1993 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1993 SAAB 9000 Aero from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28 miles
Most recent distance286000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164

Summary:

Born from jets!!!

Faults:

The throttle body went bad twice. The car had an electronic throttle body with TCS, and at 286k I lost 3rd and 4th gear (at that point the engine was heavily modified with almost 300 bhp). One of the best cars I ever had!

General Comments:

Fast and furious! Excellent handling, regardless of the rear axle. Painful in the winter without snow tires, but fun to drive; has the feeling of a jet!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2011

1993 SAAB 9000 Aero 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carBMW M3

Summary:

Unbeatable for the price

Faults:

Front brake pads.

Sump cracked by speed hump.

General Comments:

Mine was nicknamed the Millenium Falcon, as it had the same Hyperdrive performance. My previous car was a BMW M3 non Evo model, and even that couldn't touch the Aero for mid range punch. I paid less than a grand for it (my fifth Saab), and to date it had taken on and beaten much more exotic cars; there is an arrogant, queue barging Audi TT 225 driver somewhere in Stockport who still has shellshock at how comprehensively he got demolished on a slip road onto the M60.

To date the only vehicle the Aero hasn't managed to beat in an overtaking dogfight is a late 90's 911 turbo, and even that couldn't pull away. It combines the performance of the Millenium Falcon with the reliability of a Honda, the comfort of a club lounge, and the subtlety of a Ninja warrior. Unlike my M3, I can park the Aero anywhere without having to worry about it getting nicked/keyed/broken into, and it costs me half as much to insure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2011

1993 SAAB 9000 CD 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired128946 kilometres
Most recent distance136711 kilometres

Summary:

Extremely reliable, comfortable car, with its only fault being fuel consumption

Faults:

General scratches on the car typical of a now 17 year old car.

The odd wear (no tear) in the upholstery in the cabin.

Window washer bottle's hose has detached and is in a pretty bad spot to repair.

General Comments:

It is the safest feeling car I've ever driven. Handles extremely well, and sticks to the road like a dream.

It has a pretty poor fuel consumption, but it is a big and heavy car so that's to be expected.

The entire cabin is very nice and comfortable, A/C works exceptionally well.

Apart from the fuel consumption, this car was well ahead of its time.

Gear change is reasonably nice.

The car has never broken down, nor has the engine ever failed to start.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

1st Mar 2010, 16:15

My family has owned and driven SAABs for a good 10 years, and through several cars we've always had ridiculously spectacular fuel consumption - in fact, I'm fairly certain that was part of the selling point when the cars first appeared.

On my current '93 9000 CD I get a good 600kms from one tank, and I'm not exactly a frugal driver.

It's a shame yours chews through petrol so much - maybe it's worth getting that checked (although the amount of money it costs to even replace a windscreen wiper on a SAAB does speak volumes).

1993 SAAB 9000 CDE ecopower 2 Litre turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2 Litre turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired89620 kilometres
Most recent distance90600 kilometres
Previous carHonda Integra

Summary:

Nice to drive, but just too unreliable

Faults:

Exhaust pipe Leak. cost: $100

SRS Airbag intermittent contact fault. cost: $400 (for parts only)

Timing chain rattle. cost: don't know, but expensive

Blower motor not working. cost: $20

Sprung an oil leak while not being driven. cost: don't know.

General Comments:

The car drives really well and is very comfortable especially over long distances.

Performance is good, especially for a heavy car with an automatic. However...

I have spent more in repairs in the one month I have owned this 90,000km car than in the entire two years I owned my Honda, which had 230,000km on the clock.

I didn't think about the timing chain rattle when I purchased the car, as it wasn't that loud and I assumed timing chains were generally not an issue, especially on a car with 90,000km. I soon discovered timing chain repairs are not simple and involve head removal. There are also a multitude of parts in the timing chain assembly, so diagnosis is likely to be expensive. Parts are also likely to be expensive. Getting any change out of $2000 would be surprising.

Resetting the airbag warning light after the dashboard needed to come out because someone had put a plug in the wrong socket ($300) lead to discovering the $400 faulty component.

Anything beyond simple general maintenance only appears to be solvable by mechanics trained in repairing SAABs.

Some people appear to have good runs from SAABs, but I would strongly recommend anyone considering a purchase of one of these cars, even low mileage examples, to have it checked out thoroughly by a specialist SAAB mechanic as parts prices are astronomical (e.g. $3700 for an air conditioning computer if it fails). Insure that all engine, electrical and safety (i.e airbags etc) are plugged into a diagnostic computer during this check, as some faults are not easily detected by visual inspection (e.g. airbag issues).

These cars are really nice until something goes wrong with them, and it appears to happen sooner than later.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2007

21st Jan 2007, 08:03

I also own one of these cars,250000 miles on the clock and still going strong, rebuilt the head once myself after buying a Haynes manual, lowered the car by 3inches to improve handling, apart from that oil and coolant changes every 5000miles.

26th Jan 2007, 09:51

I helped my brother change the timing chain on his Saab 9000 Turbo by simply breaking the old chain and linking it up to the new one using machine screws: you then turn the engine and cams over and feed the new chain in. Once the old chain is out your remove the screws and complete the new chain.

It took about an hour and the chain was about £30.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 21 reviews