Saab 9000 Anna Project (Part 5) Driving Report

June 2015. The Saab Festival in Trollhättan is history. The Swedish ferry brings Mark and me back to Kiel. In the center of Saab, Anna is ready for the tour to the south. In front of me are 620 kilometers with the 9000 CSE. A distance that will prove whether the first big Saab is still at home on long distances.

Saab 9000 CSE Anniversary, the Anna Project.
Saab 9000 CSE Anniversary, the Anna Project.

What happened in the meantime: The ailing clutch was renewed, the strut bar installed, the Anniversary is on new Michelin tires. I'm looking forward to the tour, now it's off to Hamburg. Anna feels good, not at all for utility or utility cars. On the contrary ! The all-round service at Lafrentz did a good job.

The cream pieces in the 9000 are the seats. The construction dates back to a time when Saab himself designed and built the seating. Almost everyone immediately finds the perfect sitting position on the ingenious seating. How Saab managed that - only the trolls will know that. In the Anniversary, the seats have the embossed, traditional Saab aircraft logo, as well as the special leather cover Sandbeige with Pamir or black with suede inserts. The most beautiful is Sandbeige with Pamir, the most ingenious the black seats with suede. Suede is rough leather, and the inserts add extra grip and "hold" the passengers. Small use - great effect.

An 9000 is a deeply relaxed vehicle. It goes through Hamburg; in the direction of Hanover falls the speed limit. Free ride! Under the Moto hood is the B234 engine. With 0.55 bar moderately charged on 170 PS and 260 Nm - unobtrusive and a bit boring, but with a silky smooth running - for an 4 cylinder.

The 2.3 liter and 170 soft turbo horses still have some easy time with the 9000. The Saab weighs about 1.400 kilos and runs 220 stuff. That's enough to be on the go, and the 200 plus X are faster on the display than the paper format suggests. The faster we drive, the clearer the wind noise becomes. Not over the top, but in a way that makes the radio louder. The Saab is not a new car.

He stands for relaxed travel. Still! The 9000 is a touring car, not a hustle and bustle. Relaxing is added: the Saab is free of electronic dumb. Rest for the passengers, nothing barks, warns, annoying. Wonderful !

We drive in the direction of Hannover. An Ingolstadt low-flying aircraft clears the left lane in front of me. He almost crawls the evil left-track blocker into the trunk until it neutralizes itself on the right lane. War on German highways? You could believe it ...

The 9000 remains at a safe distance, followed by agent boxes. The Saab - he still can. Swimming with higher speed. Only the brakes, which are new, should be rethought, if you want to move Saab 9000 a bit faster in the long term. There is room for improvement.

At the height of Hanover the usual, dense to halting traffic. The 5 gear transmission is crisp to switch. Only the gearshifts are a touch too long, which you can change the way. The switching work is fun, it comes to a sporty feeling.

Is the 9000 at home over long distances? He is it. We drive in the direction of Kassel, a change of direction to Fulda, then again in the direction of Frankfurt. After a few hundred kilometers you are still sitting comfortably and relaxed. Anna runs precisely like a clockwork. Who wants a new car? Yes, there are quieter cars, but also modern vehicles that are louder and more hectic.

It's the mix with perfect seats, lots of space, great air conditioning, large windows and the best of ergonomics that make up the 9000. The chassis, rear rigid axle, is simple, but also just well done and clean. It goes without saying that the Saab 9000 lacks any aggressiveness. He is traveling with his passengers routinely. As if, of course, he would drive the Kiel - Frankfurt route daily. Since 17 years. And he leaves no doubt: Yes, I bring everyone safely to their destination. No matter what happens. You buy it from him.

The cut that day is more than 100 kilometers an hour. The time taken is comparable to what the 2011er 9-5 requires on the same route. I save details, the family reads. Likewise, people who think that cars should be very leisurely from a certain age ...

The 66 liter tank is empty, as Anna rolls just before the front door to the gas pump. Slightly more than 10 liters of good super fuel has been awarded the Anniversary on 100 kilometers. This is okay with speedy driving. More modern vehicles are thirstier on my reference route to and from Kiel when driving.

And now? The parts 1 to 5 of the story were dramatic and also very serious. It was about blown up budgets, a car, which would almost have died, now drives reasonable again. Now is time for some mischief! The 9000 is the perfect base for a few extra hp. Saab's B234 engines are so oversized that they even get bored of the 225 PS Aero. And the 5-speed manual transmission was often used in motorsport. Also against boredom. We'll fix that in the upcoming 6 section of Anna Story. We fly the Saab 9000 ...

10 thoughts too "Saab 9000 Anna Project (Part 5) Driving Report"

  • Very finely written; The 9000 anniversary comes to the right very well. For me that was the best Saab I drove.

  • What a happy ending!
    Wonderful your long-distance description ... I would go in there right away!
    I look forward to the report Happy End ²!

  • Great writing about a great car! I like to read again and again. I'm looking forward to more episodes!

  • This is reminiscent of the good old 9000 era. Were great years, a lot of fun to read. SAAB = at home on long journeys

  • The 9000 and the 900 (901) were and still are the Saabs par excellence, even after 17, 20 or even 30 years ... .Also you notice on certain details such as the seats, the relationship with aircraft. SAAB = At ​​home on long journeys :))

  • ARRRGH ...

    Again such a fix (and well-written) 9000er article. How should one stay strong and not buy one?

    Damn it!

    Also very nice ("200 plus X"), as the article insiders casually reminded of the understated speedometer. I almost forgot that beautiful detail of the 9000er ...

    The speedometer inspired me so much back then. Somehow he is the quintessence of the whole car and brings in particular the AERO perfectly to the point - can do everything, offers everything and has nothing and no one to prove anything. The 9000 is by far the coolest car of its time.

    Have fun with Anna!

  • ... the seats are, as so many Saab details, no coincidence: they were developed in collaboration with orthopedists. And even with the speedometer unit attention was paid to details: speed indicator and the right displays are slightly angled towards the drive, so that you always see the illuminated hands from the front. I remember well how I first sat as a passenger in my 9000er and almost scared: the pointers seemed as cheap from the side as in the Ford Sierra - but there it seemed from the front as well ...

  • Very nice report. In spite of everything, what is more relaxing than long-distance 9000? An 9-5 I! The seating position in the 9000 is a bit too high for me, the 9-5 integrates me deeper into the car and the seats plus suspension are a bit more comfortable. Despite everything, the overall package of space, long-term quality, driving pleasure, comfort and economy that the 9K delivered even before 30 years remains remarkable to this day. I am particularly looking forward to the next part: who tunes what, how much to Anna?

    • Of course, the 9-5 can do even better over long distances, would be bad if not. Even a 9-3 I Aero with the Viggen seats is in a class of its own, still. For a 30 year old construction, the 9000 is still very good, very long-distance and with the charm of a classic car. Thursday or Friday is the sequel!

    • As you can see how the opinions can diverge. In fact, the 9-5 sits lower, but the seats in the 9-5 to MY02 are the worst Saab has ever fitted to a car. My opinion. Vector and Aero from MY02 are really good again. But not better than many other manufacturers.

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