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Just about to trade my 900 for a 70k miler one of these. Specialist dealer who has just done timing chain and all other relevant work. Is there anything I should look out for before handing over my cash
 

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Take a look at the following 'tips on buying a Saab:
http://www.saabtrader.co.uk/roadtest_06_01.htm

And also the '9000 Anniversary' road test on the same site which covers more details on 'what to look out for'.

70K miles seems low milage for a timing chain replacement. Maybe worth checking why it replaced so early.

Also, check the auto box changes up/down smoothy in all gears.

Older 9000 had a common head gasket blowing problem, which is easily fixed but cost £300 for a new gasket.

Otherwise, Saab 9000's are pretty bullet proof which is why we all buy them!
 

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Cheers for the info - I was just worried about the auto box in case there were any known problems with it. Glad to be coming back to a 9000 even although its a couple of year's older than my 900!
 

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If it's any consolation, I PX'ed my manual '94 9000 CDE for an auto '98 9000 Anniversary last December, because the auto box was incredibly smooth, and according to reputable sources should be good for 150k to 200k miles, especially on the newer 9000's.

Which maybe gives it a reliability advantage over the manual's as these still had frequent problems with'pinion' gears, and their is no clutch to replace.

The disadvantage being autos are still more expensive to repair, or part ex if a problems does occur.
 

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My wife has a 9000CSE with 155,000 miles and i think it is extremely nice to drive. Lots of goodies yet gets amove on.
Things to watch
Auto box must be smooth
Check all electrics work, especially heated mirrors.
When driving brake gently and look for steering wheel wobble - front discs warp easily.
Have a good look at exhaust and listen for blows.
If it has optional sunroof check this works correctley, open/close at leat 5 times in a row.
9000's hide their miles well, look at old MOTs and service history to check for clocking.
+ things you would check on any car
Good luck
 

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My wife has a 9000CSE with 155,000 miles and i think it is extremely nice to drive. Lots of goodies yet gets amove on.
Things to watch
Auto box must be smooth
Check all electrics work, especially heated mirrors.
When driving brake gently and look for steering wheel wobble - front discs warp easily.
Have a good look at exhaust and listen for blows.
If it has optional sunroof check this works correctley, open/close at leat 5 times in a row.
9000's hide their miles well, look at old MOTs and service history to check for clocking.
+ things you would check on any car
Good luck
 

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Thanks guys

9000 is superb, drives better then many new cars even after 74k.
New discs just fitted, so that shouldn't be a problem
I'll try the sunroof tip this weekend and see what happens.
I decided to take the warranty the dealer offered, covers most things for £99 so hopefully I am safe from huge bills for the next year or so.
thanks again for your experiences
 

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My auto box lasted 'till about 200,000. Personally I wouldn't take one of these third party warranties on an old car (again). It seems that just about anything that fails is rejected as being "fair wear and tear".
 

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I agree with the warranty comment, although wouldn't turn down a free warranty (obviously covered in the windscreen price of the car though!)

However, some dealers will fix problems which were on the car when sold, and also falsely declaring on the warranty claim form that they parts had actually 'failed' rather than 'worn out'. (I once had a headgasket replaced by a franchised Nissan Dealership which wasn't 'technically' within the scope of the warranty as the car had not 'broken down'! The dealer told me that they had actually claimed the car had 'broken down' in order to reclaim the cost from the warranty company!).
The reason why, to keep the customer happy and to save themselves the cost of fixing the problem!

One wonders when the warranty companies will clamp down on this. No doubt they just increase their prices accordingly.
 
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