by dbrooks22 on Aug 25, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Saab 9000
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
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.
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.
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 ...
A used Saab: I'd go with anything WELL maintained that is older than 1993 (no automaitcs) or a 1998 or newer- automatic or standard. Or another option, any used 9000 since '93 that does NOT have and a...