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I can't drum up any interest from Loot. It's done 132K (1990 2.oltr 195bhp)so the specialist dealers not interested in paying anything other than silly money (£900). How do I sell this for something like £2000. From this site its clear there are loads of people like me who appreceiate and enjoy owning these beasts
 

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unfortunately, it's a big, thirsty car with a high insurance group. It is a Saab 9000, a car which has always depreciated as fast as a heavy thing dropping off a cliff.

To the untrained eye they will think "so what, it's got go faster stripes and they didn't stick those stripes on too many motors at the time"

The fact it has the twiddly styling bits normally means that replacements are impossible if you have them nicked or knackered - the twin pipe exhaust has been unobtainable for donkeys years.

Sorry to be so blunt, but a motor with that mileage, high insurance and trouble getting spare bits for is an unattractive proposition for a lot of people.

Is it a red one? Then it will probably fade aswell. Did I mention theft-risk of a souped-up motor?

IMHO Saab owners overvalue their motors by a long chalk - yes, I know the engines go on for intergalatic mileages if looked after.

Sorry to be blunt, but I just don't reckon these cars are worth that money.

/john
 

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You will only sell a Saab Carlsson for resonable money to someone who is in the know about them or knows your car other than that carlsson need to be treated as a hobby.....an expensive hobby. Im on my 3rd 9k and second Carlsson and everytime I take it for some work I think should I stop this and buy a new one......that I only have to fill up once a month instead of every 4 days...the best advice I can give if you have the space..keep it in the garage ..keep it as a hobby
 

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JD,

Good (very good) late model 2 litres (1990) are fetching at most about £1500 with 130K miles.

Myself and Kevin McK have both picked up good to V good 1991 2.3 models with 130K miles for under £2000 this last month.

Earlier or higher milage models (see other Carlsson post today) are fetching < £1000.

Andrew
Drive it and love it. I've done over 4000 miles in mine this last 5 weeks.
 

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Yer .. how bad do I feel now having shelled out £2K plus a lowish mileage 9000S for my Carlsson. Add to that the maintenance costs of £2.25K over 20 months.

Saabs just don't hold they're value because their a niche interest car. We suffer because fools believe Scooby's and fat Fords are the only performance saloon's worth having. Sad
 

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John,
Abbott Racing do the twin pipe rear exhaust boxes for the 89-90 Carlsson in stainless steel.
Really don't know why SAAB's are depreciating like crazy, even the latest 9-5 and 9-3 are the same. Unfortunately us 9000 owners seem to be the worst affected...!! Not to mention sky high maintenance and running costs, I've had to shell out nearly £2K on mine in the last 10 months and that's for a 1996 with only 50K miles on the clock!!
 

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To be honest, I am not surprised how the value of my Saab has depreciated. When I bought my 1992 9000 CSE 2.3 turbo, coming up to 4 years ago, I also looked at the prices of Saabs that were as old as, then, as mine is now, and prices then were low. I think that we should not lose sight of the fact that values in the luxury car market across the board have fallen.
I am not disheartened, as some of the above posters appear to be. Given the choice of driving around in a brand new little Korean Japanese or German machine with its trendy new number plate and the horrendous depreciation from new, or, my dependable, luxurious Saab with all the toys I know I have settled for.
As far as maintenance is concerned, it depends, as always, as to who you go to, and what you are prepared to do yourself, doesn't it? Non-franchised specialists seem, thesedays, to be the best value, and the most courteous!
 

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I agree. Depreciation is non-existent once the car is as old as mine, 11 years and counting. The bodywork is in top condition, partly due to a few hundred spent here and there, plus the alloys have been done a couple of years back to put it in good stead for the future.
But more importantly the depreciation on a new car would be around £500 per month (taken from a 9-5 at a local specilist that was 22 months old and being SOLD for less than 11k)
Now far less than that money keeps my car in fine fettle and I'm quite content (Until a 9-5 Aero Estate comes along, and someone else has taken the finacial hit in the wallet!!!)
 

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You don't buy saabs & worry about depreciation. You buy them to drive them cos they are the best cars on the road. I have had 5 saabs. I presently own a 1990 9000 S which i bought 3 years ago for £800 because it had a blown head gasket. I fixed it for less than 100 quid.
It looks great, goes like stink, it's comfy & it's safe. That's why you drive saabs! Pure pleasure!!!
 
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