1989 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1989 SAAB 9000 Turbo Talladega 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance80567 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Worth the money for the performance and style

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong with my 9000T.

2 out of my 4 windows fell off of the track costing me 85 dollars to fix.

Needed a new battery which is pretty normal for any kind of car.

Rear speakers blew slightly making a rattling noise if I turn the bass up on the equalizer.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of pep for a 205 horsepower 4 cylinder turbo engine.

The manufacturer's quote of 0-60 m.p.h. says 8.2 seconds, but I have been timed at 7.1 seconds.

The heat/air conditioning make a chirping noise whenever I press on the brake hard, it sounds like a bird almost.

The car is definitely worth the money that you would pay for it.

The twin exhaust system I put on there really makes a lot of difference to the cars' appearance.

My SAAB 9000 Talladega Turbo is all black with tinted headlights, and smoked windows.

It makes all the difference in the world when you add on a body kit and lower the springs on the 9000T.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2002

1989 SAAB 9000 S 2.0 non-turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 non-turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Can't get a better car for the money

Faults:

Bulb failures galore.

3 out of 4 windows quit.

The exhaust has broken numerous times.

All brake pads, rotors, and calipers have been replaced.

Had to wire the cooling fan to run all of the time due to overheating.

Speakers blow about once a month.

Electronically slow/stupid.

Broken motor mounts.

General Comments:

I have put tons of money into the thing, but also had lots of help from the junkyard.

The car has never once left me stranded, even for a flat tire.

Surprisingly quick for a non-turbo 4 banger.

Can't argue with 30+ miles per gallon.

Extremely comfortable heated leather seats.

Climate control is terribly annoying with no "OFF" switch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2001

9th Feb 2002, 18:54

I got one of those great Saab 9000 Turbos.

I had the same trouble due to overheating, I just bought a new cooling fan temperature switch and that fixed the problem.

There have been very few problems, but I had to rebuild the auto-transmission.

1989 SAAB 9000 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carFord Escort 1.8 TDLX

Faults:

Water pump.

Gear-box fell to bits after the flywheel fell off.

Power steering rack leaking.

Front wheel bearings.

Radiator/oil cooler became 1 milky reservoir!

General Comments:

Considering the age and mileage, all of the above are to be expected, but the cost of repairing is the killer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2001

1989 SAAB 9000 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

It was a steal when I got it for 2k at the auction, it is a nice luxury car but gets old

Faults:

Water pump.

High pressure hose.

Some dash lights.

General Comments:

You get a nice boost when the turbo kicks in.

The leather interior is nice along with the sun-roof.

Heated seats!

I'm just looking for better mpg, occasional highway and city driving I get 20 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

1989 SAAB 9000 Sport Turbo 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10

Faults:

At 95,000m have replaced exhaust and front discs. Rear discs about to give up the ghost. Only time I was let down was by a fluke combined failure of the starter motor and injection unit together (Expensive bill).

General Comments:

Costly to run, but fantastic to drive and worth every penny!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews