1990 SAAB 9000 Turbo 2.0 turbo from North America
More snow worthy than a sled dog team
Since I have owned this car, I have had to replace the spark plugs, and that greatly improved performance. However, very shortly after that, the car has begun to run very rough, idle unevenly, and take a while to start.
On occasion, if I start the car and back out the driveway, when I stop to put the car in drive it will die and then take an exceptional while to start.
Also, one strange thing that the car does is when I stop and turn the car off, a little pump keeps running and can only be shut off by popping the hood and pulling out the little fuse in the box marked "Brake Pump." I really love this car so much I try to ignore it's idiosyncracies, but it really could use a trip to the foreign car shop. But, being sixteen, I don't have the money, so I just keep driving and driving it, and it always stands up the abuse (Sixteen year old driving habits), and has yet to really let me down.
The car is so comfortable and handles excellently. This car has spent it's entire life in Alaska, where I live, and plows through 3 and 4 foot snow drifts with ease. It is a blast to drive on the curvy, hilly rural Alaskan roads at high speed, and looks good doing it. In a land dominated by rusted Ford F-150's and early 1980's Subaru GL's, the Saab gets a lot of attention. Most cars in Alaska don't last long, and if they do, they look very rough after a short time. My Saab lacks any rust and still retains it's deep paint shine and European beauty. It has truly stood up well after 13 years of Alaskan driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th September, 2003
12th Sep 2003, 06:20
Saab's were designed to handle conditions in Sweden, which are similar to Alaska in the winter, so it should keep you going for a while yet. Just remember, if you have been out for a blast, let the engine idle for about 1 minute after you stop. This allows the oil to cool the turbo a bit.
If the turbo blows, you will not like the repair bill!
18th Aug 2004, 21:46
I live in Alaska also and own a Saab 9000 CD. It runs great in all seasons. the only thing the car needs is an air dam and that is very expensive. I'm only 15 I bought the car when I was 14 has not had a problem. It got to 85*F this summer and -10*F this winter and performance has not changed.