1993 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 5 of 6

1993 SAAB 9000 CD 2.3L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired218080 kilometres
Most recent distance218350 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

Surprisingly fast and very comfortable

Faults:

All of the following problems were present when I purchased the car:

- A wiper on one of the headlights was missing a blade. I am not sure if I will replace this.

- The A/C switch had fallen out, but held in with tape so it still works.

- The left rear door would not open from the inside (I can't believe I did not check this, I opened it from the outside, but not the inside). Considering that it is mainly me driving the car, I am not sure if I will fix this at the moment.

- Numerous scratches that are consistent with an eleven year old car.

General Comments:

I enjoy driving this car. Given that I drove a 1988 Hyundai Excel before owning this vehicle, anything would have impressed me, but the car accelerates at a similar speed to that of my Mum's Falcon, so I have been surprised by the power of the 2.3 litre, 4 cylinder engine.

The only worries that I have is the potential that this car has to self-destruct. The owner kept log books and all receipts, and have spent an absolute fortune on repairing problems. Parts appear to be rather expensive.

On top of this, there is the fuel consumption. So far, I have gone through around 30 litres of fuel. Being an 18 year old student, if it keeps at this rate, I will be broke very quickly.

If I had searched harder I may have come across a manual version of this car, but the average Australian driver is a lazy one, so not too many examples of these exist.

The Hyundai that I drove was also a base model from its year, and so it was a 4 speed manual, with no 'luxuries' like air conditioning and power steering. But this car has everything that I could ever wish for in a car (except the original owner chose not to install the CD player, so I've got to use the one that I had put in the Hyundai), and so I could have no complaints about the interior. The boot is big enough to fit anything I wish in there, even after I install my sub woofers.

This was not one of the cars I was aiming to purchase when I originally went looking at cars. However, I hope the decision to make the purchase will be justified.

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

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

6th Aug 2005, 15:17

You mentioned that The left rear door would not open from the inside! Have you checked to see if the child lock is on?!

9th Aug 2005, 10:50

Yes I have checked the child lock. It doesn't appear to be the cause of the problem.

I still haven't got around to fixing it though. It's not used all that often so it doesn't particularly bother me.

14th Sep 2010, 22:53

Door won't open is an easy fix. Carefully remove teh door trim, check all door pull cables are fixed and that the inner door handle is attached to these. Also check the C/L solenoid. Cheaper to fix with used parts. Also watch the auto tranny. It's a good idea to have it flushed and refilled with Saab synthetic, same as per Viggen gearbox.

Have had an 9000 2.0 LPT for 5 yrs with very little gone wrong, only major hassles have been alternator went duff and have fixed it all myself with used bits. Headlamp wiper blades and jetwash generally a nightmare. Just remove wiper motors and rewire washer hoses with new silicon and zip ties + one way valves. The stuff down there will be brittle as hell and will inevitably fail. BTW I am not a mechanic and have learnt it all as and when, then decided to invest in a trolley jack and axle stands. Best money I ever spent.

I did all the suspension and bushes myself too, alongside servicing and coolant/thermostat. It was easy because the engine bay is massive for a four pot. Good luck.

1993 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 turbo gas from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired156950 miles
Most recent distance166960 miles

Summary:

Fast and Furious car, but not fun to maintain

Faults:

The auto traction control has never worked the way it should; it kicks in and out, and causes the car to jerk. The only known way to fix it was to unplug the fuses along with the anti-lock brake fuses. The anti-lock brakes have the same problem, they kick in and out. When I went to get it serviced, they told me that they couldn't even access the computer to figure out what was wrong with it. Replacing the ABS sensors was pointless.

The timing chain tensioner had to be replaced at 160k to prevent the timing chain from failing.

The radiator is going to have to be replaced soon, it is showing signs of leaking.

The brakes had to be replaced in the rear, because they froze up and stopped working.

The exhaust was not set up properly and bounced going down the road; this had to be fixed, and parts of it was replaced.

General Comments:

The car is very quick for a 4 cylinder turbo.

The car is very comfortable. I have taken many 400 mile trips with complete comfort.

The car will start on even the coldest of days; 30 below 0, and it starts better than my dad's new truck.

The sound system is awesome, but the CD player skips when the car hits a bump.

The turbo provides amazing boost, to the point where it's scary.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2004

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