A look back at the younger Saab past and time for a Saab 9000 buying guide. The last Saab of the Saab-Scania era is the Saab 9000. Developed from 1979 he came 1985 on the market. The first contribution of Saab for the automobile upper class was developed in the basic features as Tipo4 project together with the Fiat company as basis for Lancia topic, Fiat Croma and Alfa 164. The joint journey of the two companies soon broke up again, so that the Saab 9000 shared with the Italian relatives only the windows, doors and a few other body parts. However, here is not door door. All Saab have an impact protection in the doors, but the cars of the Fiat Group not.
The 9000 is available as an 5-door hatchback or 4-powered sedan. During the Saab's typically long construction period, the 9000 was constantly evolving. If the first years of construction were still susceptible to rust, this changed from 1991. The following year, the Saab direct ignition "Trionic" was introduced as Saab innovation. An 32 bit microprocessor controls injection, boost pressure and ignition.
Saab 9000 body and interior
The 9000 was not without reason in the US as a "large car". In terms of space economy, it is unbeatable and, with its 4,76 meter vehicle length, lavishly lavishes space in the interior of the 5 door. Although shorter and narrower than its successor, the Saab 9-5, the 9000 has a considerable 14 centimeter in the interior. The bodywork is superbly crafted and makes us aware of the high standards Trollhättan used to build cars in those days. Roost, as we said from the 90 years, is not the big issue anymore, but the rear wheel arches and the windshield frame are still a bit of a nuisance.
The seats are according to Saab custom the best of the time, the materials in the interior are robust.
Although a lot of plastic is processed, but it is massive and honest. This shows that the 9000 comes from a different era. Unlike today's cars, he never pretends to be something he is not. "Form follows function" - a Saab philosophy can be felt here. The dashboard comes from the aircraft industry and is still today, or again, as a model for successful ergonomics.
Comfort and air conditioning
The Saab 9000 is a car for long distances. Even today, the noise level, except for the wind noise of the A-pillar on fast autobahn laps, as quiet, the suspension comfort is good. If you have a 9000 with climate control, this CFC is free - because Saab was the first automaker built only CFC-free systems - and then took more than 5000,00 DM surcharge for it, you are well air conditioned on the way. Seat heating is always on board, the leather chairs by Elmo, a Swedish manufacturer of the upper class, are high quality and versatile. The leather is as thick as in the Rolls Royce and, with a little care, can withstand many years without cracks.
The 9000 is not a curve sweeper, today's cars are more active. Steering was considered precise at the time and is now felt to be slightly indirect. The suspension is soft and emphasizes the comfort character of the big Saab. But the chassis, rear with star axle, always safe and confident. Even higher motorized, the 9000 is not a racing car, but the extremely sovereign touring car, which is sometimes like quick sprints is not averse. ABS is on board, for Saab with manual transmission there is TCS as a traction aid. The TCS system tends to errors, the exchange is then not cheap.
The 9000 is almost always on the road with 4 cylinders with or without turbo. In later years, there was also a 6 cylinder sucker from GM, which was, however, not very popular and is therefore rare to find. The basis are the suckers with 126 to 140 PS, above that the soft turbo with 150 to 170 PS and the Vollturbo engines with 160 to 225 PS.
The icing on the cake is the 9000 Aero with the 2.3 liter full-turbo and 225 PS. The acceleration from medium speeds makes even today many company car driver with his TDI from the VW conglomerate green in the face. As confident as the 2.3 liter comes across, it has a drawback. All 2.3 liters are equipped with two balance shafts for a smoother running of the engine, which calls for overhaul or engine damage after one mileage of 200.000 KM.
Cheaper maintenance and considerably more robust are the 2.0 liter engines - without balance shafts. The engine is not noticeably restless, the performance with 130 PS as a sucker or 150 PS as Soft Turbo are of course not as impressive as that of the big engines. For 2.0 liter engines with a mileage of several 100.000 KM are no problem.
Either a manual 5 gearbox or an 4 automatic transmission from ZF was available for the 9000. The 5 gearbox, a Saab development, is a bit bony, but fits in well with the 9000. The ZF automatic surprised by silky smooth shifting and is a bit rough only at full load. The 9000 as a comfort car, the automatic is more appropriate than the manual circuit.
Saab 9000 90er years there was a CS in the five-door or CD in the sedan as a basic version. Above ranked CSE or CDE, the Aero or Aero Sport existed only in the five-door version. As a luxury top version, but with GM V6, there was the sedan in the Griffin version.
Particularly popular are the CSE or CDE versions, which already have a leather interior and automatic climate control on board. Even the paneling of the dashboard with real wood from California walnut was series. Even then the wood came from plantations certified according to ecological guidelines. CS or CD versions could buy these features.
The sportiest version, Aero or Aero Sport, was supplied with full leather trim and great sports seats. The seats were equipped as standard with electrical adjustment and memory.
The 9000 Griffin, always with automatic and 6 cylinder, was additionally upgraded with walnut wood on doors and center console to Nobel Sweden.
Vehicle safety is a Saab domain, so all Saab are equipped with ABS, airbag - later also with passenger airbag - and side impact protection. Belt tensioners on the front seats are standard, as well as the bumpers themselves repaired up to an impact speed of 8 km / h.
The 9000 was never a cheap car, but always upper class. An 96er Aero with automatic transmission cost more than 86.000 DM, the base with 2.0 liter sucker in the CS version from 47.000 DM. The 9000 has matured over the long construction period. Models from 1992 are reliable and mature and therefore to be preferred. The more popular - because more Saab - is the 5-door hatchback, more elegant and practical than the notchback. The problem is to catch a good copy, because they are rare. The chimera 's absurdity of our chancellor has nonsensically brought many good first or second hand specimens from the market.
Due to the low price level, many 9000 were purchased by end users to then complete the next 100.000 KM without maintenance and care, but with a lot of repair backlog. These copies can be found on Ebay. Buying one of these specimens and putting them in better condition is currently not worthwhile considering the low 9000 prices.
If you are thinking of acquiring an 9000, you should buy a Saab with as complete a history as possible, preferably first or second hand. These copies can be found again and again on Mobile.de or Autoscout. But then you have to be quick, because such Saab are sought after and often sold after less than 48 hours. Because - and this is a Saab typical problem - many owners of an 9000 did not want to split up and buy a 9-5. My Saab salesman always complained for years about the old men, which he did not bring to buy a 9-5. Logically, because the 9000 is a multi-purpose sedan, the Saab 9-5 only a notchback.
A good 9000er can usually be recognized at first glance. An early indicator are the wipers of headlight cleaning. The engines like to give up the ghost, are then often not replaced. If the wipers are on 2 clock, the engine is usually defective. The care condition then often continues throughout the car.
The top engine with 2.3 liters and 200 or 230 PS is just great, but one should think of the problem of balancing shafts. The 2.0 liter soft turbo is the engine of reason, runs well over 200 and is low maintenance and reliable. If Saab then turbo, and if no turbo then by no means the GM V6, all 60.000 KM new timing belt wishes.
If 9000 - then 9000 with leather and automatic climate control. Without leather, the 9000 is later barely negotiable, which also applies to the automatic climate control. Sunroof is not always recommended, often the processes are clogged and then cause bad rust.
Particularly popular are the Anniversary models of 1997 or the last year 1998. The level of equipment is then above average, the 9000er comes in the Aero Trim therefore as our model shown here.
The prices start for good copies starting from approx. 3.500 € and can rise over 6.000 €. The level is still very low, but this will change as the "consumed" 9000ers will disappear from the scene. Who likes the last Saab of the "Pre-GM phase", should now access.