1994 SAAB 9000 Aero 2.3 turbo from North America

Summary:

Supercar acceleration with minivan cargo capacity

Faults:

Purchased the car realizing that it needed a significant amount of work, so the amount of work I did here probably wouldn't be necessary on every Aero.

Replaced motor mounts and CV joints.

Replaced SCC unit, twice.

Replaced stereo system (previous owner installed an OEM system from the wrong car when the original failed.)

Replaced ACC unit.

Replaced headliner.

Replaced taillight and headlight units.

Replaced driver's side sun visor.

Cruise control doesn't work.

Can't get full boost.

Driver's seat is worn and is four-way instead of eight-way power due to failed motors.

Passenger's seat recline cables are bad, so reclining warps the seat.

Noisy transmission, may go in 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

Immensely practical, with a cavernous hatchback that can swallow almost as much as a minivan, and incredibly comfortable interior. There is significantly more passenger room inside than my father's 1995 Mercedes E-class.

The best seats that I've ever sat in, ideal for long rides and very supportive.

Even without full boost, very fast. Overtaking is a breeze. Going from 40 to 65 happens without even realizing it. Handles very well for such a large car, but occasionally reminds you that it's no Miata, as there's still a bit of wallowing in sharp turns. Can be tricky to park in the city.

Shares most of its parts with lowlier 9000s, so used parts can be had extremely cheaply.

Button heavy interior dates to 1985 and is a bit dated, but works very well. Subtle airplane-like touches like the overhead "Fasten Belts" sign are neat.

If you can find one and don't mind the slightly anonymous styling, the Aero is a staggering performance bargain.

The above list of replacements seems like quite a bit, but the car, when bought, needed a bit of work and was purchased very cheaply. Later I learned the vehicle was a flood victim - had I known I would have bought it regardless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2009

1994 SAAB 9000 CS 2.3 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

A great car for any use

Faults:

I had to replace the clutch, including the master cylinder, so it ran a good 1400 USD.

Oil is leaking into the combustion chamber when the car is turned off, a little blue smoke comes out of the exhaust when you start the car. Could be a valve or piston ring problem.

Self Stereo replacement is annoying compared to other cars, but the stock stereo itself isn't too bad for stock.

General Comments:

It has the power when it needs to go.

If I added a turbo I'd have more power then a 94 BMW 325i (another car I've driven, not owned)

Surpasses acceleration at higher speeds (55 to 85, etc) compared to 99 Saab 9-5 Turbo.

I would love if the car was rear wheel drive and turbo-charged.

Very comfy, nice cruising car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2006

1994 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The great big swede

Faults:

Anti-roll bar link snapped.

Near side rear brake caliper seized.

Offside front flexi brake hose worn through.

Exhaust middle section snapped at rear join.

Air-con not working.

Electrical fault on headlamp wash/wipe.

Noisy thrust release bearing.

Cruise control not working.

General Comments:

I got this car relatively cheap, because the person who owned it never looked after it, as you can see from the long list of faults. However the 9000 is definitely worth the time and money to restore.

Even though the ride seems restless, and the 2.0 Ecopower engine seems somewhat gutless as you get higher up the gear box, there is just something about this car that makes you fall in love with it.

Maybe it's the excellent driving position, or the fantastic levels of equipment, or maybe it's just the fact that the Saab 9000 is a very solid and well built car, capable of phenomenal mileage.

It may have issues of ride, handling and running costs, but the Saab 9000 is such a good car, it just doesn't matter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2005

31st May 2010, 09:07

I have a 1994 Saab 9000 CSE and it's a 2.3, NOT A 2.0, so what's up with that?

4th Dec 2010, 09:47

In Europe you could still get the 2.0L engine. The 2.3L was the standard engine in the USA.