Upgrades for the Saab 9000 CSE

What is actually happening with the Saab 9000? For years it was considered to be inconspicuous and in the best case it was valued as an inexpensive consumption car. If you drove to a meeting with a 9000, then it was at most another daily driver standing in line. Very suddenly things change. Wherever the 9000 - known as the Anna Project - pulls up, thumbs up. Also from people who can actually do little with Saab.

New turbo hoses, engine preheaters for the Saab 9000
New turbo hoses, engine preheaters for the Saab 9000

The mass of the 9000 series has now been on the sheet for more than 20 years. As cheap utility vehicles, they are too old and disappear from the streets. The 9000 is rare, good examples are noticed. Our Anna project has a long history. The rescue started in 2015 and the most important things were done. The history of the car, which I should never have bought, can be read by entering “Anna” in the search function.

Little things remained to be done. A new air conditioning compressor was needed because the previous one had exceeded its service life. Since a 9000 without air conditioning is not really pleasant to drive in summer even with a sunroof, Saab Service Frankfurt installed an overhauled compressor at a good price. And since the Saab was already in the workshop, there was more to be done.

Samco Sport Turbo Tubing

There was the matter with the turbo hoses. We had that 245 PS Kit Tried it by Maptun, the boost pressure rose to more than 1 bar, which can hardly be healthy for hoses that are almost 20 years old. Also ... how good are the Saab 9000 CSE's turbo hoses after two decades? To minimize the risk of failure, the old parts have been replaced with new ones from Samco Sport. Delivery and ordering were handled by Schlüter Motorsport and were problem-free. The quality of the Samco hoses, deliberately chosen in subtle black, is high. More substance and strength than in the series, it should be possible to achieve a boost pressure of up to 3 bar.

Theoretically, you can make the change yourself, but it's not much fun without a lifting platform. Gérard Ratzmann's team took care of the replacement, packing the old hoses into the 9000 in an exemplary manner. Their condition confirms the decision. Time has not passed without a trace, compared to the Samcos they seem under attack. The swap was a good idea. It's a shame that Orio doesn't offer any improved hoses. I would have liked a product with Saab lettering. It would be great if Orio could provide high quality products for the aftermarket in the future.

Calix engine preheater

In Sweden, the Calix engine preheaters are very common. The advantages are apparent. Easy installation, less emission, less wear, cheaper price. The preheaters are available from the Saab partners. Of the heater for the Saab 9000 CSE was also assembled in Frankfurt because - you might guess - our Anna project will not be sold after all. After a lot of work, Anna is close to my heart. The 9000 gets year-round approval and will somewhat ease the withdrawal from the 2001 Aero in the cold season. Note: It just doesn't work without an old Saab.

Saab little things

If you look after an old, neglected car, there are a thousand things to do. First the technique, so that the base is right. As the Saab slowly approaches 2, you become more demanding. It follows cosmetics, like the Door trim, which was exchanged recently. Available at Orio, unlike some other trifles. The holders of the floor mats on the driver's side had it behind, as with so many 9000. You can ignore that and fix the mats in some way. But it annoys you.

Because the two small plastic parts are no longer available. You can also ask a Saab workshop that lives the brand every day ... whose employees then, and it's no joke, has one of these sought-after holders in their pockets and gets the second one out of the warehouse. Saab Service Frankfurt took good care of Anna. Inexpensive, fast, competent. With a lot of spirit. Thanks for that!

8 thoughts on "Upgrades for the Saab 9000 CSE"

  • Yes, the 9000 are really beautiful and still everyday cars. Drive my 9000er Aero from 1996 every day. This week the 370 000km will be full

  • Cool upgrades! The turbo hoses should be exchanged on principle. 20 years in the Hize of the engine room feed on the substance. At some point the things will simply break. Would be nice if Orio Saab Original had to retrofit for more steam.

    @ Tom: Maybe ask me?

  • Paul comes on the street in August. He had to stand back a little, because things beyond Saab were simply priorities.

  • Nice to hear from Anna. But what is Paul doing right now? There was nothing to hear from him for a while

  • The blog is to blame that even with me (again) is an 9000 in the yard. Currently, it is being worked on, a part repainted, many obsolete. 2017 he comes back on the road!

  • Hello Tom, I am happy that Anna is staying with you. This year, my 9000 CSE is a little late with me again through the country. And I repeat myself for the last year…. it's endless fun!
    Autohaus Kreil in Hof has again worked through the list with the many little things with great attention to detail and now finally the CSE has the last thing I was always missing ... a cruise control. The performance deficit (has ... only ... 150 hp) compared to my other Saab's, each with at least aero engines, strangely doesn't bother me at all in the CSE. So you have a good trip with the 9000, which you will run for a long time …….

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