Bought the car with 87000 miles, a one
owner trade at a newcar dealer. It now
has 221000 and is running better then
ever. It took awhile to get the bugs
out of it. I have a local mech. who
does nothing but SAABS. For quite
awhile it had strange problems like the
auto climate control, and various other
elec. gremlins. But now is is great.
Just got new exhaust, brakes, and
Yokohama 205/60 DB s2's from tire rack.
Drives and looks almost new. I do have
reciepts for $9000 worth of maintenance
over the last 6 years, but it was worth
it, as I have had a new looking, new
perfroming SAAB for 6 years at less
then half the price of a new one.
Also, it is fast enough to scare you!
Seats. The reason we bought it in the
first place. Wife gets a sore back on
long trips in other cars. Theses seats
are chair high with great quality
leather that still looks absolutely
brand new. WOW! And crusing at hiway
speed it'll leave a lot of cars in the
dust if you floor it.
Suspension compliance. It does have a
firm ride with the solid rear axel.
The new 9-5s have changed that. I will
probably get a newer used 9-5 AERO in
This is my 2nd SAAB, the first an '87
900S w/manual trans and with 253kmi on
the original trans, engine, CV joints
and never leaving me stuck somewhere,
I baught another one. My '93 9000CSE
turbo automatic w/118kmi despite the
reviews on autotrans and DI casettes
I've had great luck with it. Very
roomy inside for four adults as with
most cars putting a fifth is ok for
shorter trips. plenty of leg room in
back and awesome cargo room. I've put
a washer and dryer (still in the box)
in the back with the seats folded
down. Obviously the hatch was open for
this but they fit. No remote entry
(std) for the early models. any Q's e-
mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
quick and nimble, roomy, comfortable
on long trips, climate control, very
easy to drive, 430 mile range (HWY or
CUPHOLDERS built in would have been
nice on the older models. I understand
they are in the newer ones but they
seem less than perfect. oh well. great
I have owned three Saabs and this has
been by far the least reliable. I
have had to replace the heater core,
head gasket, water pump, fuel pump,
and it is currently leaking coolant all
over my garage. The prior owner who
was lucky to own the car while still
under warranty also was plagued by
mechanical problems that I only
learned of after the fact.
The turbo motor is very fast and gets
good gas mileage when it is running.
The 9000 CSE is a fabulous design; it
has the good qualities of many cars and
is built to last. I especially like
the 1993 version (this is my 3rd 9000)
because it has Traction Control (TCS)
and retained a decent glove box. Build
quality and reliability improved over
the dozen or so years they were built.
Safety is paramount; I was T-boned by a
minivan in my '95 and just opened the
trashed door and walked. I bought
another (the '93) right away! All
this is enhanced by the service at the
used-Saab-only dealer where I've bought
Torque from 2000-5000 rpm, comfy power
seats w/driver memory, great sound
system, the hatch & flexible cargo
area, decent room in the back seat, gas
mileage (23-33 mpg), TCS, Saab trip
computer, it all works well.
They don't make these anymore. Saab
needs a smaller vehicle with a hatch.
Perhaps the 9X or 9-3X will accommodate.
I hope they make the Traction Control
System a switchable one.