Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 10:08:33 GMT From: Johannes <johsnospam-gets-lost-sizefitter.com> Subject: Re: how to buy a used 9000 CSE
Serial # 19781010 wrote: > > Saabs depreciate so quickly they can be the best buy in the used > euro/luxobox market. I got a 93 9000CSE turbo, 5 spd, leather, wood, > 140k for US$3500. I put in about $2500. for clutch (failed at ~160k), > starter, tires, exhaust, CV boot, ACC blower, heater core, voltage > reg., engine mounts, cruise switch, CV boot, door lock motor, tie > rods, oil pressure switch, various fluids, filters & doohickeys. I've > since put on about 25k miles with no problems. Where else can you get > a luxury car for ~$6000. that rides great, looks good with tons of > room when you want to pile in friends or for that antique you want to > lug home? The room of an SUV the practicality of a wagon, the ride of > a sports sedan (almost). No, it's not a BMW, big F'in deal; it's close > enough. I drive it in the real world not the race track. And it's > always fun to skoot by BMWs as they spin their rear wheels in the > snow. Saab - the intelligent person's BMW. > > 9000 vs. 900 > I don't get the idea of the 900. Less room than a 9000, a touch better > gas mileage, about the same price. No thanks. The "classic" pre-94 900 > had a distinctive look but it's nothing special in terms of > reliability OR safety despite Saab's reputation. How could the Saab > brain surgeons leave out a rear wiper??? > > How to buy a 9000 > Get the last generation: 93-98 (98 was the best year). Get the hatch; > much more practical. The top end Aero is not really worth the extra $. > Don't be a baby, get the manual 5 spd. Better gas mileage, better > performance, more reliable, more FUN. I never drove a manual till I > bought my first car. Drove it home from the dealer; stalled only once. > A manual becomes automatic after about a week as they say. The Aero has nice 16" alloys, you can sometimes buy them separately. > Replace the spark plugs RELIGIOUSLY at 12k miles or risk losing the > Direct Ignition cassette ~US$350.) They tend to go unpredictably. I > carry a spare. Easy to replace. Spark plugs should last 24k miles as they are automatically cleaned. Changing the plugs should be done with extreme care; don't overtighten or cross thread, or you will have expensive problems. Hence, I gap them correctly and leave for 24k miles. Any great car needs maintenance. If you spend £2000 buying a £25,000 car, then don't expect that driving it will be equally cheap.