In the last few months we have repeatedly written 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
Anyone who wanted to drive a Saab 9000 was offered conditions like in paradise for many years. There were plenty of vehicles on offer that were well-kept and checked in first-hand. Lovingly cared for by mostly older men, real garage gold with hand washing and everything that goes with it. The prices were more than cheap, and those who had a little patience could choose the color and engine.
Those days are over now. In Germany there are currently 3 to 4 dozen vehicles on offer. Two thirds of these are consumer vehicles that no one can warm to. They are too old for the typical used car buyer, too bad for fans. Prices start at a few hundred euros, and buying them as a restoration object is almost never worth it.
It didn't look much better this year in the mid-range price range 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 incompatible or the seller's assessment of the condition was too optimistic. Some readers bought an early 9-5 as an alternative instead. Others are patient and are still looking.
Good and cheap at the same time is over with the 9000. Quality demands its price, and you notice that in the current price development. A few years ago, the sound limit for a really good 9k was around € 6.000. The first vehicles are now scratching the € 10.000 mark. However, this requires history, originality and a very good condition.
The buying behavior of the Saab community hardly differs from fans of other brands. We are looking for, in the original condition, the powerful aeros, anniversaries and the last year of construction. There is a substantial discount for normal CS or CSE. This is understandable - but also boring.
Because there is still a lot to discover beyond the usual loot scheme. Vehicles in the iconic interior colors of the late 80s, the rare intermediate models in the transition to the CS, or good and inexpensive CC as vacuum cleaners. These vehicles are the real individualists, and even today you can get them in good condition for little money.
Anyone who is considering driving the 9000 through everyday life should prefer the CS to a CC. With the second edition of the 9000, the supply of spare parts is better, passive safety is higher, and the engines with the Trionic are more contemporary.
Buying a 9000 is a smart decision. The word “loss of value” can be deleted from your vocabulary, because the 9k is already behind it. In the 80s and 90s, journalists repeatedly suspected Saab of delivering Mercedes quality. Back then, the people of Stuttgart stood for solidity, and the rumors have come true. The technology is indestructible with normal maintenance, wear parts are available. Well-stocked Saab partners, with an eye for the classic and youngtimer business, have what Orio can no longer deliver.
5 years ago I published a purchase advice on the blog on “Fast Sweden from the upper class". With restrictions, it is still up to date. You could add sustainability today. At that time, I had not yet used the word in connection with Saab. Already today, and it is one of our future topics.
Anyone who bought a Saab 80 in the 90s and 9000s made a conscious decision to buy a very expensive, extravagant vehicle - a technology pioneer and pioneer of turbo technology in the then upper class. At that time, you could not have imagined that it also had so much sustainability in it. It couldn't be better!
The 9000 will also be with us in 2017. Our Anna project is in winter operation and we report how the 9000 does in the cold season. There are also parts 1-3 of our Saab 9000 saga for reading:
Part 1: Saab 9000. The first tech Saab.