1993 SAAB 9000 Reviews from North America

1993 SAAB 9000 Aero 2.3 turbo

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A very good "jack of all trades" car

Faults:

Master and slave cylinder for the clutch at 130k (master was good, but replaced as a set).

Weak synchros on the 5 speed transmission, but the car still drives fine.

Safety valve for TCS system likes to come apart, and I must re-glue it sometimes.

Weird belt tensioner design. Mine was bent, and the car ate a few belts until I realized and replaced it.

Everything else has been wear items: front brakes, tires, and a battery.

BTW, it uses an odd battery, you can't find cheap ones. Had to pay out for an Interstate.

It's a 20 year old car, things go wrong obviously.

General Comments:

Overall, a good car. The feel of the car on the road and the build quality, are off the charts.

Very practical car, I'm always amazed how much stuff will fit in the back.

The interior is nice, but the leather in these cars doesn't hold up as well as some of the other euro cars. Comfortable seats, automatic climate control, which actually works 20 years later, power everything, heated seats, you get the point. The cabin is a little noisy, especially on rough roads.

Acceleration getting onto the freeway is still better than most cars. Off the line, the turbo lag hurts, but it's decent. Handling is decent, especially for a big FWD sedan (hatchback none the less).

Fuel economy to performance ratio is almost unbeatable. Seriously, other car manufacturers are now getting to where Saab was 20 years ago. I can get 30+ mpg highway, then pass without fear or downshifting. This thing makes some torque BTW. I've noticed if I drive like a maniac, my mileage suffers considerably (no surprise there).

Maintenance can be a problem is you're not a car person. If I had to rely on someone to fix everything on this car, I would have sold it by now. I fix the small issues myself, and take it to a mechanic for the big stuff.

Traction control can be a problem on these older 9000s according to my mechanic (he's a master Saab tech, LOL) and a number of people on the net. Somehow when it fails, it disables the car from running properly. The newer 94+ models are suppose to be very reliable, even compared to other car models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2012

1993 SAAB 9000 CS 2.3 turbo

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Never will I buy another Saab, it's a money pit!

Faults:

The car went through tires like nothing.

The electrical system was faulty.

Sloppy gear box.

The radio died.

Car would stall out in traffic.

The traction control can be scary.

Very expensive!!!

General Comments:

The car was reliable, until you shut it off and woke up the next morning. Cold starting was for the dogs... The car had to be prepped 20 minutes before you took off with it, and you had to let the turbo cool down for 2 minutes before shutting the car down for the night.

The drive was fair, but don't get stuck in traffic with it. If you're a person who worries about gas, this car is not for you. The turbo eats all the fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 2011

19th Nov 2011, 19:53

You are aware that you are complaining about a car the was 17 years old when you bought it, and also had over 150,000 miles on it.

Of course a car of this age would likely have issues.

When you are buying an old car, best to go in with your eyes wide open, and know what you could be getting into.

1993 SAAB 9000 Aero

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28 miles
Most recent distance286000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164

Summary:

Born from jets!!!

Faults:

The throttle body went bad twice. The car had an electronic throttle body with TCS, and at 286k I lost 3rd and 4th gear (at that point the engine was heavily modified with almost 300 bhp). One of the best cars I ever had!

General Comments:

Fast and furious! Excellent handling, regardless of the rear axle. Painful in the winter without snow tires, but fun to drive; has the feeling of a jet!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2011

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews