1986 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1986 SAAB 9000 86 9000t 2.0ltr turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0ltr turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great highway car!

Faults:

CV joint after the boot wasn't replaced properly at 270'000.

Fuel pressure regulator at 220'000.

Fuel pump at 250'000 as well as pree pump.

General Comments:

What a great car! Slightly more maintenance then I would like, but the car drives like it's on rails. The two lt turbo engine is slow of the line, but will blow-away much more expensive cars once it's up and running. Great power for passing, the perfect car for long trips!

The other bonus is that it's very comfortable and spacey. It feels very solid and I will miss it when it finally goes!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2005

1986 SAAB 9000 Turbo 2.0L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles

Summary:

If you like comfort and speed, the 9000 Turbo is for you

Faults:

Dashboard computer module replaced, '95 or so.

Hatchback door struts replaced 79,000 miles.

Drivers seat showing a bit of wear in the leather.

Interior trim starting to come apart.

Bearing in steering wheel needs to be replaced.

Air conditioning not as cold as it once was.

Heated driver's seat worked for less than a year, the dealer couldn't fix it.

General Comments:

My mom bought this car new in 1986, and while I can't remember everything that has gone wrong with it over the years, most things have just been general wear-and-tear issues. This model is the 9000 Turbo hatchback sedan, Saab's first real 'luxury' car, and it's got all the options. Climate control, moon-roof, power everything, cruise control, leather interior, AM/FM cassette with equalizer, 5 speed manual, etc.

Driving the Saab is very different from driving my 3-series BMW, it's a more 'relaxed' driving style; the steering wheel isn't angled like in the BMW, and it feels like what it's meant to be, a luxury car, not a sports car.

But that's a bit deceiving... because when it comes to performance, this car is amazing- no wonder my mom got a speeding ticket just after she bought it. I've got a Saab hat with the slogan 'find your own road'. Well, if you own this car, you'll certainly need to- you're bound to speed at some point in time, whether you realise it or not! The ride's so smooth, you think you're doing 30, but look down and see you're going over 50. The handling is 'okay'. No where near as good as my BMW, but it's definitely not the worst.

There's a big difference in gas mileage between 4th gear and 5th gear as well (and this car really wants to be in 5th gear if you're going over 35). In 5th gear on the highway, the gauge shows around 40mpg (although it's probably getting more like 30)

The leather seats are extremely comfortable, and there's plenty of legroom as well- remember, this is a full-size sedan equivalent to the BMW 5-series in size. Except... in the Saab the rear seats fold down, and you have storage space rivaling that of many minivans. We've put many large pieces of furniture in here, with no problems at all.

The bad news- no anti-lock brakes, so, if you're used to them, the brakes will feel a bit strange at first. The stock stereo speakers sound terrible as well, and always have. The original head-unit is a very good one, made by Clarion for Saab (and only offered for a few years, apparently), however the speakers are among the worst I've ever heard. It's unfortunate that in a car with every option possible, the stereo system has to be so awful.

The climate control system isn't great either. While it does it's job, the second you turn the car on, it comes on immediately on the highest setting- extremely annoying. The headlights are also terrible: don't drive this car at night if you don't have to. There are black spots throughout, and even on bright, the lights aren't great.

The interior design is fantastic, it's very easy to reach things, and it's no wonder that the interior hasn't changed much on the latest 9-5's. The Saab body design is also very good, the older 9000 series still looks reasonably modern when compared to other cars on the road.

As you can tell from the mileage, this car doesn't get a lot of use. In fact, most of the things that have gone wrong were probably from lack of use rather than overuse.

And for those looking at a used Saab 9000T, don't let the Saab name fool you- the 9000 is absolutely nothing like the 99, or 900 series when it comes to ride and performance, and it lacks some of the annoying Saab 'quirkiness' (ignition in the centre console, for example).

For relatively little money, you can get a fantastic car, that, like all of the other Saabs, will last for years. In fact, about 10 years ago my mom looked at a new Saab, and when she saw what they wanted for a model with similar features, she immediately decided that she'd hang on to this one instead. We were later told that if we keep driving this car like we have been, it'll last another 30 years, and I believe it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2004

28th Mar 2006, 19:53

We had an `86 9000 many years ago, so I can agree about the lights. Try brighter bulbs or search for European headlight lenses (different light pattern.)

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 6 reviews