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Hi all,
I need a reliable/comfortable car for regular motorway work. I have very limited funds (£1000 - £2000). After scouring the second hand motor press it seems that Saabs offer a lot of car for a minimal outlay. So before I set out to view my first possible, your advice/opinion would be welcome.

1992 9000 2.0 XSi 16v
111K £1250

Good, bad or stupid?
 

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That seems a reasonable price - especially considering the low mileage.

Ensure the car has a Full Service History - there are cars out there for that money with FSH.

Apart from that, try to ensure the gearbox and timing chain aren't about to go - these being the most expensive to replace (gearbox £1000-1500 chain 400-700).

My first Saab was a 1991 9000 2.0XSi 16v - this was a beautiful car with 150,000 miles and a FSH - only thing that let me down was the battery.

The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the car felt a little underpowered - but nonetheless was a brilliant motorway cruiser.

Ensure all the obvious bits work - i.e. electric windows, alarm/immobiliser (these have known to play up on 9000's), heated mirrors, heated seats, air con etc etc..

You could have yourself a very good buy - just get it checked out, and you should be okay. As opposed to forking out a fortune with the AA, Saab dealers do a 40 point check for about £40 (well that's how much it cost a few years ago). Alternatively, let the list know wherabouts you are, and we may be able to suggest a specialist in your area - Saab specialists / dealers would know what to look for.

I bought a 1991 9000 Carlsson 2.3T last summer for £2300 (Probably overpaid by a coupe of hundred quid), but mine had a wadge of history literally a couple of inches thick! Mine has done 160,000 miles now, and still goes like the wind.

To cut a long story short - if it's a good 'un, you could get another 100,000 miles out of it with regular maintenance - if it's a wrong 'un, its repair bills will surpass the £1250 with ease.

Kevin Mc
Leicestershire, UK
 

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I risk repetition, but be aware that the depressed second-hand price (in terms of sheer bang for your buck) reflects high maintenance and repair costs if you strike a car of less than legendary reliability. These big machines use their share of brakes, tyres and fuel.

I have for not a single second regretted my Imola red rocket!!!!!!
 

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Try this website for some very good info on buying and keeping 9000s. It's a US site so some model details are a little different It's all good sound advice especially what to look for at various milages.

I would add go with FSH (or as near as you can get)and the car should have had a new timing chain by now otherwise look out for a £500 bill year one. 1994 on had the balanced engine but the 1992's are supposed to have been faster.

Also it is worth checking with a local Saab specialist.

http://quasimotors.gar.net/
 
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