This data is for the standard engine in UK Specification.
|4, in Vee 60 degrees
|9.0 : 1
|Max Output, net (DIN)
|65 bhp at 4700 rpm
|Max torque, net (DIN)
|85 lb ft at 2500 rpm
Click here for a list of bolt specifications for the SAAB 96 (thanks to Genty!)
Problems / Buying Guide
Below is a list of problem areas to look out for when buying a 95 or 96 V4. The list is of the common areas that need to be looked at but you must also bear in mind the usual things for a car of this age.
|Check these however they are all bolt-on and can easily be replaces
|Boot Area on 96
|Check Suspension mounts, area under bootlid where rear wing bolts are and area below bottom of rear window. Can be very serious here.
|Inner Rear Wheel Arch
|Check front edge and top front of this area - easily welded
|Check the whole floor under seats etc and particularly where the engine floor meets the main floor - If this is seperating this will ne expensive to weld
|Corners of front valance to inner wing joint - Easily welded
|Fresh Air Intake box
|Often rot in the corners, check around windscreen and within the engine compartment
|Grab the bottom pulley and test for play up and down or side to side. If serious will need major overhaul (difficult and expensive to get parts), or secondhand engine.
|Check for overheating if driven hard and when left idling usually due to blocked radiator - will need radiator recore
|Gearbox can whine - will eventually need rebuild
|Check freewheel operates and stays in both positions
|If gears are difficult to engage but gearbox otherwise sounds OK will probably need some simple adjustment of the column change
|Most cars suffer from judder on bringing up the clutch - if serious will need new clutch and possibly new operating arm
|Often knock, particularly in reverse. Can be left for some time as it sounds worse tahn it is. Reconditioned calipers will cure.
|Often weak although careful and regualr adjustment can improve dramatically
|Often suffer from leaking wheel cylinders - not major problem
|Check for play in front ball joints and steering track rod ends - cheap and easy to replace
Below are sheets for you to download and use for your service.
|SAAB Sport Tuning Manual
|SAAB Sport Accessories
|SAAB Sport and Rally Brochure 1973
|SAAB Sport and Rally Catalogue 1979