1991 SAAB 9000 Carlsson 2.3 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Great Car... GO SAAB


So far nothing, touch wood, BUT..

1. I have put a cooler fan switch in it so that the radiator thermo fan starts earlier, also took the centre out of the thermostat, to make it run cooler (needed in qld).

2. Replaced the EDU globes.

3. Flushed Radiator.

4. Air-con not hooked up, so don't know.

That's it so far, keeping my fingers crossed.

General Comments:

Fantastic car. LOVE IT!

If this one blew up I would buy another one in a shot.

Handles really well, great pick up, really quick.

It's a SAAB so built really well, and feels very safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2007

1991 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 turbo from Norway


Troublesome comfortable sleeper


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

1991 SAAB 9000 Carlsson 2.3 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


The best value European car that money can buy


During the two years I owned it, these are the faults that occurred.

Climate control only ran at full heat or full cold.

Electric passenger seat faulty.

Dash light blew.

Roof lining became loose.

Something to do with the air intake, unsure of actual problem, but was fixed easily.

General Comments:

Great car! Before this I had a Ford Falcon of the same year & it cost me triple to maintain in the same amount of time as the Saab did.

Reliable, fast, great handling, amazing luggage space & so cheap to buy.

The only thing that bothered me for a while was getting used to front wheel drive.

Servicing & basic mechanical repair's are relatively cheap, but electrical repaires are very expensive

Eg: Quoted $1200 to repair my climate control system!

Panel replacement parts on limited models such as the Carlsson are absolutely over the top.

Eg: Quoted $3000 for both side skirts!!but this is where insurance comes in handy.

Overall I loved this car & only sold it because I bought a boat & needed a larger car to tow it. I am now looking for another Saab, but a later Aero model.

Since I had my Saab, three of my friends have bought & still own various model Saab's & all are very happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

22nd Jun 2007, 00:37

Hi Guys,

Got to love those Carlsson hey?

I've had mine for about a month now, and what a car!!

The previous owner obviously wasn't the brightest spark in the universe and put a 900 cv joint into a 9000. My Saab mechanic (fantastic guy) figured this out after I heard a scraping sound from the front left. But all fixed now. Also don't know about you guys, but I have had to replace 10+ globes in the dash, 3 in the climate control unit, 3 edu globes, and a few others as well.

Must say I love the turbo. This is the first turbo car I have ever owned and man... I love the power.

Nice to hear that someone else has fallen in love with Carlsson as well. Hope all keep going well for you guys.