The car has had two owners and it has less than 60,000 miles. It has been regularly parked on the streets of Oakland, which is tough on any car. Overall, the body and interior are in decent shape.
On the exterior, the two things that really stood out are the front spoiler damage and the badly aging cover for the wheel jack point. Also, the headlamp wiper blade on the passenger side has forced itself into the gap between the headlamp and bumper.
The interior was in really decent shape. The only thing that was not working was the radio screen. It just had a bunch of random pixels illuminated. Not good for finding a radio station.
One shifts into reverse by pulling up that ring below the knob. You can't take the key out of the center console ignition unless the car is in reverse.
I drove it for about 30 minutes through the busy streets of Berkeley and the hills behind it (Centennial, Grizzly Peak, Fish Ranch). Because the coupe's doors are long, I really had to reach for the seat belt behind me. The seat was comfortable and supportive. The engine was the highlight and put a big grin on my face. Even while traveling at a snail's pace on a steep hill, I could accelerate like heck from 3rd gear. The power delivery was excellent and effortless. The 2.3 liter turbo 4 puts out 225 horsepower and 260(!) pound feet of torque.
The shifter was rubbery and nothing to write home about. The body flexed and made as much noise as my Jeep Wrangler. I will attribute this to age and the fact that I was on very rough pavement. But it bordered on unbearably loud.
The brakes were very mushy and did not inspire confidence. Again, this may be an age or maintenance issue. This was particularly problematic as a Honda S2000 with the top down was on my ass almost the entire time I was in the hills. The clutch pedal was also incredibly close to the brake pedal, further adding to my hysteria.
I can see why Saab fanatics love this car. It really reminded me of my Jeep-- quirky but fun. And as I read in a Saab forum last night, "Flawed is always better than boring." But unfortunately, this Saab is not for me.
Postscript: I really did not have an opportunity to really drive the snot out of the car. The torque steer was noticeable, but it was very manageable.