Saab 9000. The current market situation.

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.

Cockpit Saab 9000 CSE Anniversary Features 1998.

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 alternatives

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.

The sustainability

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.

Part 2: Saab 9000. The car from the high-tech forge.

Teil3: Saab 9000. Björn Envall gives the world a wedge

12 thoughts on "Saab 9000. The current market situation."

  • You can live with it, no problem

  • Thanks for the great article about the 9k.
    However, I have to say that the curve over the offer was not always the same this year. I tracked the market situation of the 9k this week every week because I wanted a second myself.
    At the beginning of the year there were up to 60 copies on the net. Pretty many in different condition. Then spring came and suddenly many of them got together with some 9000ers. May, June, July was nothing more going on.
    But then in the late summer many good ones turned up. Partly top motorized and very different years of construction. The price went down almost all. I then found my anny I wanted in my color amethyst violet. And I struck as the price, the thought did not let go- main thing away with the vehicle.
    For many, the TÜV went out even with the really good motorized and many vendors probably needed over the winter ne empty garage. In September, 80 copies were online. As it got colder, the stock went down dramatically as described by Tom.
    Since the end of October, the stock has hardly changed. Unfortunately, there are many "cucumbers". And the few good ones became expensive overnight. I think that only in the spring again more choice prevails. Some will be gone in garages because the owner was sorry to squander them.
    For me, the 9k is now in daily use. He is challenged, but also maintained. And after 20 years, there's still a lot of rattling.
    And many are interested. In everyday life.
    He is n special Saab, because the mileage with good care is almost irrelevant.

  • What does the community say that the Saab 9000 is the only Saab that does not have the ignition in the center console? That's the only thing I do not like about the 9000, otherwise I like it very much

  • I have recently become the proud owner of an 9k. After being allowed to enjoy Saab driving in the 900 CV in the summer, the desire to ride Saab in the winter was simply too great. Unfortunately came after a few days, the realization that the "Wintersaab" is actually too bad for it ... .. Otherwise, I can only confirm your words, A dream to drive this car! The bright noble interior (leather, heated seats, wood, cruise control), the great all-round visibility, the Entschleinigen in everyday life, the great seats, the large trunk, etc. And I have "only" a 9k 2.0i CSE Bjh.97.

    Saabige greetings!

  • Great to read!

    Only with the driving dynamics qualities I would not have presented so succinctly. With the 2.3T marked SAAB at that time the top and is still very loose driving dynamic midfield *.

    Still weaker new cars are offered - even weaker than the SAAB-sucker.

    Unless a young Swede has provided for over 300 PS and more than 500 Nm under the hood. That too should be the case. Then the 9000 continues in the lead.

  • The middle class is still there. This market segment is quite illiquid: there is little demand and little supply. But at least there is no disproportion between the market participants; it only takes a while for them to come together.
    In this price range I sold my Veronica this summer - for the non-readers of my blog: an 9000 CC turbo with 320.000km, by the way an accident car. But rather low in rust and with complete, not only by checkbook proven maintenance history. It took two years to find a buyer, but then there was a reasonable return in it.

    So there are quite a lot of usable 900 and 9000 cars in the middle four-digit price range. One then has to say goodbye to the unfortunately much too often encountered search for paper form - and look at each car to separate the wheat from the chaff. Then the cart stops 300.000 or 400.000km ... So what? If the thing has little to no rust, mannerlich drives and best also bring a bulging folder with workshop bills, then this is certainly a better buy compared to a neglected short-distance cucumber with half a kilometer reading.
    Prospective buyers, write this finally behind your ears: The KilometerZAHL is completely irrelevant! The important thing is HOW the kilometer came about.

  • Please postpone it to the pre-Christmas stress. Of course, the CD belongs to the list of individualists. He's underrated but worth much more than just thinking.

    By the way, as a small reparation, we are digitizing old Saab footage on the CD. Go online sometime in the next quarter.

  • Recently talked about it, the 9000 market is dead.
    Either used cucumbers up to 1000 € or top models from 10000 €.

  • Hey and what about the CD? : /

  • 9k are still rattle-free even after 20 or 30 years! SAAB quality at its finest!

  • Hello Tom ... again some nice lines about the 9000er ......... when I got through a few weeks ago, finally to try out the other Swedish brand and run directly into the hands of an 9000er AERO, I had no idea how much Herzblut Saabfahrer invest around this brand ....... Thanks for that !!

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