by JT on Jun 6, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CS Turbo 4dr Hatchback
With a few miles short of 270,000 I can safely say this is the best car I have ever owned. I bought this Saab new and have driven it 80-85% highway. Highway mileage driving at 75+ MPH is 28/29, well beyond original rating. I have put tires on it every 60-80K, oil every 5-6K, and exhaust systems every 70-90K. Beyond these, only a fuel pump and two clutches and scheduled maintenance. The best and still running like a top.
by Telfair on Feb 21, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CS Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I bought this car 1 yr ago for $2.5k. Since then I have put $3k into it: new motor mounts, Bilstein HD shocks, front bushings, new CV boots, a 3" downpipe, 7" wide wheels with 225/15 Dunlops, a Stage 3 ECU which converted the LPT to FPT and remapped the computer software. The car was 170 Hp and handled well. Now it screams at 270 Hp, spins the wheels off the line and in 2d, goes from 50-85 mph in a snap, and can blow past any BMW, Lexus, etc, on the road. I can throw it into corners like a sports car, and it never slips. BUY THIS CAR! It can be turned into a monster! The 2.3l turbo can be tuned to over 400 Hp. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing
by sully on Apr 17, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CS Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I've owned my 9000cs for 1 year. The car has been great. I drove it from Boston to San Diego to Albuquerque to Mexico and back to Albuquerque. It was a very comfortable ride with no problems. The fuel is awesome with cruise control on. Maintenance: new rotors and brakes. New battery. New hub and bearing both sides. New outer boot and halfshaft both sides (if you're changing the outer boot, also change the halfshaft. You can get that in one piece.) I did the work myself. Saved around a thousand. The first side is hard but the second one is a breeze because you know how to do it at that point. I wanted to do the whole front end over. Next I am going to put in new engine mounts. Easy!!
by smittyg on Aug 3, 2002 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CS Turbo 4dr Hatchback
It's not the best at everything, but does EVERYTHING well, and in certain ways it
can't be beat. It's not quick enough to encourage racing, but it's fast enough on
the highways to pass anyone.(Especially on hills;>)
Mileage: Commuting, LIE N.Y. 27mpg, Highway, 31+mpg
I was rear ended two years ago( I was at a dead stop. the SUV was going approx
30mph). $9k damage. It felt like I was hit by a bowl full of pudding. The trunk still
opened & closed. The seats and headrests are GREAT. Maybe they could make
crash proof lighting, but the car's passenger protection is fabulous.
I love it...
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