1987 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1987 SAAB 9000 CD 4.cl 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.cl 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 miles
Most recent distance194000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Overall it's a champ

Faults:

New transmission installed around 150k miles.

Little rust over wheel well, very little.

General Comments:

This car is absolutely awesome, it is extremely safe, super fun to drive, and has performance you wouldn't expect, I've clocked the speed at over 140mph.

I think that anyone who wants a sedan that they can drive to work everyday and a car that loves to fly on the weekends should look into a 9000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2002

1987 SAAB 9000 GLE 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres
Previous carHonda HR-V

Summary:

Next time I tool around with Saabs, I'll buy a 9000 Turbo with a manual transmission

Faults:

Auto transmission failed.

O2 sensor failed.

Starter motor failing.

Engine mounts soft.

Rear disc brake warped.

General Comments:

The good:

Very comfortable.

Styling oozes of class, and is a refreshing change from the cliched BMW or Mercedes look.

Has a major feeling of safety to it.

Will not rust (at least, not in Australia).

Excellent handling.

The engine itself is smooth and reliable.

The bad:

Drinks like an Engineering Student.

Irritating little things kept breaking on it (O2 sensor, starter motor etc).

Irritating big things kept on breaking on it (transmission etc).

Quite expensive to keep running.

Is quite a heavy car, and really needs a turbo to make it fun.

The ugly:

People have mistaken it for a Renault.

Saabs are very, very addictive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2001

1987 SAAB 9000 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired196000 miles
Most recent distance218110 miles
Previous carRenault GTA

Faults:

Motor mounts(upper and lower).

Fuel pump.

Bosch computer (used).

Air mass sensor (used).

Water pump.

"Will soon need": rebuilt turbo, clutch, timing chain.

General Comments:

One of the nicest cars I have ever owned/driven. Hasn't been as reliable as I'd like but with over 218k miles, I accept that.

Still original turbo and timing chain! Fast as H*ll in cooler weather but still averages 27mpg.

Get a black one and it's nearly invisible. Great fun to blow off kids in little Japanese cars with a big 4 door, "old people" sedan.

Love the hatchback & huge cargo area.

The closest SAAB garage is 16 miles away but they have "loaners" and use used parts when available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2000

22nd May 2001, 16:43

Totally agree on performance, my 1988 model flew until a piston jammed. It's now being rebuilt even though the car is only worth £700 or so. Don't think for a minute that parts are dear, just shop around and avoid the Saab dealers.

Absolute bargain luxury car, comfort, good overall reliability and still managed 28-35 mpg depending on my right foot. Can't wait to get it back on the road as the Peugeot 406 I have now is slow, unreliable and poorly built.

1987 SAAB 9000 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevelle

Summary:

Tempermental, but worth it

Faults:

Water pump, clutch, pressure plate, t/o bearing, master and slave cylinders, alternator, power steering pump, exhaust system, timing chain and tensioner, headliner sags, normal brake wear and tune ups.

General Comments:

Great car, but if you don't want to work on it yourself, it will put you in the poor house. Quick car, especially with aftermarket intake and exhaust kits and engine boost controller. Good handling, with premium tires (Goodyear Eagle F1). The best part about this car is that you can drive it very fast without drawing attention to yourself. It's kind of urban camoflage. Much less visible than a sportier looking car. It also can haul a ton of stuff in the rear hatch with the rear seats folded down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2000

2nd Oct 2004, 22:15

Just noticed that some of the items in your repairs are really just one repair. Clutch replacement should always include pressure plate, disc, throwout bearing, and seals... on any car. The saab 9000 also should have the slave cylinder rebuilt or replaced.

1987 SAAB 9000 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 kilometres
Most recent distance198000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Reliable car

Faults:

Regular wear and tear, ie. brake rotors and pads, front struts, distributor and rotor, exhaust system, AC heater plastic fan blades broke into pieces, a few minor electrical problems ie. power antenna will not retract fully, body rust.

General Comments:

Overall a good reliable car. Parts expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2000

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 11 reviews