We had a D plate 900i as a family car for years - was a great workhorse.
Caravan on the back, canoes in the van, bikes on the roof, three on the backseat and a dog in the boot.
My brother bought the car off them and we used it for about three years to tow and launch a ski boat every weekend.
The car took some stick, needed very little maintenance and was very reliable.
I think we had a clutch put in it when dad owned it (towing the van and dads driving style didn't go well together).
Only mod was saab's towing kit which from memory was additional small diameter springs that sat inside the standard springs on the back.
It was a sound car when we sold it with the exception of the metal sunroof - the leading edge was suffering.
I remember comparing it to a later model and seem to remember they had made them a little less robust (probably for crash test crush zones). I think it was something to do with the a pillars / front legs ? Ours extended right down to the inner wing / lower arch where it was cut short on later cars.
We raced them for a while at bangers but they were only good if you could plate the front end - clutch hydraulics were exposed in front impacts - not a problem on a road car though !
I don't see many now to know how they have stood up to long term use - maybe theirs a message in that ?
Would you believe it I was just going to click submit and a red soft tops just drove past - looked mint !