by dbrooks22 on Aug 25, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I wrote a review below in 2007.
Since then, i have had to do only the water pump, which started leaking only after i power flushed the coolant.
Really can't believe how solidly this car was built.
I also have the auto and wish i had a stick shift.
And my car was a NYC car for the first 50K of it's life.
But these cars were built for cold weather... overbuilt really.
Anyone who has not seen the Top Gear Saab Tribute from a few months ago should head over to Youtube right now.
Saab really did build a better car.. a car to last for decades.
It's a dam shame what happened to them.
Their attention to every detail, the quality of construction, and pride in engineering are inspiring.
by joliver4 on Jul 12, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I actually have the automatic, which I bought in the name of practicality because I live in Los Angeles and I sit in hours of traffic every week -- but since buying the car, I half-wish I had a stick because this car is so much fun to drive. Originally from MA, the car's undercarriage rusted significantly before I bought it, which has caused a dearth of minor(ish) problems. Though, in the car's defense, none that you wouldn't expect to see on a 17-year-old vehicle with mostly original equipment. I have taken it from 82K miles a couple of years ago to about 107K today without any major repairs. Build quality, especially where the interior is concerned, is a bit lacking.
by pjphughes on Mar 1, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 Aero Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I recently bought a '97 9000 Aero to upgrade and use as a spare car for fun drives.
Having always loved the cars back when they were new, having the resources now to buy one and refurbish it was a no brainer.
After a suspension overhaul, clutch, Stage 1 ECU upgrade, thicker sway bars, and a few other bits and pieces, this 9000 is as new.
It's fast, comfortable, has the best seats every designed, and yet still gets 32mpg on the highway, for such a large car.
Saab's bankruptcy was very sad to see.
As a Saab fan, I was hoping for a new '12 9-5 wagon.
That being said, this 5 speed fast hatch will keep me happy for many years to come.
I'd rather drive this car than many newer cars.