Date: 18 Nov 1999 18:31:15 GMT
From: "Vesa Helanti" <>
Subject: 9000 automatic and fuel display

Hello! I'm seriously considering to buy a 9000 CC-16 with automatic transmission having 230 000 km behind it. After a short preliminary test there are a couple of questions for the more experienced Saab people: When the car starts to roll it does it quite softly and with a noticeable delay even when the throttle is pushed almost halfways down. Is this softness typical for this car? The same slow response is seen when accellerating from 80 to 100 km/h. I really didn't dare to give full throttle in my first test drive, it was rush hours and roads were too slippery today. I'm comparing the behavior with our worn -82 2.8 l Ford with an old C3 automatic box, which would not forgive such suddennes on ice without considerable sideslide. There are receipts on quite recent transmission overhaul by authorised shop (some valves serviced, cause was slip when changing 4 to 3) and also a gearbox oil change done at least once before that so I would think the transmission should be OK. Second trouble is the fuel consumption meter, which seemed to stay between 12 and 13 l/100km no matter what the speed was, even when idling. I took this as some sort of trouble in the computer or sensor. Could it be real reading anyway, the car manual insists on less than 10 l/100km in all circumstances I tested? And if it is a fault, is it expensive to fix in case I want to waste money on cosmetics? Otherwise the car seems reasonable mechanically. Do you have any tips for further inspection? Vesa H

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