1988 SAAB 9000 Review from North America

1988 SAAB 9000 S 2.0

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Very solid and reliable, and fun to drive

Faults:

Replaced clutch, master cylinder, slave cylinder and throw out bearing when purchased.

Blower motor started getting erratic at 150,00 miles. for some reason it works well in below freezing weather, but hardly at all above freezing.

Instrument panel lights are out in the electronic readout section.

Replaced all motor mounts, upper and lower.

Repaired power windows all around the car, due to part age and wear.

Repaired burned wire at fuel pump.

General Comments:

This car was slightly neglected, but for its age I would say well kept.

Once tuned it runs great! I drive it every day with no problems.

The manual shift is fun and quick.

It cruises very well.

Body and interior are in great shape.

I maintain my car with a 900 manual and what I can get off the world wide web, it is a simple car to keep up once you get over the sticker shock of some replacement parts. I shop the salvage yards and when I do find one I strip it of all the goodies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2005

23rd Apr 2005, 16:04

Eureka!!!i have solved my blower motor issue. it sticks a lot. I pulled the bulkhead and whacked the blower housing. is there a way I can lube that thing without pulling the unit out? I ran it most of the day, but it is not hot enough for the real test. seems like a simple thing to pull out (that's what my eye's said anyway). any body out there with this problem?

15th Aug 2006, 11:43

We had an 88 Saab 9000 for years. Other than a computer being replaced at around 300,000 miles and needing a transmission at about 450,000 miles there was nothing else, but regular maintenance done to the car at our local Saab dealer. These are well worth the money new and used as long as it was cared for and you have all the service records. I know a man who bought a 89 with only 45,000 miles that was sitting in a driveway for years. Its transmission is being redone, but he can be assured when it is road worthy, he will have a long lasting car the will provide hours of driving excitement.

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