SAAB 9000 Review from Netherlands

1992 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired137500 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Much better looks and comfort than a BMW/Mercedes/Volvo of the same age for a much better price

Faults:

In the half year that I have owned this car, only the switch for the central locking on the driver's door has been removed. The indicator on the dashboard indicated that the door was open although it was not. And the central locking didn't work for the first eight times I would try to lock the doors. Now the indicator doesn't work for the driver's door (so what), but the central locking is in perfect order again.

General Comments:

A fast, reliable and very comfortable car.

The car had originally no leather but a blue interior. Not a very nice combination with the Scarab Green exterior so I had it fitted with a second hand black leather set and black door panels for about US$ 600.

The engine is very quiet at high speeds.

The handling could be a bit better, but for not too much money it can be improved by lowering the chassis and fitting 16 or 17" wheels which will be done in the near future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review