1997 SAAB 9000 Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1997 SAAB 9000 CSE Anniversary 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carFiat Cinquecento

Summary:

Fantastic car, I never tire of driving it

Faults:

Heater Matrix failed - cost £250.

Washer bottle seems to have sprung a leak (not fixed it yet)

General Comments:

This is the Aero engined version and is very nippy in a straight line.

However, putting 225 bhp through the front wheels can make it a bit lively in the wet.

Handling is better than you would expect from a big, heavy car.

Interior is full leather and wood and the seats are about the most comfortable I've had.

Wife complains that she slides about on the leather seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

24th Jun 2004, 04:16

The washer fluid container has some "strike back-vents" that tend to go bad.. Mine had the same problem, the washer fluid would leak out, emptying the container very quickly.

1997 SAAB 9000 2.3 cse 2.3 turbo from France

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Jeckyll and hide's car

Faults:

Nothing wrong at this time.

General Comments:

This is a fantastic car. you can drive it smoothly whit cruise control like a big us car or if you want like a furious sport car ouch.!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2004

1997 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 4000

Summary:

More interior squeaks and rattles than a 1942 Jeep

Faults:

Hazard light switch failed twice in last few months.

Cabin temperature sensor required replacing due to noisy operation.

Passenger side sun visor sags.

General Comments:

This car has been relatively reliable. The engine is fantastic, delivering strong performance with good fuel economy. Handling is also good. It also has a large cargo capacity. Unfortunately, the interior rattles and squeaks like a 25 year old pickup truck. The ride is hard, but I could accept this if the interior were more tight. My last car was a 1987 Audi 4000 quattro and it was infinitely quieter over bumps than this Saab. I would sell this car in a cold moment, but I would lose too much on resale value. The seats are uncomfortable with the lower cushion side bolsters too close together putting undue pressure on the outer thighs. There is also insufficient headroom. I am 6'1" tall and my head touches the ceiling even with the seat fully lowered. The car vibrates on the highway even after I had the tires balanced by the dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th June, 2002

6th Oct 2008, 04:10

I'm also surprised about the headroom complaint. I've had two 9000's, both with sunroofs which take some headroom away, but still I've had no problems despite being 193cm (~6'4") tall.

6th Aug 2009, 19:20

Uncomfortable seats, lack of interior space? r you sure you owned a 9000? :\ I replied since I noticed you complained about vibrations at highway speeds. This is most likely the caused of a worn inner driver. Heads up for anyone with that problem...

1997 SAAB 9000 Turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission Turbo
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10

Faults:

Excellent car with excellent performance. Had a 9000 non-turbo SAAB previously and it was a dog in terms of performance.

Would never buy another SAAB without the turbo.

I live in New England and it handles very well in winter conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews