SAAB 9000 Review from Norway

1991 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 turbo

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Troublesome comfortable sleeper

Faults:

Almost everything. Just before acquiring it the head gasket had blown.

Air conditioning had to be refilled.

Lambda sensor became faulty (and the garage could not be certain that THAT was the problem and demanded I pay about 600 USD so that they could order the part and TRY).

A part of the air intake fell out and made the car behave VERY strange (very easy fix though).

Exhaust had to be replaced.

CV joint boot got damaged.

Leak of water into the boot from the connector between the roof and the boot lid.

Top cover gasket blew.

Oil leak from an expensive tube between oil cooler and the transmission.

Started to get a rattle when I turned right and accelerated and I couldn't locate the problem.

General Comments:

Beautiful car to drive, very comfortable, silent, nice seats.

Mileage quite good for such a large and quick car.

The car ended upside down after loosing grips in 90 km/h on an icy road and hitting the roadside. I walked out with no damages. Safe car.

TOO many hassles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2005

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review