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 JBR on May 16, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
This has been one of the best cars that I've ever owned. Heavy enough to be safe on highways, steady enough to not even bounce when side-swiped, reasonable on fuel and the hatch back has been indispensable. I've loved this car. The 1st transmission failed at 49K, but it was replaced (free) with a re-built and we've had no problems. The gasket heads got a little leaky last year but we've got everything under control. I've made a few major repairs thru Saab which is costly but we wanted to be sure we weren't using poor replacement parts. We finished all minor repairs and tune ups at a good local service garage.
by Dbrooks on Aug 25, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I went from a Porsche 911 into this car, so I was a bit dismayed at the boat-like handling at first. But I have owned it now for almost 2 yrs and haven't had to do anything other than change fluids. Saab has built a vault- like car here, and it has more space than most of my friend's SUVs with much better fuel economy. I'm not crazy about the styling and handling, but it has plenty of power, especially down low in the torque band. The car does 0-30 faster than my girlfriend's Subaru WRX. These cars are just incredible value for the dollar. The car cost more than 40K new in 1997, and I bought it for 5K in 2005.
by dmsj on Jun 30, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 4dr Hatchback
I absolutley love my 9000CSE. This car
is the ultimate highway monster: it
criuses effortlessly at 80mph and still
gets 30mpg. When the time comes to
overtake at highway speeds, look out,
boost kicks in and you will be in
triple digit speeds without even tring.
This car can haul more then my 2002
Jeep Grand Cherokee and is much more
comfotable. Because of this, we use the
SAAB for out of town camping trips and
leave the Jeep in the garage.
For the record, a cello in a monster-hard case is an easy fit into the back of a 9000, and I suspect that it would fit in a 9-5 sedan if it can sqeeze through the opening. Inserting one into the 9-5 ...
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