Over the last few months, we have written again and again about the origin of the first big Saab. Its creation, innovations, the long production time. The 9000 had told us a lot about the Saab brand and its most exciting years.
The last part of the series is about the current market situation. Surprisingly many 9k, more than expected, have survived the years. A Saab 9000 can still be considered suitable for everyday use today. He is, if you like classic, Scandinavian sheet metal, an unproblematic entry into the classic and young-timer world.
Of course, one notices, in direct comparison with modern vehicles, that the years have not left the Saab without a trace. Its operation requires a little more power and attention, its driving dynamics correspond to the 90er years. The 9000 compensates with a large, bright interior, an almost feudal space and flexibility without end. It slows down our everyday automotive life in a wonderful way. The handling of the 9000 arouses the Swedes in us. Serenity becomes a habit, pushing and turf is for the others.
The 9000 has become increasingly rare on our roads in recent years. He is out of everyday life, and thus out of the used car business and is developing more and more into a classic. It can even happen that strangers in the parking lot storm towards you just to talk about the Saab. That never happened at 9000 before, or almost never. By now you should be prepared for it.
The market situation
Who wanted to drive a Saab 9000, got many years states like in paradise commanded. Full service, first hand car, very close to the new car condition, there was plenty on offer. Lovingly cared for by mostly older gentlemen, real garage gold with hand wash and everything that goes with it. The prices were more than cheap, and who had a little patience, could choose the color and engine.
These times are over now. In Germany at the moment 3 to 4 dozen vehicles are on offer. Of these, two thirds are consumption cars, for which no one can warm up. The typical used car buyers are too old, for fans too bad. The prices start at a few hundred euros, and their purchase as a restoration object is almost never worthwhile.
It did not look much better this year in the mid-priced category from 3.500 to 5.000 €. Readers on the blog searched, but did not always find the right car. Either the price and performance were not compatible or the seller's assessment of the seller's condition was too optimistic. Some readers instead bought an early 9-5 as an alternative. Others are patient and still searching.
Good and cheap at the same time 9000 is over. Quality demands its price, and one notices this with the current price development. A few years ago, the sound limit for a really good 9k was around the 6.000 €. Meanwhile, the first vehicles scratch the 10.000 € brand. But history, originality and a very good condition are required.
The buying behavior of the Saab community is hardly different from the fans of other brands. Wanted, in their original state, are the powerful aeros, anniversaries and the last year of construction. For normal CS or CSE there is a hefty price reduction. That is understandable - but also boring.
Because there is still a lot to discover beyond the usual booty scheme. Vehicles in the iconic interior colors of the late 80er years, the rare intermediate models in the transition to the CS, or good and inexpensive CC as a sucker. These vehicles are true individualists, and even today they can be got in good condition for little money.
Anyone who thinks about going through everyday life with the 9000 should prefer the CS to a CC. In the second edition of the 9000, the spare part supply is better, the passive safety higher, and the engines with the Trionic more contemporary.
The purchase of an 9000 is an intelligent decision. The word "loss of value" may be deleted from his vocabulary, because that has the 9k already behind. In the 80 and 90 years, Saab was repeatedly accused by journalists of supplying Mercedes quality. Back then, the people of Stuttgart stood for solidity, and the rumors have come true. The technology is indestructible with normal maintenance, wearing parts are available. Well-assorted Saab partners, with an eye for the classic and young-timer business, are holding on to what Orio can no longer deliver.
Prior to 5 years, I published a buy on the blog "Fast Sweden from the upper class". It is, with restrictions, still up to date. It could be supplemented with the topic of sustainability today. At that time I did not use the word in connection with Saab. Today, and it is one of our future topics.
Those who bought a Saab 80 in the 90 and 9000 years decided to choose a very expensive, extravagant vehicle - a technology carrier and pioneer of the turbo technology in the former upper class. That he also carries so much sustainability in itself, you could not guess at the time. It could not be better!
The 9000 also accompanies us in the year 2017. Our Anna project is in winter operation, and we report how the 9000 beats in the cold season. In addition, there are the parts 1-3 our Saab 9000 saga to read:
Part 1: Saab 9000. The first tech Saab.