1996 SAAB 9000 CS LPT 2.0 Low Pressure Turbo from UK and Ireland
Brilliant big Swede
Direct ignition cassette (twice)
Intermittent ABS fault. Falsely attributed to modulator/pump by Saab diagnostic. Finally tracked to rear wheel sensor.
A brilliant car, strong on performance, safety, comfort and durability. The CS is as versatile and flexible as an estate car. Not particularly quick in a drag-race, its amazing mid-range performance gives it an edge on the open road, overtaking is easy and safe. Handling is predictable and precise for a front drive car, although its far too heavy to be nimble. Superb value for money.
However, the car is complex to work on, (eg: interior needs removal to replace handbrake cables) although parts are reasonably priced. Owners must stay on top of minor faults to prevent them becoming large and costly ones. Be choosy when buying, there are plenty around and it is worth holding out for a good one.
Running costs are reasonable, with the car averaging 29 to 33mpg even when loaded with roof rack and trailer. Oil consumption is nil. Tyres last around 2 to 3 years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th July, 2008