1991 SAAB 9000 i 2.0i 16v from UK and Ireland


A comfortable, reliable slug


The exhaust blew out (to be expected).

Front brake pads (to be expected).

Carpet by the pedals is badly worn - holed in parts (but then it's done 160k).

The windscreen wash runs out through the wipers on the lights. Irritating, but fixed with a peg, of all things.

Couple of electrical niggles - the indicators are a little hooky, the lights sometimes turn themselves on, but nothing overly serious. Just annoying.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable and very smooth. My other half loves it - it just glides along the road minding its own business and not making much noise. Even after >160k, there's no real squeaks or creaks from the cabin.

However. I don't love it. There's nothing wrong with it, but the 2.0i non-turb-ocharged engine feels seriously sluggish compared to my previous car (which I still have).

There's no feedback through the steering, and the clutch and accelerator need hard work.

The seats are comfortable, but tend to numb my lower legs after a while - too much support for the thighs, it seems.

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

Review Date: 15th July, 2002

1991 SAAB 9000 CDE 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland


Superbly crafted missile!



Bottom ball joint on the o/s/f suspension arm.

Basically that's it.

General Comments:

Superb car!

I was very fortunate to get this car. 3 people before me had rung up but never bothered to turn up (thanks guys!!) to look at it. I travelled 100 miles & I can only praise the 2 owners before me. This car is immaculate, full dealer, then specialist history. Last owner spent 4.5k in the last 2 years, all receipts etc. All I have had to do is get it serviced!

This is a wonderful car to drive, once you get used to certain things.

The throttle, clutch & gearchange are all quite stiff but are in keeping with the whole feel of the car. It just feels so well put together. It has done 170k+ but still nothing is soggy, sloppy or broken!

The interior is luxurious, suoer comfortable (heated) leather seats, electric everything, climate control, computer etc... In short you are really spoilt!

The ride is excellent, the steering is well weighted, you know what the front wheels are doing... useful considering you have 200 horsies going through them!

The engiine is a peach, smooth if driven normally, brutal when really worked! Believe me, this may not be the fastest away from the lights, but once you are going... oh boy!! :-) )

Overall I would say that if you can find one with history that has been looked after, you will not find a better car for the money. Me, I paid £1,400 for mine & I feel I got a bargain!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2001

1991 SAAB 9000 CDE 2.3 16v from UK and Ireland


Luxury trim in a solid safe sensible car


Cylinder head gasket blown £100.

Lambda probe failed (no-one but SAAB could find or fix £267.00).

Jockey wheel on belt sheared causing loss of water pump and power steering (replaced myself £30).

Cruise control faulty (when bought).

Slight boot leak (lock moved, sorted).

General Comments:

As stated before, not for boy racers but has enough when needed.

Lovely comfortable car, plenty of space all round, ideal for long journeys.

Average 25mpg.

Engine is still smooth and quiet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2001

1991 SAAB 9000 SE 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


Unless you're sleeping with a SAAB tech beware


Auto trans (£1200).

APC switch (£100).

DI cartridge (£200).

Rear bushes (£30).

Handbrake needed welding (£50).

General Comments:

Great drivers car. But way too fragile, dealer parts costs are madness eg. a driver's sunvisor (

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2000

1991 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 TURBO 'S' from UK and Ireland


A wolf in sheep's clothing!


Traction control system fault @ 102k which failed again @ 107k despite new throttle control unit - very expensive! Also a new potentiometer for the throttle.

On both occasions managed to get car off the road with 'limp-mode'

A.C.C. problems - new condenser coil at 105k.

Turbo problem at 84k.

F/Wheel bearing at 97k.

General Comments:

I suppose over 46k miles in 22 months the car is OK, but the cost of spares is very expensive.

Very comfortable, very fast, very safe!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2000

16th Apr 2001, 06:59

Replacing the throttle house is seldom necessary. In most cases it starts malfunctioning due to the combination of heat and misalignment of the throttle valve. It locks up, so the ECU switches to limp mode...

Cleaning, re-centering the throttle valve and lubricating all axes is a lot cheaper... The whole job will cost you about an hour of work.

1991 SAAB 9000 2.3 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Drivers heated seat has failed and so has the alarm, but as it is now 7 years old and has done 149k, I'm not surprised.

General Comments:

Superb car for comfort, luxury and performance. Great for the ego too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 1998