1993 SAAB 9000 Aero 2.3 turbo
Fast, fun, and furiously expensive
Hmmmm... cha ching:
Turbo blew at 90,000km - $1200
Head gasket went at 98,000km - $1700
Radiator blew, trans fluid in water at 103,000 - $1300
Autobox dropped its guts at 106,000 - $3000
Sunroof gave up the ghost at 102000km.
Electric seat motors are slowly dying.
Cruise Control dead at 85,000.
Passenger heated seat dead at 90,000.
Heater hoses blew out at 100,000.
So that's pretty much the entire car then. Its in the shop now and I look forward to getting is back and trading it in on something I can sell on for a decent amount of cash.
The depreciation on these things is killer.
Well, where can one start... this has been the most expensive car to maintain I have ever owned. In fact, I could probably have bought a Porsche with the cash I've thrown down this money pit.
The interior is fantastic when my sunroof isn't leaking. The performance is brilliant on the open road, when the car is running.
In all honesty, I do actually quite like the car. The looks grew on me - and the performance when overtaking is magic. Its just a pity it was designed by a team of muppet's.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th November, 2006
14th Feb 2007, 14:38
Sounds like you bought one that was abused and not maintained properly, or perhaps a fluke bad example. I have owned three high mileage 9000 Turbos, the best being a 1987 Turbo with >210,000mi at purchase that had been beaten its whole life (it showed) and never let me down mechanically for over 50,000 miles, save a self-destructing brake caliper (corrosion) and a seized alternator ($15 fix with a used part). Sold it at 261,000mi for more than I purchased it for. The post-1993 models shared a large number of components with earlier models (owned and worked on a 1994 9000 with 250,000mi as well), and are generally noted for improved reliability.
Wish I could say the same for my immaculate one-owner 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo with 80,000mi that seems to require at least $300 a month in just parts to stay on the road.