miss my little rock friend and the quarter size chip I stare at when I'm driving.
Since this is my first 99 turbo that I've only had since December 2005, I had not comparison of how it should be running. I took it into my mechanic in September 2006 for a look over and he found a number of issues.
It was in and out of the shop (more in than out) for the better part of a year, but is running amazing now. There is a rawness to the power of this car compared to my newer Saabs. We added an aftermarket electric water pump that has made a huge difference.
Much thanks to my mechanic, Angelo at Classic Import Service in Redding, California: http://classicimportservice.net - bad website, but great mechanic.
I found my 1978 99 Turbo through Saabnet.com. The car was up on Seattle. I took my son Jaden, who was 3 at the time. We flew up from Redding, California, and met the former owner, Alan and his wife, at the airport. That trip was so fun driving back in this amazing little car with my boy.
That part of the country is incredible and the drive from Washington through Oregon and into Northern California is a favorite of mine.
I am the webmaster of Saab99Turbo.com. I started this site in April 2007 after falling in love with this model in the Fall of 2005.
This 99 turbo was my 4th Saab:
1) 1993 900 Turbo Convertible, blue with blue top, gray interior, owned from 2000-2003
2) 1982 900, 4 door, white with blue interior, owned 2001-2006
3) 2001 9-3 Viggen, gray with black interior, 4 door, owned summer 2005 to present
4) 1978 99 Turbo, owned December 2005 to present.
5) 1988 900 SPG, black with gray interior, owned December 2007 to present.