I just acquired a 1987 SAAB 9000 Turbo.
Bought it from a guy that took A1 top notch care of it. It still has awesome power for a 4 banger and power everything still works too, sunroof included. In my opinion this is just as good of a luxury car today as it was 14 years ago.
I recently purchased a 1989 turbo 9000. It's white with a tan leather interior and has only 104,000 miles on it. The performance is like WOW!!! My gas mileage is similiar to a 6 cylinder car 18-21 mpg. The car has not given me any problems and parts can be found for reasonable prices if you don't resort to the dealer!!!
I really like this car and plan to keep it for a while.
Just this past summer I picked up a mint sparkling white, with lush black leather 1988 9000 turbo, and I cannot believe the pep this Saab has. As a 17 year old driving a Saab Sedan, there have been some remarks... so I've decked it out with 1600 dollars, which produces 1400 watts of sound potential in the custom trunk enclosure alone. Also, I have to agree with you, it is the funniest thing to blow off a fellow teenager on the road after they've dumped thousands into making their Japanese car look "cool." Those cars are great "noise makers." One Big Muffler and they think they are king of the road. It's been a great car for me, it sounds like it's doing great for you, Power to the Saab!
As a sixteen year old driver of a Saab 9000 Turbo, I relate to ignorant friends saying that I'm driving a "grandma car." Until they take a ride. :)
If your turbocharger is glowing red then coolant isn't getting to it. This is often caused by deteriorated rubber hosing going to and from the turbocharger. Also check the shaft inside for excess play, as high temperatures could have damaged the bearing.
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