1997 SAAB 9000 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1997 SAAB 9000 CD 2.3L Low Pressure Turbo

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.3L Low Pressure Turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Great car, but let down by previous owner's lack of maintenance!

Faults:

The transmission failed due to lack of maintenance; replaced with a quality used part for 1800AUD.

Replaced radiator, which had cracked. 300 dollars for the part, and I fitted it myself.

I ended up replacing the car, because when I took it into get it serviced, they gave me a list of serious issues, including steering rack issues, which would have cost double to repair what the car was worth.

Saabs are generally reliable cars, but they do need regular servicing, otherwise lots of small things will crop up. Mechanics are hesitant to work on them, because they are fiddly to work on, so it is worth your money to go to a specialist or find a good private mechanic.

People who say Saabs are unreliable cars are wrong. However maintenance can be expensive.

General Comments:

I bought this vehicle because my previous car had fallen apart due to high kms and old age.

This vehicle was purchased for 1000 dollars. When I bought it, I was expecting a cheap car, and considering that it only left me stranded once, I was pretty impressed with it.

I have always liked Saabs, and this was my third one. The low pressure turbo engine wasn't the fastest thing in the world, but it was far from slow. It would easily take on local cars such as Commodores and Falcons off the line. It was also fantastic for overtaking on the highway.

This car was a bit of a boat handling wise, however it had plenty of grip to go nice and quickly through corners.

Saab build quality has always been very good, and this one was no exception. The carpet was soft, and the leather seats were very comfortable.

The road noise was great until you hit 100, then there would be a constant wind buffering noise. I presume the seals on the vehicle had perished, because I had driven an older model and it was quiet as a mouse. It is also a car designed in the mid 80s. For such an old design, it has dated very well.

If you get a good model and have it inspected by a mechanic, and are on top of your maintenance, then you will have a great euro luxury car. The 9000 is much better than the later 95 (General Motors crap). Just be careful of the ones that haven't been looked after when you go buying one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2013

31st Jan 2013, 09:08

Me again. It is also worth mentioning that it was heavyish on fuel around town, but excellent on the freeway, returning between 800-1000kms to a tank if driven carefully.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review