Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 18:30:30 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: suggestions for a second hand 9000 cse turbo

Brett wrote: > > Hi > > Glad to hear you are thinking of getting a Saab. > I hear lots of concerns (unfoundly!)about the mileage on these superb cars. > My 9000CS 2.3 Turbo is only 10 years old but has 185000 miles (approximately > 300,000 KM). Please also bear in mind that this car has been chipped with > various other performance upgrades and is producing 250+ BHP and has > 320lb/ft of torque, and it still has provided me with a lot of trouble free > miles. (it has also been very well loved though to be fair) > Another point with the car you are thinking of..With this sort of mileage on > a car of this age a lot of the miles ( KMs sorry, I'm from the UK!) are > likely to me motorway miles which arent too much of a problem. > So long as it has a comprehensive service history and has been well cared > for. I wouldn't worry too much. I have seen reports of these cars with > 400,000 miles (640,000 KM). Check turbo and head gasket and gearbox as these > can be costly to fix (esp at main dealer) > I also hear that the auto gear box is good for about 160,000km after this it > can be a bit of a gamble. Prob solved...get a manual. > Ensure that the price you pay is respective of the mileage of the car, but > if it is you get a heck of a lot of car for your money. > For suggestions on what to look for check out the suggested web site. > > Good luck in your purchase. > cheers > Brett My only comment that the state of an 'old' 9000 depends critically on the correct servicing; the ability and knowledge of the garage. Fortunately, Saab garages seems more professional than most; I have had previous experiences with Ford and Fiat before... nuff said. My Saab 1993 9000 CSE 2.0 turbo has had the usual mid-life hiccups that we all know about: DI, head gasket, dump valve, gearbox, timing chain, vacuum leaks. But for the last couple of years it has been exemplary with the engine smooth and strong as ever. Added to that, the car feels very stable and relaxed to drive. If you buy one, ask to see the bills for what has been done, when and by whom. Johannes

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