First, this car is not for inexperienced drivers. It has tremendous acceleration and can hit 100mph before you know it. It runs best on premium fuel (97 octane?) and needs quality tires. I have put a LOT of miles on various 9000's over the years and really my only gripe is the AC system. Poorly engineered and a constant nuisance. My other gripe is the interior materials crack and/or fade.
Terrific gas mileage (around 30 under all conditions), fantastic highway long distance traveler, engine/turbo/tranny are solid, and can really hold a couch or a fridge. One can sleep in the back with an air mattress! And I think it looks great too.
UPDATE: Car is still going strong after all these years. Still love and it the very best cruising car I have ever owned.
I've owned this car for 8 months. I've had and driven so many cars over the years i've started to lose count. A Saab 9000 has always been on my list of cars to buy.
Why would I specifically want this model? A CSE over an CS or Aero? Well, that's simple cheaper insurance then an Aero but almost the same power.
Last week while letting my friend drive my car, we swerved to miss a dog, hit a median and took out a sign- going well over 50. We DROVE away without a scratch on one another. The car, took most all of the impact. 9000's are more reliable then most other Saab models, and I can attest to the safety of the car. The awesome gas mileage, amazing acceleration and it handles very well.
The beautiful turbo iconic turbo soundtrack, smooth shifting automatic, great sound system, speed warning system. The headrests and seats are something other car companies should take note of. They're extremely comfortable!
rear seat cup holders, though not the cars problem but how about independent Saab specialists don't vary so much in price? Buying parts can definitely be tricky, i've found ordering them offline to be easier and much cheaper.
I just bought this car and I LOVE IT!!! Its very roomy and can fit my kids in the backseat and not have them touching each other... well without them being forced to touch. I've been getting around 40+ on my M.P.G. and gas OMG i went almost 300 miles on 1 tank of gas! wasn't gonna push it, i still had 1/4 tank left when i filled it up. there needs to be more cars like the Saab!!!
heated seats, sun roof, space, CD player with cassette
Ultimately, this is a great car that I wish they would still make. I'm a commuting student, and this is really the perfect vehicle for me. Plenty of interior space and the performance blows my mind. Especially with the gas mileage- I can get it up to 33+ on long highway trips. If Saab wasn't bought out by GM we'd be seeing more of these cars around.
Acceleration. Leather seats. Fun to drive. Trunk is huge, you could fit almost anything in there.
Cupholders! The one thing I need. Other than that, not much else. Nearly perfect.
This is my second Saab 9000 and I would recommend it to anyone. The car rides nice, plenty of performance, fair gas mileage (I get about 24 m.p.g. with a mixture of highway and city driving), great sound system, and it gives you a unique style as there aren't that many of these cars left on the road! This is a true Saab, pre G.M., and it brings all of the Saab performance and safety features that you could want to the table!
Comfort (lots of "creature features" like heated seats, etc.), style (unique looks), great performance with turbo charger, and dependable.
G.M. should let the Saab division create their own cars and not build them using G.M. frames, etc.. Let Saab be Saab! Give us a hatchback again that can carry a 18 cu. ft. fridge if I want!