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Evening all. This is my first post on this forum and I'm after any advice you can give on purchasing a 9000 Aero.
I have been a Saab owner since 98 running a 1990 9000 2.3 CDi. I converted it to LPG 2 years ago and it runs well. Unfortunately it has become very rusty and has started to develop too many faults to consider keeping it on the road.
I have decided to replace the old girl with a tidy later model Aero (if I can find one that is), which is where you guys come in. What are the things to look out for when buying an Aero? Is the auto ok as I have seen quite a few for sale or are they best avoided?
I have taken a look at a few Aeros for sale recently and they have all turned out to be a lot worse than the adverts and photographs would have you believe.
Any help and advice you gan give will be much appreciated.
 

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The only thing i know about the 9000 is that the engine torque is limited in the automatic to protect the gearbox. But some people have uprated their cars and still have an auto box that is working. I believe it's hard acceleration in low gears that cause the problems.

There seem to be several Saab specialists around Bristol so you should find what you're looking for.

Have you thought about the 9-5? They're getting quite cheap now, and the auto box is better.
 

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Just a thought to widen your choice, you could consider a late model Aniversary 2.3T - it has the same engine & bhp as the Aero. With the £ that you save you can fit some stiffer springs & shocks, or whatever takes your fancy

Apart from the usual careful inspection and test drive, do the "boot the turbo" test to check for smoke and walk away from anything with defficient service history.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I didn't realise the auto had a different engine and turbo to the manual, must make it a completely different animal.
Sgould, I did consider the 9-5 but I could only afford on of the earliest models and have been told to avoid them like the plague as they started off with all sorts of engine and gearbox problems that only got sorted later on. I don't know how true that is but it came from a Saab specialist.
I'd heard of the Anniversary model but haven't really taken much notice of them, maybe I should take a closer look if they are similar.
Again, cheers for the advice.
 

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I am biased in that I went out to specifically get a 9k manual aero. Trying to find one last year was tricky and will be getting harder unless you get a well looked after one with 'highish' miles. The late 2.3T (not 't') models manual have the aero engine as above (check B234R and not B234L on the model code number on the V5 to double check) and I did look for one of these too but that was just as hard as I think they were only from about August 1997.

In terms of expensive items, best things to watch are whether the clutch, timing chains and possibly head gasket have been done. Potentially a gearbox rebuild too.
Between them these are by far the most expensive maintenance jobs and nice to have been done before you get it but probably don't need done until you are in the 120k mile + bracket. i.e. buying a car at 110k miles that has had nothing major done on it may (and I say may) need one or more done in the next 20k.
Make sure who-ever you get one from is convincing in their commitment to oil changes too!
 

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Hi!

My father owns a '97 Aero, bought at 3 years old.
He was lucky to find one with only 27,000 miles on it (It still only shows 64,000. at 7 years old)

Whilst looking around, we did take on board some little things to look for.

*Definitely check for smokey exhausts
*Full documented history will become priceless when it comes to resale.
*The front tyres do wear very quickly when driven with heavy right feet, and at roughly £100 each, worth taking a look!
*If the front edge of the bonnet is peppered with stone chips, it can indicate a hard life in the fast lane.
*Check the clutch. I had mine replaced on my '96 9000 CDE 2.0LPT last month, costing nearly £400, the Aero will be more as they have uprated Clutches.
*Also it is important to have evidence of regular oil changes using new Fully Synthetic oil.

I hope this helps a little!

Good luck

P.S. the Aero's have amazingly comfortable wraparound sports seats as standard which you can't get on the Anniversary's!
 

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Originally posted by NeillM:
[qb]*If the front edge of the bonnet is peppered with stone chips, it can indicate a hard life in the fast lane.
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Well, maybe. If you're comparing two cars with similar high-ish mileage, I'd take the one that had done all the miles in the fast lane. It's not very hard on the car compared to the same miles on other roads/city driving.
 

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Having had my Aero for 3 years now, as my second Saab 9000, I spent hours the other weekend discussing with Ranald at Roseisle cars why I can't imagine replacing it with anything less.
Mine had 70,000 when I bought it, now has 140,000. As per previous posts, I now think the mileage is less important than the servicing, especially frequent, good quality oil changes.
I replaced the clutch approx 100,000miles and the other work I have done is really upgrades.
I started out with a 2.0lpt, great car, but the aero has steering, handling, brakes and power which are all so much better than I think you will find on the other models. Try one, then you will have something to compare an anniversary etc to. If it's what you want, hold out for the right one. Happy hunting.
 

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As you're only up the road from me,you're more than welcome to pop round have a 'hands-on' type of tutorial with my Aero.

Don't ask to buy it.There's no way I'm selling it.
There simply is no other car that could replace the performance,economy,or room
 

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There simply is no other car that could replace the performance,economy,or room[/b]
Could'nt agree with you more
I bought mine to replace my T16S. I was really upset with having to sell the 900 but am very happy with the aero now, particularly with the upgrades Practical, comfortable, quick, and very stylish IMO
 

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Again, thanks to everyone for the help and advice, especially Nev.C for the invite to take a look at his Aero. I will definately take you up on the offer as we only live 5 miles apart.

Now here's a $64m question, what is a sensible price for a good late model Aero? I've been looking at Autotrader and price variations are staggering. I know this is a "how long is a piece of string?" type question but any ball park prices would help.

Sorry if I'm becoming a pain in the **** but I only want to do this once and hopefully right.
 

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prices ...
with these cars it is totally condition dependant
Pay for a good one otherwise it will bite you
look for fastidious oil changes ,no tcs,and all the usual stuff
walk away if you think it is anyway dodgy
Or buy a cheap one and re-build the engine/gearbox/turbo...

you pays your money...
 

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If you want to compare an Aero against a standard Anniversary 2.3lpt, PM me. Like Nev though, mines not for sale.

Just a thought, if you cannot find the right Aero, perhaps a 2.3lpt or fpt with a stage1 Maptun would suite you sir! On a lpt for example your bhp will rise to around 230 with around 300lbs of torque


I know David! has tweaked his FPT and it now puts out around 260bhp.

Also don't worry about mileage. I bought mine a year ago with 144,000 miles on it. It still sounds great, smooth, economical and is so comforable.
 

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Cheers for the offer Naranto, i'll definately sort something out with you. I'm meeting up with Nev tomorrow night to have a look at his Aero, which should be interesting.
Out of interest who is Dave with the 260 HP 9000?
 

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All Annis are not equal aerobuyer. To compare with the Aero, you need a 97 or 98 2.3FPT - these were fitted with the full fat 234R engine, exhaust etc used by the Aero.

A modest spend on Abbott springs and adjustable Konis sorts the suspension out
 

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Cheers for the advice guys. I went out to see Nev's Aero this evening, a very nice example indeed. He even gave me the keys and said take it for a spin but I declined as it was ******* with rain and the roads were slippery. We had a chat about the Anniversary model and as a result have decided to broaden my search to include them as well.
Anyone selling an Aero or Anni?

Cheers,

Paul
 
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