1996 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1996 SAAB 9000 CS LPT 2.0 Low Pressure Turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Low Pressure Turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Brilliant big Swede

Faults:

Direct ignition cassette (twice)

Intermittent ABS fault. Falsely attributed to modulator/pump by Saab diagnostic. Finally tracked to rear wheel sensor.

General Comments:

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

1996 SAAB 9000 Griffin 2.3 full pressure turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 full pressure turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance178000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz CL

Summary:

Fantastic, a joy to own and drive!

Faults:

Nothing apart from accepted consumables.

Belts, tyres etc.

General Comments:

This car is without doubt one of the finest cars ever made. It has no major faults at all. It is luxurious, economical, fast and beautifully engineered and exudes quality.

Even at 175k it sailed through the M.O.T. test without any problem. It still drives as though it has done 30k.

At all times it is a pleasure to drive and a rewarding experience. It is a great shame that the 9-5 does not come close to this car in most respects. I can't imagine ever changing this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

1996 SAAB 9000 CDE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

You simply won't find a better car for the money

Faults:

Nearside headlamp washer nozzle became completely blocked. New one was £8.

Starter motor was very tired so I had this replaced before it failed. £100.

No other faults.

General Comments:

My second Saab 9000 and yet another superb quality car. The last one was a 2.3 full pressure turbo, this one is a 2.0 light pressure turbo.

I have found the Saab 9000 to be one of the most reliable and consistently excellent cars, with no breakdowns, no undue component failure and faultless reliability and dependability.

Build quality is better than almost every other car I've owned (including a seven series) and I would not consider any other manufacturer.

I bought this 2.0 CDE Eco Auto with an intention to increase the power from the engine. The stock output being only 150bhp (which is actually quite adequate), but with a change of ECU, a new dump valve & actuator and a couple of other modifications, power now stands at 262bhp making it a very quick car indeed.

And still the reliability continues!!!

Only one minor gripe, and that is the non-electric front seats in this 9000 are not as comfortable as the electric seats in my previous 9000.

It just went through another MOT and only needed new wiper blades. That's an eight year old 91,000 mile car.

The automatic climate control works astoundingly quickly, and on the 'LO' setting I can only equate it to a domestic refrigerator.

Top marks to Saab for the ingenious sun position sensor which actively increases cooling to the side of the car which has the sun on it.

The auto box is the smoothest I've ever known and changes briskly and without fuss.

When on the move, all is quiet and the controls are all placed intelligently and EVERYTHING in the car still works superbly.

If you're in the market for a large saloon or hatchback car, with a touch of idiosyncracism, and you don't want to be constantly taking it to your mechanic - look no further!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2005

7th Feb 2006, 11:07

P reg 2.0LPT CD. Yep! I agree Absolutely Fabulous! A Geordie.

8th Dec 2006, 05:29

I wrote the above review back in June 2005 after purchasing the 9000 in February 2005.

The original idea was to keep it for a month or so to tide me over. However, seeing as it's been so reliable, I still have it now!

In the almost two years of ownership, the only major mechanical problem was that the DI Unit died. Once it had a replacement though it returned back to it's good old self.

Other than the DI; front pads, tyres and a set of wiper blades have been the only components to have been replaced (aside from oil, plugs and the normal service stuff).

Therefore this makes it the most reliable car I've ever owned. Shame that Saab's just aren't built like this nowadays.

I am selling this Saab now (December 2006) as I fancy a change to a rear wheel drive car, but whoever buys this car from me will have found a truly great masterpiece of the road - the rock solid Saab 9000, a future classic if ever there was one!

Grand stuff.

8th Dec 2006, 07:28

Bravo! Bravo!

Good show Saab!

'Ey Wot?!!!

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 16 reviews