1993 SAAB 9000 Aero 2.3 turbo


Unbeatable for the price


Most defects were known when purchasing; Radiator was blocked, exhaust blowing, worn engine mountings, ABS light came on intermittently, brake discs undersized at front, cruise control inoperative.

General Comments:

Fantastic car; I honestly do not believe that it is possible to go as fast, in as much comfort, so reliably, so safely, and so stylishly, for so little money, in any other vehicle on the road.

The wrap-around leather seats are just astoundingly good, and the Millennium Falcon-style hyperdrive acceleration in second gear is even better.

I was very lucky with my car; it was a one owner from new vehicle with 135000 kms from new in 20 years, with full dealer history.

This is my fourth 9000 Aero, and I will definitely be keeping it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2013

1993 SAAB 9000 CD 1.6 petrol


Extremely reliable, comfortable car, with its only fault being fuel consumption


General scratches on the car typical of a now 17 year old car.

The odd wear (no tear) in the upholstery in the cabin.

Window washer bottle's hose has detached and is in a pretty bad spot to repair.

General Comments:

It is the safest feeling car I've ever driven. Handles extremely well, and sticks to the road like a dream.

It has a pretty poor fuel consumption, but it is a big and heavy car so that's to be expected.

The entire cabin is very nice and comfortable, A/C works exceptionally well.

Apart from the fuel consumption, this car was well ahead of its time.

Gear change is reasonably nice.

The car has never broken down, nor has the engine ever failed to start.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

1st Mar 2010, 16:15

My family has owned and driven SAABs for a good 10 years, and through several cars we've always had ridiculously spectacular fuel consumption - in fact, I'm fairly certain that was part of the selling point when the cars first appeared.

On my current '93 9000 CD I get a good 600kms from one tank, and I'm not exactly a frugal driver.

It's a shame yours chews through petrol so much - maybe it's worth getting that checked (although the amount of money it costs to even replace a windscreen wiper on a SAAB does speak volumes).

1993 SAAB 9000 CDE ecopower 2 Litre turbo


Nice to drive, but just too unreliable


Exhaust pipe Leak. cost: $100

SRS Airbag intermittent contact fault. cost: $400 (for parts only)

Timing chain rattle. cost: don't know, but expensive

Blower motor not working. cost: $20

Sprung an oil leak while not being driven. cost: don't know.

General Comments:

The car drives really well and is very comfortable especially over long distances.

Performance is good, especially for a heavy car with an automatic. However...

I have spent more in repairs in the one month I have owned this 90,000km car than in the entire two years I owned my Honda, which had 230,000km on the clock.

I didn't think about the timing chain rattle when I purchased the car, as it wasn't that loud and I assumed timing chains were generally not an issue, especially on a car with 90,000km. I soon discovered timing chain repairs are not simple and involve head removal. There are also a multitude of parts in the timing chain assembly, so diagnosis is likely to be expensive. Parts are also likely to be expensive. Getting any change out of $2000 would be surprising.

Resetting the airbag warning light after the dashboard needed to come out because someone had put a plug in the wrong socket ($300) lead to discovering the $400 faulty component.

Anything beyond simple general maintenance only appears to be solvable by mechanics trained in repairing SAABs.

Some people appear to have good runs from SAABs, but I would strongly recommend anyone considering a purchase of one of these cars, even low mileage examples, to have it checked out thoroughly by a specialist SAAB mechanic as parts prices are astronomical (e.g. $3700 for an air conditioning computer if it fails). Insure that all engine, electrical and safety (i.e airbags etc) are plugged into a diagnostic computer during this check, as some faults are not easily detected by visual inspection (e.g. airbag issues).

These cars are really nice until something goes wrong with them, and it appears to happen sooner than later.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2007

21st Jan 2007, 08:03

I also own one of these cars,250000 miles on the clock and still going strong, rebuilt the head once myself after buying a Haynes manual, lowered the car by 3inches to improve handling, apart from that oil and coolant changes every 5000miles.

26th Jan 2007, 09:51

I helped my brother change the timing chain on his Saab 9000 Turbo by simply breaking the old chain and linking it up to the new one using machine screws: you then turn the engine and cams over and feed the new chain in. Once the old chain is out your remove the screws and complete the new chain.

It took about an hour and the chain was about £30.