1996 was the last year of the original style transmission. There were lots of problems with reverse so if yours is ok you're lucky. Mine was so bad I just removed the reverse lock from inside the console and and kept it parked in 1st gear. (Who really wants to steal a 1996 900 sedan?)
They also had the old style shift linkage where the joints wore out causing sloppy shifting. Someone might have addressed these issues in your car if it's tight at 146k miles. If you have an OEM style cable they are supposed to be self adjusting. You might have to force a readjust by disconnecting the fuse box and pulling on the spring at the firewall. There were aftermarket manually adjusted cables that are easy to adjust as well. Keep the cable and throw out bearing lubed. It can be accessed through a port on the front side of the transmission. I used to squirt white grease in there a couple times a year, being careful to not get any on the friction surfaces.
Good luck with the car. I've owned two SAAB convertibles are really enjoy them.
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