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Saab 9000 (1985 - 1998)

Last updated 7 October 2013

Roomy, well-made, refined, fast in 2.3-litre turbo form
Expensive repairs rendered far too many to the scrap yard


Saab’s first all-new car (excluding the badge-engineered 600) since the 99, and it proved a radical departure for the company. First model shown was the 175bhp T16, and it set a new class standard for performance at the time of its launch. Quality was tight, and reliability a step above its Italian Type Four cousins, the Lancia Thema, Fiat Croma and Alfa Romeo 164. CSE version stayed in production until 1998.

The engine was the familiar 2-litre slant-four that powered the Saab 99 unit, but mounted transversally, and the interior was ergonomically styled to make upgrading 99 owners feel right at home. Constantly improved throughout its life, the 9000 stayed on the pace through its major CS facelift in 1991 right to the end of its production in 1998. Not too many problems, but watch out for rusty screen surrounds and door bottoms.

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