1994 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 SAAB 9000 CS 2.4 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired50100 miles
Most recent distance51700 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A great performance comfort cruiser!

Faults:

I have only owned this car for a short time now and have had no problems yet.

There is a slight ticking from under the hood.

Clunk sound from the rear suspension on some bumpy areas.

Cruise control does not work.

Radiator light is stuck on though there does not seem to be a problem.

Fume smell like an overheated radiator comes through the climate control system.

General Comments:

I enjoy the comfort and power of this car and the way it hugs the pavement. I drive around two hundred miles a day and purchased it for those reasons.

The miles per gallon could be better. Around town only getting 18.5 MPG and on the highway 20.2 maximum.

There is ample space for my family in both front and back seats as well as good storage in the cargo area.

Some drawbacks are the lack of a glove compartment and cup holders make travelling inconvenient.

The climate control system is complicated, automatic and has to be reset each time you enter the car.

All and all though this is a very comfortable car and a joy to drive especially on the highway.

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

Review Date: 27th November, 2001

22nd Jan 2002, 08:00

About your climate control:

If you press the windscreen and vent (top most and bottom most) air distribution buttons together, it will memorise the current settings to be used every time it is switched on.

2nd Mar 2002, 14:37

I have a 1993 9000CS too, 120,000 miles.

I have the same clicking under the hood:

Saab mechanic said the lifters are ticking.

Suggestion: Have the head rebuilt & replace the timing chain and counterbalance chain at the same time.

Cost: $2,600.000

I have the same clunk in the rear.

Not sure of the cause or cost.

Radiator smell from the heater:

Cause: Leaking heater core.

Suggestion: Have heater core replaced. I did my own, but the cost is about $800.

-Regards,

John

jenazimek@yahoo.com

26th May 2008, 07:42

This comment is in reply to the previous comment regarding an overheating Saab at standby.

Under normal motoring conditions, cold air passes into the engine to cool the motor via front air-intakes. However, when the car is standing still obviously this cannot occur. So this radiant heat has no way of dispersing - enter the thematic fan. These are designed to push cold air onto the motor when the car is stopped or travelling at slow speeds. However, sometimes the sensors which govern when the fan is implemented gets broken and subsequently does not turn on and keep the engine cool. I have a 1989 Saab 900i which had this problem. Hope that helps!

1994 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.0 Eco from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Eco Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900 LPT Aero Classic

Summary:

A comfortable cruiser

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

I bought the car because whenever I took my old 900 for a service at the main dealer, where I received good service and reasonable costs, they often lent me a 9000 for the day. I enjoyed driving it so much I went and bought one.

The car is very comfortable and very different to the 900. It is great to have the climate control on a hot day or just to clear the air on a long journey.

My 2.0 Eco is a little underpowered compared to my previous car and I am seriously thinking of having an intercooler fitted by Abbot Racing in Essex to boost the output to 190 bhp.

Insurance costs seem to be rather high but a reasonable quote was obtained through the SAAB owners club.

Cruising tends to return around 31 mpg and it is useful to have a constant readout of fuel consumption as this encourages a lighter foot.

No costs yet but I would not expect any. Both my previous SAAB's were pretty reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2000

31st Jan 2003, 13:02

I too have recently (Dec 23rd 2002) purchased a 9000 CSE 2.0 LPT and find the standard 'fit' to be a little underpowered. A brief search on the i/net show lots of enhancements and tweaks that report to give massive improvements. e. g Hydro Injection Systems.

1994 SAAB 9000 CDEi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Ignition unit changed at 78K (under warranty).

No other faults.

General Comments:

Not a boy racer, but very comfortable and safe.

Build quality excellent, 94K miles, and runs very sweetly. Local main dealer (Leamington) very competent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 1998

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 10 reviews